Why is pole vaulting considered so difficult?

One of the reasons that pole vaulting technique is so hard to learn is that, unlike other jump events or running, you have to use an outside object which you have little control over. This creates an aura of fear which is another big obstacle.

Can you be too heavy to pole vault?

Pole vaulters need to be strong, but they need to stay slim and trim, rather than bulking up. At some point in the next couple years, you may want to consider reducing the number of sports you’re active in, but don’t do that yet. All your cross-training is good for PV, with the exception of bulking up too much.

What happens if you touch the bar in pole vault?

PENALTY: An unsuccessful trial is charged. No person shall be allowed to touch the vaulting pole unless it is falling back and away from the crossbar.

Is pole vault risky?

Pole vault is one of the most dangerous events in track and field. As much as it is known for its spectacle, athletes have suffered serious injuries as a result of competing and training in the pole vault.

How much weight can a pole vault hold?

Vaulting poles are rated by how much bodyweight they can bear (loading) and the height of the handhold. For example, a 4m pole is available in a range of body weights from 100-180 lbs.

What is the ideal weight for a pole vaulter?

The pole must be an accurate weight in order for it to support the vaulter. However, as competitors increase their height for competitions, it is recommended that they seek poles that are at least 20-30lbs. over their body weight.

How many attempts do you get in pole vault?

All competitors have three attempts per height, although they can elect to ‘pass’, i.e. advance to a greater height despite not having cleared the current one. Three consecutive failures at the same height, or combination of heights, cause a competitor’s elimination.