The Illinois Agility Sprint Test

Agility, speed, and coordination are psycho-motor skills for which considerable time is spent in the professional sports training programs. For monitoring the progress of these skills, tests are performed for defining general picture of the current state and the results of the old and new analysis are later compared.

One of the most frequent tests for evaluation is the Illinois Agility Test - Getchell, 1979. This test is designed to assess your ability of accelerating and quickly turning from different angles and in different directions.

It's easy and simple for performing; and you don't need a lot of equipment. Choosing an appropriate field (athletics track, a flat grass surface, or parquet) would be enough, as well as appropriate footwear to avoid instability and sliding during sharp curves.

The purpose of the test is for the shortest possible time to run the course which has strictly specific pattern turns and thereby avoid contact with the cones.

Equipment required:

  • Chronometer
  • 8 cones
  • Measuring tape for the length of the course

Setting the test and performing it

  • 4 cones (on the outer sides) are set to form a rectangular course with 10 meters in length and 5 meters in width;
  • Another 4 cones are placed along the center line of the rectangular field; each cone in the center is spaced 3.3 meters apart;
  • Determine which cone (out of the 4 set on the outer sides) will be your starting point for the test
  • The starting position of the athlete is from the outer side of the starting cone; in a position for push-ups with the head placed parallel with the cone.
  • At a given signal, with maximal effort, the athlete should cross the route as fast as possible
  • The test is performed three times with a pause of 3-4 minutes between the performances; at the end the best result is taken into account.
  • You can find variations of the same test, with minor modifications in the starting position of the athlete (low or high start), just touching the cones instead of winding around them, or with shorter distance between the inner cones, etc.

Comparison table

Sex        Excellent   Above average       Average        Below average       Poor

Male    <15.2 sec    15.2 - 16.1 sec   16.2 - 18.1 sec   18.2 - 19.3 sec   > 19.3 sec

Female <17.0 sec   17.0 - 17.9 sec   18.0 - 21.7 sec   21.8 - 23.0 sec   > 23.0 sec

Nick Wald holds the world record in the performance of the Illinois Agility test with a time of 10.28 seconds. This record was set on 9th December 2011. James Allen held the previous record with a time of 11:42 seconds.

04 December 2012

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