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9. 8. 2012.

T-drill test

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s speed with directional change.

Required resources

To undertake this test you will require:
  • Flat surface
  • 4 cones
  • Stop watch
  • Assistant.

How to conduct the test

  • 3 cones are set five metres apart on a straight line.
  • A fourth cone is placed 10 metres from the middle cone so that the cones form a letter T.
  • The athlete starts at the cone at the base of the T.
  • The coach gives the signal to “Go” and starts the stop watch.
  • The athlete runs to the middle cone, touches the cone.
  • The athlete then side steps 5 metres to the left cone, touches that cone.
  • The athlete then side steps 10 metres to the far cone and touches that one.
  • The athlete then side steps 5 metres back to the middle cone, touching that one.
  • The athlete then runs 10 metres backwards to the base of the T and touches that cone.
  • The coach stops the watch and records the time.


Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate and improvement in the athlete’s speed.

Target group

This test is suitable for active athletes but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.


Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual’s level of motivation to perform the test.


There are no published tables to relate results to potential performance in competition.

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