Rules of the Sport - Snowboarding Halfpipe

Rules of the Sport - Snowboarding Halfpipe

Rules of the Sport - Snowboarding Halfpipe


Rules of the Sport - Snowboarding Halfpipe - Ohio Fitness Garage


In snowboarding, the halfpipe (or U-pipe) is regarded as the bringer of the sport’s best competition. Household names like Shaun White, Ayumu Hirano, and Danny Davis have made their careers off of mind-boggling halfpipe runs. Halfpipe has been a part of the X Games since 1995, and the Winter Olympics since 1998, and has gained worldwide popularity since.


How to Snowboard in Halfpipe


The best competitors in halfpipe have been snowboarding since they were very young. The type of connection the competitor must have with their board is extraordinary because of the risks they’ll be taking with every jump. It’s just the rider, their boards, and protective goggles/helmet.


This is a judge-based individual sport where riders will have to go their absolute biggest. After qualifying, riders will have three runs at getting their highest score before a winner is announced.


Rules of Halfpipe


  • Competitive half pipes are anywhere from 400 to 600 feet long -- depending on the space available. The halfpipe walls stand at about 22 feet high, and the whole area is on an 18 to 22 degree pitch to keep the riders at a steady velocity.
  • Qualifying rounds are anywhere from 24 to 30 riders, with the final rounds being narrowed down to the top 12 riders.
  • A rider has three runs to impress the judges, with their highest score being the only one that will count. Riders will have about four to five jumps per run.
  • Unlike many other sports, there isn’t necessarily a set of rules written for halfpipe competition. But judges do have a certain criteria a rider must meet in order to achieve a high score.
  • The scoring range is from 1 to 100. Riders are judged off of: Amplitude (the amount of height a rider gets), difficulty (the technicality of each trick), variety (how well the rider is mixing up their tricks), execution (how smooth each trick looks/landing), and progression (new and original tricks).


New tricks in halfpipe are being invented every year as competitors continue to push humanly-possible limits. Core strength and laser-focused balance is a must in order to keep your body stabilized during tricks. The slightest mistake can result in serious injury, and even the competition’s best rider, Shaun White, has faced his fair share of damage.








Written by: Devin Pickell

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