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Learn Two Drills for the Pole Vault!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tom Hays, University of Kansas head coach and vertical jumps coach, was named the 2011 National Collegiate Pole Vault Coach of the Year. In this clip, you’ll learn two drills for pole vaulters that will help them learn to maneuver the pole and rotate/stretch their arm as they walk past it.

Sand Progression

Drill Summary: There are two drills in this video.

Front Arm Rotation Drill – First, establish your grip height. Next, get into carry position, then take the pole to a flat position with both hands. Drop the pole tip by taking your top hand off and finish the rep by reaching to the sky with your front hand.

Walk-By’s – Walk into the pit and do a front arm rotation as you enter the pit. This drill helps train pole vaulters to rotate through the front arm when they drop the pole, stretch as they walk past the pole, and feel what the pole speed is.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Progressions for Teaching and Coaching the Pole Vault.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at!

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Train Pole Vaulters to Swing Correctly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Indiana State University assistant coach, Jeff Martin, discusses what it takes to execute a perfect swing and presents a couple useful training drills for this crucial step of pole vaulting. Achieving a fast and smooth swing will help pole vaulters generate more upward momentum in each rep.

The Swing

Drill Summary: To practice the swing, athletes will complete both a one arm swing and a two arm swing. For both swings, the athlete runs down the runway, plants the pole and performs a long, sweeping motion with their trail leg. As they raise off the ground, the athlete focuses on getting their hips above their shoulders as they come down and land on their backside.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Long, sweeping motion.
2) Hips above shoulders.
3) Imagine there’s a ball on the pit and kick it off.
4) Never throw your head back – keep it in a neutral position.

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

Work on the Plant Phase with Your Pole Vaulters!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Indiana State Pole Vault Coach, Jeff Martin, provides you with a simple but effective drill that could be incorporated into any pole vaulter’s daily routine. Performed in grass, this drill will help your athletes work on their top hand in the plant phase of the vault.

Plant Phase

Martin explains an easy way to set-up the drill for each of your athlete’s grip, making the drill specific to each athlete. This drill can be performed by athletes of any skill level and will offer instant feedback to coaches, who can give verbal cues to improve their athlete’s plant.

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

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.


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!


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