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Focus on the Last Two Steps of Your High Jumps!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014

The penultimate and ultimate steps are the focus of Indiana State’s John Gartland here in this drill. Gartland explains how he reinforces the idea of keeping your ankles dorsiflexed and driving your knee throughout the drill. This drill can be done in the gym, on the track, or anywhere.

Continuous Pop Up

This drill is part of Gartland’s penultimate ultimate curriculum to achieve higher and higher jumps! The focus on dorsiflexion, high knee drive, and the incorporation of the arm block, make this a must for all high jumpers.

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Curriculum Guide to the High Jump.” Take a look at additional Track & Field videos on High Jump.




Develop Proper Running Motion for the Pole Vault!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014

In this clip, Indiana State Pole Vault Coach Jeff Martin uses mini-hurdles to get his athletes to “run tall” and to focus on driving their knees in a smooth running motion. Martin walks you through the progression and shows you how you can utilize those broken or cut-off pole vault poles that are laying around your storage areas.

Mini-Hurdles

The athlete works on acceleration and approach mechanics, while feeling what it’s like to hold onto a pole while performing these drills. The approach drills presented by Coach Martin are a requirement for any serious Pole Vault coach looking to add simple, easy to perform drills to their practices and help everyone from their beginners to their more advanced vaulters.

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Curriculum Guide to the Pole Vault.” Take a look at additional Track & Field videos on Pole Vault.




Use this Approach Drill to Help Your Pole Vaulters!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Any track coach will tell you that the approach is the key to the pole vault. In this segment Indiana State Pole Vault Coach, Jeff Martin, takes you through a simple drill that will help your athletes improve their acceleration mechanics on the runway. Adaptable to any area coaches may have to practice, this drill only requires the athlete’s pole and a couple of cones.

Approach Drill

The coach chooses the distance between the cones for the athlete to perform a progression of acceleration mechanics- ankle steps- high knees- jog- run. Athletes get the feel of the acceleration progression and coaches get an opportunity to provide simple verbal cues to improve the vaulter’s acceleration and approach in a controlled environment, while not taking up valuable run-way space.

Gain more insight from, “Curriculum Guide to the Pole Vault.” Discover other great Pole Vault videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!




Raise the Bar with This High Jump Instruction!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

John Gartland, 10x Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, explains a simple drill that will get your athletes to lean from their ankles and improve their approach, leading to higher jumps. This drill will improve the flexibility in the ankles of your athletes and make them think about their approach footwork in an easy-to-follow way. 

Circle Drill

Gartland shows you how to set-up the drill, which is based on each individual jumper’s approach. A circle is drawn in chalk or tape on the track and athletes perform the drill while the coach provides feedback. This drill will help your athletes keep their speed at an optimum during their approach, because your jumpers will learn to not lose speed from the approach. This drill can be performed during any part of the season and will be a useful addition to any track coach’s high jump drills progression.

Gain more insight from, “Curriculum Guide to the High Jump.” Discover other great High Jump videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!




Develop Power for Greater Acceleration in the Sprints!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Maurice Wilson was the Jamaican National Team Head Coach at the 2012 Olympic Games, and now he shows you a great drill for working on explosive power during the acceleration phase of the sprints. Athletes will perform an under-hand squat toss with a medicine ball. This will focus on triple extension of the hips, knees, and ankles which is key in explosive power.

Medicine Ball Bucket Toss Drill

Two athletes preform this drill. Both times the film is shown in regular speed and slow-motion so that you can see the breakdown of the drill. Coach Wilson gives cues on what to look for with hip placement of the athletes. This is a great drill to isolate and teach explosive power for starting out of the blocks and the acceleration phase. This drill can be done all year and in any gym or track complex.

Gain more insight from, “Sprint Training the Jamaican Way.” Discover other great Sprints videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!




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