Athletic Ratios and the Third Dimension

Isn't it interesting how the evolution of certain sports into the third dimension (ie. vertical, to go with length and width) has radically changed their nature? In baseball, hitters began to take the defence out of play by hitting the ball over the fence, thereby shifting the desired player makeup in favour of power. In football, the forward pass became the deep threat, and the new requisite athletic skill became 4.3 speed. And in basketball, wing cutters stymied tough defence by elevating for the alley-oop, causing leaping ability to become that sport's holy mantra.

In each case, going over the defence caused a shift in the athletic ratio required for that sport, considering the components of athleticism to be speed, strength, power, agility, quickness, coordination, balance, and endurance.

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  1. sportsBabel » On Massumi's Logic of Relation: Field says:

    [...] of it) to privilege a planar perspective of the field of potential. Some time ago I mentioned how a shift in the dimensions and trajectories of certain sports consequently shifted the strategies used to excel in competition and hence the types of athletic [...]