Rusty Shealy 
Shealy Athletics/Rusty Shealy Pole Vault 


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Shealy Athletics/Rusty Shealy Pole Vault 
121 Crockett Road
Columbia, SC 29212

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Pole Vault Clinics, Sunday April 12 to Thursday April 16.

VERY IMPORTANT!! Please read all of this. Let me know if questions, or thoughts that might help.

We have temporarily changed our registration process to handle requests for pole vaulting in a way to limit the possible spread of Coronavirus.  The number of participants in each clinic is now much smaller. We have also removed the gymnastics since that is a more confined space and everyones hands would have been on the same equipment.  Your actual vault time will be the same but you may get more jumps due to the smaller class size.  However, our focus will remain on quality of jumps and not the number of jumps.  We will go back to our prior system of registering by the month once the threat has passed. Thank you for your patience and understanding!


We need to be conscientious and cautious during this difficult time for our country and the world.  Please do your part to keep everyone as safe as possible.  We are outdoors so low risk.  Here are our guidelines to follow to keep the risk as low as possible:

1. If you or your family spend time around elderly or people with a weakened immune system we encourage you to stay home. Even though the risk here is lower due to being outdoors you could pick up the virus from elsewhere (like a gas pump). Please do not take the chance of infecting someone for whom the virus could prove deadly.

2. If you have a cough or fever please stay away.  We will not hesitate to ask you to leave.

3. Practice social distancing. We will have lines on the runway 7' apart.  Keep some distance between yourself and others. Everyone is very social so this will be difficult, but it is important. 

4. Bring your own chairs!  Please keep them at least 6' apart.  We will be removing seating to further lower the risk of unknowing transfer of the virus.

5. Try to use the restroom before you come.  We will provide paper towels instead of cloth towels.  There will also be an extra trash can outside of the guesthouse so you do not have to touch the door handles.

6. Do not put the poles back on the rack at the end of practice.  Leave them out and we will disinfect for the next practice.

Thank you for your help!


Welcome to Shealy Athletics/Rusty Shealy Pole Vault!

Our specialty is collaborating with coaches and athletes to develop the best pole vaulters possible.  We believe in learning by doing.  Clinic athletes are taken weekly through a series of highly successful and safe learning progressions, being taught by the best coaches worldwide.  We are experts at helping athletes to jump their highest, meeting the needs of each individual.  Put the odds in your favor by learning to vault safely and correctly.  Clinics are...

  • Open to all ability levels from beginner to very experienced.
  • Taught correctly from the start since bad habits are ingrained and difficult to change.
  • Highly encouraged for anyone interested in being the best vaulter they can be.

If you have questions contact Rusty by email at, or call/text at 803-315-5998.  To register and secure your spot, please click on the "Register Now!" link below.


  • Clinic dates/times must be obtained in advance via this online registration process, and are available first come, first serve, and with very limited numbers.
  • Registrations must also be done for each clinic day/time you are interested in attending  You can select multiple clinic days in advance, but only by the week. 
  • Once the daily clinics are full we will consider adding additional clinics earlier in the day.
  • If you can not make any clinic please give me a courtesy call/text at 803-315-5998.  Contact me as far in advance as possible since we will likely have a waiting list.  Thank you!


  • The cost is $40 per clinic.  Missed clinic credits only given when canceled by us.  No credits given for no shows.  However you are welcome to make up missed clinic at another day/time.
  • There is never any cost for coaches and parents to attend, and it is encouraged to be better able to assist athletes during school practices and competitions.  
  • “Private Clinics” are also available for beginners to advanced, at $120 per athlete/per clinic, or $90 per athlete/per clinic for multiple persons, and held at Shealy Athletics/Rusty Shealy Pole Vault in Columbia.  
  • For larger private clinics, or a camp, at your location please call Rusty for pricing at 803-315-5998, or email at

If you do not see the day/time you would like from the list of choices, it means that day/time is already full.  You will need to select another day/time.  Please call or text if questions, 803-315-5998. 

Thank you!

About Us...

Rusty Shealy, Columbia, SC:  As Director of Shealy Athletics/Rusty Shealy Pole Vault, Coach Shealy is referred to as "The Unfair Advantage".  Since 1998, he has coached 105 South Carolina High School State Champions, 11 National Champions and had 3 on "Team USA" the World Team.  He may be the only coach in the country to ever have four of his athletes acheive the rarity of jumping their age, since only a few people in the world do it each year.  One jumped 14' at 14 years of age, four have jumped 15' at 15 years old, two jumped 16' at 16 years old, and one 17' 1" at 17 years of age.  Rusty was a high school club coach of Sandi Morris the current American Record Holder Outdoors, and Olympic Silver Medalist, with a personal record of 16' 4.75" (5.0m). Most recently as the Columbia International University pole vault coach he coached the 2020 NAIA Indoor Pole Vault National Champion.  As an NCAA coach at the University of South Carolina, Rusty also coached seven Southeastern Conference scorers in two seasons with one NCAA All-American.