The aim of this study was to investigate the characteristics of the stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) movement ability of male field hockey players by using various jump tests. Thirty-seven male field hockey players in a national top-level university team performed 3 jump tests (countermovement jump [CMJ], rebound jump [RJ], and drop jump [DJ]). The coach of the participating team subjectively evaluated the players’ footwork ability (sprint running and change of direction movements) during field hockey games. The results of all the analyses were as follows:
1) The top-level field hockey players had higher RJ and DJ abilities than lower-level field hockey players.
2) A significant relationship was observed between the subjective evaluation points and the abilities in the various jump tests (CMJ, RJ, and DJ).
These results indicate that CMJ, especially RJ and DJ, are important SSC abilities for the performance of male field hockey players. Moreover, the CMJ, RJ, and DJ tests can be used for player selection and talent identification focused on footwork.