Pole Vault, Start Here
go from zero to vaulting
A proven step-by-step approach to learn and teach the pole vault – so you can progress safely with solid technique.
Everything you need to learn proper vaulting technique. From essential mechanics and progressive drills to deep insight from one of the country’s top vaulting coaches.
pole vault, start here
A complete guide for coaches and athletes to go from zero to vaulting.
Coach Kevin Brown reveals his proven approach to guiding athletes that have never held a pole to safely taking vaults and clearing bars. You’ll learn the principles and mechanics that make up the foundation of elite vaulting. The technical elements and skills taught in the course are the same ones used by world class vaulters and propelled Coach Brown to two Olympic trials and an 18’- 6’ personal best. If an athlete’s technical foundation is strong, the higher bars will naturally come with greater speed and higher grips.
Of all the events in track and field, the pole vault takes the crown for the most intimidating.The prerequisites commonly thrown around for an athlete to become a vaulter can seem daunting. They need the speed of a sprinter, the upper body strength of a thrower, the jumping ability and coordination of a high jumper and tremendous amounts of courage. And that’s before you get into the technical elements of the vault.
While there is some truth to the physical and mental aspects of the sport, it’s actually not as difficult as it appears. By utilizing a proven progression of skill development, an athlete can learn the critical elements of the vault step by step at their own pace. The system that coach Brown has developed ensures an optimal progression to vaulting that is safe and highly effective. Each phase of the vault is broken down in easy to understand detail with specific drills that reinforce the technique. You’ll learn the key technical elements that an athlete must demonstrate prior to moving on to the next phase.
Whether you are new to pole vaulting or have a few years of experience and are looking for an optimal progression to learning and teaching the vault – this course will provide you with the technique and drills that are at the core of great pole vaulting technique.
Genres: Track and Field, Pole Vault
Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes
The track and field wisdom Kevin Brown carries is built from a lifetime of experience in the sport. A pole vault All-American, Olympic trials qualifier and Atlantic Coast Conference scorer in five different events, his knowledge is rooted in direct training, struggle and performance.
After concluding his own athletic pursuits as the most decorated vaulter in school history at the University of North Carolina, Brown began his coaching career in 1995 at his alma mater. Through his personal athletic training and working with literally thousands of athletes in his career, he has developed a coaching system that has resulted in numerous SEC Championships, All-American honors, NCAA champions and record holders. Brown is currently an Assistant Track and Field Coach at the University of South Carolina where he coaches pole vault, relays, sprints and hurdles.
Fix bad habits or prevent them from ever developing in the first place.
Everything in the pole vault is built upon proper technique. From mastering plant mechanics to refining and maximizing the approach and drop. A vaulter’s full potential is only achieved once all of these areas are dialed-in. Once the fundamental technique is established, higher vaults are reached by adding a greater stimulus (i.e. longer approach and/or higher grip). The fundamentals that are taught in this course don’t change.
That’s why we start from the beginning and cover every key element of the vault. The SMART progression of this course provides a straightforward path to learning and dialing-in optimal technique. Each lesson provides actionable technique and strategies so you’ll start seeing improvements from day 1 and continue to build towards greater heights.
Topics that are covered include grip and developing a proper pole drop, upper body mechanics, plant mechanics progression and drills, coordination, posture and speed development, developing spatial awareness, progression of grip height and approach, moving the pole to vertical, takeoff drills and much more.
Convert information into execution with cutting edge drills.
The pole vault is about technique. But it’s also about power, speed and athleticism. Every drill included works together as a progressive system that can be customized for the individual athlete. You’ll learn foundational drills to build and reinforce technique through every phase of the vault as well as drills to master the mechanics and safely progress to higher bars. You’ll also gain an understanding of when and why to use them.
Learn the lessons of a lifetime from a coach who has been where you are.
Go deeper into the technique and develop a true understanding of how it all fits together. Coach Brown provides deep insight on pole vault technique and the methodology taught throughout the course. He also covers often overlooked training topics such as when to move up on the grip, dialing-in the approach, developing spatial awareness and more.