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To bring about uniformity in strength tests the physical directors of fifteen colleges and universities at a meeting Dec. 31, 1897, in New York, agreed to a system submitted by a committee of which Dr. Sargent was chairman. The agreement will not go into effect until October 1, 1898. Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania, Columbia, Princeton, and Cornell are among the fifteen colleges and universities which have entered into this agreement and others will be admitted.
The strength tests to be used in making up the total strength of any individual are: Strength of back, of legs, of right fore-arm, of left fore-arm, of lungs or one-twentieth of the capacity of the lungs, of upper arms (triceps) and chest, and of upper arms (biceps) and back.
The apparatus and methods for making the tests are practically those which Harvard has used for a number of years.
In institutions where strength tests are accepted as supplementary evidence of the ability of students to enter as competitors in athletic contests the following schedule will serve for a scale: Candidates for university crew and football team and weight throwers are expected to make a total of 700 points; candidates for university ball nines and track and field events, class crews and football teams, gymnastic, wrestling and sparring contests, a total of 600 points; and candidates for university lacrosse, cricket and tennis teams, class baseball nines and class track and field events a total of 500 points.
A test must be completed within fifteen minutes and be witnessed by three persons. No belts, straps or harnesses are to be used in making an official test.
By the first of May of each year each institution will publish in the order of their superiority the record of its fifty strongest men examined that year. The individual having the highest total shall be considered the champion strong man of all the colleges, and the institution having the fifty strongest men, as decided by the largest total score, shall hold the total strength trophy for the next year. In making up the record for the first fifty, only such tests as have actually been made during the college year, from October first to May first, will be allowed to count in the college total for that year. Each man's record and the apparatus with which it was made must be accessible to the entire college. All the apparatus used in the tests must be examined and tested each year before October first by certain officials.
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