Monday, November 14, 2016 4:06 PM


Dear Vaulters, Family, and Friends,


Lots of information about upcoming events, practices, and general info.  Please take a few minutes to read.


Facebook - I’m going to make an effort to keep up-to-date news and information on our Lone Star Pole Vault Facebook page.  If your’e on FB, please check it regularly as I don’t get emails out nearly as often as I should!


Upcoming Meets:


Age Is Just a Number Classic - Saturday, December 10th.  We’re hosting this meet here and it is also geared to all ages and abilities.  One unique thing about this competition is that it is “Age-Graded,” and “Gender-Graded” meaning that your performance is adjusted using formulas that factor in mean-performances based upon 5 year age group records as well as a 1 meter (3’3”) handicap added to the women’s results in order to level the playing field and providing everyone a chance to win the meet regardless of age or gender.  Mainly, it’s just fun and another chance to gain valuable competition experience right here at our gym before having to do so at a strange track out on your own.  Entry fee for Lone Star Members is $10, $20 for all non-members.  No coaching fees charged.  Online entry will be up within the week on our homepage:


Expo Explosion 8 - Saturday, December 31st, Bell County Expo Center, Belton, TX.  This is the best indoor pole vault meet in the State and is open to anyone.  Jack Chapman and the Texas Elite Pole Vault Club do a first-rate job putting this on and even though it’s New Year’s Eve, think of it as a chance to up that 2016 Personal Record and come into the New Year flying high!  I’ll be attending/hauling poles/coaching for a $40 fee.  Enter yourselves online:


Texas A&M High School Classic - Friday January 6 - Saturday January 7th, Texas A&M University, College Station.  The best indoor track venue in the United States.  For high school only, this is a professionally run event that is at a top notch facility and run by the book.  Not as laid back as pole vault-only meets as this is a full-on track meet, but a great chance to gain experience in a big meet. I’ll be attending/hauling poles/coaching for a $40 fee.  I will enter any interested vaulters online.  Details here:


National Pole Vault Summit - January 13-14.  Every year in January for the past 25+ years, Reno, Nevada holds the largest gathering of pole vaulters in the World.  The Pole Vault Summit is a combination clinic, convention, and competition catering to pole vaulters of literally every age and ability-level, coaches, parents, and fans.  I have personally attended every year except twice since 2000 and have never had a bad experience.  The format is simple: arrive Thursday, January 12th, group lectures/presentations/hands-on instruction throughout the day Friday, elite pole vault competition with some of the world’s best pole vaulters including Olympians and World Record Holders Friday night in front of a crowd of about 2000, competitions for every age/gender/ability level throughout the day Saturday the 14th, return home Sunday the 15th.  All participants generally stay at the host hotel, The Nugget, and get to meet and mingle with literally thousands of vaulters of all ages from around the US and worldwide.  You are up close to the best of the best vaulters and all are very warm and receptive to taking photos and signing autographs.  This is also a great bonding experience for our vaulters with each other and a nice vacation with great skiing nearby.  I will be going this year and will take care of transporting poles to and from Reno and coaching anyone who attends for a $150 coaching fee.  (flying one bag of poles round trip on Southwest Airlines is $150).  So far I know of 3 of our vaulters who are planning on attending (Emily, Lauren, and Olivia), and have heard from others that are interested.  If you are interested in going, you’ll need to take care of registering yourself and making your own travel arrangements.  Please make payment of the coaching fee prior to the trip.  For online registration and more information, visit the official website:


Eagle Dome Pole Vault Meet - January 28th, Woodsboro, TX.  This is a first-time event for a new club in the South Texas/Coastal area.  I’d like to see a lot of you attend and help make it another great one annually!  Please get registered as soon as possible if you think you can go as they are limiting entries to only 60 total and are almost halfway there in just a few days since opening them up.  I’ll be attending, hauling poles & coaching for a $40 coaching fee.


Dynamis Sports Group Indoor Meet - February 11th,  Dallas Cowboys Indoor Training Center, Frisco, TX.  Entry details forthcoming.  I’ll be attending/hauling poles/coaching for a $60 coaching fee.



Holiday Group Practice Schedule:


Thanksgiving Week:

Sunday, 11/20 - Kris and Chaney coaching from 2-4 and both available for private lessons from 12-2 and 4-6.

Monday, 11/21-Tuesday 11/22: Chaney coaching from 4-7:30

Wednesday 11/23: Cori coaching from 4-7:30

Thursday 11/24-Saturday 11/26: CLOSED

Sunday 11/27: Chaney coaching from 2-4

Monday 11/28: TBD


Christmas & New Year’s Weeks: December 18th - January 1st


Sunday, 12/18: 2-4, 4-6

Monday 12/19, Wednesday 12/21, Friday 12/23: 9-10:30, 10:30-noon

Tuesday 12/20, Thursday 12/22: 5-6:30, 6:30-8

Saturday 12/24-Sunday 12/25: CLOSED

Monday 12/26, Wednesday 12/28, Friday 12/30: 9-10:30, 10:30-noon

Tuesday 12/27, Thursday 12/29: 5-6:30, 6:30-8

Saturday 12/31: CLOSED - We will be competing at Expo Explosion Meet in Belton.

Sunday 1/1: CLOSED

Monday 1/2 forward: normal hours resume






Kris Allison

Director & Head Coach

Lone Star Pole Vaulting, LLC