RULES 2016

  • Organizers of the POLE BATTLE LEAGUE and POLE BATTLE CHAMPIONSHIP competitions is European Pole Dance Federation (EPDF) Team.
  • Competition is divided into several regional/national leagues each having its respective Ranking Chart.
  • Competitors choose a regional/national league based on their residence or nationality when signing up for the competition for the first time. In case the appropriate league does not exist, Competitors are allowed to choose a league according to their preference. Once decided, the chosen league cannot be changed later.
  • Competitors must be over the age of 18 or must have written consent from their parents in order to take part in the competition.
  • Competitors must enter by the dates that have been announced (see the list of upcoming battles); entries received after these dates will not be considered.
  • Competition is open for women in all the categories and for men in Professionals and Elite categories.
  • The best competitors in each regional/national league will be nominated to the International Pole Battle Championship at the end of the year (the date and other detail of this competition will be announced on EPDF website and Facebook page).

CATEGORIES

Amateurs

  • There are compulsory moves in this category and forbidden moves.
  • Forbidden moves cannot be executed in all rounds of the competition.

Professionals

  • There are compulsory moves in this category.
  • Participants in the previous year's league who placed 1st-3rd overall in the Amateurs category.
  • Every athlete who has already competed in category Professional.
  • Instructors and pole dancers who earn money by performing.

Elite

  • There are compulsory moves in this category.
  • Participants in the previous year's league who placed 1st-3rd overall in the Professionals category and finalists of the national championship.
  • Every athlete who has already competed in category Elite.
  • Instructors and pole dancers who earn money by performing.

Scoring system

  • Scoring system is based on awarding points for each place according to a contestant's category:
Category \ Place1234567891011121314151617181920
Amateurs1007550403530262219161412108654321
Professionals200150100807060524438322824201612108642
Elite300225150120105907866574842363024181512963

COMPETITION SYSTEM

  • Competition, with a sports and dance character, according to binding rules with an expert judging panel (divided into several sections – Compulsory moves (just in the 1st round), Technical Bonuses & Deductions, Art & Improvisation).
  • Competitors compete according to the table below. Each competitor will enter the stage 2x per one battle (one battle in a practice – e. g. category Amateurs: competitor_A: 0:35 min + competitor_B: 0:35 min + competitor_A: 0:35 min + competitor_B: 0:35 min. Both competitors change on the stage immediately. Total duration of one battle in this category is 4 x 0:35 s). Number of competitors in the 1st round depends on the organizer but in the Final round there must be just 6 competitors = 3 battles per category.
  • 1st ROUND
    CategoryPoleTime/BattleNo. of BattlesNo. of Competitors
    Amateursstatic2 x 0:35 minxxxxxx
    Professionalsstatic2 x 0:45 minxxxxxx
    Elitestatic2 x 0:50 minxxxxxx
    FINAL
    Amateursstatic2 x 0:45 min36
    Professionalsspinning2 x 1:00 min36
    Elitespinning2 x 1:15 min36
  • All information about actual pole battle round will be announced in a particular Facebook Event. The link for this event will be placed in info block in Calendar.
  • The competition usually takes place on an X-STAGE (X-POLE, chrome), pole diameter 45 mm. However, the organizer is allowed to choose another producer of stages.
  • Competition pairings will be done after the registration before the competition. This information will be hidden to competitors. They will know their partner on the stage from the moderator.
  • Track list (a list will be posted in advance on the website/Facebook) will be drawn immediately before each battle. The organizer does not have to incorporate all sent songs from the application forms. The songs are chosen by the audience before each battle.
  • The time of the first competitor in each battle starts with the beginning of the song. When the song is playing, the time is running. After the beep (= the signal for changing the competitors on the stage) sounds the song is continuing and the other competitor entering the stage and start dancing. It means that song is not stopped and it is not started from its beginning.
  • It is up to the competitors what songs will be played. The organizer is not responsible for songs that competitors inserted into their applications. If they choose song with some intro without music they have to improvise on it.
  • The competition has two rounds – 1st round and the final. The number of battles in the 1st round depends on the number of competitors. Just the best 6 competitors compete in the final round (i.e. there are 3 final battles in each category).
  • 1st round: compulsory moves must be performed.

Terms of participation in a Pole Battle League

  • Competitors must fill in and send an application form (on the website) by the set deadline. The organizer contacts the fastest applicants + two reserves.
  • Winner of a round will be awarded a voucher for the next round of the same regional/national league (but only if the winner belongs to this particular league).

Entry list of competitors

  • A list of the selected competitors will be posted on the website after the deadline for entries and electronic invitations will be sent to these competitors with further instructions.
  • Two participants will be invited to the pole battle as reserves. They will pay the entry fee on the day only if they take part in the competition.
  • Should a registered competitor fail to attend a competition without a valid excuse and reason provided in written form by email (see contacts) at least 48 hours before the official start of the competition, the competitor will be disqualified for the entire year.

Gripping & Cleaning

  • Competitors may use grips just on their body but NOT directly on the pole. The pole will be cleaned after each pole battle, never in the middle of the battle.

Dress Code

  • NO platform or high-heeled shoes
  • The bottom part of the outfit must cover the competitor's bottom (for example we recommend sports tops and shorts from the sponsor Dragonfly)
  • NO gloves or sleeves
  • The upper part of the outfit must only be sports-type clothing – we highly recommend Dragonfly brand.
  • All decorations must be fixed on the costume (non-detachable) and no added accessories and/or props are permitted (including but not limited to props such as hats, canes, etc.)
  • Competitors are not allowed to promote their own studios or other businesses during their performances
  • A violation of these rules may lead to disqualification

COMPULSORY MOVES

Compulsory moves need to be performed in the 1st round of the competition.

If a competitor cannot manage all the compulsory moves 100 % (for example splits, etc.), this does not mean that she/he cannot take part in the competition. Either she/he tries the move and receives less points for it or she/he does not perform it and gets a deduction from the judges.

Amateurs

  • 2 x Spins
  • 2 x Power Trick
  • 1 x Flexi Trick

Competitors must hold for at least 2 seconds in each move.

Special thanks to our pole dancers and POLE MOVES for their cooperation on the production of the photographs.

AmateursPhoto(s)Difficulty
2 x SPINS min. 360°
One handed spin, one or both legs has contact to the poleA
Full bracket spinA
One handed spin, no leg has contact to the poleB
Corkscrew SpinB
Cradle SpinCradle SpinB
2 x POWER trick
Aerial V-InvertAerial V-InvertB
Butterfly (leg on the pole bent; calf and ankle have contact to pole)ButterflyB
Crossed Knee ReleaseCrossed Knee ReleaseB
Aerial Full Bracket Hold PositionAerial Full Bracket Hold PositionAerial Full Bracket Hold PositionA
Handstands (Butterfly, Straddle)Handstands ButterflyHandstands StraddleB
Inverted Thigh HoldInverted Thigh HoldA
Outside Leg Hang (Gemini)Outside Leg HangA
V-Invert from the floorV-Invert from the floorA
1 x FLEXI trick
Ballerina/Ice Skater min 150°Ballerina/Ice Skater min 150°A
Box split on the pole, foot on the floor min 160°B
Inside Leg Hang (Scorpio) hands grab a footB
Split on the floor 180°A
Split on the pole, foot on the floor min 160°B

In the Amateurs category the following tricks are PENALISED IN BOTH ROUNDS:

  • Shoulder Mount Invert
  • Twisted Grip Handspring
  • Handspring (Cup Grip, True Grip)
  • Aysha (Elbow Grip, Forearm Grip)
  • Iguana (Pencil)

Professionals

  • 1 x Double Spin
    competitors cannot touch the floor when executing the combination and each spin must be 360° → 720° double spin; choose from the table of double spins tricks below
  • 2 x Power Trick
  • 2 x Flexi Trick

Competitors must hold for at least 2 seconds in each move.

Special thanks to our pole dancers and POLE MOVES for their cooperation on the production of the photographs.

ProfessionalsPhoto(s)Difficulty
1 x Double spin min 720°
Double spin with both hands on the poleC
Double spin starting one handedD
2 x POWER trickPDF icon
Aysha Elbow GripAysha Elbow GripD
Butterfly ExtendedButterfly ExtendedC
Crossed Ankle ReleaseCrossed Ankle Release 2C
Flag Grip PasséFlag Grip PasséC
JaneiroJaneiroD
Shoulder Mount from the floorShoulder Mount from the floorC
Shoulder Mount from the pole (+lift up) - e.g. From supermanShoulder Mount from the poleD
Table Top PasséTable Top PasséD
Twisted Grip HandspringTwisted Grip HandspringC
2 x FLEXI trickPDF icon
Allegra min 160°AllegraC
Allegra 180°AllegraD
Box Split with Elbow/Basic Grip min 160°Box Split Elbow GripC
Capezio min 160°CapezioC
Capezio min180°CapezioD
Crescent Moon, legs parallel to floorCrescent MoonC
Cocoon (outside/inside foot hooked) bent armsCocoon (outside)D
Chopstick min 160°ChopstickC
Chopstick min 180°ChopstickD
Jade min 160°JadeC
Jade min 180°JadeD
Reverse Crescent Moon (from Superman), legs parallel to the floorReverse Crescent MoonC
Reverse Split on the pole (from cupid)Reverse Split on the poleD
Split on the pole (from seat)Split on the poleC

Elite

  • 1 x Spin-Trick Combination
    competitors cannot touch the floor when executing the combination
  • 2 x Power Trick
  • 2 x Flexi Trick

Competitors must hold for at least 2 seconds in each move.

Special thanks to our pole dancers and POLE MOVES for their cooperation on the production of the photographs.

ElitePhoto(s)Difficulty
1 x COMBINATION spin + invert
Combination of spin and Inverted VE
Combination of spin and Shoulder mountF
Reverse Grab Straddle into an Invert from category FF
2 x POWER trick
Aerial dead lift - one leg bent (Shoulder mount, twisted/basic/cup grip handspring)E
Aerial dead lift - both legs straight (Shoulder mount, twisted/basic/cup grip handspring)Shoulder Mount aerial dead lift 1Shoulder Mount aerial dead lift 2F
Human Flag PasséHuman Flag PasséF
Iron X cup gripIron X cup gripF
Iron X twisted gripIron X twisted gripE
Planks (Shoulder mount, Iguana, Janeiro plank etc…) min 45° from the poleE
Planks (Shoulder mount, Iguana, Janeiro plank etc…) parallel to the floorF
Table Top both legs straightTable Top both legs straightF
2 x FLEXI trick
Bird of Paradise min 180°F
Cocoon (outside/inside leg hooked) straight armsCocoon (inside)E
Box Split armpit holdBox Split armpit holdE
Jade Passé min 180°Jade PasséE
Machine Gun min 160°Machine GunE
Rainbow Marchenko min 160°Rainbow MarchenkoF
Reverse Bird of Paradise min 180°Reverse Bird of ParadiseF
Russian Split not parallel to the floor min 45° from the poleRussian SplitE
Russian Split parallel to the floor min 180°F
SpatchcockSpatchcockF

SCORING SYSTEM

  • The jury is divided into 3 categories and there must be at least one EPDF certificated judge in each category (except compulsory moves). Here is an evaluation by judging panel:

TECHNICAL SCORE

BONUSES

  • Original Transitions
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Dynamics (drops, catches, re-grips)
  • Strong momentum on spinning pole (Final round for Professionals and Elite)

DEDUCTIONS

  • Incorrect Execution
  • Bad angle of the move
  • Incorrect Transition
  • Slip or loss of balance
  • Drying hands
  • Fall
  • Performing of forbidden move (for Amateurs)
  • Loss of momentum on spinning pole (Final round for Professionals and Elite)

ART & IMPROVISATION

BONUSES

  • Originality & Improvisation
  • Movement & Dance performance
  • Interpretation
  • Confidence
  • Charisma, Stage Presence

DEDUCTIONS

  • Costume malfunction
  • Inappropriate facial expressions (incl. Uttering Vocals)
  • Repeating the same movements
  • Not respecting the Signal

Warning: Vulgar or erotic moves may lead to disqualification.

Media rights

All competitors agree that the organizers can use footage and photos from the competition in documentation and promotional materials in all known ways (TV, internet, print media, etc.). Furthermore, competitors agree that if they take part in the final they will be available for photographs and possibly also an interview after the competition.

Final provisions

The competition organizers reserve the right to amend the rules at any time without prior warning.

The organizers are not liable for any injury that competitors incur while taking part in the competition.

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