National Pole Sports, Para Pole & Open IPSF Championships 2020

Pole Sports includes artistic elements but is based more heavily on athleticism and technical merit, and judged by an original Code of Points in line with other Olympic standard sports such as gymnastics, diving, and ice skating. Pole Sports evolves in strict accordance with GAISF (Global Association for International Sports Federation) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) criteria.

Para Pole is made for athletes with physical disability. Using the Pole Sports Code of points, this discipline is organized according to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) classification system.In para-sport, athletes are grouped by the degree of activity limitation resulting from the impairment. The IPC classification system determines which athletes are eligible to compete in a sport and how athletes are grouped together for competition. This, to a certain extent, is similar to grouping athletes by age, gender or weight.

The Swiss Artistic Pole Championship 2020 is organized by the Swiss Pole Sports Federation, under the governance of the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF). This means that all IPSF rules and regulations apply for this competition, including antidoping rules  !

Competing athletes are required to create a routine matching the IPSF rules and regulations, including the Code of Points. At the moment, those are available for free in English, French, Italian and German.

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Information Pole Sports for Swiss athletes:

Division :
  • Amateur
  • Professional
  • Elite
Individual categories :
  • Pre-Novice : athletes from 6 to 9 years old
  • Novice : athletes from 10 to 14 years old
  • Junior : athletes from 15 to 17 years old
  • Senior +18: athletes from 18 to 29 years old
  • Senior +30 : athletes from 30 to 39 years old
  • Masters +40 : athletes from 40 to 49 years old
  • Masters +50 : athletes from 50 to 59 years old
  • Masters +60 : athletes from 60 years old and more

In all categories, EXCEPT for Pre-novice, male and female athletes are competing in different competitions.

Doubles categories :
  • Novice : athletes from 10 to 14 years old
  • Junior : athletes from 15 to 17 years old
  • Youth : mix between Double Novice and Junior
  • Senior (Woman/Woman) : athletes over 18 years old
  • Senior (Man/Woman) : athletes over 18 years old
  • Senior (Man/Man) :athletes over 18 years old

Information Pole Sports for OPEN athletes (non-Swiss) :

Only Elite athletes without IPSF national competition in their home country can compete in OPEN division.

Categories for Elite division are the exact same as the categories mentioned for Swiss athletes (see above), EXCEPT Pre-Novice.

Qualification for World Pole Sports Championship 2020

October 2020 – Lausanne (Switzerland)

Athletes who came on the 1st and 2nd place at their national Championship, in each category, can qualify for the World Pole Sports Championships 2020. The winner of each category if immediately qualified, no matter its score. The athlete who came 2nd must achieve a minimum score of 25 points to qualify for WPSC. This applies to all categories of the Elite division, EXCEPT for Senior men, Senior Women and Senior Doubles. Those 3 categories must achieve a minimum score of 30 points to qualify. 

Athletes who came in 3rd or 4th position can be picked up as reserve athletes in case of the winner and his runner up couldn’t compete at WPSC.


Any questions regarding the rules can be asked directly to the IPSF, using the dedicated Facebook group: “International Pole Sports Federation – Competitor Group“. The SPSF and IPSF will no longer answer your question by e-mail.