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The SCORE evaluation is based in part on vertical power, which is measured by the athlete's performance on the Sanford SCORE vertical jumps. To measure vertical power, the athlete will be performing a standing vertical and approach vertical jump. You can either use a vertec device or a measuring tape (about 12 ft). If you're using a measuring tape, access the drill instructions from the View Drill Worksheets page. You will need someone to measure the jumps.

Standing Vertical Using a Vertec

  1. SetUp

    Place the vertec device on a flat surface, allowing a minimum distance of ten feet from any other object.

  2. Test & Measure

    The athlete stands beside the vertec, directly under the wands. The heels and toes of both feet should be even with each other. The athlete may squat and swing his or her arms, but his or her feet must stay on the ground before the jump.

    The athlete jumps straight into the air, reaching as high as possible with one hand, and swats as many wands away as possible. The athlete will have three attempts to reach higher.

  3. Calculate & Record

    Record the highest mark in feet and inches, rounding to the nearest half-inch (example: 10 ft, 1.5 in). The highest mark will be used for the athlete's SCORE.

Approach Vertical Using a Vertec

  1. SetUp

    Place the vertec device on a flat surface, allowing a minimum distance of ten feet from any other object.

  2. Test & Measure

    The athlete stands about three feet from the vertec, facing the wands. The athlete takes one step forward, bringing his or her back foot even with the first, and then jumps with both feet. The athlete may squat and swing his or her arms before the jump.

    The athlete jumps straight into the air, reaching as high as possible with one hand, and swats as many wands away as possible. The athlete will have three attempts to reach higher.

  3. Calculate & Record

    Record the highest mark in feet and inches, rounding to the nearest half-inch (example: 10 ft, 3.5 in). The highest mark will be used for the athlete's SCORE.