Rocket Man Pole Vault 

Outdoor Pole Vault training and meet facility      Mooresville - Lake Norman, North Carolina

What do I need to bring to my first practice:

  1. Fees
  2. Signed Waivers & Forms (Waivers Tab)
  3. USATF Membership Number  (join/renew)

Visitors are welcome; come jump with us when you're in town. 
Bring a signed waiver and $20 practice fee, $30 if you need to borrow poles while here
Please contact us for more information

Spring/Outdoor 2018 Practice Sessions & Fees:
Feb 16, 2018-June 9, 2018 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 pm

Saturdays, 9am beginning June 23

With Membership: 
$20 per session or $140 for a block of 8 sessions (never expire/no refunds), to be paid before each practice session 
cash or check, payable to Donna Carpentier; or a credit card can be used on our website store and in person  

Without Membership:
$30 per session or $240 for a block of 8 sessions (near expire/no refunds), to be paid before each practice session
cash or check, payable to Donna Carpentier; or a credit card can be used on our website store and in person

MEMBERSHIP FEE $150.00 per year
- to be paid before any practice is allowed
- is not required of each athlete, but will quickly pay for itself in per-session fees, which are only $20 with a Membership; $30 without. 
- Includes administrative fees, USATF Club fees and USATF insurance, coaching and use of poles*

*We own a small selection of poles and rent several more from Vault House in High Point for our athletes to use and share during our jump sessions and we transport them to many of our athletes' meets, but cannot get to them all. Membership provides our athletes with a progression of poles that we can continually trade in and out, and covers the athlete's insurance deductible against breakage. In the event that we cannot get to your meet, your membership allows you to borrow up to three poles (based on availability) for that meet.  

With poles costing $400 to $1500 each, your membership means that if you break a pole you will only need to pay a moderate percentage ($100-$300 generally) making this program a great value.  Non-members who pay $30 for the session during which he/she experiences a pole break will also be granted the deductible.  We do not generally lend poles to non-members off-site; if, however, a coach grants it, and the pole breaks, you will be responsible for the replacement cost and shipping of that pole.  Please be aware that we might not always have the exact pole you wish to use readily available, but we always make the effort to get it asap.  

Please note: for school or individual rental poles for the season, you can rent a selection of poles to take with you to your practices, schools and meets.  Please contact us for more information.  Another option for your rental needs is Vault House (coach Eric Morell)

Pole Use and Care Rules:
Poles must be transported in a protective carrier or other covering.
Poles must not be left on the ground during practices and competitions; rest them on a stand, fence, in their protective carrier, etc.
Damage must be reported to coach immediately: spike damage/scratches/punctures/scrapes; breaks; etc.
Poles broken by an athlete will be paid for by that athlete (deductible amount will be communicated to us by Vault House)

Safety: Pole Vault is one of most dangerous sports there is. We adhere to the strictest of safety standards and practices and expect our athletes to do the same. Our facility boasts a state-of-the art raised, aluminum-frame rubberized runway and raised UCS 2100 pit and standards.  
If, for any reason, it is deemed unsafe to jump, we will NOT jump. For example, twice recently we have called off practice after it had already begun due to lightening or heavy rain (in these cases we do not charge you for the session).   

We insist that our athletes:
  1. never take foolish risks; 
  2. be in good health and inform us of illnesses or injuries, past or current;
  3. always respect the equipment, coaches, officials and each other; 
  4. never vault without a certified pole vault coach paying close attention to you; and, 
  5. never jump in unsafe conditions or on unsafe, broken, faulty equipment (when in doubt, ask us too evaluate)  

We try to offer a variety of competition opportunities for RMPV athletes of all ages and abilities, from Beginner to Elite and Youth to Master.  High School athletes have options to compete for their schools (HS), as an unattached athlete (una), or as a club member.  

See our Calendar for each season's offerings.  Prices per athlete per meet vary, but most are $20 or less.  Each listing will clarify which affiliations are open (HS, unattached or club).  We also send emails to members prior to meets we plan to attend with details such as place, price, how to register, registration deadlines, transportation and/or lodging info and more.  

Whenever we can register you and pay fees online (necessary for MOST meets), I will do that and ask for reimbursement.  Sometimes an athlete must register her/himself, and that is mostly done through one of these following sites (where you will need to have or create an account):  

When we travel out of town we will communicate to you as early as possible all the details.  We will let you know where we are staying and get group rates whenever possible, so that you can make arrangements to stay in the same place with us.