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Divisional Guidance & Illegal Moves
IUPDC has historically used the PDC Syllabus to define divisions and determine allowed tricks, however we recognize that this syllabus is not exhaustive nor designed for this purpose and can place unhelpful limitations on competitors.
Therefore as of this year we recommend using PDC Syllabus as a guideline for elements appropriate for your division, but have created comprehensive guidance using the principles of the syllabus, without listing individual moves.
Please read the guidance below carefully.
Italicized text describes the type of student who might be suitable to enter at each ability level, not what they may include in their piece – for example a suitable candidate for beginner level may be currently training their basic inverts, but may not include this in their routine.   The bullet points beneath this detail the allowed and illegal elements at each level.

Please refer to the Glossary at the end of the guidance to clarify any ambiguous terms.

Beginner Division
Competitors suitable for beginner division may be currently training at a non-inversion level or working on their first basic inverts.  They should be able to execute a range of two-handed spins and demonstrate a safe entry into a basic seat or upright pole hold, e.g Upright crucifix.
Competitors may demonstrate flexibility in the floorwork component of their routine, but should not include flexibility-based tricks up the pole. Students level of strength should not be such that they can deadlift elements on or off the pole, nor should they be training high-level intermediate pole tricks.


- No inversions or tricks where hips are above head, unless contact with floor is maintained throughout.
- Handstands and headstand variations are allowed, as are floor inversions.
- Spins should be two handed, elbow hold spins not allowed.
- Variations of upright pole climbs allowed, with the exception of hands only climbs.
- Tricks up the pole should maintain 3 points of contact and remain broadly in line with PDC Level 1-2;  Inclusion of higher level upright pole elements may be penalized at judges discretion.
IUPDC Recommend using PDC Syllabus Levels 1-2 as guide to suitable pole elements.

Intermediate Division
Competitors suitable for this division should be currently training intermediate level inversions and polework. They may have a good degree of flexibility and strength, however should not include extreme flexibility elements up the pole and should not be able to deadlift into tricks.
- Inversions allowed
- Upright static holds allowed (eg figurehead, stargazer, yogini)
- Spins may be one handed, NO-handed spins not allowed (e.g suicide spin)
- Inverted tricks should maintain 3 points of contact (min).
- No deadlifts
- No aerial inversions except basic air invert with bent knees, not to be repeated to gain height.
- No arms-only inverted pole tricks (e.g Ayesha)
- No pole flips or jumps
- No extreme flexibility Pole elements (e.g bridge variations, cocoon, broken doll, chopsticks, machinegun)
IUPDC recommend using PDC syllabus levels 1-4 as a guide to suitable pole elements.

Advanced and Semi Pro Divisions
Competitors suitable for these divisions may be currently training aerial inversions, advanced level strength and flexibility based tricks and novel pole elements. Competitors in this division may include any pole work that they can execute competently and safely.
- Aerial entry into tricks allowed
- Competitors may deadlift
- Dynamic elements including Pole flips and jumps allowed
- Extreme flexibility Pole elements allowed
IUPDC Recommends using PDC syllabus levels 1-6 as a guide to suitable pole elements, though competitors may use any elements not listed also.

Group Division
Competitors in this division may include any elements on or off the pole that they can execute competently and safely.
Penalties for inclusion of tricks, including acro elements, will be at the judges discretion based solely on concern regarding safety.



Glossary of terms
On/Up the pole – Referring to elements executed up the pole, where no contact remains with the floor.
Upright – Referring to an element held up the pole, in a non-inverted body position, eg upright crucifix, stargazer, layout, pole seat, figurehead.
Static hold/trick – Pole element in which the body is held in a fixed ‘static’ position, this may be performed on a static or spinning pole and does not refer to the pole being static. A non-dynamic trick.  e.g figurehead, Wrist sit, Gemini etc.
Floorwork – Elements which are based off the pole, though may include use of the pole while maintaining contact with the floor.
Deadlift – Technique of lifting the body through press/pull muscle groups without use of momentum.
Extreme flexibility – Elements requiring high levels of flexibility including back bends and twists, splits and oversplits.
Points of contact – The areas of bodily contact (grip) with the pole; e.g hands, thighs, elbow, knee, abdomen, ankle, armpit etc. An example of a 3-points of contact trick might be Scorpio (Outside leg hang), where there is contact at the outside knee, inside armpit and inside abdominal wall.
Gemini (inside leg hang) would be an example of 4-points of contact; Inside thigh, back of the calf, inside armpit and inside abdominal wall.

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