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POSA Pole Sport Code of Points (2024)

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POSA Difficulty Sheet (.xlsx)

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POSA Rules & Regulations (2024)

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Divisions are determined by the level of difficulty.  Generally speaking, Amateur athletes perform elements up to the 0.5 point range, whereas Competitive athletes perform up to the 1.0 point range, as shown in the Elements Table in the Code of Points.

Here are some video samples:

Competitive Division

Melvin Sanchez
Senior Men Competitive 

Pole Sport World Championship 2021
2nd Place

Amateur Division

Judit Kovács 
Masters 40+ Women Amateur

Pole Sport World Championship 2022

Parapole Division

Ophélie Lesire
Parapole - Impaired Muscle Power

Pole Sport World Championship 2022


Amateur and Para-pole division routines are 3:20 to 3:30 minutes.
Competitive division length is 3:20 to 3:30 for Juniors and 3:50 to 4:00 for Seniors and Masters.

The first tone of the music marks the beginning of the routine, while the last tone marks the end.

Age Category

Age categories are defined by the competitive year rather than the birth date.

Varsity: 6-9 yr (born 2015-18)
Junior A: 10-14 yr (born 2010-14)
Junior B: 15-17 yr (born 2007-09)
Senior: 18+ yr (born before 2006)
Masters 40+ (born before 1984)
Masters 50+ (born before 1974)


Doubles Junior A
Doubles Junior B
Doubles Junior Mix
Doubles Senior

Competition Stage

The height of the poles are approximately 13 feet (4 meters). The pole diameter is 45mm. The distance between the poles is 9.5 to 10 feet (3m). The poles will be either chrome or stainless steel. The static pole is on the left side of the stage from the audience's perspective, and the spinning pole is on the right. The stage will measure 26x26 to 32x32 with wood or linoleum flooring and may be elevated.

Specific pole material, diameter, height, and stage dimensions will be disclosed in the National Competition Work Plan (when published).

Spotters are required in the Varsity category.

How the Competition is Scored

Routines are scored on artistry, execution, and difficulty.

The judging panel has nine to thirteen judges. They consist of one head judge, two difficulty judges, and three to five artistic and execution judges (each).

Artistic Scoring

This score is based only on the presentation of the routine, which includes moves around the pole and stage area. This involves the ability to perform dance and acrobatic choreography with emotion and expression, as well as having a strong stage presence. The routine should include a memorable character, persona, and story using theme, music, costuming, and dance that are truly unique.

Artistic Sections 

Athletes are awarded points based on the overall level of each section listed below. Each section is worth 5 points (unless otherwise stated) on a 0.5-point scale ranging from 0 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Originality of Overall Presentation
A unique presentation of moves and combinations, movement on and off the pole, and choreography throughout the dance. The choreography is innovative by combining unique moves throughout the entire routine, not just through select moves.

Originality of Transitions In and Out of Moves and Confidence
Unique transitions, entrances, and exits of moves and combinations throughout the performance.  Confidence refers to an athlete's confidence and comfortability in his or her routine, is entertaining on stage, commands the audience's attention, and delivers a believable routine.

Interpretation of the Music, Body, and Facial Expressions
The choreography reflects the light, shade, feeling, and emotion of the music. The athlete should connect with the song and express themselves through their costume, body, and facial gestures and align their movements with the music and melody.

Music and Musicality, including Usage, Selection, and Composition
Choosing appropriate music with great structure and tempo to convey the intended story for the routine. All movements should fit perfectly within the music, and the music should enhance the athlete's expression and complement the athlete's characteristics and style.  The music choice should not be heard in many pole competitions.

Stage Presence and Charisma
Taking command of the stage. The athlete should have complete control over their performance and project an engaging and charismatic style. 

Balanced Choreography
The routine has a variety of moves, including floor work and transitions in and out of poles, resulting in choreography with stage presence and artistic merit.  This includes performing elements and choreography at all height levels, including floor, medium, and aerial (above 70% of pole height), and using both spinning and static poles equally.

Dynamic and Flow
The ability to execute a smooth and fluid routine from pole to pole, floor to standing, and standing to floor. Sequences, motions, transitions, choreography, and acrobatic movements should be smooth, natural, and flawless. The routine should not appear fragmented, such as doing a move and then waiting for applause.

The intensity of a routine is determined by its energy, body segment usage, transition intensity, and choreography.

Use of Space and Stage
The athlete's utilization of the entire stage, including the back, front, and center, as well as all poles (at least 70%). The area should be used in a balanced manner across three height levels as well (floor, medium, and) aerial.

Difficulty of Choreography on the Floor
A choreographic combination of dance steps and motions executed on the floor without touching the pole. The difficulty of the floor work is judged in its entirety as a continuous sequence. The dance motions should match the pace of the music and represent the character of the performance. The choreographic content is judged based on the level of movement such as complex dance sequences, complicated combinations, and a "big" continuous movement.

Balanced Elements [Singles]
A well-balanced routine with equal numbers of different elements. A balanced routine includes flexibility, strength, spins, and dynamic movements. The athlete should appear equally adept in these areas.

Costume Matches Theme (up to 2 points)
The costume should match the theme of the routine, even if the theme is abstract. 


Choreography is the foundation of Pole Sport.  Therefore, athletes are awarded bonuses for adding complexity and variety of choreography.  Each section is worth 2 points (unless otherwise stated) on a 0.5-point scale ranging from 0 (did not perform) to 2 (excellent).

Use of Body Segments

Choreography that uses the entire body, including the torso, arms, pelvis, and legs.

Style of Dance Movements
Awarded for every 8-count music sequence that demonstrates an excellent dance style.

Mixing Different Styles of Dance
Having choreography that demonstrates a diverse range of dancing styles and music.

General Content
Performing transitions, balanced elements, lifts [doubles], and physical interactions [doubles] in at least four movements (or blocks of movements).  This section is evaluated on a 0.1-point scale from 1.0 (did not perform) to 2.0 (excellent).

Acrobatic Move
An acrobatic move is performed on the floor without contacting the pole. The Code of Points specifies the Acrobatic Moves and their respective point values on page 46. All acrobatic moves not included there will be considered choreography. Only one acrobatic move is permitted. Any extra acrobatic moves will result in deductions from the Head Judge.

Lifts for Doubles

In addition to their difficulty elements, Doubles must do four (4) pole lifts and one (1) floor lift for a total of up to 5 points awarded.   Lifts involve two partners doing interconnected moves on a pole or floor with both playing significant parts. 

Lifts are evaluated on three levels: 0.5, 0.8, and 1.0. The Code of Points gives a framework for assessing the levels. For example, a 0.5 is awarded when at least one partner is in a position of <0.6  point value, while a 0.8 is awarded when at least one partner is in a position of 0.7 to 0.8.  Below are the types of lifts:

Strength / Strength - Both partners are in a position that requires effort and control of their arms, core, or legs to maintain their position.

Flex / Flex - Both partners perform a lift that requires leg, back, or shoulder flexibility, executed to full extension.

Strength / Flex - When one partner is in a position of flexibility and the other is in a position of strength, in contact with each other, and in control of both positions.

Interlocking - Partners are interlocked in the same position by their arms, elbows, legs, knees, or backs either horizontally (left and right) or vertically (upside-down and upside-down).

Balance - A lift that is only attainable when both partners are in the correct position, as it requires weight, counterbalance, and assistance from the other partner to maintain.

Base Supported - When one partner fully supports the other by holding onto the pole. Both partners may make touch with the pole, however only one supports the other, while the other is suspended and hanging.

Floor - Lifts are performed on the floor without contacting the pole.


A maximum of 70 points can be awarded for the artistic and choreographic section. 

Execution Scoring

This score is based only on the technical execution of all the moves on the pole, transitions, and floor work.  For Doubles, this also includes timing and uniformity of movements.

What is Execution?

This is the ability to perform movements with flawless technique, maximum precision, proper posture, and body alignment.  This includes: 

The Knee and Toe Alignment
There is a straight line connecting the kneecap to the big toe. The foot and toes are pointed, and the toes are not clenched.

Clean Lines
Properly positioning the legs and arms, as well as pointing the feet and toes at full extension (the feet are not sickled). Maintaining tension-free fingers and toes, and only flexing the feet if performed as part of choreography.

Fully extending the legs, arms, back, neck, wrists, and chest. Avoiding rounded shoulders and back, and the head is held high. 

Maintaining proper posture while on and off the pole. There are no uncontrollable movements.

Execution within the Routine

Transitioning from one move to another with fluidity and grace, without hesitation, regripping,  or rebalancing. Transitions should appear effortless.

Angles of Moves
Performing every part of the routine at the desired angles. When using a spinning pole, the athlete is keeping full control to avoid stopping at an unfavorable angle.

Using Poles Equally
Using both static and spinning poles equally and without favoring one over another.

Using More than 70% of the Pole 
When the athlete's hands or feet extend beyond 70% of both poles during their performance. 

No Slipping, Losing Balance, or Falls
No loss of control or balance, and minor slips or losses of balance do not interfere with the performance.

No Fidgeting
No drying of hands on the costume, torso, pole, or floor as well as fussing with hair or outfit.

Execution for Doubles

Uniformity and Synchronicity
Performing as a single unit with identical range of motion, timing, and quality. Choreography includes precise and identical movements.

Using Poles Equally
Using both poles independently (one on each pole) and together (both on the same pole).


Each athlete starts with 75 points for execution. Any deviation from "perfect execution" is deducted from the initial 75 points.  That then is the athlete's overall execution score.

Deductions for Each Occurrence
-0.5 points for each poor execution
-1 point for each poor transition, bad angle of move, slip, or loss of balance
-1 point [Doubles] for each lack of uniform movement
-2 points for each fidget
-5 points for each uncontrolled fall to the floor

One Time Deductions
-3 points for not using poles equally or using less than 70% of the pole
-5 points [Doubles] If the majority of the performance is not synchronized

Difficulty Scoring

This score is based only on the elements declared on the Athlete's Difficulty Sheet.  The minimum requirements for each element are stated in the Elements Table of the Code of Points.


There are 5 groups of "type of elements".
Group A (Flexibility) - held stationary for 2 seconds
Group B (Strength) - held stationary for 2 seconds
Group C (Static spin) - one revolution without contact with the floor
Group D (Dynamic) - must have an aerial phase with dynamism
Group E (Spinning pole) - perform a Group A or B and held stationary for two rotations

The Athlete must declare at least one difficulty element from each group and complete it to the minimal requirements.

Level of Difficulty

The Level of Difficulty table on page 30 of the Code of Points shows the acceptable range of difficulty based on the age category.

Amateur Division
Amateurs must declare five elements within the allowable range in their age category (i.e. one element from each group).  They may additionally declare one extra element valued above the allowed age category.

Competitive Division
Competitive athletes must declare ten difficulty elements.  Junior athletes may additionally declare one element valued above the allowed age category.


Combination Bonus
When an Athlete declares two difficulty elements from two different element groups and completes them to the minimum requirements while also providing a direct transition between the two elements, they will receive a 1-point bonus. Up to three combination bonuses may be awarded, and the athlete must declare them on their Difficulty Sheet.

Super Bonus
A Competitive Senior or Master 50+ Athlete may declare one additional combination bonus if those two elements are valued at 1.0 each and performed to the minimum requirements with no downgrade. For this additional difficulty, they get an additional 1 point (i.e. a total of 2 points). This can only be awarded once.

Risk Factor Bonus
These are awarded by the Difficulty Judges to Athletes who complete a difficulty element with a high level of risk while also satisfying the minimum requirements. Athletes do not declare these on their Difficulty Sheet.

Difficulty for Doubles

Doubles must declare five elements within the allowable range in their age category (i.e. one element from each group). 

All difficulty elements must be completed in synchronicity and without contact with the other participant. The Difficulty Score is multiplied by two (total score without bonuses).

Difficulty for Parapole

In the Parapole division, only the first five elements executed from the highest value level of difficulty will be scored, with no difficulty elements declared. Parapole athletes do not have to perform one element per group.

Parapole athletes must provide a medical certificate or invalidity card to establish their disability.


Each athlete performs the elements in the sequence specified on their Difficulty Sheet. The Athlete can still do moves not on the Difficulty Sheet, but the Difficulty Judge will not evaluate them.

- When the Athlete completes each declared difficulty element and meets all of the requirements, the element's value is added to the difficulty score.
- For Groups A, B, and E that refer to a "parallel line to floor", the move's value may be reduced by 0.2 or 0.4 points if done correctly but slightly above or below the parallel line.
- If the minimum requirements are not met, the element is valued at zero.
- Bonuses are awarded to scored elements.

Potential Deductions

- Elements not performed in order of appearance or not performed at all
- Missing a group
- Incorrectly filled Difficulty Sheet (e.g., incorrect declaration of combinations or amount of difficulty elements, elements outside the allowed range, sheet not supplied in Word or PDF format)

Head Judge Scoring

Deductions, warnings, and disqualifications are issued by the Head Judge.


-1 point for theatrical presentation
-1 point for failure to appear in the stage area within 20 seconds after being called
-1 point for no logical beginning or end to the performance
-1 point for causing distraction by uttering vocals
-2 points for a 2-10 second interruption in performance (each)
-3 points for stopping performance for more than 10 seconds
-3 points for incorrect attire (jewelry, undergarments visible)
-3 points for incorrectly filling out the Difficulty Sheet
-3 points for second or more acrobatic elements (each)
-5 points for performing prohibited moves (each)
-5 points for a verbal cue from the coach (each)
-5 points for spotter and athlete communication, verbal or by contact (each)
-10 points for themes that violate the Olympic Charter and Code of Ethics

Wrong Music Length
-1 point if music is more/less than 3 seconds
-3 points if music is more/less than 5 seconds
-5 points if music is more/less than 10 seconds


- Presence in a restricted area
- Improper behavior/manners
- National tracksuit or emblem is not worn at an international competition
- Competition clothing is not worn at the medal award ceremony


- Missing all difficulty elements
- Drop out
- Walk-over: Failure to appear on stage within 1 minute after being called
- Serious violation of the POSA Statutes, Rules and Regulations, or Code of Points
- Unsportsmanlike conduct towards athletes
- Disrespectful conduct toward the Head Judge and Jury

This page summarizes the content provided in the Code of Points. The athlete must thoroughly read and comprehend the material in the Code of Points.

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