By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015
10 time MVC Coach of the Year John Gartland of Indiana State University has his high jumpers work on two things in the “Assistance Jumps With Box” drill: giving something to the ground (so it gives something back), and timing. Train your athletes using this drill, and they will soon be taking off the ground quicker and with more power.
Assistance Jumps With Box
Drill Summary: For this drill, you will need a jump box (coach Gartland uses an arched jump box in the video). Place the box where the athlete would do their take off before the drill. The runner executes a short run up (five steps) before using the sixth step to take off on the box. This will allow the athlete to jump higher than normal, so you may have to raise the bar.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Hit the “sweet spot” on the box.
3) Drive the knee.
4) Timing on top.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014
University of Southern California Assistant Track and Field Coach, Mike Pullins, discusses how the Weak-Leg Contraction Drill causes greater contraction on the weak-leg which forces greater contraction on the take off foot. This drill will cut down on some injuries that come with high jumping.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014
University of Southern California Assistant Track and Field Coach, Michael Pullins, shows you a drill that he uses at the end of a practice session anytime during the season. Coach Pullins uses this drill with his high jumpers, which includes two former All-Americans with one of them a former NCAA High Jump Champion. Coach Pullins discusses how the Weak-Leg Long Jump Drill causes greater contraction on the weak-leg which forces greater contraction on the take off foot.
Weak-Leg Long Jump Drill
The athletes run onto the long jump ramp and takeoff from their weak-leg and perform a long jump onto the high jump mat. This is a good drill for the end of practice to get more jumps in. Coach Pullins points out that this drill will cut down on the punishment the body takes during high jumping. This is a drill that can be done wherever you have a high jump mat and a long jump ramp.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Friday, August 1, 2014
University of Southern California Assistant Track and Field Coach, Mike Pullins, shows us a drill he uses with his high jumpers. Coach Pullins discusses how the 2-Step High Jump Drill works on body posture and has to be done fast in order to complete the jump.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
John Gartland of Indiana State University offers a simple drill to improve your athlete’s penultimate step, knee drive, and arm movement. Gartland walks you through the coaching keys to the drill and his athletes demonstrate how the drill should be performed.
Hip Penultimate Drill
The drill is performed when the jumper takes a very short approach to the pad and uses a high knee drive to propel themselves up onto the pad, minimizing the impact on the athlete’s legs.