The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® competition formats

TIMBERSPORTS® competitions are multi-discipline events. They comprise up to six disciplines and they demand a high level of technical ability, precision and strength. The disciplines, the points awarded and the format are different depending on the competition. The Team and Trophy formats work in a head-to-head knockout system while the Individual, Rookie, Intermediate and Women’s competitions use a points system with athletes accumulating points in each discipline separately.

Formats in the points system

In four formats the winner is the one who collects the most points during the competition. All athletes receive points depending on the times they achieve in each discipline – with the fastest athlete receiving the most and the slowest athlete receiving the least.

Individual competitions 

The Individual competitions feature all six TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines and are only contested by Pro athletes. Pros are all athletes who can compete in all six TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines safely with the corresponding Pro wood diameter – gender has no influence.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Rookie Finn Neusinger from Great Britain during the Single Buck at the Rookie World Championship 2019 in Kungsbacka, Sweden.

Rookie competitions

The Rookie competitions comprise up to five disciplines, and only Rookies may participate in this format. Rookies are athletes under 25 that have not competed in all six TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines with Pro wood diameter – gender has no influence.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Intermediate Alexander Heinz from Germany at the one-board Springboard.

Intermediate competitions

Intermediate competitions comprise up to six disciplines depending on the individual skill level of the participating Intermediates. Intermediates are athletes over 25 who are not able to compete in all six disciplines with Pro wood diameter within the time limits – gender has no influence.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® female athlete Nadine Münzenmaier from Germany at the Underhand Chop.

Women’s competitions

Women’s competitions comprise of three or four disciplines and only women may participate in this format.

Formats in the knockout system

Team and Trophy competitions are held in a knockout system. Here, the participants compete in direct duels, with only the faster ones advancing to the next round, until the strongest two face each other in the final. The losers of the semi-finals fight for the third place in the small final.

Team and Trophy competitions

Team and Trophy competitions comprise four disciplines that need to be completed back-to-back. In the team format this is done by four athletes in relay and in the Trophy format by one individual athlete. All levels may participate in these competitions and mixed teams are allowed.

In order to determine the pairings for the first round in the knockout formats, a time trial is held beforehand. Here, the participants have to complete a first run and are ranked depending on their times. If there is a large number of participants, the time trial is also used to reduce the number of participants before the first round.

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