Pole Icon Competition

Advanced 2 Pole Icon Move List Coming January 2020!

Pole Icon Competition at Arnold Classic Africa 2020

Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sunday 17th May 2020
Pole Icon times are to be confirmed. Approximately 09:00-14:00.

‘Organisers’ refer to The Pole Studio SA and the overall organisers of Arnold Classic Africa.
‘Competitors’ refer to those taking part in the competition.

Enter by 1st May 2020
Entry forms will open in February 2020.


Competitor Entry Fees
R350 per single Icon entry.
R300 per entry for two Icon entries from one competitor.
R250 per entry for three Icon entries from one competitor.


An optional R150 can be added, upon entry, to pre-order a Pole & Aerial at The Arnolds 2020 vest or T-shirt.

Invite your friends, family, and supporters to purchase their tickets here: http://www.arnoldclassicafrica.com/
Kindly note that everyone entering as a spectator or chaperone must have their own ticket.

What is Pole Icon?
During this event, each competitor will be asked by the judges to perform static pole moves from the Pole Icon moves list of their specific level. To score highly, the competitor must perform the pole moves to set requirements.
Competitors will enter the division(s) most suited to their level and learn specific moves provided by the organisers.
Competitors will be judged by experienced judges.

Who can take part in Pole Icon?
All studios are welcome.
Solo presentations only.
Girls, Boys, Women and Men.
The age range for Pole Icon is:
7 years old – 50+

Pole Icon Levels/Divisions Include:
Beginner
There are 10 beginner level pole moves on the Pole Icon beginner moves list

Intermediate 1
There are 15 intermediate level 1 pole moves on the Pole Icon intermediate moves list.

Intermediate 2 *new level added November 2019
There are 15 intermediate level 2 pole moves on the Pole Icon intermediate moves list.

Advanced 1
There are 15 advanced level pole moves on the Pole Icon Advanced 1 moves list.

Advanced 2 *new level added January 2020
There are 15 advanced level pole moves on the Pole Icon Advanced 2 moves list.

How do I know which Pole Icon division to enter?
Please look at the Pole Icon moves lists. You need to be able to perform the moves on the list of your chosen division(s) in order to be successful.
Check the written requirements carefully because there is lenience/tolerance within the move descriptions. This helps, for example, if you cannot do a full split, you can still achieve a ‘splits’ move if you can reach a certain range. You can still achieve 3 out of 4 marks for a move by satisfying all of the other requirements.
Remember, do not only look at the photo but also read the requirements. You will see this information in the ‘move lists’.

Photo from our Pole Icon event at Arnold Classic, May 2019

What happens during Pole Icon?
Beginner competition information:
Beginner division competitors will be called up on to the stage as a group. If the groups are large, they will be subdivided into age groups. Beginner division competitors will compete in two Pole Icon rounds.
During each round beginner competitors will be asked to perform three moves from the Pole Icon beginner move list. Each move is chosen at random by the judges.
Beginner competitors have the choice to switch out one of their moves on only one occasion during the whole event. The judges will select the replacement move that must be performed.
Each move has to be performed for the audience and judges.
The judges are looking for specific criteria in order to score each movement.
Beginner competitors may have up to 15 seconds to perform each move, and they can only execute the move fully once. The timer starts as soon as the competitor acknowledges the move they have been asked to perform.
There are two rounds of three moves in the Pole Icon beginner competition. This means that each beginner level competitor will perform six moves from the set list of ten moves.
Photographs of the moves can be shown to the competitor to remind them of the move required, if necessary.
It does not matter how a competitor gets into a move. They may use any entry they choose, as long as they hold the move for 3 seconds and meet as many of the other move requirements as possible.

Intermediate 1 & 2 competition information:
Intermediate 1 will run separately from Intermediate 2. Competitors can enter both intermediate divisions.
Competitors can enter Intermediate 2, regardless of whether they have done Intermediate 1, or any other levels!
Intermediate division competitors will be called up on to the stage as a group. If the groups are large, they will be subdivided into age groups. Intermediate division competitors will compete in three Pole Icon rounds.
During each round, intermediate competitors will be asked to perform three moves from the Pole Icon intermediate move list. Each move is chosen at random by the judges.
Intermediate competitors have the choice to switch out one of their moves on only one occasion during the whole event. The judges will select the replacement move that must be performed.
Each move has to be performed for the audience and judges.
The judges are looking for specific criteria in order to score each movement.
Intermediate competitors may have up to 15 seconds to perform each move, and they can only execute the move fully once. The timer starts as soon as the competitor acknowledges the move they have been asked to perform.
There are three rounds of three moves in the Pole Icon Intermediate competition. This means that each intermediate level competitor will perform nine moves from the set list of fifteen moves.
Photographs of the moves can be shown to the competitor to remind them of the move required, if necessary.
It does not matter how a competitor gets into a move. They may use any entry they choose, as long as they hold the move for 3 seconds and meet as many of the other move requirements as possible.

Advanced 1 & 2 competition information:
Advanced 2 is a new level coming out in January 2020.

Advanced 1 will run separately from Advanced 2. Competitors can enter both advanced divisions.
Competitors can enter Advanced 2, regardless of whether they have done Advanced 1, or any other levels!
Advanced division competitors will be called up on to the stage as a group. If the groups are large, they will be subdivided into age groups.
Advanced division competitors will compete in three Pole Icon rounds.
During each round, advanced competitors will be asked to perform three moves from the Pole Icon advanced move list. Each move is chosen at random by the judges. Advanced competitors have the choice to switch out one of their moves on only one occasion during the whole event. The judges will select the replacement move that must be performed.
Each move has to be performed for the audience and judges.
The judges are looking for specific criteria in order to score each movement.
Advanced competitors may have up to 15 seconds to perform each move, and they can only execute the move fully once. The timer starts as soon as the competitor acknowledges the move they have been asked to perform.
There are three rounds of three moves in the Pole Icon advanced competition. This means that each advanced level competitor will perform nine moves from the set list of fifteen moves.
Photographs of the moves can be shown to the competitor to remind them of the move required, if necessary.
It does not matter how a competitor gets into a move. They may use any entry they choose, as long as they hold the move for 3 seconds and meet as many of the other move requirements as possible.

Can I enter from another country?
Yes, both local and international competitors are invited to take part. International competitors are responsible for their own visa, travel and accommodation requirements. We can offer guidance on where to stay in the area.

Does it matter which studio I train at and what if I do not belong to a studio?
Everyone is welcome to enter on behalf of themselves or any studio! If you want to come and advertise your studio at the event please talk to the organisers.

What is required to enter Pole Icon?
Entry form, payment, ID copy or passport copy, parental consent if under 18. No video entry is needed for Pole Icon.

Can I enter more than one division at Pole Icon?
Yes, you can enter more than one division if you choose to and you are able to do the moves. This competition is about personal improvement, you are awarded individually based on your achievement and not against other competitors in the event.

Pole and Stage
Pole Icon will take place in our studio. Poles are powder-coated, 45mm or 42mm.

Do I need to bring music for Pole Icon?
No, you do not. The organisers may play background music only.

What costume/clothing should I wear?
Competitors should wear a sporting costume that is suitable for pole sport/fitness. Competitors must fully cover their groin, gluteal folds, breasts and cleavage (excluding male competitors who may perform topless). Competitors may perform without shoes, or wear ballet shoes, jazz shoes or other suitable gymnastic style shoes.
Make-up and costume must be age appropriate for competitors under 18.
No rings are to be worn by competitors at any time while performing or competing.
No jewellery is to be worn by competitors at any time while performing or competing.

Pole Icon competitors are not judged on their costume but may be excluded if their costume is deemed to be inappropriate.

If you have any concerns about your costume, please contact an organiser for prior approval.

Photography/Filming
Competitors agree to be filmed throughout the competition at the venue before, during and after competing and at any time they perform or rehearse on stage. All photography and footage remains the property of the organisers. Competitors agree that all photography and footage can be used by the organisers for promotional, advertising and commercial purposes.

Individual competitor photos may be available for sale after the event. The photographer will contact the competitors individually.

We recommend Infinity Grip.

Grip Aids and Grip Enhancers for Pole Icon
The following products are acceptable:
Chalk based grips like liquid chalk, powder chalk, Infinity Grip, Dry Hands, Mighty Grip etc.
Gloves may be worn.
Grip enhancers that leave a residue on the pole that cannot be easily cleaned off may not be used.

Competitors may re-apply grip aids and/or use a towel to wipe the pole/their hands in between performing moves if they can do so within the allotted time-frame (15 seconds per move).

Leading up to the Finals
All final competitors will receive communications directly from the organisers in the run up to the event. This will include MC information deadlines, schedules, event details, entering the exhibition and other necessary information.

Pole Icon Judging

Judges will award competitors from 1-4 points per Pole Icon move.
Judges and organisers have the right to stop a presentation at any time due to breach of Rules and Regulations, health and safety concerns or for any other reason.
In the interest of fairness, at least two judges will judge each Pole Icon competitor.
Whenever possible judges will not judge their own students, friends or family members.
The judges’ decision is final and may not be entered into.
Judges and competitors may not be in contact with each other before or during the event. Any queries must be directed to the organisers or the person assigned by organisers.
Competitors may request to receive a copy of their scorecards after the competition.
The overall results may be made public at the discretion of the organisers.

Example Scorecard for one Pole Icon move:

Allegra (for example purposes only)
Allegra (Advanced 1 Pole Icon)Points
Gripping points are; nearside inside thigh, side/back of torso and
inside hand.
1
Inside leg is fully extended, outside leg is bent and both feet are
pointed.
1
Split angle at thighs is at least 150°1
Back is arched, outside hand holds outside ankle or foot. 1
Held for 3 seconds (Compulsory)*
TOTAL POINTS

How many winners will there be and what are the prizes?
In this competition, scores are awarded by percentage once a competitor’s scores have been tallied.
86%-100% = Gold Award.
70%-85% = Silver Award.
60%-69% = Bronze Award.
Less than 60% = Certificate of participation.

Competitor Rules and Regulations
The following Rules and Regulations form part of the agreement entered into by all competitors taking part in Pole Icon. Any breach of Rules and Regulations results in competitor disqualification.
Competitors under 18 years old must be chaperoned by a parent or guardian.
Payments for Pole Icon entry must be received by the deadline in order to enter the competition.
Drugs and alcohol are prohibited before and during the competition and at the prize-giving ceremony.
Nudity and sexually explicit actions are prohibited during performances.
Respectful treatment of other competitors, judges, organisers, venue staff, helpers and spectators is expected at all times.
Medals will be awarded at the end of the event at prize-giving.
All competitors must be present at prize-giving in their competition clothing.
All competitors must be available for photos and media at the event.
All competitors must be willing to represent the competition and all affiliated parties/sponsors in a positive light before, during and after the competition.
All competitors must observe Costume and Grip Aid Rules.
The judges’ decision is final and may not be entered into.
Competitors may not be knowingly pregnant on the day of competition.
Competitors must show up on time. If late, participation may be refused.
No refunds for entry fees are given under any circumstances.

Rights of the Organisers
Organisers reserve the right to:
Record the competition and distribute the material.
Eliminate videos or photographs that are unsuitable for publication.
Change the judging criteria and division information.
Change the Rules and Regulations. Changes made to Rules and Regulations can be made up until one week before the competition. Written notice must be provided to the competitors to inform them of the changes.

The organisers do not take responsibility for any loss, damages or injury to the competitors when training for the competition, or on the day of the competition.

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