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Improve the Take Off Thrust of Your High Jumpers!

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.
2) Action/reaction.
3) Drive the knee.
4) Timing on top.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Curriculum Guide to the High Jump.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Achieve Greater High Jumps with the Hip Penultimate Drill!

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.

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Curriculum Guide to the High Jump.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




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.




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!




Focusing on Arm Movement to Increase Your High Jump!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, February 21, 2014

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.

Hip Penultimate Drill

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.

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




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