The NSAF is excited to announce the return of Project Triple Jump to the Sioux Falls, S.D. for our late-summer clinic with Sanford Sports Science Institute (SSSI). This is the 4th annual clinic we have held with our partners from SSSI, offering fantasic facilities to train outdoors (Howard Wood Field), indoors (Sanford Fieldhouse) and to hold classroom sessions (Sanford Pentagon).
We are extremely grateful to SSSI for helping support our Podium Projects. The Project Triple Jump clinic will be held cocurrently with the NSAF's Project Javelin clinic, as it has been since SSSI became partners with the NSAF in 2017. We hope you'll join us to kick off the 2021-22 season.
The clinic is open to all athletes, coaches and interested parties. The entry fee for the full weekend is $195 (with a 20 percent discount to groups of 5 or more). To get the group discount, you must register as a group. We are also offering Saturday-only (Aug. 7) registration for a fee of $95. You can register HERE at AthleticNET (https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/436934/register).
Outdoor jumping and training:
Indoor training and classroom sessions:
Sioux Falls Airport Fairfield Inn & Suites
4035 North Bobhalla Drive
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Please check back for dedicated NSAF registration link and rates.
Thursday, August 5
7:45 pm Introductory Meeting: (Sanford Pentagon)
Friday, August 6
8:45 am to 9:40am: (Sanford Pentagon)
• Classroom session with Coaches Kenny Harrison and Macka Jones
10:00 am to 11:30am: (Howard Wood Field)
• Training Session: Coaches Kenny Harrison and Macka Jones
Noon to 1:00 pm:
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm: (Sanford Pentagon)
• Classroom session with Coach Macka Jones
2:15 pm to 2:45pm
• Afternoon break
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: (Sanford Field House)
• Training Session: Coach Jones and Coach Kenny Harrison
• Session with Sports Performance Psychologist, Dr. Margaret Ottley (Sanford Pentagon)
Saturday, August 7
9:00am to 11:30am (Howard Wood)
• Training with Coach Kenny Harrison and Coach Jones:
Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch break
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm (Sanford Pentagon)
• Classroom session with Coach Jones
2:30 pm - 4:15 pm (Sanford Field House)
• Training Session with Coach Kenny Harrison and Coach Jones
4:30 pm - 5:30pm
• Classroom Session with Coach Kenny Harrison
5:30 - 5:50 pm
• Q&A/ Journal Time with Triple Jump coaches
6:00pm to 7:00pm (Sanford Pentagon Conference room)
• Presentation by Sports Performance Psychologist, Dr. Margaret Ottley- Sanford Pentagon- “Knowing how to Compete”
Sunday, August 8
8:30am to 10:00am (Sanford Pentagon Wooden Film Room)
• Video Review session with Project Triple Jump Coaches and Closing Comments
• Prepare a notecard to handout with specific goals/drills for each athlete right after the session!
Macka L. Jones is the NSAF’s Project Triple Jump Coordinator. He has been coaching track and field for more than 15 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 (who went on to Baylor University), Felicienne Axel, and most recently Keandre Bates who represented the US at the 2013 World Youth Championships and won multiple NCAA titles at U. of Florida.
Kenny Harrison is the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Triple Jump Gold Medalist, winning with a 59-foot, 4-1/2 inch (18.09m) leap that is still the Olympic record going into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. That jump was an American record for 19 years and made him history’s #2 jumper ever at the time. Entering 2020, he still is the #3 American all-time and #4 in world history. Harrison captured his first international championship triple jump Gold at the 1991 IAAF Worlds, but his chances of competing in the 1992 Olympics were ruined when he tore the cartilage in his knee.
After recovering from surgery, and winning a gold medal at the 1994 Moscow Goodwill Games, Harrison bounded back for that historic ’96 Olympic Gold – also notable for the fact that the winning jump is the longest ever with a negative wind reading. He was inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame in 2013.Harrison attended college at Kansas State University from 1984-88, where he captured three NCAA individual titles – the ’86 indoor long jump and outdoor triple jump, plus the ’88 indoor TJ – the most in school history. He was a 3-time NCAA runner-up, 11-time All-American and 16-time Big 8 champion – even including a 4x4 gold in addition to his horizontal jump titles. He still holds school records in indoor long jump (26' 9.75") and outdoor long and triple jump (26' 11.5" and 56'0", respectively. Harrison is the first K-State track & field athlete to be inducted into the Kansas Sports Athletic Hall of Fame.
More information on the Triple Jump Tradition of the Bahamas can be found HERE.
The ongoing goal of this project is to identify emerging elite youth and junior triple jump talent and provide them with the best technical and training methods available, and to maximize their development to international level jumpers in order represent the United States in Olympic/World Championship events.
State-of-the-art coaching and training instruction is available to any coaches and athletes who attend the camps, in addition to the selected and sponsored throwers in this program. In a first-of-its-kind program in the U.S., Project Triple Jump brings the top U.S. and Bahamanian triple jump coaches together to provide a level of understanding and education about triple jump technique and training never before available in the U.S.
The clinic is open to any interested coaches and athletes for observation and interaction with our coaching staff. Coaches and athletes are encouraged to film, ask questions and generally be involved so they can gain maximum benefit from the Project.
NOTE TO COLLEGIATE COACHES
We welcome all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA College coaches to attend our clinics.