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Coaching Beginning High Jumpers

By Mike Rosenbaum, ThoughtCo., 05/01/18, 12:00PM CDT

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Whichever foot they kick the ball with is their inside foot for the high jump.

To set up the approach run - for a jumper starting from the right - have the jumper stand at the side of the pit, with the standard at his or her back. 

Replace the Bar

´╗┐The first step in developing high jumpers is to make them comfortable landing on their backs. The worst thing you can do, particularly with a young person who’s come to you with a desire to learn to high jump, is to turn him or her off to the sport with a rough beginning.

Therefore, you don’t use a bar to train beginning jumpers. You don’t want would-be high jumpers to knock the bar over, land on it a couple times, then tell themselves they should find another sport where you don’t end up with a metal bar poking you in the back.