Every "traditional" pole vault "expert" TALKS A GREAT GAME while thoroughly INCAPABLE of providing practical, logical and applicable pole vault instructions. In 1991, when my son and I identified this very obvious deadly "traditional" pole vault discrepancy, we chose to approach pole vault application from our own fresh, safer and intelligent perspective using AIR STRIKE "HORIZONTAL FLEXED POLE ROTATION" principles. The video evidence below is from "Coach Don Hood's World Class Pole Vault Camp" in June of 1991. You will see befuddled expressions on the faces of students who are being TOLD WHAT to do but NOT ACTUALLY TAUGHT HOW to do anything correctly.
In 2014, more than two decades after my initial experiences, I attended the UCS POLE VAULT SUMMIT in Reno, Nevada, which was simply a glorified version of the same old familiar themes of 1980s Don Hood and Jan Johnson Sky Jumpers "camps." ALL "POLE VAULT CAMP" presenters, of whom I have paid thousands of dollars in total, parrot ONLY lethal "TRADITIONAL" pole vault teachings.
Please, think about this: If you've ever attended a "pole vault camp," how much practical knowledge did you actually gather?
Every "pole vault camp" I've witnessed is nothing more than a redundant "traditional" pole vault exhibition which culminates with a vaulting contest. My experiences at the UCS 2014 POLE VAULT SUMMIT simply further reinforced the FACTS regarding DEADLY "TRADITIONAL" POLE VAULT STUPIDITY.
The most recent deadly pole vault "GURU" to pop up espousing lethal "traditional" stupidity is Coach Shawn Michael Francis. From this coach's mouth comes continuous negligent lethal advice, such as his many irresponsible statements proclaimed in just the single video you'll see below:
"I look at a pole-break as a graduation, ah, to being even more awesome!" (Shawn Francis-YouTube-F8J4ytXaVu0)
The incredible perversion of such negligent stupidity is amazing. Also, the fact that this coach's perverse statements encouraging other athletes to join in his own lethal perversions are allowed to continue without objection from pole vault "Establishment" insiders, is astonishing!
"So, don't be afraid to break the pole, that just means you're super awesome..." (Shawn Francis-YouTube-F8J4ytXaVu0)
Shawn Michael Francis' lethal "traditional" pole vault "coaching" idiocy is being religiously followed by hundreds of his gullible minions. The lethal "traditional" methods of full-speed approach runs and forcing bending poles forward are being promoted by Shawn Francis and other negligent coaches clearly for their own profit at the expense of their ignorant naive followers.
Please, judge for yourself. The video evidence below is from "Coach Don Hood's World Class Pole Vault Camp" in June of 1991. All of these "traditional" methods have proven themselves lethal over the past decades. I can only sound the alarm. You must look at the data for yourself.
Again, please, judge for yourself. The video below, published on July 9, 2009, is titled "Dustin Cornell with Olympic Pole Vault Coach Don Hood at Abilene Christian University." This video is simply further confirmation as to the results of the unabated lethal stupidy being perpetuated by deadly "TRADITIONAL" pole vault coaching. The inherent danger that "traditional" abject coaching stupidity poses is self-evident to anyone who chooses to honestly admit it. You will also see this lethal "SHOVE" method applied repeatedly in videos published by Coach Shawn Francis. THIS LETHAL STUPIDITY MUST BE STOPPED!
DO YOU NOW UNDERSTAND WHY FULL-SPEED RUNS AND FORCING FLEXIBLE POLES FORWARD FOSTER LETHALITY?
CAN YOU NOW COMPREHEND HOW HORRIBLY CONTEMPTUOUS THE "TRADITIONAL" POLE VAULT "ESTABLISHMENT" IS? HURTING PEOPLE IN ORDER TO PROFIT FROM THEIR VICTIMIZATION IS WRONG, DOING IT ON PURPOSE IS CRIMINAL!