I spent yesterday at the meet at the University of Florida. I “watched” 40 university level vaulters, men and women and monitored there 6 step mark.
100% of the end result of their vaults was determined by where they were 6 steps from the takeoff!!! 100%... based on speed, accuracy and grip!!! 100%
Only three times (three jumps) during the day did I think where they were 6 steps from the takeoff… was not going to work… those three jumps the athlete (two women, one guy) were able to increase their speed... not stretch and had a completed jump even though it took tremendous effort on there part.
Plus two jumpers (one masters level and one university freshman) were so far off, I thought we were going to have a death.. I contacted the official and a coach.. told him to tell them to move there step in, lower there grip or not let them jump.. he told them and the master jumper changed and made the pit on his next jump but didn’t continue because he knew he wasn’t safe and wouldn't go at a bar.. the other kid came down... was way out, went up and came back on the runway.. he didn’t get hurt but would not takeoff again on his next two jumps…good.... all these two needed to know, and their coach, was to be safe they needed to fix the run...!!!
I am still extremely, extremely frustrated, that all the coaches and athletes don’t “get it”.. even 90% of this board… it’s almost as if what I see and have seen for 30 plus years is invisible to everyone else..
I’m going to take this few lines to tell you I’m very Pi$$$ed and angry at the pole vault community because you refuse to listen and you refuse to even give me a chance to even explain why and where I’m coming from. You continue to vault unsafe and below your potential because of this one single element.. you will listen to every “excuse’ as to why we are not jumping world records, that our plant is off, our “technique” is screwed.. I can’t swing,…. how do I stop “tucking”.. yada,yada,yada..
The answer is.. your run and pole carry is off! We have USA men and women that are capable of jumping a world record.. yes we need an “out” (free.. call it what you will) takeoff, yes we need a fast continuous swing, yes we need a high grip and big poles… do da.. do da…
Jump like Tim Mack’s 5.90 04 trials jump with bubka’s speed and you will set a men’s world record. The technique is better.. just slightly low on speed.
It is increasingly frustrating that you just finished the summit, one of the greatest things that has ever happened to pole vaulting.. I came and worked the first seven. My ‘chart” has been used in part or whole in “lectures’ in at least 3 summits by other coaches, once or twice in Europe and I have never been ask to come and explain the significants of the chart or the run, not once. Actually it seems I have been “encouraged” not to come… maybe many that are involved feel it would be a distraction?? Or it is felt that those other coaches, who are friends and I admire, can explain my work better than I can?
Back to the weekend………
There was only one athlete that was under because of a mark to close… all the other “unders” were from stretching and reaching because they were out to far at the “MID” for the speed they were running.
There has been some great, informative post on here.. I respect the knowledge from those that have it and want to share it.. what I don’t respect or get is why most refuse to address the run.. or if they think they are addressing the run they apparently don’t know how to “teach” what they know!
I have continually offered to do run sessions free!! (maybe because I will do it free everyone feels it has not value) I can assure you, and you are welcome to prove me wrong any time… but I can teach the run in the pole vault better than any pole vault coach in the world, bar none… you can take it to the bank and any of you that are gamblers I will gladly make a “wager” with you.. at least that way I will get paid..
For those that are into the “truth” .. you just heard it..
ps.. those run sessions are still available.. call or email me and I will meet you at the UF track (Gainesville, FL) … any time… come ready to learn and do the simple things I ask… it’s the same for everyone .. if you are truly coming to learn how it’s done.. refusing a drill or change is not an option…