By Brad Sorgen, 9/24/2012

2013 Applicants




Welcome to the 28th season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series! This past year was a success again as the premier event in professional lumberjack sports and we have no intention of slowing down as 2013 is already shaping up to be another great year.

The 2013 season will return to the regional competition format to take advantage of the excitement and enthusiasm of the Collegiate Series. We are presently planning on producing five regional professional qualifiers and holding them at the same venues as our five Collegiate Series events. This means that the professional athletes from the region will be competing against each other for the chance to go to the US championships while collegiate athletes battle it out for their chance to represent their schools at the Collegiate Championships. Fans will get a double dose of excitement at each event.

As always, we want to ensure we produce a competition that is exciting to fans and fair to you, the competitors. Thanks to the efforts of Granite State Lumberjack Shows, JM Associates and our Career Sports and Entertainment, we believe this format will invigorate the competition and will deliver a fair and exciting event that will continue to recognize the best athletes in the sport, while providing up and coming athletes a chance to break in to the Series.

As we have for the past 27 years, selection of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series competitors will be coordinated between the Granite State Lumberjack Show staff and our competitor advisory group. As the US STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series events will determine the overall US National Champion, only US athletes will be selected to participate in this year's competitions. Applicants will be ranked as we have in the past, and then divided up with eight athletes per region based on ranking and home location. This will be done in order to balance the competitor talent in each region, while attempting to minimize travel for all competitors involved. The top four individuals from each region will then move on to the championship venue to make two championships pools of 10. The top 5 from those pools will then move on to the Championship round of 10. The top US chop/saw competitor and a relay team will advance to the World Championship competition.

In 2013 the US Championship venue will again include a relay competition. On the final day of the Championships, the four individuals from each region will compete in a relay to determine the top region from around the country.

Please see below for more details, as well as the application to participate in the 2013 competition. As always, to the greatest extent possible, we have scheduled this year's event to avoid conflicts with other competitions.

Competition Locations

Region / Location Venue City / State Date
Southern Qualifier Auburn University Auburn, AL March 15th
MidWest Qualifier Michigan State University Lansing, MI April 6th
MidAtlantic Qualifier Haywood College Clyde, NC April 14th
NorthEast Qualifier Finger Lakes College Canandaigua, NY April 19th
Western Qualifier University of Montana Missoula, MT April 26th
US Championship Venue Lumberjack Feud Pigeon Forge, TN June 7-9th

Timeline / Deadlines

Competitor Application Submission Deadline November 15th 2012
Chop / Saw Competitor Selection Notification - names and regions December 15th 2012

On behalf of STIHL, I wish all of you the very best.

Brad Sorgen