Big Sky Timber Sports

Vertical/Standing Block Chop


Description and AWFC Rules:

All axes must be pinned with a metal pin through both the axe head and the handle. All axes carried into the competition area must be sheathed until the start of the event. Logs are drawn by number before competition. It is recommended that the host school have logs turned to equal identical diameters. If logs cannot be turned, the host school will schedule adequate time before competition and the drawing of numbers for competitors to size logs by hand. The log size for men's and women's competition is at the discretion of the host school. Long pants and foot guards are required in all chopping events. Lower leg guards are also required for the vertical chop and recommended for all other chopping events. Protective equipment requirements will be set by the host school. A judge may disqualify and stop a contestant at anytime if it is the judge's opinion that the contestant constitutes a safety risk to him or herself, the other competitors, judges and timers, or the spectators.

VERTICAL SPEED CHOP: The object of the contest is to chop a log into two (2) pieces from two (2) sides in the shortest time possible. The rules for this event are the same as for the horizontal speed chop except the log is mounted vertically on a post or stand and the contestant stands on the ground. Time ends when the top half of the block hits the ground. The time limit is three (3) minutes for men and five (5) minutes for women.

VERTICAL HARD HIT: The object of the contest is to chop a log into two (2) pieces from two (2) sides in the least number of hits possible. The rules for this event are the same as for the horizontal hard hit except the log is mounted vertically on a post or stand and the contestant stands on the ground. Time ends when the top half of the block hits the ground. Only one (1) man and one (1) woman per team may enter. The time limit is three (3) minutes for men and five (5) minutes for women.