Athletes may use any kind of grip, as long as it is not dispensed from an aerosol (spay can) and it does not transfer, hard to remove residue, onto the apparatus.
  • Athletes may use Grip products on their hands/feet/body but strictly not on the apparatus.
  • It is the athletes responsibility to know if the product they are using, can be easily removed from the apparatus after their performance and in the allotted time (1 minute) by the cleaners.
  • IPSF competitions use 2 brass one piece poles. Both poles will be cleaned before each athlete. First with a grease remover, then with a dry towel/cloth.
  • IPSF competitions also use powder coated aerial hoops and a silicone/rubber aerial poles. These will also be cleaned before each athlete.
  • Athletes may clean the apparatus themselves if they prefer but must use the cleaning products provided by the organiser.
  • Athletes are prohibited from cleaning the apparatus with their own cleaning products.
  • It is the athlete's responsibility to ensure that the grip that they are using meets the criteria above.
A -5 penalty will be given if grip is applied directly on the apparatus or if the cleaners cannot remove the residue from the apparatus in the allotted time (1 minute). This penalty will be given by the Head judge.
If the Head judge feels that there is a safety issue with the apparatus being consistently slippery, they may initiate interim measures that will improve athletes grip on the apparatus.

Prohibited products:

  • Spray cans
  • Products where Resin is the primary ingredient
  • Gloves (with the exception of the medial proof of Hyperhidrosis)
Using prohibited grip aids may result in Disqualification.

Prohibited products that include a high concentrate of Resin and cannot be removed from the apparatus in the allotted time:

  • Stickum spray can and paste
  • Firm grip spray can
  • Gorilla snot
  • Pole Honey

Approved Grips

While any grip that meets requirements can be used, the IPSF also offers grip providers the opportunity to become recognised grip suppliers. 

IPSF Grip Product Approval

In order to improve safety within our Pole and Aerial sports and allow athletes more choice of the grip enhancers they use, the IPSF are offering a system of grip product approval. This free system for manufactures will give athletes peace of mind that they can use products without fear of penalties during competition.
How it works:
  • Complete the free online application giving full details about your product, including:
    • Your main ingredient:
      • Magnesium/ Chalk/ Alcohol/ Silica/ Thermoplastic/ Aluminium Sesquichlorohydrate/ Glyserine/ Beeswax/ Resin
    • The form it comes it:
      • Powder/ liquid/ Solid/ Spray/ Cloth/ Bag
    • How you advise to clean residue off the apparatus
  • An IPSF Representative will reach out to you to arrange shipping of a sample of your product for testing.
  • The IPSF Committee will discuss your application for approval.
  • You will be informed of the outcoming within 30 days of sample receipt or less.
  • Upon approval you will be sent an IPSF approved logo to use on your product and publicity.
  • You will be required to link back to the IPSF on your website.
This service is completely free, however should you wish to donate to the Olympic push or sponsor an IPSF event, we would be grateful.



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