Monday, August 3, 2020

Nationals and Collegiates

USPA National Championships

Nationals 2020 Update (July 30, 2020)

Due to continuing uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and after reviewing more than 450 responses to a survey of recent competitors, Skydive City Zephyrhills decided—with USPA’s full support—to decline to host the 2020 USPA Skydiving and Parachuting National Championships scheduled for October 30-November 21. The survey revealed significant competitor concern about health risks, travel and other unforeseeable government restrictions, finances and ability to train.  Protecting the health of competitors, staff, vendors, volunteers and spectators was an important consideration. USPA fully understands and accepts Skydive City’s conclusion that hosting a safe National Championships at their drop zone is not viable at this time. Skydive City’s full statement is available HERE.

The USPA Board is now considering options for the 2020 USPA Nationals, knowing that it must make any plans quickly. Even so, future pandemic-related events could well affect that decision. USPA will provide an update as soon as possible. USPA members who wish to comment are invited to contact Director of Competition Steve Hubbard at competition@uspa.org.

 

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.


2020 USPA National Parachuting Championships

Dates: October 30 - November 8
Location: Skydive City Zephyrhills, Florida
FFI: competition@uspa.org

Meet Administration:
Meet Director: Bill Wenger
USPA Controller: Steve Hubbard


2020 USPA National Skydiving Championships

Dates: November 7 - 21
Location: Skydive City Zephyrhills, Florida
FFI: competition@uspa.org

Meet Administration:
Meet Director: Bill Wenger
USPA Controller: Steve Hubbard

Collegiates

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 camaraderie 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.

2020 USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships
Dates: December 28, 2019 to January 2, 2021
December 27 – Registration (closes at 5pm)
December 28 – Competition Begins
January 2 – Competition Ends
January 2 – Banquet and Awards, after jumping
Location: Skydive Arizona, Eloy, Arizona
FFI: competition@uspa.org

Meet Administration:

Meet Director: Randy Connell
Chief Judge: Jim Rees
USPA Controller: Steve Hubbard