60 yards is 54.864 meters, which is almost equivalent to the rarely held indoor 55 meter dash. The 60 meter dash is the indoor standard today. Please don’t forget the crash mats!
Why a 60 yard test for baseball? Everyone knows it’s 90 feet between bases or 30 yards, so in theory, second base is “only” 60 yards,
If you are trying to beat out a ground ball with a play at First base, that run would easily be 30 yards, or 90 feet in a straight line. A double or triple entails running in a curved fashion, sort of like question mark (?)… you would start straight from home plate, then run wide to touch the bag at first base in a curved fashion.
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Thus the 60 yard dash is only valuable to show straight line linear speed and really nothing else. What is important is the ability to score from second base to home plate with two outs!
In 2006, 189 different players were timed for 60 yards at the Puma All-American Event in Tuscon, AZ. Only 14 players were timed at 6.99 or faster (or about 7.5% who showed up for the test).
The 60 Yard testing protocol is very similar to a 40 Yard dash where you start from a comfortable stationary 3-point stance position.
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How fast is a sub 7 second 60 yard dash?
If you go against my old Canadian College equivalents:
50m -> 55m = add 0.555.80 -> 6.35
55m -> 60m = add 0.546.35 -> 6.89
So, a 7.54 (or 7.3 HT) for a Track and Field 60 meter race would give you a sub 7 second 55 meter time, or a 60 yard dash (the difference is only 13 cm or 5 inches). My PB for 55 meters is 6.70 seconds (FAT), set at Dartmouth College when they ran 55 meters.
But you still have to throw a baseball, and hit one at 90mph! That’s another story, which is why I never played professional baseball.
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I am a Masters Athlete and Coach currently based in London UK. My other projects include the Bud Winter Foundation, writer for the IAAF New Studies in Athletics Journal (NSA) and a member of the Track & Field Writers of America.