7-4-10, 7-5-17 When the number of entries dictates, the games committee may assign competitors to flights of no less than five competitors for preliminary competition or may conduct the event in continuous flights. In continuing flights, the first five competitors as determined by the games committee constitute a flight. As a competitor clears the bar, passes at turn at the height or is eliminated, the next competitor in order will be moved up so that the number of competitors in the active flight will be constant.
Rationale: Defines the minimum number of competitors in a flight and eliminates the maximum number of competitors in a flight. Further clarifies the use of “five alive” and the procedure to follow to end “five alive” in an orderly fashion.
7-5-2 The vaulting pole may be of any material and of any length and diameter. It may have a binding of layers of adhesive tape of uniform thickness on the grip end. However, the plant end of the pole may be protected by layers of tape, PVC, sponge rubber or other suitable material to protect the pole when placed in the planting box.
Rationale: Eliminates the limit of the requirement for only two layers of tape and requires the tape to be of uniform thickness. Does not remove the intent that a competitor cannot build a knob type grip to enhance his/her performance.
7-5-25, 7-5-29 new i No person shall be allowed to touch the vaulting pole except the pole may be caught by an assigned official, designated pole catcher or the competitor, when circumstances warrant, but never to prevent the pole from dislodging the crossbar which would result in a foul.
Rationale: Clarifies who may touch or catch the pole and under what circumstances touching the pole is not allowed. The touch or catch by the competitor that prevents the crossbar from being dislodged is a foul.
Definition, Private Coach – coach not an official coach at the respective high school.
Disadvantages of Private T&F/XC Coaches:
1. Private coach may not have adequate science and teaching-coaching education & experience to properly organize and apply a valid training-competition program.
2. If private training program is inferior to the HS program, will be detrimental to athlete and team development.
3. If private coach is too zealous or egocentric, may result in overtraining and/or over-competing leading to cumulative fatigue and chronic injuries/illness.
4. If private coach does not work cooperatively with the HS T&F/XC program, can be disruptive to the HS program.
Advantages of Private T&F/XC Coaches:
1. Private coach may have even a greater science, teaching-coaching education, and training-competition background in T&F/XC than the HS coach(es).
2. Private coaches are usually willing to work with athlete(s) year-around to maximize development in T&F/XC, whereas HS coaches often aren’t.
3. A quality private program may be focused on longer term development of involved athlete(s) rather than how many points scored for the team, therefore may spread training and competition over greater periods to avoid cumulative fatigue and injuries, and promote more consistent and longer term development.
4. A quality private coach, working in cooperation with the HS T&F/XC coaches, may significantly improve the quality of HS training program, and enchance individual as well as team performances in competitions
Pole Vault Youth Boys
1 Kartz, Travis 98 14-Unattached 3.80m 12-05.50
2 Huber, Lance 98 14-Unattached 3.65m 11-11.75
3 Rodriques, Chase 98 14-Unattached J3.65m 11-11.75
4 Shugart, Zachary 98 13-Unattached 3.50m 11-05.75
5 Compton, Christian 98 09-Unattached 3.35m 10-11.75
6 Wieland, Chad 98 12-Lone Star PV J3.35m 10-11.75
7 Garrett, Austin 98 05-Capital C 3.05m 10-00.00
8 Sawyer, Glenn 98 03-Mt Pleasant TC J3.05m 10-00.00
9 Konst, Logan 98 05-Unattached 2.90m 9-06.25
10 Bailey, Evan 98 03-Mt Pleasant TC 2.75m 9-00.25
10 Harrelson, Whitt 98 06-Magic City TC 2.75m 9-00.25
12 Feher, Sam 98 09-Personal J2.75m 9-00.25
13 Kowalk, Evan 99 16-Lightning J2.75m 9-00.25
14 Marino, Nicholas 98 02-Aoc Ambler TC 2.60m 8-06.25
15 Lemon, Samuel 98 03-Mt Pleasant TC J2.60m 8-06.25
16 Burnette, Worth 99 03-Mt Pleasant TC 2.45m 8-00.50
– Kreb, Devyn 98 16-Unattached NH
– Case, Ritchie 98 16-Lightning NH
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Germany’s Bjorn Otto, Ralf Holzdeppe and the USA’s Brad Walker shared the spoils after an absorbing pole vault contest at a special meeting in Jockgrim, Germany, on Wednesday. The three athletes tied for the first place after clearing 5.81m. All three of them cleared the height on their first attempt, but neither had any success after that.
Malte Mohr, who also went over 5.81m, finished fourth as he took more attempts to clear lower heights that put him below the top three in the results.
Around 3500 spectators witnessed the contest, where there was another tie for fifth place between Czech Jan Kudlica and Kostadinos Filippidis of Greece at 5.61m, seventh placed Karsten Dilla of Germany also achieving 5.61m.
In the women’s competition, Alana Boyd of Australia and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva jointly set a new meeting record clearing 4.63m.
German record holder Silke Spiegelburg was forced to pull out of the competition after experiencing problems in the warm-up, though it was nothing major and she will continue with her training and preparations for the Games.
Ecker to retire
German pole vaulter Danny Ecker, 35, will call an end to his career on August 25, at the pole vault classics in his home town of Leverkusen.
Germany’s best vaulters have already been confirmed for the events, the list includes the likes of Malte Mohr, Raphael Holzdeppe, Bjorn Otto and Karsten Dilla.
Ecker’s best result was the bronze medal at 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka. more
Q: The Olympics will be starting shortly, how do you go about tapering an athlete for a major competition?
Dan Pfaff: “Tapering” is a very ambiguous term. I know how to get an athlete ready to compete at an incredibly high level for 4-6 weeks but I wouldn’t call it classical tapering. During our “taper period”, we do quite a bit of work and we probably work a little harder and at a little higher intensity than a lot of people might but our athletes are conditioned and they need that amount of work to maintain the various strengths they have already developed. If I had to define our taper I would say that the volume and intensity stay fairly similar but the density decreases. This is because volumetrically with some things you are trapped as you don’t get any learning effect unless you do enough work for the athlete to develop timing, awareness or positive chemistry. Also, when it comes to practicing the event the attempts need to be pretty high intensity for you to feel
In a candid interview, pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva talks about her victories, her goals and how winning gold was not enough for her. She says she’s all ready for the London Olympics 2012 games but is just as worried as any other competitor.
What are your memories from winning gold medals in Athens and Beijing?
In Athens, it was special. It was my first Olympics and there was another favourite, Svetlana Feofanova, and we were on the same level. I missed my first attempt at 4.70 metres, then I passed for 4.75m and she took it at the first attempt. I missed again and then I made 4.80m with my very last attempt to win.
That was special. In Beijing, it was a different situation. I would say I was the favourite and nobody was close to me. I won gold with only two jumps, 4.75m and 4.85m.
The gold medal was in my hands, but for me it was not enough. I knew that everyone waited for the world record from me and that was more difficult.
I felt confident that I would do 5.05m without any problem, but then the first two attempts were missed. I was thinking it will not be a complete gold without world record. more
New York –“Welcome to flying school!”The energy and passion is striking, as coach Tim St. Lawrence of the Hudson Valley Flying Circus Pole Vault Club yells out to one of his several athletes after completing a jump.Situated on the corner of two slim country roads in Warwick, the facility is essentially an old dairy barn with a second floor loft just high enough to pole vault safely — yet St. Lawrence has transformed the place into a pole vault haven.“At first we thought, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me, this isn’t a pole vault camp,’ ” recalled two-time New York state pole vault champion Jordan Yamoah of his thoughts when he and a teammate first saw the building from outside. “But we stuck with it and realized it is just a great atmosphere.” An official Olympic event since 1896, pole vaulting has experienced a recent explosion of success in the mid-Hudson Valley. Three local athletes have won a combined five New York state titles in the last two years. All three have trained at the club, along with multiple other vaulters from local high schools.Yamoah, a 2011 graduate of Arlington High School, won both the indoor and outdoor pole vault state championships in 2011, and teammate Stefan Buechele took both honors for Arlington again in 2012. Red Hook’s Grace Weisbecker also won the girls small school state pole vault title in 2012.“I love it there. I wouldn’t be where I am now without them,” said Weisbecker, a rising senior. more
Taking advantage of the high speed shooting capabilities of the NEX, these were some of my pole vault attempts… the composites are a bit experimental (which is my way of saying please don’t be too critical of technique as I’m on a learning curve with it All taken with the Hexanon 200 at around f4.0
Paul Babits learned to pole vault the old-fashioned way – from his father, with a bamboo pole, over fences on his family’s farm in Michigan.“When we cleared all the fences, he made a makeshift bar with two-by-fours in cement buckets and then put hay down for a pit,” he says. “We kept raising the bar till it got to be like 10 feet 4 inches and it hurt when you went down.”Nonetheless, pole vaulting became Babits’ passion, one that earned him a Michigan high school state championship, a scholarship to college and two trips to the U.S. Olympic Trials.Now the 51-year-old Fort Wayne man owns a world record in pole vaulting’s master’s division – and one of a handful of private facilities in the nation devoted to teaching the skills of a largely unheralded sport. As pole vaulting enters the spotlight during this year’s Summer Olympics in London, Babits expects a new crop of young potential vaulters.“Why wouldn’t they want to pole vault? It’s a riot,” he said last week between shouting directions to nine male and female students at his Vault High Athletics training facility tucked into the woods by his home along Pion Road. “It’s like flying. There’s no other feeling like it,” he says. “When you go up in the air, you fly. No other sport lets you do that.”Vault High’s quarters, in a cavernous pole barn, feature 6,400 square feet of floor space and a 35-foot-high ceiling. Athletes use two 140-foot runways with pit areas and other equipment to hone their skills more
VERMILLION, S.D. (KTIV) -As the Olympics inch closer, a Siouxland coach will represent the United States in London. And, this coach hopes to vault his way to a medal.He’s been close before.Derek Miles has had his fair share of heartbreak in the pole vault in the Olympics.Finishing seventh in the 2004 Athens games and just missing bronze in 2008, the University of South Dakota assistant track coach and former Coyote star, is taking a different approach this time around.Derek Miles, said, “Let’s just take the whole thing in and see what you have and do the best you can.”The change of heart from the veteran was brought on by a nagging Achilles injury.”It’s been an interesting year, in terms of training, my base is all there, I’ve been training hard all year it’s just been the last, probably two months I’ve has a little bit of this nagging, Achilles problem and then it gradually got worse, so we’re at a spot two weeks before the trials, I couldn’t even run down the runway.”Miles has been resting it, going 10 straight days of constant therapy.”From that perspective, it’s feeling a little bit better, but on the other end, I haven’t been able to train like I’d like too.”Training, that he hopes to do in Arkansas before he “vaults” across the Atlantic to London. more
Track and field has never had the highest priority in football-hungry West Texas, but there are a few oases for fans of the sport.One such oasis is the home of pole vaulting coach Willie Ruiz, who has coached local athletes to district, regional and even a state championship right in his own backyard.Literally.”I have an old pole-vault kit that I bought for my son back in 1999,” Ruiz said. “I built a track and welded some standards (which hold the bar up). When my son started vaulting higher, I had to do something, so I went out and bought some factory-made standards.”Ruiz began pole vaulting in high school in Andrews, but his interest in the sport goes back further than that.”When I was a kid, I used to visit my grandma. And with my cousins, we would traverse some mountain creeks, and we would be carrying 15-foot bamboo sticks, and they were for jumping over springs in the creeks,” Ruiz said. “Later on in junior high, I found out they actually had a sport for it, and I have been vaulting ever since.”Though Ruiz was a solid vaulter in high school, injuries prevented him from advancing to state. more
TAMPA- Lacy Janson stood at the US Airways check-in counter at Tampa International Airport Wednesday and patiently watched the circus play out in front of her. The two blue bags with USA written in red on the side were no problem and could easily be checked through to London. The carry-on backpack, emblazoned with lettering that said USA Track and Field, did not raise an eyebrow.But that 15-foot canvas bag resting on the floor behind Janson quickly became a source of confusion and consternation.The agent attempting to check in Janson quickly conferred with a co-worker. Soon, a third agent joined the meeting. Then a fourth, this one armed with a tape measure.Qualifying for the 2012 London Summer Olympics in pole vaulting was difficult for Janson. But getting her equipment to the games seems almost as challenging.”It happens almost every time,” said Janson, who patiently explained to each of the agents that she would not book a flight without making certain the tools of her trade could also make the trip. “I come to expect something and if something does come up … it’s ‘been there, done that.”There seems to be always someone who looks at the bag and insists that it will never fit on the plane.”Inside the unwieldy 15-foot bag that weighs 45 to 50 pounds were eight vaulting poles, paraphernalia that helped send the 29-year-old Cardinal Mooney High graduate soaring past the 15-foot mark and landing her on the U.S. Olympic team. more