USPSF VIRTUAL SEMI-FINALS 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 participate and join TEAM USA.


Price

Each routine just $75 per person 

(Doubles is $150 per entry)
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Dates at a Glance

USPSF Virtual Semi-Finals 2022

April 1

Registration and Payment is due

May 1

Videos, Concept Forms, and Difficulty Sheets are due

Mid May

Videos will be judged by the USPSF judging panel

June 2

Videos will be streamed and scores will be announced during the stream. Tune in uspsfcompetitions.com/livestream

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 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 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 division 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 VIRTUAL SEMI-FINALS?

Competition is a great chance to progress, have new experiences, and possibly even advance.

Competing in Semi-Finals gives you a chance to create a routine and have it judged by our Certified Judges. This valuable feedback will give you a competitive advantage if you wish to go on to Nationals. 

You do not have to compete at Semi-Finals in order to compete in Nationals. But it is very highly suggested!

But no matter what your reason, competition can be a wonderful opportunity. We hope to see many NEW athletes join the competition this year because of the ease of competing virtually. 


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.


Prepare for Nationals

By competing at Semi-Finals, you will push yourself to develop a routine early in the competition season.

You will get valuable feedback from the judges on your performance and then you will be able to apply that feedback to your routine for Nationals!

By the time you take the stage at Nationals, you can feel confident that you have dedicated the time and effort to make the most of your routine. 


Showcase your Hard Work

Chances are if you're reading this that 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. And since this one is going to be virtual, you can share with anyone around the world. 


Convenience of Virtual

Take advantage of the benefits of virtual competition. There aren't any travel costs, you don't need time off work. Also, you can video as many times as you want.

This is a great way for new athletes to comfortably get into the world of competition from the safety of their own homes/home studios. 


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!


If you go to Nationals, you could qualify for the POSA World Championship

Pole Sport, Pole Art, Aerial Hoop, and Aerial Silk 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. 

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. 


Compete at the CSIT World Games

Athletes that compete at the 2022 POSA Pole Sport World Championships will have the chance to qualify at Worlds to compete at the CSIT World Games.

This is truly an opportunity you don't want to miss! 


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 competition can have a chance to grow through the USPSF.

Do I have to do semi-finals to do Nationals?

No. Anyone can sign up for Nationals. However, priority will be given to those that have competed in a semi-final.

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. 

What are the video requirements?

Your entire body must be visible for the entire judged performance.  Please film your video in the horizontal plane and place the camera with a “straight on” view of the performance area and not at an angle where the judges cannot accurately judge "angles of moves".  The camera must be stationary for the entire performance.  Please ensure that the video is recorded in 1080p to ensure the best video quality.

For poles: It is preferred to have the correct set-up of two 12 foot poles that are approximately 9 feet apart with static on stage right and spin on stage left (from performer point of view, facing audience). However, we realize this may not be possible. You will not be deducted if the correct height of poles or distance between poles is not able to be used.

Please review the USPSF Rules and Regulations document for additional video requirements.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do you have more questions about the Rules and Regulations for this competition? 

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


USPSF Rules and Regulations for Video Requirements

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

Rules and Regulations for Pole Art and Classique

What to do next

You know you're going to love it and you feel the excitement inside you growing!

Here's what to do next:
1: Click the button and register
2: Pay the registration fee  
3: Begin training and be ready for an experience of a lifetime!