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1  FlightDeckAthletics.com / Comments/Suggestions / Re: We have upgraded our forum software!!! on: November 09, 2010, 07:23:20 pm
nice job on this pretty format;D
2  Pole Vault / Technique / bend with no invert? on: June 12, 2010, 03:30:34 pm
this is where you stress full extension of the trail leg behind the body.  once she learns that the take-off and swing are mutually exclusive (but one feeds the other), you stress not waiting for pole feedback.  when you wait for the pole to tell you when to swing, you miss time your speed with the pole's speed.  the result is getting thrown horizontally vs. vertically.  sorry i'm just talking out my ass...i'll butt out.  going through coaching withdrawals since dIII's happened 2 wks ago. take care[^]
3  Pole Vault / Meets / 2010 MN State Meet Qualifiers/Results on: June 07, 2010, 10:25:11 pm
congrats everyone!

and they're all from minnesota...yay!
4  Pole Vault / Meets / Alicia Rue Wins 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Pole Vault on: May 15, 2009, 08:11:03 pm
nice job ripping it up!


Rue Wins Big Ten Pole Vault in Record Fashion
Minnesota junior Alicia Rue won the Golden Gophers
5  Pole Vault / General Pole Vault Discussion / Flight Deck Back on Line on: April 16, 2009, 08:13:07 pm
congrats kidses!!![Cheesy]
6  Track & Field / News / Alicia Rue Places 2nd at DI Indoor Nationals on: March 14, 2009, 10:39:18 pm
congrats kid! go minnesota!
7  Track & Field / News / Rains Three Peats as DII National Pole Vault Champ on: March 14, 2009, 01:00:04 pm
congrats katelin.  minnesota rules!
8  Track & Field / News / Condolences to UST coach Kyle Cleven on: March 12, 2009, 08:32:56 am
kyle, we are sorry to hear of the loss of your grandmother.  

take care,

karen and kurt
9  Pole Vault / Meets / Minnesota Collegiate Athletes Going to the NCAA I on: March 09, 2009, 06:35:17 pm
thanks guys.  congrats to steve and caroline.  make monkey proud.  nice job matt (at mankato state...i know).  good job chae and janet; i'll see you kids in terre haute.  go minnesota.

10  Pole Vault / Meets / Minnesota Collegiate Athletes Going to the NCAA I on: March 07, 2009, 04:14:36 pm
can i go?
11  Pole Vault / General Pole Vault Discussion / Pole Vault Coach Rick Suhr on: August 19, 2008, 03:25:29 pm
i agree coach suhr needs a lesson in being a human.  on jenn's site there is a email for rick. it's coach@jenniferstuczynski.com.  i suggest we all send him a "helpful reminder" on how to be a supportive coach.

12  Track & Field / General Track & Field Discussion / class on: June 04, 2008, 08:22:23 pm
great idea.  i like the idea of instilling your expectations of attitude   in your athletes before they have the chance to embarrass themselves.  reinforcing this attitude with the contract is great.  this is a discussion which can be given the day after the safety talk (or if your athletes can retain information, the same day).  and you are correct that athletes will tend to notice traits (good or poor) at meets after they've been pointed out in practice.  

thanks for the discussion.


13  Track & Field / General Track & Field Discussion / class on: June 01, 2008, 06:21:57 pm
while powerwashing the outside of my villa (bleaching the mold off the north side of my duplex), i had time to reflect on the time spent at d3 nationals in oshkosh.  there were many things i thought about...why they didn't use their other set of pits which would have provided more a tail wind, and therefore may have produced some better jumping was the first thing that popped to mind.  

the other thing that got me thinking was a jumper we were jumping with in the women's vault.  she was a good athlete, seemed to be coached well on technique, and had a very nice coach.  one thing seemed to be missing from the equation...class.  as most of the athletes were having difficulty with step and finishing jumps, she was having these difficulties as well.  instead of rationalizing and using the information that her coach gave, she would yell at her coach (or give a lot of attitude).  needless to say, she was getting a lot of attention from the other coaches...and not the good kind.

the ugliest part of this jumper's display happened when during competition.  while executing a very good jump, her coach yelled "yes" while she was over the bar.  for some reason, she took that as a reason to not finish her jump.  upon knocking the bar off, she started yelling at him (to be fair, not in a real loud tone) and told him it was his fault she knocked off the bar.  

the reason i'm relaying this memory is to remind jumpers and coaches that this attitude is not good for the sport or for the person executing these actions.  people who know me from college remember when i used to have a temper.  as i look back, i am ashamed.  

there is no reason why coaches should let their athletes act in this way.  this jumper's coach had some solid information, and was pretty good at cooling her down.  having said this, there is no reason her attitude should have gotten to that point.  

the rest of the field did a very good job at handling themselves during the conditions.  there were of course some letdowns, but these other jumpers were not poor sports.  matter of fact, the number one ranked athlete from northcentral was very composed after coming in having jumped over 13' and finishing with a jump under 12'.  she was obviously disappointed, but was there to cheer on her teammates.  that is class[8D]

i'm sorry for this being poorly written, i sell paint.

smith pole vault coach
14  Pole Vault / Meets / NCAA Regionals - Rue, Smith, Peterson Advance on: June 01, 2008, 05:45:15 pm
from the coaches to the athletes, nice job everyone.

15  Pole Vault / General Pole Vault Discussion / d111 on: March 11, 2008, 07:26:16 pm
congrats to all.  i'm excited to see some familiar faces again.  from what i understand, ada is a track crazy town (i'm thinking there's not much to do in ada[Cheesy]).  

i'll see you there hal, jane, sam, bill, i mean, janet.


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