Quote from donk
Here are my thoughts/considerations.
What are the purpose of these tests? To motivate during the off season? Decide training schedules? Injury prevention? Selecting an event to focus on?
1) I like the idea of tests that can be summed to give an overall score. The athlete can see a progress in a single test, or overall..focusing on the positives
2) Flexibility test - this could be a sit and reach or shoulder dislocates. overhead squat below parallel with as narrow of a grip as possible with a PVC pipe.
3) Strength test - any type squat for a single, triple, fiver, (overhead, front, back), bench, military press.
4) Explosive test - push press, power clean, high pull, power snatch, snatch pull....broad jumps, triple jumps, 40 yd, 20 yd dash, medicine ball toss for distance.
5) Intelligence test - Why not? NFL drafts take a wonderlic test. Show them a video and ask them some cues, corrections, positives. Who won the last meet? what was their distance? Who anchored our 4x4 last meet? Who won mens shotput gold in Athens? (THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Go Adam!) If I have seven apples and jodi has three bananas, how far can I throw an orange?
6) Agility - dot drills, shuttle runs, 20 yard backward run.
7) Surprise test - Just to keep things fun and looking forward to the next tests. Specifically if its off season and meets are soooo far away. Three legged run, 20 yard balancing an egg on a spoon potato sack race, medicine ball dodgeball, sit up for reps, bench for reps, curl for reps, farmers walks, tire flips.
Just a rambling that I hope helps the discussion or gets you thinking.
published at May 31st 2013 5:37pm on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/