Just remember books are often written a couple of years before they are published. If you check back on pvp I have been blowing the trumpet for Alex for some time before he even started coaching Hooker -certainly before his name was common knowledge!! And also remember that Hooker went from beginner to 5.92m - which would have won in Beijing and Berlin - with Mark Stewart as his coach.
If you dont already know -and many may not - I was responsible for bringing Alex to OZ with his family in 1996 along with Dima, Victor and eventually Tatiana.
As a result I worked alongside Alex in Adelaide for over two years and his methods are basic Russian stuff - lots of drills and short approach jumping! My own view is that there is - and there will be - little if anything new after Petrov - good technique has always been good technique since the days of stiff pole vaulting and serious intelligent training has always been just that. I appreciate the joy that some folk get from examining the minutiae of technique and training in this great event but the problem in the USA - sorry caveman I only use your country as an example because that is where I spend most/all of my coaching time these days - is that there are still many coaches living in the stone age = I do apologise - with regard to pole vault technique. Essentially in my view any coach who does not employ the Petrov technical model is - to steal a phrase from a famous Texas coach - 'condemning their athletes to mediocrity', Yet many continue to deny that model -and as I once observed in another immortal phrase - sorry again - "While coaches have a thousand careers, athletes only get one."
I have no intention of rewriting BTB - because I believe that it contains pretty well everything you need to know to develop young vaulters - except of course rope jumping and under water vaulting!!! Sorry about the exclamation marks!!!
However if anyone wants to rewrite BTB they have my permission -- after all present copies have been sold - and of course as long as they give me a cut of the proceeds!!
But I dont recommend that you try until you have finished your career as a coach -it is pretty time consuming.
For those who have yet to provide feedback on BTB2 I would ask you to make that a priority - if you really want to write something.
Mere knowledge is not the goal - but action. The Torah,