For our third and final Project Triple Jump clinic of the 2018-19 season, we will hold our first-ever clinic in Havana, Cuba (January 17-21, 2019)! Team NSAF has competed three times in Havana as part of our annual Caribbean Scholastic trips, but this is the first time we've ever held a clinic in Cuba! Athletes will have an amazing opportunity to work with the national coaches of Cuba -- a nation which has distinguished itself for producing the world's most outstanding young jumpers -- as well as Project Triple Jump head coach Peter Pratt, coach/coordinator Macka Jones, former World Record-holder Willie Banks and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and Olympic record-holder Kenny Harrison!
NOTE: All registrants (and any family members or coaches traveling) will need a visa and should check with their airline about getting one.
The clinic is open to all athletes, coaches and interested parties. The entry fee for the full weekend is $250. REGISTER HERE.
Main clinic hotel
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Note: American credit cards cannot be used in Cuba. All expenses must be paid in cash (including hotel, meals and ground transportation).
Taxis are plentiful in Cuba, and it is recommended to use them when traveling from the airport or to the main venues (again, cash only).
Kenny Harrison famously captured the Olympic triple jump gold in Atlanta in 1996 with a 59-4.5 performance – an American record and #2 all-time globally at the time. Twenty-two years later, he still holds the Olympic record and only Christian Taylor (now the AR-holder) has beaten that mark. Harrison was also the 1991 IAAF World Champ in the TJ and was inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame in 2013.
Willie Banks stunned the track and field world in June, 1985 when he triple jumped a world record 58-11.5 to win the US Championships in Indianapolis -- a mark that stood for more than 10 years. He remains #3 and #6 on the respective all-time U.S. and World lists 33 years later. Banks was a 3-time Olympian ('80-'84-'88) and the originator of the now common hand clapping that takes place during many T&F events. He was the silver medalist in the first IAAF World Champs in '83 and inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame in 1999.
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.
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.