at track wrote:Check out the picture below. First frame is your 3rd step out. It lands underneath you and is a decent step. 2nd frame is the 2nd step out. Your foot lands way in front telling me you're reaching and probably loosing some speed. Then there's your last step. Lands way in front of you, huge reach. You then roll over your foot a good 3-4ft and collapse into the pole. My guess is, your run is long and you're striding to reach the takeoff mark. The pole hits the back of the box way before you leave the ground, you're low and get ripped off the ground and swept under the pole (5th frame). This creates a really low bend, which isn't good for vaulting even if you do manage to make it into the pit. Move your run in at least a foot and quicken your last few steps. This will help you stay tall and get at higher takeoff, which should help you penetrate better.
Also, in general keep your bottom hand higher on the run, you have to work really hard your last two steps to get your hands up because you drop both hands instead of raising the top one when lowering your pole. This is going to make you late and slow every time, which probably contributed to this takeoff. Instead, you should keep the bottom hand at chest level and let the top hand rise along your body as the pole drops. Let the pole fall itself, gravity works! Just let that top hand rise to compensate.
If you move the step in a bit (or maybe you were just tired and slower on that run?) and drop the pole better you should find yourself quicker and taller during takeoff which should let you crush that pole! Keep us posted...
One of the best responses ever on this website, by at track. Nice first post! It is hard for kids who are used to striding into the plant to get the hands up and the feet down quickly. Work on plant drills with a stubby pole or broomstick at home, emphasizing speed and timing of the hands/feet. You can be standing still for this drill (running and planting "in place"). Standing pole drops also help your hands learn how fast they need to rise during an optimal plant.
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