This is actually a really good thread. Most of the athletes that most HS coaches are dealing with are not making a career our of T&F. Some might go on to college, at which point they build longer structured programs.
Most athletes are like this guy: Just finished Basketball season, have some raw talent: regardless of tests, anyone jumping 6.50m+ (Did the conversion for you Europeans 🙂 has talent; wants to do the best he can in a limited time frame. Also remember, we’re talking about an 18 year old, who’s body can adapt quickly, and recovery will be better than us old guys.
My point of view:
Get Baseline Test Marks: I’m less sophisticated than others – would say: SLJ, VJ, 40y. Doesn’t hurt to do mini time trials each week on these. Also, will be at least 1 meet per week – serve as pretty good testing grounds! Maybe throw in some of Nick’s tests – love all his variants and am doing a mini test day tomorrow myself!
Do a 2 cycle lifting, plyo, running routine. (Two 3 week cycles of different routines). Gives time for heavy technical work and rest in weeks leading into state.
Measure everything – Try to beat last week’s mark on each exercise – higher intensity (speed, height, distance, or weight)
Then focus on where you can gain the most – your actual jump…. The biggest gain will probably be achieved in 2 areas – the speed you carry to the board, and the degree to which it is converted. Measure this speed in last 10m of approach. Measure conversion of speed to distance using plyos and video (get that foot position right and don’t decelerate!).