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Teach Youth Cheerleaders Jumping Technique!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Britten Blackburn is the President/CEO at the Alabama Cheerleading Center and also serves as the head coach of the Bama All Starz in Bessemer, Alabama. In this clip from his Cheer Champs: Skills & Drills for Youth Cheerleading video, Coach Blackburn addresses the keys to teaching youth cheerleaders how to jump.

The most important parts of jumping, as Coach Blackburn explains, are arm position, creating power, pointing the toes, and utilizing good posture and balance. Though height is important, Coach Blackburn points out that it will come later as youth athletes’ muscles get stronger.

Youth Jumps

This clip came from Championship Productions’ video, “Cheer Champs: Skills & Drills for Youth Cheerleading.” Browse more cheerleading videos online at!

Build Strength and Technique for the High Jump!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, April 1, 2016

Sheldon Blockburger, University of Arizona assistant coach, has coached five National Champions in the jumps and multi-events. You’ll learn two drills from Coach Blockburger in this video that’ll encourage your high jumpers to leap straight into the air and get the maximum amount of height on each jump.

Strength Technique Drills

Drill Summary: In front of the high jump pit, stand another pit on its side and have a coach hold it in place. The athlete works on their power, strength, knee drive and jumping straight up onto the pit on its side. Focus on loading the penultimate leg and landing on top of the pit. Once the athlete has mastered jumping onto the pit, have them begin to lay out and slide across the sideways pit to practice laying out over the bar. After clearing the sideways pit, they can tumble into the high jump pit to complete the drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills High Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at!

Learn the Fundamentals of a Back Jump!

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

Jason Baumann, Edina High School diving coach and owner of North Star Diving Club, runs through the basic aspects of a quality back jump. The back jump can serve as a great tool for athletes who don’t have much prior diving experience and need a place to begin learning the fundamentals.

Back Jump with Arm Swing

Drill Summary: Start with the balls of your feet on the board. Next, bend your knees and make sure your heels point up (the body should form a straight line between the shoulders, hips and heels in this position). Maintain good balance and lift away from the board while also staying tight in your stomach. Use no more than four oscillations, otherwise you may be deducted by the judges.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Coaching High School Diving: Safe Diving Basicse.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at!

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Discover Proper Takeoff Technique for the High Jump!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

One of the most crucial aspects of clearing the bar on the high jump is taking off from the correct location. Gary Pepin, University of Nebraska head track coach, shows you the optimal takeoff locations for both males and females before explaining the body position and angles that lead to great jumps.

The Takeoff

Drill Summary: The ideal takeoff position for males and females is different. For females, the distance they should typically jump from is about 18″ to 36″ away from the crossbar. For males, the distance is about 36″ to 60″. The foot plant itself should be even with the standard or up to 18″ inside it. When taking off, look to drive the plant leg flat footed into a position where the rest of the body doesn’t go back down again (the athlete should already be compressed and ready to spring up). Keep the angle of the plant leg as straight as possible and explode up and over the bar.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “World Class High Jump.” View other world class Track & Field videos!


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