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by Tim McMichael
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Pole Vault - General
Topic: You Might be a Redneck Pole Vaulter
Replies: 232
Views: 151649

Re: You Might be a Redneck Pole Vaulter

If you've ever ended a practice during a tornado watch by yelling,"Get in the truck boys; we gotta haul a**!"
by Tim McMichael
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 118289

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

Fiberglass is also so much more forgiving if you're out or under; whereas I wouldn't want to be out or under with steel (or there goes your shoulder). Without a doubt. Coach Martin used to tell me that the vast majority of the early fiberglass vaulters were nowhere near as skilled as the best of th...
by Tim McMichael
Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 118289

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

Agreed. But it would also have been counter-productive to leave their lead knee up, because their poles didn't sink/bend to give them the time and space to invert with a shorter chord. Agree? The length of the chord for a fiberglass vaulter isn't much different from maximum grip for a stiff pole va...
by Tim McMichael
Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:46 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 118289

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

I reasoned it out this way. I know that if you hang 45 pound plate from a foot long rope attached to the top of a 16' pole and then raise the pole to vertical with the end anchored in the box, it will take a lot of force to do this. If you take that same weight and hang it from a four foot rope, it ...
by Tim McMichael
Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 118289

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

It's too late for me to think well, but let me just say this for now. A fast swing adds energy to the vault. That's indisputable. Keeping the COM low and back also adds energy to the vault. The focus of Petrov's method is on a fast swing. The focus of a drive vault is on the low COM. Both methods ha...
by Tim McMichael
Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 118289

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

I can't stay out of this debate. It has always been my understanding that the longer and further from the chord of the pole a vaulter can keep their COM, the higher they will go. The reason all very small vaulters have done this is because we have to. It's the only way we can compete. You can see th...
by Tim McMichael
Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: Help Me.
Replies: 27
Views: 30752

Re: Help Me.

The grip issue is critical, I agree. However, since her primary fear is landing in the box, I have been delaying raising her grip until that issue was resolved. We have been consistently attempting her PR even with the difficulties we have been facing and we can absolutely not afford to go two steps...
by Tim McMichael
Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: Help Me.
Replies: 27
Views: 30752

Re: Help Me.

Just to clarify what is happening in that jump. She is on a 13' 145. She is 5'7" and weighs 120. Her takeoff is just outside of 10'. We are indeed looking for a home for her. She is not with a team right now and is attending a JUCO here in Oklahoma City. She will have three years of eligibility...
by Tim McMichael
Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: Help Me.
Replies: 27
Views: 30752

Re: Help Me.

This thread also illustrates how theory and practice can come together. Thank you everyone who contributed to this thread and helped me begin to resolve this issue. The future of a very talented young woman is a lot brighter today and my coaching has improved because of your efforts.
by Tim McMichael
Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: Help Me.
Replies: 27
Views: 30752

Re: Help Me.

Tim, I know every body on this site will disagree, but did you ever consider leaving her take point where she naturally takes off from and work on improving her general take off mechanics. A point of fact is most elite male vaulters ( 5.80 plus vaulters ) take off under. Both Issy and Suhr take off...
by Tim McMichael
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: Help Me.
Replies: 27
Views: 30752

Re: Help Me.

We are definitely going to work on the trail leg. I think her fundamentals are decent now, especially at takeoff, though they can always be improved. Her knees could be higher in the approach and she gets the pole a little low at the start of her plant. I'm reluctant to mess with those aspects becau...
by Tim McMichael
Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: Help Me.
Replies: 27
Views: 30752

Re: Help Me.

Okay. This isn't slow motion. I'll see if I can get that done in the next day or so. This first video is of her getting stuck on her swing while clearing 12'6" indoor. The second is her jumping 13'1" today. What I did was to get her bottom hand elbow facing more outward which seems to have...

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