Akron to Host Fifth Annual Pole Vault Convention

Akron to Host Fifth Annual Pole Vault Convention

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AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron track and field program will host the Fifth-Annual Pole Vault Convention at Stile Athletics Field House from January 7th and 8th, 2017. The event is designed to be an all-inclusive pole vault experience for athletes, coaches and parents and will feature classroom sessions, learn-by-doing clinics, and competitions. Instructors will include world-class coaches and vaulters, in addition to top collegiate and club coaches from the region.

The open atmosphere of the convention will allow participants to choose to attend sessions that are most intriguing to their personal interests. The clinicians will offer their specialized perspective about how to get athletes to follow the ideal pole vaulting model in addition to seminars about proper training and other ways to take performances to greater heights.

The Pole Vault Convention is the vision of Zips' head coach Dennis Mitchell, who had a pair of former standout student-athletes in Shawn Barber and Annika Roloff compete in the Summer Olympics this past August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Barber, the 2015 IAAF World Champion, captured three NCAA titles as a Zip, while Roloff (outdoor) captured individual NCAA national championships in 2014. He also coached All-American Alex McCune, the American and collegiate record holder in the heptathlon pole vault. In all, he has coached more than 100 All-American honors during his career, including All-Americans in the Pole Vault at the University of Texas, University of North Carolina and University of Akron.

During his 21 years at Akron, Mitchell has won 24 Mid-American Conference Team Championships and been named the MAC Coach of the year 22 times. Furthermore, Coach Mitchell's athletes have established the MAC All-Time Records in Indoor & Outdoor Men's & Women's Pole Vault.

Feedback from 2016 Pole Vault Convention Attendees:
"My vaulters and I felt this was an experience of a lifetime.

We had a blast, can't wait till next year!"

"Really enjoyed & appreciated everything! Parent sessions were nice. Appreciated all the Olympic vaulters...very inspiring to my daughter!"

"I enjoyed the guest speakers and the breakdown of jumps on video."

Read the recap of the 2016 Pole Vault Convention.

Registration Information (Opens November 4, 2016)
There are three parts to the registration process for athletes and competing coaches/parents:

**You must complete steps 1, 2, and 3 below to complete your registration for the Pole Vault Convention. You will pay during step 1 through the "Click Here" link. Direct athletics entries are solely for seeding purposes for the pole vault competitions that will take place over the weekend.

1) Register (click here) to pay with a credit card.

2) To be seeded in the pole vault competition you must enter the Pole Vault Convention competition on DirectAthletics (Note: You must register on DirectAthletics to be placed in a competition at The Pole Vault Convention)

Direct Athletics Registration: Open (High School, Middle School, Open, College, etc.)

Direct Athletics Registration: Invitational (Prior Invite/Permission must be granted)

3) Print out the waiver (PDF) and bring it to Convention Check-In

Register early for cost savings:

Registration Date
Before Dec. 9 Dec. 10-Jan. 5
Walk up/Day of

Athlete or Competing Coach/Parent (Competition and Clinic)

$100 $125 $150
Competition Only (Saturday)
$50 $60 $70

Coach or Clinic Only (Sunday)

$60 $80 $100

Athlete Clinic Only

$70 $80 $90


$20/$20* $40/$20* $50/$20*

All registration fees are non-refundable | *$20 for each additional parent.

Travel Guide (PDF)

College athletes/coaches: Please contact Coach Dennis Mitchell (dwmitch@uakron.edu) for more information on the University/College entry process.

Hilton Garden Inn
1307 E. Market Street
Akron, OH 44305

Please call hotel and ask for pole vault convention rate, or click here to register online.

Shipping Information
If you are shipping poles, please send Dennis Mitchell (dwmitch@uakron.edu) the date the poles were shipped, date they are expected to arrive, tracking number, and shipping company.

Poles can be shipped to:
Stile Athletics Field House
Attn: Allan Hoon
289 South Union Street
Akron, OH 44325-6302

Are you interested in promoting your business at the Pole Vault Convention? Download the Vendor Agreement Form and return it, via email, to Dennis Mitchell at dwmitch@uakron.edu.

Additional Information
Please contact Dennis Mitchell at dwmitch@uakron.edu or 330-972-7964 with questions about the Pole Vault Convention.