Getting Steps for the New Vaulter

The Process of Getting a Measured Approach Working with brand new vaulters Vaulters hold at the “reach grip”.  They “know” what foot they want to jump from Vaulters on the Track Coach will mark a chalk runway and box on the track Chalk runway will have takeoff marks and starting marks from 40 to 60 feetContinue reading “Getting Steps for the New Vaulter”

Pole Vault Terms (I Don’t Use)

After coaching pole vault for a full forty years – I’ve seen an evolution of terminology in the event.  In the mid-1990’s, USATF tried to “standardized” how we talked about pole vault, because so many of the terms were “regional”.  Here in Ohio, there was a whole “school” of pole vault from Eastern Ohio coaches.  They had tremendousContinue reading “Pole Vault Terms (I Don’t Use)”

Numbers and Pole Vault

“Magic Numbers” There are four “magic” numbers pole vault athletes need to know before they are ready for competition.  Where they start their approach run  Where they takeoff from  Where they usually set their standards Where they want to start the competition For example,  Alonzo, a 13’ sophomore boy                   Abigail, a 10’ sophomore girl  – startsContinue reading “Numbers and Pole Vault”