Bobsled 101

USA Bobsled/Skeleton Test Protocal

The USBSF Combine must be conducted as follows:
Sprints: All sprints should be conducted on a track surface and must be measured by a laser timing system. To start, athletes must have at least one foot within one meter of the first timing eye. One foot in and one out of the meter box. No rocking back and rolling
forward will be allowed. The first timing eye should be 15 inches off the ground while the rest of the timing eyes should be set up at least 36 inches from the ground. Times will be for 0-15, 0-30, 0-45, 0-60 and 15-45 (30m split).
Broad Jump: Standing with toes on the line jump into pit. It is the distance from the edge of the board (line) closest to the sand pit, to the farthest back mark in the sand.
Shot Toss: Shots (not a medicine ball) must be thrown forward and underhand with two hands. Distance is measured from a consistent take-off point to the nearest tenth of a meter. Athletes may fall forward and cross the take-off point only after they have
released the shot. Men’s bobsled will throw a 16 lb shot. Men’s Skeleton and women’s bobsled will throw a 12lb shot. Women’s skeleton 8lb shot.
Additional testing will take place at National Team camps. Athletes should be prepared to do 1-3 repetitions at maximum weight in the power clean and back squat. Other Olympic lifts may also be tested.

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