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Illinois Agility Run Test Reliability Essay

Illinois Agility Run 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.


The objective of the Illinois Agility Run Test (Getchell 1979)[2] is to monitor the development of the athlete's agility.

Required Resources

To undertake this test you will require:

  • Flat non-slip surface
  • 8 cones
  • Stopwatch
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

This test requires the athlete to run the red line route in the diagram below as fast as possible.

  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The assistance sets up the course as detailed in the diagram
  • The athlete lies face down on the floor at the “Start” cone
  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch.
  • The athlete jumps to his/her feet and negotiates the course around the cones following the red line route shown in the diagram  to the finish
  • The assistant stops the stopwatch and records the time when the athlete passes the “Finish” cone


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 agility and speed.

Target Group

This test is suitable for team sports 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
  • The test can be administered by the athlete
  • Can be conducted almost anywhere


  • Assistant required to administer the test


  1. DAVIS, B. et al. (2000) Physical Education and the study of sport. 4th ed. London: Harcourt Publishers. p.129
  2. GETCHELL, G. (1979) Physical Fitness a way of life, 2nd ed. New Jersey, John Wiley and Sons

Related References

The following references provide additional information on this topic:

  • YOUNG, W. B. et al. (2001) Specificity of sprint and agility training methods. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 15 (3), p. 315-319
  • AMIRI-KHORASANI, M. et al. (2010) Acute effect of different stretching methods on Illinois agility test in soccer players. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 24 (10), p. 2698-2704

Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (2000) Illinois Agility Run Test [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/illinois.htm [Accessed

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Illinois Agility Test

Agility is an important component of many team sports, though it is not always tested, and is often difficult to interpret results. The Illinois Agility Test (Getchell, 1979) is a commonly used test of agility in sports, and as such there are many norms available.

  • purpose: to test running agility
  • equipment required: flat non-slip surface, marking cones, stopwatch, measuring tape, timing gates (optional)
  • procedure: The length of the course is 10 meters and the width (distance between the start and finish points) is 5 meters. Four cones are used to mark the start, finish and the two turning points. Another four cones are placed down the center an equal distance apart. Each cone in the center is spaced 3.3 meters apart. Subjects should lie on their front (head to the start line) and hands by their shoulders. On the 'Go' command the stopwatch is started, and the athlete gets up as quickly as possible and runs around the course in the direction indicated, without knocking the cones over, to the finish line, at which the timing is stopped. (see illinois test video examples)
  • results: An excellent score is under 15.2 seconds for a male, less than 17 seconds for a female. See the full rating norm scores for the Illinois Test.

  • Advantages: This is a simple test to administer, requiring little equipment. Also, the players ability to turn in different directions and different angles is tested.
  • Disadvantages: Choice of footwear and surface of area can effect times greatly. Results can be subject to timing inconsistencies, which may be overcome by using timing gates. Cannot distinguish between left and right turning ability.
  • Variations: the starting and finishing sides can be swapped, so that turning direction is reversed.
  • References: Getchell B. Physical Fitness: A Way of Life, 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley
    and Sons, Inc., 1979.

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