VOLLEYBALL COMBINE TESTS EXPLAINED
POWERED BY NORTHWEST FITNESS
Height, Weight, & Arm Span: To establish height, athletes are measured by tape with both heels firmly secured on the floor. Recorded distance is from the floor to the crown of the head, recorded to the nearest half inch. Arm Span is measured by tape with the athlete’s arms spread fully, as the distance from the T3/T5 vertebrae to the tip of the fingers. Measurements are to the nearest half inch. Weight is measured with shoes by digital scale (this measurement is primarily for use with our instruments and is not digitally published).
Group Injury and Mobility Screening: Players will be moved through a dynamic warm-up intended to wake-up the neuromuscular system as well as identify any inconsistencies or limitations in shoulder and hip mobility. This is an opportunity to engage athletes with several pre-hab and re-hab strategies that they can employ as they continue their career to maximize performance and limit injury.
Block Jump: While standing with both feet stationed directly under the Vertec, the athlete jumps (without the use of any approach or rocker step) for height and touches with 1 hand as high as possible on the measure tape or similar. The better of 3 attempts will be recorded to the nearest half inch.
Approach Jump Off 2 Feet: By utilizing a normal spike approach, the athlete jumps (using a 2 foot take off) for height and touches with 1 hand as high as possible on the measure tape or similar. The better of 3 attempts will be recorded to the nearest half inch.
Quick Jump Drill: Measures the number and height of jumps in a set period of time, including both contact time and flight time measured by dynamic digital force plate.
Standing Spike Speed (MPH): Used as a measure of shoulder mobility and upper body strength. Players hit the ball from a self-toss with maximal strength toward the target zone. Players cannot jump or move their feet. Ball speed is measured in MPH by Doppler Radar to the tenth of a mph.
Spike Speed (MPH): Used as a measure of power production at the point of attack. Players hit the ball tossed by a coach to a height of 2 to 3 m (second tempo) with maximal strength toward the target zone. Player uses basic spike technique (approach, jump, hit, and land). Ball speed is measured in MPH by Doppler Radar to the tenth of a mph.
Court Shuttle Run: This drill is an augmented 5-10-5 Pro Agility Shuttle used by USA Volleyball in their various National Team Recruiting Combines and Performance Camps. In this drill, athletes will complete 4 directional turns over the distance of a standard court width. The drill begins by placing a 1 foot long strip of tape, perpendicular to the net, bisecting the base line (4.5 meters from the sideline). This tape line constitutes the starting position. The athlete assumes a defensive position straddling the tape line facing the coach and touches the line with a hand. When the athlete and timer are ready, the athlete begins with a crossover step toward the sideline to the athlete’s right (1). After the beginning crossover step, the athlete may run and touch the sideline with her right hand (2). Then run to the left sideline and touch that line with her left hand (3). They then run to the right sideline again and touch that line with their right hand (4), and then run to the left sideline and touch it with her left hand (5). The athlete finishes by running back through the original tape mark at 4.5 meters (6). The timer begins the “clock” when the athlete lifts her hand from the tape line and stops the clock when they cross over the line after touching both sidelines. Better of 3 attempts is scored, test is laser timed.