TAPS? In a meet? no way a tap has the ability to break a pole! Taps add about 20-25 lbs to the vault and load the pole.
Most athletes bring it when they come all the training and all the coaching is embedded.
Many variables may cause a vaulter to create pilot error. Having a spotter is just as important as having a pole catcher.
The pole should never hit the ground and neither should the vaulter.
If you are not experienced in the vault you have no reason to be a spotter, in fact you have no reason to be near the Pole vault pit period!
The more experienced people you have preferably retired pole vaulters the less people you will need on a pit.
Yes there may have been far to many officials but safety comes first in an event like this.(SIDE NOTE for more controversy grin: I did see 6 officials putting up the crossbars as well as setting the standards in the eventa and if they had ESSX Crossbars it would only take ONE OFFICIAL to Manage it all!
To be discussed in the sales forum Smile) http://www.polevaultpower.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=19927&p=142356#p142356
Crossbars get thrown like spears on rebound, poles break and fly in many directions, athletes plant sideways and get thrown off course. DO DO Occurs people!
Even in the 1996 Olympics a vaulter landed on top of the standards located 15' out from the box. Bubka's Brother once landed 18' 550 beyond back of the pit once in a meet in France. Spotters are not the complete answer and yes proper coaching is only a part of the solution!
The bottom line is no one needs to apologize for TEXAS Vaulters.
The original Post was a positive one, giving recognition to someone who went beyond the call of duty to help!
A spotter pushed the pole and the vaulter into and over the pit when the vaulter was distressed, we are not talking about taking one for the team and let the vaulter land on you!!
Once again Bravo Scotty Miller!
Hey members Stop PO PU ing on the parade! LOL GRIN smile