(January, 2014 update)
The NSAF's Project Triple Jump is in the midst of its third year, with the 2013 domestic fall/winter clinics completed and more to come in 2014! The Project's elite athletes, having trained in Dallas in November and Ft. Lauderdale in December, are looking forward to exciting indoor and outdoor seasons. They will include competition at New Balance Nationals Indoor and Outdoor (and likely Great Southwest), a tentative final domestic clinic in San Diego, possible World Junior competition for eligible athletes and, finally, the international clinic in the Bahamas, scheduled for July 11-14.
Two of the athletes from the program, Keturah Orji and Keandre Bates, represented the Project particularly strongly last summer. At the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk (Ukraine), Keturah jumped 44-11 and finished 3rd, having improved an astonishing four feet (!) from 2012. Keandre, jumping two feet further than he had last year, leapt 51-6.25 to become a finalist in Donetsk, eventually finishing 9th. Most of the Project's jumpers have started their 2014 indoor campaigns and started racking up the victories. Five jumped (and combined for two 1-2 finishes) in the recent New Balance Boise Indoor.
The clinics are open to all interested coaches and athletes who register. State-of-the-art coaching and training will be available as well as opportunities for observation and interaction with the coaching staff. Coaches and athletes are encouraged to film, ask questions and generally be involved so they can gain maximum benefit from this event.
Peter Pratt: been coaching track and field for at least 30 years. He is a former Bahamian triple jumper, winner of the inaugural CARIFTA Games, NCAA Champion and current Bahamian National team coach. Pratt is an IAAF Level V Diploma Elite Coach for Horizontal Jumps and currently coaches Jumper's INC. He has developed countless triple jumpers over the past two decades, including the Mimms twins currently bursting onto the international junior scene and gold and bronze medalists at the recent World Youth Championships. In 2001 he began a 3-year stint as National Jumps Coach for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has coached athletes that eventually went on to be medalist at every level of the sport. He normally represents the Bahamas on occasions at various international events.
Coach Macka L. Jones is the NSAF’s Project Triple Jump Coordinator. He has been coaching track and field for over 14 years and is USATF Level II certified in the sprints, hurdles, jumps, and endurance events. He holds a technical coaching certification from the USTFCCCA and has completed the IAAF Level V Jumps certification training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. A former All Conference Triple Jumper at the University of Texas at El Paso, Jones has dedicated himself to the study and discipline of the jumping events. Prior to working with NSAF he was the head coach of a championship track and field and cross country team at El Dorado High School in El Paso, TX. He was also the head coach and co-founder of the Texas Heat Track Club, a team that has produced several national champions in triple jump such as Felix Obi (now at Baylor University), Felicienne Axel, and most recently Keandre Bates who represented the US at the 2013 World Youth Championships. Currently, Jones is the head coach of the Texas Faces Track Club in Dallas, TX and a volunteer assistant coach at Cedar Hill High School.
More information on the Triple Jump Tradition of the Bahamas can be found here here
The clinics are open to all athletes, coaches and interested parties. Registration details for 2014-15 school year clinics will be available in late summer/early fall, 2014.
Travel details will be announced in late summer/early fall, 2014.
Will be announced as registration opens for each clinic, beginning in late summer/early fall, 2014.
NOTE TO COLLEGIATE COACHES
We welcome all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA College coaches to attend our clinics.