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make your own pit

Unread postby Maine Vaulter » Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:50 pm

has anyone built your own pit? if so how?

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Unread postby AVC Coach » Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:51 pm

Probably not a good idea. :eek:

Unless you build one with used pieces from other "real" pits, it's a recipe for disaster.

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Unread postby theczar » Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:57 pm

^^^agreed

three most important rules of the vault:

1)SAFETY
2)SAFETY
3)SAFETY

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Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:43 pm

Pits are expensive because foam rubber is expensive. If there were a cheaper way to be making a SAFE pit, somebody would be doing it.

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Unread postby Skyin' Brian » Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:54 pm

step 1 - find an old above ground pool that somebody is throwing away
step 2 - steal a LOT of those little plastic balls from a McDonalds playland
step 3 - fill pool with balls
step 4 - dig 8" hole in ground for box
step 5 - "borrow" a pole from your local high school
step 6 - VAULT!
step 7 - sue the makers of those little plastic balls when you get seriously hurt, you may not be pole vaulting again any times soon, but at least you will have some serious cash, probably more than enough to buy one of those fancy pits!

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Unread postby Maverick986 » Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:50 pm

Skyin' Brian wrote:step 1 - find an old above ground pool that somebody is throwing away
step 2 - steal a LOT of those little plastic balls from a McDonalds playland
step 3 - fill pool with balls
step 4 - dig 8" hole in ground for box
step 5 - "borrow" a pole from your local high school
step 6 - VAULT!
step 7 - sue the makers of those little plastic balls when you get seriously hurt, you may not be pole vaulting again any times soon, but at least you will have some serious cash, probably more than enough to buy one of those fancy pits!


rofl i love it

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Unread postby Rhino » Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:46 pm

Thirty years ago most all small schools had homemade pits. Within the last couple of years, I came upon an ad for pit bags on the internet, so they are still available. There's a foam place in Daytona that let me have all the scrap foam I wanted for free, which I put in 44" cubic feed bags (filled only to half depth). I got rid of my homemade pit when I found a better place for me and my daughters to vault, since my pit was a bit unsightly for my neighborhood.


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