Passing Rules

There are three different approaches on passing heights:  “Must Make Restricted Passing”, ”Must Make Passing”, and “Track and Field”.

Must Make Restricted Passing

  • Often used in Midwest
  • Each competitor may enter the event at any height in the competition.
  • Once a competitor has entered the competition, they must remain in the competition until they are eliminated.
  • When a competitor has missed three attempts at one height then he will be eliminated from the competition.
  • Pass at attempts once in, will be counted as a miss.

 Must Make Passing (NASGA based rules)

  • Each competitor may enter the event at any height in the competition.
  • A competitor may pass any height they choose, but each height attempted must be cleared before attempting the next height.
  • A competitor will not pass individual attempts without also leaving the competition.
  • When a competitor has missed three attempts at one height then he will be eliminated from the competition.

It appears that NASGA allows a thrower to get a mark at a lower height and then pass any number of heights.  However, if the competitor attempts the height, the height must be cleared and it also seems to indicate that individual passes at an attempted height will be considered a miss (A competitor will not pass individual attempts without also leaving the competition).

Track and Field (Borges based rules)

  • A competitor shall have the discretion to commence at the starting height or at any subsequent height.
  • A competitor may pass any height at any time; however, a competitor who forgoes an attempt at a height thereby forfeits the right to attempt again at that height. Such competitor may, however, attempt that height if needed to break a tie for first place.
  • Three consecutive failures, regardless of the height at which such failures occur, disqualifies the competitor from further attempts except as necessary to break a tie for first place.

Not stated explicitly in any rule set but If the competitor does not clear any height before being eliminated, he will be given no-height score, not the passed height — rather obvious statement.