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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 but in the analysis we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.


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

Required Resources

To undertake 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 on 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 the results of 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 provide you with an assessment of your potential 60m, 100m and 200m times. Enter the time for the first 30 metres, the time for whole 60 metres and then select the calculate button for an analysis of the results.

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


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

Target Group

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


Test reliability refers to the degree to which 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 a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.


Test validity refers to the degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of 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. Spain: Harcourt. p. 125

Page Reference

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

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