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Health- and Skill-Related Fitness Octathlon
May 18, 2000, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Speed is a skill-related fitness component that is defined as the capacity for very fast, all-out repetitive movement (typically evaluated by measurement of sprinting performance).
Activity Description
Objective: Complete the test as quickly as possible while conforming to test rules.
Speed Test Procedures:
Twelve inch cones (2 X 2) placed to form a rectangle (four lanes wide and 40 meters long) at about the center of the front 100m stretch of the track. The event requires each team to place 4 participants at each end of the rectangle (any combination is permissible as long as the team's lineup includes 4 males and four females). Each runner must complete 40 meters and pass the batton to the next runner. The last runner must cross the finish line with batton in hand. The best of as many trials the team choses to perform (as allowed within the station's time limit), will be recorded as the team's final performance.
Speed Test Rules:
  • Minimum two second penalty for early start during exchange (per runner)
  • No penalty for dropping batton, but it must be picked up!
  • Minimum five second penalty for tossing batton to the next runner.
Speed Test Scoring:
Time is measured (to the nearest tenth of a second) from the "GO" command until the eight runner crosses the finish line. All penalty times will be added to the best performance; no exceptions, no kidding.
A team may repeat this event as many times as possible within the allocated 10-12 minute station activity time frame. It is legal to use substitutes during a second, third...etc. trial. The best complete performance by any one coherent group of 4 men and 4 women per team will be added to that team's overall Fitness Octathlon performance score.
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