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Pole Vault step marks near the box

At the World Masters Indoor track and field meet in Kamloops we were allowed to place markers outside the lane that were provided by the officials or to place tape marks outside the lane. However, any tape marks in the region of the box, even outside the lane, were removed.
I am used to having a mark for my takeoff foot and found this to be a major change, not that it greatly impacted my pole vault height. I’m wondering whether this is an official guideline or if it just happened to be a practice in place at that meet. I feel this could be a potential safety concern. In pole vaulting, a step too far under (too close to the box relative to the top hand) or too far out (too far away from the box relative to the top hand) can create issues with extreme stress on the body or excessive bend in the pole resulting in dangerous bend dynamics. What is the harm with having a mark outside the lane for vaulters? It establishes a target region for safe take off. I’d be interested in your opinion/advice.

March 14, 2010   No Comments

Pole vaulters assisting each other

At the World Indoor Masters track and field meet in Kamloops, one of the rules given to the pole vaulters was that the participants were not allowed to give advice or coach each other.
I find this very disturbing. First, pole vaulters as a group are generally very supportive of each other. We are all trying to master a complex and technical sport and there is so much to learn that we are all trying to help each other get to the next level. Second, what is the true purpose of sport — to defeat someone else or to achieve the highest potential of each of us? The best vaulter will win the formal prize, but each participant is trying to better themselves and sport (as emphasized in the recent winter olympics) is to promote peace and understanding among peoples and cultures. Of course we are interested in who the best athlete is in a given sport, but even more so we are interested in all of us achieving our highest with the ability we have. I have found that pole vaulters are always trying to help each other, and as a result are a close knit crowd — happy to see someone excel and hoping that each person makes improvement where they need it. This should be a laudable goal of all sports and does not appear to me to be incompatable with measuring and recognizing excellence.
Let’s change the instructions given to athletes to encourage excellence in all forms — physical ability and encouragement of others to reach their fullest potential. I see no conflict in these and encourage you to align with me in changing the instructions given athletes.

March 14, 2010   No Comments