1. Competitors may have the uprights, or supports, moved in either
direction, but not more than 40cm in the direction of the runway, and
not more than 80cm to the landing area from the prolongation of the
inside edge of the top of the box.
The competitor shall, before the competition starts, inform the official
responsible of the position of the uprights or the supports he requires
for his first attempt and this position shall be recorded.
If subsequently the competitor wants to make any changes, he should
immediately inform the official responsible before the uprights have
been set in accordance with his initial wishes. Failure to do this shall
lead to the start of his time limit.
Note: A white line 1cm wide may be drawn at right angles to the axis
of the runway, at the level of the inside edge of the top of the box.
This line shall be prolonged as far as the outside edge of the uprights.
2. A competitor fails if:
(a)after the vault, the bar does not remain on the supports because
of the action of the competitor whilst vaulting; or
(b)he touches the ground, including the landing area beyond the
vertical plane through the upper part of the stopboard with any
part of his body or with the pole, without first clearing the bar; or
(c)after leaving the ground he places his lower hand above the
upper one or moves the upper hand higher on the pole.
(d)during the vault an athlete replaces deliberately with his hands or
fingers a bar which is about to fall off the supports.
Note: It is not a foul, if the competitor runs outside the white lines
marking the runway at any point.
3. Competitors are permitted, during the competition, to place a
substance on their hands or on the pole, in order to obtain a better
The use of tape on the hands or fingers shall not be allowed except in
the case of the need to cover an open wound.
4. No one shall be allowed to touch the pole unless it is falling away
from the bar or uprights. If it is touched, however, and the Referee is
of the opinion that, but for the intervention, the bar would have been
knocked off, the vault shall be recorded as a failure.
5. If, in making an attempt, the competitor's pole is broken, it shall not
be counted as a failure.
6. The minimum length of the runway shall be 40m and, where
conditions permit, 45m. It should have a minimum width of 1.22m
and a maximum width of 1.25m. The runway should be marked by
white lines 5cm in width.
7. The maximum allowance for lateral inclination of the runway shall
be 1:100 and the overall inclination in the running direction 1:1000.
8. Box. The take-off for the Pole Vault shall be from a box. It shall be
constructed of suitable rigid material, and shall be sunk level with
the runway and shall be 1m in length, measured along the inside of
the bottom of the box, 60cm in width at the front end and tapering
to 15cm in width at the bottom of the stop board. The length of the
box at runway level and the depth of the stop board are determined
by the angle of 105° formed between the base and the stop board.
The base of the box shall slope from runway level at the front end to
a vertical distance below ground level of 20cm at the point where it
meets the stop board. The box should be constructed in such a
manner that the sides slope outwards and end next to the stop board
at an angle of approximately 120° to the base.
If the box is constructed of wood, the bottom shall be lined with
2.5mm sheet metal for a distance of 80cm from the front of the box.
9. Uprights. Any style of uprights or posts may be used, provided they
are rigid. It is recommended that the metallic structure of the base of
the uprights be covered with padding of appropriate material in
order to provide protection to the athletes.
10.Supports for crossbar. The crossbar shall rest on pegs so that if it is
touched by the competitor or his pole, it will fall easily to the
ground in the direction of the landing area. The pegs shall be
without notches or indentations of any kind, of uniform thickness
throughout and not more than 13mm in diameter. They shall not
extend more than 75mm from the uprights which should extend 35-40mm
above the supports.
The distance between the supports, or between the extension arms,
if used, shall be not less than 4.30m nor more than 4.37m.
The pegs may not be covered with rubber or with any other material
which has the effect of increasing the friction between them and the
surface of the bar, nor may they have any kind of springs.
Note: To lessen the chance of injury to a competitor by his falling
on the feet of the uprights, the pegs supporting the crossbar may be
placed upon extension arms permanently attached to the uprights,
thus allowing the uprights to be placed wider apart, without
increasing the length of the crossbar.
11.Competitors may use their own poles. No competitor shall be
allowed to use any other competitor's pole except with the consent
of the owner.
The pole may be of any material or combination of materials and of
any length or diameter, but the basic surface must be smooth. The
pole may have a binding of not more than two layers of adhesive
tape of uniform thickness and with a smooth surface.
This restriction does not however, apply to binding the bottom end
of the pole with protective layers of tape for a distance of
approximately 30cm to reduce the risk of damaging the pole when
striking the back of the box.
The Landing Area
12.The landing area should measure not less than 5mx5m. The sides of
the landing area nearest to the box shall be placed 10cm to 15cm
from the box and shall slope away from the box at an angle of