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The High Jump is often seen as one of the most technical events in the sport of track and field. Gary Pepin, Head Track & Field Coach at the University of Nebraska has over 30 years of coaching experience and he quickly simplifies the event into approach, take-off and clearance and works to teach that same understanding to jumpers.
After teaching warm-up drills, Coach Pepin explains three different types of approaches; the Hook approach, generally used by beginners; the Flare, which most world-class athletes use; and the Common approach, which is suitable for most high school and college athletes.
Coach Pepin then explains how to measure the approach. Basically using a 10 step approach, measure off your first step, to make sure it is consistent. Then measure the jumper’s first five steps to their mid-mark, building speed. After five steps your jumper will begin their curve to the bar, ending with a take-off point near the inside of the near standard. The jumper must maintain speed and a proper take off form as the approach.
Take a look at these world class instructional track videos below:
Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship High Jump
High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: High Jump
World Class High Jump
25 Tips & Drills for Coaching the High Jump
High Jump (Errors & Corrections)
High Jump Drills
Track & Field News Presents: Technique and Drills for the High Jump
Teaching and Coaching the High Jump
We have recently added new DVDs to our World Class Track & Field Technique Series. This series has been labeled as the world’s preeminent Track & Field DVD Series as it features Olympic athletes and coaches! The DVDs are broken down by event to allow you to learn tips, techniques, and drills from the best in the world. Check out the DVDs below and start improving your performances!
World Class Sprints & Relays
World Class 110M Hurdles
World Class 300/400 Hurdles
World Class High Jump
World Class Long Jump
World Class Shot Put
World Class Discus Throw
World Class Javelin Throw
World Class Pole Vault
Alex Fuzz Caan (Fayyaz Ahmed) has been appointed by UK Athletics as its new national event coach for high jump in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics. Fuzz has previously worked as a consultant coach for UK Athletics, working with 2008 Olympic silver medallist Germaine Mason and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Julie Crane, and a group of emerging athletes, including European under-23 finalist Jessica Leach.
Fuzz has worked with us in the The Best of British Track & Field Drills Series. This instructional drills series features world-class instruction from the top British track and field coaches. Learn the secrets of the UK’s long-standing tradition of success in track & field. The drills presented in this series of DVDs are essential for building each skill in a progressive sequence to ensure top performance. Fuzz’s two Track & Field DVDs include: