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Overview 1. Background / Records 2. Philosophy 3. Talent Identification/ Recruiting 4. Planning (Pre-Season) 5. 6 Elements of Pole Vault / Drills 6. Practice.

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2 Overview 1. Background / Records 2. Philosophy 3. Talent Identification/ Recruiting 4. Planning (Pre-Season) 5. 6 Elements of Pole Vault / Drills 6. Practice Structure 7. Questions/Video

3 Background  Middle School (5 th -8 th ) 7’, 7’, 10’6”, 12’ 6”  High School (Andale) 13’ 7”, 14’ 6”, 15’10”, 16’ 1 ½”  College (KSU / WSU) 16’ 7” / 17’ 1”  Post-College (WSU) Didn’t Jump Higher Speed/ Pole Vault Athlete Coaching  Private Lesson (WSU)  G.A. Wichita State (1 yr.)  Circle HS (2 yrs.) PV (Middle Sch. / HS)  Andale HS Sprints / Jumps  Wellington HS Head Coach / PV  Andale HS Sprints / Jumps

4 Andale Boys Records RankNameHeightYear 1Dylan Schmidt16’ 1 ½”2001 2Dustin Schmidt16’ 1”1999 3Jim Gruenbacher15’ 3”1998 4Jonah Ungles15’ 0”2012 5Kyle Horsch14’ 7”2006 6Jon Baalmann14’ 6”2004 7Ben Horsch14’ 6”2008 8Andrew Rowland14’ 6”2011 9Ethan Meyer14’ 4” Chris Bush14’ 4”1988 Notice the “1” increments (Raising the Bar- Earl Bell)

5 Andale Girls Records RankNameHeightYear 1Emily Rowland12’ 5”2013 2Jessi Irving12’ 1”2002 3Abby Rowland11’ 3”2008 4Lizzy Schmitz11’0”2008 5Grace Shiach11’ 0”2012 6Kim Friedrichs11’ 0”2011 7Leah Eck10’ 8”2005 8Olivia Orth10’ 8”2013 9Angie Ramsey10’ 7” Natalie Schauf10’ 7”2009 Top 3- Last 18 yrs. / Runner Up or State Champ 17 out of 18

6 Philosophy- Pole Vault  There are many important elements to the pole vault. However if one thing stands out, you MUST pole vault to be a great pole vaulter. Other Key Elements: I. Speed (Enhancement/Run-Up Drills) II. Jumping Ability (Takeoff Drills) III. Basic Strength (Gymnastics) *Training should be Balanced, Structured, Flexible

7 Philosophy- Event/Athlete/Coach  The 3 Keys of the Pole Vault 1) Attitude (The will to get better) -Get the kids that are dedicated know matter talent level…lead by example 2) Time (Reps, Reps, Reps) -We will always be doing something…rain, snow, or sunshine 3) Attention to Detail (Instruction/ understanding Instruction)….The how and the why…  “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” -John Wooden- Personal Record!!! (P.R. Prize!)  League Champion  Regional Champion  State Champion  All-American

8 Talent Identification/ Recruiting Junior HighVJ / 3 Step Vertical Guys: 6 inches Girls: 4 Inches Coach Schmidt: Middle School Basketball Coach

9 Planning- “Managers” Meeting Place: Same Place Every Day (3:55)…Gym Announcements, Motivation, Etc. Event – (Pole Vault) Warm-Up (Mod, Mod, High, Low) Fundamentals Drills Technique Work Running/Plyo’s (5:35pm) (Monday) Core / Cool-Down What Needs to Be Done Everyday- Managers Pole Vault  Poles out to the Track  Pits Uncovered  Standards Up  Water out of the box  Marks on the track  Takeoff’s Marked  Rings Hung Up  Camera Charged 1. Time / Plan 2. Pole Inventory 3. Camera

10 Planning –”Practice”  Order of Operation 1) Technique 2) Speed 3) Speed Endurance 4) Strength weeks 8 meets Regionals / State You must be fresh to work technique, if not you develop poor habits. Yuriy Sedykh- WR Holder Hammer Throw  Threw, and Threw, and Threw  Technique, Technique, Technique

11 Planning- Materials Athletes Need to Bring 1. Bookbag 2. Spikes 3. Implements 4. Jersey/shorts 5. Socks 6. Food 7. Water bottle 8. Vault notebook 9. Chalk 10. Tape 11. Towel 12. Tape measure 13. MP3 player 14. Clothes (HAT) 15. Poles 16. Workout Book Coaches Need to Bring 1. Coaches Bag 2. Chalk 3. Stop watch 4. Wrist watch 5. Tape 6. Towel 7. Tools (Vice Grip, etc.) 8. Pole Tips 9. Tape measure 10. Clothes (HAT) 11. Water bottle 12. Spikes 13. Food 14. Vault Book (poles, flex, athletes marks, etc.) 15. Workout Book 16. Radio/ Music

12 Planning Practice – “Being Gone” Champs (At Home)  Warm-Up (Continuous Pole Vault)  Med Ball Throws x3  Fundamentals Hand Holding Drills- Base, 1 step, 2 step, slow motion, walking plants 3x10  Technique- “Beat the tip” x football field (twice) 20/20 Drill x4 Long Pole Runs x10  3x Max Handstands  Warm-Down (Jog/Stretch)

13 Planning - Practice – “Indoor” (Mod, High, Low)  Announcements/Mental Preparation  Warm-Up (Dynamic)  Med Ball Throws x4  Fundamentals Hand Holding Drills- Base, 1 step, 2 step, slow motion, walking plants 3x10  Technique- (Pole Runs) 4-6 step x  Running/Plyo’s/Circuit  Fun/Gymnastics/Wrestling Room / “Bar Clearance Drills”  Warm-Down (Stretch/Rope or Bands)  Film/Chalk Talk (Elite / HS Film )

14 6 Elements of Pole Vault Technique 1) Pole Carry 2) Run-Up 3) Plant 4) Take-off 5) Swing Up/Rock Back 6) Bar Clearance I have broken down the vault into 6 elements however it must be understood and viewed as one continuous movement.

15 1) Pole Carry- Coaching Pts. 1. The pole is supported with the bone structure 2. The back hand should full grip the pole (this takes a little time/wrist flexibility) 3. The back hand will control the drop of the pole and the pole will rotate on the front hand 4. When carrying the pole you should be as relaxed as possible (arms, shoulders, etc.)

16 1) Drills Daily Fundamentals 3x10, repeat if coach is busy! 1) Home (Base) 2) 1 step 3) 2 step 4) Pole drops 5) 4 step Slow motion 6) 6 Step Walking Plants

17 2) Run-Up- Coaching Pts.  KEY ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE RUN-UP, POLE DROP ARE: The Run-up starts with the very 1 st step out of the back All phases leading into the takeoff have one goal, gain as much controllable velocity as possible! 1. -pole is carried high with left wrist under pole and right hand close to hip 2. -velocity increases to mid-mark (3 strides from take-off) 3. -once you reach mid-mark the pole drop is initiated 4. -also, when reaching mid-mark the stride length is constant (to gain effective acceleration [20-20 strides] it will also: 1. -allow hips to be high, tall posture 2. -allow pole drop and strides to flow together “active” 3. -pole is lowered by tilting bottom hand and rolling back hand, while pole gains a horizontal position over track

18 2) Run-Up Drills Drill #1 : Pole Runs 1. Pole runs are something that can be done anywhere (indoors, cold weather, etc.) 2. We will work on pole runs from (8, 10, 12, 14, 16 steps) I feel it is important to be working your long approach almost everyday in some type of way. Key elements 1. -First Step: The run starts with the first step. When you step back to push off, you must keep your hips tall and push out of the back. (Push) 2. -Counting: is important for rhythm. Teach kids to always count down so they end on the same number 5,4,3,2,1 (count left foot for right handed jumper) 3. -Pole Carry: Carry the pole vertical at the beginning of the run and make sure you are relaxed through the shoulders and upper body 4. -Pole Drop: The pole drop must be “active.” Active means that the vaulter and the pole act as one together. The pole must always be falling and the athlete must learn how to time the pole drop where they are working with the pole instead of working against it. When the vaulter strikes on his 3 rd left (RH vaulter) there should be a dramatic dropping of the pole. Almost allowing the pole to free fall.

19 3) Plant- Coaching Pts. 1. The pole plant is a 4 step process 2. A relatively narrowed grip is used (pull-up width) 3. An early, controlled plant in which the left hand is kept high as the fulcrum and the pole rotates as the right hand is drive high (right hand controls drop) 4. On the penultimate step the hands should be at the forehead 5. The pole is driven high by the top hand 6. The top hand is completely raised before the pole hits of back of the box or take-off foot touches down 7. The bottom arm allowed to flex immediately after takeoff so that the bottom hand moved back above the head. Note that this was not a passive flexing of the left arm but rather a dynamic controlled flexion. 8. Emphasize the importance of not driving the left arm into the pole at takeoff but rather being dynamic with the arm and allowing the chest through the shoulders and swing around the top hand.

20 3) Plant Drills “Sand Plant Drills” 1) 2 steps - “Hands at forehead” 1) 4 steps - “Hands at Hips” 2) 6 steps – “Hands at Hips” more speed Coaching Points: 1) Takeoff before the pole hits the sand (back of the box) 2) Stay behind the pole (Hips), Move the chest into the pole keeping 3) Maximize pole to ground angle (plant the pole tall)

21 4) Takeoff- Coaching Pts. 1. The pole/ground angle is maximized 2. The energy of the run-up must be “hit” or transmitted to the pole by a very strong and tall top arm, with a slight forward angle 3. The heel of the opposite foot is driven under the butt 4. The body is rigid and “hard” from the top hand through the shoulders, chest, back, butt and leg 5. Where the left hand does not push prematurely against the pole 6. Where the plant is completed before the pole hits the back of the box 7. Where the vaulter jumps or springs off of the ground before the pole strikes the back of the box. Nothing is more important in all of the pole vault then this concept! Bubka: “In pole vaulting the crucial factor is how to transfer energy to the pole, through the complete body of the vaulter; the arms, shoulders, hips, back and legs. But if the pole begins to bend while the vaulter is yet on the ground, it is impossible to transfer the energy; all the energy is lost and goes to the box.”

22 4) Takeoff Drills Drills: 1. 6 Step Straight Pole 2. Straight Pole Jumping 3. Short Run Coaching Points: 1. Vaulter must takeoff before the pole hits the back of the box 2. The pole to ground angle is maximized 3. The pole drop is “active” and the run is “tall” throughout

23 5) Swing Up/ Rock Back- Coaching Pts. Coaching Pts. 1. After takeoff continue to drive the take off leg back to create a slight flexion at the knee, if enables the athlete to begin a long accelerating swing of the leg similar to a powerful soccer kick. 2. In an attempt to better understand the action of the takeoff leg it should be viewed as a “whip” rather then a swing. 3. The energy of the whip is carried on into the inversion. The vaulter should roll the pelvis upward with the left leg staying as straight as possible. 4. In this way they move into a position of “covering” the pole 5. As soon as this movement is completed the vaulter drops the shoulders and then drives the hips vertically upwards. Mistakes 1. The athlete attempts to move into the vertical position too soon after take off. 2. The take off is “flat” and towards the pad instead of up through the pole. 3. The vaulter is gripping too high in relation to the quality of their run, plant and takeoff. 4. The vaulter is using a pole which is either too soft or too stiff.

24 5) Swing Up/ Rock Back Drills “Long Swing Drill” -3 step Run -Small pole 1. The vaulter is off the ground before the pole hits the back of the box 2. There is constant pressure on the pole throughout the vault pressure is “out and away” 3. The trail leg “whips” through as the vaulter moves into position to cover the pole

25 6) Bar Clearance- Coaching Pts. Coaching Points: 1. Relax, Relax, Relax 2. Turn thumbs down, elbows out to hollow out the chest 3. Keep head down coming off the pole!

26 6) Bar Clearance-Drills “Back roll-Ups” Coaching Points: 1. Relax, Relax, Relax 2. Turn thumbs down, elbows out to hollow out the chest 3. Keep head down coming off the pole!

27 Weekly Practice Overview PracticePole Vault Practice Monday (Neuro) Pole Runs Drills/ Long or Short Run Tuesday Short Run Wednesday (Neuro) Long Run (Big Jump Day) Thursday Pre-Meet: Long Run (Opening Bar) Friday (Neuro) Meet Saturday Off / Film Sunday Long,Short Run, Drills Monday (Neuro) Sprint Workout (Accels/ Flys) Tuesday Circuit/ Tempo Runs Wednesday (Neuro) Sprint Workout (after) Thursday Circuit/ Tempo Runs/Pre -Meet Friday (Neuro) Sprint Workout/ Meet Saturday Off / Film Sunday Off/ Film

28 Pole Vault Planning Short Run RoutineLong Run Routine 1. Daily Fundamentals (Holding Pole) 2. Sand Plants (Takeoff/Plant) 3. Bar Drills (Swing/Rock Back) 4. Long Swing (Swing/Rock Back) 5. Fresno’s / Pop-Ups (Takeoff) 6. Short Runs (Plant) 1. Daily Fundamentals (Holding Pole) 2. Approaches (Run-Up) 3. Fresno’s / Pop-Ups (Takeoff) 4. Long Run

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