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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 using appropriate technique. 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 using both arms. 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/AcuSpike): 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) (Motus): 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 at the hand (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 start/finish beam and moving 15 feet to their left and touching the floor. Changing directions, the athlete sprints 30 feet across the court to the other touch line and finishes by again changing directions and sprinting 15 feet back across the finish line. Test measured in seconds.
8. Acceleration (Brower Timing System): Athlete starts in position of their choice facing the finish line. Timing begins with the first movement through the starting beam and finishes when the athlete 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, with any questions or comments regarding the testing protocol.