Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15



Chapter 5

1. USPA Nationals Site Selections Processcopy link

1.1 General

1.1.1 The USPA National Skydiving Championships selection process was developed to give interested USPA Group Members a fair and equitable chance to bid for the opportunity to host a USPA National Skydiving Championships.

Each year, USPA solicits bids for hosting the USPA National Championships in Accuracy Landing (AL); Canopy Formation (CF); Formation Skydiving (FS, MFS, VFS); Artistic Events (AE); Canopy Piloting (CP), Canopy Piloting – Freestyle (CP-F), Wingsuit Flying (WS), Speed Skydiving (SP) and the National Collegiate Skydiving Championships.

1.1.3 Bids for USPA National Championships should be grouped as follows:

  • USPA National Skydiving Championships (FS, AE, SP, and WS)
  • USPA National Parachuting Championships (AL, CF, CP, CP-F)
  • USPA Collegiate Skydiving Championships
    The board may consider bids for less than all events/disciplines based on whether it believes it is in the best interest of the competitors and USPA.

1.1.4 Bids must be received at USPA Headquarters by January 15 of the calendar year preceding the event and will be evaluated at that year’s Winter Board meeting. Headquarters will publish an invitation for bids and the due date twice in advance in the USPA Update and Parachutist Magazine.

1.1.5 Current USPA group members must submit proposals to USPA headquarters, 5401 Southpoint Centre Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407 or via email to Bids must be received not later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on January 15 (or the first business day thereafter).

1.2 Bid Process

1.2.1 For bids to be considered in the bidding process by the USPA Board of Directors, they must comply with the following: Bids must follow the format established in USPA National Skydiving Championships Minimum Site Requirements, included in this Manual. All bid packages must include a completed National Skydiving Championships Bid Information form, included in this Manual. If the bid is not submitted electronically, 25 copies of the complete National Skydiving Championships proposal and 10 copies of the complete National Collegiate Skydiving Championships proposal must be received at USPA Headquarters by the deadline. Each Group Member must agree in writing to sign the USPA National Skydiving Championships Letter of Agreement within 30 days of being awarded the bid.

1.2.2 USPA Headquarters will record the date bids are received.

1.2.3 USPA Headquarters will review bids to ensure that the requirements are met. Those bids received after the deadline or that do not meet the requirements will not be forwarded to the USPA Board and will not be considered.

1.2.4 Copies of all bids that meet the requirements will be sent to USPA Board members no later than two weeks before the USPA Board meeting in which bids are to be awarded.

1.2.5 Board members are encouraged to call bidders to answer any questions they may have about the bids.

1.2.6 Bid requests Any USPA member may request a copy of the bids from USPA Headquarters. Requests should be in writing and include the cost of printing and postage as determined by USPA Headquarters.

1.3 Bid Selection

1.3.1 USPA Group Members submitting bids will be given an opportunity to make a presentation to the full USPA Board, although one is not required.

1.3.2 USPA Group members making presentations to the USPA Board may first meet with the Competition Committee to review the selection process.

1.3.3 The order of presentations to the BOD will be decided in the Competition Committee meeting by draw.

1.3.4 USPA Board bid presentation procedures Each Group Member will be allowed an opportunity to present its bid to the full USPA Board. The presentation is in addition to the bid packages already received by board members. Presenters will leave the meeting room prior to the beginning of bid presentations and will be called into the room one at a time for their presentation. Each Group Member will be allowed up to 12 minutes to make his or her presentation.

  • Each bidder will be given a two- and a one-minute warning before time is up.
  • A 10-minute question-and-answer period will follow each presentation.
  • If any time remains after board members have asked their questions, board members may recognize questions from the gallery. After the question-and-answer period, the presenter will leave the room.

1.3.5 Voting procedures The gallery will remain open to all USPA members except bidders. A maximum of 30 minutes will be allowed for discussion among the USPA Board members after all the bids have been presented. Vote will be by a show of hands. Tallying:

  • The bid is awarded to the bidder who receives 51 percent or more of the votes cast; abstentions are not considered.
  • If there is a tie, there must be a new vote.
  • Where there are three or more bidders and one does not receive a majority number of votes, the one with the lowest vote count is removed from the ballot, and a new vote is taken.
  • If two bidders tie for low vote, neither may be removed; in this case, a new vote must be taken.

1.3.6 Bids for the National Collegiate Skydiving Championships will be presented to and voted on by the Competition Committee, and their decision will be presented to the Board of Directors for ratification.

2. National Skydiving Championships Minimum Site Requirementscopy link

2.1 Aircraft and Airspace

2.1.1 Clear airspace within a three-mile radius to the following altitudes (AGL): Accuracy Landing (AL): 8,000 feet. Formation Skydiving (FS): 13,000 feet. Canopy Formation (CF): 9,000 feet (Meet Director can increase to 10,000 feet). Artistic Events (AE): 13,000 feet. Canopy Piloting (CP): 5,000 feet. Canopy Piloting – Freestyle (CP-F): 5,000 feet. Wingsuit Flying (WS): 12,500 feet. Speed Skydiving (SP): 13,000 feet.

2.1.2 Aircraft capabilities for all events at the rate of 150 jumps per hour. Back-up aircraft available in the event of aircraft down time. List of aircraft type and availability. Designate range of aircraft speeds to be flown during exit.

2.1.3 Fuel facilities for all listed aircraft.

2.2 Facilities—Registration and Judging

2.2.1 Office space to accommodate registration.

2.2.2 Judging rooms for a team of five judges (one room per discipline); for FS, room(s) must be large enough to accommodate a minimum of two panels of five judges each.

2.2.3 On-site copy machine.

2.2.4 Computer with high-speed internet access and printer.

2.2.5 Secured area (400-sq. ft.) for air-to-air video copying, editing and file transfer.

2.2.6 Space for a USPA Judge Training Program, if conducted.

2.3 Facilities—Competitors

2.3.1 Indoor area for teams and competitors.

2.3.2 Area to accommodate competitors for briefing and seminars.

2.3.3 Rigging services.

2.3.4 Food service on site.

2.3.5 Sufficient creeper area to accommodate FS teams.

2.3.6 Area for public viewing of judging, including large-screen TV(s) or multiple viewing monitors.

2.4 Equipment—Judging

2.4.1 Electronic scoring system with high definition video playback capability.

2.4.2 High definition video display(s) of size, number and type determined in consultation with the Chief Judge.

2.4.3 Tables and chairs for judging area.

2.4.4 Area for posting scores.

2.4.5 Tuffet for accuracy landing.

2.4.6 Position logging devices for WS.

2.4.7 Wind socks and wind-speed meter meeting FAI requirements for size, metric read-out, and wind exceedance alarms.

2.4.8 All necessary equipment and staff to run the competition under current USPA competition rules; the Chief Judge determines size of staff needed to support the scoring and judging sections.

2.5 Accommodations

2.5.1 List of motels and hotels in the area.

2.5.2 Camping facilities in area.

2.5.3 Bathroom and shower facilities on DZ.

2.6 Travel Cost

2.6.1 Best airport hub location nearest to DZ.

2.6.2 Transportation available from airport to DZ for competitors and costs.

2.6.3 Airport shuttle from airport to DZ and return for official staff.

2.6.4 Motel shuttle for official staff.

2.7 Enhancements

2.7.1 List extras to be provided, such as t-shirts, etc.

2.8 Dates

2.8.1 List proposed dates, which may be flexible or cover a range. Meet dates must be decided within two weeks of being awarded the bid. Dates will include registration date(s) and competition dates.

2.9 Sanction Fees

2.9.1 Sanction fees will be $25 for the first event per participant, plus $10 for additional events entered by the participant (except the NCSC, $10 per participant). Each of the following is considered a separate event:

  • 4-way (FS)
  • 8-way (FS)
  • 10-way (FS)
  • 16-way (FS)
  • Accuracy Landing (AL)
  • 2-way Sequential (CF)
  • 4-way Rotation (CF)
  • 4-way Sequential (CF)
  • Freeflying (FF)
  • Freestyle Skydiving (FR)
  • National Collegiate Skydiving (NCSC)
  • Canopy Piloting (CP)
  • Canopy Piloting – Freestyle (CP-F)
  • 4-way Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS)
  • 2-way Mixed Formation Skydiving (MFS)
  • Wingsuit Performance Flying (WSP)
  • Wingsuit Acrobatic Flying (WSA)
  • Speed Skydiving (SP)

2.10 Competitor Costs

2.10.1 List training and competition jump cost ($):

  • Accuracy Landing: 3,000 feet
  • Team Accuracy Landing and Sport Accuracy: 3,500 feet
  • 4-Way Formation Skydiving: 10,500 feet
  • 10-Way Formation Skydiving: 11,000 feet
  • Artistic Events, and 8-Way and 16-Way Formation Skydiving: 13,000 feet
  • Canopy Formation: 7,000, 8,200 and 9,000 feet
  • Canopy Piloting: 5,000 feet
  • Canopy Piloting – Freestyle: 5,000 feet
  • Mixed Formation Skydiving and Vertical Formation Skydiving: 13,000 feet
  • Wingsuit Flying: 12,500 feet.
  • Speed Skydiving: 13,000 feet.

2.10.2 Proposed competitor registration fees—Bidders should be as specific as possible and should differentiate between basic registration fee, event registration fee, multiple-event registration fees and cost per jump.

2.11 Judges’ Travel Accommodations

2.11.1 The Host is to pay expenses for travel, room, breakfast and lunch, and a daily fee of $100 as follows: Airfare or driving expenses up to the equivalent of airfare from home to major airport closest to DZ. Transportation from closest airport to DZ. Local transportation from DZ to/from lodging site. Breakfast and lunch at DZ. Lodging (double occupancy). The daily $100 fee applies to all officially scheduled competition days (including training, practice and set-up) for each event for which the judge was hired.

  • This daily fee may be modified by mutual agreement between the host and the individual judge.
  • The daily fee may be designated as part per-diem and the remainder a stipend for tax purposes.

2.12 Performance Bond

2.12.1 The Host will post a performance bond in accordance with the USPA National Skydiving Championships Letter of Agreement.

2.13 Other

2.13.1 Speaker system to reach all areas of the DZ.

2.13.2 Staff for manifest, equipment inspection, aircraft fueling, loading, off-site pickup vehicle, scoring/recording and other support duties as required (see SCM 1-7.9 “Host and Meet Management Responsibilities”).

2.13.3 Awards ceremonies and social events to be provided by the Host.

2.13.4 Five-year weather study in the month the event is to be hosted.

2.13.5 Portable ground-to-air radio communications, number to be determined by the Meet Director.

2.13.6 Ground-to-ground radios, number to be determined by the Meet Director.

2.13.7 Cost of the video pool at the National Collegiate Skydiving Championships to be provided by Host

2.13.8 Any USPA member in good standing will be allowed to participate in a National Championships in any role.

2.13.9 Competition operations will take precedence over normal operations to ensure completion of all rounds.

Appendix A: National Skydiving Championships Bid Informationcopy link

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Appendix B: USPA National Skydiving Championships Letter of Agreementcopy link

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