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Lengthen All Phases of Your Triple Jump!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Travis Geopfert, University of Arkansas assistant coach and two-time USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year, shows you a drill that will improve all phases of the triple jump. By placing boxes on the runway, you’ll force athletes to lengthen their strides and increase their effort.

Advanced Approach Drill

Drill Summary: Place two sets of boxes on the runway where athletes would complete the first two jumps of their triple jump. The goal is for athletes to jump off the first box on their right leg, jump onto the second box on their right leg, land off the second box on their left leg and explode into the finish. As athletes get better at the drill, you can increase the speed and distance between boxes. Coach Geopfert says this drill is for advanced athletes only and it’s important to provide them with enough of a platform to land on.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Arkansas Track and Field Presents Common Errors and Corrections Triple Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Prepare Athletes for the Triple Jump!

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

Jeremy Fischer, head coach and lead instructor at the Chula Vista High Performance Training Center, gives you five different drills for the triple jump that help prepare an athlete for competition. These drills are simple to complete, but can serve as a valuable tool to teach posture and technique.

Triple Jump Drills

Drill Summary: There are a variety of drills in this clip. The drills include: Knee Ups, 1-2-3 Drill, Vertical Push, Medium Bound, and Right Right Left / Left Left Right.

Keys to the Drills:

1) Get the thighs parallel to the ground (knee ups).
2) Aggressiveness as the foot goes into the ground (1-2-3 drill).
3) Flat foot on the ground (medium bound).
4) Push force into the ground vertically (right right left / left left right).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “20 Drills & Techniques for Teaching the Triple Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Increase Explosiveness with the “Alternating Step Drill!”

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

Michael Pullins, assistant track coach at the University of Southern California, uses the “Alternating Step Drill” to train for both the long jump and triple jump. Athletes will improve their ability to create momentum from a standing position as they explode up and forward from one foot at a time.

Alternating Step Drill

Drill Summary: Coach Pullins recommends doing this drill on a softer surface, such as grass, to avoid wear and tear. Begin in a standing position, then push off and jump as far as you can off of every alternating step. Focus on keeping toes up on every leap and also using arms to generate momentum. Do this for about 20-30 yards, then take a quick break and do it again.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “25 Tips & Drills for Coaching Horizontal Jumps.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Triple Jump Drills to Improve Ground Contact!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015

University of Idaho director of track & field and cross country, Tim Cawley, stresses the importance of feeling and improving ground contact when training for the triple jump. In this clip, you’ll see a few different drills he has athletes do to make sure they’re getting the most out of their run up.

Triple Jump Drills

Drill Summary: There are three drills in this video.

  1. Three Bounce Drill: Athletes step off a 6-inch platform and bounce flat-footed three times.
  2. B-Skip Drill: Athletes skip forward, and focus on landing flat footed with one leg at a time.
  3. Flat Footed Running: Athletes run forward at a medium pace and focus on landing flat footed with every stride.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Keep hips moving.
2) Land flat footed.
3) Roll foot forward.
4) Bounce off the ground.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Curriculum Guide for the Long Jump and Triple Jump.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Leap Further with Stacey Smith’s Triple Jump Drills!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Baylor University assistant coach, Stacey Smith, uses these drills to teach her triple jumpers the proper technique for maximum distance. Focusing on the hop, step and jump, coach Smith breaks it down to get athletes familiar with the desired feel on the runway.

Triple Jump Drills

Drill Summary: There are four different drills introduced in this video.

1. Three Step Drill: Step back with your non-jumping foot and focus on the first three steps, keeping everything linear and powering down the runway.

2. Approach Work: Start at the beginning of the runway and do 8-10 approaches, working on the runway and being consistent. Do this drill 2-3 times a week.

3. Hop Phase Drill: Focus on working the right/right or left/left hop through the cone. Also, keep the shoulders square and head and chest up.

4. Right/Right-Left/Left Drill: In this drill, the athlete works on both the right/right and left/left hops through the cone while keeping their shoulders square and head and chest up.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Work on the first three steps out of the back.
2) Keep everything in line & power down the runway.
3) Work the right/right or left/left hop through the cone.
4) Shoulders square, head & chest up.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Becoming a Champion: Triple Jump for Girls’ Track & Field.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




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