Triple Jump Camp
Oct. 30, 2015 Update: REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR OUR 2nd 2015-16 CLINIC, coming up Jan. 14-17, 2016 at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona. We are pleased to return to this outstanding venue where we trained previously in January, 2015! REGISTER HERE.
The NSAF's Project Triple Jump is in its fifth year. We just started the campaign a few weeks ago (Oct. 15-18) with an superlative clinic at IMG ACADEMY in Bradenton, Florida. Check out our recap of that weekend HERE.
The Project roster includes 3rd-year student-athletes Chinne Okoronkwo, Arielle Mack, Nashedah Mu'min and Ja'Mari Ward; 2nd-year athletes Allyson Weiss, Saudia James-Heard, Jordyn Lesh and Jalen Seals; and newcomers Tara Davis and Jasmine Moore. You can read the bios of all of the Project athletes HERE.
The IMG Academy clinic was the first for the newcomers; the veterans are also coming off a 2015 where they trained in Houston; Phoenix; Chula Vista, CA and Nassau, Bahamas. All are pushing toward the exciting indoor and outdoor seasons ahead. They will include competition at New Balance Nationals Indoor and Outdoor, as well as the upcoming clinic in Phoenix and, of course, the summer clinic again in Nassau. Many of the athletes will also be shooting to make Team USA for the 2016 World Juniors in Russia. Our clinics are led by the Coaches Peter Pratt and Macka Jones (see below) and feature exciting and informative guest speakers.
Two of the athletes from the program, Keandre Bates (now at U. of Florida) and Chinne Okoronkwo, represented the Project particularly strongly last summer, making U.S. Pan American Junior team and getting on the medal stand. Tara Davis won the World Youth title in the long jump and nearly made the TJ final, as well. Keturah Orji (now at the U. of Georgia) set the U.S. Junior record last Spring. Ja'Mari Ward won the NBNI triple and long jump crowns, both with U.S.-leading marks, and won the Boys Athlete of the Meet. He led the U.S. list outdoors in the TJ (and 2nd in the LJ) before injuries curtailed his post-season. Several others won titles or medals at the state level.
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: Coach Pratt has been coaching track and field for more than 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 a 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 IAAF Level V Certified in the Jumps and USATF Level II certified in the sprints, hurdles, jumps, and endurance events. He also holds a technical coaching certification from the USTFCCCA. 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 and co-founder of the Texas Heat Track Club, a team that has produced several national champions in the long and 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 Boys Track & Field Coach at Mansfield Timberview in Texas.
Bahamian Tradition of Triple Jump Excellence
More information on the Triple Jump Tradition of the Bahamas can be found HERE.
(for January clinic) The clinics are open to all athletes, coaches and interested parties. The fee is $175 (with a 20% discount to groups of 5 or more). To get the group discount, you must register as a group - REGISTER HERE.
Schedule of Events
NOTE TO COLLEGIATE COACHES
We welcome all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA College coaches to attend our clinics.