Safety

POLE VAULT SAFETY

What can be done to protect the safety of our children participating in Track and Field?

 

We will first start with the facility and the HOST school/location!

 

  • Runway
    • Is it level from 135 feet to 0 foot (where 0 foot is the backup of the box)? CAUTION
    • Is the transition from the runway to the box smooth?  STOP
  • Box
    • Is there a box collar? STOP
    • Does the pit or top pad obstruct the front, sides or back of the box? STOP
  • Standards
    • If using extensions, remove them as soon as they are not needed. STOP
    • If using standards with multiple removable offsets, remove all that are not being used. STOP
    • Are standards straight? CAUTION
    • Are standards level, stable, AND secure? STOP
  • Pit
    • Are all the clips connected? STOP
    • Are mats pushed together tightly and secured? STOP
    • Are the pits as tight to the box (without obstructing it) as they can be? STOP
  • Pit Surrounding – (A diameter around the pit should be free and clear of the following.  Two body lengths is encouraged, one body lenght is minimum recommended.)
    • Platform – 
      • Does platform pertrude from the pit? STOP
      • Does platform cause pit to have humps or a different levelness of the pit? STOP
    • Surface – 
      • Padding should cover ALL, concrete, asphalt, bare dirt, or any other hard surfaces STOP
      • Rocks, and other clutter should be clear and void STOP
    • Non – Surface
      • Remove all chairs, tents, benches, umbrellas, etc.. STOP
      • Remove all hurdles, starting blocks, cross bars, bar placer rods, pole trees and poles. STOP
      • Remove all transformers, timing clocks, wind guages, performance boards, etc. STOP

We can now move on to Athletes and coaches

  • Poles
    • Weight Labels must be present, and the athletes must weigh less than the weight on the label. DISQUALIFY POLE
    • Athletes must grip BELOW the weight labels. DISQUALIFY VAULTER
    • Labels must be where the manufacturer of the pole says the label goes on, NO EXCEPTION.  DISQUALIFY POLE
      • Poles used where label is incorrect is ILLEGAL DISQUALIFY VAULTER
    •  To the best of our knowledge the following is true.  
      • Gill Athletics (Skypole, Skypole Carbon, Pacer, Carbons, Mystics) – Label is allowed to be at very top of pole
      • UCS (Spirit) – Label is required to be 6″ down from the top of the pole
      • Altius – Do not know, contact manufacturer
      • Essx – Label can be at the top of the pole.
    • Labels must be provided by the manufacturer. DISQUALIFY POLE
      • You can not make one at home.  
      • Engravings do not count as Labels.  
      • Each manufacture has their method of providing you with a new label. 
        • See our Blog post for more info on this. 
    • Check your tips, are they full or worn down?  Replace a worn tip. CAUTION
    • Do not leave poles laying on the ground unless they are in a hard container! CAUTION
  • Your Body
    • Athletes 
      • Be courteous of others.  Set up your camp at least 20 feet off the runway.
        • Preferably 1/2 way back.
      • Leave the front half of the runway for the Coaches and officials.  
        • Once your jump is done, you and your coach should move away from the pit area (to the back of the runway or back of the coaches box if one is required)
    • Coaches
      • If there is a coaches box, STAY IN IT
      • If there is a minimum number of coaches, do not exceed it
      • If non competing athletes aren’t allowed on infield, remove yours.
      • If non competing athletes are allowed, please keep them out of the other coaches, athletes, and officials way
    • Officials
      • The official at the pole vault should have a copy of the rules and understand them.
      • Officials should stand in a position where they can enforce the rules, while not obstructing the view of the coaches.
      • If there are limitations on who is allowed on infield, there should be someone other than the PV official enforcing this.  
      • The Governing body official (IHSAA in Indiana High School) should understand all of the safety issues involved.