Game Of Logging Competitions

Game of Logging competitions are a fun way for participants to demonstrate their skills and compete for prizes. Northeast Woodland Training sponsors a regional competition each year somewhere in Vermont. Professional Loggers and Forest Landowners compete in separate categories for cash prizes and personal protective equipment.


 Northeast Woodland Training Game of Logging Regional Competition

Professional Loggers & Forest Landowners

May 18, 2019.  Location will be emailed to all interested.

Pre-Registration Required

  • Professional Loggers must have completed GOL Levels 1 - 4
  • Forest Landowners must have completed GOL Levels 1 - 2
  • Past Regional Competition winners are ineligible for 2 years following their win
  • 2019 First & Second Place Winners of the Regional Professional Logger & Forest Landowner categories are eligible to compete in the Game of Logging National Competition held at the Pennsylvania Timber Show in Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865, on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
  • A full description of the requirements and rules is found below

Contact Northeast Woodland Training Inc. to register:  or  802-235-2338



Game of Logging Competition Rules

Posted March 20, 2019

Northeast Woodland Training, Inc.


Professional Logger & Forest Landowner

GOL Competition Rules

  What You Must Bring:

 1. Chainsaw, any make, under 90 cc. You may use any bar length for competition, but you must use the same bar length throughout. Please make sure your saw has a full tank of gas and oil.

2. NEW SAW CHAIN REQUIREMENT FOR 2019 - have your chain sharpened and ready to cut.  There will not be time for sharpening and maintenance.  Does not need to be a "new" chain as was reqired previously.

3. Safety Gear: Hard hat, eye and ear protection, logging boots with steel toe or cut resistant material, and leg protection (pants or chaps).  Please bring a bar cover and keep it on the saw when the saw is not running.

4. Tools: Files and depth gauge plates, wedges and wedge driving tools, height measurement devices.


 Competition Eligibility & Prizes

 There will be two competition categories this year: Professional Logger, Landowner. Professional Loggers must have completed Levels 1-4 and must earn 50% of their income from logging. Landowners (everyone that isn't a logger) must have completed Levels 1 and 2.

 The top two competitors from each category will compete in the final felling event. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

 Pro Logger 1 st Place:               Husqvarna Saw

Landowner 1 st Place:                Husqvarna Saw


Pro Logger 2nd Place:               Husqvarna Felling Belt

Landowner 2nd Place:               Husqvarna Felling Belt


Pro Logger 3rd Place:               Personal Protective Equipment

Landowner 3rd Place:               Personal Protective Equipment


Please note on competition day there may be slight changes in the events and point values. These will be explained to competitors prior to the competition.


The following safety violations may be assessed at any time during the competition. Each safety violation results in a 10 point score deduction.


1. Failure to have chain break on when starting saw.


2. Failure to engage chain break when removing one hand from a running saw to do any kind of work.


3. Failure to engage chain break when walking more than 3 steps with a running saw.


4. Failure to wear eye protection when running saw or driving wedges.


5. Failure to have hearing protection in place when saw is accelerated beyond idle.


6. Failure to use a safe starting procedure (either locking rear handle between legs or starting saw on ground).


7. Failure to use attack corner of saw when bore cutting.


8. Boring more than 50% of the tree's diameter from the bad side (Side of lean).


9. Failure to escape at least 12' after tree starts to fall.


10. Failure to inform scorer if cutting plan changes.


11. Failure to leave length of hinge at least 80% of DBH


12. Failure to keep Left thumb locked while running saw.


 Event #1 Bore Station


Before starting the saw, the competitor must point out for the scorer the pushing, pulling, attack corner, and kickback areas on the saw. The bore cut will be performed on a squared timber with markings on the front and back faces (markings will be calibrated to the width of the competitor's bar). A backboard will be held V2 inch from the back face. The competitor's goal is to stay within the marks and avoid cutting into the backboard.



4 points for correctly stating reactive force information.

5 points per side if the cut is vertically aligned (within 1"

10, 5, or 2 points per side for cut width.

10 points if bore cut stops short of backboard.


 Event #2 Spring Pole

 Each competitor will release the pressure from a spring pole by shaving the underside of the pole at the correct location. Once the pressure has been released, the scorer will cut the remaining fiber at the point where the pole bends. The score is based on the distance between the top of the severed piece and the back of the upright stem.



2 points are deducted from 20 point total for each inch of distance between the severed piece and the upright stem


Event #3 Big Stump

 The Big Stump event features a 20+ inch stump with a I" board mounted in a vertical groove down the center. The competitor bores through stump and then through the board from both sides. In order to score, both bore cuts must go through the board; and neither cut may cut out the side of the board.


The judge will measure the maximum deviation between the two cuts and then subtract the saw kerf to determine the competitor's score.



1 point deduction from 20 point total per 1/ 16th inch deviation between cuts.


Event #4 Precision Stump

 The Precision Stump event is performed on a 3-4 foot log planted in on the ground. The competitor creates a notch and then bore cuts behind the notch to establish a hinge.

 The notch opening must be at least 70 degrees and bypass should be avoided. The competitor may not reenter the cuts once the saw has been pulled out. To be scored, the notch must fall out or be pried out with the bar.

 While making the bore cut, the competitor may not look at the other side of the stump. The goal is to make a I" hinge directly behind the apex of the notch.



5 points for minimum 70 degree notch angle

5 points for no bypass from top and bottom cut

5 points per side if bore cut is within 1 inch above or below the apex of the notch.

10, 5, 2 points per side for hinge thickness: 10 points if hinge thickness is 1 inch to 1.25 inches; 5 points if hinge thickness is 1.26 inches to 1.5     inches; 2 points if hinge thickness is 1.51 to 1.75 inches. No points of hinge thickness is greater than 1.75 inches or less than one inch.


Event #5 Speed Cut

The speed cut is performed on a 12"-14" cant or round log. Competitors will make a down cut, then an up cut, with the goal of each cut matching, and one cookie falling to the ground. The cuts will be made in 2" wide marked zones. Cutting out (failure to make complete discs) or cutting into the next zone will result in zero points. On each cut, the time will start when the chain makes contact with the wood and stop when the second disc hits the ground.


The event is scored on accuracy of the two cuts meeting each other, along with time. 1 point deduction from 20 points possible per 1/16 inch deviation between cuts. The fastest time will receive 30 points, the second fastest will receive 28, the third fastest will receive 26 points, etc. 


Event #6 Tree Felling (The site will determine the number of competitors to continue with this event, ex. Top 6 Competitors.)

 Prior to the event, each saw will be inspected for a working chain brake, throttle interlock, chain catch, spark arrester and all parts in place and tight. Any deficiencies will result in disqualification from the tree felling event.

 Trees will be assigned after the preliminary events. The competitor will first designate a target at a specific distance from the stump. Then the competitor will have three minutes to present a felling plan to the judge and fell the tree. The time begins when the competitor places the target and ends when the tree hits the ground. One point will be deducted for each 30 seconds over.


2 points per item in felling plan: hazards, side lean, escape destination, hinge dimensions, and back cut techniques (10 pts. total).

2 points for each component of stump: 70 degree or greater notch, no bypass on notch cuts, hinge thickness within 1/2" of plan, hinge length at least 80% of DBH (diameter at breast height), back cut level within 1.5" no fiber pull greater than 3" (12 points total).

38 possible points for felling accuracy: measurement from shortest distance between location where tree comes to rest and target. One point deducted for each inch off.



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