Event

Lineworkers Rodeo

The ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge while competing for professional recognition.
March 29 - 30, 2019
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sponsors

2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo

The Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo is the foremost showcase of public power lineworker skill and knowledge. At the Rodeo, journeyman and apprentice lineworkers compete for professional recognition, attend training courses, and practice essential skills in a safe environment. Furthermore, attendees have a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from the nationwide community of lineworker professionals. 

The 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will be held March 29 - 30 in Colorado Springs, CO.

Competition Sponsors
Learn more about competition, banquet, event, and in-kind sponsorship opportunities

Banquet

The 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Awards Banquet will be held at The Broadmoor. 

Banquet Tables

The Association offers rodeo participants the opportunity to reserve a table at the Rodeo Awards Banquet on Saturday night. All reserved tables will be assigned and labeled with the utility’s name. There are eight chairs at each table, and a table purchase does NOT include banquet tickets for admission. The Association strongly recommends that table orders be placed as early as possible as quantities are limited and we cannot guarantee availability. All banquet tables must be reserved before March 1.

Banquet Tickets

Rodeo attendees may choose to purchase additional banquet tickets for colleagues, family, and friends. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase; as such, the Association recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Banquet tickets include a meal, two drink tickets (Adult Tickets only), a seat for the Rodeo awards ceremony, and entertainment. Note that all competitors, judges, and greeters/auditors receive a banquet ticket as a part of their event registration. All Banquet ticket purchases will be made through Eventbrite. Additional Banquet Tickets purchases will be available at the “Sales” area during the Rodeo Registration and Expo, on-site at the Rodeo grounds in the General Information tent on Saturday, March 30.

On-Site Logistics

Information on directions to the competition grounds, grounds map, tent order form, and shipping information will be posted here as it becomes available. 

2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Results

The results from the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo are now in.

Thank you once again to all of our competitors, judges, and volunteers! We hope to see you all again in 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

View pictures from the 2018 Awards Banquet.

Please contact the rodeo team at [email protected] if you have any questions!

Agenda

Below is the preliminary agenda for the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.

Friday, March 29

All events on Friday take place at The Broadmoor.

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Training Course Registration

8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Training Courses for Apprentices and Journeyman Lineworkers

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Indoor Vendor Expo: Connect with industry experts and learn about their latest products and services

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Rodeo Registration & Sales: Registration for apprentice, journeyman teams, judges, and greeters/auditors.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Judges, Greeters/Auditors Meeting (Mandatory Event): Judges and greeters/auditors must register prior to attending this meeting. Judges will proceed to the Apprentice Written Test after this meeting.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Apprentice Written Test Event: Apprentices must register prior to this event and arrive by 4:00 p.m. for the test.

Saturday, March 30

The rodeo competition takes place at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The rodeo awards banquet takes place at The Broadmoor.

7:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony

8:00 a.m.: 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Competition

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Outdoor Lineworkers Rodeo Vendor Expo

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Written Test Chief Event Judge Available for Q&A

6:00 p.m.: Rodeo Awards Banquet (Tickets Required): Competitors, judges, volunteers, families, and guests are invited to celebrate the Rodeo winners and participants at The Broadmoor.

Sunday, March 31 - Wednesday, April 3

2019 Engineering & Operations Technical Conference

Back to Rodeo Agenda

Courses:

  • Combating Complacency in Line Work
  • The Hazards and Best Practices of Ringing Out Cable
  • We Are All Safety Leaders: Lessons Learned from Safety Missteps
  • Safety First During Mutual Aid Events

Apprentice Events:

  • 3ϕ Fuse Replacement
  • Hurtman Rescue
  • Load Transfer
  • Service Connection
  • Written Test

Journeyman Events:

  • 4kV Alley Arm Insulator Change Out
  • 12kV Arrestor Change Out
  • Hurtman Rescue
  • 12kV Pole Transfer
  • URD Install

Friday, March 29

Training Track Courses

Combating Complacency in Line Work $75

8:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.

High-risk work requires high focus. Complacency is cited as a major cause of accidents, though we often lack effective solutions. This presentation is designed to help lineworkers understand, manage and reduce complacent thinking to ensure safe work practices.

Learn techniques—to apply immediately—to overcome mental distractions, rushed behavior, and overconfidence, that can lead to complacency. Understand why and how to bring a more attentive and mindful approach to your day-to-day work and make safety a priority.

Instructor: Dr. Jim Walters, EdD, President, Power of Learning, Inc., Rochester, Minnesota

The Hazards and Best Practices of Ringing Out Cable $75

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Topics include:

  • Cable Identification
    • Common tools used
  • Review of Current Practices
    • Discussion of difficulties when able is not properly identified
    • Examples of in-field issues
    • Incidents where workers were injured
  • Safe Procedures and Best Practices
    • Best practices and required industry procedure
    • Policies that may have prevented those incidents
    • PPE, lock-out tag out, approach distances and isolation or cover-up
  • Labeling or Tagging Conductors for Future Identification
    • Types and uses of tape and tags
    • Issues with each style: pro and con
  • Labeling Strategies
    • What should be included in labels
    • Why limit content

Instructors: James Monroe, JTS & Apprenticeship Instructor, and Cody Raveling, Training Center Coordinator and JT&S Instructors, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, Plymouth, Minnesota

We Are All Safety Leaders: Lessons Learned from Safety Missteps $75

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

We’ve all had missteps that may have resulted in employee injuries, equipment damage, and power outages. But, do we learn from them? Do we act to prevent future incidents? Attend this course to learn from safety incidents at utilities like yours. Find out how to institute positive change for incident prevention. Learn how to take ownership of near misses and how to prevent them from escalating into incidents, injuries, or fatalities.

Instructor: Marc Machacek, Regional Safety Coordinator, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, Plymouth, Minnesota

Safety First During Mutual Aid Events $75

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Public power utilities plan and prepare for months to provide mutual aid to other communities in the event of a natural disaster, but are they prepared for the weather-related effects these men and women experience in the field? This session will discuss how to keep yourself safe and healthy while assisting others during a disaster.

Topics include:

  • Managing lineworker expectations and behavior on restoration jobs
  • Crew preparation (planning for unexpected weather conditions, proper inventory, assigning roles/responsibilities.
  • Take care of your body (especially your feet)
  • Coordinating travel (logistics, what to bring, support for crews)
  • Response efforts
  • Developing preliminary damage assessments
  • Power restoration and safety
  • Tips for troubleshooting overhead and underground lines
  • Dealing with the public
  • Getting home safely
  • Post-disaster audits

Instructors: Craig Batchelor, Safety & Training Specialist, ElectriCities of North Carolina; and Brandon Wylie, Assistant Director of Training & Safety, Electric Cities of Georgia


Apprentice Events

Below are the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Apprentice event descriptions.

3ϕ Fuse Replacement

This event will be Rubber Gloves ground – to – ground and the apprentice shall preform the task complying with all safe work practices. Time will start at the judge’s signal. This event will require the apprentice to change the fuse links from all three cut-out switches and close the switches simulating restoring power

Mean Time: 10 min Drop Dead Time: 15 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Hurtman Rescue

This is a simulated energized event. Time starts at the judge’s signal with apprentice standing at least an arm’s length from pole in any direction. Note: The lineman’s belt, hooks and rubber gloves in bag attached to belt will be lying on the ground at arm’s length.

Mean Time: 4 min Drop Dead Time: 6 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Load Transfer

This event will consist of moving the transformer jumper from one outside phase to the other outside phase. The load must be removed from the 240/120-volt conventional transformer by opening the load-break fused cutout with an extending stick. All extending stick operations will be completed before Climbing gear (gaffs and belt) is put on. Once the fuse is open, the competitor must ascend the pole and attach handline to pole at working height by means of a sling, transfer the high-side jumper from one outside phase to opposite outside phase. The competitor must then remove handline, descend the pole, remove all Climbing gear (gaffs and belt) and re-energize the transformer with the extending stick. Line is to be considered energized at 12 kV and APPA approach distances must be maintained. Please refer to APPA Rodeo general rules.

Mean Time: 15 min Drop Dead Time: 20 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Service Connection

In this event, a #2 triplex service drop will be dead-ended between a meter loop pole located approximately 4 feet from the ground and a transformer pole. At the start of the event the apprentice will make up the connections at the meter loop pole beginning with the neutral. The phases will be skinned by verbal simulation and the jacket of the wire will be left on underneath the connectors being used. Next, the apprentice will put on their belt and hooks and ascend the transformer pole. When a working position is reached, the apprentice will then make the connections of the triplex to the three transformer legs beginning with the neutral connection. Again, the phases will be skinned by verbal simulation and the jacket will be left on underneath the connectors being used. Once connections are made, the apprentice will descend the pole, remove their belt and hooks, and check for correct voltage at the meter loop pole. Rubber gloves and a handline will be required for this event. The handline must be hung before any work on the pole takes place.

Mean Time: 7 min Drop Dead Time: 11 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Written Test

The written test is a timed 20-minute test given annually to encourage safety at all times when working in the field and during competitions, such as the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo. This written test event takes place on Friday afternoon before the Saturday field events.1Competitors should bring their scorebook with them to the test.

Drop Dead Time: 20 min

Event Overview

Questions

For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact [email protected].


Journeyman Events

Below are the Journeyman event descriptions for the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.

4kV Alley Arm Insulator Change Out

This is a simulated 4kV energized event on 1/0 ACSR three-phase straight line circuit with a single eightfoot wooden cross-arm, braced with a seven-foot alley-arm. The event will consist of changing out the center phase pin insulator.

Mean Time: 15 min Drop Dead Time: 23 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

12kV Arrestor Change Out

This event will require the team to change both cross-arm mounted lightning arresters on an energized 12kV two-phase tangent line.

Mean Time: 15 min Drop Dead Time: 23 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Hurtman Rescue

This team event will be run one time with all three team members participating to rescue the hurtman. All three team members must be used. One must climb, one must open switch, and one must tag the mannequin. Teams have 5 minutes to set up and ask questions. The switch (cutout) feeding the transformer must be opened before the climber can step onto the pole. It will be opened from the ground using an extendo stick and rubber gloves. The stick must be off the ground and the body anytime it is touching anything energized. The climber must wear rubber gloves ground to ground. The climber will split handline and loop bottom part of handline around mannequin’s legs. Then they must take the top part and wrap around the pole a minimum of one and a half wraps, run the rope under mannequin’s arms, and tie three half hitches (the splice cannot be part of the knot). The mannequin will then be lowered to the ground while the third member of the team uses the bottom part of handline tied to the mannequin’s legs to pull mannequin on to the tarp. Teams must attempt to keep the mannequin off of the pole and hardware. There will be NO gigs for incidental contact of the mannequin on the pole or neutral conductor provided the tagman is making an honest attempt. The mannequin must land with all of this body on the tarp provided, and he must hit the ground gently as if it were a real person. A 10x10 tarp will be provided and placed 5 feet from pole centered under switch.

Mean Time: 4 min Drop Dead Time: 6 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

12kV Pole Transfer

Event construction is a 12KV single phase with pole top pin. A new pole will be set 4’ in line from the old pole. Teams will frame the bare pole, transfer neutral and simulated energized primary from old to new pole, and strip out all hardware from the old pole. Primary conductor will be 1/0 ACSR tied in using a single hot tie. Neutral will be hand tied using a side tie.

Mean Time: 12 min Drop Dead Time: 18 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

URD Install

This event will consist of a single phase riser made up complete with the hot line clamp not attached to the primary and the cutout open. This is feeding a new mini pad transformer that is partially made up except the elbow and the secondary connections. The elbow will need to be installed on the primary and the secondary conductors will need to be stripped and connected to the secondary bars. The meter that this transformer is feeding is a simulation and is considered pulled already. The climber will need to attach the hotline clamp onto the stirrup (already attached to the primary conductor) and close the cutout. Voltage will be checked at the transformer after the cutout is closed.

Mean Time: 10 min Drop Dead Time: 15 min

Event Overview

Event Specs

Event Pictures

Rodeo Policies

  • General Rules
  • Fall Arrest Policy
  • Code of Conduct

Questions

For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact [email protected].

Registration

This year all banquet tickets and banquet tables will be sold through Eventbrite.

Be sure to register your apprentice and journeyman teams after your purchase* by filling out the competitors survey.

*Note: You must complete a purchase through our product store before filling out the above survey to register your team.

To register as a judge or general volunteer, please fill out the volunteer survey.

Competitor registration for the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will open November 6.

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Chris Ching at [email protected] or 202-467-2907.

If you are competing in this year's Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, please sign the Code of Conduct form by March 22. If you are competing or volunteering as a judge, general volunteer, greeter, or auditor, please sign the Liability Waiver by March 22. Note: Both forms will be provided as they become available.

Important Dates

Registration Opens: November 6, 2018
Early Registration Deadline: February 15, 2019
Final Registration Deadline: March 1, 2019
FAQ Submission Deadline: March 8, 2019

Prices

Item Price Before February 15 (early reg.) Price February 16 - March 1 (late reg.)
Apprentice Registration $250 $300
Team with Judge Registration $500 $550
Team without Judge Registration $600 $650
Training Course Registration (per course) $75 $100
Rodeo Banquet Table* $210 $260
Adult Banquet Ticket $60 $75
Child Banquet Ticket $25 $30
Volunteer Banquet Ticket** $30 $40

* The purchase of a Rodeo Banquet Table does not include any Banquet Tickets required for admission. Each table seats up to 8 individuals, and each person must have his/her own ticket for admission. 

** Please note that only General Volunteers must buy a Volunteer Banquet Ticket. Judges, Greeters, and Auditors are provided one free banquet ticket.

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before March 15, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after March 15 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before March 15 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to: Rodeo@PublicPower.org

Competitor Registration

Competitor registration includes registration for each competitor (each team member and/or apprentice), event t-shirt, and banquet ticket. Banquet ticket includes admission to awards ceremony, dinner, and two drink tickets for each competitor. To receive the “Team with Judge” discount, each team registered should complete the accompanying Volunteer Registration form for each applicable judge.

    Training Courses

    Courses are open to journeymen and apprentice lineworkers from the Association's member utilities. Additional information about the available training courses is available at the Training Course page. 

    Banquet Purchases

    • Banquet Tables: The Association offers Rodeo participants the opportunity to reserve a table at the Rodeo Awards Banquet on Saturday night. All reserved tables will be assigned and labeled with the utility’s name. There are 8 chairs at each table, and a table purchase does NOT include banquet tickets for admission. The Association strongly recommends that table orders be placed as early as possible as quantities are limited and we cannot guarantee availability. All banquet tables must be reserved before March 8. 
    • Banquet Tickets: Rodeo attendees may choose to purchase additional banquet tickets for colleagues, family, and friends. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase; as such, the Association recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Banquet tickets include a meal, two drink tickets (Adult tickets only), a seat for the Rodeo awards ceremony, and entertainment. Note that all competitors, judges, and greeters/auditors receive a banquet ticket as a part of their event registration. All banquet ticket purchases will be made through Eventbrite. Additional banquet tickets purchases will be available at the “Sales” area during the Rodeo Registration and Expo onsite at the Rodeo grounds in the General Information tent on Saturday, March 30.

    Volunteers

    There are two main options for volunteering at the Rodeo:

    1. General Volunteers
    2. Judges/Greeters/Auditors

    General Volunteers

    Provide support with tasks such as registering teams, assisting with sales, setup, and general information, and providing support on-site at the Rodeo (including parking management, helping with children's activities, assisting with sales and information stations, etc.). Participation of volunteers from the host utility, their community partners, and members of the public power community from across the country is essential to the success of this event. Volunteers are needed on Thursday March 28, Friday March 29, and Saturday March 30, 2019.
     

    Judges and Greeter/Auditors

    Judges and Greeter/Auditors are specialized volunteers.

    • Judges for the journeyman and apprentice events must have experience with linework and/or judging similar events in the past. Judges must attend a meeting at The Broadmoor in the afternoon on Friday (3/29/2019), proctor the Apprentice Written Test in the afternoon on Friday (3/29/2019) at The Broadmoor, and judge events during the Rodeo on Saturday (3/30/2019) at the Garden of the Gods. You will be required to be on the Rodeo field from 7 am to approximately 2 pm.
    • Greeter/Auditors are stationed at a specific competition event during the Rodeo on Saturday, March 30 to provide instructions to each team and/or apprentice upon arriving at that event using a script. They may also check all competitors in and out at each specific event by time-stamping their rotation schedule and confirming that their score sheet has been filled out correctly. Scripts and guidelines are provided for Greeter/Auditors. Greeters/Auditors are only needed on Saturday (3/30/2019) at the grounds in Colorado Springs, CO, but must attend a mandatory in-person meeting on Friday (3/29/2019) at The Broadmoor. This meeting gives you an opportunity to ask your event judge any questions you may have about the event in advance. You will be required to be on the Rodeo field from 7 am to approximately 2 pm.

     

    The Broadmoor

    Since its opening over a century ago, The Broadmoor has offered guests an incredible way to experience the unique beauty of the American West. Today, that tradition is met with warm, genuine hospitality and an unmatched selection of programs and activities that celebrate our magnificent surroundings. The iconic resort is also home to several celebrated restaurants including the only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in Colorado, Penrose Room, legendary golf, a world-renowned tennis program, distinctive retail shops, and an array of resort programs for guests of all ages and interests. The Broadmoor also specializes in hosting unforgettable meetings and events within 185,000 square feet of sophisticated function space. From art tours to tennis clinics, geocaching to fitness training, there’s always something new and exciting to discover at “the most unique resort in the world”.

    Address

    The Broadmoor
    1 Lake Avenue
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906

    Main Telephone

    719-634-7711

    Group Rates

    $195 (Single/Double) per night (plus 13% tax)

    Reservation Cut-off Date

    March 7, 2019

    Reservations

    Please make reservations directly with The Broadmoor. Please reference group code "APPA319" when reserving a room.

    Hotel Shuttle

    A shuttle will be provided from the Broadmoor to the Rodeo grounds. Additional details and times will be provided at a later date. 

    Parking

    Valet Parking fee: $30/overnight (for a 24-hour period, with in and out privileges); Day Guests: complimentary

    Daily: $4 for the first hour and $2 each additional hour (up to a max of $12/day).

    Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy

    The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Thursday, March 7, 2019. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before March 7, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call and reference “American Public Power Association” or make your reservation online here. The Broadmoor should receive all reservations no later than March 7, 2019.

    Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the Association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

    Hotel Reservations Alert

    Please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Some Association members have been contacted by a third party claiming to represent the Association and offering assistance with hotel reservations. No such third party is affiliated with the Association or authorized to represent us. Attendees are encouraged to only use the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from the Association, on our conference brochures and on the Association's website for each event.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where and when is the next Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo?

    April 17-18, 2020
    Kansas City Convention Center
    Kansas City, Missouri

    To ask the rodeo team questions, please fill out our online form.


    Rodeo Policies

    General Rodeo Rules 

    Fall Arrest

    Code of Conduct


    Rodeo FAQs

    Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience. 

     

    Apprentice Event FAQs

    Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience. 


      Journeyman Event FAQs

      Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience.