Who Skates in the Pro Tour?
Only Select Pros, Tour Wildcards, and Tour Challengers skate in these events. Tour Challengers earn points to qualify for the World Championships. For the Women's Pro Tour, Tour Challenger spots are open to anyone.
Tour Pros are selected for several different reasons, including, but not limited to prior contest results, proven ability to perform at an advanced level, and industry status. Tour Wildcards are chosen based on their ability to enhance the Series.
There can also be additional Men's Event Wildcard spots at each Pro Tour stop selected using the same criteria.
Who Skates in the Regionals?
Open to anyone from that region. Consists of both Men's and Women's, all ages included. The winner of each one is qualified to skate in the World Championships.
The region you're from determines the Regionals you enter. Proof of citizenship determines your regional eligibility. Dual citizenship individuals will have some flexibility to determine their region, but once a decision is made and a regional event is entered, no changes can be made.
The winner of each one gets a spot in the Semi-Finals of the World Championships.
Who Skates in the National Championships?
Open to anyone from that country. Consists of both Men's and Women's, all ages included.
The winner of each one gets a spot in the Semi-Finals of the associated Regionals.
- Runs Format Scoring
- Judges score on a 0 to 100 point scale with the average being your final score. Each run is scored individually. Best run in the round counts as final score. Ties will be broken by going to each rider’s second highest run, followed by third highest if necessary. Additional ties beyond that will be broken at the discretion of the head judge.
- Organized Jams Format Scoring
- Judges score on a 0 to 100 point scale with the average being your final score. Judges score on an overall impression of all runs taken. Ties in organized jam format will be broken at the discretion of the head judge.
- Announcer will indicate to the skater/skaters when a run or jam can begin. If skater/skaters begin prior, they will be immediately notified to restart.
- Time starts on drop/roll in when all four wheels are on the transition, or upon first trick executed on the deck or other obstacle. Time stops when the clock is at 0. If the clock reaches 0 while all four wheels have entered the upward transition, that trick will be scored in your run or jam.
- A bail will also stop the clock and end your run. A bail is defined as loss of control on an attempted trick.
- If the time clock fails to start at the appropriate time, the backup timer kept by the announcer will be used.
- Judging Criteria
- VPS judges analyze the following elements when scoring:
- Commitment and degree of difficulty
- Creativity and use of entire course and features
- Combination of maneuvers with more emphasis on distance traveled through air, slides, or grinds versus stationary tricks
- Speed, style, flow and power
- At certain points in the event, judges may opt to review a contest run or jam performance immediately after it happens to make a better judging decision
- General Rules
- There are no alternates that advance past Prelims and Semi-Finals rounds. If a Semi-Finals or Finals skater cannot take their run or jam, that spot will not be filled.
- Skaters should be checked in at least 15 minutes prior to published start time.
- In the event of broken or missing equipment, the skater must still skate when called or forfeit their current run or jam.
- In the event of injuries, skaters must still skate when called or forfeit their current run or jam.
- If a runs format event cannot complete due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, the most recent set of completed runs for all skaters in the event will be used to determine final results once the contest director has made the official call that the event cannot continue. Any partially completed runs and scores will be discarded. If the event cannot continue and hasn’t reached the Finals round, the Semi-Finals round will count as the Final results. All skaters in jam format events must skate for the event to complete.
- Safety equipment is encouraged.
- Season Rankings
- The top 5 Tour Challengers in the Season Rankings will join the Select Pros and 5 Regionals winners in the World Championships. If a Select Pro confirms their absence from the World Championships, additional Tour Challengers in Season Ranking order will advance.
- Points are earned for each placing at each Tour stop. Points from your best 3 out of 4 stops count towards your final Season Ranking. Select Pros are not included in the rankings, as they already have a spot in the World Championships.
- If a skater misses 2 consecutive events without adequate reason and exception, the contest director may consider revoking their status as Tour Pro.
- Event Wildcards do not earn points. Their path to the World Championships is through the Regionals.
- Ties in Season Rankings will be broken by going to each skater's highest placing for the season in their most advanced event. First the Finals, then looking to the Semi-Finals, etc. Further ties will be broken by using all 4 stops' points. If a tie still remains beyond that, it will be broken at the head judge's discretion.
- If a Tour Challenger receives an invite to the World Championships through other means, such as winning a Regionals, they will be removed from the Tour Challengers Season Rankings, freeing up an additional spot for the next Tour Challenger in line to advance.