On December 1, 2013, the new NCAA Track & Field rule that mandates the use of a Pole Vault Box Collar that meets ASTM Standard F2949-12 goes into effect.
NCAA Track & Field coaches should be aware that the ASTM’s F08.67 subcommittee, which is responsible for the ASTM F2949-12 standard, has now stated and clarified that the wing sections extending into the pole vault box described and illustrated in ASTM Standard F2949-12, is an optional part of the standard and therefore wings are not required in order to meet the ASTM F2949-12 Standard.
In summary, an institution or facility may purchase a pole vault box collar either, with wings that extend inside the pole vault box area or without wings and meet ASTM Standard F2949-12 if all other requirements of the standard are met. We suggest that when purchasing a pole vault box collar to meet the new NCAA rule effective December 1, 2013, make sure the pole vault box collar you purchase is stamped by the manufacture indicating that it is compliant with ASTM Standard F2949-12.
At this time, we are unsure as to whether competitions will need to supply both a pole vault box collar with wings and a collar without wings that meet ASTM Standard F2949-12 in order to provide fair and equitable competition for all participating student athletes.
Wings are not required but it looks like the rules committee still has some work to do to clear things up before the first meets start in December. I can not imagine them making meet officials change out the box collar to each athlete's preference though.... or at least I would hope not...