Summer Vault Club 2021

Peak Athletics is glad to be coming back for another great summer.  Peak Athletics is a pole vaulting development group that’s goal is to improve athletes in not only pole vaulting, but overall athlete development.  As well as pole vaulting we work on the development of strength, gymnastics, and speed development.  We have use of an indoor turf area at the gym next door as well as a weight room. We are going to do the standard vault team starting May 31-July 31.  Peak is again going to do a 8 vault day practice trial May 3rd-May 26th to see if you want to participate for the full summer.  This is also for those who want to do the summer and want to keep their skills up during the period between state and the start of summer track. Spots are limited so get information in quickly. 

The Coach: Chris Spear
20 Years involved in Pole Vaulting
Coaching: 13 Years
High School: Spain Park (2006)
College: Clemson (2010)
Post Collegiate: Bell Athletics
Personal Best: 17’ 3”
Former high school indoor record holder, 3 time state champion, All-ACC Athlete, NCAA regional qualifier, 2008 Penn Relays Medalist. I have coached several Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia State medalist and champions and one national runner up. We have a few current members that have set state records. This year I have also coached multiple athletes to medals at state meet. 

Cost:         $700 for the Summer Club

                $150 for the 8 Practice Trial

                $800 if you Sign up for both at the same time

                Cash, Check, and Venmo accepted (Venmo: chris-spear-5 please put the athletes                 full name in the subject line)

                Credit/Debit cards are also accepted with a 4% fee

                Can break into 2 payments (First due by May 3rd, Second due by May 31)


May 3rd - May 26th Monday and Wednesday 4pm-8:30pm

May 31st - July 31st Monday/Wednesday are Jump days and will be divided into jumping groups between the hours of 2pm-8:30pm. (Group 1 2pm-4:30, Group 2 4:00-6:30, Group 3 6:00-8:30)

Tuesday we will meet at 9:30 am-12pm.  

Thursdays we will meet from 2pm-4:30pm.

Location:             2790 Pelham Parkway

                          Pelham, Alabama 35124


Meets: (these are subject to change at the moment)

May 22nd: Alabama All-Star Pole Vault Meet (Invitation Only)

May 29th: Off (Memorial Day Weekend)

June 5th: Peak Meet 1

June 12th: TBD

June 19th: Peak Meet 2

June 26th: TBD

July 3rd: Off (Independence Day Weekend)

July 10th: TBD

July 17th: Dauphin Street Vault

July 23rd-25th: Louisville Vault-Con

July 31st: Peak Meet 3


Summer Club Athletes
As an athlete at Peak you get Coaching, a T-shirt, USATF Membership, use of nearly 40 Gill Athletics poles and 130+ UST-ESSX poles, access to gym, no entry fee for Peak Athletics meets (except the All-star meet), and a uniform top. (Travel, Hotels, and Entry fees for meets are not included.)

Commonly asked questions:


Q: Do the athletes have to attend every practice and every meet?


A: Athletes are not required to attend all practices and meets.  Athletes are encouraged to come to all the practices.  Consistent practice leads to a much more consistent jump.  Hard to increase your PR if there is a big break between training sessions.


Q: What if you can only make it to the jumping sessions? (I.E. Live way out of town, work, Etc.)


A: That is a common problem for our athletes.  We have several athletes who can only make jump days or the jump days and maybe one of the training days.  All the workouts for the week we will be doing will be typed up and emailed out to the athletes by Monday night so that they can do them from their home facilities if they can’t make it on training days.


Q: Why does the camp cost what it does?


A: The camp for the summer I believe is priced at a reasonable cost for what all is being provided for the athletes.  Most weekend camps cost $200 or more and are several hours away and require hotel stays. Members are also provided with $100 in clothing and memberships.  Also equipment and poles are expensive. I’m one of the few clubs in the area that has a full series of poles from bottom to top that is provided for the athletes use. Also we have doubles of most on hand so that if we have one break we don’t have to wait for another one to be delivered.  If a pole breaks I do not charge the athlete for breaking a pole, unless they clearly broke it intentionally. One pole can cost nearly what a summer fee costs.  We don’t want one to break, but we have to plan for the unforeseeable.


If attending please email me the sign up sheet with the subject line "Peak Athletics Sign Up 2021" or if you have any other questions email me at  Please send information about doing the trial by April 21st and the summer information by May 8th so that I can order all the uniforms and shirts.

                         Sign Up Sheet                                       Waiver of Liability