The 40-yd dash measures an athlete's rate of linear acceleration from a standing start and his ability to transition to top speed over 4 to 6 seconds. Across sports, high-intensity running performance is a proven discriminator among athletes of different playing levels. In sports like football, 'off the mark' speed and sprints to the play typically dictate possession and outcomes of decisive game situations.
TEST PROTOCOLSYour Coach or Trainer should measure out a 40-yard sprint lane with a timing gate placed at the starting and finish lines.
You should be in a 3-point (or 4-point) stance at the starting line.
Hold your set position for 2-3 seconds.
Timing starts upon movement from set position. Test administrator will watch for pick-up of back heel from set position of your trailing foot.
Timing will end when you break the gate at the finish line.
DISQUALIFICATIONSYour 40-yard dash time will be disqualified and should not be measured or recorded if:
You false start (i.e. start from a position that is not set for 3 seconds) or use a rolling/running start.
There is a timing error or equipment malfunction that prevents timing or raises doubt about the accuracy of the reported time.
You start sprint with foot or hand(s) across the starting line at take-off.
Note: You will be warned after your first disqualification and allowed to redo the sprint. Any additional sprint in which you do not complete sprint as instructed will result in a DQ with no opportunity for redo.