Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to be a High Jumper

High jumping is a great sport, but before you start jumping, there are a few things you should know.
For starters, high jumpers will need to decide what side they want to jump from. A good way to find out what is the best side for you to jump off of is to ask your self which foot you want to start with when you do a cartwheel. If you say your right foot then you want to stand on the left side so you can go off your right foot, and if you say left foot then you stand on the right.
Now it is time too work on your steps. A good way to find your steps is to take 10 running steps in a "j" shape from the standard on your side. (a standard is what holds the pole) Have a coach or friend mark where your 10th step is. A good run is about 5 paces straight and then on your 6th step you should start your curve in towards the bar. Be sure to jump close to the standard, and go off of one foot you've decided earlier.
As you jump to go over the bar, swing your arms straight up. This will help you get some heigth. When your going over the bar it is important to arch your back. Bend your knees and lift your hips over the bar.
By following the steps above, your on your way to being a great high jumper! Good luck and jump high!

-Amanda :)

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