FORMATS

RIDER SELECTION

Semi finals will be made up of 32 men and 16 women. For the men, the top 6 from last year’s finals get an automatic invite and will be joined by the top 10 men from the World Snowboarding Points List, and 6 men from the USO Qualifiers in Seven Springs, PA. In addition, there will be 10 wildcard spots given.

For the women, the top 3 from last year’s finals get an automatic invite and will be joined by the top 5 women from the World Snowboarding Points List, and the top 3 women from the USO Qualifiers. In addition, there will be 5 wildcard spots given.

COMPETITION FORMATS

=== Slopestyle Format ===

Women’s Semi finals
• One heat of 16 women (Top 3 women from 2013 USO finals, Top 5 women from the World Points List, 3 women from the USO qualifiers, 5 women wild cards)
• Each rider will take 2 runs – Best Run Counts
• Start list order – random seed
• Top 6 women advance to Finals
• Judging criteria is SLS using one panel of eight judges
• Judges will be video judging from one location
• All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100

Men’s Semi finals
• One heat of 32 men (Top 6 men from 2013 USO finals, Top 10 men from the World Points List, 6 men from the USO qualifiers, 10 men wild cards)
• Each rider will take 2 runs – Best Run Counts
• Start list order – random seed
• Top 10 men advance to Finals
• Judging criteria is SLS using one panel of eight judges
• Judges will be video judging from one location
• All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100
(*note: If there are not a total of 32 men or 16 women riders in the Semi Finals field, it shall be up to the discretion of the event organizer to decide if or how spots are filled.)

Women’s Finals
• One heat of 6 women.
• Start list order
Run #1 - best rider (based on semi's results) goes last
Run #2 - same order as run #1
Run #3 - best rider (based on first two runs) goes last
• Each rider will take 3 runs – Best Run Counts
• Judging criteria is SLS using one panel of eight judges
• Judges will be video judging from one location
• All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100

Men’s Finals
• One heat of 10
• Start list order
Run #1 - best rider (based on semi's results) goes last
Run #2 - same order as run #1
Run #3 - best rider (based on first two runs) goes last
• Each rider will take 3 runs – Best Run Counts
• Judging criteria is SLS using one panel of eight judges
• Judges will be video judging from one location
• All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100

=== Halfpipe Format ===

Women’s Semi finals
• One heat of 16 women (Top 3 women from 2013 USO finals, Top 5 women from the World Points List, 3 women from the USO qualifiers, 5 women wild cards)
• Each rider will take 2 runs – Best Run Counts
• Start list order – random seed
• Top 6 women advance to Finals
• Judging criteria is SLS using one panel of eight judges
• Judges will be video judging from one location
• All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100

Men’s Semi finals
• One heat of 32 men (Top 6 men from 2013 USO finals, Top 10 men from the World Points List, 6 men from the USO qualifiers, 10 men wild cards)
• Each rider will take 2 runs – Best Run Counts
• Start list order – random seed
• Top 10 men advance to Finals
• Judging criteria is SLS using one panel of eight judges
• Judges will be video judging from one location
• All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100
(*note: If there are not a total of 32 men or 16 women riders in the Semi Finals field, it shall be up to the discretion of the event organizer to decide if or how spots are filled.)

Women’s Finals
• One heat of 6 women.
• Start list order
Run #1 - best rider (based on semi's results) goes last
Run #2 - same order as run #1
Run #3 - best rider (based on first two runs) goes last
• Each rider will take 3 runs – Best Run Counts
• Judging criteria is SLS using one panel of eight judges
• All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100

Men’s Finals
• One heat of 10
• Start list order
Run #1 - best rider (based on semi's results) goes last
Run #2 - same order as run #1
Run #3 - best rider (based on first two runs) goes last
• Each rider will take 3 runs – Best Run Counts
• Judging criteria is SLS using one panel of eight judges
• All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100

NOTE: Only the top 6 men and 3 women from the 2014 USO will get an automatic invite to the 2015 USO.

*Helmets will be required during practice and competition for ALL competitors.