505 Agility Test
The 505 Agility test is a test of 180 degree turning ability. The test may also be adapted for sport specific testing by having the subject dribble a soccer ball or hockey ball though the course, or bounce a basketball.
- equipment required: start/stop timing gates or stopwatch, non-slip running surface, cone markers
- procedure: markers are set up 5 and 15 meters from a line marked on the ground. The athlete runs from the 15 meter marker towards the line (run in distance to build up speed) and through the 5 m markers, turns on the line and runs back through the 5 m markers. The time is recorded from when the athletes first runs through the 5 meter marker, and stopped when they return through these markers (that is, the time taken to cover the 5 m up and back distance - 10 m total). The best of two trails is recorded. The turning ability on each leg should be tested. The subject should be encouraged to not overstep the line by too much, as this will increase their time. (see video)
- advantages: accurate and simple test of agility
- disadvantages: time consuming to test large groups, and expensive need to purchase timing gates (though hand timing with a stopwatch is possible)
- comments: This is a test of 180 degree turning ability. This ability may not be applicable to some sports.