NCAA tightens helmet rules for pole vault

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- College pole vaulters will have to wear specially-designed helmets starting next season as part of a NCAA rule change announced Wednesday.

Schools will be required to make sure that if a helmet is worn, it must be designed specifically for pole vaulting.

Two other pole vaulting proposals were sent back to the men's and women's track and field committees. One would require schools to put more padding around the base of the pole vault standard and cover hard surfaces around the perimeter of the landing pad. The other would allow schools to place padding around the vaulting box and into the box -- it does not interfere with the bend of the pole.

The playing rules oversight panel wants the track committees to clarify where padding should be placed.