Coach Rick Suhr has quickly become one of the world's top pole vault coaches, coaching his wife Jenn Suhr to Olympic Silver in 2008 and Olympic Gold in 2012. In this presentation, he shares the training system and drill progressions that have been at the center of his vaulters' success.
In Part 1, Five Fundamental Take off Drills, Coach Suhr shares five drills that are at the heart of training for all of his vaulters - regardless of their current level of success. These drills start close to the box and slowly work back on the runway as the skills are perfected.
In Part 2, Five Fundamental Up Top Drills, Suhr presents a training progression that focuses upon what happens once the vaulter has left the ground and gets upside down and into a position to clear the crossbar. These drills include both short stick and full pole drills that take a vaulter from the initial take off drill through a bar clearing drill.
In Part 3, Pole Run, Suhr presents a three-phase progression that includes pure drive, drive to position 1 and pull through to release. Suhr's instruction in this segment includes runway strategies with proper step counting that focuses on a four-left approach. Suhr concludes with full skill demonstration.
This presentation is greatly enhanced with demonstrations from four athletes of varying sizes and shapes, all of whom are national champions at various levels. Also included are demonstrations from Olympic champion Jenn Suhr.
34 minutes. 2007.
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Great video for teaching pole vault basics. Used with high school athletes and it was easy for them to understand. These 5 take-off drills and 5 up top drills have produced National and Olympic Champions.
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