Rocket Man Pole Vault 

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

COVID-19 Update

MAR 12, 2020, Thursday, 4:50pm

MAR 13, 2020, Friday 6:00pm; 10:25pm

MAR 16, 2020, Monday, 5:41pm; 7pm

May 12, 2020, Tuesday, 9am

We are reopening in accordance with USATF and DCD guidelines: 

USATF COVID-19 Working Group Recommendations and Guidance

Suspend all USATF Championship events and all USATF sanctioned events indefinitely.

Athletes and coaches should follow all local and state government guidelines and orders related to shelter in place, travel restrictions, and gatherings. For athletes who choose to continue to train in an open setting, follow proper hygiene practices to minimize chances of infection.

If you are sick, STAY HOME.

Follow guidance of groups of no more than 10 until advised differently by the CDC or state/local governments or departments of health.

Use “social distancing” to stay at least 6 feet from other individuals. If you cough or sneeze, cover mouth with tissue or elbow.

Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds using soap and water: upon entering and leaving a workout facility or athletic training room, before eating, after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing, or after time in a public place. Examples of 20 seconds are to say the alphabet or sing happy birthday twice.

Hand washing is generally more effective than just using hand sanitizer. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands, including thumbs, and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Utilize an appropriate disinfecting agent on all communal equipment and implements before and after using. CDC guidance on disinfecting surfaces/items

Before a workout, sanitize all athletic equipment that you might touch; this includes things like poles, hurdles, projectiles, or anything else specific to your event.

Do not use shared water, rehydration solution, or buffet style food (except for USOPC Training Centers). Bring everything you might need for a work out with you, and keep it separate from your teammates.

Place all workout equipment in an individual bag that is not shared, and that is kept separate by at least 6 feet from other athletes’ belongings

Individuals who are travelling for training or competition purposes should following the latest travel guidelines issued by the CDC.

General CDC travel guidance

CDC guidance for travel within the United States

CDC travel FAQ

If you decide to travel, monitor your symptoms carefully and take your temperature twice a day for 2 weeks after your return. If you develop a fever to > 100.4 deg, discuss with your physician whether you need to be tested or self-quarantine

If you MUST travel by plane, carry sufficient disinfectant wipes to clean all surfaces you might touch; try to get a window seat in the middle of the plane, as data suggests that location is best for minimizing contact with other passengers

For USATF sanctioned events which are trying to determine whether to hold, postpone, or cancel their event, the Local Organizing Committee or event leadership should remain in close contact with the local Department of Health for guidance on whether the event should take place and under what restrictions. While we recommend following CDC guidelines and government guidelines of no gatherings of 10 or more people, if a determination is made to continue with the event, the USATF COVID-19 Working Group recommends the following restrictions:

Only competitors, necessary officials, and coaches, should attend and participate. It is recommended that immediate family members not attend.

Individuals who are greater than 60 years of age, have pulmonary, cardiovascular, or renal disease, are immuno-compromised, or any participant who lives with someone meeting the above criteria should not attend and participate, due to a higher risk profile.

Events should only continue if proper hygiene standards can be implemented, including but not limited to adequate hand-washing stations, hand sanitizer availability at entrances, adequate and regular cleaning of hard surfaces and implements/equipment, etc.

Any fluids utilized should be in factory sealed, closed containers, and distribution should be done only by individuals wearing gloves.

The event leadership should be familiar with and follow the CDC guidelines and recommendations for mass gatherings.

As you’ve probably heard by now, New Balance Indoor Nationals, set to begin tomorrow, has been canceled.  About 2 hours ago, I received the following notice from the North Carolina high School Athletic Association (NCHSAA):

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Due to the threat from COVID-19, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Basketball State Championships indefinitely.

“As much as we would like this opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches, and their communities, we know that ultimately any decision we make must err on the side of caution,” said Commissioner Que Tucker.

The Board of Directors also moved to suspend all interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, through Monday, April 6th, 2020. The NCHSAA Board of Directors will assess this situation regularly over the next few weeks. This includes all workouts, skill development, practices, and contests.

Since then, I’ve been in a mutli-coach/club text trying to figure out what we as a club can do, whether we can provide practice sessions or not.  Here’s where we stand as of right now:

  • We are not governed by the NCHSAA in any way; we are a private business.  This suspension, therefore, does not apply to Rocket Man.  However, we want to be sure that, if we hold practices, we are not putting your eligibility into jeopardy once the season resumes. 
  • We ARE a USATF Member Club and an AAU Member club, and, while they also do not govern our operations, if they post a statement requesting that clubs suspend all practices, we must and will comply in order to remain a club-in-good-standing as well as keep our insurance coverage.  As of now, both USATF and AAU recommend that we follow the CDC’s and our local health authorities’ recommendations for safe operation.  I am keeping an eye out for any changes to that.

You’ll understand, then, why we opted to not hold a practice today while we were scrambling to get our facts straight.  I would much rather err on the side of caution to protect your eligibility and recruitment prospects as athletes, as well as all of our and our families’ health. 

Update: We are working with our sister club, The Vault House, to assess the best route forward, and have opted to close both clubs on Sunday, March 15th. We will notify you as soon as we have a re-open plan.


Dear Vaulthouse and Rocketman Members,

We hope this email reaches everyone healthy and safe!

At this time Vaulthouse and Rocketman staff are working diligently to stay on top of the latest news and recommendations of the CDC and state/county health organizations. We recognize this is an uncertain time for many of our athletes from middle school through college/Elite. We plan to continue to do our very best to offer a safe vaulting environment.

We have and will continue to sanitize our equipment, bathrooms, and counter areas. We (Vault House) WILL be open this Sunday from 12-2pm and 2-4pm (RMPV will be closed; we prefer to conduct sessions in one location this weekend). **please note we will have just two runways with Coach Morell** We will announce our future schedule later this weekend.

Please note... if you have any cold-like symptoms do not attend practice. We will have a COVID-19 waiver at sign-in that you MUST SIGN to participate. The waiver will outline our updated procedures and rules for participants.

Please check our social media and website often for updated information.

Thank you,



5:41 pm Please bear with us as we determine whether we will have a session at RMPV tomorrow. Things are changing rapidly and we really feel the importance of prioritizing safety and health at this time. I will report back here as soon as we decide. In the meantime, we will be following crowd size guidelines and there is already a sign-up button on our website calendar for practice sessions over the next two weeks. We are considering adding more sessions in order to accommodate more athletes, but each session will be strictly limited to 8 athletes. Also, please know that VH is having TWO sessions tomorrow, and you can click on the link in our calendar to sign up, or go directly to the VH website to do so. https://www.rocketmanpolevault.com/calendar or https://www.thevaulthouse.com/

7 pm We will remain CLOSED this week, March 16-22.

Please sign up for sessions at https://www.thevaulthouse.com/

and head to VH. Don't forget about the fun meet on Saturday morning at 10. Jump at some bars, have some fun.