Fitness test

Saturday I went through the NISOAfitness testing.  I decided a while back I would like to make the leap to NISOA and see how I can do.  There was a group of us that meet and jumped in a van to travel about 2 hours east to meet up with officials from the other side of the state at the middle point.  The high for the day was 94 which was a record high for the area which we were running at.

 We started the fitness test about 9:45 in the morning with the 12 minute test.  Basics of how it was administered- .25 mile track with every starting at the same point.  Just run laps for 12 minutes.  Your really want at least 6 laps or a mile and half.  I thought this would be easy enough but in the heat on a black track this turned out to be harder then I thought.  I ended up making it past the 6 lap point but hardly. 

Next up we ran two different sprints was a easy 50 yard sprint.  I pushed it hard on this one and put a decent time I felt.  The 2nd sprint was a 200 yard which was a little more difficult and to be honest I was not feeling good by this point.  I put up a great time but now I was worried as to what was to come and what I had left in the tank.  These two tests were added in there for a guy needing a fitness test for USSF I found out later and one of the two guys got hurt on the 200 and was not able to finish….

Next we ran The PRO-40 Test.  This test includes sprinting, side shuffling, backward peddling, and more sprinting.  Over all you covered 80 meters.  It is really a easy test I thought but and this is a big BUT for me I honestly thought I was about to loose my cookies just prior to this test.  Here is how it was described “The Pro-40 Test is run on a four-sided course, ten meters square. You are required to travel all four sides, using sprint, side-step, and back-peddle and side-step, then reverse direction back to the start.”  I put up one of the better times there out of the 15+ referees there that day but I honestly thought if I had tried a little harder I could have knocked 1.5 to 2 more seconds off of that time.

The last two tests were THE BRASILIAN AR 50-METER TEST and the THE 30-METER SHUTTLE.  The 30-meter shuttle is a lot harder then it sounds that stop andrestart is difficult.  On the first half of it your trying to decide what you save for the second half. 

Well it was all done and we headed inside of our 60 question test.  This test is not like USSF tests or even NASO. It didn’t focus on fouls nearly as much as game management such as clock stoppages, substitutions and uniform protocol.  I have never taken the NISOA before but I was glad I had seen plenty of college soccer in my time and been around it.

Needless to say I passed and now I am ready to do a few games this fall.  I am only on the reserve list since it is my first year but we were told to expect to be used a decent amount this up coming year.  I am really looking forward to it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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