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Lineworkers Rodeo

The ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge while competing for professional recognition.
April 5 - 6, 2024
Lafayette, Louisiana
Sponsors

2024 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo 

 


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

Listen to the latest APPA Podcast!
Click here to hear the benefits of attending the APPA Lineworkers Rodeo detailed by Lafayette Utilities System Director, Jeffrey Stewart.


Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo

  1. Compete with the best in public power while learning and practicing safe work practices.
  2. Interact with vendors and discover new products and services at the sponsor showcase.
  3. Participate in hands on training to expand your knowledge and expertise.
  4. Connect with peers from other public power utilities to share best practices.
  5. Bring your family and friends to share the experience and highlight your skills and abilities.

Download the Lineworkers Rodeo Brochure (will be available in early 2024)

 

2024 Events

Apprentice Events (apprentices compete individually)

  1. Alley Arm Insulator Change Out
  2. Hurtman Rescue
  3. Single Phase Angle Bell Replacement
  4. Single Phase Conductor Tie In with Armor Rods
  5. Written Test*

* The test will be based on the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual which can be purchased through the APPA Product Store.

Journeyman Team Events (Teams include two lineworkers and one groundsman)

  1. 12KV Single Phase Deadend Transfer
  2. 200 Amp Swollen Elbow Repair
  3. 4KV Alley Arm Insulator Change Out
  4. Hurtman Rescue
  5. 12KV 900 Amp Switch Change Out

2024 Results

2024 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Results

Apprentice

You can find the complete 2024 apprentice anonymized results here.

Journeyman

You can find the complete 2024 journeyman anonymized results here.

Press Release and Winners

To view the press release and winners, please visit this page: https://www.publicpower.org/periodical/article/public-power-lineworkers-demonstrate-skills-and-earn-awards-national-lineworkers-rodeo.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events 

Registration, judges & auditors meeting, and the apprentice written test will take place at the University of Louisiana's Cajundome & Convention Center. The banquet will also be held at the Cajundome.

All other events, including hands-on training and the rodeo competition, will take place at the University of Louisiana's Cajun Field, 2351 W. Congress St., Lafayette, Louisiana.

Friday, April 5, 2024

7:30 – 10 am: Hands-On Training Registration

8 – 11:30 am: Hands-On Training for Apprentices and Journeyman Lineworkers

  • 8 – 9:30 am
    Personal Protective Grounding - Underground Applications
     
  • 10 – 11:30 am
    Personal Protective Grounding - Overhead Applications

10 am – 2 pm: Judges & Auditors Registration

10 am – 5 pm: Sales

Noon – 3 pm: Apprentice Registration

1 – 2 pm:  Auditors Meeting

2 – 4 pm:  Judges & Auditors Meeting

2 – 5 pm: Journeyman Team Registration

4 – 5 pm: Apprentice Written Test — Chief Event Judge available for Q&A

5 – 9 pm: Competitor and Family Pre-Rodeo Celebration/Rodeo Vendor Expo: Join fellow competitors, Rodeo sponsors and vendors, families, and friends for a pre-rodeo celebration with music, food trucks, children's activities, and a t-shirt trade. Bring your t-shirts and exchange with other competitors and teams.


Saturday, April 6, 2024

The rodeo competition takes place at University of Louisiana's Cajun Field, 2351 W. Congress St., Lafayette, Louisiana.

7:30 am: Opening Ceremony

8 am: Rodeo Competition Begins

8 am – 2 pm: Rodeo Vendor Expo

9:30 am – 2 pm: Children's Events

11:30 am – 1 pm: Q&A with Chief Event Judge

6 pm: Rodeo Awards Banquet — Celebrate the Rodeo winners and participants at the University of Louisiana's Cajundome & Convention Center, Lafayette, Louisiana. 

Registration

Registration

Important Dates

  • Early Registration Deadline: February 9, 2024
  • Final Registration Deadline: March 8, 2024
  • FAQ Submission Deadline: March 15, 2024

Prices

 

APPA Members 

Nonmembers 

Item

Register / Purchase by February 9

After February 9

Register by February 9 

After February 9  

Apprentice Registration

$275

$325

$550

$600

Journeyman Team Registration (includes 3 competitors)

$630

$730

$1,260

$1,360

Alternate (limit one per team)

Free

Free

Free

Free

Judges and Auditors

Free

Free

n/a

n/a

Hands-On Training Registration
(per person, per class)

$100

$150

$100

$150


Awards Banquet

 

 

 

 

Banquet Table* 

$250

$300

$250

$300

Banquet Ticket (Adult)

$65

$80

$65

$80

Banquet Ticket (Child)

$25

$30

$25

$30

Pre-sales of banquet tickets is closed. Additional banquet tickets will be available for purchase (while supplies last) at the Sales Tent at the Rodeo grounds on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6. 

* The reservation of a banquet table does not include any banquet tickets required for admission. Each table seats up to eight individuals, and each person must have his/her own ticket for admission

Registration Help

Check out our Registration FAQs for answers to the most common questions and help with all your registration-related issues. 


Competitor Registration

Competitor registration (apprentices, teams, and/or alternates) includes registration for each competitor, event t-shirt, and a banquet ticket. Banquet ticket includes admission to awards ceremony and dinner. 

The competition is open only to public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state/regional associations. An individual can only register in one of these categories: Team, Alternate, Apprentice, or Judge/Auditor. For example, a Judge cannot also serve as an alternate; or a person who is competing in the Apprentice competition cannot also serve as the part of a Team. 

Team: A team consists of two journeyman linemen and one ground support person. This three-person team is permitted to rotate roles between events. An apprentice can serve as the ground support person on the team. To the extent possible, utilities should strive to register at least one judge or auditor per team registered.

Alternates: If a team member can no longer continue to participate, that individual is out of the competition for the remainder of the event. The team can then substitute a registered alternate for the missing team member. The groundman can be an alternate if he/she is a journeyman lineworker. The activation of an alternate within the team must be approved by the Journeyman Master Judge. 

Apprentice: A person is considered an apprentice for four years after he/she enters an apprentice program. To the extent possible, utilities should strive to register at least one judge or auditor per three competitors registered.

The Apprentice Written Test will be based on the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual, which can be purchased through APPA’s Product Store. Safety manuals are not automatically included with Apprentice registrations; they must be purchased separately.

Judges and Auditors

Utilities should strive to register at least one judge or auditor for each team or per three competitors registered. All judges and auditors must be employed by an APPA member municipal utility, joint action agency, or state/regional association. Judges and auditors may not register as competitors in any category (team members, alternates, or apprentices). Judges and auditors will receive a t-shirt and a banquet ticket with their registration.

Judges are responsible for observing, evaluating, and assigning a score to competitors based on the safe, accurate, and timely performance of the technical aspects of linework as detailed in the event rules, as well as their conduct upon entering, during, and prior to exiting the event. 

Requirements: Judges for the journeyman and apprentice events must have experience with linework and/or judging similar events in the past. 

Commitment: Judges must attend a meeting and proctor the apprentice written test, both on Friday afternoon (4/5/24) at the Cajundome & Convention Center, and judge events during the rodeo on Saturday (4/6/24). Judges will be required to be on the rodeo grounds from 7 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Auditors are responsible for checking each team and/or apprentice in to a specific competition event during the rodeo upon their arrival, in addition to orienting them to any event-specific instructions as directed by the chief judge. Auditors ensure all paperwork related to the event is accurate, accounted for, and distributed to the appropriate parties. Scripts and guidelines are provided for Auditors. 

Requirements: Auditors must have strong organizational skills and demonstrate attention to detail.

Commitment: Auditors must attend meetings on Friday afternoon (4/5/24) at the Cajundome & Convention Center, and are needed at the grounds on Saturday (4/6/24) from 7 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.


Hands-On Training Classes

Hands-on training courses are open to journeymen and apprentice lineworkers. These interactive courses will be held on Friday (4/5/24) at the rodeo grounds. Each person who will participate in hands-on training classes must register individually (registration fees are per person). 


Banquet Purchases

The 2024 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Awards Banquet will be held at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Saturday, April 6 at 6 pm.

Banquet Tickets: All competitors, judges, and auditors receive a banquet ticket as a part of their event registration. Sponsors receive a set number of banquet tickets, depending on sponsor level. Rodeo attendees may choose to purchase additional banquet tickets for colleagues, family, and friends.

Three ways to purchase guest banquet tickets:

  1. During the registration process, you'll have the option to add guest banquet tickets to your order. (Registration Deadline is March 9). 
  2. Purchase tickets separately through the Product Store - a great option if you've already registered your competitors, or if you need to purchase guest tickets separately from your utility's competitor registrations. The deadline to purchase banquet tickets in advance is March 15. 
  3. Purchase tickets on site at the Rodeo Grounds. Banquet tickets will be available on site at the Sales tent while supplies last. (Tickets are limited, so APPA does recommend purchasing tickets in advance whenever possible). 

Discounted tickets are available for children age 12 and under. Children 2 and under do not need to purchase a ticket. 

Banquet Tables:  Rodeo participants can reserve a table at the awards banquet on Saturday night. All reserved tables will be assigned and labeled with the utility’s name and include up to eight chairs. A table reservation does NOT include banquet tickets for admission. Table orders are limited and should be placed as early as possible. 


Tent & Trailer Survey

Once you register, please complete the Tent & Trailer survey by March 8 to let us know if you will be bringing a tent and/or trailer for your competitors. This will help organizers map out the Rodeo Grounds. Please complete this survey whether you are bringing your own tent/trailer or if you are renting a tent. The deadline to order your tents and to complete the tent & trailer survey is March 8, 2024. 


Code of Conduct and Release

All participants will be required to sign the Code of Conduct and Release Form when they check in on site at the rodeo. Participants should review this form in advance. 


Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before March 15, 2024, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after March 15 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2024 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: [email protected].

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Hotels

Hotels

The 2024 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo grounds will be located at Cajun Field at the University of Louisiana, 2351 W Congress St, Lafayette, Louisiana. The Rodeo Banquet will be held at Cajundome & Convention Center, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Below is a list of hotels in close proximity to the Rodeo grounds and banquet hall. APPA has secured a corporate rate agreement with the properties listed below. Please use the reservation links to access the corporate group rate(s). 


Reservations and Cancellations

Room blocks may sell out before the reservation cutoff dates, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the links or telephone numbers above.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.

Scam Alert

Please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Use only the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from APPA —in conference brochures and the website at www.PublicPower.org

Questions and Assistance

For questions or assistance making your hotel arrangements, contact [email protected]

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Hands-On Training Courses

Hands-On Training Courses

Hands-on training will be held at the Rodeo grounds. These hands-on, interactive training classes are open to lineworkers of all experience levels (journeyman and apprentice lineworkers; individuals participating in the Rodeo as judges or in other roles are also welcome to participate). Registration fee is per person, per class.

Friday, April 5

Personal Protective Grounding – Underground Applications
8 - 9:30 am 

With the new updates in the APPA safety manual surrounding personal protective grounding, it is crucial to get a better understanding of it. Understanding where grounding started, where it is today, and the importance of it will help lineworkers work safe, and improve their knowledge and skills. 

Participants will get an in-depth experience both by lecture and hands-on training when it comes to personal protective grounding on your underground system. Multiple scenarios will be worked on an underground system with the hands-on portion providing better understanding of the standards related to equipotential and isolation grounding.

Participants should bring the following equipment: 

  • PPE needed for training classes
  • Work boots
  • Hard hat
  • Safety Glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Long sleeve work shirts  

Instructors: Jay Reading, Assistant Director of Technical Services, and Cody Raveling, Assistant Director of Education and Outreach, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

 

Personal Protective Grounding – Overhead Applications
10 - 11:30 am 

With the new updates in the APPA safety manual surrounding personal protective grounding, it is crucial to get a better understanding of it. Understanding where grounding started, where it is today, and the importance of it will help lineworkers work safe, and improve their knowledge and skills. 

Participants will get an in-depth experience both by lecture and hands-on training when it comes to personal protective grounding on your overhead distribution system. Multiple scenarios will be worked on an overhead system with the hands-on portion providing better understanding of the standards related to different grounding techniques including single point, bracket and EPZ grounding methods.

Participants should bring the following equipment:

  •  PPE needed for training classes
  • Work boots
  • Hard hat
  • Safety Glasses
  • Work gloves 
  • Long sleeve work shirts  

Instructors: Ross Whitehurst, Senior Safety & Training Specialist, Nick Whitley, Senior Safety & Training Specialist, and Craig Batchelor, Manager, Safety and Training, ElectriCities of North Carolina 

Apprentice Events

Apprentice Events

Below are the 2024 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Apprentice Event descriptions.

Alley Arm Insulator Change Out

The apprentice will have a 5-minute set-up time to prepare for the event and ask any questions. This is a de-energized event on a #2 ACSR three-phase straight line circuit with a single eight-foot wooden crossarm, braced with a seven-foot alley-arm on a 40-foot pole. The event will consist of changing out the center phase pin-insulator and neutral spool. Leather work gloves at a minimum must be worn during this event.

***This event is considered dead and grounded***

  • Mean Time: 7 min
  • Drop Dead Time: 10 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures
 

Hurtman Rescue

This event will entail simulating the rescue of an injured worker. Construction will consist of an 8 foot wooden crossarm mounted on a 40 foot wood pole. Time starts at the judge’s signal with apprentice standing at least an arm’s length from pole in any direction. Note: The lineworker’s belt, hooks and rubber gloves in bag will be lying on the ground at arm’s length from the pole. (You may tool up bare handed). Rubber gloves required before touching pole!

  • Mean Time: 4 min  
  • Drop Dead Time: 6 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures


Single Phase Angle Bell Replacement

Apprentices will have a 5-minute set up time to prepare for the event and ask any questions. Framing on this event is single phase angle construction. Apprentices will be required to replace the angle shoe on the neutral and the suspension insulator on the primary. If apprentice reaches Drop Dead Time, the judge will stop time and the apprentice will reset the event. Apprentice will still be judged during the reset of the event. Leather work gloves at a minimum must be worn during this event.
***This event is considered dead and grounded***

  • Mean Time: 7 min  
  • Drop Dead Time:  10 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures


Single Phase Conductor Tie In with Armor Rods

The apprentice will have a 5-minute set up time to prepare for the event and ask any questions. This event is considered NEW CONSTRUCTION, and leather gloves can be used. Framing on this event will be single phase. On both the primary and neutral, the apprentice will need to remove the #2 ACSR wire from the roller, install armor rod, and tie them onto the insulators with preform ties. The apprentice will need to use a handline to pull materials up and down.
Note: Apprentice can manipulate the tie wire and armor rod during the 5-minute set up.

  • Mean Time: 6 min  
  • Drop Dead Time: 10 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and 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 events1.Competitors should bring their scorebook with them to the test.

* The test will be based on the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual which is available for purchase through the APPA Product Store. Safety Manuals are not automatically included in your Apprentice registration and must be purchased separately. 

Drop Dead Time: 20 min

Event Overview


Competition Eligibility Requirements


APPA Member Utility: All participants must be employed by an APPA member municipal utility, joint action agency, or state/regional association.

Team: A team consists of two journeyman linemen and one ground support person. This three-person team is permitted to rotate roles between events. An apprentice can serve as the ground support person on the team.

Alternates: If a team member can no longer continue to participate, that individual is out of the competition for the remainder of the event. The team can then substitute a registered alternate for the missing team member. The groundman can be an alternate if he/she is a journeyman lineworker. The activation of an alternate within the team must be approved by the Journeyman Master Judge.

Apprentice: A person is considered an apprentice for four years after he/she enters an apprentice program.


Questions

For answers to event-specific questions, visit the Competitor FAQ page. For general rodeo questions, contact [email protected].

Journeyman Events

Journeyman Events

Below are the 2024 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Journeyman Event descriptions. 

12KV Single Phase Deadend Transfer

In this event competitors will transfer a dead-end #2 ACSR primary and neutral conductor from an existing pole over to a new pole set 6 feet to the side. This event is considered de-energized.

  • Mean Time: 12 min  
  • Drop Dead Time: 18 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures

200 Amp Swollen Elbow Repair

This event will be considered energized and consist of replacing a 1/0 200 amp oil soaked swollen elbow. Two 25kva transformers will be set 8 feet apart, one will be a feed-thru transformer (right) and the other will be a radial fed transformer (left). The cable feeding into the radial fed transformer as well as the feed thru transformer must be properly isolated and grounded so that the elbow in the radial transformer can be replaced. Isolation method utilized shall be per the APPA 17th edition safety manual section 514.2 (k) as the method to isolate all differences of potential. After proper isolation and grounding is performed the team must remove the tip from the elbow and replace the elbow body and install a new tip. Manufacturer specs shall be performed for the install of the new elbow.

  • Mean Time: 5 min  
  • Drop Dead Time: 8 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures

4KV Alley Arm Insulator Change Out

This is a simulated 4KV energized event on #2 ACSR three-phase straight line circuit with a single eight-foot wooden crossarm, braced with a seven-foot alley-arm. The event will consist of changing out the center phase pin insulator.

  • Mean Time: 11 min  
  • Drop Dead Time: 14 min (4KV Rubber gloving event)

Event Overview
Event Specs


Hurtman Rescue

This team event will be run one time with all three team members participating to rescue the hurtman. Teams have 5 minutes to set up and ask questions. The switch (cutout) feeding the transformer must be opened before the climber can install the fall arrest system around pole or step onto the pole. It will be opened from the ground using a telescoping stick and rubber gloves. The stick must be off the ground and the body anytime it is touching anything energized. At the start of the event, handline hook will be at block. No one can touch the pole or anything attached to the pole until the switch is open. Once the switch is open, prior to climber ascending, groundman may operate handline to place hook in a preferred position. Operation of handline while climber is ascending pole will result in a 2-point gig. However, handline can be held away from pole to prevent it from interfering with climber. The climber must wear rubber gloves ground to ground. The climber will split the handline and loop the bottom part of the handline around the mannequin’s legs. The top part of the rope will then be taken under the mannequin’s arms and tied using three half hitches (the splice cannot be part of the knot). Once the mannequin has been tied off, the climber will utilize the Buckingham OX BLOCK® with a minimum of one full wrap, or two clicks, on the friction bar. The mannequin can then be lowered to the ground while the third member of the team uses the bottom part of the handline tied to the mannequin’s legs to guide the mannequin onto the tarp. An attempt must be made to keep the mannequin from contacting the pole, neutral, and hardware. There will be NO gigs for incidental contact of the mannequin with the pole, neutral, or hardware provided the tag man is making an honest attempt. The mannequin must hit the ground gently as if it were a real person. When facing the switch, the OX BLOCK® will be caught off right above the bracket and to the right side.

  • Mean Time: 4 min  
  • Drop Dead Time:  6 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures
 

12KV 900 Amp Switch Change Out

This is a 12KV event working off the pole. Class 2 rubber gloves must be worn ground to ground. The event will be framed with two switches. The team only needs to replace one of the 900 amp under-slung switch on an 8 foot crossarm on a 40 foot pole. The team will be able to choose which switch is changed out. The load cannot be interrupted. The permanent jumpers will have hot line clamps attached on stirrups on the primary. There will only be bolts and nuts holding the two-hole connector pad to the switch. There will be no washers associated with the bolts holding the two-hole connector pad to the switch.  

  • Mean Time: 12 min  
  • Drop Dead Time: 16 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures


Competition Eligibility Requirements


APPA Member Utility: All participants must be employed by an APPA member municipal utility, joint action agency, or state/regional association.

Team: A team consists of two journeyman linemen and one ground support person. This three-person team is permitted to rotate roles between events. An apprentice can serve as the ground support person on the team.

Alternates: If a team member can no longer continue to participate, that individual is out of the competition for the remainder of the event. The team can then substitute a registered alternate for the missing team member. The groundman can be an alternate if he/she is a journeyman lineworker. The activation of an alternate within the team must be approved by the Journeyman Master Judge.

Apprentice: A person is considered an apprentice for four years after he/she enters an apprentice program.


Questions

For answers to event-specific questions, visit the Competitor FAQ page. To submit an event-specific question, please complete this form.
For general rodeo questions, contact [email protected].

Competitor FAQs

Competitor FAQs

What class of rubber gloves is required?

  • Class 2 rubber gloves.

What are the rules on long cuff leather gloves for ground hands during rodeo events?

  • The rule has been relaxed by removing the verbiage that required a specific length of gauntlet on the work gloves. The general rule states that leather work gloves with a cuff shall be worn while working on the ground and/or any event where rubber gloves are not required. See General Rules #3, #18, and 2 Point Deductions #22 and #23.

Does the Rodeo provide any tools or equipment?

  • The competitor must supply all equipment and tools.

Can the handline be hung on the arm?

  • Yes, the handline may be hung on the arm as long as MAD is maintained with it and any equipment that may be attached to it/transported by it.

Can the nose bag be hung on the belt?

  • No, the nose bag cannot be hung on the belt.

Can your own nose bag be used for every event?

  • Yes, a lineworker's own nose bags can be used for every event.

What size conductors will be used for Apprentice and Journeyman events?

  • All event conductors will be sized #2 ACSR.

What type of pole will be used?

  • 40' Class 4 CCA treated southern yellow pine

Do the linemen need to have a Journeyman card?

  • You do not need to have a Journeyman card to compete as a journeyman. You must be working in a journeyman role or higher. 

Are plastics okay?

  • If you are talking about the primary cover, then yes, as long as it is rated for the voltage

Is plastic extension hand legal? If so, what length?

  • Yes, as long as it is a rated hot stick, you can maintain your MAD, and the tool is not modified. 

What is the minimum approach distance per voltage? 

  • Listed in the 17th edition APPA Safety Manual 

What tools do you supply for the event?

  • None, unless stated in the description

Do we need to bring all the tools for the events?

  • Yes, unless otherwise stated in the description

Can the public come to observe?

  • Yes

How are apprentice events scored?

  • To determine Overall Apprentice results, apprentices will be awarded points equivalent to their placement in each event.  The lowest total points across all events will determine the overall winner.  For example:
Apprentice 1 Apprentice 2 Apprentice 3
Hurtman Rescue - 3rd place = 3 points Hurtman Rescue - 10th place = 10 points Hurtman Rescue - 1st place = 1 point
Written Test - 21st place = 21 points Written Test - 2nd place = 2 points Written Test - 18th place = 18 points
Security Light Installation - 4th place = 4 points Security Light Installation - 7th place = 7 points Security Light Installation - 6th place = 6 points
B-1 Tie-in - 2nd place = 2 points B-1 Tie-in - 6th place = 6 points B-1 Tie-in - 10th place = 10 points
OCR Bypass - 5th place = 5 points OCR Bypass - 4th place - 4 points OCR Bypass - 3rd place - 3 points
Overall Total Points = 35 points Overall Total Points = 29 points Overall Total Points = 38 points

Apprentice 2 would win 1st Place Overall based on the lowest overall total points. Apprentice 1 would receive 2nd Place Overall and Apprentice 3 would receive 3rd Place Overall.  If total points result in a tie, overall time will be the tiebreaker. This will be applied to overall results ONLY. Individual event results will continue to be based on actual score and time.

What is the approximate spacing between poles at the event?

  • The spacing between the poles will vary depending on the layout of the yard. The 12KV Single Phase Deadend Transfer will have 6’ spacing between the transfer poles. The Single Phase Angle Bell Replacement will be built to have a 52 degree angle on the angle pole.

Does each apprentice need to control their own handlines for sending materials up and down or are they allowed to have a groundman control it?

  • Apprentices need to control their own handline.

What brand and model is the mannequin that is used in the Rodeo? 

  • The mannequin used for the competition is manufactured by Buckingham and the model is the Toughbuck Rescue Dummy 6934-154.

How much does the mannequin weigh that is used in the Hurtman Rescue? 

  • Approximately 150-160 lbs.

Do all apprentice events, besides the Hurtman Rescue, start with belt and hooks on and arm length from the pole? 

  • Yes.

While working, can I hang a material bag from my climbing belt? 

  • No.

Are competitors allowed to wear GoPros on their hard hats? 

  • Yes, however, it will be treated the same as any article of equipment or tool. If it falls off and comes to the ground, it will be a 2-point deduction as defined in #6 of the general rules.

Apprentice Event FAQs 

Alley Arm Insulator Change Out

  • Are the measurements correct on the spec sheet? The measurements were incorrect but have since been updated (as of 1/31/24). See updated spec sheet.
     
  • Will we be allowed to hang the hand line on steel ally arm brace? Yes, as long as it’s properly hung via the becky/sling.
     
  • In the event specs it says the neutral is on an upset bolt, but in the pictures posted it shows it's on a clevis. Which is correct? The specs and photos are correct. The neutral spool will be on a clevis. The event description has been updated as of 3/4/24.
  • If we are using a choker handline on the pole, are you allowed to climb with your work bag attached to handline? No, you must have a dead line which includes not having any bags at your working location while ascending or descending.

  • Do you have to use a new wrap lock, or can we reuse the one we take off the wire? New wrap lock ties shall be used.

  • Can the material bag be hung off the drop in pin for the insulator? No

  • Is there going to be a j hook or an eye bolt to hang the handline on the pole or do we have to put a sinch rope around the pole to hang the handline? There will not be a J hook or eye bolt on the pole.

  • On insulator change out in alley arm for apprentices can we put the new insulator in our diddy bag on our belt once we make it to the top of the pole? Yes, as long as the insulator is originally brought up by material bag on handline.

  • Can we hang the "meat hook" on neutral, and do we have to start at tying in the phase first then neutral, or either preference? Handline cannot be hung off on the neutral. You may start at either the neutral or phase.

  • Can you clip your noise bag on the sling of your handline or does it need to be hung by itself? Once you have raised your material bag via handline, you may clip it to the becky of your handline to hold it in place.

  • Does the apprentice have to change out the pin and insulator on this event, or just the insulator? Only the insulator will be changed out on the center phase.

  • Once you pull your material bag up to you on the handline and hang it separately from your handline, can you climb from primary to neutral with the bag hanging on the pole? Yes, as long as the bag is secured to the pole separately from the handline.

Hurtman Rescue

  • After you are done performing your transfer over the neutral, can you keep your safety (secondary) on the pole while ascending? No, see Rodeo General Rules #21.

Single Phase Angle Bell Replacement

  • Can I run the strap hoist over the back side of the pole on the top side of the bolt? No, this would be a misuse of the tool.
     
  • Do I have to run 2 different strap hoists to 2 different straps around the pole? No.
     
  • I see using the hoist around the back of the pole is not allowed, are they allowed to use a sling around the pole and attach a hoist with the double block?  Yes.
     
  • Are the measurements correct on the spec sheet? The measurements were incorrect but have since been updated. See updated spec sheet.
     
  • Can you change the Angle Shoe while working inside the bite? No, you cannot work inside the bite as this is an unsafe practice.
     
  • Do you have to use a Yellow-Belly/Sling or can you modify a rope with becket, eye slice, and rated hardware? Rated sling only shall be used.
     
  • Are battery-operated tools allowed for this event? Specifically, for removing bolts on the Neutral Angle Shoe? No, see general rules #14.
     
  • Are competitors allowed to stand in the bite to hang the hoist as long as they are out of the bite when they take up the slack? It is okay to stand wherever necessary to rig, but before any slack is taken, the competitor must be out of the bite.
     
  • Does the neutral shoe have lock washers, and are the u-bolts crimped on the wedge or does the shoe come apart in 12 parts and pieces, not counting the pin and cotter key? The neutral shoe has lock washers and does come apart in pieces.
     
  • Are competitors allowed to disassemble the new shoe in the 5-minute set up time and have it in their nose bag? Yes.
     
  • If using an Ox block can you hang your nose bag on the friction bar? Yes.
     
  • Does the hoist have to be sent up and down in the nose bag or can they clip it on to the loop of the nose bag or a loop on the handline? The hoist does not have to be in the bag.
     
  • Can the apprentice split the handline for use during prep time? Yes.
     
  • Are you able to leave your grunt bag hung on the eyebolt at the neutral then ascend to the primary and pull your grunt bag up from there, with consideration there is no weight on the handline? Or do you need to lower the grunt bag back to the ground between the phase and neutral? Yes, as long as the handline is not under load and the bag is properly secured.
     
  • Can you use a transformer sling to catch off your hoist? Yes.
  • What size is the u-bolt nut? ¾-inch

  • Are we allowed to work under the bite. If so, what is the considered "bite" range? It is okay to stand wherever necessary to rig, but before any slack is taken, the competitor must be out of the bite meaning no part of the lineworker's body may be within the 45-degree angle.
     

Single Phase Conductor Tie In With Armor Rods 

  • On the armor rod tie in apprentice event what size preform ties are the apprentices using to tie in over the armor rod? Please check the event spec sheet for this information.
     
  • On number 2 acsr with #2 armor rods, the preform ties specified do not work, so are the apprentices going to be a larger preform tie and if so what size, or will they be using tie wire and again what size #4 or #6? The event specs are correct. 4/0 wraplock ties will work over the armor rod for both the F-neck and spool insulator.
     
  • After installing the armor rod on the #2 acsr, will the pre-formed ties still fit around the wire? Yes, the preform ties on the spec sheet will fit over the armor rod.
     
  • Are competitors allowed to start work at the primary and finish on the neutral, and then begin to break the event down? Yes, you may begin work at the primary or neutral.
     
  • Will we be utilizing the rubber grommet when tying in the conductors? No, the grommets will not be used for the conductor ties.

Journeyman Event FAQs

12KV Single Phase Deadend Transfer

  • Looking for clarification from the handbook, it mentions a ground lead from the bracket to a ground rod, is this needed/provided? No, a ground lead will not be required from the bracket to ground rod.
     
  • It says we will need our own brackets, does this mean you will be providing grounds that we hang on our brackets? No, you must provide your own grounds and brackets.
     
  • If we tie the 2 brackets together do we only need the one ground on each the neutral/phase? The brackets must be tied together, then 1 ground from bracket to neutral, and 1 ground from bracket to phase.
     
  • Do we need 2 handlines because we are on 2 different poles? 2 handlines will be required if both poles are being climbed. Assuming both climbers are on the same pole, then only 1 handline will be required.
     
  • Will the climbers be required to install new polymers and shoes, or will they be able to transfer the ones from the old pole? Per the event description, new material will be provided and must be utilized including the poly bells and shoes. 
     
  • When putting ground on neutral can it be put on by hand or does it have to be put on with a stick? It can be put on by hand but must be tightened properly. 
     
  • Can you mount EPZ backers at the base of the poles? The grounding bracket cannot be hung at the base of the pole. The grounding bracket should be hung below the line tech’s feet at his final work location (just below the neutral).
     
  • When working on the neutral do your feet have to be above the EPZ grounding bracket? No, your feet need to be above the bracket whenever working within the primary conductor approach distance.
     
  • When transferring the neutral can the primary ground be removed if the primary has already been transferred? As long as you are not in the minimal approach distance of an ungrounded conductor.
     
  • During this event, or any climbing event, is the climber allowed to run their own hand line up and down, but still railroading it down to the ground man when done? Yes, you can run your own hand line.
     
  • Can we rig off the eyes of the dead end shoes instead of using slings? Yes, you can utilize the eyes on the dead-end shoes.
     
  • Do the band hoists have to come up and down in bags? No, they do not have be in bags.
     
  • Can we transfer neutral conductor without any grounds installed? No, ALL conductors must be grounded prior to working on them.
     
  • After reading submitted questions, one states that we can rig webbed hoist off eye of the deadend shoe. If this is excepted what is the purpose of the web slings and where are they required during the rigging of conductors? Please see the revised event description.
     
  • Can Equipotential Grounding bracket be installed at base of pole, and use long jumper? No, please view the FAQs.
     
  • When transferring phase and neutral conductors do the existing shoes need to be removed from the conductors? Yes, the new eyebolts, washers, poly bell and deadend shoes must be used and the old ones removed.
     
  • Will two cluster mounts be required? Yes, one on each pole.
     
  • Are the poles 6 FT apart center to center? Yes, the poles are set 6' center to center.
     
  • Can we use a 3-way splitter block between the brackets and go from splitter to neutral and splitter to phase? No, as specified in the APPA Safety Manual and the FAQs, a ground must be installed from bracket (pole 1) to bracket (pole 2), bracket to neutral, and bracket to phase.
     
  • Can you use a transformer sling for the hot hoist to catch off on pole? Yes, you can utilize a transformer sling for the rigging.
     
  • Can you just use one grip for both hoists are do you have to use two grips? Yes, one is acceptable. 
     
  • I understand you can send the hot hoist up on the hand line. Can we send the grounds and cluster brackets up on the handline too or do they have to be in a bag? Yes, providing the material is sent up and down using the hand line and material is secure.
     
  • Do both brackets have to be hung and the ground installed between poles before I can ground the neutral and phase? Yes, both brackets and ground shall be installed bringing the poles to the same potential before the neutral and phase is grounded.

200 Amp Swollen Elbow Repair

  • Will the feed thrus be already installed in the transformers? Yes, there will be a feed thru installed in both transformers already.
     
  • Will the feed thru devices already be on the transformer, or do we need to bring them? The feed through devices will already be installed in both transformers. Please refer to the “Materials provided” list on the Event Overview.
     
  • How will the concentric from the cable be connected to the transformer grounding? What tools will we need to disconnect it? The concentric neutral from the cable will be connected to the copper ground with a Burndy Split Bolt Connector 14-2/0T (see picture). The nut size of the split bolt is 1 1/16.
     
  • After grounding the cable and then isolating it, is it required to install an insulated cover on the open feed-thru position? All insulated caps must be installed on the feed thru after grounding and isolating. Bleeder wires must be installed when installing caps on energized bushings. Please refer to number 8 on the Event Overview.
  • Am I allowed to wear working gloves under my rubber gloves in this event? Rubber gloves must be worn during the event, no other gloves will be permitted.

  • Can I wear leather gloves to work on the already dead, grounded and isolated elbow? Rubber gloves must be worn during the event. Please refer to number 3 of the Event Overview.

  • How many insulating bushing caps will be in each transformer? There will be 2 bushing caps in each transformer on the feed thru.

  • Are the transformers going to have an actual lock on them to take off and install back? There will be no locks on the transformers, they will be secured with a penta bolt. Please refer to #9 of the Event Overview.

  • Since the feed thrus are already installed in the transformers will the bleeder wire on them already be grounded? Also, will the insulated caps be inside the transformer or given to us before the 5 min set up? The insulated caps will be on the feed thru bushings inside the transformers. The bleeder wire(s) must be installed during the event. Please refer to #8 on the Event Overview.

  • During prep time will we be able to unlock transformer and apply the connections to the ground wire with the grounds and dust caps then shut the transformer and lock back up? Will dust caps have gator clips? Do you have to take the ground off the swollen elbow to isolated? Transformers will remain closed and secured with penta bolt during set up time. All connections will be done during the event time. Competitors must remove concentric from swollen elbow. To be properly isolated, both sides of the concentric need to be disconnected. Please refer to the APPA Safety Manual section 514.2 (k) for proper isolation method instructions.

  • When the concentric neutral is taken loose from the the grounded elbow that feeds the deadend transformer do you also have to disconnect the concentric neutral from the deadend can? Both concentric neutrals have to be removed. Refer to Section 514.2(k) in the APPA Safety Manual. 

  • Will the insulated caps on the feed through bushings be already tied to the ground in the can? The bleeder wires on the insulated caps will be connected by the competitors during the event while being timed.

  • Can we see how the feed thru bushing are installed and how the bleed wires are attached? Please see photos below for how feed thrus are installed. Competitors will be attaching the bleeder wires during the event. Please review #8 on the Event Overview.

  • Can you plug the grounding elbows on the feed thru by hand before grounding the elbow and can the insulating cap be put on by hand after the radial fed transformer is grounded? Section 514 F in The Appa Safety Manuel states, “All grounds must be installed and removed by means of insulating tools.” You may install an insulating cap by hand on any grounded bushing once the complete isolation method has been completed.

  • After swollen elbow is replaced, does the cable need to be ungrounded and re-energized before time stops? Please refer to #9 on the Event Overview.

  • Will a proximity tester be sufficient when testing voltage on underground before grounding? Yes, that is sufficient.

  • Will the primary on the dead end transformer need to be placed on the feed through to be tested or can it be tested by the test point on the back of the elbow? You may utilize the test point on the elbow.

  • Is there any source of back feed in the radial transformer? There are no secondaries landed in the transformer.

  • Does the primary have to be dead and fully grounded before a contestant can open the dead end transformer? Two workers must be present at any ENERGIZED location. 

  • Can the deadend transformer be opened by a single competitor while the feed transformer is being killed and grounded? Two competitors must be at any ENERGIZED location when work is being performed.

  • Do we have to use a grounding mat, or can a rubber blanket be used? Grounding mats or rubber blankets will not be required.

4KV Alley Arm Insulator Change Out 

  • Are the measurements correct on the spec sheet? The measurements were incorrect but have since been updated (as of 1/31/24). See updated spec sheet.
     
  • Do we have to send the bag down every time we move position? You must have a dead line which includes not having any bags at working location while ascending or descending.
  • Does the center phase wire need to have a cover on it if you can maintain mad to install the outside insulator cover? No, if you can maintain MAD while covering outside phase.

  • Can you complete the whole job without putting a line cover on the center phase? You will need 2 layers for the wire to lay on the arm, arm guard or blanket on both sides of the center phase pin and snake/gut/blanket on the wire. For the inside phase, If only 1 climber is in the MAD and doing the work and the other climber is not in the MAD, only one side needs to be covered on the line and insulator.

  • If you can maintain mad to cover the outside phase does the center phase you’re working on need to have a cover on it? You will need 2 layers for the wire to lay on the arm, arm guard or blanket on both sides of the center phase pin and snake/gut/blanket on the wire.

Hurtman Rescue

  • On the wrap around the legs, is there a knot or can we do a wrap and use the hook on the handline as long as it does not come loose? Any standard knot or hitch may be used on the mannequin’s legs that can be easily removed, including placing the rope through the hook, but it must not come off.
     
  • What position will the handline be placed on the pole? When facing the switch, the OX BLOCK® will be caught off right above the bracket and to the right side.
     
  • Is the handline going to be caught off on the transformer bolts or on the T-bracket? The sling for the OX BLOCK® will be wrapped around the pole just above the cutout bracket (T bracket), so when facing the switch, the OX BLOCK® will be hanging below the bracket and to the right side.
     
  • When does the time start on this event? Time will begin when the judge gives a signal to the competitors to start the event. The judge will identify the signal during the 5-minute set up. Time will stop when the mannequin is on the ground with slack on the handline and the telescoping stick is fully retracted and back on the competitor’s tarp.
     
  • Does the stick have to be on the tarp before the climber can start or can he start climbing when we open the switch? The climber does not have to wait for the telescoping stick to be placed back on the tarp, they can start climbing as soon as the switch is open.

  • Can the climber put is gear on in the five-minute prep time? The climber’s belt and hooks will be on the ground opposite the switch side of the pole prior to starting the event. The climber can put on their gear after the judge signals to start the event.

12KV 900 Amp Switch Change Out

  • If the journeyman team consists of 2 journeymen and an apprentice, is the apprentice allowed to climb for one or more of the events? If a team has an apprentice on the team, the apprentice is only allowed to fill the groundman role.
  • How many bolts will be on the switch hanging on the arm? In the picture it shows only the two inside bolts. Yes, there are only the two bolts on the inside of the arm.

  • Do we have to cover up the other switch that we are not changing out? Can we just put a blanket over the side we are working on or do we have to cover it up with some kind of plastic cover up and put it on the stick? As far as the cover on the opposite disconnect you cannot encroach on your MADD distance for 12kv without cover. For the disconnect that you will be replacing everything will need to be covered according to the APPA safety manual. Reminder that this is a 12kv event.

  • What size wrench will fit the bolts that are attached to the paddles? ¾ inch

  • Are we installing the same disconnect that comes off the pole or will there be another on the ground for the ground man to send up when the other is down? The same disconnect will be used, and Permanent jumpers will be unbolted from the switch and brushed and reinstalled by the groundmen before being sent back up to the Lineman.  Bolts are ½” inch by 1 ½” inch.

  • Does the disconnect have to come up and down in a bag? No, it does not have to go up and down the pole in a bag, but it does have to be rigged to the handline hook in a secure manner.

  • Can we send old and new switch up on just the handline are does it need to be in a material bag? It can go up and down on the handline.

  • Can we use 6 ft. hotsticks on our Mack’s or does it have to be an 8 ft? A 6’ stick will work, just make sure not to encroach on their MADD.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when are the upcoming Public Power Lineworkers Rodeos?

  • April 5-6, 2024 - Lafayette, Louisiana
  • March 28-29, 2025 - Roseville, California

Competition Eligibility Requirements

Public Power: All participants must be employed by a public power utility, joint action agency, or state/regional association.

Team: A team consists of two journeyman linemen and one ground support person. This three-person team is permitted to rotate roles between events.

Alternates: If a team member can no longer continue to participate, that individual is out of the competition for the remainder of the event. The team can then substitute a registered alternate for the missing team member. The groundman can be an alternate if he/she is a journeyman lineworker. The activation of an alternate within the team must be approved by the Journeyman Master Judge.

Apprentice: A person is considered an apprentice for four years after he/she enters an apprentice program.

One Registration Per Person: An individual person may only register in one of these roles: Team, Alternate, Apprentice, or Judge/Auditor. For example, a Judge cannot also serve as an alternate; or an apprentice who is competing in the Apprentice competition cannot also serve as the part of a Team. Individuals who register to participate in any of these roles may also register for the training courses. 

Rodeo Policies

Onsite Logistics

Competitor Equipment and Parking
Accommodations will be made at the Rodeo Event Grounds to support competitor equipment.

  • Teams have the option of renting a tent through Party Central or bringing their own tent. 
  • Each team with a tent (either renting one or bringing their own) will be assigned a 30x30 tent space by Lafayette Utilities System (LUS).
  • Tent spaces are for tent, trailer, and truck. Trucks can be moved to the parking lot if additional space is needed.
  • Trailer limit is 30’. If you bring a trailer, it will be un-hitched at the grounds and parked by rodeo grounds maintenance crew.

Notes:

  • If you have additional questions about competitor parking, or would like to request a larger space, contact Kevin Forestier, [email protected], 337-962-4545.
  • Access to the Rodeo Event Ground Competitor Parking Area will be available beginning 8 am on Wednesday, April 3 and will end at 5 pm on Sunday, April 7. 
  • After-hours access to the Rodeo Event Grounds Competitor Parking Area can be coordinated by contacting Kevin Forestier, [email protected], 337-962-4545.
  • LUS will begin delivering equipment shipments from the warehouse to the rodeo event grounds on Wednesday, April 3.

Parking
General Parking will be available on Friday, April 5 and Saturday April 6 for the weekend activities.

Shuttle Buses
Shuttle buses will run on a continuous look from the designated hotels to the Rodeo Grounds on Friday and Saturday.  

2024 Trailer/Tent Parking Schedule
Twenty-four-hour security will be provided Wednesday, April 3 – Sunday, April 7 at 5 pm.

Wednesday, April 3

  • 8 am to 5 pm – Competitor Trailer drop off

Thursday, April 4

  • 7 am - 5 pm – Competitor Trailer drop off

Friday, April 5 (Training Courses, Rodeo Registration, Pre-Rodeo Meetings, Vendor Expo and Family Fun Celebration)

  • 7 am - 5 pm – Trailers will not be allowed to be DROPPED OFF on Friday. Please make arrangements if your company will be arriving later than Thursday.
  • After-hours access to the grounds by request (contact Kevin Forestier, 337-962-4545). 
  • 5 - 7 pm – Vendor Expo is open

Saturday, April 6 (Rodeo Competition/Vendor Expo)

  • 7:30 am -  3pm – Rodeo Competition
  • 8 am - 2 pm – Vendor Expo

Additional Resources:

2023 Rodeo Results

2023 Results

Apprentice - Overall
1st – Ryan Kornegay, JEA, Jacksonville, Florida
2nd – Ethan Shellabarger, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida
3rd – William Kupfer, Roseville Electric, California
4th – Jorge Diaz, Roseville Electric, California
5th – Richard Cancilla, SMUD, Sacramento, California

Journeyman - Overall
1st – Ocala Electric Utility, Florida: Tyler Homan, Mathew Brown, and Henry Pearson
2nd – SMUD, Sacramento, California: Justin Estes, Tanner Barnes, and Matt Ramey
3rd – Santee Cooper, South Carolina: Joe Sawyer, Dow Hardee, and Hunter Melton
4th – City of Tallahassee Electric Utility, Florida: Josh Helton, Justin Johnson, and Coy Judd
5th – Roseville Electric, California: Philip Hartnett, Kyle Geisser, and James Wolter

See winners for all events (apprentice and journeyman)

See results for all journeyman teams

See results for all apprentices

Rodeo History and Results