IPSF affiliated organization in the USA was originally founded by the global governing body of Pole Sports, the International Pole Sports Federation, in 2014 in order to gather passionate Pole practitioners from across the country to self-govern and promote Pole as a sport in the USA.
The first IPSF U.S National Championships took place in June 2015 with a record number of athletes qualifying for the World Pole Sports Championships. In 2016, Team USA went on to take Gold in the Senior women, Doubles, and Novice categories, as well as Silver in the Senior Women’s category, three World Records, and the Team Trophy! Success was repeated in 2017 with two Gold and two Silvers firmly cementing Team USA at the top of the World Ranking!
In 2017, the official status of the IPSF National Federation in the USA was granted to the American Pole League with the purpose of uniting pole athletes, coaches, judges, and enthusiasts across the United States.
Open American Pole League Championships 2018 took place in Tucson, AZ in May 2018. National qualifiers for all USA athletes threw a bridge to the World Pole Sports Championships for 8 top ranked American athletes as well as team members from Canada and Ukraine. Outstanding results for team USA were achieved by Renee Peyton taking bronze medal in Pole Sport Masters 50+ category. APL team members received significant awards in the Pole Industry. Paige Olson was recognized as the «Novice Athlete of the Year», and Polina Volchek aka Pink Puma gained «Lifetime Achievement Award» for 2018.
In 2019 the city of Tucson hosted the 2nd National & Open «American Pole League Championships». Five acts have qualified for the World Pole Championships. USA Novice athletes Paige Olson and Jesse Weber received silver medals in Pole Sport, Shannon Daily was given bronze in Artistic Pole Masters 40+. Paige Olson was awarded «Novice Athlete of the Year» for the second year in the row.
2020 with its worldwide pandemic was full of uncertainty and tough decisions. Thus «World Pole & Aerial Sports Championships» as well as all National Championships including «National & Open American Pole League Championships» were postponed to 2021. No athletes lost their spots at the USA National Team that year.
Development of American Pole League:
2016 — application for affiliation with IPSF
2017 — formation and official recognition of «American Pole League» as the national federation in the USA
2018 -– «American Pole League National and Open Championships»; team APL in the number of 8 athletes, 1 coach, 2 official representatives attending «World Pole Sports Championships 2018» in Tarragona, Spain; «Novice Athlete of the Year» & «Lifetime Achievement» awards received
2019 – «American Pole League National and Open Championships»; team APL in the number of 4 athletes, 1 coach, 3 official representatives attending «World Pole & Aerial Sports Championships 2019» in Montreal, Canada with an overall result of 2 silver, 1 bronze medals and «Novice Athlete of the Year» award
2020 – «American Pole League National and Open Championships» and «World Pole & Aerial Sports Championships» postponed to 2021 due to the worldwide pandemic
Team APL will keep all athletes, coaches, judges, pole & aerial enthusiasts members informed about reopening of the applications for the 3rd USA National «American Pole League Championships».