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High Jump Baby Step #1 - The Approach

MEASURED OUT

This is the #1 place where high school coaches go wrong. You must, must, must have a measured-out approach for your athletes. Imagine if you were trying to cook a cake but did not measure anything out. How do you think it would turn out? You might get lucky and have the right ratios, but the next time you want to make it will it taste the same? Probably not.



CONSISTENT - FIND A RHYTHM

High jump is like dancing… you need rhythm! Having a rhythm will help your athletes be consistent with their approach. This is why many dancers, make great high jumpers. If there is no consistency, then it is impossible to coach the high jump!



START WITH A TIGHT CORNER AND WIDEN AS NEEDED

A tighter corner helps with the proper foot placement of 45-degrees to the mat. Wide approaches promote your athletes’ foot to become parallel to the mat which leads to injury and “travel” along the bar.

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