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Vertical Jump Height Norms

The Vertical Jump test is a very common test for measuring explosive leg power. There are many variations and technique for conducting this test, for a summary see direct and indirect vertical jump measurement methods. The expected results may be affected by these test variations - these norms should be used as just a guide, and are based on the vertical jump off two legs, no run-up, no pause, and with full arm movements. See also a selection of vertical jump athlete test results, and also details about converting jump height to power or work scores.

Vertical Jump Norm Table

The table below categorizes the vertical jump height in centimeters and inches for adult men and women. This ranking scale is based on my observations, and will give a general idea of what is a good score.

  males females
rating (inches) (cm) (inches) (cm)
excellent > 28 > 70 > 24 > 60
very good 24 - 28 61-70 20 - 24 51-60
above average 20 - 24 51-60 16 - 20 41-50
average 16 - 20 41-50 12 - 16 31-40
below average 12 - 16 31-40 8 - 12 21-30
poor 8 - 12 21-30 4 - 8 11-20
very poor < 8 < 21 < 4 < 11

data source: personal experience

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