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The sport involves 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.
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.
USLRA professional men sizes
USLRA professional women sizes
USLRA amateur sizes
United States Logrolling Association
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. 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 falls 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.
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).
Judy Scheer-Hoeschler, a seven-time world champion, was promoting a teaching program at the La Crosse YMCA and came up with a simple idea, to carpet the logs to create a grippy surface and to eliminate the wood chip problem.
Torrin Hallett, 2010’s U17 boys champion, moved up to the Semi-Pro division and lost only two falls through the entire contest.
Brian Stearns, won the U17 boys amateur division in his first appearance.
A roleo is a logrolling competition where two people stand on a floating log and attempt to dislodge each other while spinning it. Victory is achieved by being the last one standing. These events have been televised on ESPN, as part of the Great Outdoor Games, and on the Outdoor Life Network.
- United States Log Rolling Association (USLRA)
- Log Rolling from ESPN
- American Birling Association