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Pole Vault Information Center

Pole Vault Certification Information

  • Pole Vault Certification - www.pvscb.com
    Web based education and testing for the certification of vaulters and coaches.
  • The Board of Control has adopted mandatory training for coaches in schools that sponsor the Pole Vault event.  Compliance with this requirement is the responsibility of the member school.
  • Schools sponsoring PV must have at least one coach who has received the training.    If a school uses one coach for all athletes at the school (boys and girls) and both levels – HS and 7-8, then only that coach must receive the training; however, that coach must be present during all training and competition.
  • Training Options
    • Attend one of the clinics sponsored by the OATCCC.
    • Take an on-line training course 
    • ​Provide evidence of certification from another national certifying body.
      • Note:  The member school is responsible for verifying compliance.  This is NOT a contest official’s responsibility

Pole Vault Safety Clinics and Online Programs

Track and Field Coaches,
The following pole vault safety clinics are open to high school and middle school coaches in need of pole vault safety certification.  All Clinics last 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  Nominal fees may be charged to cover site charges.  Clinics as part of Coaching Clinics are not charged separately, but are put of the overall clinic fee.
Questions - email Marty Dahlman   [email protected]
  • TBA
      Michigan State Track Coaches Clinic - Causeway Bay Hotel, Lansing Michigan
      Contact: Marty Dahlman, Watkins Memorial HS, Email: [email protected]
  • TBA
       Southeast Track Coaches Association - Jackson High School   
         Contact: Greg Cronacher, Ironton High School, 740-532-3911
  • TBA
       Steele High School, 450 Washington St., Amherst 44001
         Contact: Alan Roark, P: 440-610-8014
  • TBA
       Watkins Memorial High School, 8868 Watkins Road, Pataskala 43062
         Contact: Marty Dahlman, Email: [email protected]
Online pole vault certification programs:
NFHS website: http://www.nfhs.org
http://www.pvscb.com *Pole Vault Safety Certification Board- Web based skills progressions education and testing for certification of vaulters and coaches. This certification uses the NFHS Track and Field Rules Book as the standard for pole vault certification. Upon request, a speaker's bureau is available to assist with local certification programs and coach's education clinics. Certified coaches will be posted for viewing. (Contact Jan Johnson 1-800-652-8273)
http://www.polevaulteducation.org *UCS's Pole Vault Education- Web based curriculum, provides a platform for the professional exchange of techniques and/or coaching philosophies. This resource invites questions and provides answers and support material pertinent to skill and knowledge for coaches and vaulters.

Pole Vault Weight Ratings Labels Memo

To: OHSAA Member Schools
Subject: Requirements for Pole Vault Weight Rating Labels
Date: January 2009
   The NFHS rule requiring the visible manufacturer’s pole rating, size and location of rating mark was adopted in 1995. The history is LINKED HERE (in PDF format) for your information.
   From 1995 through 2000, the NFHS Track and Field rules required the manufacturer’s pole weight rating to be placed on the pole.  For poles purchased prior to 1995, the school coach could mark the pole based on the manufacturer’s pole’s etchings.  However, for the 2001 season and beyond, only those poles with the manufacturer’s placed weight rating label were to be considered legal for warm-up and competition, providing all other requirements for the pole were met.  Coach marked poles were not to be used in warm-ups or competition.
   If schools have older poles and no manufacturer’s weight rating label on the poles, the school coach should contact the manufacturer directly to work to secure the manufacturer’s weight rating label.  If you have poles without the manufacturer’s weight rating label and the company is out of business, these poles would not be legal for warm-ups or competition due to the lack of the required manufacturer’s weight rating label.  It should be noted this rule and application have been part of Rule 7-4 since spring of 2001.