The AFL Reaction Time test is a test of eye-hand coordination and reaction time in which the players are required to hit a board as many times as they can in 30 seconds.
purpose: to measure reaction time in sports players
equipment required: a specially developed Australian made timer provided by SVT, which is composed of a grid of 32 lights aligned in 4 rows of 8.
pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, gender and test conditions. Record preferred hand. See more details of pre-test procedures.
procedure: For the AFL test, the athlete is required to hit a series of random lights as fast as they can, and as many times as they can, in 30 seconds, and the SVT measures their reaction time. The software used with the board has preset programs so you can design any sequence of lights to appear. E.g. if you are testing a boxer you can design 3 lights to mimic a "Jab, Jab then a hook", but for a soccer goalkeeper you can program peripheral lights only.
scoring: The score recorded is the number of touches in 30 seconds (as used by the AFL).
disadvantages: the testing apparatus needs to be purchased
target population: this test was designed specifically for Australian Rules football players, but is also used in other sports.
comments: there is also a 80 light timer available from SVT.
The Test in Action
- This test is part of the protocol for the annual AFL Combine.
- Tap reaction time — another online reaction time test, in which you respond to a change in screen color by tapping the screen.
- Light Board Reaction Timer — description of a reaction and coordination test used in testing boxers.
- Batak Reaction Board Test — a commercially available reaction testing system for sports.
- Test your reaction time A fun test of your finger clicking reaction time.
- A discussion about the Fitness Combine for AFL
- About testing Reaction Time
- See other coordination and reaction time tests
- Video examples of Reaction Time Tests.