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Project Triple Jump comes to Michigan!

Coach Macka Jones of Project Triple Jump will be featured at the 2015 MITCA (Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association) Track and Field Coaches’ Clinic ( Feb. 5-7 in Lansing, MI. Coach Jones, who holds IAAF Level V Certification in the jumps and USATF Level II certification in the sprints, hurdles, jumps, and endurance events, plus technical coaching certification from the USTFCCCA, will be presenting 2 sessions on coaching Triple Jump and 2 sessions on coaching High Jump in addition to a Learn-By-Doing session for each of those events for interested athletes.

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Here is his presentation schedule:

Friday 2-6-15

9:15am   How to Develop Reactive Strength in the High Jump

10:30am How to Develop a High School Triple Jumper

2:30pm   Effective Periodization for the High School High Jumper


Saturday 2-7-15

9:45am How to Develop a High School Triple Jumper (repeat of Friday’s session but willing to go deeper if there are questions from coaches that attend both)

1:15pm High Jump Learn-By-Doing for Athletes  (Coaches welcome to observe)

2:30pm Triple Jump Learn-By-Doing for Athletes (Coaches welcome to observe)

Athletes can get details and register for Learn-By-Doing Clinics at ; Learn-By-Doing Clinics begin at Noon


Coach Jones, from Mansfield, TX, is the Coordinator of Project Triple Jump for the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF). Project Triple Jump is designed to improve the event of TJ in the U.S. by training top high school athletes and coaches with the eventual goal of getting the U.S. back on the Olympic and World Championship award stand in the event.


NSAF is fully funding the cost of Coach Jones coming to MITCA to present to Michigan coaches and athletes as a part of the mission of Project Triple Jump. Michigan is one of 7 states that do not contest the TJ in their outdoor season. Michigan is the first state to receive this level of Project Triple Jump support because MITS does include the TJ in the indoor series and championship. Two MI residents, David Mitchell (MITCA member for 25+ years) and Steve Underwood (formerly of serve on the NSAF’s Operations Committee and strongly recommended that MI coaches and athletes would receive this generous gift of free training and put it to good use. MITCA Coaches--please show your appreciation by attending the Triple Jump sessions and by getting your athletes to do the same. The athletes will be able to apply what they learn to the MITS Championship (


NSAF is the owner/operator of New Balance Nationals Indoor and Outdoor as well as The Great American Cross Country Festival and the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational which they will make history by hosting in Cuba in June of 2015. Please visit for more information about upcoming events and how you and your athletes may get involved.

Or contact David Mitchell directly.