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RULES for submitting a record & Competition Rules
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In the "Country" column, note if the POPS/SOS/JOS... number is from USA/Germany/Italy....
not the Nationality of the jumper.
Double check the spelling of the jumpers and type their names if you are able, so I get them correct for the certificates.
Check out the Records Form video on the HELP page
if you need help filling out the form.
Record holders will get a paper certificate with an official, gold embossed POPS logo.
Records eligibility information about POPS/SOS/JOS/JOES/JONS and
TBM (Tiny Broadwick Memorial) women's records.
This program was voluntarily created and administered by Len Zak, POPS 460, in 1990. Since then, there have been over 4,200 Record Certificates earned and awarded.
Who is eligible to participate in record jumps?
For a POPS record to be officially recognized, each record applicant and participant must be a valid member of POPS before the record is attempted.
All members of SOS, JOS, JOES, or JONS must also be a member of POPS in order to qualify for official recognition of any record set in their respective categories and must be prepared to submit proof of said membership to the Organizer. If, when the record application is submitted, it is found that anyone on the application is not a POPS member (or, if applicable, not a member of a sub-group) the record shall be declared invalid.
Since ALL members of a record attempt MUST be POPS members, as an example: a JOES record is also a POPS record, unless an existing POPS record is larger.
However, a JOES record is not necessarily a JOS and/or SOS record, unless all JOES members are also members of those sub-groups.
The Organizer is responsible to determine membership status of all participants. If a participant cannot prove his membership prior to the jump, the Organizer should collect the appropriate membership application and fee before the record attempt. If it is later determined that the participant is a valid member, his application and membership fee should be returned in full. The Organizer is encouraged to contact the TopPOP (or sub-group) for membership verification of the expected participants.
Women POPS (TBM) may claim 'all women' records in all categories--see US Records for existing categories.
Members from any country who are current members in that country's POPS chapter are eligible to participate in any other country's record setting event.
For all record categories, it is permissible to combine two or more record disciplines on one jump as long as each record is done in the sky as planned on the ground.
Examples of setting new records or superseding existing records
Formation Skydiving Sequential records, because there are two criteria required for each record, may require some clarification to determine if you are setting a new record or breaking an existing record.
The following are examples ONLY and in no way reflect actual current records.
Consider these two POPS FS Sequential World Records as the only two records existing for the purpose of this example:
FS Sequential: 2-point, 7-way, some date, some DZ (record A)
FS Sequential: 5-point, 4-way, some date, some DZ (record B)
The following are examples that would break (supersede) the example records:
It is possible to break (supersede) record A by performing a 2-point FS Sequential jump with 8 or more people.
It is possible to break (supersede) record B by performing a 5-point FS Sequential jump with 5 or more people.
A new record would be set by performing a 3-point, 2-way.
A new record would be set by performing a 4-point, 2-way.
A new record would be set by performing a 6-point, 4-way.
Three new records would be set by a 9-way Formation Skydive, followed by a 9-way Vertical Skydive, followed by a 9-way Canopy Formation all performed from a single exit.
POPS/SOS/JOS/JOES/JONS FS Sequential Records are broken (superseded) by adding more people to the size of formation and performing the same number of points as an existing record.
New FS Sequential records are set by a group of 2 or more people performing a number of points different from, but not necessarily greater than, any existing FS Sequential record.
For formations of 40 jumpers or fewer:
--30% of the jumpers must release their grips and re-grip a different appendage (arm, leg, etc.), from point to point. Always ‘round-up’ when calculating the percentage. All jumpers must be linked. Simultaneous separation during transition is not required.
For formations of 41 jumpers or more:
--30% of the jumpers must release their grips and re-grip a different appendage (arm, leg, etc.), from point to point. Piece moves in groups of two, three or four are allowed. Each person in a piece that moves will be counted towards the required percentage of moving jumpers. Piece moves of larger than four are not allowed. Always ‘round-up’ when calculating the percentage. All jumpers must be linked. Simultaneous separation during transition is not required.