When vaulting develops in a country, its vaulters will compete internationally sooner or later. At that point two questions arise:
- Since there are no international qualification criteria for 1* vaulters, who qualifies for a CVI?
- If too many vaulters obtain the necessary scores, who is allowed to compete?
Every nation has to find its own procedure for this. Only one thing is for sure, in the end the national association has to submit all entries to CVIs.
As example, I chose Germany: First, the vaulter has to apply to its federal state’s association. In most cases the federal states coach agrees to the vaulter competing internationally when they are in the federal state’s squad.
The federal state squad comprises around 3 teams and about 5 vaulters of every category. If the federal state association agrees, the vaulter applies to the national association to compete internationally. This has to happen at least 12 weeks before the event. The national association collects all applications for every CVI.
Since there are restrictions how many athletes per country are allowed at a CVI, the FN (national association) has to choose. But most times, not too many people want to take part in the CVI. Then they agree that all vaulters can compete.
The vaulters of the national squad receive slots first. Then the other athletes follow.
There is one exception: When the vaulter or squad has a personal invitation from the CVI, they can compete anyway.
German source: German FN.