Vaulting progressions can use a variety of different types of gymnastics safety pits and matting. Not all gyms can have more than one type of gymnastic safety pit, but all of the gyms can utilize a variety of matting techniques. Other vault equipment progressions can include tramp vaulting on and off, mini-tramp vaulting, extra padding on the vault runways and using foam vaulting tables.
Vault Difficulty Requires Hard Work to Build
Most gyms do not have anywhere near this number of vault stations, either set-up or even available to them. Remember that vault is now the most difficult event on which to achieve a 10.0 Start Value.
Vault Equipment Progression Stations:
- Vault Sprint Station
- Vault Board Take-off Station with above-ground Resi-Pit (Level 4 Vault Station)
- Declined Tramp Vault Off into Bungee Loose Foam Pit
- Tramp Vault Off into Bungee Loose Foam Pit
- Tumble Tramp Vault Off into Loose Foam Pit
- Tumble Tramp Vault Off onto Bungee Resi-Pit
- Declined Tramp Vault Off onto Bungee Resi-Pit
- Tramp Vault Off onto Bungee Resi-Pit
- Mini-Tramp Vault into Bungee Loose Foam Pit
- Vault onto Resi-Pit and Stacked Mats
- Vault onto Resi-Pit and Inclined Mats
- Foam Vaulting Table into Loose Foam Pit
- Vault Table into Bungee Loose Foam Pit
- Vault Table into Loose Foam Pit
- Vault Table onto Bungee Resi-Pit
- Vault Table onto Resi-Pit
- Vault Table onto Resi-Pit covered with Regulation Landing Mat
- Vault Table onto Regulation Mat covered with 8″ – 12″ Crash Pad
- Regulation Vault Runway to Vault Table onto Regulation Mat covered with 8″ – 12″ Crash Pad
- Regulation vault runway to Vault Table onto Regulation Mat
Extra padding up to two inches could and should be used on all of the runways for vault training stations up to at least the regulation vaulting stations (the last two stations). This helps protect the gymnasts from too much pounding on their body or repetitive stress injuries from hard vault runways.
Trampoline assisted vaulting stations speed the learning process of new vaults by eliminating the need to run 78 feet (which saves time, energy and wear-and-tear on the body) and by providing more take-off power to use in the vault.
Safer and Faster Vault Learning
In general, it is logical that the more vault equipment set-ups and progressions that are available for coaches and gymnasts to use, the safer and faster gymnasts can learn new and difficult vaults.