Club Tryouts

Tim Mack Pole Vault Club Tryouts

This tryout is for those athletes that want to see if this if this is the sport for them.  

Date:  At the moment, there is no "specific" tryout date.  However, you can come tryout any Monday or Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm.  Just email Coach Mack and let him know you want to tryout!  You wont have your "own" personal tryout session, but you can attend a weekly session with the group.  You will go along with the group and I will bring you along slowly.   

Place:  2121 Stephenson Dr. Knoxville, Tn. 37996  

What to Bring:    Running Shoes, Training clothes, water

Cost for Tryout:   FREE

Who should be interested:  Middle/High school boys and girls  

How do I sign up?:

1)Email Tim: (HERE) with the athletes name, age, gender and your wish to have 1 free tryout session!

2)You will recieve confirmation email.



What makes a good pole-vaulter?

Pole vaulting  is a great sport for any focused and driven athletes of any age with decent coordination.  Gymnasts make great pole-vaulters, but a pole vaulter doesn't have to have any gymanstics background.  I can teach most anyone to pole-vault.  I understand they may not want to pole vault forever, but I will coach them to the best of my ability until they decide they dont want to do it.  

How often do pole vaulters train?

We pole-vault train 2x/week.  However,  if your schedule does not permit that, you can go 1x/week.  I also encourage all athletes to do weight training 2x/week with their school.  They are allowed to do other sports.  

What kind of workouts do you do?

Pole vaulters do weight training, sprint training, and pole vaulting exercises.  I coach athletes to be good at pole vaulting, but he/she will learn things that will carry over to any sport.  

What else do you learn in pole-vaulting?

I try to teach the athletes how to get the most out of themselves.  I teach them not just what to do technically, but how you have to think in order to get better.  What they learn here will carry over to all aspects of their lives!  

Who do I coach?

I coach middle schoolers and high schoolers boys and girls.   I have coached a bunch of middle/high school athltes who just want to learn another sport.  I have coached on and off for the last 20 years.  I also coached post-collegiate men/women training to be Olympians.    I coached Mark Hollis, Jeff Coover, Jordan Scott, Chase Brannon, Chris Pillow, Angela Rummans, Melissa Gergel, Sophie Gutermuth, Carolina Moll, Marissa Kalsey who all competed at the USA National Championships. I also coached Kelsie Ahbe (Canada) at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 

Can the athlete get a scholarship in pole-vaulting?

For sure!  I realize an investement is made when you bring your child to me, so I coach them as if they will get a scholarship to pole-vault in college.  They will have to decide on their own if they want to continue practicing with the club.  I do not cut anyone.  

Schools where athletes I have coached continued their vaulting (UTennessee, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, ETSU, Samford, Lees Mcrae). 

For your athletes safety:

Tim Mack is a registered USATF (United States of America Track and Field) coach.  To become registered coach a coach must complete the application process which includes the steps outlined below.

  1. Be a current usatf member
  2. Pass the USATF background screening
  3. Complete USOC SafeSport course*
  4. Accept and adhere to the SafeSport Handbook
  5. List current coaching affiliation in the application process

You can investigate the USATF coaching process HERE

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