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04/03/19 – Reminders – Pole Vault Requirements for Track Coaches

April 4, 2019 Track and Field Blog Updates


We wanted to remind Athletic Directors, coaches, and student-athletes about the additional requirements for the Pole Vault event. It is necessary in order to attempt to minimize risk, that coaches have additional training for the pole vault prior to athletes being able to enter a competition.

Coaches entering vaulters have long been required to complete an online education course specific to pole vault.

For 2019, there are two options for coaches to complete, and both count equally toward the requirement.

  • There is a short fee-based course at that was the long-time standard for pole vault education. To begin that process, go to
  • In addition, coaches with pole vaulters are also allowed to use the free NFHS Coaching Pole Vault Elective Course through This course can be found by following the link at This additional course has been reviewed by members of the Commissioner’s Track/Cross Country Advisory committee and was implemented as an option in 2016 as a cost savings to the member schools.
  • It is also highly recommended that student-athletes competing in pole vault complete one of these courses to ensure proper awareness of the sport and attempt to minimize risk.

Coaches are also reminded that in order to enter pole vaulters in ANY MEET, one of the two permitted courses must be completed and certification therefore current. Coaches also need to check the expiration of old coursework as the certification MUST BE CURRENT in order to enter vaulters in the region or state meet.

Please contact Sarah Bridenbaugh ( at the KHSAA if you have additional questions.



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The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 278 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 43 state championships in 13 sports and 4 sport-activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.


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