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  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


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.


3/13

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,

VH and RMPV


3/16

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.