Since its inception more than five years ago the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series has grown in leaps and bounds. Every year the increase in participating schools illustrates its popularity and success.
The Series currently boasts more than 52 schools that compete, a big jump from just six schools in 2005. Participating schools select their best lumberjack to go head-to-head in four professional disciplines of single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop.
The lumberjack with the most points after all four disciplines earns a spot in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship. The five qualifier champions and one wildcard pick compete in the Collegiate Championship to determine the ultimate collegiate victor of the sport.
The collegiate titleholder then earns an automatic entrance in the following year's STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series.
The Collegiate Series has grown into five regional qualifying events, which are similar to collegiate athletic conferences, the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-Western, Northeast, Southern and Western qualifier and one championship.