STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® 2016 Professional Series Applicants




Welcome to the 31st 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 2016 is already shaping up to be another great year.

In an effort to balance the pools, we will be hosting either four or five regional qualifier pools. Depending on the number of athletes that apply and fit into a specific region, we are remaining flexible on the final number of pools (four or five) in order to allow for an equal distribution of talent across the U.S. and reduce travel costs/time for athletes. If we have four pools, there will be ten athletes per pool. If we have five pools, there will be eight athletes per pool. This will equal out to a total of 40 athletes, as in recent years. The U.S. Championship event will host 20 athletes total, so depending on the four vs. five pool approach, either four or five athletes will move on to the final. No matter what, there's a 50% chance to advance from the regionals.

The U.S. Championship will consist of 20 athletes separated into two pools of ten. Four athletes will move on to the Final Round for a Final pool of eight. The U.S. Championship event is currently scheduled for a two-day competition that will take place from July 15-16, 2016 in Chicago, IL. All venues and qualifier information is outlined below.

For this season, STIHL has added an additional $15,000 to the prize money pool over 2015. We will also be adding equipment packages for athletes who qualify for the Series. Additionally, we will be awarding prizes for the top three athletes to include a Ram Truck (1st place), a John Deere Gator (2nd place), and a $5,000 STIHL/Sponsor Prize Pack (3rd place). The top U.S. chop/saw competitor and a relay team will advance to the World Championship competition in Europe in November 2016.

We are also excited to announce that the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Professional events will continue to be broadcast on the ABC Network for the 2016-2018 seasons. This move to a larger and more visible network promises to display your skill in this unique sport to a much larger audience of fans across the country.

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 PR firm IMRE, 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 with a chance to break into the Series.

As we have for the past 30 years, selection of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series competitors will be coordinated between the Granite State Lumberjack Show staff and our competitor advisory group. As the U.S. STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series events will determine the overall U.S. National Champion, only U.S. athletes will be selected to particpate in this year's competitions. Applicants will be ranked, and then divided up 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.

Please see below for more details, as well as the application to participate in the 2016 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 City / State Date
Southern/MidAtlantic Qualifier Morgantown, WV May 21-22
Western Qualifier Shelton, WA June 4
MidWest Qualifier Mt. Horeb, WI June 11-12
NorthEast Qualifier Oneonta, NY June 18-19
U.S. Championship Venue Tinley Park, IL July 15-16

Timeline / Deadlines

Competitor Application Submission Deadline December 31, 2015
Chop/Saw Competitor Selection Notification - Names and Regions February 14, 2016

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

Brad Sorgen
Executive Producer