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Competitors

Skydive Chicago and Skydive Midwest welcome skydivers from around the country to compete in the USPA National Championships!

September 2-21, 2022


Meet Director

Melissa Nelson 



USPA Controller

Steve Hubbard


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Events

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Canopy Piloting

Canopy Piloting

Location: Skydive Midwest

Official Practice Period: Wednesday, August 31 – Thursday, September 1

Registration: Friday, September 2

Competition: Saturday, September 3 – Tuesday, September 6

Chief Judge: Kolla Kolbeinsdottir

What is CP?

A competition in canopy piloting consists of three rounds in speed, three in distance, and three in accuracy.
During the speed rounds, the pilot’s goal is to navigate under canopy through the boundaries of the course in the fastest time.
During the distance rounds, competitors drag a foot in the water at the beginning of the course and then continue to fly down the course as far as possible. The toe drag is not required for flyers in the advanced category.
​In the accuracy rounds, the pilot’s goal is to drag a foot through as many water gates as possible and then land in a specific accuracy zone. More points are awarded the closer to the target the pilot lands. Pilots lose points if they do not stand up the landing.

Canopy Piloting - Freestyle

Canopy Piloting- Freestyle

Location: Skydive Midwest

Official Practice Period: At the conclusion of CP

Registration: Monday, September 5

Competition: Tuesday, September 6 – Wednesday, September 7

Chief Judge: Kolla Kolbeinsdottir

What is CP-Freestyle?

Canopy piloting-freestyle is a separate competition from canopy piloting that is all about style! The competitors have three rounds to complete different moves over the water that are judged based on difficulty and how well they are performed.

4-way Formation Skydiving

4-way Formation Skydiving

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Thursday, September 8

Competition: Friday, September 9 – Tuesday, September 13

Chief Judge: Rina Gallo

What is 4-way FS?

In 4-way formation skydiving, teams made up of four performers and one videographer have 35 seconds of freefall to complete as many formations as possible. For ten rounds, teams exit at 10,500 ft above the ground and are given a different specific sequence of formations to complete each jump. This is the second time that USPA Nationals will have a beginner category! Beginner teams will complete six rounds. The winning team completes the most successful formations!

8-way Formation Skydiving

8-way Formation Skydiving

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Saturday, September 10

Competition: Sunday, September 11 – Thursday, September 15

Chief Judge: Rina Gallo

What is 8-way FS?

In 8-way formation skydiving, teams made up of eight performers and one videographer have 50 seconds of freefall to complete as many formations as possible. For ten rounds, teams exit at 13,000 ft above the ground and are given a different specific sequence of formations to complete each jump. The team to complete the most formations in the given time over ten rounds wins!

16-way Formation Skydiving

16-way Formation Skydiving

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Monday, September 12

Competition: Tuesday, September 13 – Friday, September 16

Chief Judge: Rina Gallo

What is 16-way FS?

In 16-way formation skydiving, teams made up of sixteen performers and one videographer have 50 seconds of freefall to complete as many formations as possible. For six rounds, teams exit at 13,000 ft above the ground and are given a different specific sequence of formations to complete each jump. The team to complete the most formations in the given time over ten rounds wins!

Artistic

Freefly & Freestyle

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Monday, September 12

Competition: Tuesday, September 13 – Friday, September 16

Chief Judge: Bryce Witcher

What is Artistic?

Artistic includes of two sub-categories of competition: freestyle and freeflying. Freefly includes a team consisting of two performers and a videographer, while freestyle includes one performer and one videographer. The competition is made up of compulsory rounds (jumps two and five) where teams complete four specific sequences of moves, as well as free rounds where a team’s individual choreographed routine is scored based on difficulty and execution (jumps 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7). Teams exit from 13,000 ft above the ground and have 42 seconds to perform.

10-way Formation Skydiving

10-way Formation Skydiving

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Tuesday, September 13

Competition Begins: Wednesday, September 14 – Saturday, September 17

Chief Judge: Rina Gallo

What is 10-way FS?

In 10-way FS, each person on a team exits individually as fast as they can and the team builds their formation in the least amount of time possible. Each jump is made from 11,000 ft above the ground and each formation must be successfully held for at least five seconds to count. Each of the six rounds is a different formation. The team with the lowest cumulative time wins!

4-way Vertical Formation Skydiving

4-way Vertical Formation Skydiving

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Tuesday, September 13

Competition: Wednesday, September 14 – Saturday, September 17

Chief Judge: Rina Gallo

What is VFS?

In 4-way vertical formation skydiving, teams made up of four performers and one videographer have 35 seconds of freefall to complete as many vertical formations as possible. For ten rounds (six for intermediate), teams exit at 13,000 ft above the ground and are given a different specific sequence of formations requiring flyers to fall with their head or feet towards the ground (vs the traditional “belly-to-earth” body position) to complete each jump. The team to complete the most formations in the given time over all the rounds wins!

Wingsuit - Acrobatic

Wingsuit- Acrobatic

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Tuesday, September 13

Competition: Wednesday, September 14 – Sunday, September 18

Chief Judge: Scott Callantine

What is WS-Acrobatic?

The wingsuit acrobatic team consists of two performers and one videographer. The competition is made up of compulsory rounds where teams complete a set of maneuvers they must do together, as well as free rounds where a team’s choreographed routine is scored based on style, plan, and camera work. Teams have 7,500 vertical feet to perform.

Wingsuit - Performance

Wingsuit- Performance

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Wednesday, September 14

Competition: Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18

Chief Judge: Scott Callantine

What is WS-Performance?

A competition in wingsuit-performance consists of three rounds in speed, three in distance, and three in time.
During the speed rounds, the pilot’s goal is to fly as fast as possible while in the competition window.
During the distance rounds, the pilot’s goal is to fly as far as possible in a horizontal line across the ground.
​In the time rounds, the pilot’s goal is to stay in the competition window for the longest amount of time. A position logging device is worn by the competitors to collect real-time data and GPS position. The competition window is 1,000m (3,281 ft) measured vertically.

Canopy Formation

Canopy Formation

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Wednesday, September 14th

Competition: Thursday, September 15 – Monday, September 19, 2022

Chief Judge: Natacha Higman

What is CF?

In canopy formation skydiving, the teams perform a sequence of formations during their descent under canopy. A team videographer flies behind the group to record them for judging. The competitors must link themselves by taking grips with their hands or feet on the lines or risers of their teammate’s canopy for eight rounds.
4-way Rotation: the top competitor in the formation drops grips and flies to the bottom of the formation as quick as possible.
4-way Sequential, 2-way Sequential Open, and 2-way Sequential ProAm: the teams complete a sequence of different formations as many time as possible within working time

2-way Mixed Formation Skydiving

2-way Mixed Formation Skydiving

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Friday, September 16

Competition: Saturday, September 17 – Tuesday, September 20

Chief Judge: Rina Gallo

What is MFS?

In 2-way mixed formation skydiving, teams made up of two performers and one videographer have 35 seconds of freefall to complete as many mixed formations as possible including formations in any orientation (belly, back, head, or feet to the Earth). For eight rounds, teams exit at 13,000 ft above the ground and are given a different specific sequence of formations to complete each jump. The team to complete the most formations in the given time over all the rounds wins!

Speed

Speed

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Saturday, September 17

Competition: Sunday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 20

Chief Judge: Steve Kramer

What is Speed?

Skydiving speed competition is the fastest non-motorized sport in the world. Competitors can reach more than 300mph by orienting their body in an aerodynamic position and wearing tight fitting suits to reduce drag. Flyers have eight jumps to attempt the fastest vertical speed during three seconds of every jump. A speed measuring device is worn by each competitor and collects the data for the judges.

Accuracy

Accuracy

Location: Skydive Chicago

Registration: Saturday, September 17

Competition: Sunday, September 18 – Wednesday, September 21

Chief Judge: Matt McManus

What is Accuracy?

Accuracy is where skydivers compete to land as close to the center of a target as possible. The target is able to measure a distance of 16cm from the dead center and is placed in the center of a 5m air-filled tuffet that cushions the landings for the competitors. Competitors exit the plane at 3,000 feet above the ground and are scored based on the first point of contact with the target. The closest one after ten rounds wins (eight rounds for teams)!

Aircraft

Skydive Chicago Twin Otters
Used for: All events other than CP
Skydive Paraclete Twin Otter
Used for: All events other than CP
Skydive Midwest Twin Otter
Used for: Canopy Piloting
Skydive Midwest Kodiak
Used for: Canopy Piloting

FAQs

What if I want to compete in multiple events?

Woo hoo! Good for you. If you are in events that do not overlap, then you are good to go (and even get a discount on registration for multiple events). If you are competing in events that overlap on the schedule you might have to waive your right to an hour on the ground. Any events that include multiple competitor overlap will be accommodated as best as possible so skydivers are able to complete as many events as possible.

If you are registering for CP at Skydive Midwest along with other events at Skydive Chicago, please contact Skydive Chicago for your registration to ensure you are getting your multi-event discount!

How many passes will there be for 4-way FS?

We will do two passes per plane for 4-way FS.

What sort of calls can I expect for my event(s)?

We are using the Burble application to manifest loads, so we recommend you download the Burble app ahead of time for you to be able to look at real-time calls for your team whenever you wish in addition to announcements over the PA system.

For all events we will be aiming for one hour (or slightly less) on the ground between jumps. You will have the opportunity in the competitor brief to ask for at least a full hour on the ground if you feel this is too fast of a pace.

When will my award ceremony be held?

We will run awards at the conclusion of each event, so the dates are floating depending on weather and number of teams. As some of the events will conclude on the same day, some of the awards ceremonies will also be combined so you can cheer on other competitors!

Will all events be on site at Skydive Chicago?

All Canopy Piloting (swooping) events will be at Skydive Midwest in Sturtevant, WI about 2 hours north of Skydive Chicago.

ALL other events will be at Skydive Chicago on the main campus in Ottawa, IL. Yes, this includes Canopy Formation and Accuracy.

What do I do when I arrive?

Skydive Chicago- Upon arrival for your event(s) please stop into the auditorium for registration, where you will complete a 2022 waiver, complete registration, and receive your Nationals swag! You will need to bring your photo ID, current logbook, current USPA membership card, and each rig you wish to jump for a gear check.

Skydive Midwest- Upon arrival for your event(s) please check in at manifest, where you will complete a 2022 waiver, complete registration, and receive your Nationals swag! You will need to bring your photo ID, current logbook, current USPA membership card, and each rig you wish to jump for a gear check.

What time does registration close and the competitor brief start?

Registration will close at 4pm for each event.

The competitor brief for each event will be at 6pm the day registration closes to receive the competition draw, team numbers, and other announcements.

Are AADs required?

AADs are required for all freefall events and highly recommended for canopy events.

Dropzone Information

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Accommodations & Travel

Both Skydive Midwest and Skydive Chicago offer many travel options!

SDMW Travel

Chicago O’Hare and Milwaukee Mitchel airports are both convenient and close to Skydive Midwest. O’Hare (54 miles- less than an hr. drive) typically has more direct flights. Mitchel (22 miles- less than a 30 min drive) has direct flights from Southwest and Delta and connecting flights from all major airlines.

All major rental car agencies are located at both airports. Prices vary. Uber and Lyft services are also available. Coach USA (web.coachusa.com) run a bus shuttle from O’Hare to a drop off location less than 1 mile from Skydive Midwest for $53 round trip.

SDC Travel

Skydive Chicago is about 1.1 hours from Chicago Midway International Airport and 1.5 hours from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Transportation to/from airports for competitors can be arranged with rental car services (including Uber & Lyft) available at either Midway or O’Hare; costs vary based on rental agency and current rates.

SDMW Lodging

On-site:

Tent camping is available to all competitors on the airport during the event. There is no charge for camping during CP Nationals.

There are 3 showers, 7 toilets and 3 urinals in the main hanger.

Skydive Midwest will also be leasing shower and restroom trailers for the event.

Within 2.5 miles of Skydive Midwest:

Day Inn by Wyndham– (262) 884-6840
Holiday Inn Express and Suites–  (262) 321-0015
Country Inn and Suites by Radisson– (262) 221-8015
My Place Hotel– (262) 884-0200
Quality Inn– (262) 866-0385

There are also Air BNBs in the area available for rent.

SDC Lodging

On-site Campground:

Skydive Chicago offers on-site tent camping and shower house facilities with a total of ten showers. The campground provides 150 full and electric only RV campsites and an abundance of space for people to park RVs without hookups. Skydive Chicago also offers nine rental cabins within walking distance of the main hangar. There are three smaller electric only cabins and six newer cabins with a queen bed and full bathroom in each. Each cabin sleeps up to four people.

Click here for cabin and camping reservations and information.

Within 2 miles of the DZ (in Ottawa):

Holiday Inn Express– (815) 433-0029
Econo Lodge– (815) 433-9600
Super 8– (815) 434-2888
Hampton Inn– (815) 434-6040
Fairfield Inn & Suites– (815) 431-8955

Older, less expensive options:
Surrey Motel- (815) 433-1263
Sands Motel- (815) 434-6440

Within 15 miles of the DZ (LaSalle-Peru, Utica, Streator):

Fox River Bed and Breakfast– (815) 431-9257
Comfort Inn Peru– (815) 223-8585
The Daniels Motel LaSalle– (815) 223-3829
Days Inn LaSalle-Peru– (815) 224-1060
Fairfield Inn– (815) 223-7458
Econo Lodge- (815) 224-2500
Starved Rock Inn Utica– (815) 667-4211
Super 8 Peru– (815) 223-1848
Tou-Rest Motel Peru– (815) 223-0952
Prairie Lake Lodge- (815) 795-5107
LaQuinta Inn– (815) 224-9000
Super 8 – Streator- (815) 672-0080

SDMW Food

The 14K kitchen offers breakfast, lunch and dinner on-sight at the dropzone. They have a license to sell beer and wine. The also DZ supplies a dedicated beer fridge to byob.
The cities of Racine, Sturtevant and Kenosha offer several food options less than 15 minutes away. Other alternatives available in the greater Chicago area (50 minutes away) or Milwaukee area (30 minutes away).

SDC Food

Eat Up! offers gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner on-site at the dropzone every day during Nationals. They also have a full liquor license with two full-size bars, including evenings by the swimming pond at Tiki!

The city of Ottawa also offers several nearby restaurant options only a 15 minute drive away, with other alternatives available in the town of Peru (25 minutes away), or greater Chicago area (1+ hour away).

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