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(Video) How to Measure Out a High Jump Run-Up

A Step-By-Step Guide to Developing a Basic “Flop” High Jump Approach

I had a huge reaction to my recent article How to Measure Out a High Jump Run-Up so I thought that I would follow it up with the below explainer video.

It should be noted that there are many ways to measure out a high jump run-up. Even the procedure outlined in the video has its variations. This video is just a simple starting point that will help young athletes find a mark at which they can commence their run-up. From there, adjustments may have to be made.

I highly recommend that the article How to Measure Out a High Jump Run-Up be read in conjunction with this video.

 In summary

  1. Take three paces away from the nearest upright.
  2. Turn 90 degrees and take two paces outwards.
  3. Turn 90 degrees and take another four paces away from the landing mats.
  4. Run another 4-5 strides away from the mats.

Do you have any tips that can help a young athlete measure a high jump run-up?

I would love to hear from you. What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked? Let me know by leaving a comment/reply or by using the below contact details.

Further reading


How to Measure Out a High Jump Run-Up


Winning Jumps and Pole Vault from Booktopia.

Winning Jumps and Pole Vault from Amazon

101 High Jump Drills from Amazon

Fundamentals of Track and Field from Amazon

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