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Winter-Coaching Series 2017 - Day 4 - High Jump Report

High Jump Report from Day 4 of Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series 2017

By Martin O'Sullivan, High Jump Coach

CIT Track

Saturday November 11th 2017

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Well done again to all who attended on Saturday, the fourth day of the Cork Athletics Winter Coaching Series. Jumping conditions were poor, so fair play to those who attended, and got some good jumping in.

Key points from Saturday's session:

- Mat exercises with landing drills & bar clearance.

  • Focused more today on what to do at take off
  • Where to plant, and how. Arching
  • Where to have you hands. Where to look

- Running drills for proper curve and lean. (Lean is so, so important. !!)

•    Did Crcuits specific to high jump which can be done with out a mat.
•    Key drills to do at home to improve / maintain technique.

Saturday's weather was not good for the PB challenge, so we just focused on jumping with good technique, and getting some starting marks set down. See below for your athlete's marks. Please note that these marks are now your athletes starting marks, and they always start with these initially. As they get faster, stronger etc, the marks will need to be adjusted accordingly.


On Saturday, it was great to see the athletes gaining confidence with their jumping, and getting more consistent at jumping their training heights.


Please note that it is important to know what you athlete's training height is, as this is where the technique is worked on. This height cannot be too high, as they are more interested in clearing and the technique goes out the window. Having it too low will remove the need for the athlete to push themselves' and the focus on getting things just right to clear the bar.


winter coaching 2017 day 4 high jump table


The PB challenge is where we push up the bar higher and higher. This is a different session to that of jumping at training height.

Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us the next day so we can do another PB challenge.

Please see attached the PB challenge tracker.

Please note that this is open to all athletics on the day, so feel free to come on down and get a jump in. Looking forward to meeting you all again in two weeks time. Please spread the word to any more high jumpers out there, who may be interested.

Thanks also to all those parents who helped out. (Very much appreciated :-)

Regards Martin




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