High Jump

High Jump


The Chief Judge shall: Ensure that all aspects of the landing area and run up are safe for athletes. Ensure the platforms that support the cross bar are caing the opposite upright. Allow competitors a practice jump to check their run up. Set the bar at the correct starting height, measurement shall be checked with the measuring stick perpendicular to the ground at the lowest point of the cross bar and the top of the bar, ie middle of the bar. Measure outer edges higher so middle of the bar is correct height. Uprights and landing area should be designed so there is a clearance of at least 100mm between them to avoid displacement of the crossbar through a movement of the landing area causing contact with the uprights.




The bar should be raised in 5cm increments until there are six competitors or less, then in increments of 2cm or increments of not less than 2cm unanimously agreed to by the remaining athletes. The final competitor may continue to jump, at height rises agreed with the Chief Judge, until the competitor has three successive failures. An athlete may commence jumping at any height above the starting height. Three consecutive failures regardess of the height disqualifies the athlete. An athlete may approach the bar from any angle An athlete must take off from one foot only – diving over the bar is not recommended If the bar falls after the athlete has landed and left the mat it MAY be considered a failure. It is the the decision of the judge if the bar falls because it was touched by the athlete. If an athlete fails to complete the jump within 90 seconds, the failure will be recorded at the height of the bar at which the athlete was attempting (ie. an athlete may abort a trial as many times as they like provided that the trial is commenced and completed in 90 seconds). If the athlete touches the ground or equipment (including the landing area beyond the plane of the uprights) with any part of the body and fails to complete a successful jump, it is considered a failure.



  • The athlete who jumps the greatest height is the winner.
  • In a tie the athlete with the least failures at the last height cleared shall be awarded the higher place. If the tie remains the athlete with the least failures throughout the competition, including the last height cleared, shall be awarded the higher place.
  • If the tie still remains and concerns first place the athletes shall have one more jump at the last height, if no decision is reached the bar shall be lowered, each athlete shall have one jump at each height until the tie is decided.
  • If it concerns any other place, the athletes shall be awarded equal place in the competition.



  • The upright/posts may be moved during competition only if the Chief Judge, in consultation with the arena manager/referee considers the take-off or landing area has become unsuitable and dangerous.
  • The uprights//posts may then be moved at the end of the round.
  • The landing area should be maintained in a safe condition. If a number of small bags are used then it should be ensured that there are no gaps.