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VERTICALJUMP - General Conditions

1. Before the competition begins, the Chief Judge shall announce to

the competitors the starting height and the subsequent heights to

which the bar will be raised at the end of each round, until there is

only one competitor remaining having won the competition, or

there is a tie for first place.


2. A competitor may commence jumping/vaulting at any height

previously announced by the Chief Judge and may jump/vault at

his own discretion at any subsequent height. Three consecutive

failures, regardless of the height at which any of such failures

occur, disqualify from further jumping/vaulting except in the case

of a tie for first place.

The effect of this Rule is that a competitor may forego his second

or third trial at a particular height (after failing first or second

time) and still jump/vault at a subsequent height.

If a competitor forgoes a trial at a certain height, he may not make

any subsequent attempt at that height, except in the case of a tie

for first place.

3. Even after all the other competitors have failed, a competitor is

entitled to continue jumping until he has forfeited his right to

compete further.

4. Unless there is only one competitor remaining and he has won the


(a)the bar should never be raised by less than 2cm in the High

Jump and 5cm in the Pole Vault after each round; and

(b)the increment of the raising of the bar should never increase.

This rule shall not apply once the athletes still competing

agree to raise it to a World Record height directly.

After the competitor has won the competition, the height or

heights to which the bar is raised shall be decided by the

competitor, in consultation with the relevant Judge or Referee.

Note: This does not apply for a Combined Events Competition.

In a Combined Events Competition held under Rule 12.1(a), (b)

and (c), each increase shall be uniformly 3cm in the High Jump

and 10cm in the Pole Vault throughout the competition.


5. All measurements shall be made, in whole centimetres,

perpendicularly from the ground to the lowest part of the upper

side of the bar.

6. Any measurement of a new height shall be made before

competitors attempt such height. In all cases of records, the

Judges shall check the measurement when the bar is placed at the

record height and they shall re-check the measurement before each

subsequent record attempt if the bar has been touched since last


Note: Judges should ensure, before starting the competition, that

the underside and front of the crossbar are distinguishable, and

that the bar is always replaced with the same surface uppermost

and the same surface to the front.


7. The crossbar shall be made of fibre-glass, metal or other suitable

material, circular in cross-section except for the end pieces. The

overall length of the crossbar shall be 4.00m (▒2cm) in the High

Jump and 4.50m(▒2cm) in Pole Vault. The maximum weight of

the crossbar shall be 2kg in the High Jump and 2.25kg in Pole

Vault. The diameter of the circular part of the crossbar shall be

30mm (▒ 1mm).

The crossbar shall consist of three parts - the circular bar and two

end pieces, each 30-35mm wide and 15-20cm long for the purpose

of resting on the supports of the uprights. These end pieces may

have a semicircular or square cross-section, they shall be hard and

smooth. They may not be covered with rubber or any other

material, which has the effect of increasing the friction between

them and the supports.

The crossbar shall have no bias and, when in place, shall sag a

maximum of 2cm in the High Jump and 3cm in Pole Vault.

Control of elasticity: Hang 3kg weight in the middle of the

crossbar when in position. It may sag a maximum of 7cm in the

High Jump and 11cm in Pole Vault.


8. Ties shall be resolved as follows:

(a)The competitor with the lowest number of jumps at the height

at which the tie occurs shall be awarded the higher place.

(b)If the tie still remains, the competitor with the lowest total of

failures throughout the competition up to and including the

height last cleared, shall be awarded the higher place.

(c)If the tie still remains:

(i) If it concerns the first place, the competitors tying shall

have one more jump at the lowest height at which any of

those involved in the tie have lost their right to continue

jumping, and if no decision is reached, the bar shall be raised

if the tying athletes were successful or lowered if not, 2cm

for the High Jump and 5cm for the Pole Vault. They shall

then attempt one jump at each height until the tie is resolved.

Competitors so tying must jump on each occasion when

resolving the tie. (See example 1)

High Jump - Example 1

Heights announced by the Chief Judge at the beginning of competition:

1.75m; 1.80m; 1.84m; 1.88m; 1.91m; 1.94m; 1.97m; 1.99mů

O = Cleared X = Failed - = Did not Jump

(ii) If it concerns any other place, the competitors shall be

awarded thesame place in the competition (see example 2).

High Jump - Example 2


A, B, C and D all cleared 1.92m and failed at 1.94m.

The Rule regarding ties comes into operation, and as "D" cleared 1.92m

at his second attempt, the others taking three, he is declared the winner.

The other three will tie and the Judges add up the total number of

failures, up to and including the height last cleared, i.e. 1.92m.

"C" has more failures than "A" or "B", and is therefore awarded fourth

place. "A" and "B" still tie and as this does not concern first place, they

share second place.