I'd like to have a discussion about the merits of rope vaulting.
For the purpose of this thread, I am defining rope vaulting as completing the full vaulting motion on a swinging rope over a pit (drills with a stationary rope are not included).
I haven't done much rope vaulting. I suspect it's somewhat rare as few schools put up ropes anymore.
Here are some videos if you are not familiar with it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F2YKhGqFAAhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krsHsRfadjshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQK-LyKInXshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7UcwR3BH8ohttp://polevaultvideos.fliggo.com/video/plFeshRP
- Allows the vaulter to simulate the motion of the vault without having to worry about their runup and plant.
- Builds core strength.
- Can be used when legs are tired/injured.
- In my experience, it tends to be an all-or-nothing thing. With the vault everyone starts out holding low on small poles which builds body awareness. It's harder to have a teaching progression with the rope vault, and I fear that lack of body-space awareness is contributing to accidents.
- To be safe, you really need mats all the way along the course of the rope. That first YouTube clip shows what looks like a very good setup. It's also extremely important to have adequate padding behind the mat. Both Chip and Leon's injuries were a result of overshooting the pad. So the con is you need lots of extra padding.
- Doesn't seem to be a standard teaching progression or facility setup.
- Length of rope is a big variable factor.
I think rope vaulting can be safe if it's taught properly and in a safe facility. My bigger question to the PV Power audience is how useful do you think it is? Also, please share some rope vault teaching progressions you have used.