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Flying 30 metre Test

Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made. In the analysis, we need to consider the factors influencing the results.


To monitor the development of the athlete's maximum sprint speed.

Required Resources

To conduct this test, you will require:

  • Flat non-slip surface
  • Cones
  • Stopwatch
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

This test requires the athlete to sprint 60 metres.

  • The athlete conducts a warm-up for 10 minutes
  • The assistant marks out a 60-metre straight section (AC) with cones and places a cone at the 30-metre point (B)
  • From a sprint start with appropriate start commands (on your marks, set, "GO") from the assistant, the athlete sprints the 60m
  • The assistant starts the stopwatch with the command "GO"
  • The assistant records the time the athlete's torso crosses the 30-metre point (B) and the 60-metre point (C)

Flying 30


The following normative data, adapted from Chu (1996)[1], has been obtained from tests conducted with world-class athletes.

Gender Excellent Above Average Average Below Average Poor
Male <2.6 secs 2.6 - 2.9 secs 2.9 - 3.1 secs 3.1 - 3.3 secs >3.3 secs
Female <3.0 secs 3.0 - 3.3 secs 3.3 - 3.5 secs 3.5 - 3.7 secs >3.7 secs

The following table, adapted from Davis (2000)[2], are national norms for 16 to 19-year-olds.

Gender Excellent Above Average Average Below Average Poor
Male <4 4.0 - 4.2 4.3 - 4.4 4.5 - 4.6 >4.6
Female <4.5 4.5 - 4.6 4.7 - 4.8 4.9 - 5.0 >5.0

The following calculator will give you an assessment of your potential 60m, 100m and 200m times. Enter the time for the first 30 metres and the time for the whole 60 metres, and then select the calculate button to analyse the results.

30m time secs   60m time secs
Flying 30m secs   60m secs
100m secs   200m secs

Calculations are based on Dick (1987)[3] table of controls for 100/200m/400m athletes.


The test result is analysed by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's sprint speed with appropriate training between each test.

Target Group

This test is suitable for sprinters but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.


Test reliability refers to how a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides various factors influencing the results and test reliability.


Test validity refers to the degree to which the test measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions based on test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor training on the athlete's physical development.


  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • Can be conducted almost anywhere


  • Assistant required to administer the test

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  1. CHU, D.A. (1996) Explosive Power and Strength. Champaign: Human Kinetics
  2. DAVIS, B. et al. (2000) Physical Education and the study of sport. 4th ed. London: Harcourt Publishers. p. 125
  3. DICK, F. (1987) Sprints and Relays. 5th ed. London: BAAB. p. 22-23

Page Reference

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  • MACKENZIE, B. (1999) Flying 30 metre Test [WWW] Available from: [Accessed