Diamond Devils participating in 300 Challenge

Blue Devils baseball players have been working on their strength during the offseason, one part of head coach Greg Williams' 300 Challenge. Players and coaches were in the weight room Wednesday as part of the program.

TIFTON — Baseball season is still two months away, but head coach Greg Williams has already put his players through a challenge, the 300 Challenge.

Williams said he uses the 300 Challenge to help evaluate players. Ideally, each varsity player will hit that score. Points are awarded in the 60-yard dash, pro shuttle, z-drill, box drill a 1.5-mile run, 185-pound bench press, 200-pound squad, pull-ups, push-ups and sit-ups. Each event awards 50 points, with 500 possible.

“It shows me strength,” he said. “it shows me they’re strong enough to be on the varsity.” Williams noted the variety of drills, which range from strength to agility to conditioning.

Williams said his all-time record is 422.5, set at his previous school, Cook. He said he had a few Blue Devils come close to topping that this fall.

There are rewards hitting the 300 goal. In January, there will be a banquet honoring those players. Beyond the top points earners, the ceremony will also honor the player with the fastest time in the 1.5-mile run.

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