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High Jump Training And Technique

Jumping Smarter, Jumping Higher

Get a proven step-by-step approach to learning and coaching world-class high jump technique.
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25 on-demand video lessons

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what you'll learn

TRAINING, DRILLS & LESSONS DESIGNED to maximize performance

Discovering An Approach
Starting Styles & Positions
Positions At Takeoff
5 & 7-Step Approach
The Full Approach
Rotating Over The Bar
Back-Over & Ladder Drills
High Jump Med-Ball Drills
High Jump Warm-Up
Spatial Awareness
High Jump Plyometrics
And More
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course content

Lesson plan and chapter descriptions

Course Duration: 1 hr, 55 min
Number of Lessons: 25
class sample
Coach Baily describes the entire jump from start to finish. Highlighting the feelings and sensations a jumper goes through during each phase.
Clearing high bars starts with the proper takeoff. This lesson will help you find your takeoff point, get accurate foot contact and demonstrates proper posture and body positioning for an effective jump. Exercises to get you set up correctly and find your rhythm are covered. These are critical lessons that must be mastered slowly before adding speed to your jump.
The most important part of takeoff is timing of the jump mechanics covered in the previous chapter. Being patient and having the ability to think through clearing the bar at takeoff will ensure you “enjoy the ride.” Coach Baily also reiterates the proper foot contact for converting speed into height.
An athlete’s approach should not be calculated, it should be discovered. How many steps should they take before takeoff and how do they find the proper curve/circle? This lesson will help you find the approach length, curve and takeoff distance from bar as well as how to adjust based on the individual attributes.
After you’ve found the five-step approach, you can progress to a seven-step and then full approach. With additional speed, you have to adjust more than just two steps back. Again, a discovery process is used to find these longer approaches. In this lesson, Coach Baily explains how he helps athletes discover their seven-step and full approach.
How do you make sure you feel great at takeoff? Get your approach right. Coach Baily shares how he knows when an approach is good as well as how important spatial awareness is in the high jump.
After you’ve discovered a full approach, you should measure and mark it. This is critical for consistent practice and performance in competition. This chapter demonstrates how to do this so you always know where to start no matter the setting.
Deciding which leg to jump off is an organic process that typically results in using the most comfortable or coordinated leg. But that doesn’t mean all training is done from this side. Coach Baily shares why he also includes non-dominant side training in his program. This is a great challenge, especially for elite athletes, to integrate into training.
A proper starting position ensures the athlete maintains good posture while beginning to accelerate. Most important, it should be a position that can be executed consistently to reach the proper takeoff point with the most speed. Athletes may start their approach a number of ways by using a standing start, walk-in or skip-in technique. These different styles are discussed and demonstrated in this lesson.
This chapter includes a technical examination and demonstrations of the j-curve beginning with when to turn and how to initiate it. Getting the curve wrong will result in issues through the rest of the jump. Proper technique and common errors are covered through the full approach.
Your approach sets you up to rotate over the bar correctly. When an athlete attempts to turn their body with their back towards the bar, overdoing the rotation, all the work from approach and takeoff will be off. If you’ve got the approach and takeoff right, you’ll naturally rotate over the bar. Coach Baily shares common rotation errors and how to avoid them as well as proper flight technique.
Getting the most out of your body and being efficient will allow you to clear higher and higher bars. Increasing strength ratio and force into the ground at takeoff can make huge differences in achieving height goals. Coach Baily discusses power to weight ratio, center of gravity and how important the details are to elite high jumping.
The position of your head, lead arm and shoulders at takeoff are important to clearing the bar and landing safely. This chapter includes technical instruction for these components and how to adjust for common errors.
For a good jump, you definitely need the right gear. Coach Baily shares his thoughts on necessary elements for a good high jump shoe and why this is so important to safe jumping.
How do you build proper high jump mechanics? This chapter gives you an introduction into the drills that have made major differences in Coach Baily’s training program. He also shares his individualized training approach and how he handles developing different natural talents.
This chapter walks you through and demonstrates different types of back-over drills to help athletes get comfortable jumping over the bar. These drills are not just important for beginners but also help elite athletes practice rotation over the bar to perfect flight and jumping mechanics.
Ladder drills are valuable practice tools to gain body awareness during takeoff and rotation over the bar. It also helps you get familiar with clearing higher bars. Coach Baily shares a few of his favorite ladder drills and the common errors that lead to injury and lost height during practice.
The goal of the takeoff is to put as much force into the ground in the shortest amount of time possible. It is also important to have the correct posture and reach extension with the hips, knees and ankle joint. The drills presented in this chapter will help you achieve those results in the takeoff.
Using a medicine ball during practice creates tension in the core, improving strength and posture while creating radial acceleration. Drills for approach, takeoff and extension are demonstrated for both dominant and non-dominant side training.
Practice doesn’t begin after warm-up; it starts the second you begin warming up. This is why it’s important that your warm-up routine relates well to high jump. Drills that elevate your heart rate, get your nervous system firing and protect from injury are demonstrated in this chapter.
Utilizing a resistance band during training will help warm-up the nervous system while working on posture and building strength in the stabilizer muscles. Coach Baily shares multiple drills, including his favorite resistance band drill, working on posture and radial acceleration.
Coach Baily shares a few of his signature plyometric drills that focus on foot contact and body position at takeoff. These drills are done frequently to develop your nervous system to get these skills right when it comes to jumping over a bar.
Hurdle drills are valuable to help athletes develop more load and strength in the high jump. Coach Baily explains how to do different hurdle drills for both the dominant and non-dominant legs.
Not everyone has the same start, approach or takeoff in high jump. Coach Baily reveals his approach to working with different athletes and how critical communication is for a coach in helping them realize their potential. He also stresses the importance of tailoring training to each athlete.
As the bar gets raised in competition, often so do nerves. In many cases, an athlete’s tendency is to push harder or change what they did on the jump before in attempt to clear the new height. Coach Baily shares his technique and approach to working with athletes during competition as the bar goes higher and higher.

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learn why this coach is so effective

high and long jump coach ryan baily

Ryan Baily

RMAC Coach of the year
School Records
All-American Honors
With every athlete, each event, and every drill, Baily’s excitement and coaching style reveals the path to a higher jump through confidence and motivation. A lifelong athlete himself, Coach Baily’s passion for sport is so ingrained, he actually drove hundreds of miles each week as a young athlete just to practice the pole vault.

It’s this passion and over 30 years of experience in track and field that makes Baily the kind of coach able to teach you how to draw out skills and talents hiding beneath the surface.
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High Jump Technique

Fix bad habits or prevent them from developing in the first place.

Everything in the high jump is built upon proper technique, from discovering the optimal approach to refining and maximizing rotation over the bar. A jumper’s full potential is only realized when all these areas are dialed-in.

That’s why we start from the beginning and cover every critical element of the jump. 

The SMART progression of this course provides a straightforward path to learning and refining optimal technique. Each lesson offers actionable high jump training and strategies, so you’ll see improvements from day one and continue to build towards greater heights.

High Jump Drills

Convert information into execution with cutting-edge high jump drills.

The high jump is about technique. But it’s also about power, speed, and athleticism. Every high jump drill in this class works as a modular system that can be customized for the individual athlete. You’ll learn foundational exercises to build and reinforce proper high jump technique and drills that enhance power and speed. You’ll also understand when and why to use each of them.
Drills to develop and reinforce correct high jump technique
Plyometric training to develop explosiveness and power
Take-off drills to improve spatial awareness
High jump specific hurdle and med-ball drills to increase strength and reinforce technique
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Ryan Baily high jump coach

Deep Insight

Learn the lessons of a lifetime from a coach who has been where you are.

Go deeper into the high jump technique and develop a true understanding of how it all fits together.

These lessons provide additional insight into high jump training and the methodology taught throughout the course. 

They also cover often overlooked training topics such as how to choose a dominant leg, finding individual technique, developing spatial awareness, and more.



These videos have allowed me to communicate more clearly with my athletes. From week 1 last year we saw PR's increase weekly.
Jodie LaFrance
Head Girls Track Coach / Plainview ISD
I have been coaching at a small school in PA called Meyersdale since 92. I came across your videos and they are really well done and educational. They have made a great impact on my throwers, jumpers and sprinters and I’d like to thank you for for your help.
Mike Swick
Coach / Meyersdale Track and Field
This is such an amazing resource. I would recommend this to every high school coach. For the price, this high jump resource cannot be beat.
Trevor Barkman
Track Coach / Highroad Academy / British Columbia
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High Jump Course Comparison

Jumping Smarter, Jumping Higher
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Ideal For: Learning every element of the high jump through detailed technique instruction and drills.
male high jumper clearing a bar
Learn How to High Jump:
Step-by-step instruction covering approach, takeoff, bar rotation, and landing.
Understand Proper Technique:
Emphasis on proper form for each jump phase, with drills for mastering high jump mechanics.
Master the Approach:
Comprehensive instruction on the high jump approach from start to takeoff.
Learn to Identify & Correct Errors:
Guidance on recognizing and correcting errors, with coaching cues for proper technique.
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Smarter Jumps Training
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Ideal For: Optimizing high jump performance and training through precision drills and a complete 12-week training program.
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Learn How to Train for High Jump:
Insight into more advanced high jump training and competition strategies.
Next Level Drills:
A wealth of innovative drills proven to reinforce proper movement patterns while improving speed and power.
Detailed Training Plan:
A 12-week, day-by-day adaptable training plan, complete with an 88-page downloadable guide.
Training Philosophy:
Insight into Coach Baily's training philosophies and lessons learned.
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