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  • Writer's pictureRyan Ewing

Keep it Simple!

Over the years I've learned how valuable "keeping it simple" truly is. That lesson continues to speak volumes to me even now after nearly 15 years of coaching the long and triple jumps.

I've recently been coaching athletes privately in hopes of reaching as many athletes as possible instead of focusing on a single team of athletes. In my sessions with these athletes, I've kept my focus squarely on simplicity, open collaboration, and regular feedback.

In attempting to communicate simplicity's great importance, I will focus on two athletes in particular - Zoe and Caitlin. Both have very limited knowledge and experience in the jumps, and thus both have needed a "ground up" approach in teaching them about the jumps.

Zoe is a junior that has never jumped before. She has been very unsure of how to proceed with her training. Her seemingly unconfident persona was something I worked with in hopes of empowering her at every turn. We worked on her appr