Sport Testing


Sports Testing, Development and Recruiting Licensing Rights Available 

Please contact KellyAhrens@StarsandStripesSports.com if you are interested in opening a Sports Testing, Development and Recruiting Center. When your automobile is not running smoothly or is broken mechanics run an engine diagnostic test to understand exactly what your car needs.  An Athletic Diagnostic test provides the same benefits to an athlete in training looking to play at the highest level possible.  Looking for professionals who want to open and manage their own Sports Testing, Development and Recruiting Center which will make a huge impact on your community.

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If you are not testing...YOU ARE GUESSING!

Testing alone does not solve any issues but it is the necessary start to begin to hold everyone accountable in the development process. No matter the sport or the position played, Benchmark Testing is the foundation that provides the starting point for proper development.

We have tested thousands of athletes in addition to collaborating with the top professionals in the world to perfect a "Practical and Affordable Application" that works. The Sports Technology Solution we utilize manages all of the information and guide all parties involved in the journey on one platform.  Simply put, there is no other humanly way to manage all the variables without such a solution that we have pioneered.

Contact Kelly Ahrens to inquire about becoming a Sports Tester, having your team/organization tested,  or becoming a Licensee running their own area. KellyAhrens@ StarsandStripesSports.com

Serious athletes dream of success on the highest level. They hope they’re talented enough and make their best guess at what they need to work on to become good enough to move up each year.
But too often their dreams are shattered and hearts broke when reality hits and they fail to make the next level team or discover they’ve worked hard acquiring the wrong skills.

What if they could find out right now how their talent level measures up to the best in the country at their age level? What would it be worth if they could know right now what they most need to work on to have their best chance of success in the future?

Stars and Stripes Sports has invested many years creating a precision testing system and the database needed to reliably test sport-specific skills that provide answers to these questions and more.  After less than an hour of activity, you can confidently compare athletes in your sport from anywhere. Benchmark testing instantly transforms talent assessment from opinion (“I think he’s pretty good”) to a fact ("Here is where he stands”). The data provides the information athletes and their support team needs to make informed decisions while considering all aspects of their athletic journey. Benchmarks allow an athlete to determine best matches for choosing a travel program, club or college.

Benchmark Testing also provides coaches, instructors, sports performance professionals and recruiters objective feedback on how their program matches up against their competition and how to best manage the development of their athletes.

In fact, testing is the best way to confidently prescribe training. Committed athletes want to know how to optimize their ability:

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“What do I need to do to make my dream come true?”

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“Am I on the right track?”

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“How and where should I invest my precious time to give my best chance for success?”

Once you have the data it’s time to get to work! Stars and Stripes Sports has assembled a Sports Eco- System that provides special access to the best professionals from all over the country. Each athlete is unique and needs a customized regimen. Choosing coaches from our Eco-System provides athletes the need-specific, cutting-edge training and relationships needed to best leverage their natural talent.

Stars and Stripes Sports Winning Process- Proven and Trusted

1. Benchmark Testing- If you are not testing ... YOU ARE GUESSING!  Athletes must get a benchmark of where they are to measure growth and set goals. Athletes should be tested quarterly for proper development.  See the player index below to get some direction on your development journey.

2. Movement Efficiency- Athletes must focus on moving efficiently to avoid injury and maximize athleticism.

3. Sports Performance- Athletes must get stronger, build the proper functional foundation and target specificity of training with proper periodization to maximize results.

4. Skill Instruction- Athletes must spend quality time with professionals who are proven to be able to develop athletes by teaching the proper mechanics and approach for the athlete to master his/her skill.  A skilled athlete who is properly prepared will achieve the highest level of success.

5. Exposure- Athletes must be exposed to the best competition to be challenged and to better measure their skill set. State, Regional, All American and National Teams administered by Stars and Stripes Sports provide the necessary challenge and introduction for an athlete to grow.

6. College Recruiting- Athletes must index their skill level and overall profile to match a college or university that is the best fit.  Stars and Stripes Sports sports solution provides a very calculated and successful approach to providing college exposure to athletes.  There is no guessing involved as indexing the athletes based on the Sports Testing results and utilizing our proprietary process guarantees results.

7. Consulting and guidance. Stars and Stripes Sports Eco- System provides Pier to Pier Network and available professionals who have been down the road your family is about to travel. We know where the landmines are buried and are a valuable asset in the years an athlete pursues their dream.

Sport Testing Details

Do you want a map to help you with your journey?  We have the map and the support to make your journey successful! Testing on a quarterly basis will provide you with the necessary feedback to ensure you are training properly.

The tests below are utilized for all athletes no matter the sport or gender.

Mental MRI

Stars and Stripes Sports developed the Mental MRI with Dr. Tom Hanson in order to be able to easily predict the ability of athletic talents performance on the field/court.  The Mental MRI has proven to accurately predict and provide a foundation in which an athlete can best improve their approach to their skill.  In addition to allowing the athlete to better understand the makeup needed to have more success, the Mental MRI provides the coaches, trainers, recruiters, etc. with valuable insight on how to better train and coach the individuals to maximize the result of training and performance.

Grip Strength

Grip Strength is a great measure that provides important details in power and elbow health. The better the grip strength the less chance of Tommy John surgery.   Grip Strength is also reflective general health.  Grip Strength is the weakest link of the chain in many sports such as baseball, softball, tennis, hockey, field hockey, archery, basketball, football, cricket, rowing, volleyball...  Stars and Stripes Sports has spent years developing Grip Strength training measures that are sport specific and have proven great results.  Rich Williams, the World Record holder for Grip Strength is a Stars and Stripes Sports Sponsored athlete who contributes to our training programs.

Vertical Jump

Vertical Jump is a reflective skill that requires the upper half and lower half to work together. This skill can foreshadow how smooth a position player fields a ball or the mechanics of a pitcher. The more a player increases his vertical the smoother and more explosive he will become fielding, hitting and throwing. You can visibly see an athlete improve his jump with more and more practice.  Vertical Jump is an indicator of conditioning as the average height of 60 jumps can identify the athletes conditioning and how he will react in different situations. Power and ground force created on a vertical jump provide great details in the explosiveness of the athlete.

Pro Agility Shuttle

Body Control is very important when considering athletes performing at game speed. Starting and stopping quickly is a common trait in all sports. The body control you have will impact the results of a play. The improvement of the timing of the Pro Agility Shuttle will greatly improve getting to the ball and making a play after getting to the ball. If a player scores low on this test, he will struggle to keep up with his teammates and the speed of the game.

Shoulder Flex

Shoulder Flexibility is a great indicator of arm action and the ability for players to perform in a consistent manner while staying healthy. As much as athletes buy into Sports Performance, they do not measure the loss of flexibility and how that will affect their performance on the field. The more flexibility an athlete achieves, he reduces the chance of injury and increases his performance. When coaches at the higher level have to make decisions about who is going to pitch, the Shoulder Flexibility reading will be very important when measuring the durability of the athlete.

Sit and Reach

Sit and Reach provide a look at the hip flexors and how flexible your lower half is. Having the athlete perform three readings one with each leg and one with both legs extended gives important information about the bodies "Balance". Many times it proves one side is 2 to 3 more flexible than the other and points out the need to maintain flexibility to avoid injury and to maximize athleticism in your sport. Symmetry is something that is overlooked and can allow insight into injuries.

Broad Jump

Broad Jump is the #1 indicator of athleticism. The best athletes on the team always have the best broad jump. This simple test provides insight into how well the athlete's body is performing in athletic movement. Broad Jump dictates sequence and explosiveness which dictates power, strength, and speed.

40/60 YD Dash

60 yd dash has been used for years in the baseball world where most other sports use the 40 yd dash. 40 Yd dash is used in football and other sports.  60 Yd dash is reflective of conditioning as the body can not accelerate past 40 yards so maintaining speed becomes the measurement. Depending on the size of the group being tested we often get a 10 yd and a 20 yd split time which provides more detail about explosiveness and athleticism. As we gather more data points on the 10 yds and the 20 yd sprint, you will begin to see those times more telling in the conditioning and development of players.

Sport Specific Tests

Throwing Velocity

Throwing Velocity is a result of what numbers an athlete puts up in the broad jump and in the vertical jump. No one throws hard for long without using their lower half in their throw.
Arm action and body coordination initiated by the lower half provide projectability for a player. The ability to throw hard and accurate is a result of an athlete who understands how to generate explosiveness starting from the ground up.  The common mechanics that appear in throwing also appear in hitting thus, typically proving that a player who throws the ball hard also hits the ball hard.

Exit Velocity

Higher Exit Velocity is a result of a good lower half and a connected swing or kick which can be identified in conjunction with the broad jump and vertical jump. On most all occasions someone who throws hard also has the ball coming off their bat or foot just as hard. Each mile an hour you increase your exit velocity is a greater chance of getting a ball through the defense or in a goal. The Hitter Handicap in baseball and softball has proven to be an accurate measure of ability and a great tool to test, train and develop a hitter.

Sports Specific/Position Specific Testing can be administered to athletes to better match up factors that will be specific to the athletes' duties.  The Benchmark testing is the first step in understanding where an athlete stands and how to best determine what development process is needed for the athlete.  There are many more tests that can be administered, however, the practical ability to test many people in a short period of time eliminates the addition of other tests in a Benchmark Testing atmosphere.