Since 1880 when the present system of strength tests was adopted at the Hemenway Gymnasium, the standing of the ten strongest men of each year has been given out with their records. During the last two or three years this number has been increased to the fifty men securing the greatest number of points. This plan has proved itself a satisfactory one in many respects, but it is inadequate to the requirements made on the system, inasmuch as it effects only fifty out of five hundred or more men.
A system of grading is now being introduced by which any man can tell exactly where he stands in his total strenth compared with any other man in College.
The number of points required to make up the total strength of a man has been divided into groups, and the different members of each group will be classified according to their rank in that group.
At the time of the examination every man receives a card on which is recorded the number of points he has secured in each individual test, the total number of points, the group in which this total places him, and the rank to which his is entitled in this group.
The different groups are constituted as follows: Group A, 800 to 1000; B, 700 to 800; C, 600 to 700; D, 500 to 600; E, 400 to 500; F, 300 to 400; G, 200 to 300. All men who have records of over 1000 will constitute a special class to be designated by an asterisk.
The strength records now required of men on the different teams are: The University Crew and Football Team and Weight Throwers are expected to make a total strength test of 700 points; for the Class Crews and Football Teams and Gymnastic, Wrestling and Sparring Contests, 600 points; for the University and Class Ball Nines, Lacrosse Teams, Track and Field Events, 500 points.