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Beginning Pole Vault Formulas & Progressions
Article By: Jan Johnson, Olympian
Part 1. Grass Vaulting the first step in the progression

Selecting the proper starting grip is very important for learning the beginning drill sequence. Selecting a grip that is too high will make it impossible to learn the most efficient take off technique. Once the proper starting grip has been establish, don't hesitate to progress quickly to the optimum grip, by raising hands in 2" or 3" increments, until he correct amount of pole speed is obtained. For the purposes of learning the grass vaulting sequence outlined below, start by gripping the pole only as high as you can grip with your top hand when the pole plug is between your feet.

Pole Vaulting
Articles By: Brian Yokoyama, Mt. San Antonio College
The takeoff (plant) is the most important technical aspect of the pole vault. It is responsible for transferring running energy(speed) into the pole and setting up the swing/rockback. As the efficiency of the plant increases, a greater amount of energy is transferred to the pole, allowing for the use of stiffer poles and increased clearances.

Sorting Through Important Pole Vault Concepts

Article By: Ed Jacoby, U.S.A. Olympic Coach, Boise State University
General Objectives
1. Usable speed at plant and takeoff
2. Height of the center of mass, of handhold and pole angle relative to vertical
3. Transition of horizontal velocity to vertical velocity
4. Pole speed to vertical

Safe & Simple Pole Advancement
Article By: John D. Mahr, Coach, Sultana High School, Hesperia, CA
The task of advancing a pole vaulter to a higher rated or"stiffer" pole is always fraught with guesswork. It is never really based on objective or factual data. The decision is generally made after much intuitive observation of the athlete's progress in strength, speed, and a host of other factors.

Management Of Risk In Pole Vaulting
Article By: Jan Johnson, Olympian
Part of the process of learning to pole vault is learning to manage risk. It should be a big part of any pole vault education program. Many of the lessons learned in pole vaulting are parallel to those in life. Consider for a moment the way basic skills of reading, writing and math have such a large impact upon a student's later success. Now consider the way a vaulter's ability to run with and plant the pole also have a huge impact upon his later success. In both cases, his early lessons have a big impact upon later results. Perhaps the most important aspect of controlling risk in the pole vault, as in primary school, is environment.

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