Club Policies

Be Kind! We are a family and the best pole vaulter is only as good as the worst pole vaulter. Praise and bring each other up as a team!

These are some of the policies or rules for the club and the teams that we have.


Vaulter Club requires that athletes make it to club practice at least two times a week and a majority of the meets that we hold. This does not include a last-minute meets that we hold in the summer. For the Fall travel team all meets are mandatory and necessary for your athlete’s improvement.

Pole Use and Breakage:

As stated within the pole vault page, your son or daughter uses a pole and breaks that pole, she or he is responsible for replacing that pole.  A majority of our team’s poles are brand new and they will last a very long time if you take care of them.  Please take care of our poles and always use a pole bag when transporting the poles. We have taken the burden of buying 180 plus poles. Many clubs make each child buy one pole a year for the club, we do not, but enforce a breakage policy.

Gear Use:

None of the gear that we have was easy to come by, please respect the equipment and use it with kindness. If you see an athlete abusing the gear, say something to that athlete and help the team keep the gear in top shape and working order.


You (Parents or Guardians) hereby grant permission for myself/my child to attend Vaulter Magazine – Vaulter Club Inc. practices and events. I verify that I/my child has had a physical exam in the past year and is capable to participate in the activities related to pole vaulting. I agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the Vaulter Magazine – Vaulter Club Inc. coaching staff, any other associated coach, our mentoring staff.

Vaulter Magazine Training Facility or any other pole vault practice or competition facility used by Vaulter Magazine – Vaulter Club Inc., their agents, employees, and sponsors from any and all liability for injury to myself or my child as well as any damage caused by myself and/or my child. I understand that track and field, and in particular pole vaulting, are potentially dangerous and could pose a risk of injury during the course of instruction or competition. Sports by their very nature pose the continuous threat of injury that no type of equipment can ensure against or prevent. Should medical attention be necessary, I hereby authorize any physician or trainer selected by club personnel to conduct medical or surgical procedures.

I give my consent for emergency medical treatment of this minor in a licensed hospital by a licensed physician should his/her condition so require it in my absence. I understand that, in such a case, reasonable attempts will be made to contact me, time and conditions permitting. As long as the medical or surgical treatment is considered necessary in the situations in accordance with generally accepted standards of medical practice for the particular type of injury or illness involved, I impose no specific limitations or prohibitions regarding treatment. I will be responsible for any medical or other charges in connection with the attendance of this club.

In other words, when you come to join the team and step foot within our facilities or knowingly coached by our staff, you take full responsibility for your athlete. This is a sport and one that comes with risk at times. This should be no surprise to anyone that pole vaulters or their parents.  Please do not ruin the sport for other athletes.

Payment for Dues:

Please pay your dues on time, we are not here to chase down payments for your athlete. We are here to train your athletes and provide them the means necessary to jump high and go on to the next level in their careers. If you prefer checks, use a check, cash, use cash, but last but not least, go online and pay that way if it’s more convenient for you. The dues cover coaching your athlete, rent, poles, training supplies, and local travel for coaches to get to the meet and the gear/pole usage.

Team Letterman Patch:

As a pole vaulter, these are some of the requirements to obtain a patch from our club.

  1. He or She is a consistent Vaulter Club member.
  2. Varsity Pole Vaulter at your school and make it to the advanced level of pole vaulting. i.e. League Finals, CIF, State.
  3. Become an honorary athlete that joins us from another state or country.
  4. Go above and beyond to support the team and make a difference to the club.
  5. Coaches recommendations from Coach Derek or Coach Doug.
  6. Earns qualifying points for the Fall Travel Team Trophy.
  • First time lettering patch from requirements above you get the patch.
  • Returning Letter receives a silver star for each occurrence.
  • 110% award is given to athletes that go 100% and beyond!
  • High jumping boy and highest jumping girl get a “Knight”.
  • Pin for members for each year an athlete has been with the club.
  • “V” Medal to all Vaulter Club athletes that have participates through at least one season. Spring, Summer or Fall.

School Record Break Frame

This is a picture frame that athletes receive when they break the high school record for their school and hold the school record throughout the year.  If you set the high school record because there was never one, you will get the picture frame at the end of your senior season.

  • Does not matter which high school
  • Will only give one out per year at the end of the school season
  • Girls and boys both qualify for one each.
  • One person cannot win for both genders.


If you see something or someone that is being unsafe, please bring it to our attention. We want successful and talented young athletes, not hurt athletes.


Newly driving athletes will not be driving other athletes to and from Vaulter Club events unless they are family members stated below. No letter protects a non-family member from losing their license while driving other club members around. If it is a medical emergency, that is another matter. Please read the law below for California.

– California in 2006 enacted laws that substantially restrict the ability of teen drivers — those below the age of 18 — to do certain things when behind the wheel.-

– Any licensed driver under the age of 18 is subject to provisional restrictions.

For the first 12 months, a driver must be accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian, an instructor or another licensed driver who is at least 25 years old, during the following situations:

  • Carrying passengers who are 20 years old or younger
  • Driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Additionally, drivers younger than 18 cannot use electronic communication devices while driving — in particular, that means no cell phone to text or talk, even in “hands-free” mode.

Do not ask any “individual coach” to drive your athletes to and from home, after practice or for a meet. Although the coaches are background checked, neither the individual coach nor athlete needs to be put in a situation where this will happen.

-Certain exceptions are allowed, but a signed note must be kept in the teen’s possession that explains the need and the date that need will end. The exceptions are as follows:

  • For medical-related transportation when reasonable alternatives are not sufficient — signed note from doctor required
  • For school or a school activity — signed note from school principal or other official
  • For a job when operating a vehicle is part of employment — signed note from employer
  • For your own need or that of an immediate family member — signed note from parent or guardian
  • No documentation required for emancipated minors, if already declared as such to the DMV with Proof of Financial Responsibility

Child abuse and conduct:

We take this extremely seriously and have zero tolerance for child abuse, sexual misconduct, or harassment. Please note that we do our best to always conduct our practices with honor and respect, please make sure that all parties do the same. If you have a family member that does not fall into these guidelines, please be sure and keep them away from our events.  If you lack the ability to keep them away, please let us know and we will escort them away from our children that are actively seeking training.

Last but not least:

Don’t be a JERK! We all have our days and we try our best to get along as a whole.  I understand that every day may not be our best and we will work with that. We understand sass, but talking back and attitude will not be tolerated from anyone, especially the athletes towards one another or the coaches.

We DO reserve the right to have the athletes on our teams and if we feel the need, we will terminate our partnership with an athlete that doesn’t fit the team. We do our best to maintain and fun and relaxing environment for all parties.

Thank you and yes, this was written by just a guy that wants to have some great teams and help our community grow.

Coach Doug