### Pole progression and purchasing

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**Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:16 am**First time pole vault coach and looking for some pole progression and pole purchasing advice.

My son vaulted as freshman last year for the first time and PR’d at 10’6. He weighs 135 and jumped on a 12’ 140 most of the season. ( PR’d on that pole holding at 11’6). He started to over-bend the 140 so we tried him on a 13’145. That was all we had as the next pole. Same hold. He did okay with that but I now know that was too big of a jump in poles. He wasn’t short exactly but he wasn’t deep either.

Anyway, his school is looking to buy more poles and I want to fill the gap in the pole progression. We have a 12’ 140 , a 13’ 140 and a 13’ 145. The next one up is a 13’ 160? Should I be buying heavier 12 poles like a 12’ 150 and 155 or go to 13’ poles at 150 or 155?

My son vaulted as freshman last year for the first time and PR’d at 10’6. He weighs 135 and jumped on a 12’ 140 most of the season. ( PR’d on that pole holding at 11’6). He started to over-bend the 140 so we tried him on a 13’145. That was all we had as the next pole. Same hold. He did okay with that but I now know that was too big of a jump in poles. He wasn’t short exactly but he wasn’t deep either.

Anyway, his school is looking to buy more poles and I want to fill the gap in the pole progression. We have a 12’ 140 , a 13’ 140 and a 13’ 145. The next one up is a 13’ 160? Should I be buying heavier 12 poles like a 12’ 150 and 155 or go to 13’ poles at 150 or 155?