Metrics is the buzz word around the softball and baseball world these days. With new technology, we now have the ability to test more and more aspects of the game.
Actually, metrics have existed for a long time. Probably since they invented the stopwatch which was technology affecting the game. The stopwatch game the scouts, recruiters, coaches, and athletes the ability to truly know how fast the runner was without guessing. Even though the guessing is usually pretty close.
Before, the radar gun, we would throw for distance to determine arm strength. This was a metric. Then, the radar gun was starting to be used but not everyone was on board and didn't think it was a valuable tool. Well, now days almost everyone uses a radar gun.
Bat speed technology now exists through a few devices and we used the Blast Technology to test bat speed, bat velocity, and other important metrics. We also use a radar gun to test bat exit velocity along with throwing overhand velocity and pitching velocity.
Metrics has come a long way and it probably going to continue to grow.
We currently test the following Metrics (We take the top results of each of the following):