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High jump for 9yr youth boy

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Re: High Jump My son has attempted this event but seems to be a hit or miss with him. Current coach says that he is still long jumping. i would like to say to coach that perhaps he needs a little more attention. He can also get a bit sloppy and tend to jump sideways instead of twisting at waist and jumping backwards. I would like to get him private coaching before season starts in 2011. Do you have any suggestions for drills, videos or recommendations on private coaching anywhere in hudson valley region in NY? THANKS

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Lets see if I can help you out here. The first thing your son needs to know is that the J approach or Cetripetal force of the curve throws him into the high jump pit, he does not need to throw himself into the pit. (big mistake most young high jumpers do), All he needs to do is drive his inside knee upwards bar height and go straight up like you would when you do a basketball layup. No lean. Explaining that to him and having him practice going straight up without leaning into the bar will correct the "long jumping" type of high jumping technique. If he is a speed jumper, he will drive his inside knee and inside arm straight up at take off. (no lean) If he is a power jumper, he will drive both arms straight up in front of his face at take off. Lets now do some drills. (these are the drills we do at the college, in this order as our warm up. It also breaks down various phases of the high jump to work on. It is too difficult to do the whole jump every time- fatigue becomes a factor and the whole thing falls apart) Pit collapses 1. laying on the top of the high jump pit, push up into a bridge or back arch. Make sure arms are fully extended, hips fully extended and up on toes, and looking down. (back bend) 1. Now collapse so that you pike and your hands now grap your outstrectched toes. Do that 5 times. That is a way to practice what happens on top of the bar. Back Overs 1. on the ground in the middle of the bar/pit off of two feet (I know in the high jump you jump off one foot, but this drill is to put your head back and get hip extension on top of the bar). Put the bar pretty low like hip level. With both arms forcefully going up, jump upwards and back and try to land in the pit on the top of your shoulder blades. Initially kids will jump into the bar instead of straight up, and they will hit the bar with their back on the way up or they will also land on their butt. You need to land between the shoulder blades or upper back. Have someone stand behind the pit so that the athlete has to put their head straight back and look at you. The further your head is back the better hip extension you will get on top of the bar. Do this 5 times. If you use a box to jump off of, the height of the bar can be higher. Step overs Have the jumper run back five steps on a curve. Have them stand so that they can touch the high jump standard and touch the bar. This way you know where and how far out they need to stand. Now have them run back 5 steps, an upside down J. Someone should count to mark their 5th step. Put tape or a shoe down as a marker. Have the athlete turn around and check their step. That means to approach the bar, going slow to fast to see if their plant leg comes up correctly. Now with the bar still hip height, have them start again but this time they are going to run up to the bar, slow to fast then step over the bar and land on the pit on their feet. The idea is to really drive that inside knee bar height or higher. You can work on slow to fast, power off of the ground, knee drive and arm drive. Do this 5 times. If it gets too easy you can now move the bar up a little. Short approach jumps- now from that same 5 step mark you used for step-overs you will do the same thing- approach slow to fast, drive your knee bar height, go straight up but this time you will jump and land on your upper back. The bar needs to be low enough initially so that you can work on all the aspects of the high jump. Again it helps if someone stands behind the pit so that the athlete has to put their head straight back and look at you. It also helps them extend their hips on top of the bar. Hopefully these basic drills can help you. I coach a 7-2 male jumper, a 5-11.50 female high jumper and my 9th grade daughter that has gone 5-9 and is the top freshman in the nation. They all start every workout with these drills! Good Luck!

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