Distributed Thursday, August 17, 2017 10:33 AM

Lone Star Pole Vaulting Newsletter August 17, 2017

In this issue:

·         Schedule Changes

·         Staffing Changes

·         Upcoming Meets

·         Rates & Services

·         Facebook

Group Practice Schedule Changes - With summer rapidly drawing to a close and school about to begin, the atmosphere here at our gym is changing.  Many vaulters that have been working hard throughout the summer are getting tired, stale, burned out, and need a break.  The coaches are also in need of a break, having been involved in travel and competitions virtually nonstop since December in addition to coaching group practices and private lessons.  The triple-digit temperatures in the afternoons don't help.  Most pole vaulting clubs close down for the entire month of August following the Junior Olympic Championship Meets.  It's not financially viable for us to close down for a full month, however we will take a 2 week break to allow students to get back into their school routine, get some much needed physical and psychological rest away from the pole vault, and allow us some down time to do maintenance on the facility.  While some athletes don't want to stop training, I strongly advise taking a break to avoid burnout.  We will be closed for group practices in both New Braunfels and San Antonio from Sunday August 20th through Monday, September 4th (Labor Day).  Group practices will resume on Tuesday, September 5th on our school-year schedule.  These hours are tentative right now as we need to confirm availability of all staff members working other jobs, so they may be adjusted slightly.  Once we have the hours locked down, we'll open up the Instant Scheduling website to booking for the Fall.

  •  Tentative Group Practice Schedules:  Beginning Tuesday, September 5th
    • New Braunfels:
      • Monday through Thursday: 4:30-6:00, 6:00-7:30
      • Friday: 4:30-6:00 only
      • Saturdays: 8:30-10:00
      • Sundays: 1:00-2:30, 2:30-4:00
      • Masters (Age 30+): Thursdays, 11-1
    • San Antonio: Primarily practices will be held at St. Mary's Hall School, but occasionally at Paul Golibart's home just down the block from the school whenever necessary.
      • Tuesdays: 6:30-8:00

Please remember to schedule ALL practices online AT LEAST 1 DAY IN ADVANCE.
https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=570316   We require this so that there are no more than 6 people on the runway at once to ensure quality training.  Be sure to request a password and actually log in to the Online Scheduler, as that is the only way you are able to view upcoming appointments, reschedule, or cancel online.  If you are unable to do so online in time, occasional scheduling, cancellations or rescheduling via text message to me is ok: 830-263-2526.  Please do not No-Show to practice as you will be charged for that practice whether you attend or not.

Private Lesson Availability & Discount:  Although we'll be closed for group practices from 8/20-9/4, we will still be available for private lessons by request and pending availability.  Myself, Coach Kyle Henderson, and Coach Kyle Ellis will have availability listed on the Instant Scheduling website.  We each charge $80 per hour.  During our 2 week hiatus, Coach Kris will exclusively offer a 50% discount to vaulters that have a current group membership with us.  Anyone with a paid membership package that has a balance of remaining group sessions can work with me for $40 per hour for those 2 weeks.

Meet Our Staff

·         Myself, Coach Kris Allison, will continue on as Head Coach and Director of Lone Star Pole Vaulting now in my 16th year full-time.  I will be coaching group practices, teaching private lessons, organizing competitions, managing customer service, communications, maintenance and upkeep, sales, and purchasing. 

·         Coach Kyle Ellis has stepped down as an Associate Head Coach at Lone Star to pursue other career interests, however he will still be occasionally available to teach private lessons by request. 

·         Coach Kyle Henderson has come aboard as our new Associate Head Coach and will be coaching group practices, teaching private lessons, and helping out in other capacities as needed.

·         Coach Chaney Turney will continue on as Assistant Coach as she has done for the past 5 years.  Her availability is limited as she is a full-time medical school student, however she will continue to run the San Antonio group practices whenever her schedule allows and be available to teach private lessons.

·         Roxanne Alvarez is our Office Manager, now in her 8th year with us.  She handles customer service, bookkeeping, and scheduling.

·         We also utilize many of our alumni vaulters as substitute coaches for group practices whenever needed, however they are not on a regular schedule.


Upcoming Meets We Will Attend:  All details and registration info available at: http://www.trackforlife.com/schedule.htm

  • Saturday, August 19th: Lion's Summer Series Pole Vault #3 at Lone Star New Braunfels
  • October 14-15: 5th Annual Texas vs The World


Rates & Services: Through December 31st of this year.  Rates will increase on January 1st.

·         Bronze Membership: $100.  4 group practice sessions.  Expires 90 days from 1st attended practice. 

·         Silver Membership: $150.  8 group practices sessions. Expires 90 days from 1st attended practice. 

·         Gold Membership: $200.  12 group practice sessions.  Expires 90 days from 1st attended practice.  Unlimited group sessions with 30 day expiration.

·         Single Group Practice: $30

·         Single Open Gym: $25

·         Private Lessons: $80/hour with Head Coaches Kris, Kyle H. or Kyle.  May be split with others by request.

To take advantage of any of the services we offer, we require:

1.      An Athlete Information Sheet completed and on file.

1.      A Waiver of Liability form completed and on file.

1.      *A current membership with USA Track and Field (USATF) submitted and on file.  To obtain a membership, go to www.usatf.org/membership and sign up under Lone Star PV, LLC in the South Texas Association, then forward your confirmation email to me.  Memberships cost $20/year for youth and $30/year for adults.  This is not optional as my insurance company requires it.  USATF memberships operate on a calendar year basis and expire on December 31st, so they must be renewed in January.  *Only required for participation in group/club practices.

    Group or "Club" Practice: The backbone of our organization and its best value, club members join by the month and practice between 1-6 times per week.  All practices are instructed and supervised by myself with occasional assistance from other qualified coaches.  Ongoing development of goal-oriented pole vaulting skills and fitness are at the core of this service.  Participation in competitions within as well as outside of scholastic track and field is encouraged and expected.  Members may be of any age, gender, or ability-level, therefore all group practices are heterogeneously mixed.   Group Practices must be scheduled via our Online Scheduler: https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=570316

    Private Lessons: We do offer private and semi-private (shared with another vaulter) lessons on request.  We charge $80/hour and offer 1, 1.5, and 2 hour lessons.  Beginner and youth vaulters generally only benefit from a 1-hour lesson, while 1.5-2 hours is sufficient for more experienced vaulters or multiple athletes.  Private Lessons can be requested and must be confirmed via our Online Scheduler: https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=570316

    Open Gym: Open Gym is access to the gym to train on your own during times when there is no group practice or private lessons taking place.  You may use any of the equipment in the gym, but we have a few rules: 1) If you're under 18 years of age you MUST have a parent or guardian present.  2) You MUST have a signed waiver of liability on file including your health insurance information.  3) You MUST have a current USATF membership on file with us.  4) By scheduling, you agree to pay for or replace any equipment that is damaged or broken during your workout.  Like all services we offer, you MUST schedule Open Gym time online: https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=570316

Facebook: I don't often get time to write up and send out these newsletters, so most info is passed via word of mouth at practice.  We DO have a Facebook Group called Lone Star Pole Vaulters where I try to post up to date information periodically.  Please look us up and send me a request to be added to the group and I'll put you on so you can keep up to date with what's going on in our pole vault world.

Thanks for reading and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Kris Allison
Owner - Lone Star PV, LLC
1985 FM 758
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Office 830-620-1175 
Cell 830-263-2526
Fax 830-620-1176
Website www.lonestarpv.com