Written by Jim Banko, U.S. Steinholding Founder

U.S. Steinholding Association 2020 National Remote Steinholding Championship

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We are very excited to introduce the first annual U.S. Steinholding Association National Remote Steinholding Championship! Due to the many restrictions and challenges presented by the COVID pandemic, most in-person Steinholding competitions and Oktoberfests have been cancelled. So this year we're keeping the fun alive by hosting our first ever official remote competition and enabling you to compete from the comfort of your own home! If you're ready to take up the challenge and compete, check out the details below!

Note: To ensure that all competitors are using steins of the correct style, grade, and material, you MUST use a 1 liter, clear dimpled glass Masskrug style stein for the competition, like our U.S. Steinholding Association official logo steins. The default registration fee includes the cost of a U.S. Steinholding logo stein AND USPS Priority Mail shipping. Normally a stein and shipping is a $28 value in itself, so this is a heck of deal, but if you already have a dimpled glass 1L stein, you can use our promo code to get a discounted registration for only $10. If you need or want one of our steins, we recommend that you register by Sunday November 1st, 2020 at the latest so you'll have the best chance to get your stein in time to participate but the earlier you register, the better.

Once you register (details below), record a video of yourself performing your Steinhold using the following instructions:

  1. Position the camera at approximately head/face level.
  2. Start recording.
  3. Prior to beginning the hold, show the camera a close-up shot of your stein to verify you are using a dimpled 1L glass stein and that it is properly filled up to the 1L mark with your beer of choice (water or any other beverage are also ok).
  4. While you're still nice and close to the camera, give the stein a couple taps with the back of a bread knife or something like that so we can hear that it's glass.
  5. Position yourself to allow for clear judging of your form by standing far enough away from the camera that the video shows your knees near the bottom of the screen, your head near the top, and your stein near the edge of the screen.
  6. Turn 45 degrees away from the camera in the direction of your Steinholding arm.
  7. Right before beginning your hold, give yourself a 3-2-1 countdown and then start.
  8. All Official U.S. Steinholding Association Rules must be followed for the entire hold.
  9. After your hold, review your video to make sure the footage is clear and that you are following all U.S. Steinholding Association Rules. If you aren't satisfied with your time or with your form, no worries, we all have bad days- try again!
  10. Submit your best video any time before 11:59pm EST on Saturday November 7th, 2020 by doing the following:
    1. First make sure you are following us on Facebook and/or Instagram so we can see your post.
    2. Post your video on your personal Facebook or Instagram page with the following caption and tag @ussteinholding: "I'm competing in the @ussteinholding Remote National Steinholding Competition! Grab your stein and challenge me by registering here: http://www.ussteinholding.com/info/steinholding-events/more/remote-2020"
    3. Optional but encouraged: If you want to give a shout-out to the beer you used to fill your stein, go for it! We love to support breweries (especially small and local breweries) and they need the extra help these days, so use the following post caption and tag the brewery: "I'm competing in the @ussteinholding Remote National Steinholding Championshp! I've got a < insert brewery tag and beer name here > in my stein and I'm ready to compete! Grab your stein and challenge me by registering here: http://www.ussteinholding.com/info/steinholding-events/more/remote-2020"
    4. Feel free to tag and call out any friends that you specifically want to challenge too, but first just make sure you use one of the two captions provided above.

Your video will be judged by a panel of U.S. Steinholding Association judges and your official time will be determined as the time when we determine your form stopped being acceptable or when you stop holding. All of the other official USSA rules will apply, but since we aren't judging live, we won't be assigning any strikes, corrections, or warnings, so make sure your form is perfect because once it starts to look bad, you'll be eliminated. Judging a competition over video is imperfect and difficult, so remote competition entries will not be eligible to set a new National Steinholding record. We're the best in the business when it comes to judging, but we need to see you in person to certify a new record. All judging decisions by the U.S. Steinholding Association are final.

The winners of the men's and women's division will be announced on Sunday November 15th, 2020 when we mash up the videos to (virtually) pit the best of the best against each other at the U.S. Steinholding Association live streamed competition video unveiling.

The winners of the men's and women's divisions will claim the title of 2020 U.S. Steinholding Association Remote Steinholding Champion and will each receive a pre-paid $150 Visa Gift card and a U.S. Steinholding Association merchandise prize pack valued at over $80. Even if you aren't the strongest Steinholder in the world, don't worry, we've got you covered- all registered competitors will be entered into a raffle and two lucky Steinholders will be chosen at random to win a $50 Visa gift card and a U.S. Steinholding Association tshirt of their choice. The merch prize packs for the champions will include:

  • The tshirt of your choice from the U.S. Steinholding Association merch page or our Threadless shop
  • A 4-pack of our sweet new logo pint glasses (because you can't always drink everything by the liter)
  • A pair of USSA logo koozies
  • A pair of USSA logo pins
  • A weather resistant USSA logo sticker/bumper sticker

Remote competition entry fees: $30 - Default registration includes Priority Mail shipping of your very own U.S. Steinholding Association official logo stein, a $28 value itself. If you already have a dimpled 1L glass stein, use the promo code "IGOTASTEIN" to register for only $10! Remember, to register by Sunday November 1st, 2020 at the latest so you'll have the best chance to get your stein in time to participate but the earlier, the better.

Jim banko national steinholding champion Jim Banko is the founder of the U.S. Steinholding Association. He is the 2015 Hofbrau Masskrugstemmen National Champion and previous United States record holder for Steinholding with an official time of 17 minutes and 11 seconds.

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