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Vault/Jumps
RE: 2018 College Track & Field Open Coaching Positions Discussion

Crystal Balls wrote:

It’s not about “learning” the event...

It’s about logistically covering 8 jumping events at any meet, and providing a high level of service to the athletes. Yes 8 because of men and women. Pole Vault and High Jump can go on for hours...it’s literally impossible to cover these events with one person.

If you have the facilities and the time - you can space them out in training and that is feasible.

The beauty of the track events...they only happen one at a time...

All this - “I have to be there to cover the warm up - warm down - walk them into the tent - they can’t be by themselves” stuff is a failure of mental resilience training by the coach...

Soo, any head coach disregarding the above challenges of an event area is sending a very clear message... either I don’t care about those events, or I only care about 1 or 2 of those events - normally the horizontals


Throws coaches manage to cover 8 throwing events. With some being in the infield, and some being (at times) really far away from the track. It comes down to teaching your athletes to be self sufficient and having the confidence and consistency to jump well without you watching everything they do.

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