FAR Test- Pitchers
The Baseball/Fastpitch Academics Rating test is the first IQ test quantifying the relationship between mental aptitude and physical performance on the field. The score provided is a summation of a players overall understanding of the following categories:
• Hitting- Questions include types of counts, approach, adjustments by pitcher type, and situational hitting.
• Defense- Questions include player positioning, relays and cutoffs, bunt rotations, communication, and step patterns.
• Baserunning- Questions include situational base running based on inning, outs, runner speed, score, ball direction, and ball speed.
• Psychology- Questions include visualization technique and implementation, effects of body language and tone of voice, and pace of play.
Current Level/Highest Level of Play
JV High School
Varsity High School
Which of the following factors should be utilized when calling a game? (Check all that apply)
What pitches the pitcher is throwing well
Which of the following (choose all that apply) are ways to increase your chance of success as a pitcher?
Establish both sides of the plate
Utilize effective velocity
Try to overthrow your fastball
As a pitcher, our goal for every hitter is to throw how many of the first three pitches for a strike?
Which location has the highest perceived velocity?
Down and Away
Up and Away
Up and In
Down and In
What term is defined as "what a hitter sees when the ball leaves the hand?"
In what order does a hitter receive the information of a pitch?
Velocity, Spin, Location
Velocity, Location, Spin
Location, Spin, Velocity
Location, Velocity, Spin
What pitch should you rarely, if ever, throw to follow up a breaking ball?
Any pitch is fine to follow with
What would be a good reason to double or triple up on curveballs to a hitter?
Scouting shows the hitter cannot hit breaking balls
You are working on throwing your curve for a strike
Hitter is the 3rd batter in the lineup
The hitter got a hit on a curveball his previous at-bat
As a relief pitcher, should you save a pitch type for the second time through the order?
Which of the following situations warrants pitching specifically for a strikeout?
Runner on 1st with nobody out
Runner on 3rd with 1 out
Runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs
Nobody on with nobody out
As a starting pitcher, what is the correct pitch to throw the first time in a game that you have a hitter in an 0-2 count?
Curveball in the dirt
Fastball up and in
Changeup over the heart of the plate
Fastball off the plate and away
Which of the following pitches is rarely thrown as a swing and miss pitch and should be utilized to induce weak contact?
True or False: You should never throw a pitch in a 2-2 count that you are uncomfortable throwing in a 3-2 count.
As a pitcher, what luxury do you have with a heavy wind blowing in on the field?
Ability to work down in the zone
Ability to work up in the zone
Ability to throw more offspeed
Which of the following teams would you throw more first pitch breaking balls to?
Good team with aggressive hitting approach
Good team with selective hitting approach
Bad team with aggressive hitting approach
Bad team with selective hitting approach
When calling pitches as a starting pitcher, which of the following do we want to do the first time through the lineup (if possible)? Choose all that apply.
Call pitches to gain strikeouts
Limit pitch count by inducing early count weak contact
Not show every pitch type that the pitcher throws
Attack every single hitter with first pitch fastballs
As a pitcher, with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs in the inning, what is the worst thing that can happen?
Hit the batter with a pitch
Walk the batter
Strike the batter out
Give up a hit
With a runner on first base and a single to right field, what is your responsibility as a pitcher?
Stay on the mound
Back up 1st base
Back up 2nd base
Back up 3rd base
There are runners on 2nd and 3rd with less than 2 outs. A ground ball is hit back to you. What do you do?
Throw it home
Throw it to first
Check the runner at 3rd and throw to first
Throw it to second
With runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out and a fly ball to the outfield, what is your responsibility on a fly ball to right field?
Back up 2nd base
Back up 3rd base
Back up home
Split the 3rd base line and backup either 3rd or home based on direction of the throw
With one out in the inning and runners on 1st and 2nd there is a ground ball hit directly back to you on the mound. After fielding it cleanly, where should you throw?
True of False: Slower paced pitchers experience more errors behind them by their defense.
Which of the following is a smart pitching move when changing pitch type to a hitter.
Following a fastball with a fastball
Following a changeup with a curveball
Following a curveball with a changeup
All of these are acceptable when changing pitch type to the hitter
Which of the following is considered a free base? (Choose all that apply)
Reaching on an error
Base on Balls
Advancing from 1st to 3rd on a single to right field
Which part of communication makes up over 50%?
Words we say
Tone of Voice
All are 33%
Which of the following has been proven to positively effect physical performance? (Choose all that apply)
Positive Self Talk
Quality Body Language
When utilizing visualization training, it is important to use all of your
None of these
During visualization training, it is vital that you visualize
A mix of failure and success
What is the least important part of communication?
The words you say
Tone of voice
All are 33% of communication
Which of the following are signs of selfishness? (Choose all that apply)
0-2 Count Daddy Hacks
Ignoring a teammates high five request
Picking up a teammate up by bringing their stuff to their position
Executing a sacrifice bunt to move a teammate
Being angry over a teammates competence
What is an example of positive body language?
Shaking head no
Shoulders back and good posture
Head down while walking
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