We believe that Pole Vault training must emphasize a balance between technique, skill, and overall fitness improvement. Using basic gymnastics, proper running form, jumping, strength development and lots of vaulting, our vaulters improve quickly and safely.
The Pole Vault is by far the most challenging and fun event in Track & Field. Training for the vault develops the overall athletic abilities in the following areas: strength, agility, flexibility, balance, coordination, and speed. As a matter of fact, Pole Vaulters are among the best athletes in the world. But most important of all is that vaulting is very fun and rewarding to do.
All human beings (male or female) over the age of 12, no experience is at all necessary.
Rick Baggett Director/Coach
Rick is the USA T&F Northwest Director of Pole Vault Development. He has coached 36 state prep champions in a 29 year span in Washington/Oregon. As well as 12 of the Male Community College champions and 5 of the womens champions. His vaulters dominate the Northwest standings for both male and female. He has spoken at many clinics and seminars during the last 26 years. In 2001 he was named the National Womens C.C. coach of the year by USATF Development. And in 2003 was named Club Coach of the year by USATF-Oregon.
Rick's training methods are used by many of the top developmental coaches. He uses an athletic and holistic approach so the development is appropriate to the age and skill level of the individual athlete.
Rick is without a doubt the single most influential coach in the Northwest today. His dynamic teaching methods have made the Willamette Striders Pole Vaulting facility the place to be if you are interested in becoming a successful pole vaulter.