Illinois Agility Test
Agility is an important component of many team sports, though it is not always tested, and is often difficult to interpret results. The Illinois Agility Test (Getchell, 1979) is a commonly used test of agility in sports, and as such there are many norms available.
- purpose: to test running agility
- equipment required: flat non-slip surface, marking cones, stopwatch, measuring tape, timing gates (optional)
- procedure: The length of the course is 10 meters and the width (distance between the start and finish points) is 5 meters. Four cones are used to mark the start, finish and the two turning points. Another four cones are placed down the center an equal distance apart. Each cone in the center is spaced 3.3 meters apart. Subjects should lie on their front (head to the start line) and hands by their shoulders. On the 'Go' command the stopwatch is started, and the athlete gets up as quickly as possible and runs around the course in the direction indicated, without knocking the cones over, to the finish line, at which the timing is stopped. (see illinois test video examples)
- results: An excellent score is under 15.2 seconds for a male, less than 17 seconds for a female. See the full rating norm scores for the Illinois Test.
- Advantages: This is a simple test to administer, requiring little equipment. Also, the players ability to turn in different directions and different angles is tested.
- Disadvantages: Choice of footwear and surface of area can effect times greatly. Results can be subject to timing inconsistencies, which may be overcome by using timing gates. Cannot distinguish between left and right turning ability.
- Variations: the starting and finishing sides can be swapped, so that turning direction is reversed.
- References: Getchell B. Physical Fitness: A Way of Life, 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley
and Sons, Inc., 1979.