December 2022 Vaulter Magazine

December 2022 Naval Academy

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It’s December and wow, it came extremely quickly once again. It seems that I’m saying this a little too often. It’s the best time of the year if you ask us, we love the holiday season for all the Christmas Cheer. Every year it seems that Christmas and our Candy Cane meet is the staple of our club and magazine. Such a fun event with friends and family around sharing Christmas joy. You can’t ask for more as we add the wonderful sport of pole vault right in the middle of it all. If you get a chance to come and join us, I would do just that. We will see you all at the 2022 EXPO Explosion meet in Texas. Come and join us for the fun.


What a cool cover by the United States Naval Academy with all the Christmas spirit around this amazing team. Once again, they make the whole process so flawless with their enthusiasm and professionalism. But there’s more to this amazing team then what meets the eye. “Rory Quiller spearheads the pole vault squad at the Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, Maryland. The U.S Naval Academy is a federal service academy, and the athletes on the Navy track and field squad are held to high standards of achievement that look a little different than the usual college athletic experience.” What else can you say, this is a top-notch institution for military pole vaulting. Thank you for taking the time to bless us with your knowledge and insight. Sara knocked it out of the park with this article, thank you!


When I read the article from Daniel Bush each month, I get quite the chuckle with what he provides. Not only very well written and professionally done, but it’s also fun to follow along one month after another. ““He’s a stickler, dat Steve Stickler, ya?” I said.  “Lucky, he gave grace.” Arriving at the source of a traffic jam, a car had its hazard lights on as two men pushed it from behind.  “Hey, isn’t that Stickler?” Chuck asked, placing his gold medal on the dash.  “And he’s got Barlove with him.” Always wrapped in family values, hard work and discipline and we love that about his stories. “


Goals are a very efficient way to get through most aspects of life to include pole vault. If it’s New Years’, state championships, or league finals, it is good to set some short- and long-term goals that will help you navigate through the process of pole vault. Abbey sends in a sweet article how she sets her goals and the importance of doing so. Great read! “So, in short, my goal was to work so hard that I would accomplish my dreams.”


January 1, 2023 is right upon us and we will have the coast guard on the cover for the new year. Stay tuned for that edition, it will be a good one.

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California and its school systems have let the pole-vaulting athlete down as they cancel all their invitationals and state meet. We knew that it was not going to happen back in January, so why did they have to string everyone along for months. Was it for the track and field sales and raise money for the industry off the emotions of kids? Does it make them feel better to put out statements and schedules only to pull the rug later in the year? The last two years have shown the underbelly of the sport of track and field along with the type of management of the school systems and the sport. We would like to think that they dare to stand for the children, but for two years now, we have seen just the opposite. Now, we move on to May!

May is where it all is supposed to happen for the sport of pole vault. Spring is in the air, kids are getting some sun, and excitement for the season is in full force. Find what it is that makes you happy and go in that direction. There is so much in the pole vault world to look forward to. Keep charging forward and get that next bar!

Kent State is on the cover this month and they’re charged up and ready to go. Our writer, Sara knocks it out of the park with this article and her impact on the sport shows. “Coach Bill Lawson is focused on the goals he has for the squad: getting as many athletes as possible to regional championships, then maximizing their potential to qualify for the National Championships after that.” Have a read and see for yourself, big bars are already being cleared up there and many more to come.

Also from New York, we have the Hudson Valley Flying Circus as our featured club. Bubba Sparks is on a mission to highlight the clubs that are saving the sport around the world. You could be next, just contact us with your vision for the sport. “Hudson Valley Flying Circus Pole Vault Academy, established in 1996 by Coach Hugh Cauthers (Monrow-Woodbury, NY) and Coach Tim St. Lawrence(Warwick Valley, NY). I was a Middle School Physical Education teacher for 33 years and coached Boys Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track at Warwick Valley High School from 1974-2007”

Somehow all of the Olympics is a go as we face an increase of Covid-19 cases around the world and the people of Japan voicing their disdain for the action. Kaber has taken the time to write up an amazing article about all the recent Olympic news and findings. You should read this, a wealth of knowledge. “The continuous revision of these guidelines reflects the Olympic Committee’s commitment to ensuring that the Games are held as responsibly and safely as possible, despite recent worldwide spikes in COVID-19 cases.”

Matt Barry is back and focusing on the run-through epidemic that plagues some clubs around the nation. Matt is a huge influence on us as coaches for Vaulter Club and also the sport of pole vault as a whole. We are blessed to have him help us with our journey and we cherish his insight. “If the run is not addressed and well-controlled, rather than powerful or fast, then the rest of the vault will, too, be unsuccessful. “

June is next and we feel that it may not be as great for the sport of pole vault as planned. A huge surge in Covid-19 around the world is impacting the planning for the sport. Many companies are capitalizing on the build-up of the Olympic Trials, Olympics, and local meets and pulling the plug at the last minute. So, what we have to look forward to and rely on is the pole vault community as a whole that will come together and either save the sport or let it go. We have no plans of letting it go!

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