YNT Mar 14, 2012
Players don't love it. Coaches need it. And the facial expressions are always entertaining after everyone hear's the words 'beep test'.
A common method of evaluating a player's fitness base, the beep test itself isn't that complicated. While there are different forms, generally speaking there are two lines spaced approximately 20 meters apart, and players have to reach each line before the beep. The test is 'progressive and maximal', which basically means it gets harder as you go and the player is supposed to run until they can't complete the test anymore.
For Caleb Porter and the coaching staff, the beep test gives them a good picture of where the group is with only eight days to prepare for a grueling series of three games in five days.
"We need to have a good understanding of where the fitness levels are collectively and for individuals," said Porter. "These players are coming in at different stages of their seasons and with different amounts of playing time, so if there is extra work that needs to be done, now is the time. Once we get to March 22, our fitness level is what it is."
For the players, the beep test is a demanding - although brief - exercise that is as much about mental strength as it is fitness.
"Definitely having the right mentality is a big part of it," said defender Perry Kitchen. "It helps when you have all the guys together pushing each other. I like to have a personal goal of how far I can go, and then do my best to beat it."
Aside from the physical evaluation, Porter sees one more important benefit.
"Doing the beep test right out of the get let's everybody know that there is still work to be done, and it's time to get locked in."