Flying 30

The Flying drill is a time/speed measure from point A to point B with optional splits in-between. Note that a Fly uses a moving start and requires 2 timing gates.

A diagram of the flying drill.

Drill Instructions

The Flying 30 drill in soccer is all about speed and acceleration. Athletes sprint at maximum velocity for 30 meters (or variations like 20 meters or 40 meters, depending on preference) after a short approach. To assess linear acceleration, we recommend incorporating a 10-meter split, measured with precision using Dashr.

Step-By-Step Instructions

  • Install batteries in each laser you plan to use.
  • Install/open the Dashr app on your phone or tablet. (Create an account here if you have not already)
  • Register each laser in the app – Navigate to the “Device Registration” button at the bottom, power on the lasers one at a time and select them from the “Available” list and assign them a number. Write that number on your laser. (This only has to be done the first time you use the laser with this phone/tablet)
  • Return to the home menu and select the Flying drill.
  • Screw each laser onto a tripod. Under standard use, you should use taller tripods for all lasers and reflectors so that the beam is around hip height. For visual instructions of attaching lasers and reflectors to tripod and setting up the gate, please check out Laser & Reflector Set-up.
  • Screw a reflector onto a matching tripod and position laser and reflectors across from each other (~6 ft) to create a line to pass through. Place finish laser within 120 yards of the start laser, with optional splits in between.
  • With the lasers on, select the appropriate laser from the drop-down menu and press the “Connect” button. If it does not work the first time, repeat.
  • Enter in the distance for each laser when possible, this allows for speed calculations. (Imperial and metric unit toggle at the bottom)
  • Once all devices are connected, press the “Start Testing” button.
  • Check in the appropriate athlete (details here) – optional.
  • With QuickRun on, move through the starting gate to begin timing (time will turn blue – indicating that timing is taking place), and you get a result when you cross the next gate.
  • With QuickRun off (option in settings) you will see “Set” and “Reset” buttons to give you control of when a test starts. Press “Set” once the athlete is ready to take off. Press “Reset” to clear the time for the next athlete.

For 2-point starts we typically suggest using the Flying drill. For 3-point starts we recommend the Dash drill See demonstrative video below.