IUF Skill Levels

These achievement skill levels have been complied from years of research and surveys among unicyclist from all over the world. They are intended to encourage unicyclists to progress at an even pace over a wide variety of unicycling skills. These levels are not connected to the competition rules, other than in descriptions of how the skills are to be performed.

Skill levels are useful for helping riders determine a sequence of skills to learn, and to give them ideas for things to try.

Eligibility:

In order to be eligible to achieve a level a rider must have passed all previous levels.

Riders must get into and out of all skills:

All riding skills start with the rider riding forward, seated with both feet on the pedals except for side ride (level 10). All skills end with rider riding forward at least 3 full revolutions of the wheel, seated with both feet on the pedals.

Maximum of three mistakes per level:

In order to pass an exam a rider must perform all skills in that level at the first attempt, except for a maximum of three skills that must be performed at the second attempt. This allows for three mistakes per level, but no more than one mistake per skill.

Explanation of Skills:

The correct execution of the skills is described in Standard Skill Descriptions, section 7.2 in the IUF Regulations For International Competition. I will also be linking each skill to a mini tutorial on how to perform the task.

Variety of Mounts:

At each level starting from level 3, riders must add one new mount to those they have previously demonstrated. Repeating the same mount with the opposite foot does not constitute a different type of mount. A listing of some of the known mounts can be found in the Standard Skill Descriptions, section 7.2 in the IUF Regulations For International Competition.

Recognition of Level Achievement:

To formally achieve a skill level a rider must pass a skill level exam with an authorized examiner. Examiners are authorized by the IUF, the USA or other connected unicycling organizations. If no authorized examiner is available, riders can send a video tape, with no edits per level, to an authorized examiner in their country, or to the IUF Skill Levels and Rules Committee. Videos must clearly show all the necessary details of each skill.


Level 1

  • mount unicycle unassisted
  • ride 50 meters
  • dismount gracefully with unicycle in front

Level 2

  • mount with left foot
  • mount with right foot
  • ride 10 meters between two parallel lines 30 cm apart
  • ride a figure eight with circle diameters smaller than 3 meters
  • ride down a 15 cm vertical drop
  • make a 90 degree turn to the left inside a 1 meter circle
  • make a 90 degree turn to the right inside a 1 meter circle

Level 3

  • demonstrate 3 types of mounts
  • ride a figure eight with circle diameters smaller than 1.5 meters
  • come to a stop, pedal half a revolution backward and continue forward
  • ride with the stomach on the seat for 10 meters
  • make a 180 degree turn to the left within a 1 meter circle
  • make a 180 degree turn to the right within a 1 meter circle
  • hop 5 times
  • ride or hop over a 10 x 10 cm. obstacle

Level 4

  • demonstrate 4 types of mounts
  • ride backward for 10 meters
  • ride one footed for 10 meters
  • idle with left foot down 25 times
  • idle with right foot down 25 times
  • ride with seat out in front for 10 meters
  • ride with the seat out in back for 10 meters
  • make a 360 degree turn to the left inside a 1 meter circle
  • make a 360 degree turn to the right inside a 1 meter circle

Level 5

  • demonstrate 5 types of mounts
  • ride backward in a circle
  • ride one footed in a figure eight
  • idle one footed with the left foot 25 times
  • idle one footed with the right foot 25 times
  • ride with seat out in front in a circle
  • ride with the seat out in back in a circle
  • ride with the seat on the side in a circle
  • hop-twist 90 degrees to the left
  • hop-twist 90 degrees to the right
  • walk the wheel for 10 meters

Level 6

  • demonstrate 6 types of mounts
  • ride backward in a figure eight
  • ride with the seat out in front in a figure eight
  • ride with the seat out in back in a figure eight
  • ride backward with the seat out in front for 10 meters
  • hop standing on wheel 5 times
  • ride with the seat on the side in a circle to the left
  • ride with the seat on the side in a circle to the right
  • ride one footed with the left foot for 10 meters
  • ride one footed with the right foot for 10 meters
  • backspin
  • frontspin
  • spin

Level 7

  • demonstrate 7 types of mounts
  • ride backward with the seat out in front in a circle
  • ride one footed with the left foot in a circle
  • ride one footed with the right foot in a circle
  • walk the wheel in a circle
  • walk the wheel one footed for 10 meters
  • hop-twist 180 degrees to the left
  • hop-twist 180 degrees to the right
  • ride backward with the seat out in back for 10 meters
  • spin to the left
  • spin to the right

Level 8

  • demonstrate 8 types of mounts
  • ride one footed with the left foot in a figure eight
  • ride one footed with the right foot in a figure eight
  • walk the wheel in a figure eight
  • walk the wheel one footed in a circle
  • ride backward one footed for 10 meters
  • glide for 10 meters
  • hand wheel walk for 10 meters
  • pirouette
  • backward spin

Level 9

  • demonstrate 9 types of mounts
  • walk the wheel one footed in a figure eight
  • ride backward one footed in a circle
  • ride backward with the seat out in front in a figure eight
  • ride backward with the seat out in back in a circle
  • walk the wheel one footed with the left foot for 10 meters
  • walk the wheel one footed with the right foot for 10 meters
  • walk the wheel backward for 10 meters
  • drag seat in front for 10 meters
  • drag seat in back for 10 meters
  • ride backward one footed with the left foot for 10 meters
  • ride backward one footed with the right foot for 10 meters
  • one footed with the seat out in front for 10 meters
  • backward pirouette

Level 10

  • demonstrate 10 types of mounts
  • ride backward with the seat out in back in a figure eight
  • ride backward one footed in a figure eight
  • walk the wheel one footed with the left foot in a circle
  • walk the wheel one footed with the right foot in a circle
  • walk the wheel backward in a circle
  • 180 uni spin
  • sideways wheel walk for 10 meters
  • coast for 10 meters
  • side ride for 10 meters
  • walk the wheel one footed backward for 10 meters


Now that you know what the official unicycle skill levels are (provided by IUF), you can work your way all the way to level 10! Just think how good you'll be when you complete these skill levels.


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