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NPVCA Pole Vault Coaching Curriculum

Our desire is to help make the pole vault better by improving coaching. That's why we have created a curriculum – some may call it a lesson plan – for coaches to follow when teaching the pole vault. By no means do we suggest this is the only way to coach pole vaulters. Instead, this is a basic plan, or guide. We encourage coaches to build their own ideas into the curriculum we present. Let's get an interchange of ideas going between coaches so we can make the event stronger and more vibrant.


Because the vast majority of pole vaulters are beginners or near-beginners, we are presenting a step-by-step program that is easy to follow and contains the fundamentals needed to improve performance. Really, these are the fundamentals that must be learned by vaulters at all levels to ensure future success.


We have numbered each phase of the "Continuous Chain" that makes up the pole vault. We suggest you teach your athletes in the same order as the material is presented.


The test we have created is designed to test your knowledge of the event. A certificate, showing a person has passed the test, is provided free. That alone does not make a great coach, but it does show the person's desire to improve his or her coaching ability.


All of us who want to make the pole vault better must band together to achieve that end. We can't sit idly by and wait for the event to improve. We must take action by becoming better informed and more capable of coaching the event.


Now that we have completed this basic plan for coaching beginners and near-beginners, we will be offering more advanced coverage of the pole vault in the future.