coachstark wrote:do you count your steps during your approach run?
coachstark wrote: So, if you do count your steps, make sure you start to move your hands at the same point each attempt.
I don't understand your dismay at Coach Stark's advice, GV.
I think he properly noted that beginners count steps; intermediates count them when they're having difficulties with the consistency of their run and/or plant; and elites rarely count them - they just "feel
" the tempo of their steps as they approach the box.
Burnham clearly falls into the 2nd (intermediate) category, so it's sound advice.
coachstark wrote:Depth perception is not the vaulters friend as you approach the pit. Each of my vaulters struggles with their safety instinct that they need to be closer to the mat when taking off. If you are Consistent, Confident and Comfortable with your approach run, vision is less of an importance and that safety instinct with your depth perception causing you to reach closer to the box starts to become eliminated.
Burnham, do not read the above, I repeat, "Do not read it". There is a blind girl in Texas that is a good jumper. If you do the drills that I prescribe, you can do this blind folded and hit your take off mark.
Again, Coach Stark's advice is good - even if it's not exactly how you would word it.
He has actually hit on [what I consider to be] the fundamental reason why vaulters that take off under take off under
I see no reason for Burnham (or any other vaulter or coach) not to take Coach Stark's advice into consideration.
Don't get me wrong - I like your advice to Burnham too - I like all your drills; and I agree that doing them will [eventually - after an infinite number of repetitions] allow your vaulters to "do them blindfolded
" (I know you're exaggerating, and so am I.)
I would only reword it slightly, due to a couple very minor typos (which I've underlined):
... vision is less of an importance than safety instinct when your depth perception is causing you to reach closer to the box ...
In other words, as your technique improves, you will get more of a "feel
" for when your steps are on - rather than relying on your eyes to see the box and adjust your steps according to what your eyes
see. It's those damn, pesky EYES that are giving you self-doubts about whether the vault will be successful or not!
This is why vaulters over-stride, and this is why vaulters balk and bail (stop the continuation of an otherwise good vault attempt, thus aborting a vault at the last second).
And when I say "feel
", I also mean a rather automatic/non-cognizant adjustment made by your brain and body, without hardly thinking about it (and without relying on your eyes alone), regarding the "tempo
" or "timing
" of the vault.
After thousands of drills and thousands of vaults, your brain and resultant bodily actions will become more and more automatic.
grandevaulter wrote: The University of Greece vid is O.K. with the exception of the angle (high) of the pole carry during most of the basic drills. The run, plant and jump drill is one move short of completing what it is intended for. "JUMP UP". The guinea pig make a week jump with her head down, drops the right leg and goes limp.
I'm not sure why you say that a high pole carry is a bad thing. I personally like it, and it's a la Bubka (and a la BTB2), so you should like it too.
I don't see too much wrong with NOT jumping up at the end of each drill cycle. After all, it's just a drill, isolating a specific vault part. By isolating the run and plant (and not jumping), the vaulter focuses on what's important (re focusing on a particular run or plant flaw). ANOTHER drill is to add a JUMP to the drill, and I like that drill too (I did both drills). But that's not the atomic unit of the drill. It requires putting three
vault parts together in sequence (run/plant/jump), which should only be done once the isolated 2-part run/plant drill is working well enough to move to the more advanced 3-part run/plant/jump drill.
grandevaulter wrote: On counting steps. " The development of both technique and skill, progresses from a cognitive mode in beginners, through what is termed an associative stage, to an automatic mode with skilled performers. So while beginners have to think about each element of the movement pattern they are attempting to master, the elite performer can concentrate on just doing it without conscious thought. Indeed at this level, conscious thought will get in the way of perfect performance" (excerpt from; "From beginner to Bubka and Isinbayeva too! Second addition Alan G. Launder & John Gormley.
Hmm ... sounds like something I might have said myself.
So your complaint to Coach Stark about his recommending to count steps is what ... ?
grandevaulter wrote: Burnham, there are a few separate chapters (BTB2) on the approach and a couple chapters on the plant for different levels. You are and should be to the "automatic mode" at this point. No need to count steps. I'd be glad to meet with you and go over proven and effective drills that were used by Bubka and many of the other Russian vaulters. 6 step plant drill with exact movements, and a 10 / 6 drill on changing increasing the frequency of your strides.
: Buy the book, or put it on your must have
Xmas list! It will soon be out of print (may Altius rest in peace!)