Jan B. Olson

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


This study was basically concerned with developing a battery of specific test items that could measure an individual's ability to play handball. It was this writer's intent to develop a battery of test items which included several measurements of actual handball skills and several that measured the general motor ability associated with playing handball. Furthermore, reliability, objectivity, and validity were established for the.test developed in this study.

The test developed by this writer consisted of a battery of five individual tests. They include: 30-Second Alternate Hand-Wall Volley Test, Service Placement Test, Power Test, Handball Shuttle Run and Six-Minute Run.

Reliability was established for the Developed Test by the test- retest method. All tests except the 30-Second Alternate Hand Wall Volley Test were found reliable and acceptable at the .05 level of significance.

Objectivity was established by having a different tester administer the retest for the Developed Handball Test. The results for objectivity are therefore, the same results obtained for reliability.

The validity of the Developed Handball Test was determined by comparing the results of the Cornish Handball Test (Published Handball test with known validity) versus Test One Results of the Developed Handball Test. The Cornish Handball Test versus Test Two Results of the Developed Test and the Test One Results of the Developed Test versus the results of a Ladder Tournament were also used. The Test Two REsults of the Developed Test versus the results of the Ladder Tournament were used as well. All comparisons made showed an acceptable amount of validity at the .05 level of significance.

All testing for this study was conducted in the University of North Dakota Fieldhouse. Ten subjects were used and the testing period lasted approximately three weeks.