Girls Pole Vault in Texas Fails Again
from David Butler
The Texas State UIL meeting was on October 17th and I spoke for the second time to
try to convince them to adopt the GIRL'S POLE VAULT to Texas state high school competition.
My 5 minute presentation included letters from Stacy Dragila and the Rev. Bob Richards, along with a tear-filled reading of a "vault" poem by one
The efforts were quite futile and their response disappointing. The next day, the vote was 4-3 not to recommend the GPV for the year 2000. Their reasons:
1. Cost.....you will need to buy more poles. I told them that three of my girls are vaulting on the same pole that my boy freshman were jumping on last
I plan to continue this fight and to press for my girls to compete in as many meets as possible this coming season. We have four meets right now that will have the vault. I will be in contact with the Women's Sports Foundation and the "Office For Civil Rights" to give us some recommendations to get this under way next year.
Coaches Dorothy Doolittle of Elgin, Joe Hester of Orangefield, and Brian Elmore of Austin were present at the UIL meeting to show their support. Much thanks goes out to everyone who wrote letters, emails, and phone calls of encouragement.............Thanks to Jan Johnson, Bob Richards, Stacy Dragila, Doug Sparks, John Dye, and many others!
Most of all, I must thank my girls...........they have the drive, the desire, the passion that makes a coach proud and motivated to continue this
dream. I have seen them do things that I have only seen a few of my boys do........jump in head winds, get on big sticks with no fear, and do the
"little things away from practice" that will make them champions. Their goal: the Texas state record of 10'5.5" and perhaps a college
scholarship.....................Talk to you all soon....Thanks again,