Skydiving Nationals 2.0, the first nationals remote skydiving competition, is shaking up the field by allowing athletes to jump at their home dropzone against people from across the country. Realizing this is a unique opportunity to get a large number of people interested in competition without the commitment of travel and time usually required to compete, Skydive Chicago wants to make the event as accessible to people as possible. This includes priorities like keeping the event under $50 and offering the entry-level category 4-way FS rookie. This way pick-up teams can be included in the fun, as well as lower experienced teams who have struggled with a shortened skydiving season.
“Originally, we were going to go to the Nationals for the first time this year, but since Covid made the training season much later than usual, and with Nationals 2.0 being almost 2 months earlier than the original Nationals, I thought competing in the Rookie class vs intermediate, would yield a much better experience… I am viewing it as a training session with pressure, which will be good for all of us and none of us have ever competed in 4-way before.” – Carin Liljedahl, Skydive The Ranch, Petrichor
With some of our first teams signed up being 4-way FS rookie, we wanted to talk to these athletes to see what they think about Skydiving Nationals 2.0!
What are you most excited for?
“Being able to be a part of something that will be both fun and challenging. Learning new skills.” – Erik Christiansen, Des Moines Skydivers, Flying Orcas
“Two of our teammates have less than 100 skydives. I am looking forward to seeing them progress as skydivers.” – Rene Rios, Des Moines Skydivers, Flying Orcas
“…knowing that someone is judging and scoring and that every jump counts will add valuable pressure in order for the team to learn how they might perform with the added stress.” – Alex Jordaan, Skydive The Ranch, Petrichor
Words of Wisdom to anyone thinking of signing up?
“Sign up!!!! There is nothing to lose, and everything to gain.” – Carin Liljedahl, Skydive The Ranch, Petrichor
“I’d encourage any other “noob” teams who might be on the fence about competing at all to jump on the grenade and do this. The cost is relatively low, and the “feeling” of competition, even though remote, will be an experience worth having, knowing that others from across the country are doing the same draw. The Rookie draw is perfect for teams who simply haven’t had much time to train but can reliably fly together.” – David Grabowski, Skydive The Ranch, Petrichor
“Competitions are few and far between, so whatever format you can get is worth the lessons that you will take away from it…” – Alex Jordaan, Skydive The Ranch, Petrichor
“Ask a lot of questions. Find the people that are good belly flyers and have had some experience in competitive skydiving and ask them questions. Most of those people will be more than happy to take time from their fun jumping to coach your team up and help you progress.” – Rene Rios, Des Moines Skydivers, Flying Orcas
Where to get more information
So what are you waiting for?! Grab a team and make sure everyone is registered before noon CDT on Wednesday, 9/16
As most everybody knows, this year has not exactly been ideal, or what anyone predicted it would be like in January. This is true for all communities around the world, including our favorite community- Skydivers! One of the side effects of the pandemic includes USPA Nationals being cancelled due to concerns from community members. This was particularly related to hundreds of jumpers traveling from all over to meet together in person at ZHills in Florida. Teams around the country were disappointed at losing the chance to compete… but talk around the bonfire quickly included ideas about a remote or digital Nationals. Since the whole world has found a way to move online… wouldn’t it be neat if people could compete at their home DZ and upload the videos?
Enter Skydiving Nationals 2.0! Skydiving Chicago, in partnership with your local dropzone and Performance Designs, presents the first ever remote national skydiving competition. Not only does this event give teams who have been training a chance to compete against each other, but also gives a real opportunity for skydivers with no competition experience a way to try it out with very few entry barriers. Jumpers will get the chance to compete at their home DZ, out of their familiar plane, against others across the country, and be scored by nationally rated judges. To allow for the most dropzone participation, the SDC team had to move quickly, setting the event dates to September 19-20th before the weather in the country’s northern DZs begins to decline.
The team at SDC is very excited for the opportunities this could bring to the sport overall. With no need for travel and only a $45 entry fee, the cost of the event is significantly lower than a normal National competition. A remote competition does not offer the same atmosphere as when we are physically able to bring everyone together, but for the skydiver who was never able to financially commit or get a team together with schedules and travel ability lined up, this is the perfect opportunity to bring local friends together to give it a try. The competition is real. The scores are real. The medals are real. See how you like it and be scored by national judges for the price of two jump tickets (or less)! Great opportunity to demo a competition! With the increased interest in competition this event will bring, it will lead to better teams and better flying at future USPA National events to continue to progress the sport. This is not a USPA sanctioned event, but we do have the USPA’s encouragement to make this happen!
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