Tips For Foot Placement On The Board To Mark A Long Jump Run-Up
When first measuring out a long or triple jump run-up, an athlete will often stand on the take-off board and run a predetermined number of strides away from the landing pit.
Where an athlete should stand on the board – and with which foot – is a source of a lot of confusion.
Foot Placement on the Take-Off Board
When first measuring out a run-up, an athlete should stand on the runway with their back to the landing pit and with the heel of their front foot next to the take-off board foul line.
They should stand exactly as they would to begin their long jump run-up, even if it means that their take-off foot is not the one on the board. The front foot must be the one on the board.
Only athletes with an even number of strides in their run-up will begin their approach in towards the pit with their take-off foot forward. Therefore their take-off foot, being their front foot, will be placed on the board to measure their run-up.
But athletes with an odd number of strides in their run-up begin with their take-off foot back when starting their run-up. This means that their take-off foot should also be back, and not on the board, when measuring their run-up.
From here, the athlete runs a predetermined number of strides away from the pit, to mark the beginning of their run up.
When measuring a run-up, the heel of the front foot is placed just behind the foul line.
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