Ask an Expert: Jump Pits

ITCCCA Ask an Expert, Long Jump, Triple Jump 1 Comment

Hello:
I am entering my first year as an Athletic Director at a public middle school. My track & field coaches have expressed a need and desire to have a long jump and triple jump sand pit. In the past, they have jumped into gymnastics mats. I personally agree with them that sand pits are a measure to ensure safety of the student athletes. What is the ITCCCA’s stance on this issue?

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Comments 1

  1. Sand pits are definitely better. The pads will not give as much and could easily cause an ankle to be injured. Also, by using mats on a consistent basis it will cause an alteration in there technique since it is a totally different surface.

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