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Running High Jump

Standard

Clear height as indicated by cadet’s body height and weight. See table below.

Elements

Coordination and Power.

Execution

Any technique listed below may be used to execute the Running High Jump. Take-off for any technique used must be one-footed.

  1. Scissors - Take-off foot is the outside foot, i.e., furthest from the high jump bar. Trunk is vertical throughout jump. The lead leg clears the bar first, followed by the trail leg, “scissored” over the bar. Jumper lands on his feet. This technique is the easiest to perform for the novice but it is also least effective.
  2. Western Roll - Take-off foot is the inside foot, i.e., closest to the high jump bar. Trunk moves into a near-horizontal down-facing position after take-off. The outside leg whips across the bar first. The take-off leg follows by extending hip and bending knee to clear bar. Jumper lands on his feet.
  3. Straddle Roll - Take-off foot is the inside foot. Trunk moves down into a face-down horizontal position after take-off and drapes itself over the bar to minimize clearance needed. The outside leg whips across bar first. The take-off leg follows by extending the hip so that trunk rotates and jumper lands on his back. This technique is most efficient one for beginners.
  4. Flop - Take-off is the outside foot. Trunk moves into a back-down horizontal position after take-off and drapes itself over the bar to minimize clearance needed. Knee of the inside leg drives forcefully upward to lift body over the bar. This technique is the most widely used.
How to Improve

Jumping power is improved through overall muscle strengthening with emphasis on plyometric (bounding) exercises. YouTube offers numerous “How-To” videos on techniques of high jump. Practice jumping at lower heights than target height. Try all four techniques to see which one is easiest for you to coordinate.

Safety, Facilities and Equipment

Use a regulation high jump pit that is in good condition. Have one or two spotters stationed at each side of pit.

Requirement
Body
Height
Body
Weight
Jump
Required
Body
Height
Body
Weight
Jump
Required
5' 3" Below 160 4' 3" 5' 10" Below 160 4' 10"
160 to 169 4' 2" 160 to 169 4' 9"
170 to 179 4' 1" 170 to 179 4' 8"
180 to 189 4' 0" 180 to 189 4' 7"
190 and over 3' 11" 190 and over 4' 6"
5' 4" Below 160 4' 4" 5' 11" Below 160 4' 11"
160 to 169 4' 3" 160 to 169 4' 10"
170 to 179 4' 2" 170 to 179 4' 9"
180 to 189 4' 1" 180 to 189 4' 8"
190 and over 4' 0" 190 and over 4' 7"
5' 5" Below 160 4' 5" 6' 0" Below 160 5' 0"
160 to 169 4' 4" 160 to 169 4' 11"
170 to 179 4' 3" 170 to 179 4' 10"
180 to 189 4' 2" 180 to 189 4' 9"
190 and over 4' 1" 190 and over 4' 8"
5' 6" Below 160 4' 6" 6' 1" Below 160 5' 1"
160 to 169 4' 5" 160 to 169 5' 0"
170 to 179 4' 4" 170 to 179 4' 11"
180 to 189 4' 3" 180 to 189 4' 10"
190 and over 4' 2" 190 and over 4' 9"
5' 7" Below 160 4' 7" 6' 2" Below 160 5' 2"
160 to 169 4' 6" 160 to 169 5' 1"
170 to 179 4' 5" 170 to 179 5' 0"
180 to 189 4' 4" 180 to 189 4' 11"
190 and over 4' 3" 190 and over 4' 10"
5' 8" Below 160 4' 8" 6' 3" Below 160 5' 3"
160 to 169 4' 7" 160 to 169 5' 2"
170 to 179 4' 6" 170 to 179 5' 1"
180 to 189 4' 5" 180 to 189 5' 0"
190 and over 4' 4" 190 and over 4' 11"
5' 9" Below 160 4' 9" 6' 4" Below 160 5' 3"
160 to 169 4' 8" 160 to 169 5' 2"
170 to 179 4' 7" 170 to 179 5' 1"
180 to 189 4' 6" 180 to 189 5' 0"

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