When all external factors are taking into account, what should a coach do if their young athletes aren’t improving at a successful pace or seem to be sliding backward in development? Coach Noah Kaminsky presents five tenets to guide coaches (and parents) in healthy and safe youth athletic development.
Drills are necessary and beneficial tools for long-term improvement in any sport, as they help correct possible skill deficiencies. With the premise that 85% drill proficiency translates into improved performance, Coach Noah Kaminsky presents warm-up drills that will benefit any pole vaulter, at any skill level. This is the final installment in a series of three articles on the critical indicators for pole vault.
If you want to compare pole vault technical models, the best place to observe a difference is in the movement of the athlete’s hips because they represent the vaulter’s center of mass. In this second in a three-part series on critical indicators for pole vault, Coach Noah Kaminsky compares the two most used models, the Champion and 640, to analyze and cue vaults based on hip movement.
Pole vault has a few exceptionally powerful indicators that help coach it successfully. Among these are mid-marks, which are a simple, effective way to predict the success of a jump and provide immediate feedback to your athlete. Coach Noah Kaminsky explains mid-marks and how they will improve your coaching and benefit your athletes.
While all coaches run their teams differently, these seven fundamental principles offer a glimpse of the ideals for track and field, as well as other sports. Some of the principles require a shift in mentality or expectations, while others require more careful planning. Either way, effective implementation of all seven principles should improve your athletes’ performance and the culture of your team.