ISSA Competitions in the Year of Sars-CoV-2

Almost all sports are affected by this crisis, of course also parachute sports and the ISSA World Series. Unfortunately in a way that we and our competitors cannot seriously plan for the foreseeable future. Due to travel restrictions and measures in the various countries certain decisions were mandatory:

  • The ISSA SpeedSkydiving World Series 2020 was officially canceled
  • There will be no overall ranking in 2020.

We are happy to announce that some of the organizers are be able to run individual competitions later in the season!

The ISSA-Board has approved two competitions  as official ISSA Events so far ... one more is close to an approval. These competitions are called "ISSA Speed Skydiving Competition" and will take place according to the ISSA rules. The organizers will publish new bulletins and drop zones requirements on their own website and on facebook

Suisse Skydive Information on Facebook: The Swiss Nationals are taking place in September. It is open to skydivers from other countries in the open categories. If your nationals had to be cancelled, this might be a good opportunity to attend a competition this year ... click here

Due to the worldwide COVID-19 restrictions all ISSA Events in 2020 are cancelled !!

We will try to organise the postponements by the end of May at the latest. Travel restrictions, regional measures and national competitions must be taken into account.
So please be patient.

08.05.2020 - 10.05.2020 Cancelled
Skydive Fano / Italy
Livio Piccolo

21.5.2020 - 24.05.2020 Cancelled
Bay Area, California / USA
Engeuio Cinraua with California State Championship

13.6. - 14.6. 2020 Cancelled
Teuge / NED
Edu Mertz

03.07. - 05.07 Cancelled
Skydive Paranodon Illertissen / Germany
Robert Fahrenschon

2020 FAI SPEED SKYDIVING RULES are now officially published - March 1st 2020

Words by Michael "Mikey" Lovemore - ISSA Board Core Board Member and Member of ISC Speed Skydiving Committee

Overall not much has changed.. just some tweaks. After introducing the new SMDs and the overhauled judging parameters at the World Cup, the following changes are in response to preparations for the the World Championships, feedback from Competitors, Judges, Officials and experience from other disciplines.. Whilst we wouldn't normally make any significant changes in a World Championship year we've made only what we consider necessary changes. To address issues with Speed fitting in with other disciplines at mixed competitions and to address situations with differing exit altitudes (for example from a descending run-in, or exiting on a different load/pass) we’ve made changes to Exit altitude rules and tied it in with the introduction of the ‘Performance window’.

  • Standard exit altitude is now defined as 'between 13,000ft and 14,000ft'
  • Breakoff altitude is now 5600ft. (This is just to tidy things up and have it all altitudes in ft, instead of some ft some metres).

We still have the fastest three seconds but that is now taken from a ‘Performance window’ which starts at exit. The end of the performance window is either 7,400ft below exit or at Breakoff altitude, whichever is reached first. (In most scenarios the performance window will end above break off altitude). So now no speeder will have an advantage or disadvantage due to a different exit altitude. This will all be done by the software and all Speeders should all just make sure to start their slow down by the normal break off altitude. The length of the performance window is determined by the distance between the minimum exit altitude and break off altitude. I.e. From 13,000ft to 5,600ft which is 7,400ft in length.

So in the case of a standard exit altitude of between 13,000ft and 14,000ft the performance window is the maximum of 7,400ft. The competition window ends 7,400ft below exit altitude.  See the rules here for all the detailed changes. Post any questions you may have below or PM me and I'll try to answer all of them.


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