For our next 2017 Project Triple Jump clinic, we will return to IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida for another clinic at the fine facility there which we last visited in October, 2015. This follows the first two clinics of our 2017-18 season at Sioux Falls last month (August) and our Labor Day weekend clinic in Nassau, Bahamas. Guest coach Willie Banks (see bio below) will join us in Bradenton for this clinic!
The clinic is open to all athletes, coaches and interested parties. The entry fee for the full weekend is $275 (with a 20% discount to groups of 5 or more). To get the group discount, you must register as a group. To register, go HERE.
There are several hotels near the academy. When making a reservation, please make reference to “IMG Academy”
Peter 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 who burst onto the international Junior scene and won 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.
Macka L. Jones is the NSAF’s Project Triple Jump Coordinator. He has been coaching track and field for more than 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 (who went on to Baylor University), Felicienne Axel, and most recently Keandre Bates who represented the US at the 2013 World Youth Championships and has now won multiple NCAA titles at U. of Florida.
Willie Banks is best known for setting a world record in the triple jump in 1985 of 17.97m (58-11.5) that stood for 11 years. A USA National Track and Field Hall of Famer, he remains one of history's greatest T&F athletes and a true ambassador for the sport. He was a 3-time Olympian (1984-88, and the '80 team that did not compete in Moscow) and made the U.S. teams for the first two IAAF World Championships in 1983, winning the silver medal in the triple jump, and 1987. He was also a 2-time runner-up in the NCAA TJ while at UCLA in the late '70s. For the record-setting '85 season, he won the Jesse Owens Award as the Outstanding Athlete in Track and Field, as well as Track & Field News and United States Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year honors. Since his retirement, he has served in many capacities, including as chair of the Athletes Advisor Committee for USATF. Banks will also always be remembered for initiating the rythmic hand-clapping that is now common in the sport.
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.