High Jump Made Simple

by Bryan Hoddle
High Jump Made Simple


High Jump Made Simple is a 53-minute breakdown of the key fundamentals involved in high jumping. This coaching course beaks down the four phases of the high jump and points out the common errors that are made with each phase. These coaching videos also explain what coaches can do to enhance the performance of their high jumpers by detailing a series of proven drills that can be used to enhance the fundamental skills and techniques necessary to compete competitively in high jumping events.

Among the topics covered:

Dynamic active warm-up drills
Wall drills
Hurdle-mobility drills
Strength work
High-jump drills
Four phases of the high jump
Common errors
Drills with a bar
Post-stretching and massage


1 Intro
Dynamic Active Warm Up Drills
2 Jog on Toes Straight Ahead 3 Jog on Toes In 4 Jog on Toes Out 5 Ankle Rolls 6 Pogos 7 Swims Backward Arms 8 Snakes Forward 9 Swims Forward Arms 10 Knee-Up, Heel-Up, Toe-Up March 11 Ashfords Backwards 12 Single Arm "B" Skips 13 Double Arm "B" Skips 14 Cross Arm "B" Skips 15 Clap Jacks Forward and Back 16 Step Across 17 Toe Plates 18 Grouchos 19 Straight Leg Skipping 20 Heels to Hamstrings 21 Heels Up Backwards 22 Step and Fall 23 Side Slides 24 Tight Skirt 25 Tuck Jumps 26 3 Flying 30's 27 3 Falling 30's 28 3 Standing 30's 29 Gallops 30 How to Use These Warm Up Drills
Wall Drills
31 Side to Side 32 Forward and Back 33 Figure 8's
Hurdle Mobility Drills
34 Heel "E's" 35 Foot "E's" 36 Hurdle Hip Circles 37 Scissors Straight Leg 38 Scissors Bent Leg 39 Skipping in Middle of Hurdle 40 2 Up, 1 Back 41 Walk Over Backwards 42 Over Over, Back Back 43 Lead Leg Over and Under 44 Zig Zags 45 Continuous Lead Leg
Strength Work
46 Sumos 47 Glutes Up 48 Glutes Fire Hydrant 49 Russian Leg Lifts 50 Correct Sit Ups 51 Supermans 52 Big Ball Knee Ups 53 Big Ball Leg Circles
High Jump Drills
54 Pop-Ups 55 About Circle Runs and Circle Gallops 56 Single Tracking vs. Double Tracking 57 Circle Runs 58 Circle Gallops 59 Consistent Approach Runs 60 Hand Springs Over and Back 61 Ramp Down Pops 62 Ramp Up Pops
Four Phases of the High Jump
63 Phase I: The Approach 64 Phase II: Take-Off 65 Phase III: Bar Clearance 66 Phase IV: Landing 67 Common Errors
High Jump Bar Drills
68 Kick Offs 69 Knee Ups 70 Scissors 71 3 Step 72 5 Step 73 Box High Jumps 74 5 Step Off the Tramp 75 Full Approach 76 Pro Tips
Weight Training
77 Cleans 78 Half Squats 79 Single Leg Squats 80 ABCs 81 ABCs with Circles 82 Good Mornings 83 Seated Rows 84 Hamstring Pulls 85 Calf Raisers 86 Seated Toe Press 87 Back Stretching
Post Stretching & Massage
88 Stretching 89 Massage 90 Conclusion

The Coach


Bryan Hoddle

Sprint and Hurdle Coach at River Ridge (WA) High School


Bryan Hoddle is the Past-President of the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association, the current Washington State high school representative for USATF, a USATF Level I Instructor, and a USATF Level II Coach, specializing in sprints, hurdles, and relays.

In 1997, Hoddle received the Pacific Northwest Track and Field “Contributor of the Year” award. In the summer of 2000, Bryan served as the assistant manager for the World Junior track and field team.

He is currently the West Region chairman for high school women’s sprint development. In the early 1980s, Bryan took over a middle school track program of 48 students and built the program to over 300 student/athletes in just three years.

He is currently the sprint and hurdle coach at River Ridge (WA) High School—1994 and 1995 state track champions and the head coach for the Northwest Select Track Club. He also serves as the director of the “PEMCO” and the “Best in the West” track and field clinics in Seattle, Washington.

Ratings and Reviews (1)


A lot of time spent on warmup drills and conditioning. Not as much time on the actual jump and theory. I was very disappointed it included nothing about how to determine your approach length. It references the approach as 90% of the jump but spent zero time instructing as to how to set your proper approach length.

Apr 15, 16 03:29 PM

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