The step phase
The step phase is what separates the average jumper from the highly successful veteran. The phase itself is extremely difficult to perform properly, but can be easily trained. Below you will find how we train for the step phase here in Sun Prairie.
Building Connectedness Between The Phases
The step phase is in simplest terms a "bound." This bound must be connected to the hop phase correctly if an athlete hopes to achieve their best potential distance. This drill is a great way to build upon the hurdle drill given on the hop phase page and can be done with nearly any age level. There are other drills that can assist with this phase, but I've found this one to be very useful as a coach. Check out my practice inventory page to see how I use this drill to develop my athlete's in the step phase.