Baseball 60 Yard Dash – What’s a Good Time?

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.

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!

Most Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs look for times under 7.00 seconds. A 60 yard dash time between 6.7 – 6.9 usually equate to an average runner on the playing field.

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.

How fast is a sub 7 second 60 yard dash?

If you go against my old Canadian College equivalents:

50m -> 55m = add 0.55
5.80 -> 6.35

55m -> 60m = add 0.54
6.35 -> 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.

How do you stack up? Remember, no one ever stole first base!

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        • You need to take a stress relief medication. Were trying to improve the quality of how to speed our son running abilities up. The time mentioned does seem a bit low, I mean this kid must would be faster than Bo Jackson in cleats on grass and seems to be a bit exaggerated, but who knows if he does have the next phenomena. It only hurts his son to mention untrue abilities. Really suggestions on how to increase speed is the topic, not beating our chest. With that being said. I think the ides of using speed training tools like cones, parachutes, and weights are good. Any other suggestions?

          • My son, 15, uses chutes to practice various distances. He was clocked at an FSU baseball camp at 7.1 seconds. He said the fastest time was about 6.9. I think the chutes work well, but technique also plays a factor in running any sprint. The question remains in how well does this speed translate on the base pads or the outfield?

    • You act like that is impressive? I had 5 kids on my highschool team who were able to run sub 7.00 60’s. Just to give you a feel for what real speed is check out this link.

      These are impressive. Like it says above “A 60 yard dash time between 6.7 – 6.9 usually equate to an average runner”
      You’re not hot shit. That’s like breagging about being the smartest kid with down syndrome.

      • @Ajax, Carlos Williams’ 6.18 is impressive when you consider the WR on a track with spikes and synthetic track is 60 yards by Lee McRae with a 6.00 on March 14, 1986. As well, Marvin Bracy ran a 6.08 55 meters last Jan 2012.

      • Agreed, 7 seconds isn’t fast for a pure track guy, but “very fast” for a baseball player.

        Recently, Carlos Williams ran 6.18… impressive when you consider the WR on a track with spikes and synthetic track is 60 yards by Lee McRae with a 6.00 on March 14, 1986. As well, Florida’s Marvin Bracy ran a 6.08 55 meters (60.149 yards) last Jan 2012.

  • What are the conditions that these tests should be run reliably? My son has been to a few camps where the 60 has been run, but the conditions seem to be vary. For instance, some are on grass, some on turf, some want you in cleats others do not, and hand times are used. Depending on the person, hand times can vary as much as .5 which is a lot!! My son is 16 (DOB Nov 93) currently runs a 6.4 on a track without blocks…normal standing start, how does this measure up?

    • fine most mlb and college camps are in cleats in the outfield im a sophmore in college and i was clocked at a 6.37 and that was the fastest in the confrence

  • I run a 6.5. That is faster than anybody ive seen in person. You dont know someone faster than that yet you say 6.7 to 6.9 is average?! That is WAY off! your study proved that. Only 14 players ran under 7.

    • ive seen plenty of baseball players that run under a 6.7 ( average)

      Fernelys sanchez- 6.27
      Edgar Lebron- 6.25 (6.3 in perfect game)
      Andrew Velasquez – 6.4 (6.5 in perfect game)
      I myself run a 6.4.. and all of us are from New York City. Andrew got drafted 2012 7th rd by arizona diamond backs.. and fernelys 16thrd by atlanta braves i believe… 6.7-6.9 is required (its not a time to be proud of though unless your a catcher or pitcher

      • Thanks NYC,
        You are 100% accurate. I wish I had a buck for every parent that has rolled their eyes at me when I tell them the speed requirements by position for the D1 level. 6.7 – 6.9 is a requirement especialy for MIF and OF. Advice to players is to also work on speed along with hitting and throwing.

  • 1. Your son most likely does not run a 6.4 in a 60. The fastest MLB players run barely faster than a 6.4 and I doubt your son is faster than most MLB Players.

    2. If you run a 6.5 G-d bless you you’re fast. This article is pretty much accurate most MLB players run in the 6.7-6.9 range unless you hit bombs for a living then above a 7 is fine.

  • I am looking to play Division I baseball in college. To play middle infield at a school with a good baseball program, what kind of 60 time do I need? I recently ran a 6.7

  • Josh: Yes, my son does run 6.4 on a track using electronic timers and he most recently ran a 6.85 on grass in baseball cleats. I suspect MLB 60 yd times are also ran in baseball cleats on grass and with handtimers. This is why some people report running faster than MLB players because they don’t run in the same conditions. Having said that, I do know of people who have run 6.4 in cleats on grass, so yes they are faster than the average MLB player. I would also suspect they would run a 5.9/6.0 on a track.

    • you have to be mad to say an MLB player will run 5.9/6.0 if they were on track.that kind of time is faster than even usain bolt’s what you are saying they also have a chance of running a 9.40 to 9.50 in a 100m dash

  • My son is 14 years old and plays baseball for a select baseball team here in North Texas, I used to always make fun of him because how slow he was (at least that is what I thought). Then one day his pitching coach told me that he ran a 7.0 60 yard dash and told me that was fast.

  • your son does not run a 6.4 that would put him in class with some of the worlds best atheleats and mam your son is only 14 you lie lie lie

  • Everyone:

    When posting your times, can you specify the “conditions” that you were timed under please. For example:
    1) Timer: Electronical OR hand timed
    2) Field: Grass, Astroturf or Track
    3) Shoes: baseball cleats, turfs shoes, track cleats, running shoes

    All of these conditions make a difference when timing. For example, if you were hand timed, there is a good possibility that your time could vary .25 seconds which is huge in the 60. Also, it does stand to reason that wearing baseball cleats and running on grass will cause you to run slower than running on a track in track cleats.

    Jack: I don’t know if you were directing your comment at me (your son doesn’t run a 6.4), but you underestimate your audience. My son trains with an ’84 Olympian track athlete and was timed in the 60 at 6.4, on a track, wearing track cleats, electronically timed. He recently ran a 6.70, hand timed, on grass, wearing baseball cleats.

  • theres no chance in hell any of you are telling the truth, your son does not run a 6.26 proudmom, and KBF no way your son runs a 6.4, you dont expect us to really believe that B.S fo you? Im a sophmore in high school and i run a 6.9, running that 6.9 got me contacted by the assistant at Unveristy of Michigan. so if your kids are running 6.2’s and 6.4’s they must be getting signed to play in the MLB

    • You need a fact check. Do some research be four making those types of comments. The winning time in the 55 for the state of Virginia high school championships was a 6.3. 55 meters is 5 inches longer than 60 yards. There are plenty of kids in high school who can run 6.4 to 6.6. I just had a 14 year old run a 6.7 in a combine here in Richmond Virginia. Try googling Evoshield baseball combine Virginia and VHSL track and field championships. BTW you have to run a 6.7 to even qualify for the state championship.

  • Chase, perhaps because of your limited exposure to runners in the “rest” of North America, you believe that nobody can be faster than you…and if they are, they must be going to the show? I can assure you that 6.9 is a great time but there are a lot of people faster than you are and they all aren’t going on full-rides or to the show!

    My son trains with a former Olympic gold medalist. He is an above average runner and an exceptional athlete. He is a nationally ranked swimmer (top 5) and ballplayer (top 5). He could go have gone on a full-ride for track or swimming but chose baseball instead because it’s his thing. Btw: He recently ran a 4.39/40 in spikes on a track…look up how fast that is!

    A 6.4/60 in spikes with an electronic timer is way different than the average MLB player time. MLB players run in baseball cleats and on grass or turf…not cundusive to the best times. So, when you compare a 6.4 or 6.5 to MLB, please understand this subtle difference.

    Lastly, as you know speed isn’t the only factor at becoming an MLB player. You still have to know how to hit, field, throw and play the game etc. Speed is important but not the defining attribute because some positions don’t require speed (like catchers, pitchers, 3B and 1B)

    Hope this helps. Good luck with your running career!

    • Unfortunately “speed” is the most important asset in any sport. Unless you pitch 95mph or built like McGwire, the scouts only look at pure speed. They can always teach you the baseball skills of fielding, etc but the raw foundation of pure speed cannot be taught. If you have a good arm and run 6.7 you will get a pro contract.

  • I was a former professional player in the minor leagues with the Anaheim (Los Angeles) Angels. I have a sprinting background and I was rated #3 fastest in all of the minor leagues in 2000 with a 6.28 secs 60 yard-dash that I ran in baseball cleats from a base stealing sideways stance during training camp in March of 2000. Carl Crawford was rated #1. That was published in Baseball America magazine in 2000 and I was also rated the fastest baserunner in the Angels’ organization for that year. The conditions that day were sunny, probably in the 20 celsius range, dry and on well-groomed grass against other players in the organization in Mesa, Arizona. Apparently, according to one of the coaches I ran a sub-6.20 earlier that day but in Baseball America magazine it listed me as 6.28 and possibly the fastest Canadian player ever. I came off major ankle surgery the previous September of 1999 and rehabbed at Physiotherapy Associates’ clinic in Tempe, Arizona. It was first-class training that was similar to NFL combine-style training. I would have liked to see how fast I would have ran if I had an entire year of that style of training without the major ankle reconstruction before hand. I was 6’0″, 190 lbs. when I ran that.

    Without being arrogant, I can say that back then virtually no other baseball player would beat me in a 60 yard dash. A pure track athlete, sure.

    Anyways, for those throwing out random 6.4, 6.3 times, I’m pretty doubtful.
    Handtimes are pretty loosey goosey and certainly subject to human error.

    Good for you if you’re running those times. You should end up getting drafted if you honestly are that quick and are a decent baseball player.


    • Thanks Ed, for the insight. Just to let everyone know, Ed is the real deal. He trained with my Club (post baseball) and I have videos of him running track to prove it. He makes a few good points: yes, there are pure track guys that can run faster than fast baseball players. But just because you can run fast, or bench 315lb, doesn’t mean you can make it to the Majors, let alone get drafted and play in the Minors.

    • Thanks for clarity from experience. I have a Team USA player as a son who dominated his group at trials for 14’s. On grass in Cleats 6.9. Not saying he is fastest kid on earth in cleats (although he has been gunned at 88mph), but 6.4 would be crazy speed in thos conditions.

    • im a freshman and i run a 6.9 but thats because i have always been a track star from young but for a baseball player thasts actually really good

  • I’m 32 years old,a former minor league outfielder and 2 hole hitter, and now a high school coach. A few weeks ago, I ran a laser timed 6.7 60 to shut up some of my players. We are a top tier baseball program in Louisiana, and the fastest player I ever had ran a 6.4 60 when the Braves came to scout him. I don’t know many D1 or pro prospects running sub-6.5s, especially 13 or 14 yrs old. In my playing days, the fastest I was clocked at was 6.4 at the U of Miami in front of 13 scouts. I was on grass, in baseball cleats, laser timed, in whatever stance we wanted (I used 3 point with one hand up – sprinters stance). Good luck, it’s a difficult road to the show.

  • Does anybody realize that you have to be good at baseball in order to play in the MLB? Yeah speed would increase your chances but come on. All y’all are talking about is how these kids will make just because of their speed. I run a.6.8-6.9 and have been contacted to play college and Im about to be a senior. My friend from Madison Central was drafted to the Angels last year and he was running a 6.5-6.6. Faster than the average MLB player.

  • tim your saying you ran a 5:6 second sixty your either jesus or you drove the 60, i run a 7 flat 60 im a sophomore in highschool if you constintly work on your time you will get it down maybe not to 6:4 but 6:6 6:7

  • I am 47 years old and being scouted by numerous coed softball teams. I train with an ’84 Olympian. Recently, I ran a 6.35 on grass with ALL white Chuck Taylor’s. I was timed by my 102 year old blind grandma! You know grandma’s don’t lie. Surface was 60 yards of weeds. If I didn’t have vertigo I would have ran faster.

  • I would like to know if my 6.81 is a good time for a MIF 16 years old in Highschool i only throw about 81 across the IF so hopefully that improves, but anyway KBF your another one of those parents who thinks thier kid is the best at everything but reallly your probably exaggerating everything…my bad i ment to say i run a 4.31 60 yard dash<3

    • Chase. Yes, excellent time for your age. The division I standard for a MIF is around 6.7 – 6.9. Your 81 volicity is good. Your volicity will get better as you get older and stronger.

  • Chase et all: My son ran a 6.4 / 60 on a track in track spikes using an electronic timer. DID YOU MISS THIS POINT? This is entirely different then running in baseball cleats on turf or grass using handtimers or electronics. My son ran a 6.55 – 6.7 in cleats on grass three times in a row (with 5 minutes between runs). And btw he throws 90+ across the diamond and is turning 18 this yr.

    The main reason for my post was to see what people are experiencing in terms of conditions because there doesn’t seem to be a standard by which coaches, scouts etc record and communicate times or perhaps there is an unwritten rule that people don’t realize.

    I have personally been to many camps where players where timed on grass and using hand timers while others used electronics. Hand timers can be out as much as .25 which is huge when deciding if a player is fast or not. The difference between a 6.4 – 6.6 can be literally 1 to 1 1/2 running strides. Doesn’t seem like much but it’s huge in the speed community.

    So, if you think I’m one of those “parents” who exagerate everything, what if I told you I was an Olympic track athlete myself and that I played baseball? Different conversation now – right? The reality is I’m not. My son runs with a forner Olympic track runner who won a medal in the 1984 Olympics. He also is a Nationally ranked swimmer. Do you have any idea how much track and swimming athletes train?

    So, these are facts if I didn’t want to draw attention to him, I would tell you more specifics. What is amazing to me as I read the negative posts, is that you and others truely believe that nobody else could be better or faster. This is so ignorant it’s amazing. Think about it…you believe that the World is only as you’ve experienced it??

    Chase: Your time is above average and should get faster if you dedicate time to it and as you get stronger. If you are as good playing the game as your speed indicates, you future is bright.

  • For all of you saying that you run a 6.4 or 6.5 or even a 6.6 60 yd sprint you may want to be a little more realistic with yourselfs. The fastest man in the NCAA Jeffrey Demps from the University of Florida ran a 6.53 60. There are really only a small percentage of ELITE players that may run a sub 6.6. In the MLB a few years ago there was only a small percentage of players running under a 7 flat. Make sure your distance is correct and remember the hand start and hand stop varies with each person. Ensure you use multiple timers if you are using this technique.

  • wow nott 2 be cocky nd all but.. i ran 50meters in a 6.2 nd if u translatee that it makes it a 6.75 nd im only going into da 9th gradee

  • Why everyone so negative on KBF. I am a former sprinter and KBF son’s times are possible. Yes KBF son he is very fast and his time can be legit for someone that is very fast at his age. Congrats to your son KBF. My son is only 15 (late bloomer and still growing) however already runs 6.9 – 7.1 60 yard on grass. Of course it is very tight and compact grass that makes a difference. Based on where he is now he projects to run 6.4 – 6.5 at least on track in spikes. He is also a very good baseball player.

  • Chuck Smith: Jeffery Demps ran a 6.53 / 60 metre….there is a huge difference between 60 yds and 60 metres. ->

    Agree that using more handtimers is better. However, track times still shouldn’t be compared to baseball or combines because my experience is that combines start timing on 1st move and this is hugely different then starting from blocks because it doesn’t measure reaction time and that alone can be a difference of .21 – .25. Factor that in plus handtime descrepencies and you can have .5 difference. This is my point. Unless we communicate the conditions, there is no way to accurately compare.

    BD: Thanks. Good luck to your son.

    • Here’s an article from the PA hall of fame. This gives an example of a sprinters speed in HS. I think alot of people doubt your son’s speed due to ignorance or their lack of ability. I wouldn’t worry about it. I ran track in HS and competed at the state level. I ran a 6.4 in the 60 YARD dash. The winner had a time of 6.3. I also played at a D1 school. You are correct. I think alot of people are comparing turf to track times which is totally different.

      Greg Moore – Ben Franklin (Philadelphia, 1977). Pennsylvania’s outstanding short sprinter in the mid-1970’s, Moore tied the state record three times in the 100-yard dash at 9.5, and was the first Pennsylvanian to hit 10.5 for 100 meters. Limited in his competitive opportunities because the Philadelphia Public League was not then a member of the PIAA, Moore was a champion on a still bigger stage, winning the Eastern States 100-yard dash as a senior. Indoors, he equaled the state record for 60 yards with a hand-timed 6.2, and also became the outright record holder with automatic timing when he won the Philadelphia Track Classic scholastic title at 6.40. An outstanding relay runner, he ran on a winning Penn Relays championship 4×100-meter team in 1976 which set a state record, and also ran on state record indoor relays for 880 and one mile.

  • I’m 14 and I run a 6.9

    My coach told me to go see a running coach and he told me that with training I 6.6-6.5 is a very attainable goal

    • your coach is wrong, with proper training you can get to 6.2 or better.. at your age i was running a 7.3 and now i run a 6.4.. must be proper training though

      • I agree with NYC. Coach is wrong. Most HS baseball coaches know little about speed development even though speed is one of the 5 tols of baseball.

  • I Just Recently Ran A 6.78 My First Run 6.68 My Second.
    Depending On Whether you Start In A Sprinters Stants or in A Stealing Position Will Make A Big Difference. My Coaches Timed Us In A Stealing Position. If In Sprinters Position My Coaches Said I Would Probaly Run 6.4-6.5. He also Told Me My Running Technique was horrible but I Just Had Natural Speed.

  • I definitely think that running a consistent 6.8 at-least is attainable for a lot of players.
    By the way, I have seen players earn baseball scholarships on the 60 alone.

    Just sayin……..:)

  • Bob Hayes once held the 60 yd dash world record at 5.9 secs (1960+s). He ran that in track shoes out of blocks- so I doubt anyone is running sub 6 sec 60s on this board. The world record for 60 METERS is 6.3 secs by Maurice Green. 60 meters is about 5.5 yds longer than 60 yds.

    anything under 7.0 for 60 yds will get serious looks by D1 univ baseball programs. Mid inf or CF will need to run 6.5 – 6.6 for top tier D1 baseball programs. There are a few that will run faster. My son was at an Area Code event last summer and a boy ran a 6.35 hand held on grass. My son ran a 6.8 and was rated a “plus” on speed. 3rd fastest in attendance. over 150 athletes there.

    • A kid in texas named austin schotts posted a 6.30 and a 6.32 on grass from a baseball start,in Jan 2012 this year, is believed to be the fastest in the 2012 mlb draft.

      • I know there is another kid from TX in the MLB draft running a 6.30 don’t have his name handy, but I have seen both of them play and they both fly!

        • I will believe this when I see the players times listed on Perfect Games websites, the number one baseball player evaluation and scouting organization in the world.

          • Greg , the schotts kid posted a 3.56, 3.6 and 3.7 home to first times this year! I think you should open up some other avenues of player evaluation. Just a thought

    • thats the gayest video ive ever seen, first of all an iphone isnt a realiabe timer, secondly you speed up the frames per seconds on the throws and swings. your son needs to gain weight hes a twig

      • Cheese, Would like to keep things positive on this board. The time you see in viedo is accurate. I Phone has a stop watch function built into it that is realiable. Also, not his best time. Has ran faster. No frames were speeded up to make things look faster on throws and swings. The timing and filming were by an independent party. As for weight. Just a kid that is still growing tall, Will fill out. Baseball is not a weight contest. Physical tools rule.

  • i ran a 6.02 last winter with 2 pulled hamstrings and the summer prior to that a 5.88 with a torn ACL. If you cant run under 6.10, you have no chance to start for any high school in the country.

  • Drew, get a tape measure and mark off 180 feet and time off of that. No dis respect, the times you are stating would make you at the least a national class sprinter. At perfect game national showcases, only a small percentage of players will run under 7.0.

  • Just a quick follow up to my previous post. The 60 yard record at the Perfect Game National Showcase (Most prestegious Showcase in amature baseball) is 6.11 set by Mitchell Shifflett of VA in 2009 .

  • Good Job Densan. You are very fast. Try doing some flying 30’s. (i.e get up to full speed then go full speed for thirty yards.) By doing this your second half of the 60 will get faster and you will run the 60 even faster. By your 40 time, looks like your 30 yard acceleration is good. However, still put in som time also doing 30 yard sprints. If possible have someone time you in both flying 30’s and acceleration 30’s so you can monitor progress. Please post your progress. Will be interesting to know.

  • I ran the 60 at Tartleton State University in Stephenville, Tx. back in 1987. I was a 23 year old fresh out of Jr. College and had played baseball for 2 years. I was clocked by the Pittsburgh Pirates during 2 runs in a group of 3 guys. My first time was 6.57. On grass, wearing Mizuno steel cleats. The second time was 6.54. Never forgot that day. Most thought I ran track which I did not. I was still beat out by a high school kid from Bremen who ran a 6.5 FLAT!!

  • @KBF, either you were lied, or you’re an ignorant fool. Being 16 and running a 6.4 is good and all, but wait til he gets his growth spurt and gains some weight. Everybody ran faster when they were 140lbs. Wait until he’s playing in the big boy league with 190lb+ people to brag about speed. okay? :)
    @At all the idiots bragging about running a 7.0+ and being in the big ol’ 8th grade!! just shut up…you obviously lack in the speed department and won’t even be able to make a decent high school team with that kind of time, so don’t come here and embarrass yourself by posting that. #strengthandconditioning

  • If you log onto perfect and look up derrick robinson, he ran a 6.19 on the 60 yard dash. Which that is crazy fast. I also have a friend in college now who ran a 6.3 his senior year in high school(on a track) but also ran another 6.3 in his freshman year of college! he currently leads NCAA in stolen bases.

  • Alex Roberts of Stuart, Fl ran a 6.4 60 at Team USA last year and was clocked at a 6.1 by the braves scout. He also just placed 4th in the Fl state track while running the 100 meter and pulled his hamstring after a bad start. photos and article on Internet.
    He plays center field, hits just south of .500 and has been a participant at the Perfect Game Showcase.
    He is a junior at Community Christian Accademy and coached by Ric Baldwin.

  • My son ran a 7 flat. His best time was 6.9. I would say he was fast, but I saw faster. The point being is that this is one part of a package. You also have to hit, hit for power, field, and throw hard and accurate. So I do hope all your boys do well. My son is going into his junior year and has played for several scout teams including his current team. The goal is to do their best and their hard work and talent will bring them the rest of the way. I hope you teach the children that you can be confident and have class still in this game. What do I know, I have only coached for 14 years. Good luck to all your children.

  • the fastest time i have ever seen was a 6.2 60 in college by a hawiian kid he could fly and you can easily tell the difference in who can do it and who cant. if your son runs that tell him to keep it up and to work with shoots they are the best for speed… i myself ran a 6.6 60…

  • Densan. Also try some 150 reps. at your local track. 150 then 2 minutes rest, 150 then 2 minutes rest, 150. Then wait 5 minutes and repeat the set again. Run at 70 to 80% of max. I have seen this make people faster (faster top speed). Do not know how to explain it but have seen it work. For your 60 time to drop continue to work on the second 30 yards.

  • “coach f says:
    December 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm ”
    Please go to this above post and read what Coach f has to say requarding the 60 yard world record. It is excellent info.

  • It needs to be done on grass and you must start in the same position as you would be in when you are running on the basepaths. You must also do it in cleats and baseball pants.

  • You guys realize 4.4 is a really good 40 yd dash…which would put 6.6 at a really good 60 time…if you fun under a 6.6 and its accurate maybe you ought to be a track star rather than a baseball player

  • My son ran a 5.9 60 and he is 12. He also has been gunned at 92 mph. But football is his sport. It helps that he is 6’3 205 lbs. He also gets and the weight room and his max bench is 385 lbs. just a chip off the old block. ;)

  • Im a junior in high school and I run a 6.6 60 yard dash. And oh by the way Chaz. That would make your son faster than Dee Gordon, Rickie Henderson and Jose Reyes, stronger than Bryce Harper, and throwing as hard as an MLB pitcher, at age 12. Youre stupid. Get a life you goon.

  • Ran a 6.6 as a junior. In grass, with baseball cleats on. With a hand timer. Like its supposed to be done. If you’d like a video I’ll gladly put one up.

  • Just got back from a baseball tryout my 14 year old ran 60 yard dash consistently in 6.7 sec. I know he is very fast, but I was wondering how his speed stacks up.. Thanks for posting this article, very helpful.

    • Tony,
      6.7 is very good time. Division 1 schools look for this speed in their middle infielders and outfielders. At 14 he should get faster. Keeping working on speed and shoot for 6.5 and below. That would put him into an elite class for baseball.

  • My 15 year old son has lowered his 60 yard dash time from 8.2 seconds to 7.3 seconds in 1 1/2 months using 60 Yard Dash Secrets. His goal is 7.0 by spring. Not bad for a catcher.

  • My son is 10 years 8 months 4’11” 80 lbs and runs a 4.49 30 yard and a 8.57 60 yard. Looking for suggestions about to increase initial bust and overall speed. Parachutes? Sleds? We do workouts three days a week – warrior run, three cone, four cone, Yankee drill, powerballs, etc.

    Also throws 61 mph from 54′ with .36 BB per inning, 1.41 SO per inning and 2.83 ERA. Batting .653 in AAA USSSA. P, 3rd, SS and C

  • Just pointing out that there was a player at Lagrange high school in Georgia who ran a 6.5 60 hit 4 homeruns (probably should of had more but couldnt hit a curveball what so ever and some were the hardest balls I’ve ever seen hit) was an above average fielder and had a very strong arm. My only question would be why did he not get drafted or get a d1 scholarship? He had a few MLB scouts come to the games and the year before there was a player drafted that wasn’t as good as him (granted he’s doing pretty well in rookie ball now).

  • A good 60 yard dash time would be 6.7-9. An impressive/very good 60 time would be 6.4-6. An excellent or outstanding 60 time would be 6.3 and under. Only a few can run it under 6.3, A teammate of mine runs it in 6.25. I’m 17 and I run it in 6.4 seconds.

  • I ran a 6.8 60 yard dash last week. And I’m 43. I’ll wager that 99.99% of you kids will not be able to run under a 10 second 60 in 25-30 years.

    Eat my dust you spring chickens.

  • Oh yeah? Myyy son ran a 4.9 60 at tpx 96 showcase, electronically timed on grass with pink clogs on. He could outrun Jesus

  • Hey guys im a sophmore in high school, and i recently ran a 7.9 60 yard dash in the outfield with hand timers. The guy that was timing was about 80 years old so that could have a tiny amount of error. I can play pretty much anywhere on the field but i am mainly a middle infielder. All im asking is it feasible to cut off around a second from my 60 yRd dash time? Thanks for the input

  • hey guys i am a sophmore in high school, i play middle infield mainly but i can play pretty much anywhere. i recently went to a showcase and was clocked at 7.9… i know this is verrrryyyy slow. but they said every thing looked great and if i got faster i could play somewhere. anyways do you think it is feasible to cut off around a whole second from the 60 yard dash time??? thanks for the input!

  • 2 days ago i ran a 6.82 in grass with running shoes on, i did play football and i a currently trying out for baseball(center feild). i had the fastest time on the team. which we all had shoes on, but blew by everyone. my coach who used to be a scout said thats hat colleges look for. i can only throw about 80mph top speed most of the tie mid 70’s. but I’m only a sophomore in highschool. and i got cut last year. I’m a lot stronger and throw a lot harder … hope i make it

  • Hi I’m 9 and I ran a 18.43 60 yard is that good? No one cares how fast you say that you are. If you feel the need to post on this to brag about your son/self know that you are lieing, everyone knows you are lieing, and no one cares. This page was to inform people 60 yard times that high school, college, and pro leagues are looking for. I’m not 9 and I sure as hell didn’t run a 18.43, I could of crawled backwards that fast, but I could have just as easily said I am a former MLB outfielder for the Orioles and I ran a 6.3.

  • Notice how it was all the parents talking about their kids times and not the kids themselves??? hmmm unless you post videos, I’m not buying it. proof or get the f out!!!!!!!

  • Whats up guys! I was doing shooting for a Reality Baseball TV in Auburn, WA a couple weeks back. The shooting was at the Big League Edge (BLE) facility and we were hand clocked in the 60 yard dash. I started from a base stealing position and was clocked at 5.9 OF COURSE this time was wrong. I’d add a half a second to it. So on a turf indoor running surface, Im around 6.4-6.5. If I would run this on an outdoor field with cleats it probably would be around 6.7-6.8.

    Lets keep in mind that I am 32 years old and have not sprinted or excercised/ran in 4 years when I played for the Tacoma Tugs. I am now in the works of getting back into shape for MLB tryouts this summer and that time will no doubt decrease. I was the second fastest guy at that facility out of 65+ players. I could of went pro when I was younger but I was a troubled kid and just went into the Army and lost sight of my goals. I regret everyday that I gave up so fast, especially when Terry Hardke was paying my way through his baseball training camps. When I was 16 years old I used to show off and throw a baseball over our schools right field fence which was 320 feet. I could throw you out from the outfield, even if you were half way around third. The best advice I can tell you is NEVER DOUBT YOURSELF. GIVE IT YOUR ALL, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, no matter whether you have accomplished your goal, be proud of yourself for trying. Tomorrow is a new day. If someone on here is telling you there is no way that you can run faster than a specific time you mentioned, REMEMBER, its not upon you to prove to them your abilities. There are way faster runners in life/around the world than baseball players. Use the doubts of others who are doubting your strength and ability to make you more determined to reach your goal. Stay positive and remeber one more thing. YOU are your worst enemy. As soon as you accept defeat, you have been defeated. Only you can deterime this outcome. “It’s not your aptitude, it’s your Attitude that determines your altitude in life!”

  • My son is 15 years old. I’m a single mom trying to learn as much as possible to help him chase his dream of MLB. I know my son is fast but my question is how fast is he compared to others. I took him to his first college recruit day a cpl months ago as a freshman. I had no clue what to expect or how to prepare. I sat thru the day n he was a lil above average compared to all the others. At the end they had them run the 60. Not being prepared because of lack of knowledge lol my 15 yr old ran a 6.8 on indoor rubber track in his worn out high tops. It was hand timed by three coaches n averaged. I’m guessing that was a good time because he was the second fastest for the day. I just wonder what his time might have been w spikes like the rest of the prepared guys. Also how do I find a baseball running coach?

    • 6.8 is fast, especialy in high tops. Would have been faster in spikes. For a coach for sprinting, need to see if someone in area is a speed development coach or track sprinting coach. Will need to work on the start (first 30 yards) then work on getting faster and maintaing speed in the second 30 yards. At 6.8, son alreadty has a lot of natural speed. Make sure you keep working on hitting, throwing, and fielding. As yu probably know by now when you go to a baseball combine type event they will want to see you hit, run 60, field/throw from SS if infielder and throw from OF if outfielder.

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  • Dude Man —

    If your kid is only 11 years old…I think you are worrying too much. For example, my brother ran a 7.0 his senior year of highschool. Recently, he has been clocked around a 6.42 (past summer) and 6.28 (this season) as a junior in college (fastest in conference). Needless to say he is being looked at by all the professional organizations.

    So give your son time to grow…and just keep on working on his speed as he gets older — it will come

  • Okay so I ran a 6.56 and I’m a pretty big guy. 6’3 228 lbs. Does anyone know if that is a good time for a guy my size? Im an outfielder

  • Okay so I ran a 6.55 at this showcase and for these scouts. and I’m a pretty big guy. 6’3 228 lbs. Does anyone know if that is a good time for a guy my size? Im an outfielder.

    • Yes mark that is a great 60 time for your size. I’m 6’3 195 and run a 6.4 on grass. (I just finished playing college ball) But for being 230 that is a fantastic time if that is what you really ran

  • I recently finished playing college baseball at UNA. I run a 6.29 on hard surface and run a 6.4 to 6.45 on grass with high top cleats (to stabilize ankles). These times are much higher than the major league avg. but speed isn’t everything. I would trade every bit of my speed to be able to hit homeruns consistently. That’s mainly what scouts wants. I run a 6.4, I throw 94-95 from the outfield and hit .350 this year. Also very good defensive outfielder. Why am I not getting drafted? Because I can’t hit for power. Do I think I’m getting overlooked? Hell yes but there is not much you can do about it. If you want your kid to be the best he can be don’t concentrate on speed. Concentrate on hitting hitting hitting. If he has speed that will come. Speed can not be taught, only slightly helped with the right mechanics and by running smoothly.

    • Thanks for this information. 6.4 / 6.5 and 95 velo are top shelf tools. To be overlooked because of lacking power gives a lot of insight into baseball. They do love the power. There is a HS player in this upcoming draft that hits for major power, runs a 7.1 / 7.2 range 60 around 90 velo from outfield. Will go in the top 10 in first round.

  • Our son is running between 6.88-6.99 as a 16 year old, so it looks like from the comments, he is definitely on track. That’s good to know. In addition, they look for Infield/Outfield velocity, and pitching (in our son’s case). Very nice to see comments and information out there. He’s hoping to play college baseball and its great to get as much info as we can. Thanks for posting the information and comments. :-)

  • Son just got back from workouts. He is 10 years 8 months. 4′ 11″ 80 lbs. Ran a 4.49 30 yard and a 8.64 60 yard. Any suggestions on how to get speed up? Would like to get the 30 to similair contrast with the 60. He seems so have high end speed but lacks that initial burst or at least it appears that way. Parachutes? Sled? We do three workouts a week that includes warrior run, three cone, four cone, powerball, etc. Any suggestions would help. Thanks. And he throws 61mph from 54′ averaging .36 per inning and 2.83 ERA and 1.41 stikeouts per inning with 8 no hit appearances last year (7 – 3 inning outings and one perfect 4 inning outing) in AAA USSSA.

  • Dear Dude Man,
    Beef your kid up!! That’s a sure fire way to speed him up, haha. Speed is one thing but it won’t get you to play baseball. One thing I’ve found after all my years of baseball, is that if you can hit, you’ll play. Coaches will find a spot for you on that 9/10 player if you can crush the ball. Hence the reason why baseball teams still recruit fat kids…

  • My son who is a sophomore has been doing alot of combines and is being looked at by a few colleges already. His strength is his speed. He currently runs a 6.6 60 yd. after speaking with many of the recruits this is what I’m hearing… If you have speed like that its a gift and can’t be taught so as long as a fast runner can make contact you should be good. They will teach him to hit!!! Obviously if you can be a power hitter then great but they all have told him not to concentrate on that as much as arm strength. So if your child has the gift you should do the same. If not then what I’m seeing is the exact opposite… Its all about your hitting. At these combines they Really examine their hitting! Prob over half the time is spent on it. Hope this helps!