The challenge and the game to motivate long jump athletes
Use the challenge and the game to motivate the athletes. Certainly athletics is a sport of repetition and extreme precision. But sometimes the coach has to find other motivational levers to make it easier for athletes to compete in the discipline.
Here's a situation where everyone plays and it works every time. And believe me, the level of involvement of our young jumpers and not-so-young is at its peak. It grows very the ground.
Take an elastic that you stretch in the sandbox, held by 2 peaks. To start, you place it at 2m. from the edge. On the sketch it's 3m.
-The challenge and the game begins. Each athlete must cross the elastic without momentum, foot of impulse placed in front. If all athletes succeed, the elastic of one foot (0.30cm) is advanced. And so on …
-When an athlete fails, he backs off and will benefit from a first swing (2 strides). If he succeeds, he stays 2 strides (or-3m from the edge). If his attempt fails, he goes 4 strides (or -7m from the edge). And so on …
-We stop the situation at 6 or 8 strides.
Use the challenge and the game to motivate the athletes. 100 times yes. Beyond learning, performance, never forget that the athlete comes first to have fun !!! So yes, "play long jump" sometimes and you will hold situations there, where everyone, whatever their level participates and exercises. The coach will also have an eye on the mastery of the fundamentals.