The length of the approach is usually consistent distance for an athlete. Approaches can vary between 12 and 19 strides on the novice and intermediate levels, while at the elite level they are closer to between 20 and 22 strides. The exact distance and number of strides in an approach depends on the jumpers experience, sprinting technique, and conditioning level. Consistency in the approach is important as it is the competitors objective to get as close to the front of the takeoff board as possible without crossing the line with any part of the foot.Inconsistent approaches are a common problem in the event. As a result the approach is usually practiced by athletes about 68 times per jumping session.