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Here high jumpers will have the opportunity to learn a penultimate drill that focuses on arm movement. Indiana State University Women’s Track & Field Assistant Coach, John Gartland, has a male and female athlete demonstrate how to drive the arms upward to increase your height.
Athletes will make a short approach in a half circle. Also, it is important for athletes to maximize their speed before getting to the penultimate step before takeoff.
See how you can learn an excellent pit drill from Lanphier (IL) High School Track Coach, Mike Garcia. This exercise will allow you to work on your timing and your upward movement at the start of the jump.
Your athletes may hit the bar more than usual because they are not generating any speed from their run up. It is not necessary for beginners to perform this drill with a bar.
Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: High Jump. Discover other great High Jump videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!
Monte Stratton, winner of 24 conference titles at TCU and Texas-Arlington, has Olympian Doc Patton demonstrate curve running. Take a look at how Coach Stratton prepares his sprinters to run their best on the curve.
The main concepts to focus on are the arm action and watching to make sure that you don’t touch the line.
For a high jumper, the most fundamental skill to master is the approach. The more speed your athlete is able to maintain on the turn and the more power at takeoff, the higher the potential for your jump! Jim VanHootegem, Texas A&M jump coach, describes what he terms “our core drill”, which are circle runs, to develop this ability to generate speed and power.
Coach VanHootegem marks out a circle, in this case a 9 foo radius. The smaller your circle, the more force and control your athlete will need to develop. A larger circle would be more appropriate for earlier in the season or a less developed athlete. You will need to use your “coaching eye” to determine the proper radius of circle your athlete. The emphasis will be on remaining tall as you run, hips and shoulders should be perpendicular to the ground. The lean the athlete has should be naturally developed by the speed of the run and the radius of the turn. The athlete should feel the force of the run on the outside of the foot.
Check out this world class DVD, Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship High Jump, to view another excellent instructional clip. See what other High Jump DVDs we have in our expansive Track & Field DVD collection.