2019 World RockStacking Championship Rules

 

Height Competition

Build a tower to the sky

1.  Competitors may compete in solo competition or team competition.  For solo competition, no outside help can be provided with lifting or moving rocks.
2.  Each competitor will have an area of 10'X10' to stack in.
3.  Competitors will have 10 minutes in which to complete their stack.
4.  Competitors are allowed to use footstools or ladders.
5.  Use of any adhesive or outside support system is not allowed.
6.  At the end of 10 minutes, time will be called and competitors must stop stacking.
7.  Each rock stack must have a single moveable rock as its base.  Height is measured from the bottom of the lowest moveable rock to the top of the rock stack.
8.  No more than 10 competitors may compete at once.  There may be multiple heats.
9.  Interfering with another competitors rock stack is not allowed and will be grounds for disqualification.
10. Competitors may use rocks from a central reserve pile, or may forage for rocks outside the competition area.  In no case is throwing or tossing rocks allowed.  Competitors must carry all rocks to and from their stacking area.  Throwing or tossing rocks will be grounds for disqualification.
11. Once a heat is over and a winner determined, all rocks must be carried back to the central reserve pile.
12. Judging of stack height will be done with a tape measure (or custom-built measuring tool).  Measurement will be performed on the highest stacks first, as visually determined by the judges.  In case a stack falls before measurement is determined, a competitor may request entry into another heat- subject to approval of the judges.
13. Stack height for each competitor will be logged and a winner determined at the end of all heats.
14. The judges may use their discretion to disqualify any competitor at any time for any actions they deem inappropriate to the spirit of the event including, but not limited to, foul language, lewd behavior, and bad sportsmanship.
15. Once a rock has been carried into a competitors stacking area, it may not be removed or used by another competitor, unless specifically approved by the possessor of the rock.

 

Arches Competition

Create the biggest and longest rock arch

1.  Competitors may compete in solo competition or team competition.

2.  Competition area will be defined by the judges.

3.  Competitors will be given 20 minutes to complete their arch or arches.
4.  Once competition starts, competitors may choose any location in the competition area to build their arch.
5.  No forms or support structures may be brought in from outside the competition area.

6.  Competitors may use only rocks for their arches.  No wood, metal, found objects, etc. are allowed.
7.  At the end of 20 minutes, time will be called and competitors will wait next to their arch for the judges to arrive.
8.  Arches will be judged on 3 criteria: span width, number of rocks used, and degree of difficulty.
   8A. Span Width is the distance from the bottom of the first moveable rock in the arch to the bottom of the    

   last moveable rock in the arch- measured in a straight line. Number of points equals the measurement in inches

   (i.e. 14" =  14    points)
   8B. Number of rocks used is counted from the first moveable rock in the arch to the last moveable rock in the arch.      

   Number of points equals the number of rocks in the arch (i.e. 11 rocks = 11 points
   8C. Degree of difficulty is a subjective determination of the judges (0-10 points).
9.  Points for the 3 judging criteria will be added together to determine the score.
10.  If a competitor creates multiple arches, each arch will be scored separately.  Scores for each arch will be added together for the competitor's final score.

 

Balancing Competition

A test of balance under pressure

1.  Competitors will compete solo, one at a time.
2.  Competitors will have 3 minutes to balance a set of rocks on top of each other.
3.  Each competitor will attempt to balance the same set of rocks.
4.  Each rock successfully balanced earns a competitor 1 point.
5.  Judges will award up to an additional 10 points, based on degree of difficulty.
6.  Rocks must remain balanced at the end of time called, to count in the scoring.

 

Artistic Competition

Imagination is the only limit

1.  Competitors will have from 10am-4pm in which to create their artistic rock stack.
2.  Competitors may have outside help in creating their art.
3.  Artistic Rock Stacks may contain other natural materials found in the competition area, such as wood, grass, etc., in addition to rocks.  Artistic Rock Stacks must have at least 1 rock stack in its design.
4.  Artistic Rock Stacks judging will be based entirely on the subjective opinions of the judges.  

 

Quantity Competition

See how many rocks can be stacked in a single column 

1.  Competitors must compete solo

2.  Competitors will have 10 minutes in which to compete their stack

3.  Competitors are allowed to use footstools or ladders

4.  Use of any adhesive or outside support system is not allowed.

5.  At the end of 10 minutes, time will be called and competitors must stop stacking.

6.  Each rock stack must have a single moveable rock as its base.  Number of rocks is measured from the bottom of the lowest moveable rock to the top of the rock stack.

7.  No more than 10 competitors may compete at once.  There may be multiple heats.

8.  Interfering with another competitors rock stack is not allowed and will be grounds for disqualification.

9.  Competitors may use rocks from a central reserve pile, or may forage for rocks outside the competition area.  In no case is throwing or tossing rocks allowed.  Competitors must carry all rocks to and from their stacking area.  Throwing or tossing rocks will be grounds for disqualification.

10.  Rocks must be stacked in a single column.  Multiple rocks which support another rock above will be counted as one rock.

11.  The number of rocks in a stack will determine a competitors score

12.  Stack height for each competitor will be logged and a winner determined at the end of all heats.

13.  The judges may use their discretion to disqualify any competitor at any time for any actions they deem inappropriate to the spirit of the event including, but not limited to, foul language, lewd behavior, and bad sportsmanship.

14.  Once a rock has been carried into a competitors stacking area, it may not be removed or used by another competitor, unless specifically approved by the possessor of the rock.

 
 
 

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The Rock Stacking World Championship
Llano Earth Art Fest
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