Horizontal Jumps: Training & Technical Phase-Based Approach to Seasonal Planning
with Bryan Stith,
Capital High School (ID) Head Track & Field Coach;
2015 Idaho State Champions;
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2015 Idaho High School Track & Field Coach of the Year;
USATF Level 2 Certified Coach
Ever wonder how to create effective training plans for jumpers in a condensed high school season? Or how to differentiate instruction during practice for athletes with a wide range of skills? With this video, you can join Bryan Stith for over two hours of instruction that tackles the major problems associated with developing training programs for both beginner and advanced high school athletes.
Developing an Annual Plan
Coach Stith addresses the problems many coaches face when designing training plans for their athletes. Among them are setting up themes for each practice, structuring the volume and intensity loads per week, and ways to ensure the multi-event athlete can meet their technique needs without being overloaded.
From the first day of practice through the state championship, Stith breaks down the annual plan into four mesocycles that build upon each other to prepare athletes to compete at their best in the most important meets of the season. Additionally, Coach Stith provides his insights for navigating spring break week and shows coaches his plans for side-stepping one of the trickiest weeks in the training calendar to help athletes continue to progress.
Jump Drills and Approach Basics
In the practice section of this video, Coach Stith switches from the classroom to the track, showing demonstrations of everything from jump-specific warm up drills, to short and full approach jumps. As the athletes progress from one sequence to another, Stith points out common errors and their corrections for athletes of varying skill levels. Stith also breaks down his Box Take-Off drill to help athletes work on their timing and in-flight mechanics.
Weight Training for Jumping Events
For high school programs, the weight room can often be an under-utilized tool to help athletes reach their potential. For coaches that are unsure of which exercises to include in their weight training program, Coach Stith takes viewers into the school weight room, where his athletes demonstrate some of his favorite lifts. You'll see Stith break down several major lifts, including back squats, deadlifts and power cleans, as well as in-season progressions and teaching regressions.
One special feature at the end of this video is Coach Stith's presentation on triple jump phase distribution. He breaks down the phase distributions of a typical high school triple jumper and shares his insights on helping coaches adjust these percentages to maximize their athlete's potential within the event.
With over two full hours of classroom instruction and on-track demonstrations, Bryan Stith breaks down everything you'll need to confidently create a yearly training plan for your jump event athletes. Due to the organizational nature of this video, you'll also be able to easily adapt workouts for various talent levels or age groups. Gain confidence in your ability to write training plans and see them translate to more success for your horizontal jumpers!
134 minutes. 2018.
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Coaching the Technical Aspects of the Long Jump & Triple Jump
with Kyle Tellez,
University of Houston Assistant Track & Field Coach;
Coach of 2x NCAA Long Jump Champion Jenny Adams; 25 years of experience in the jumps
The University of Houston's Kyle Tellez shows you his methods that contribute to successful long and triple jumps!
Coach Tellez's long jump program is designed to teach long jumpers a simple, but effective method to develop the long jump attempt progression. Using demonstrators, Tellez demonstrates several approach runs and illustrates key points to look for while coaching the approach, including the rhythm and cadence of the run as well as where to stand to coach your athletes.
Approach Run Mechanics for the Long Jump
Coach Tellez breaks down all of the components of the approach run. Beginning with short approach jumps to work on rhythm and progressing back to full approaches, your athletes will develop an understanding of the cadence while gradually improving speed and power as they progress.
You'll also learn the importance of using a check mark to troubleshoot mistakes that your jumpers will make as they advance down the runway. Check marks also have the benefit of helping coaches and athletes make adjustments based on a variety of conditions, such as weather or surface type.
Short Approach Take Off Drills for the Long Jump
The long jump has a unique pattern in the last two steps in preparation for takeoff. Athletes must lower their center of mass with the last two steps grounded flat in anticipation of takeoff. Tellez takes his athlete through walking and jogging versions of a takeoff drill in order to simulate technique at lower speeds. By having the athlete walk through the motions of a takeoff, they'll be better suited to perform the actions at full speed later on. As the segment progresses, the athlete gradually increases speed with short approach runs to enhance the difficulty of the drill.
Tellez also explains common mistakes that athletes will make on the penultimate step and the takeoff. You'll be taught how to land in the pit and how to get the most distance out of each jump.
The triple jump is one of the most dynamic events in track and field. Coach Tellez demonstrates drills to transition from a successful approach run to the development of a proven triple jump series. Using this approach, athletes can practice all three jumps without having to use the landing phase.
Approach Run Mechanics for the Triple Jump
The goal of the triple jump runway is to develop a consistent relaxed run, leading to controlled speed at takeoff. To help inexperienced jumpers gain better control of the jump, Tellez explains that they may require a shorter approach that can expand backward as they develop strength and coordination. Starting with a unique static drill to teach athletes about the three components of the hop, step, and jump phase, Tellez demonstrates how short approach runs of various lengths can be added onto the drill to enhance difficulty and challenge jumpers as they progress.
Bounding Skills for the Triple Jump
In addition to building power and strength, bounding skills play an enhanced role in a triple jumper's development. Tellez begins with a series of double leg bounds off a low box to teach his athletes to absorb impact and transfer momentum. From there, he progresses to alternate leg bounds and triple jump specific bounds to help teach rhythm while developing strength. For coaches wondering how to teach arm mechanics, Tellez uses a walking bound drill to demonstrate arm swing and how to help cue athletes to use their arms aggressively to improve bounding distance.
Strength Training for the Long and Triple Jumps
University of Houston strength and conditioning coach Drew Fuji discusses the basics of strength training for jumpers. Coach Fuji breaks down a few simple, easy to execute lifts that will help jumpers get stronger on the runway. This includes a demonstrat
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Championship Speed and Power Drills: Horizontal Jumps
with Nick Kohl,
Wartburg College Assistant Coach,
USA Track and Field Level I certification;
former University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Assistant Coach/Jumps;
mentored eight NCAA DIII National Champions and 30 DIII All-Americans, 12-Time MidWest Regional Coach of the Year
Speed and power are the key elements behind a successful horizontal jumper. Drills designed to teach form, technique, and strength building are the secret behind a winning jump. You'll learn how to simulate the correct phases of the jump progression with drills in this video.
Nick Kohl demonstrates his proven drills that are designed to build championship-level jumpers. Coach Kohl's comprehensive training program is designed to teach the athlete to simulate the penultimate step, drive up and out, to reach out with their feet. The drills are a step-by-step progression of plyometric drills, running form, and jump drills that lead to successful jumps. Coach Kohl's program will cover everything from the basics behind the jump to the actual take-off.
Plyometric Mat Drills
Mat drills are a great way to add a technical component to the warm up, or safely help injured athletes return to practice. Coach Kohl demonstrates several low-intensity skipping and bounding drills that he uses to cure posture and technique. Performing these drills on a softer surface also enables coaches to safely incorporate more of these drills into the workouts without fear of increased injury risk.
Form Running Drills
The ability to maintain postural alignment on the runway is critical to success in the jumping events. In this collection of drills, Coach Kohl takes you through a methodical progression of exercises, starting with a standing leg cycle drill and progressing from skips, to weighted walks and runs. The use of a weight plate will help your jumpers develop core stability by limiting the use of their hands, which improves core strength, posture, balance and technique.
Coach Kohl ties everything together in the final segment with a series of jump drills into the sand pit. He focuses on sand drills to give the athlete foot and ankle dexterity so when the athlete jumps and sprints, they can maximize their performance. The sand drills are important because they add a different and challenging alternative to a jumper's normal routine while still adding to their explosive base.
If you're seeking a guide to improving your athletes' horizontal jumps, this video from Coach Kohl is sure to improve the abilities of your jumpers.
"I am certified in Speed and Agility Training, but some of these drills and exercises I have never seen before. I believe this video will help any athlete wanting to reach their full potential in track and field jumping events." - Customer Review.
33 minutes. 2017.
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All Access Wartburg Track & Field Practice: Jumps
with Marcus Newsom,
Wartburg College Head Coach;
6x United States Track Coaches Association DIII Indoor Women's Coach of the Year;
3x USTFCCCA DIII Outdoor Women's Coach of the Year;
featuring Marshall O'Brien,
Southwest Baptist University Assistant Track & Field Coach; former Wartburg College Assistant Track & Field Coach
The Wartburg Track program has grown into a national power under Coach Newsom's watch. Wartburg has won 14 straight indoor women's conference championship titles and nine men's indoor championships. The women have a string of 17 consecutive outdoor titles. The men have won eight league outdoor titles since 2002. In 2009, his women's teams became only the seventh team in NCAA Division III history to sweep indoor and outdoor national titles in the same season, and earned the inaugural Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year award from the USTFCCCA. The program also won the award in back-to-back-to-back season (2012-14). The 2012 women's team swept the National Championships and set new all-time meet records in team points in both venues.
In this first of its kind video, you will get an insider's, 'all access' look at three days of Wartburg's weekly training program for all three jump programs.
Coach O'Brien's approach is to make the athlete not only stronger through strength and conditioning, but also able to handle the training load.
These drills encompass O'Brien's idea behind "The 3 Phases of the Approach" to a jump:
- The take-off behind the jump
- The in-flight mechanics behind the jump
- The proper landing behind the jump
Coach O'Brien discusses seven training drills on how to assemble a successful approach to the long jump. He shows a series of five bounding drills and two jogging heel drills to explain and demonstrate the idea behind his Three Phases of the Approach:
- In-air fight mechanics
Get 14 drills that can be used as a guide to work on the approach, phase work, and the landing of the triple jump. These drills can be used to develop, enhance, and improve:
- Running tall
- Pushing up vertically
- Popping-up and being active
- Keeping the chest tall and thinking horizontal
- Hitting the arm block
- Extending the feet at landing
Coach O'Brien uses a progression of 12 drills that can be used to establish a proper approach, a consistent take-off, and a successful clearance of the bar in the high jump. These drills break down how to successfully run tall, keep heel to toe contact, push-up and pop-up, keep hips high, rotate shoulders, and keep heels together and knees apart.
Coach O'Brien combines over 20 drills that train his jumpers to achieve maximum top speed that will emphasize good mechanics to develop:
- The drive phase
- The transition phase
- The attack phase
With over 45 drills that cover Wartburg's high/long/triple jump training program, your athletes will develop the progression needed to focus on a successful approach, take-off, in-air mechanics, and landing. Being able to see firsthand the verbal cues and coaching throughout the drills, the raw footage of actual practices and the dynamics of a consistently top performing program make this one of the best instructional jumps videos you will ever see!
110 minutes. 2017.
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30 Drills & Techniques for Teaching the Long Jump
with Jeremy Fischer,
Head Coach and Lead Instructor at the Chula Vista High Performance Training Center/USA Track and Field;
USATF Level 3 Certified, holds Level 2 Certificates in the sprints, jumps and throws and currently serves as the Level 2 (event specific school) Jumps Lead Instructor;
former University of Oklahoma Men's and Women's Jumps and Multi's Coach; 2007 Midwest Region Men's Jumps/Combined Events Coach of the Year; All-American and All-Big Ten jumper for the University of Wisconsin (He also coaches Olympian & medalist Will Clay, 6x National Champion Amanda Smock)
In the long jump, speed is critical to success. Athletes that can consistently create fast approaches and minimize deceleration on the runway are often the most successful in the event.
Jeremy Fischer believes 90% of how far athletes can jump depends on pinpointing and eliminating specific flaws that happen during the approach and takeoff. He identifies ways in which deceleration can occur and lays out a step-by-step plan to help athletes establish approaches with proper mechanics maximize their potential.
Developing a consistent approach
To develop a consistent approach, Coach Fischer uses a three zone drill to teach approach rhythm and running mechanics, which lead to greater accuracy at the board. Once rhythm and mechanics have been established, he demonstrates how to create the meet length approach on the track before taking it to the runway to make adjustments and begin jumping.
Perfecting the penultimate step and takeoff
Once your athlete has established a consistent runway, the takeoff becomes the critical linking component to maintain velocity created during the run and transition the athlete into flight. In this segment, Coach Fischer uses U.S. Indoor champion, Tyron Stewart, to demonstrate proper takeoff mechanics through a step-by-step progression of activities that begins with standing and walking drills and progresses through short approach jumps.
Coach Fischer does a nice job of clearing up how far the foot should be placed in relationship to the athlete's center of mass to prevent deceleration forces while taking advantage of forward momentum. He also touches on how to prevent early and unwanted chest rotation, which leads to early leg drop, translating into less distance during the jump.
Coach Fischer breaks down each phase of the landing through simple, low intensity drills that can be easily implemented into practice and used throughout the season.
As a bonus, Coach Fischer discusses outside factors that can affect performance and ways to help coaches holistically prepare their athletes for success.
This video is designed to help coaches of intermediate athletes develop a deeper understanding of the event and enhance their performance. However, it is also laid out in a simple, straightforward manner that will help novice athletes learn the event from the ground up, while giving new coaches the confidence to teach the event.
57 minutes. 2016.
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