Event

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
Sponsors

Join Us for the 21st Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo!

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

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.

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 Lineworker Rodeo Brochure

2023 Events

Apprentice Events (apprentices compete individually)

  • Double Dead End Insulator Change Out
  • Crossarm Relocate
  • Cutout Relocate
  • Hurtman Rescue
  • Written Test*

* The test will be based on the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual, being released in early 2023. See details below.

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

  • 2.4KV Cut Out and Insulator Change Out
  • 12KV Repair Storm Damage Cross Arm and Insulator Change Out
  • Vertical Pin and Insulator Change Out 4KV
  • Transformer Change Out
  • Hurtman Rescue

 

Safety Manual

The Apprentice Written Test will be based on the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual, being released in early 2023.

  • Apprentices competing in the Rodeo can purchase an early copy of the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual during the registration process.
    • Apprentice copies will be shipped immediately.
    • Early copies are limited to one per apprentice. If you are registering an apprentice, please limit your early purchase to 1 per apprentice registered to help ensure there are enough copies for all apprentices competing in the Rodeo. 
    • When purchasing the Safety Manual during the registration process, the member price ($33 each) will only be reflected once you add it to your shopping cart.
    • If you have already registered your apprentices, or if you are not able to purchase enough copies of the manual when you register, please contact [email protected] for assistance. 
  • The 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual is now available for pre-order through the Product Store. There is no limit on the number of manuals you may order through pre-order. Pre-orders will begin shipping in mid-February. 

 

Banquet

The 2023 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Awards Banquet will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center, Missouri, on Saturday, April 1 at 6 pm.

Additional banquet tickets can be purchased, ad banquet tables can be reserved, directly through our online store. You will also have an opportunity to add additional banquet tickets or banquet table reservations to your registration purchase, as you complete the registration process.

Banquet Tickets

All competitors (apprentices, team members, and alternates), judges, and auditors receive a banquet ticket as part of their event registration. Sponsors receive a set number of banquet tickets, depending on sponsor level. Banquet tickets include a meal, a seat for the awards ceremony, and entertainment.

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, APPA recommends purchasing tickets in advance. As available, additional banquet tickets may be purchased at the sales area at the rodeo grounds on March 31 – April 1. 

Banquet Tables

APPA offers rodeo participants the opportunity to reserve a table at the Rodeo Awards Banquet. Each reserved table has eight chairs and is labeled with the utility's name. A table reservation does NOT include banquet tickets for admission. APPA strongly recommends that organizations place table orders as early as possible, as quantities are limited and we cannot guarantee availability. All banquet tables must be reserved before March 3. 

Contact [email protected] for additional information.


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.

Schedule of Events

 

Friday, March 31

New for 2023! All events on Friday take place at the National Agriculture Center & Hall of Fame, Bonner Springs, Kansas.

7:30 – 10 am: Training Course Registration

8 – 11:30 am: Training Courses for Apprentices and Journeyman Lineworkers

  • 8 - 9:30 am: Proper Cover-Up for Lineworkers
  • 10 - 11:30 am: Bucket Truck Self-Rescue Techniques

10 am – 7 pm: Sponsor Showcase: Connect with industry experts and learn about their latest products and services.

10 am – 5 pm: Rodeo Registration: Registration for apprentice, journeyman teams, judges, and auditors.

10 am – 7 pm: Sales

2:30 – 4 pm: Judges and Auditors Meeting

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

5 – 7 pm: Competitor and Family Pre-Rodeo Celebration: Join fellow competitors, 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 1

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

7:30 am: Opening Ceremony

8 am: Rodeo Competition Begins

8 am – 2 pm: Sponsor Showcase

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

6 pm: Rodeo Awards Banquet: Celebrate the Rodeo winners and participants at the Kansas City Convention Center, Missouri. 

Registration

REGISTER FOR THE LINEWORKERS RODEO

Important Dates

Early Registration Deadline: February 3, 2023 
Final Registration Deadline: March 3, 2023 
FAQ Submission Deadline: March 10, 2023 

Prices

  APPA Members  Nonmembers 
Item Register / Purchase by February 3 After February 3 Register by February 3  After February 3  
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
Training Course Registration
(per person, per course)
$100 $150 $200 $250

Awards Banquet
       
Banquet Table* $250 $300 $250 $300
Banquet Ticket (Adult) $60 $75 $60 $75
Banquet Ticket (Child) $25 $30 $25 $30

* 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. 

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 an apprentice 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.

 

Safety Manual

The Apprentice Written Test will be based on the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual, being released in early 2023. The Safety Manual price is $33 Members / $66 Nonmembers. 

  • Apprentices competing in the Rodeo can purchase an early copy of the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual during the registration process.
    • Apprentice copies will be shipped immediately. 
    • Early copies are limited to one per apprentice. If you are registering an apprentice, please limit your early purchase to 1 per apprentice registered to help ensure there are enough copies for all apprentices competing in the Rodeo. 
    • When purchasing the Safety Manual during the registration process, the member price ($33 each) will only be reflected once you add it to your shopping cart. 
    • If you have already registered your apprentices, or if you are not able to purchase enough copies of the manual when you register, please contact [email protected] for assistance. 
  • The 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual is now available for pre-order through the Product Store. There is no limit on the number of manuals you may order through pre-order. Pre-orders will begin shipping in mid-February. 

 

Judges and Auditors

Utilities should strive to register at least 1 judge or auditor for each team or per 3 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 at the rodeo grounds at the National Agriculture Center & Hall of Fame in the afternoon on Friday (3/31/2023), proctor the apprentice written test in the afternoon on Friday (3/31/2023), and judge events during the rodeo on Saturday (4/1/2023). 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 an in-person meeting on Friday (3/31/2023) at the rodeo grounds and are needed at the grounds on Saturday (4/1/2023) from 7 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.

 

Training Courses

Hands-on training courses are open to journeymen and apprentice lineworkers. These interactive courses will be held on Friday (3/31/2023) at the rodeo grounds. Additional information about the 2023 training courses is on the Events and Courses page. 

 

Banquet Purchases

Additional banquet tickets can be purchased, and banquet tables can be reserved, directly through our online store. You will also have an opportunity to add additional banquet tickets or banquet table reservations to your registration purchase, as you complete the registration process.

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. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase; as such, APPA recommends purchasing tickets in advance. 

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 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.  

 

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 10, 2023, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after March 10 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2023 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before March 10 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.

Hands-On Training Courses

Training courses will be offered on at the Rodeo grounds. These hands-on, interactive training courses are open to both journeymen and apprentice lineworkers. Registration is per person, per course.

  • Proper Cover-Up for Lineworkers
    Friday, March 31 @ 8 - 9:30 am 

    Instructors: Cody Raveling, Assistant Director of Education and Outreach; and Jay Reading, Assistant Director of Technical Services, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association
     
  • Bucket Truck Self-Rescue Techniques
    Friday, March 31 @ 10 - 11:30 am 

    Bucket trucks are the most frequently used equipment in a utility’s fleet. Because of the everyday use of the trucks, it becomes easy for operators to become complacent in their equipment and rescue plans. We will discuss, demonstrate, and engage methods of self-rescue in the event of equipment failure. Linemen must understand the importance of this safety procedure to navigate emergent situations with proper training effectively. 

    APPA Safety Manual Section 115.6: Rescue Methods
    Rescue and escape procedures shall be established that provide for the prompt rescue of a worker when working in an elevated position or in the event of a fall. These procedures shall include self-rescue techniques. Appropriate equipment shall be provided for rescue (e.g., providing the controlled descent device, means of communication, etc.).

    This will be a hands-on training class and students will participate in self rescue techniques. The training will be centered around best practices and compliance requirements of the APPA Safety Manual, OSHA & ANSI standards.

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

 

Apprentice Events

Below are the 2023 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Apprentice Event descriptions.

Double Dead End Insulator Change Out

This is a dead but not grounded event. The construction specification will be a single-phase straight line double deadend (single phase double deadend 180 degrees). There will be a jumper across the top of the pole tied in on a pole cap pin. The competitor will change both polymer suspension insulators. Upon completion of the event the work station must be left just as it was to start with. Each bell must be changed out separately. It will not be allowed to use hoist to grip both phases at the same time.

Mean Time: 8 min  Drop Dead Time: 10 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures

Crossarm Relocate

The apprentice will relocate a wooden 8-foot arm 180 degrees from its original location.

Mean Time: 8 min  Drop Dead Time: 10 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures

Cutout Relocation

The apprentice will relocate a fused cutout mounted on a fiberglass bracket from its original position to the opposite side of the pole. The cutout will be mounted on a double dead end single phase pole with the jumpers connected to the line by hotline clamps and stirrups. The source side will be considered to the left of the mounted position. This is a dead but not grounded event.

Mean Time: 7 min  Drop Dead Time:  10 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures
 

Hurtman Rescue

This event will be simulating the rescue of an injured worker. Construction will consist of an 8’ wooden crossarm mounted on a 40’ 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 lineman’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 but rubber gloves required before touching pole).

Mean Time: 4 min  Drop Dead Time: 6 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 events. Competitors should bring their scorebook with them to the test.

* The test will be based on the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual to be released in January 2023. 

Drop Dead Time: 20 min

Event Overview

* The test will be based on the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual, which you can purchase in our store in mid-January 2023. 

Journeyman Events

Below are the 2023 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Journeyman Event descriptions. 

2.4 KV Cut Out and Insulator Change Out

This event is a normal open point with solid blade cut out and double dead end insulator change out. Both dead end insulators and cut out must be changed out. This consist of single wire normal 2.4 KV loop able feed. The switch will remain open during the event.

Mean Time: 7 min  Drop Dead Time: 10 min

Event Overview
Event Specs

12KV Repair Storm Damage Cross Arm and Insulator Change Out

The team will start with a 40’ pole with 2-phase of 2#ACSR on it.  The framing will be one phase tied in on the pin and insulator attached to the cross-arm.  The other phase will be floating free of the cross arm with the pin and insulator still tied into it.  This will represent the scenario that a tree fell and busted that end of the crossarm out.  The team will start with a new fiberglass crossarm, pins, insulators, and preform top ties.  When time starts, the teams will need to build cross-arm, climb up and cover up the neutral, test, and EPZ ground the Primary. Once this is done, they will replace cross-arm pins and insulators and preform top tie and grommets. All material will be sent up and down in material bags except cross-arm. Both linemen will then come down below the neutral and remove their grounds and cover and one lineman will come to the ground and when both feet hit the ground time will stop.  One lineman will stay at the neutral with the handline and will step back up and take the one pin and insulator out of the crossarm re- install hardware and float it out.  The lineman will still be judged while they are doing this, and this will reset the event for the next team.  While the lineman is floating the phase out the other team members will be stripping the material down and having it ready for the next team. 

Mean Time: 10 min  Drop Dead Time: 14 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures

Vertical Pin and Insulator Change Out 4KV

This event is a simulated energized 4KV event and consists of replacing two pin and F-Neck Poly insulator in vertical construction and #2 ACSR preform top ties.

Mean Time: 6 min  Drop Dead Time: 8 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures

Transformer Change Out

This event is simulated energized at 12/7.2 kV. Teams will replace a 25 KVA transformer weighing approximately 235 lbs. on a single phase straight-line overhead structure with #2 triplex secondary wire. The old transformer will be lowered to the ground and then pulled back up simulating a new transformer.

Mean Time: 16 min  Drop Dead Time: 18 min

Event Overview
Event Specs and Pictures (Event specification updated Feb. 2, 2023. Please review new specification.)

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 his/her fall arrest system around pole or 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. Climber will split the handline and loop bottom part of handline around 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 ground. 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. If 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

Additional details about training courses and events coming soon.


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 4 years after he/she enters an apprentice program.
 


Questions

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

Hotels

The 2023 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo grounds will be located at the National Agriculture Center & Hall of Fame, Bonner Springs, Kansas. The Rodeo Banquet will take place at the Kansas City Convention Center, Missouri.  

Kansas City Marriott Downtown 

Kansas City Marriott Downtown 
200 W 12th Street
Kansas City, MO  64105

Anticipate enrichment at the newly restyled Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Set in the vibrant downtown district, this hotel occupies a historic building, reflecting the charm and history of Kansas City. When you're ready to venture out, walk to many of the area's prominent destinations, including the Kansas City Power & Light District, Kansas City Music Hall and T-Mobile Center. Enjoy a variety of contemporary American cuisine at the on-site restaurant, and maintain your exercise regimen with a workout in our fitness center or indoor pool. Experience downtown Kansas City with style and convenience when you visit Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Reservations

  • Main Telephone: (816) 421-6800
  • Group Rate: Single/Double $224 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees (18.35% taxes and $1.50 development fee per room per night) 
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: March 8, 2023
  • Reservation Telephone: (888) 236-2427
    • Group Code: American Public Power Association
  • Online Reservation Linkhttps://book.passkey.com/event/50467539/owner/587/home 

Logistics 

  • Check in: 3 pm Check out: Noon
  • Parking: Valet parking: $38; Self parking: $28
  • Internet access: Complimentary standard wireless internet
  • Distance from Rodeo Grounds: 16.7 miles
  • Distance from Rodeo Banquet: .1 mile

 

Best Western Premier KC Speedway Inn & Suites

Best Western Premier KC Speedway Inn & Suites
10401 France Family Drive
Kansas City, KS  66111

Reservations

Logistics 

  • Check in: 4 pm Check out: 11 am
  • Parking: Free
  • Internet access: Complimentary standard wireless internet
  • Distance from Rodeo Grounds: 3.1 miles
  • Distance from Rodeo Banquet: 14.6 miles

 

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kansas City at Village West, KS

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Kansas City at Village West, KS
1805 N 110th Street
Kansas City, KS  66111

Reservations

  • Main Telephone: (913) 428-9992
  • Group Rate: Queen Double $95 / King $134 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees 
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: February 27, 2023
  • Reservation Telephone: (800) 333-3333
    • Group Code: 2303AMER
  • Online Reservation Linkwww.radissonhotelsamericas.com/en-us/brand/country-inn

Logistics 

  • Check in: 3 pm Check out: Noon
  • Parking: Free
  • Internet access: Complimentary standard wireless internet
  • Distance from Rodeo Grounds: 2.5 miles
  • Distance from Rodeo Banquet: 15.5 miles

 

Reservations & 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.

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


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 4 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

Rodeo Rules

Code of Conduct and Release Form


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/Trailer Survey: All utilities participating in the Rodeo should complete this survey to let us know if they will be bringing a tent and/or trailer for their competitors. This will help organizers map out the Rodeo Grounds. 
  • Tent vendor order form (if you need to rent a tent or other items)
  • Shipping information for rodeo competitors
  • Parking instructions for competitors

General Rodeo FAQ

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 work gloves must 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 #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'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 3 Southern Yellow Pine

If we participate in either Apprentice or Journeymen Events, do we have to do any stick work?

  • This year there is only stick work in the Journeymen events, not in the apprentice events. 

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. 

Apprentice Event FAQ

  1. Written Test
    • Will the test cover the entire APPA Safety Manual or will there be specific sections?
      • The questions will be based on following sections of the 17th edition of the APPA Safety Manual:
        •    Definitions
        •    Section 115
        •    Section 114: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
        •    Section 503.12 Aerial Devices
        •    Section 506: Tools and Equipment
        •    Section 507: Overhead Distribution and Transmission
        •    Section 509: Underground Lines and Equipment
        •    Section 514 Grounding
  2. Hurtman Rescue
    • Are we able to belt on the pole before putting on our rubber gloves?
      • No.
    • Will there be a neutral spool with a neutral for this event or is it a bare pole up to the cross arm?

      • Yes, there will be a neutral. 

  3. Crossarm Relocate
    • Will we need to use a shotgun or insulated stick to detach and reattach the hotline clamps from the stirrups?
      • No.
    • Does the carabiner need to be attached to the D Ring of the belt when the secondary positioning strap is not being used?
      • Yes it must be attached to the D ring of the belt.
  4. Cutout Relocation
    • Will we need to use a shotgun or insulated stick to detach and reattach the hotline clamps from the stirrups? 
      • No.
    • Are the bolt holes slotted or fixed on the standoff? In other words, can we put our bolt in the pole, then hang the standoff on the bolt? Or, do we have to put the bolt through the standoff before we stab it on the pole?
      • The bolt hole on the standoff is fixed, not slotted. 
    • Is the measurement 34 inches from the top of the pole to the bolt or the top of the cutout?
      • The measurement is from the top of the pole to the bolt.
  5. Double Dead End Insulator Change Out
    • 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 it considered dead and grounded?
      • No, you do not have to keep MAD distance.
    • Do we have to use a link stick?
      • No.
    • Is the event dead and grounded, or do we need to use an insulated stick for our strap hoist?
      • No insulated stick is required.
    • Can the apprentice keep his secondary belt around the pole after transferring his primary belt over the neutral, and climb to the top with both belts? He would leave it around the pole until he transfers back below the neutral. 
      • No, we need to see a transition and park the secondary safety back on the belt.
    • Are we required to cover up the common neutral? 
      • No cover is needed.

Journeyman Event FAQ

  1. Transformer Change Out
    • What size will the event transformer be (height/circumference)? Also, is the 44" measurement correct? Or is the 1' above neutral more accurate? Measurements do not seem to add up.
      • (Event specification updated Feb. 2, 2023. Please review new specification.)
  2. Hurtman Rescue
    • For the Hurtman Rescue event, where will the dummy be hung on the pole? 
      • The dummy will be hanging under the cutout with its left arm against the neutral and its safety run in between the hangers on the transformer.
    • Where is the handline going to be hung on the event?
      • The handline will be hung at the top of the pole right above the fiberglass cutout bracket. When you are facing the cutout the handline block will be to the right of the bracket.
  3. 2.4 KV Cut Out and Insulator Change Out
    • What size wire for high and low side of cut out? Also, what length will the wire be cut at if you are providing?
    • 4# AL and door will be hanging open on cut out.
    • High side and low side of cut out will both be cut at 68”
  4. 12KV Repair Storm Damage Cross Arm and Insulator Change Out
    • Will we have to provide a HV tester for proving deenergized.
      • No, one will be provided that will be clearly identifiable, it will be an 8’ stick and a stick bag. refer general overview of event bullet #3
  5. Vertical Pin and Insulator Change Out 4KV