Why Take The Shuttle?
In the last decade for simplicity of organization and communication college football programs began dividing their athletes up into the following groups. The feeling was that administering drills and assigning comparative performance objectives tended to be simpler and fairer.
Skill - WR, DB, RB
Big Skill - FB, LB, TE
OLine - OL
DLine - DL
Having a large group of able bodied athletes perform a shuttle test is a good way to obtain estimates of cardiorespiratory fitness. The types of shuttle tests a coach may use are seemingly infinite. The 300 yard shuttle test is very popular and can be administered by running 2x300 yards, 6x50 yards, 12x25 yards or in other manners as long as you have normative data that makes sense.
When you obtain shuttle times they may have to be adjusted for your population. Data that you may have obtained from a particular coach or over the internet is often modified based on a coach's experience and the athleticism of their populace. The following shuttle times are from a National Championship football program and would be fun to compare your results with the nation's best.
Two 300 yd shuttles...5x60 yards with 2 minutes rest between shuttles
Must average the predetermined times based upon your football position group regardless of body weight to be considered fit.
Skill 48 seconds
Big Skill 50 seconds
DLine 52 seconds
Oline 54 seconds
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