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Track and Field - High Jump


Elementary - Interschool 2013

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.


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 – Fibreglass cross bars must be used.

Practices – Fibreglass or bamboo cross bar (must be tape wrapped).

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.

No jewelry.


Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

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

  • Prior to initial use of route or course, coaches must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential problems.
  • Before initial attempt, coaches must outline to athletes the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution).
  • If route is off school property, determine that athletes are not crossing busy intersections unless directly supervised.

Indoor and outdoor approach area must be smooth, traffic-free and provide good traction. Activity and surrounding area and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs).

For indoor jumping, determine that the floor provides safe traction.

Special Rules/Instructions

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

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

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

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.

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

  • environmental conditions (temperature, weather, air quality, humidity, UV rays, 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 [see Appendix F - Lightning Protocol]).

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.

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

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

Interschool competitions must follow the regulations and rules of the local governing body (e.g. athletic association) and/or Provincial Sport Organization for the activity.

Link to the Provincial Sport Organization for this activity is: www.athleticsontario.ca


Constant visual supervision is required.

Head coach must demonstrate knowledge of event to principal or designate.

Coaching qualifications for any higher risk sport must be derived from at least one of the following:

  • NCCP Competition Introduction – Trained/Certified

    This includes:

    • Sport specific NCCP multi sport Part A – B
    • Coaches that have completed level 1 or 2 certification in the past.
  • Attendance at a clinic or workshop, provided by an instructor who is knowledgeable of the activity and where safety is addressed, within the last three years.
  • Past experience (within the last 10 years) as a player or coach in that sport.

An individual who takes responsibility for providing first aid to injured athletes must be present during the entire practice/competition.

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”).

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.