The WHL Prospect Skills Combine Standard On-Ice Skater Testing consists of 10 total test configurations, within four test formats: Sprint Test, Reaction Test, Weave Agility Test and the Transition Agility Test. Scroll down, to take the Virtual Combine, and view all 10 tests!
The sprint test is used to evaluate an athlete’s forward and backward acceleration and speed. In addition, the test is used to determine the athlete’s puck control competency in a linear direction. The four Sprint configurations are:
The Reaction test is used to evaluate an athlete’s reaction time to an unplanned change of direction and lateral agility with and without the puck. The skater is required to react to a random visual signal (a red or green light) as indicated by the proceeding gate. The two Reaction configurations are:
The Weave Agility test is used to evaluate an athlete’s forward acceleration and ability to maintain speed while performing multi-directional changes both with and without the puck. This test requires the athlete to navigate tight turns, working their edges while maintaining puck control, forcing them to play “heads up hockey”. The two Weave Agility configurations are:
The Transition Agility test is used to evaluate an athlete’s agility and directional transitions between forwards and backwards skating both with and without a puck. An athlete must be able to change direction quickly while keeping their footwork clean, and maintaining or gaining speed. The two Transition Agility configurations are:
The WHL Prospect Skills Combine Standard On-Ice Goalie Testing consists of six total test configurations, within four test formats: Short Recovery Test, Long Recovery Test, Goalie Reaction Test, and the Goalie Agility Test. Scroll down, to take the Virtual Combine, and view all six tests!
The Short Recovery Test is used to evaluate a goalie’s agility, tight movement speed and control, as well as, transition ability from upright readiness to butterfly and vice versa. The Short Recovery Test is repeated in both lateral crease directions (Short Recovery Left and Short Recovery Right):
The Long Recovery Test is used to evaluate speed out of the net, transitions between upright and butterfly positions, as well as lateral movement across the crease. The Long Recovery Test is repeated in both lateral crease directions (Long Recovery Left and Long Recovery Right):
The Goalie Reaction Test is used to evaluate multi-directional agility, reaction time and speed. The goalie is required to react to a random visual signal (left gate or right gate) complete the movement assignment, and repeat. The Goalie Reaction Test typically requires the longest duration of testing performance, among all goalie tests.
The Goalie Pro Agility Test is used to evaluate leg power, directional change and lateral movement speed, stopping ability and balance. The Goalie Pro Agility Test is repeated in both lateral directions.
Upon completion of WHL Prospect Skills Combine testing, each participant will receive the following:
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