USPSF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022


Edward B. Berger Performing Arts Center
1200 W Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745
September 1-4, 2022

Competitions will include:
Pole Sport
Pole Art
Classique
Aerial Hoop
Aerial Silks

Divisions:
Amateur
Competitive
Para-athlete (para pole/para aerial)

Categories:
Varsity (6-9 yrs)
Junior A (10-14 yrs)
Junior B (15-17 yrs)
Junior B Doubles (15-17 yrs)
Senior Men (over 18 yrs)
Senior Women (over 18 yrs)
Senior Doubles (over 18 yrs)
Masters 40+ Men (over 40 yrs)
Masters 40+ Women (over 40 yrs)
Master 50+ Men (over 50 yrs)
Masters 50+ Women (over 50 yrs)
(no junior divisions in Classique)

We look forward to seeing many new athletes able to participate and join TEAM USA.

Registration Form

Registration closes on August 1 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Entry Fee

Before July 15: $150 per routine per athlete
After July 15: $175 per routine per athlete 

We want you on our team!

Do you have what it takes to be a part of Team USA?

Compete at the USPSF National Championships to earn a spot with the best of the best.

WHICH COMPETITION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Pole Sport


Pole Sport is for athletes who can excel all around. Tricks, artistry, and execution are all judged in this competition. Athletes declare a set of moves from the Code of Points and then are judged based on their execution of those moves in addition to floor work, acro moves, and choreography. Do you have what it takes and are willing to work hard to show it? Pole Sport is for you.

Judging Systems is based on the POSA POLE SPORT CODE OF POINTS.

No props, no shoes. Lyrics are allowed. Costumes must meet the dress code standards set forth in the POSA Pole Sport Code of Points.

Athletes can advance to The POSA World Pole Championships and CSIT World Games.

Pole Art


Do you have a story to tell or a message to portray? Pole Art may be the place for you. Focus is based on the artistry of the routine while still executing beautiful pole movement. Leave your impact by competing in the Pole Art.

Judging Systems is based on the POSA POLE ART RULES AND REGULATIONS.

Lyrics are allowed. Props and shoes (but not platforms) are allowed. More lenient costume dress code.

Athletes can advance to The POSA World Pole Art Championships.

Classique


Do you love to showcase the sensual side of pole, with a focus on fluidity, graceful strength, and flexibility? This is not a venue for raw sexuality, but rather the seductive beauty of movement and dance on and around the pole. Compete in the Classique.

Judging Systems is based on USPSF Pole Classique Guidelines, Rules, & Regulations.

The minimum age to enter is 18 years old. Lyrics are allowed. Props and shoes (including platforms) are allowed. No thongs or pasties.

Aerial Hoop and Silks


Do you love to fly and can't wait to show off your aerial skills? Ready to have a clear judging system for your routine? Compete in Aerial Hoops or Aerial Silk.

Judging Systems is based on POSA Aerial Hoop & Silks Code of Points.

Athletes can advance to The POSA World Aerial Championships.

Which level are you?

Picking the right level helps you to score your best

Amateur

New to competition or has competed but have never won.

Competitive

Placed in a Competitive / Pro or Amateur competition.

For Pole Sport and Aerial Hoop and Silks - Able to execute moves within the Competitive level range.

Para-Athlete

For athletes with physical or visual impairments.

No difficulty elements are declared or evaluated. Athletes must prove their disability by medical certificate or invalidity card.

WHY SHOULD YOU COMPETE AT THE USPSF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS?

Competition is a great chance to progress, have new experience, and possibly even advance. But no matter what your reason, competition can be a wonderful opportunity.

We hope to see many NEW athletes join the competition this year.


Grow as an Athlete

There are a few things like preparing for a competition to help you grow as an athlete. 

Experience the transformation of going from a recreational poler to a true athlete by signing up and competing. 


Showcase your Hard Work

Chances are if you're reading this you are pretty passionate about pole. You probably put a lot of time and effort into what you do. Competitions can be a chance to showcase all that hard work to a broader audience. 


Be a part of History

When you compete with the USPSF, you're making history. We are recognized by the US Sports Council as the governing body of pole sport. We are on a mission to grow pole sport.

So when you take the stage for a USPSF competition, you're helping to write a page in history books of pole!


Qualify for the POSA World Championships

Pole Sport, Pole Art, Aerial Hoop, and Aerial Silks Athletes in Amateur and Competitive divisions can all advance to the POSA World Championships.

The top three of all age divisions (besides Varsity) will get a spot on TEAM USA and qualify for Worlds. 

This is your chance to compete on the world stage with the best of the best while still competing comfortably in the category that is right for you. 


Have Fun

This is, after all, for you.

Competition can lead to new friends, new experiences, and ultimately, new joy. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I've never competed before. Is this competition right for me?

Yes! We have an Amateur division so even those that are new to the competition can have a chance to grow through the USPSF.

I'm nervous. Does that mean I shouldn't compete?

Competing is so much fun! Some butterflies are okay when you're preparing for competition. But, even though we will be judging your routine, we won't be judging you! We want as many people as possible to have the chance to learn and grow through competition. We want the sport to grow! So if competing is something that makes you a little nervous but also makes you excited, then the USPSF is a great place for you. 

What does the length of my routine need to be?

For Pole Sport, Aerial Hoop, and Aerial Silk: All Amateur and Para-athlete Division routines are 3:20 to 3:30 minutes. In the Competitive Division, the length is 3:20 to 3:30 for Junior athletes and 3:50 to 4:00 for Seniors and Masters.

For Pole Art: The routines must be between 3:30 to 4:00 long.

For Classique: The length of music is 3:00 to 3:30 for Amateur Division and 3:30 to 4:00 for the Elite/Competitive Division.

Are fade-outs okay in the music?

Fade-outs are acceptable, but please be aware that the Head Judge considers the first tone of the music as the start of the routine and the last tone of the music as the end of the routine.

Are lyrics allowed?

Yes, lyrics are allowed for all competitions. 

I'm over 40. How should I choose to compete between the Senior, Masters 40+, or Masters 50+ Categories?

If you're competing in Pole Sport, Aerial Hoop, or Aerial Silks, this will ultimately depend on what range of difficulty elements you choose to declare. Declared elements that are not within the allowed range of the Category will not be evaluated and will be given a 0 value. You can always perform lower / higher scored elements, but you cannot declare them as your difficulty elements.

We will not combine categories based on the number of submissions.

Do I have to do Anti-doping?

Yes.  POSA anti-doping rules follow the World Heavy Events Association (WHEA) anti-doping program. You must sign an anti-doping contract with WHEA prior to the competition.  The contract puts you under doping monitoring, and you can be tested in competitions and training seasons without pre-notice by WADA officials.  The procedure to sign the contract can be found at https://www.posaworld.org/anti-doping/ and more information can be found at https://www.wada-ama.org/en.

Are mesh inserts ok for aerial costumes?

For women's costumes, net fabric is allowed only at the top part of the sternum or on sleeves.

What footwear am I allowed to wear for Classique?

Heels, including platforms, along with other types of dance/sports shoes are allowed. Heels should be securely fastened to the foot and can be no higher than calf height.

Shoes with metal studs or other parts that could damage the poles are not allowed. Thigh-high boots (ie. covers the knee) are not allowed.

For Pole Sport, Aerial Hoop, and Silks, does the Execution Judge only score my declared elements?

The difficulty elements are evaluated by the Difficulty Judge. The Execution Judge will evaluate the technical execution of all movements of the entire routine, not just the difficulty elements.

How do I fill out my Difficulty Sheet?

We have a "How to Fill out a Difficulty Sheet" checklist and example on our Documents page.

For Aerial Hoop and Silks, is there a maximum floorwork time limit?

The choreography on the floor must be a minimum of 30 seconds, but there is no maximum time limit.

Rules and Regulations
for this Competition

You can check out all the following on our Documents page:

USPSF Rules and Regulations

Code of Points for Pole Sport and Pole Aerial Hoop and Aerial Silks

How to Fill out a Difficulty Sheet

Rules and Regulations for Pole Art and Classique