Volleyball is a sport in which both skill and fitness play a very significant part. There would be different fitness demands whether playing indoor or beach volleyball, though this discussion is about fitness testing for volleyball in general.
To be a successful volleyball player good speed, power and agility around the court. See our discussion of the Fitness Components for Volleyball.
Listed below are some suggested tests, there are many other tests that you could use (see the complete List of Fitness Tests). See also an example of tests that are used for the recruiting volleyball players for the AIS eTID program.
Fitness Tests for Volleyball
Though there are different fitness requirements for the different playing positions, all players on a volleyball team need to be able to play in all positions at some time, so all the following fitness tests would be relevant.
|Fitness Component||example tests||comments|
|Strength and Power||
||Explosive leg power is very important for vertical jumping and speed of movement around the court. Strength and power tests should also be done to determine initial levels and to monitor strength changes in conjunction with training programs. Core stability and abdominal function is important in agility and balance, and in the controlling of movement and execution of skills.|
|Speed and agility||
||Acceleration and agility are very important in volleyball, for moving with balance quickly around the court.|
||Aerobic fitness is not of great importance for volleyball. Having a high level will reduce the effect of fatigue during long periods of play or over a tournament week. Aerobic fitness training may be used in the off season to keep body weight in check, and testing can be used for motivation during these periods.|
||The flexibility tests should be specific to the actions of volleyball. Being flexible enables greater range of movement in the execution of spiking, and movements around the court may be easier. Good flexibility may also reduce the incidence of injury in the long term.|
|Body Size||With junior athletes, these measures can be used for talent identification. More about anthropometry and volleyball.|
||Excess body fat would affect the volleyballer's ability to move freely around the court, and it would also increase fatigue during training and games as the excess weight does not benefit the sport.|
- Discussion of the Fitness Components for Volleyball
- anthropometry and volleyball
- Volleyball Fitness
- Warming up for Volleyball
- Poll about the Fitness components for volleyball
- Testing for Talent Identification in Beach Volleyball
- Home of Volleyball
- All about fitness testing