Thoughts on ODM & the Allister Index
The ODM and Athletic Index
Apart from the various National Championships that are being played all over the country right now, perhaps the hottest topic among players and parents out there is the ODM and the Allister Index. We are inundated each and every day with questions about these measurables from players who have them, players who want to get them, and people who are just hearing about them. So, I thought I would take a few minutes and talk about OnDeck Measurements and the corresponding Allister Index.
First, OnDeck Measurements is a company run KJ Allister and Kevin Hennessee. ODM’s role is relatively simple. OnDeck Measurements attends each of our eve and tests players. KJ and Kevin have also attend tournaments as a seperate entity and to test players. They are also closing in on 7 facilities across they country that provide testing for players in the area.
In the last five years, OnDeck Measurements has tested almost 12,000 athletes. Yes. You read that correctly. ODM has numbers on almost 10,000 players from across the country, and ODM will be closing in on 15,000 by the end of 2017. Again, let me make this very clear . . . ODM will have numbers for almost 15,000 softball players by late 2017. So please understand the magnitude of that. This is not some “stop watch” operation. ODM is a sophisticated testing program that uses laser timing equipment, highly sophisticated medical dynamometers, a radar gun used by every MLB organization, and the Zepp Sensor.
Here are some thoughts on the Allister Index numbers from the past with you, so you can put your numbers, or your daughter’s numbers, in context. These players are all going to the highest level softball schools in this country, so please keep that in mind. All of these players will most likely play in the NCAA Tournament in the future if they stay with their team. They all have a chance to be great players. And all these players were either freshmen in college this past year, will be starting their college careers in the Fall, or have committed to the school of their dreams. I think the numbers will give you a good perspective –
• Big 12 Slapper – 84.8175
• Big 12 Hitter – 97.0148
• Big 12 SS – 74.33446
• ACC Slapper – 89.9339
• ACC Hitter – 74.1242
• ACC OF – 66.4806
• SEC Slapper – 90.4111
• SEC Hitter – 69.84203
• SEC SS – 93.0496
• Pac 12 Slapper – 84.148
• Pac 12 Hitter – 94.6119
• Pac 12 UT – 78.5201
• Big 10 Slapper – 80.198
• Big 10 Hitter – 84.8864
• Big 10 UT – 88.8297
As you can see, the numbers vary to a great degree since the Allister Index is only a measure of softball athleticism. Every player still needs to be able to hit it, throw it, and catch it in order to be good. The Big 12 SS was recruited by most major schools across the country. She was only a 9th grader when she tested, and she would certainly be better now. But two years ago, she was young and a bit immature. As a result, she tested in the mid 70’s. The SEC Hitter is very good. She actually appeared in the WCWS this year. Now while she has some things to improve upon, the young lady can hit. And her ability to hit trumps her slightly lower Athletic Index score. The ACC OF is one of the best OF prospects in the country. She covers in CF like few we have seen. And her instincts for the game allow her to overcome her lower Index. The Pac 12 hitter is a monster athlete. As is the Big 10 UT player. Both, however, have slightly lower skill sets, and it will be interesting to see if they can harness their athleticism and maximize their talents.
But my last point is most crucial. There is a Big 12 position player who probably will be an All-American someday and is going to one of the major schools in that conference, her Allister Index years ago was 57.67115. Needless to say, she is much bigger, stronger, and faster today. Another young lady who came to us as an 8th grader recently committed to one of the top SEC schools. Her Allister Index as a 7th grader?? 46.8805. Like the player going to the Big 12, this youngster came to us as a kid; now she is a young adult. She would be far higher than that 46 today.
I will close with a player from Arizona. She came to us as an 8th grader and posted a score in the mid 70’s. Nine months later, as a 9th grader, she was up to the low 80’s. This summer she tested at 86 – the result of her becoming bigger and stronger. And she will only continue to improve as she matures and develops. So, I hope this put some context into those numbers you have, or those numbers you see on our site. While the ODM Numbers and the Allister Index are key components in the recruiting puzzle, they are only one part of a larger equation. The key to it all is to continue to work hard, develop your athleticism, develop your skill set, and have fun playing the game.
See you at the ball park ~ Derek