Practice long jump take-off mechanics: Have students
line up on the grass infield facing the instructor or demonstrator.
Demonstrate the free leg drive at take-off by jogging 5-yards
towards the class, driving the knee up and locking (stopping
it) hip-high in the same action as taking-off under the
basket for a lay up. Hold this position to a landing. Have
the class practice these take-off mechanics several times
with a 5-yard run-up.
Practice the running approach and landing mechanics:
Move to the long jump pit and have students practice several
short, 15-yard approach runs down the runway emphasizing,
1) accelerating into the take-off, 2) driving the free leg
up, and 3) landing with both feet together in the pit. Jumpers
should not be concerned with the take-off board. Instruct
students to take-off anywhere near the end of the runway
next to the pit and do not call any foul jumps.
Practice proper arm-action: For the next attempts,
instruct students to try to hold the arms up over the head
in flight, and then bring them forward towards the feet