March 29, 2020

Landing deep in the pit is good, but what happens when you land shallow with the same pole and grip that you were using when you landed deep on the previous jump? If your pole and grip were the same as before, then you can eliminate them as factors affecting your jump....

March 24, 2020

There are so many amazing tools out there for coaches and athletes and when used appropriately can take jumping to the next level. However using any tool, no matter how great, inappropriately; like hammering in a screw, can cause more harm than good. 

When coaching pole...

October 15, 2019

 I think every coach's and athlete's goal is to set a new PR, and one way we all know to do that is by gripping up. It seems so simple, grip higher and you will jump higher, but is that always the case?

There are times when you might find out that your grip has gone up...

October 7, 2019

Everyone knows that if you grip higher, you can jump higher, but how do you know if you should grip up? 

Often coaches and athletes will try to raise grip, regardless of pole speed which can lead to athletes getting stood up, veering to the left or right and possibly hi...

October 2, 2019

After watching the world championships this past week, it makes me wonder, where’s all the analysis? Why aren’t their people breaking down the meet, the good, the bad, the ugly? Every other sport has great analysis.

It’s because our sport has a problem with honesty. P...

June 22, 2019

Does getting inverted matter? Maybe. It all depends on how fast your jump is and whether you can get to the invert and start the turn soon enough in your jump. Forcing an athlete to invert can actually slow down their jump and create jumps without turns. 

When watching...

January 18, 2019

Coaching is a rewarding job that allows you to connect with so many people and change lives. The reward comes from knowing that you made an impact, but there’s only one way you can actually have an impact. Stop making yourself the priority! 

I see many coaches out there...

December 26, 2018

When I think back to when I first started coaching, one mistake I made was not using and implemented enough drills. The longer I coach the more drills I use and knowing when to use a drill and what the purpose is becomes more important. Every mistake an athlete makes c...

December 16, 2018

Are straight pole drills are the best drills, and the key to jumping high. Maybe? It all depends on context. Are we discussing beginners, experts, what part of the season are we talking about? What weakness in the vault are we trying to address? When is your next meet?...

November 27, 2018

I often get asked how many times you should do a drill in practice, and the thing is there is no magic number of reps, and what I would argue is that how frequently you do a drill is more important than the volume at any one practice. In fact if you do a drill for too...

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