Chasing Greatness

How do you develop speed in your track & field jumpers?

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Development of speed for the horizontal jumper is possibly the most important and most difficult task for the coach.

In one sense, the development of speed is an extremely simple process. When simple guidelines are followed with patience, the program is typically successful.

But, at the same time, it is an extremely complex process when we examine the number of variables involved and the intricate biomotor relationships that are prerequisite to success.

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Yours in speed,

Patrick Beith

P.S. – Speed Development for the Horizontal Jumpers was written by professional and collegiate jumps coach, Irving 'Boo' Schexnayder. Boo is one of the nation's premier field event coaches. Boo serves as Chair of the Jumps program of USA Track and Field Coaching Education, and is the former national chair of USA Track and Field's Coaching Education Committee and Biomechanics Subcommittee. He has Coached 10 different athletes to 19 individual NCAA titles during his tenure at Louisiana State University. In 2004, his jumpers combined to win three individual NCAA titles and earn 12 All- America honors. He is responsible for at least one National Champion in seven of his 11 seasons at LSU, while he has also developed 57 All-American athletes during that time.



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