Shep95 wrote:I guess my biggest question is how can he get out of what I call the "pike" position faster and actually get his hips to his top hand. He can see his feet and get those up towards the ceiling but he seems to lose a lot of energy that comes back from the pole and somehow absorbs it as there isn't much spring off the top. Last year we took him to get some private lessons where the coach kept saying "there is NO Pulling in Pole Vault!" I guess I don't understand how anyone's hips can get to the top of the pole without doing some kind of pulling on the pole somewhere!?!
"No pulling in the pole vault!!" hahaha The famous Words. What that means is you should not pull down your hands to try to get your hips up. You should have high hands at take-off and have a powerful take-off position with a long and fast swing. When you swing to that L position that is when your punch your hips up and cover the pole. Heres a video of Bubka with his first 6m vault to elaborate on what im saying:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-UwBaf8f98
Hopefully this clarifies the whole pulling issue. My coach used to always tell me "Never pull down to go up."
Also with the whole pole issue, he is definitely blowing through his pole. If you pause the video when he hits his pike, he is halfway through the pit. Thats why he's knocking off lower bars, he got stronger and faster and you can definitely tell. Im not sure what his run and jump looked like before he grew and gained more muscle, but dont let him get discouraged because hes knocking off lower bars. See if that coach you went to allows pole rentals. That would be a great way to transition from the 150 to the 165. Grab a soft 160.
Hope this helped!!