varska wrote: ... After spending the off season doing short runs and drills she's suddenly having a lot of difficulty taking off during meets. ... We've shortened the approach to 5 lefts, holding lower on a softer pole, but she's still not feeling it. My instinct is to:
1. perform the same warmup ritual every meet
2. incorporate at least 3 or 4 full run vaults over a bar each practice
3. come up with a personal mantra prior to each vault to clear the mind
The way I read the problem statement, she vaults OK in practice, but not in meets ... so I think you need to change her behaviour so that meets seem more like practices. Somehow, she needs to take the confidence that she exhibits in practice ... where I assume she's doing OK ... to the pressures of a meet situation.
How about this ... how about having a "practice meet" during a practice session. Make it a competition, and try to simulate the same pressure situations. Hard to do without a crowd and outside competition ... I know ... but you get the idea. Maybe have all the team-mates and onlookers at the practice do "the clap" ... or whatever it takes to make it seem like a meet?