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.
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.
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.
2010 USTFCCA Great Lakes Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, Jeff Martin, provides you with a series of drills to help pole vaulters run upright and with a quick foot contact. You will also get a look at the incorrect way to perform this progression in order to point out errors to your athletes.
It is important to use the stubby pole in this series so that your athletes get a feel for having a pole in their hand while performing the mini hurdle exercise.
Coach Rick Suhr has quickly become one of the world’s top pole vault coaches, coaching his wife Jenn Suhr to Olympic Silver in 2008 and Olympic Gold in 2012. Jenn has been ranked #1 in the World for the last two years and the #1 American pole vaulter since 2006. She holds the American women’s pole vault records both indoors and outdoors, and is the current world indoor record holder at 5.02m.