In Japan watching the first day of the events. Unfortunately, the focus is not on the field events. I move to Korea today! More comments to follow!
Posts Tagged ‘long jump’
I’ve decided that jumpers don’t understand the importance of being coordinated. Jumping takes coordination so we have to practice coordination drills if we ever want to be better. When I was young we used to practice rubbing our belly and patting our head at the same time. It was a difficult thing to master but I did it. When warming up a series of coordination drills should be added to the plan. Learning more about the control of ones body will certainly aid in improving ones ability to triple, long and high jump.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit two schools and give a brief clinic on the horizontal jumps. The schools were in Japan and the clinics were held in the rain. Fortunately, the rain didn’t fall too hard during the hour or so that I was outside watching the athletes struggle to get the technique correct.
From this experience, I realized that it is especially important to have coaches who understand the basic skills necessary to establish a fundamental skill level for the athletes and to correct major mistakes. Most coaches in Japan have a general education in the jumps. Unfortunately, high schools in America don’t hire track coaches, but use teachers who haven’t had the opportunity to study the technical events like the jumps. My hope is that these teachers will be able to visit a camp or clinic themselves to learn the basic skills necessary to coach these events.