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Track and Field - High Jump


Elementary - Interschool 2017

Higher Risk Activity


A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Landing Mats - Practices and tryouts (whether done in class or outside instructional time):

  • Landing surface must be a minimum of 1.5m x 3.6m x .5m (5’ x 12’ x 20”) and in addition there must be a double layer of Velcro mats along three sides with no gaps.

Landing Mats - Competition:

  • The landing surface (excluding the Velcro apron around the outside) must be a minimum of 1.5m x 6m x .5m (5’ x 20’ x 20”). There must be one layer of Velcro mats around the three sides with no gaps.
    • One mat, or mats in combination, may be used to meet or exceed the above minimums.
    • The above mats must be placed end-to-end, parallel to crossbar.
    • When two mats are placed end-to-end, use a cover or place a Velcro mat over the gap between crash mats.
    • Two jumping mats used end-to-end must be of the same thickness.
    • Check landing mats regularly for damage.

Cross Bars:

  • Metal cross bars are not to be used.
  • Competitions and Practices – Fibreglass cross bars must be used.
  • Regularly check cross bars for cracks.
  • Weighted rope or elastic may be used, rather than a crossbar, for warm-up or practice.

High Jump Standards:

  • Check standards regularly for damage. Repair or replace as needed.


No bare feet or socks without shoes.

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

Athletes may wear 5mm spikes on rubberized or asphalt jumping surfaces.

Track shoes with spikes removed must not be worn.

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of the governing body of the sport/activity and local athletic association. Consult the Generic Section when jewellery is not addressed by the governing body of the sport/activity or the local athletic association.


Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Indoor and outdoor approach area must be smooth, traffic-free and provide safe footing and traction.

Activity and surrounding area and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs).

For practices: Holes, hazards (e.g. glass, rocks, sprinkler heads, sewer grates), and severely uneven surfaces must be identified. The conditions must be made safe or the activity must be modified or moved to a safe location. Hazards which cannot be removed must be brought to the attention of the athletes. Coach must notify principal/designate of unsafe field conditions.

For competitions: Where hazardous conditions that cannot be avoided are identified by the coach and/or officials the conditions must be made safe or the competition must be cancelled or moved to a safe location. Coach must notify principal/designate of unsafe field conditions.

Where running takes place off school site for a warm up or conditioning run and/or is an integral part of the activity:

  • Before initial use, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).
  • Determine that athletes are not crossing busy intersections unless directly supervised.

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (consult the Generic Section).

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off-campus activity and the means of transportation used.

Prior to participation students must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity, information on the possible risks of the activity and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must not participate in the activity until these instructions have been received.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.

No student may participate in a competition without prior skill development and practice.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of competition.

Bar monitors must stay in front and off to the side of standards prior to, and during, each jump.

High-jump landing surface must not butt up against a wall and must be a minimum of 1m (3’3”) from any wall and any other permanent structures.

Determine that landing mats and Velcro mats are firmly secured and do not slide when landed upon.

When landing surfaces are set up but not being used, deterrents for use must be in place (e.g., mark perimeter with cones, provide supervision, put mats in storage area, place sign on mats – “Use of mats requires supervision”).

Stress short, controlled approach (e.g., between three and nine steps).

If athlete is using “flop style”, teach athlete to take off closer to the nearest upright on approach.

Athletes who are wearing track spikes must be given instruction and practice on safe use.

Environmental considerations

Before involving athletes in outdoor activity, coaches must take into consideration:

  • environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV index, insects)
  • accessibility to adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) and athlete hydration before, during and after physical activity
  • previous training and fitness level
  • length of time and intensity of physical activity

Athletes must be made aware of ways to protect themselves from environmental conditions (e.g. use of hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal water bottles, insect repellent, appropriate clothing).

Athletes must receive instruction on safety procedures related to severe weather conditions (e.g., lightning, funnel clouds, severe winds, tornadoes [consult Appendix F - Lightning Protocol]).


Constant visual supervision is required.

Coaching Qualifications

The head coach must demonstrate knowledge of the sport, skills and strategies to the principal or designate.

At least one track and field - high jump coach must possess one of the following coaching qualifications:

  • NCCP Instruction Coach – Run, Jump, Throw Instructor Course
  • Completion of athletics NCCP level 1 and/or level 2 certification in the past
  • Accreditation as a NCCP Track and Field Learning Facilitator
  • Attendance at a clinic or workshop within the last three years provided by an instructor who is knowledgeable of the activity (e.g., appropriate skills and progressions), and where safety is addressed as outlined in the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines.
  • Past experience within the last 3 years as a coach in track and field - high jump having knowledge of the activity (e.g., appropriate skills and progressions) and current safety practices as outlined in the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines.

For more information on sport-specific NCCP training please visit coach.ca.

First Aid and Emergency Action Plan

Follow the school’s emergency action plan including accessibility to a vehicle for transportation of a student to hospital (consult Appendix E - Emergency Action Plan).

An individual who takes responsibility for providing first aid to injured athletes must:

  • as a minimum, have current first aid certification, from a recognized first aid provider (e.g., St. John Ambulance , Red Cross) that includes CPR level B or level C and training in head, neck and spinal injury management;
  • be in the area and readily accessible during the entire practice/competition;
  • be knowledgeable of school board's concussion protocol for a suspected concussion; and
  • not be a participant in the activity.

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.