Lineworkers Rodeo

The ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge while competing for professional recognition.
March 31 - April 1, 2023
Kansas City, KS

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.

The 2023 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will be held March 31-April 1 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Onsite Logistics

We will post additional details here as they are available, including:

  • Directions from the Kansas City Marriott Downtown (Missouri) to the rodeo grounds in Bonner Springs, Kansas
  • Tent vendor information
  • Shipping information for rodeo competitors
  • Parking instructions for competitors


Details on the 2023 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Awards Banquet will be available this fall. Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

2022 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Results

View the results from the 2022 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.

Thank you once again to all of the 2022 competitors, judges, and volunteers. We hope to see you again in 2023.

The following is a sample agenda. The final agenda will be available December 2022.


Friday, March 31

All events on Friday take place at the Kansas City Convention Center.

7:30 am – 9:30 am: Training Course Registration

8:00 am – 12:15 pm: Training Courses for Apprentices and Journeyman Lineworkers

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

11:30 am – 3:30 pm: Rodeo Registration & Sales: Registration for apprentice, journeyman teams, judges, and auditors.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Judges, Greeters, and Auditors Meeting

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Apprentice Written Test: Chief Event Judge Available for Q&A


Saturday, April 1


The rodeo competition takes place at the National Agriculture Center & Hall of Fame, Bonner Springs, Kansas.

7:30 am: Opening Ceremony

8:00 am: Rodeo Competition begins

8:00 am – 2:00 pm: Outdoor Vendor Expo

11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Q&A with Chief Event Judge

6:00 pm: Rodeo Awards Banquet: Celebrate the Rodeo winners and participants.

Registration for the 2023 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will open December 1, 2022.

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Hotel details for the 2023 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will be available by December 1, 2022.

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the next Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo?

The 2023 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will take place March 31 – April 1, 2023 in Kansas City, Kansas. We look forward to seeing you!

To ask a question about the rodeo events, please complete this survey

Rodeo Policies

Rodeo Rules

Fall Arrest

Code of Conduct

General Rodeo FAQ

Event pictures will updated once the rodeo grounds are built. Event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience. 

What class of rubber gloves are 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 work gloves must be worn while working on the ground and/or any event where rubber gloves are not required. See General Rules #3, #18and 2 Point Deductions #21 and #22.

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 can be hung on the arm.

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 can use their own nose bags for every event.

What size conductors will be used for apprentice and journeyman events?

  • All event conductors will be sized at 1/0 ACSR.

What type of pole will be used?

  • 40' Class 3 Southern Yellow Pine

Apprentice Event FAQ

90-degree Crossarm Relocation

Will rubber gloves be worn on this event?

  • Yes, rubber gloves are required. Refer to general rules for apprentices.

Can a competitor use a speed wrench?

  • Yes.

Which way will the bolts be facing? Through the arm or through the pole?

  • The bolt will go through the pole then the arm. The arm bolt will have a washer on the pole and arm. The brace bolt will have a washer just on the pole.

How far down is the crossarm from the top of the pole?

  • The crossarm is 12" from the top of the pole.

What size bolt(s) will be used for this event?

  • The arm is 14" and the brace is a 12" machine bolt

Double Dead-End Bell Change Out

Are the two insulators to be changed on the same phase, or is the second one on the other phase?

  • The two Dead-end insulators that need to be changed will need to be on the opposite phases and on the same side of the pole.

Does the apprentice start with his climbing gear on or off?

  • The apprentice will start with his climbing gear on.

Since apprentices are required to wear their rubber gloves ground to ground, will apprentices need to use any forms of rubber hoses or rubber cover up?

  • No.

Can you carry up your hoist on your climbing belt? Or does it have to come up on a handline?

  • The apprentice will need to pull the hoist up utilizing a handline.

On the double bell change out, do the men have to keep their MAD even though its considered dead and grounded?

  • No, you do not have to keep MAD distance.

Do we have to use a link stick?

  • No.

What's the distance between the dead end show and ap clamp?

  • Dead end shoe to wire stirrup is 4" and the dead end shoe to one bolt connector is 4"

Is the event dead and grounded, or do we need to use an insulated stick for our strap hoist?

  • No insulated stick is required.

Pole Top Pin Change Out

Do you need to use cover up on the phase?

  • There is no phase cover up required for apprentices

Are we changing out the whole top pin insulator with new bolts and hardware, or is it just the screw on insulator that we are changing out?

  • The apprentice will only change out the screw on the insulator. The pole top pin and associated bolts will remain in place.

Do we still need to wear rubber gloves while on the pole given that it's grounded?

  • Rubber gloves will be required ground to ground (leather gloves are appropriate until the apprentice begins their ascent.
    • The apprentice will begin the event with their belt and hooks on.

Is this event just a pole top insulator change out or the pole top pin and insulator? Does the event involve changing the whole top pole out or just the insulator itself?

  • Only the insulator will be changed out.

Hurtman Rescue

Will there be wire on the neutral spool and does time [end] when the dummy hits the ground?

  • There is no wire on the neutral.

Journeyman Event FAQ

4kV Crossarm Change Out

On the arm bracket, which way are the bolts facing?

  • The bolts are facing through the arm with the nuts and washers opposite the crossarm, on the back side of the pole.

Does the arm have to be covered while tying and untying the wire?

  • Yes.

Why do we need to cover a fiberglass arm while tying and untying the conductor?

  • The fiberglass arm must be treated the same as any other arm because it does not have an insulation rating.

Suspension Insulator Change Out

Do both climbers have to be in the EPZ to work on primary?

  • No.

Can one climber be out of EPZ and another climber remain in the EPZ to hand materials back and forth?

  • No, the only exception would be moving hand line up or down pole to reposition.

Does it matter where the EPZ bracket is located above or below the neutral?

  • No. All body parts must be at the same potential when going on the grounded conductor.

Once both phases have been grounded properly and equal potential has been accomplished, can both linemen work on the different phases at the same time?

  • Yes. You can work on both equipotentially grounded conductors at the same time because they will then be at the same potential.

Will the cluster bar and grounds be on the pole already or do we provide our own?

  • The only material provided will be the equipment being replaced on the pole (i.e. polymer insulators). All tools and equipment needed to perform the event must be provided by the competitors.

Can competitors use a pork chop grip, or only a Chicago grip?

  • The conductors are #2AAAC. Competitors muse use the proper grip for that type of conductor. It will not be permitted to use grips that are designed for this type of conductor (i.e. Copper grips, Guy grips).

Will we be required to install cover up on the hot side of the double dead?

  • You must maintain MAD and cover will be required.

Do you have to wire brush hot line clamps and stirrups?

  • Any permanent connection that is removed must be wire brushed on the go back.

Can we attach grounds to natural and open the cutouts at the same time?

  • No, you cannot be on an energized conductor and a grounded conductor at the same time.

What size grounds are required for this event?

  • 1/0.

Can the pole bracket used to create the equipotential grounding be placed on the bottom of the pole by the groundman? Both phases would attach to the neutral and then the neutral connected to the bracket.

  • No.

To ground the line, can we go from the bracket ground to each phase? Do we have to go from bracket ground to phase, then phase to phase?

  • To meet safety requirements you must go: Neutral to bracket, bracket to phase, phase to phase, in a daisy chain fashion

Can we go from the neutral to grounding bracket, then from grounding bracket to each phase in our grounding scheme?

  • No. The only grounding scheme that will be accepted is in the APPA safety manual 507.14. You will go from the neutral to grounding bracket, from grounding bracket to 1 phase, from that phase to the opposite phase. Then remove in the opposite order.

Do you have to wire brush hot line clamps and stirrups?

  • Any permanent connection that is removed must be wire brushed on the go back.

Can we attach grounds to natural and opening the cutouts at the same time?

  • No, you cannot be on an energized conductor and a grounded conductor at the same time.

Can climber one install ground to the neutral with rubber gloves while the 2nd climber is disconnecting phases with a hot stick?

  • No, the cannot.

The event spec shows the neutral on one side of the pole, but event picture shows it on the other. Which should we follow?

  • It will match what the event specification shows.

With one climber inside of EPZ zone and the other outside the EPZ zone: Can the outside climber hand tools or materials to the other climber with the use of an insulated fiberglass stick?

  • Yes.

Can climbers hand tools to one another (hand to hand) if it's communicated clear of all grounded phases?

  • No.

Will testing of the load side be simulated or will proper equipment be required?

  • There will be an approved tester for high voltage.

Why do we need to cover the line side primary if we are not going to be anywhere near it or within the M.A.D.?

  • Please reference the event specifications

Is there a maximum distance the bracket can be below the climber's feet?

  • Yes, the maximum distance is 4'

Transformer Banking

Is the primary voltage 12kV phase to phase, or phase to ground?

  • Phase to Phase.

Is the transformer bank on a 40' pole, or is it a stub?

  • 40' pole. 

Do all of the 5 single bolt connectors need to be used upon finishing this event?

  • If the bank can be hooked up with less than 5 single bolt connectors accurately, it is up to the team.

Will the wire coming down from the cutouts be rolled up or hanging down straight?

  • The wires will be rolled up to the bottom of the cutout.

What's the KVA of each transformer?

  • 10 KVA transformers.

Are the wires cut to length for the single phase service?

  • The single phase leads will not be cut to length
  • Teams will be given a 20' length of insulated #2 aluminum conductor.

Will the 20' piece of #2 aluminum be a single conductor or a triplex conductor?

  • Single conductor.

Will the single phase leads already be installed in the multi-tap connector on the center transformer?

  • No, you will cut those out of 20' single conductor

Will the high side grounds already be connected to the transformers, or will we be required to install those?

  • High-side neutral and case ground connections will be made from pre-installed #6 copper stapled to the pole. (From Transformer Banking Event Overview)

Will we be required to strip the coating off the leads to make our connections on the single phase service with the one bolt connectors?

  • Yes

Do you want a dedicated service neutral on the single phase service? Or can the transformer neutral serve as it's neutral?

  • Transformer neutral is good

Will the x2 bushings need to be bridged together?

  • Yes.

Is the bottom of the transformer going to be 6 inches above the neutral or is it going to be built like the posted picture?

  • The bottom of the transformer will be 6 inches above the neutral.

Will the neutral bridge work already be built, or do we have to use the 20' #2 conductor to build that?

  • It will not be built. We have revised length of conductor to 30'

Do the high side of the switches (the top of the switches with the hot line clamps) have to be hooked up with the primary?

  • Please reference line #1 in the event specifications within the "Event Overview" document

Which bushings are we using on the 208 tubs?

  • Please reference the diagram in the "Event Specs" document

Why is the x3 secondary bushing taped up on your 2 outside transformers in the event pictures?

  • Please reference the diagram in the "Event Specs" document

Will the tank grounds be connected?

  • Please reference line #2 in the event specifications within the "Event Overview" document

Is the center tank ground on the center TX considered a neutral?

  • No, it is not considered a neutral.

Is the pole ground considered to already be tied in to system neutral?

  • Yes, it is.

How many ground leads are provided at the pole on the bottom side of the transformers at the secondary level?

  • 3 transformer tank grounds.

Does the order in which the transformers are being connected matter, high side, low side, neutral grounds?

  • No, the order does not matter

What is the measurement on the 1/0 Quad leads to the tip of the compression sleeve?

  • The measurement is irrelevant as they are all the same length

Will we be allowed to cut and skin our secondary leads in our 5 minute set up time?

  • No, you will no be allowed to.

Is it a wye-wye bank?

  • Please see bank description.

How will the 30ft of wire be installed in the transformers. Will we have to install lugs or run wire directly into the multi taps?

  • Either transformer lugs or multi taps where provided.

Obstacle Course

Can the groundman be putting the extension stick into the eye of the fuse cutout door whilte the climber is climbing down as long as he does not open it?

  • No, they cannot.
    • The ground man can run the stick out away from the pole while the second climber is on the pole but cannot touch any part of the pole or equipment until the second climber has both feet on the ground and unbuckled.

Can the groundman come in contact with the switch while the last climber is still descending the pole?

  • No, they cannot

Since this is a de-energized event, are leather work gloves allowed, or do climbers/groundmen need to wear rubber gloves?

  • Leather work gloves are okay to use.