At my school the board of education has shut down our pole vault pits. This decision did have some aspects of politics as they want to redo the entire track so making it seem unsafe increases their ability to get money grants. However I have found that all of their complaints are not merited and our pits do conform to safety rules. Their first statement was that the mats were too small which was just not true. Our mats exceed the dimensions of 19'8 by 20'2 and extends all the way to the front of the box. Our box if the correct dimensions, does not go above the track and is properly placed. One of the main complaints was that a patch put on the runway created an uneven surface that could cause tripping. However, according to the NFSA website there is an allowable .1% deviation in the jumping direction. The patch is located 3.65 meters from the back of the box and sinks down to a maximum of 1cm over its 5 foot span. This works out to be a .006% deviation which is well within the limits. They also said that our mats were too close to our fence. However the fence stood over 22 feet from the back of the box and therefore well out of reach of any high school pole-vaulter. Lastly they state that there needs to be a 2 inch pad over any unyielding surfaces, however our mats completely cover the track base that they sit upon, and all around that is grass (not an unyielding surface). Basically my question is is this track unsafe, and if so what would be the most effective method of fixing it.
Here are some pictures of our runway (I know the box cover is too close but that is easily fixable. You can see the patch as the different colored part and I know it is hard toe valuate but it gives you an idea of how it looks).http://staplesrunning.com/photos/outdoo ... C_5446.htmhttp://staplesrunning.com/photos/outdoo ... re/070.htm
(closer picture of the patch)
I would love a response as soon as possible because there is a meeting tomorrow about what to do about the situation and any advice, or input would be greatly appreciated.