Following procedures in the Skydiver’s Competition Manual, the national championships are annually awarded through a bid process by the USPA Board of Directors to USPA Group Member drop zones, who then host the championships under USPA supervision. The format of USPA’s championship events varies from year to year. In some years, all disciplines are combined at a single location, scheduled over a 10-14 day period with events conducted concurrently, usually held in the late fall. In other years, there have been as many as three separate championships. For example, in 2015, USPA held its National Parachuting Championships (Canopy Formation, Canopy Piloting and the Style & Accuracy events), a National Skydiving Championships (Artistic and Formation Skydiving events) and a Wingsuit Flying National Championships. Results are used to select USPA members to participate on U.S. Teams for international competition. The National Championships is USPA’s premiere event, giving the skydiving competitors a safe and fair “playing field in the sky,” the skydiving community in general a place and time to “see and be seen,” manufacturers an opportunity to mingle with skydiving competitors, and finally, a venue for the media and general public to see skydiving at its most exciting and very best.
2022 USPA National Championships
The first National Collegiate Parachuting Championships, now named the USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships, took place in 1958. USPA has hosted competitions at various locations in the U.S. ever since, promoting safety, competition, sportsmanship, and wcamaraderie among college skydivers.
The Collegiates provide a great way for college students, generally limited for funding, to compete in skydiving, and many continue on as competitors after graduation. Many of today’s leaders of the sport got their start as college skydivers.
2022 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships
Dates: December 28, 2022 to January 2, 2023
December 28 – Registration (closes at 5pm)
December 29 – Competition Begins
January 2 – Competition Ends
January 2 – Banquet and Awards, after jumping
Location: Skydive Arizona
Meet Director: Randy Connell
Chief Judge: TBD
USPA Controller: Steve Hubbard