[quote=“101mph”][quote]Right, this is just an indication of a player’s athleticism. I agree completely. But baseball doesn’t have these metrics, while every other sport has theirs - so it’s a great baseline to compare athletes against. Data is always good!
They measure the vertical leap by using a Vertec (the contraptions you see on the NFL scouting combine) or a Just Jump digital pad which measures hang time of the jump to calculate vertical leap.[/quote]
I agree. Data is always good.
But it seems to me that if you just used the jump pad (which is what I thought they were using) that it would be easy to “fool” it and get a better reading (by just keeping your legs tucked under you as you were landing).
I prefer to see the vert. measured with the Vertec myself. Both together may be the best option.[/quote]
You can cheat it, but they have people monitoring the jump pads to make sure this doesn’t happen. You can also cheat the Vertec by not reaching as high as possible or shrugging your shoulders when making your initial measurement.