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Nike Sparq Scoring FAQ

Reading My Scores

NIKE SPARQ TEST-IN SCORING 

 

I DON’T KNOW MY ID # OR SOME OF MY SCORES ARE MISSING:

1) Email RogerWSA@aol.com and we’ll send it to you.

2) Missing scores are either because of injury or not finishing the event, or b/c the athlete did not have the test monitor record the score. We are interested in retrieving missed scores --- if you have your report card that you left with it will have all of your official scores. Send those on to us so we can compile good data.

 

COMPUTING YOUR COMPOSITE SCORES:

1) Look up your scores on the link listed COMBINE TEST IN SCORE REPORTS. 

2) Make sure you find your GENDER – scores are listed for boys and girls

3) No score may by more than 100 (scores are between 0-100)
 
4) To compute your own scores from your own data go to the link COMPUTING MY SCORE. 


HOW TO USE MY CONVERTED and COMPOSITE SCORES:

1)   A passing score for a college freshman is 60 points

2)   A score of 80 or more is “outstanding”

3)   To compute your COMPOSITE SCORE add all of your event’s converted scores and divide that number by 9 to get an average. This represents your COMPOSITE SCORE (see COMPUTING MY OWN SCORE link). 

4)   An outstanding composite score is 80 (top scorer on most collegiate teams). A passing score is 60. Keep in mind not all college programs implement these identical tests, and formats for testing. However, this will give you a great idea of areas of improvement needed.

 

HOW DO I COMPARE TO WORLD FAMOUS ATHLETES:

1)   We have posted on the Link “WORLD STANDARD SCORES” some popular athlete’s scores in the beep test and vertical jump test. We will add more data shortly. Look it up and see how you compare to Beckham, Jordan, and the English Women’s National Soccer Team.

 

HOW DO I COMPARE TO OTHER ATHLETE’S MY AGE AND GENER:

1) We have only distinguished by gender in our score posting. Results you are looking at are generally speaking from 9th – 12th graders (although we may have a few 8th graders or younger get tested). 

2) You can go to NIKESparq.com and view national results from athletes in similar tests at NIKE Combine Events.

 
HOW DO I KNOW HOW ACCURATE THESE TESTS ARE? WHERE MIGHT THERE BE FLAWS?

1)    Each of the tests were measured and timed with as much precision as we are capable. The beep test is the “official” beep test. The L-run, 40 yard, 20 yard, and Cooper’s Test were all standardized. The push-up, sit-up, agility test, and vertical leap test were not standardized. We hope to add the “Bench Press” to the strength component by Spring and add a vertical leap tester to help standardize those results. 

2)    Flaws might exist in the running surface (slippery surface may have affected L-run time), running space (not much finishing room in a gym may have caused some to slow down before the finish line in the 40), the uphill/downhill portion of the Cooper’s test may have created some discrepancy, the vertical leap test against the wall may have inhibited performance, for a group of athletes the 20 yd laser test was off by .05 s due to mis-aimed laser, etc…

3)    The Rule of Thumb for LASER DIGITAL TIMING SYSTEM is that “Handheld” times are about 2/10’s of a second faster in the 40. So if you were timed at the Combine at a 5.15s 40 yard dash – your time by a coach using a handheld watch might actually be closer to 4.95s. However, at the NFL Combine and other scouting agency tests, the laser timers are used. So yes, Deion Sanders really did run a 4.3s 40 yard dash by the same standard you tested in. 
 

HOW IS THIS INFORMATION USEFUL TO ME?

1)    It’s not if you aren’t ambitious to work and curious to evaluate. It is if you are curious enough to evaluate your performance, savvy enough to apply the knowledge of your weaknesses and strengths to game play, and ambitious enough to work at improving areas of weakness, and motivated enough to maintain areas of strength.

2)    WSA plans to conduct these Physical Combines periodically throughout the year. Participating in the Winter Off Sseason testing and then following up with the Spring In Season Testing will give you a baseline for measuring improvement. The idea of “test in” and “test out” and “evaluate” is the principle applied by the elite athletes of the world in their strength and conditioning programs.

 

 

 

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