Athletic Testing Combine
HaysMed Sports Medicine’s Athletic Testing Combine is one of the premier testing and evaluation programs in the state. Athletes have access to professional testing equipment and the expertise of nationally certified strength and conditioning specialists.
Based on the testing protocols of collegiate and professional programs, the Athletic Testing Combine was developed specifically for middle school and high school athletes to provide them with accurate and reliable information. The combine evaluates speed, agility, explosiveness, and power through a variety of standardized tests that correlate to athletic performance.
After testing is complete, athletes will receive an individualized athletic profile which includes their results, percentile ratings for each event, national averages for athletes their age as well as results for college and professional athletes. Coaches will also be sent a copy of their athletes’ results. Each report is designed to provide valuable insight into current levels of performance, track improvement from year to year, or set goals for the future. In addition to those reports, the results of the testing are sent to colleges throughout the Midwest as a recruiting tool for area athletes.
The Athletic Testing Combine is a great way for athletes to compete against some of the state’s best athletes, showcase their talents, and increase their exposure to college programs in the Midwest.
What is a Combine?
Combines are well-known to all college football players who are trying to be selected by the NFL. The results of each evaluation are used to identify the top players for the professional draft. Similar events are now being used by other sports and age groups as a means to test athletic skills including speed, power, strength, and agility. A combine makes it easier for coaches, athletes, and recruiters to evaluate an athlete’s overall athletic ability.
Who can take part in a Combine?
Any athlete in 6th grade or older who wants to evaluate his or her athletic skills. We will measure every aspect of your ability and allow you to see where you stack up compared to athletes from Kansas and across the country.
Why should I attend?
Our goal is to give highly skilled and motivated athletes the opportunity to showcase their athletic ability. Most athletes attend for the following reasons
- Have struggled to “get noticed” due to geographic location
- Wanted to compare themselves to other top athletes in the region
- Get their name out as a motivated prospect
- Use as a means of setting personal goals or evaluating progress
- Receive accurate, unbiased testing data
Individual player profiles are a comprehensive way to present high school athletes to college programs. The player profile answers many of the questions college coaches have about athletes during the recruiting process. Results of the testing combine are sent to colleges.
What do I get for attending?
Personal player profile including combine results and background information
Opportunity to compete with some of the state’s best athletes
What tests and skills will be performed?
Athletes will be measured in seated shot put, pro agility, vertical jump, standing broad jump, bench press, 10/40 yard dash.
What if I cannot participate in all of the events?
You can still attend and participate. All tests not performed will be labeled “NP” on the results.
Who will be doing the testing?
The testing and recording will be performed by Certified Athletic Trainers, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists, Personal Trainers, and other Wellness Specialists from the Center for Health Improvement. Our staff is highly trained and all data will be objective with standardized rules for each event.
How does the overall athletic rating work?
Each test result is assigned a specific point value based on a scoring system. The system was developed as a means to compare athletes of different heights, weights, and gender. All of these factors are taken into account to score males and females of all sizes on equal basis. The overall athletic rating is calculated by totaling the scores from each event in order to determine an athlete’s overall athletic ability.
What registration or sign-up needs to be completed?
Registration should be completed and brought to the event. Payment and registration may be brought the day of the event.
Testing Rules and Procedures
Seated Shot Put
This test is used to measure an athlete’s upper body power.
The best of the three attempts will be recorded.
- Athlete will sit on the floor in V sit position with his/her back up against the wall. Legs must lay flat on the floor.
- The athlete’s lower back must remain against the wall during the entire throw. The athlete’s upper back may come off the wall, but the lower back must remain stationary. Throws that are done while the lower back leaves contact from the wall will not be counted.
- Athlete will throw the shot, utilizing both hands, as far as he/she can. Distance will be marked and the shot returned to the athlete for their next attempt
Pro Agility (Gym Floor or Indoor Track)
This test is 20-yard agility test. Each athlete will perform 2 electronically timed attempts. The better of the two attempts will be recorded.
- Athletes will begin each attempt by straddling the middle line, while facing the timer. Athletes will be instructed by the person running the test as to when they may begin
- Athletes use their right hand to touch the line on the right and his/her left hand when touching the line to the left. It is extremely important that athletes touch both lines with the correct hand.
- Athletes may go to either direction at the start. After touching the line, athlete will sprint back across 10 yards to the other line, touching it with the correct hand. Athlete will then sprint back, finishing across the middle line.
- If an athlete falls, or fails to perform the test correctly, they will be allowed to redo the attempt,at the discretion of the starter and/or finish line representative
This test will be measured by utilizing a Vertec™ system. Each athlete will perform three attempts, with the best of the three being recorded to the nearest one-half inch.
- Athlete should prepare to jump by standing with their dominant hand/arm closest to the Vertec™.
- Athlete is allowed to bend in any position and use their arms in any fashion they want, but they must jump stationary off of two feet. Athletes are not allowed to perform a “gather step”, or have a “running start”.
The standing broad jump will be measured as the distance from the starting line to the nearest heel. Measurements will be taken in inches, to the nearest one/half inch. The best of three attempts will be recorded.
- The athlete must jump and be able to “stick” the landing.
- No gather step or running start is allowed
- The athlete is not allowed to fall backwards and/or reach back with a hand.
10-Yard Dash / 40-Yard Dash (Indoor or Outdoor Track)
Each athlete will have the opportunity to run two electronically timed 40-yard sprints with electronic timers recording times at both 10 and 40 yards. Athlete times will be timed to the nearest one-hundredth of a second, with the better of the two attempts recorded.
- Athlete must start each sprint from a 3-point stance.
- The “Starter” will monitor each start and start the timer, on the athlete’s first movement.
- If an athlete falls, or fails to perform the test correctly, they will be allowed to redo the attempt,at the discretion of the starter and/or finish line representative.
Each athlete will perform as many repetitions as possible with the chosen weight. Weight choices are: 65lbs, 95lbs, 125lbs, 155lbs, 185lbs, or 225 lbs.
Total repetitions obtained will then be converted to a One-Repetition Maximum, using a formula. This One-Repetition Maximum will be recorded.
- Buttocks cannot be raised off the bench.
- The elbows must be completely locked in order for each repetition to count