Team Hoot Pole Vault

Tools To Pole Vault Higher Since 2012

Team Hoot Pole Vault

Tools to Pole Vault Higher Since 2012

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The weight rule has some states publicly weighing pole vaulters, writing their weights on their bodies and uniforms.

This is leading to eating disorders and other mental health issues.

We can help these High school Vaulters!

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The Pole Vault Toolbox Package

A full online pole vault course. Everything you need to learn to vault higher or help your athletes vault higher.
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Anyone can learn Pole vault

At it's simplest form, pole vault is creating and transferring energy.

We teach you how to do that with your individual strengths as an athlete or coach.

The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book
The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book

The Pole Vault Toolbox - QR Code Edition | Book

The QR Code edition of the Pole Vault Toolbox is here!

Over 50 different QR codes linking to videos of drills and more in-depth explanations of the concepts in the book. Think of it as 50 more tools to put in your toolbox!

Are you constantly trying to figure out how to pole vault? Whether you’re a pole vaulter chasing personal records or a coach trying to coach them, The Pole Vault Toolbox is the blueprint.

In this book, Shawn shares the tools he’s learned as a professional pole vault coach and the drills that have helped thousands of athletes and coaches jump personal records that have broken state records, won state medals, and received college scholarships.

He shares the research he learned as a pole vault researcher like a vaulter's take-off step may not be as important as originally thought.

Finally, he reveals what he learned as an elite pole vaulter on overcoming the fear of moving up to bigger poles or what to do if you struggle running through.

Filled with his trademark humor, The Pole Vault Toolbox is invaluable for veterans in the sport as well as those who just picked up a pole for the first time, drawing from Shawn’s personal and often humbling experiences.


  1. The Basic Concepts
  2. Before we get started
  3. The Order of Operations
  4. How to Run
  5. How to Plant
  6. How to Take-off
  7. How to Swing
  8. How to Turn
  9. How to Invert
  10. How to Pike
  11. Pole Vault Training
  12. The Mental Side of Pole Vault
  13. Tying It All Together


The Pole Vault Toolbox | Testimonials


"The Pole Vault Toolbox". In a word, OUTSTANDING! Shawn has the ability to communicate complicated topics in an easy to understand way, and has also somehow found a way to be entertaining. His delivery, comparisons and examples take you on fun little mini vacations throughout the book. The information and suggestions are dead on! This is a great book and every vaulter, coach and parent should have their own copy! Super well done Shawn!

Bubba Sparks
World Masters PV Champion

Our friend Shawn Francis wrote this book. I would recommend if you’re a young vaulter if you don’t have a coach you better have this book. I mean, it’s really good. I bought one of the first copies.

Scott Kendricks
2x World Champion, Olympic Bronze Medalist Pole Vault Coach and Father of Sam Kendrick

This is the best book on pole vaulting written in the last 40 years and in my opinion ever. As a student of the pole vault, your work has made me a wiser and better jumper and has helped me solved pole vaulting questions that I have had for decades. You book has has simple actionable ideas to help vaulters at all level.
This is a great investment and a huge asset to any any jumper, coach or athlete who wants to jump higher, more safely with great enjoyment, knowledge, confidence, certainty and have more fun.
In my opinion this is an essential tool for any vaulter, coach or parent.
I wish I had this book 40 years ago, I am glad I have it now.
Thank you Shawn

Ron Hubsher
Pole Vault Coach

If you're a vaulter, coach or parent this book is a must read!!! I just started reading it and I've already laughed and cried, thanks Shawn for writing this amazing book.

Rosario RoJo
Ultimate PV Club Coach

So thankful to Shawn for taking the time to write such a great book for the pole vault community. The book can connect on any level; from the veteran coach, to the rookie. I’ve coached pole vault since 92’ but found myself educated in a new way with the turn of every page. The book puts technique, drills, skills all into new and interesting terminology that catches the learner in a fun way. And the rookie coach can build a firm foundation of knowledge even if they just read the 10 commandments of vaulting. I plan on buying a few as Pr incentives for athletes as well as gifts for fellow coaches, thanks again Shawn!!

Coach Mac
Mac Track and Pole Vault Club

Thank you Shawn Francis for making this book about pole vaulting! I highly suggest anyone interested in coaching or competing in pole vault get this book. It’s probably the most informative book on the event that I’ve ever seen!! It’s really simplistic and easy to follow along with.

Eric Stroup

I received your book for Christmas and I haven’t finished it yet but it is amazing! It has been so helpful to me and gives great pointers! I have no coach and my school owns two poles that are both under my weight. The book has been really helping me to coach myself and learn different approaches to the vault. Since there is no coach, my school has low interest in the event and therefore puts no funding into getting new poles for me to use. It would be amazing if we could get more poles and a coach to try to get more people involved with the sport.
You are awesome!

Emily French

Weather you’re brand new to coaching pole vault, or been coaching pole vault since Sergey Bubka was in diapers, this book is a must. The way Shawn breaks down each phase of the vault combined with his sense of humor, makes  The Pole Vault Toolbox easy to understand & implement into your practices. Based on training drills I picked up in this book, I now have vaulters clearing new heights at every meet. This book now lives in my practice bag and has great quick reference for me and my athletes. Thank you Shawn for this labor of love. The pole vault community appreciates you.

Kendra LaPlume
Vault Coach, Colby-Sawyer College

3 ways to train for the pole vault

Speed and Strength Training

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Pole Vault Training Plan 2 | 3 Month General Prep
Pole Vault Training Plan 2 | 3 Month General Prep
Pole Vault Training Plan 2 | 3 Month General Prep
Pole Vault Training Plan 2 | 3 Month General Prep
Pole Vault Training Plan 2 | 3 Month General Prep
Pole Vault Training Plan 2 | 3 Month General Prep

Pole Vault Training Plan 2 | 3 Month General Prep

The easiest way to vault higher is by getting faster. This is a 12-week comprehensive pole vault training program that is written to work for all ages and skill levels. The focus is on all things that make a good pole vaulter, power, balance, strength, coordination, general fitness and most importantly, speed. We have seen tremendous success using this program in-season and pre-season. Scroll down to see the testimonials

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What's new in The Pole Vault Training Plan 2

  • Implementation of drills from The Pole Vault Toolbox on vault days
  • New workouts, weights, and circuits
  • 17 new videos 

What’s included

 39 pages | 12 weeks | 5 days a week including

  • Running workouts and weights
  • Different circuits
  • Tips on recovery, sports psychology, and nutrition
  • Sent to you digitally so you can get started faster.

17 different videos on different

  • Warm-ups

  • General strength circuits

  • Recovery circuits

  • Mobility circuits

  • and plyometric circuits.

All fine-tuned and balanced to help you as a coach or an athlete reach peak performance.

It’s shaped the same way I did my training when I was an elite vaulter using many of the same circuits. It's worked for me its worked for many others.


High School Plan VS General Prep Plan

There are 2 major difference between the plans

  • With the high school training plan, the weeks are set up to accommodate a High School meet schedule that has 1, 2, or even 3 meets a week. The general prep plan assumes you're training in a time where you don't have meets every week. In short,
The high school plan is better if you're focusing on training while competing. The general prep plan is better if you're focusing on training.
  • There are typically 3 phases to a training plan. The general prep phase, the specific prep phase, and the competition phase where each phase typically takes 2 months to complete. The general prep plan creates better speed and strength adaptations since you have more time in the appropriate phase. In the high school training program, we crammed 24 weeks of work into 12 weeks but we lose some speed and strength adaptation since the process is sped up. In short

The highschool plan is better if you're season is only 3 months. The general prep plan is better if your season is longer than 3 months 


In contrast, if you were to get a personal trainer it would cost you upwards of $80 a session!  If you were to have a trainer work with you 5 days a week for a month it would cost you roughly $1600... and I can almost guarantee that it wouldn't be a high-quality sports-specific training program. For a fraction of the price, you will have that specific training program that will take you to the next level.

Typical BreakDown

Cost of Personal Training:  = 1 session = $60-$100

My Plan:  $299.99/90 days = 1 session = $3.33


Shawn Is a former elite pole vaulter who has worked with some of the best coaches in track and field. He received his Master's Degree in Health Nutrition and Exercise Science where he was the director of personal training at the college's Wellness Center. During his education, he coached at the Division 1 Level where he produced multiple conference champions and an All-American Athlete. At the high school level, he has coached numerous state record holders. state champions and countless all-state participants. You can rest assured you are getting a quality program!


Testimonials | Pole Vault Training Plans


Best Simple Training for Plan for Pole Vaulters

Beautifully structured, with detailed descriptions on how to peak optimally for your championship meet. Shawn also includes different variations to training that allow flexibility for real-life events. I can’t thank him enough for making this program.

Aldrine D

Thank you for all of your input over the past 5 years. We've been using your training exclusively and Maddox went from 15'3 to 18 feet. He has made great improvements in speed and strength.

David L Fournerat
Coached a High Schooler over 18+ feet

I purchased your 3 month workout program and did it with my kids this summer. I’ve also integrated tons of your coaching into our program. We went from 10’ pr at the start of last year to 14’3” at Simplot with a short approach on small poles. Wowza! Thanks for all you do!

Joe M

“The opportunity my athletes had to participate in a Team Hoot pole vault camp was an amazing experience. Shawn is a top notch athlete/coach with an invaluable amount of knowledge. Every single one of my athletes who participated in the Team Hoot camp achieved a personal best at the next meet! My athletes and I can’t wait to work with Shawn again this season! We are Team Hoot all the way!”

Melissa White
Sports Psychologist | Pole Vault Coach

Shawn! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been finished with the training plan for almost two weeks but it worked great! I PRd in my meet last Saturday and I’ve moved up 3 poles since my meet the month before

Joe Jardine

When I was a freshman, I had a high jump coach trying to help me learn how to vault, but it was a struggle. With only 4 vaulters in my school, none of us had a real way to learn how to vault and we didn’t vault often due to the weather and conflicting sports. Watching these videos had the biggest impact on my vaulting because it showed me things that my coaches didn’t know and helped me understand the little things that were difficult to come up with, and the exercises and progressions were huge in helping me progress through the vault. I’ve seen every one of your videos and they helped me vault 9 feet by the end of my freshman season. I’m currently a sophmore girl jumping 10’3. Also, you have had the courage to talk about mental health in sports which is something that I don’t see very often and it really makes a difference in my life reminding me that I’m never alone and my depression isn’t something that can stop me from doing what I love. So with all of my heart l, I thank you so much because you have changed my life.

Carmen Trillo

I started vaulting late in my HS career but I was hooked. I walked on as Decathelete in college back in the early 90s just so I could continue to vault. Great times!
Now fast forward a quarter of a century my son decides he wants to vault as a Freshman. Realize I still have one of my 15’ poles (maxima4) that I use to hang christmas lights with and I have asked him if he wanted to pole vault and the answer was always no.
I was out of the sport for 25 years and now I need to brush off the cobwebs. Shawn helped me get back into the sport and talk my son through what he needed to do. Now he has finished his soph year and I am one of the assistant coaches on the track team. I forgot how much I loved the event and thanks to Shawn he helped me get back into track and the school has already been asking if I want to stick with this even after my son graduates. Thanks Shawn

Edward Gawell

I bought your program this past summer and it did wonders for my run! Coach said I’m the fastest vaulter! Thanks!

Turner Champ

I’ll start with saying I haven’t compared a lot of coaching platforms with my own, so this is a first for me. However, a lot of the training has some similarities. One thing that I learned from your written “outline” was to have the opportunity to decide how the day has treated you and to have the option to pick between a hard, medium or easy day. LOVE IT! The combination of your emails, youtube vlogs, and website are OUTSTANDING. You, yourself are very motivated and is easy to see how passionate you are about the sport and helping others.

Michael Stark

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