In order for a metric to be successful it must be relevant, accepted, repeatable, accessible, and unbiased. With this in mind, the testing performed at various AVCA events is completed using means and equipment that completely removes tester bias and allows the athlete to supply data that is truly their own. It is important to understand that some scores may not be exactly what you as an athlete, parent, or coach have become accustomed to seeing or be exactly the same as previous scores in other environments. This explanation will allow those viewing the data to have a greater understanding of the testing protocol.
1. Height: (Stadiometer) Athlete stands with both feet flat on floor. Measurement in inches from floor to the top of athlete head.
2. Standing Reach: (Stadiometer) Athlete stands with both feet flat and reaches dominant arm to as high as possible without moving feet (shoes on). Measured in inches from floor at fingertips.
3. Block Touch (VERT): Athlete starts in standing position and is allowed to load prior to jump with no step (traditional teachnique, i.e. no swing block movement); both hands are extended maximally and pass through electronic gate. Measured in inches from floor at fingertips.
4. Vertical Jump (VERT): Athlete starts in standing position and loads with no step and jumps straight up reaching with preferred hand. Vertical jump is displayed on readout of VERT app as a measurement from standing reach to height of fingertips at the top of the jump. Measured in inches.
5. Attack Height: (SoloSpike SmartBall) Athlete is allowed a full approach and instructed to take a maximal swing. Ball must travel in a line below horizontal to be counted as a testing contact i.e. contact must be near top of the ball. Measured in inches from floor to the TOP of the ball. This measure is similar to approach touch but typically 4-6 inches lower due to the requirement of actually contacting the ball in a true swing.
6. Velocity (Arm Swing Speed): (SoloSpike Smartball) Athlete is allowed a full approach and instructed to take a maximal swing. Ball must travel in a line below horizontal to be counted as a testing contact. This measurement is taken on the same swing as Attack Height to create testing consistency and a correlation between the two tests. (Measured in miles per hour (MPH)
7. Pro Agility - (Brower timing System) Standard Pro Agility of 5-10-5 measured in yards, or 15-30-15 measured in feet. Athlete starts in the middle of court, starting the timing device by breaking the laser beam and moving 15 feet to their preferred side, touching the floor, moving 30 feet across the court to the other touch spot and finishing by crossing the 15 feet back to the middle. Test is measured in seconds.
8. Acceleration (Brower Timing System) Athlete places rear foot on start pad and front foot at starting line. Athlete starts within 5 seconds of contacting the start pad and sprints through finish beam. Distance is 15 feet and measures in seconds.
AVCA is partnered with Kyle Norris, MS ATC and SoloSpike in development and administration of these tests. Please feel free to contact Kyle, firstname.lastname@example.org, or me with any questions or comments you have regarding the testing protocol.