The traditional vertical jumping test involves the vertec, a device that has plastic slats coming off a steel frame. The slats are colored red, white, and blue. The red and white slats alternate every half inch, and the blue is at every 6 inches.

During the test, the athlete jumps and hits the highest slat he can reach. I highly advise practicing using the vertec measuring tool; there are precise places to stand and techniques to ensure that the apex of the jump is being measured. 

What to Know

You get two attempts at the vertical jump. Athletes jump from a complete standstill; their feet can’t even shuffle an inch or the jump will be rendered void.

What is Being Tested?

The vertical jump tests the ability to jump straight up from a dead stop – as well as lower-body vertical power.

Training Focus

Athletes should practice on using the vertec and on their positioning. I have witnessed too many athletes smash into the frame on their jump attempts – or they are too far away from the measuring slats and miss out on having the apex of their jump measured. This evaluation is made in the weight room: twice a week on the Vertimax platform and Isokinetic. Athletes should also work on the proper setup, which involves a pre-jump stretch to help extend the arm as high as possible. 

Historical Performance

Cedric Peerman (RB Virginia) –  40”

Jumping 40 inches on the vertical is rare, but it wasn’t surprising from this one-of-a-kind performer. Cedric would go on to enjoy a nine-year NFL career. He was a consummate professional who’s preparation led to a 1.40 second ten, which is the best ever at the combine. Paired with 27 reps on the bench and the aforementioned 40-inch vertical, this achievement led him to be a sixth-round selection in the draft. I’m often asked what leads to a great performance at the combine. The answer is to be PREPARED, and Cedric certainly was.


Interested in this type of training for the NFL Combine or an upcoming Pro Day? Contact Rich Sadiv: 

Phone: 201-966-4441