MAX VERTICAL REACH
Vertical Reach can be measured professionally by using a Vertec or less accurately at home by using a chalk wall. This protocal method can only be used to get an approximate measurement of how high the feet get off the ground.
Numerous organizations use this as a standard test, including the NFL and NHL Combines, and NIKE SPARQ Baseball testing.
Keeping the feet flat on the ground, the point of the fingertips is marked or recorded. This is called the standing reach height. The athlete then stands with the tip of their toes in line with the Vertec Tabs. Keeping the feet flat on the the ground, the athletes loads into the athletic position, then leaps vertically as high as possible using both arms and legs to assist in projecting the body upwards. Driving the elbows through the ears the athlete extends through the Vertec tabs at peak height. Athletes should be instructed that upon landing to attempt to return to the athletic position with a deep bend in the knee.
The Vertical Jump Max is way that coaches and athletes can evaluate a combination of explosiveness and range. The Max Vertical Reach test measures the difference between a jump straight up off both feet, and the reach height. The result is therefore independent of someone's actual height and wingspan.
The Max Vertical Reach test is often confused with Vertical Jump Max, which is a measure of the maximum height an athlete can elevate their center of mass.