American Lumberjack Association
Rules and Regulations
The American Lumberjack Association herein referred to as the A LA is a group of sportsman & women dedicated to furthering, upgrading and standardizing timbersports competition; also to directing attention to the timber industry, which is such a vital part of the worldwide economy. The ALA is a sanctioning body that sets up rules governing sanctioned shows and competitors; keeps records; helps schedule and set up shows; mails regular newsletters to the membership which will include entry forms from all sanctioned shows; and recognizes the top point winners in each of seventeen events for the season.
Each sanctioned show has its own management and is run to suit the locality in which it is held. ALA provides the rules so that the competitors who travel the circuit will find uniformity and quality that will attract crowds repeatedly from year to year. These rules raise the standards of timbersports so that they will rank among the foremost of American sports: provide guidelines to maintain cooperation between the management and competitors of all sanctioned timbersports shows and protects members against unfairness on the part of any show management. Most of the events taking place at a timbersports competition event depict logging as it was in the early days, but also includes some events using modern equipment.
"Sanctioned Point Shows" are shows that abide by the official rules and regulations of the ALA. The Board of Directors and/or membership shall designate and publish which sanctioned shows are eligible as point shows. In order to be a sanctioned show, shows must adhere to the following criteria:
POINT SYSTEM USED FOR GRAND FINALS
Ten points for 1SI place; seven points for 2nd place; five points for 3'd place; three points for 4lh place and one point for 5th place.
Events which are eligible for points toward the Grand Final's are: Tree Topping. Speed Climbing, Choker Set. Obstacle Pole Buck, Vertical Chop, Underhand Chop, Springboard Chop, Birling, Single-Buck, Double-Buck, Jack & Jill Buck, Hot Power Saw, Men & Women's Stock Power Saw, Men & Women's Axe Throw and Jill & Jill Double Bucking.
Note: The same rules apply to both women and men competitors unless specified. For example, the rules for crosscut sawing events are essentially the same for each event yet wood sizes are different depending if it is an all men's event or all women's event. Show's may have both an all men's event and an all women's event and are encouraged to do so. It is not intended for men and women to compete directly against each other. Also, suggested rules for Master's (50yrs+) events are included at the end of this section.
Diameter of Block Arch Length
14 21 1/8
16 21 3/8
18 21 3/4
20 22 3/16
22 22 9/16
24 23 1/8
Note: It has been found that the best place for the bell is about 12'' from the side of the tree on a safety line, guy line or cross arm. It is recommended that foam padding be used at the bottom of the spar poles. If padding is not available then sawdust may be used.
Men's Single Bucking (one man) suggested wood size is no more than 24 inches in diameter.
Men's Double Bucking (two men) suggested wood size is 20 - 30 inches in diameter.
Women’s Single Bucking (one woman) suggested wood size is 12 - 18 inches in diameter.
Women's Double Bucking (two women) suggested wood size is 12 - 18 inches in diameter.
"Jack and Jill" Double Bucking (one man & one woman) suggested wood size is 16-24 inches in diameter
Note: These rules apply to all chopping events (Horizontal. Vertical and Springboard). Suggested wood for chopping events; Alder. Black or Eastern Cottonwood. Quaking Aspen or Poplar. Western White Pine and Ponderosa Pine. Suggested diameter for chopping blocks is 12 to 14 inches.
Vertical/Standing Block Chop
Obstacle Pole Power Saw Bucking
Hot Power Saw
Stock Power Saw
Note: Suggested log sizes are 16”-20” in diameter.
Birling (Log Rolling)
ALL AROUND LOGGER AWARD
Points are based on final results of each event, per show and totaled per contestant. The contestant with the most total points will be the recipient of the "All Around Logger" or the "Bull Of The Woods" award. All events will count towards this award. Points are awarded in each event as follows:
1st Place- 10points
2nd Place - 7 points
3rd Place - 5 points
4th Place – 3 points
5th Place - 1 point
Note: The following guidelines are unofficial rules that offer suggested event parameters for Master's events.
INJURED LOGGERS FUND
An account shall be established to assist members with medical expenses as a result of an injury in ALA competition. Reimbursement shall not exceed $150.00 for any given show. The account shall maintain a minimum balance of $600.00 and a maximum of $1,000.00. Members requesting reimbursement shall submit a written request for reimbursement to the Board of Directors for approval.