Logrolling (sport)

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Log rolling, sometimes called "birling", is the skill of balancing on a floating log, developed by lumberjacks while guiding logs downriver.[1] It has developed into a logging sport involving two athletes, each on one end of a log in a body of water. The competitors fight to stay on the log by sprinting and kicking the log as they attempt to cause their opponent to fall off.[2]

Log sizes[edit]

There are four different sizes of logs currently used in competitions, though there are many other custom sizes used in training. Each log size has a number and color associated with it. In the United States the dimensions of the logs are standardized by the United States Log Rolling Association (USLRA) while CAN-LOG standardizes the sizes in Canada.[citation needed]

United States Logrolling Association[edit]

The US Log Rolling Association is the national governing body of the sports of log rolling and boom running. It is the first nation member of the International Logrolling Association (ILRA). The Association is responsible for overseeing rules, regulations, and rankings, and also works to grow and promote the sports of Log Rolling and Boomrunning in the United States.


Can-Log was established in the late 1960s to promote the sport of logrolling in Canada, set rules and regulations, and allow for the allocation of Canadian Championship events to the participating competitions.[3] canlog.com


The match begins when the whistle is blown or “Time in” is called by the head judge and continues until a fall occurs or the time limit expires (The judge may recall a quick whistle if s/he feels that the rollers did not have equal control.). The first athlete to lose contact with the log with both feet and fall off the log loses the fall. The last athlete to lose contact with the log wins the fall. For all amateur and professional divisions, matches consist of three out of five falls.[citation needed]

Tournaments can either run with a round robin format (each athlete competes in a match against everyone in their division once) or double elimination bracket (a consolation bracket system in which rollers move higher in the competition each time they win a match or fall lower in the competition each time they lose a match).[citation needed]


J.R. Salzman is a 9-time world champion professional logroller. In 2006, he suffered a serious limb injury while deployed in the Iraq War.[4]

Judy Scheer-Hoeschler, a seven-time world champion, has founded many of the world's most successful logrolling programs and currently teaches logrolling in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.[5] Darren Hudson of Barrington, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a five-time world champion and has competed at many of the highest level competitions in the history of the sport.

Shana (Martin) Verstegen is a five time logrolling world champion. She is a personal trainer in Madison, Wisconsin, USA and is the co-owner of the Madison Logrolling Program, which has produced some of logrolling's best all-time competitors.[citation needed]

Gretchen Greene, competitor in the professional women's division, is currently ranked #2 in the world. She holds the 2013 women's world title. Greene has also won other high-level tournaments including the Three Rivers Roleo level two tournament.[citation needed]

Jubiel Wickheim of Sooke, British Columbia, Canada, is one of logrolling's first outstanding athletes. Wickheim won his first world title in 1960 in Hayward, Wisconsin, USA, and continued on to win ten world titles in his lifetime.[citation needed]

Tina (Salzman) Bosworth won ten world titles between 1996 and 2003. She currently holds the world record for most women's logrolling world titles won in a lifetime.[citation needed]

Jamie Fischer is a three time world champion and has won many other titles including the xxxx ESPN Great Outdoor Games. He owns one of the most successful log-making businesses in the world.[citation needed]

Lizzie (Hoeschler) Horvitz has won three world titles as a professional competitor.[citation needed]

Jenny (Anderson) Atkinson is one of the best rollers in the professional women's field, winning 3 world titles in her prime years.[citation needed]

Brian Duffy of Hayward, Wisconsin, USA, is a high ranked pro athlete and is a five time world champion.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Chantal Norrgard (15 August 2014). Seasons of Change: Labor, Treaty Rights, and Ojibwe Nationhood. University of North Carolina Press. pp. 100–. ISBN 978-1-4696-1730-5. 
  2. ^ Joyce Yoder (3 January 2013). Memories from Grandma's Playhouse. Author House. pp. 127–. ISBN 978-1-4772-9572-4. 
  3. ^ "Logger Sports at its Best!". 
  4. ^ The Recovery of J.R. Salzman, Sam Eifling, ESPN Sports, 1 October 2007
  5. ^ http://www.logrollers.com/Logrollers/History.html

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