Mental Health

Just so you know, I happened upon the new vlog when I went on to get some links to previous vlogs (#1 and “what if”) to send to the mother of a young man with depression who needs information, encouragement, and hope. You’re saving lives.
— Anonymous

Pole Vault

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 High School
“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 Varsity Pole vault Coach
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 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
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
Six years ago I tried pole vault for the first time. Ever since I started this crazy sport, Shawn’s Vault Vlogs and online coaching has been my source to learn all I can to be the best vaulter I can be. From being an 11-foot freshmen year of high school to now an 18-foot collegiate vaulter, Team Hoot has done nothing but project positives in my world of Pole Vault and the entire community of the Vault. Thanks for being awesome Shawn!
— Drew McMichael
If it weren’t for Shawn’s witty and informative videos I would be way deep in the weeds. Being a masters level pole vaulter I have no coach or support system to help “re-learn” technique. My wife Denise has come a long way in critiquing my efforts by watching these videos with me, but Shawn’s knowledge is un-surpassable! Thanks to Shawn I am again enjoying an activity abandoned 49 years & 9 months ago. I am forever grateful for his energy and persistence in advancing the joy of pole vaulting.
— David L Fournerat
First of all when I was in high school I saw the most gains when I was on your program I could run faster, jump higher and over all I felt like I was a better athlete. The second thing I liked about your program was that it wasn’t all about how much weight you could do but it was about form and how you could utilize lifts to help you become the athlete you wanted to become. The third thing I really liked about your program was that it included stretches and flexibility I feel that that is super important for young athletes to have as a skill. The last thing I wanted to say is that you were a great coach I was never scared to ask you questions about lifting or pole vaulting it was super easy to talk to you
— Bryan Rachuy High School Athlete (Track and Wrestling)
About your videos and team hoot we all love them! They’re good, entertaining, motivational and funny! I loved doing your workouts they truly do help, I mean I’m pretty slow but that’s just me, your workouts and the plan you developed was great for me! Whenever I had a question I could email or call and you immediately answer.
I’ve grown as a player and a person. Not only have my abilities grown for soccer but my heart for the sport has grown as well. Team hoot is awesome and I can’t wait to keep watching more!
— Kadence Feininger High School Athlete (Soccer)
Shawn is a man that we need more of in both in the pole vault community and just in the world in general. His love for pole vault is emmense and it shows with the compassion and guidance he shows to the athletes he encounters. Personally, I reached out to Shawn after struggling heavily with the transition to college. Frustrated and ready to give up the sport, I looked to Shawn for help. He responded and though just a few emails and videos helped me to improved my vault and restored my love for the sport. Thank you, Shawn!
— Brett Garbrick
This summer I worked to become a better decathlete, and the Team-Hoot workouts that I did helped me improve my speed and my strength.
— Andy Rachuy College (Multi-event Athlete)
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
I bought your program this past summer and it did wonders for my run! Coach said I’m the fastest vaulter! Thanks!
— Turner Champ Newman High School Vaulter
Hey Shawn, so this week I worked on exactly what you said and I ended up Vaulting 3.70 and my previous PR was 3.25 along with moving up on a bigger pole and being able to control it. So thanks so much dude!
— David Sicinski

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