This page has links to several videos of me (your coach) doing some jumping. I use these videos to study what I do correctly and what I do that can be improved. Watching them one frame at a time is quite revealing. I intend to video tape your jumps and study them also. You will be able to learn a lot from your videos.
The following links are to videos of jumps taken at street vaults or at practices. They have been created for viewing in Windows Media Player (WMP), but other players may also work. Windows Media Player 9 Series (for Windows XP) has the ability to set play speed to 50% for slow motion, and to pause and then single frame advance and reverse. To access those features select View>Enhancements>Play Speed Settings.
Another note, once the file is downloaded to WMP, you can save the file by selecting File>Save Media As and put it in any directory on your hard drive or other storage device. Be sure to maintain the .wmv file name extension. Alternatively, you can right-click on a video link, then select 'Save Sarget As', then select a location on your hard drive to save the file to. Once on your hard drive, you can just double click the file name and it will play.
- 12' jump at Portland street vault 8-3-03. (This is very poor video and is in slow motion.)
- 3 jumps at Corvallis street vault 8-10-03 (10' 6", 11', 11' 6"). This file is 2.8MB.
- A single jump at practice on 1-24-04. This is an attempt at 12' 3".
- A single jump at practice on 2-7-04.
- A single jump at practice on 2-14-04. This pole was not stiff enough.
- A single jump at practice on 2-21-04. This is an attempt at 13'.
- This series of jumps from April 6, 2004 is with me getting on a 4.25m (14') pole for the first time. The first jump is at 12' and the next 3 at 12' 6". The first 3 are on a 135 lb pole and the last, aborted because of a bad plant, was on a 140 lb pole.
- More jumps at practice on the 14' poles. (April 13, 2004)
- I wasn't going to jump today (April 14, 2004) because of the harder workout yesterday, but the meet was cancelled and Dave just had an intra-squad competition. I warmed up with them and did some jumps from 5 lefts. I was supposed to be practicing getting back (more vertical) on my pole, but when the gumbie went up, I lost my focus. That is too bad. I blew a good chance. The bungee was at 12' 6" and then at 13" and I stayed on 13' 2" (4.00m) poles. A few jumps.
- On Friday, April 30, 2004, I tried to get on the heavier and longer poles. All the jumps are at 12'6". These jumps are on the 13'2", 160# pole. These are on the 14', 140# pole. I still have not learned how to get fully vertical. The result is my feet drop too soon and I don't get the height I should.
- On Sunday, May 2, 2004, Rich and I got to practice by ourselves. It was a beautiful day and the jumping was almost as good. I jumped on the 13' 2" 160# pole (orange) and then moved to the 14' 145# pole (white). Some of the jumps had the bungee at 13, then 13' 6" then 14". I then lowered it for me to 13' 4" a few times. I got tired at the end and couldn't finish some of the jumps.
- I created a comparison video of two of the jumps above. It is of my attempt at 13' 6" (on the 13' 2" 160#) and Rich's successful jump at 13' 6" (on the 13' 2" 155#) pole.
- Today, May 5, 2004, I got on my personal pole, a Pacer FX 4.15m (13' 7") 155# pole. I worked a lot on improving my plant, striving to be like Rich in the above comparison video. It looks like there was some improvement, although not consistantly. I see in these videos that I need to rock back more, in particular to get my hips up and closer to the pole sooner in order to get "on top" of the pole instead of remaining in front of the pole.
- May 8, 2004 - After a session with a lot of enthusiastic young kids, Rich and I jumped. All my jumps are in this video, and two of my attempts at 13'+ are available as individual jumps. (video 1 and video 2) The jump at an extreme height was me trying to kick a 16' bar.
- May 11, 2004 - My focus today is getting rocked back while maintaining a good pole plant. I improved the rockback some and had at least a couple of good jumps (for me). One is my Master's PR at 12' 6" and the second was a near miss at 13'.
- May 19, 2004 - I jumped on my 4.15m 155# Pacer through the clearing of 12'-6" a two times. Here is a successful jump at 12'. The best looking vault was the second make at 12' 6". I then went to the 4.25m 145# Nordic and worked on 13'. I really only got rocked back well on one vault on the Nordic. On that vault I got thrown a little sideways and I'm trying to determine how that happened. One thought is that my pole bend went into the side pads too much and was restricted in motion. Any other observations are welcome.
- June 3, 2004 - I video taped this from the runway in hopes of learning more about some aspects of my vault. I started on the 13'2" 155# Nordic, then the 160#, then my Pacer FX 13'7" 155# and finally on the Nordic 14' 150#. Some things are obvious from the videos. I consistantly take off from right of center on the runway. My left arm at plant is not as straight as it should be. I don't get close enough to the pole (the shadow gives that away). But the area of interest to me is to determine why I go to the right on some jumps. I see the pole bend being close to excessive on the 14' pole. I also see the pole plant often being to the left in the box on jumps where I go to the right. With these conditions, when the pole bends to the left it is blocked by the edge of the box and also by the pads (which unfortunately were shifted too far to the right). This blocking by box and pads seems to contribute to being thrown to the right. Also, as Dave has pointed out, when my body is away from the pole, my left arm action contributes to the right direction. Enough already...
- June 12, 2004 USATF Champs
- June 14, 2004 practice
- June 16, 2004 practice
- June 19, 2004 Portland Masters Classic
- June 21, 2004 practice (all jumps). I created a comparison video of one each of Rich's and my jumps.
(The background image is me competing for the University of Portland during my career there from 1965-1968. You can download the image.)