Pro status and Pro payments
“Qualifier Professional” will now be called Championship Level 5 at the regional level. The first place winners of the US women’s and men’s divisions will qualify for the US National Pole Championships, and receive their Pro status with PSO.
At Nationals, all Pro competitors receive a $250 payment for performance. Winners of the Pro event will receive additional prize money.
Paying all the Pros isn’t new, but we haven’t really done a great job at publicizing it before now. These payments and cash prizes are the reason why the regional events cost more for the Qualifier Professional/Championship Level 5 division.