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CFSD Powerlifting Meet–July 23, 2011

GENERAL RULES

•    Registration will go via the retail section of CFSD’s MindBody online page. The meet is open to anyone who wants to enter–membership at CFSD or another affiliate is not a requirement to compete.  If you do not already have an account with CFSD, please create a username and password in order to register.  The meet will be under the “Specialty Seminars” tab.  Registration is $15 and is non-refundable.

•    The meet will be capped at 40 lifters. Lifters will be divided into 2-3 flights of 15-20 lifters each based on number of registered lifters.

•    Weigh-ins will go from 8:30am-9:30am on the day of the meet, followed by a rules review at 9:30am.  The first squat attempt will be at 10am sharp, beginning with Flight 1.  After Flight 1 has completed its three squat attempts per lifter, Flight 2 will begin its squat attempts.  Flight 3 (if applicable) will follow the completion of Flight 2′s three squat attempts per lifter.  The meet will then follow the same sequence for bench press, then for deadlift.

•    Standard powerlifting rules of USAPL apply—however, for simplicity purposes some rules will be modified or will not be enforced.  Those modifications are listed in this outline.

•    All events are raw—the only authorized gear is belt, wrist wraps, and neoprene knee sleeves.  No knee wraps, squat suits, or bench shirts.  T-shirts must be worn for all events and must be cotton—no UnderArmour/SKINS/DriFit/etc.  Shorts must be cotton or mesh.  Singlets are optional but not required.  Elbows must be visible and knees must not be covered by loose clothing.  Long socks (to just below the knee cap) are required for deadlifts.  SKINS/BSc/etc. compression pants, shorts, or tights are not authorized.

•    No gloves, grip aids, or straps—athletic tape and chalk are the only materials permitted on hands or fingers.  Wrist wraps may not be looped over the thumb during lifts.

•    Authorized warm-up areas are everywhere except for the main platform, and lifters may warm up at their own convenience.

•    Upon weigh-in, each lifter must submit opening attempts for each lift in kilograms.  Opening attempts may only be changed 5 minutes or more before the start of each flight.  No other requests for changes will be granted.

•    Lifters will have three attempts at each lift—weight may not decrease from one rep to the next.  Lifters may choose to increase the weight for subsequent attempts even if they miss an attempt or have a no-lift due to a rules violation.

•    Squat and bench press attempts will use standard 20kg (“men’s size”) bars to simplify things for the loaders.  A lifter may request to deadlift with a 15kg (“women’s size”) bar if small hand size prevents a strong grip on the bar.  Any lifter wanting to deadlift with a 15kg bar must tell meet staff during weigh-ins.

•    Weight for the next attempt must be submitted within one minute of an attempt.  If a new weight is not submitted, the weight will be increased by 2kg after a made attempt and kept the same after a missed attempt.

•    If a lifter must follow himself/herself, he/she will have three minutes to begin the lift after the bar is announced as loaded.

•    Error on the part of the judge or spotters (misloaded bar, incorrect commands, improper assistance, etc.) will not result in a no-lift.  The lifter will have the opportunity to repeat the lift without penalty at the end of the round.

•    Weight classes, flights, and prizes TBD, based on number of lifters who register.  Flight lists will be distributed no later than July 21, but actual lifting order will depend upon opening weights declared by each lifter at weigh-in.

SQUAT

•    High bar, low bar, or wide stance powerlifter-style squats are all authorized.

•    Once the bar is announced as loaded and the lifter’s name is called, the lifter will have 60 seconds to unrack the bar.  Upon unracking and stepping back from the rack, he/she must demonstrate control and be motionless in the starting position with knees and hips locked.  Once that position is attained, the head judge will command “SQUAT” and give a downward arm signal.  The lifter will then execute the squat and return to the locked out position.  Once the lifter has the weight controlled in a locked-out position, the head judge will command “RACK” and gesture toward himself.  Spotters will assist the lifter in reracking the bar.

•    Good lift/bad lift will be determined by a majority vote from the three judges.  Reasons for a bad lift include:
o    Failure to unrack the bar within 60 seconds of the lifter’s name being called.
o    Failure to squat to full depth—hip joint must go below top of kneecap.
o    Failure to assume a position with hips and knees fully locked out at the completion of the movement.
o    Failure to follow head judge commands—lifter may not squat before the “SQUAT” command and may not begin to rack the bar until receiving the “RACK” command.  Dumping the bar is not permitted, but a lifter is allowed to receive assistance from spotters when racking the bar.
o    Double-bouncing out of the hole of the squat.
o    Any foot movement during the conduct of the squat.
o    Any reversal in the bar’s upward motion after squatting out of the hole—spotters will be instructed to assist any lifter who begins going back down.
o    Double-clutching the start of the squat—any bend of the hips or knees is considered an attempt.

BENCH PRESS

•    Index fingers must be on or within the 81cm marks–the rest of the hand may be outside them as long as the entire index finger is in contact with those rings.

•    Lumbar arch is authorized, but the lifter’s hips and shoulders must remain in contact with the bench at all times.  Both feet must be flat on the floor.  For lifters with short legs, plates may be placed on the floor.

•    Once the bar is announced as loaded and the lifter’s name is called, the lifter will have 60 seconds to set up on the bench and unrack the bar.  After the lifter demonstrates control of the bar in the locked-out position, the head judge will give the command “START” at which point the lifter must lower the bar to his/her chest.  Once the bar is motionless, the head judge will command “PRESS” after which the lifter will press the bar up to the locked-out position.  After the lifter has demonstrated control of the bar in the locked-out position, the head judge will command “RACK” and the spotters will assist the lifter in returning the bar to the rack.

•    Good lift/bad lift will be determined by a majority vote from the three judges.  Reasons for a bad lift include:
o    Failure to unrack the bar within 60 seconds of the lifter’s name being called.
o    Failure to follow head judge’s commands; specifically, beginning to lower the bar before the “START” command, beginning to press the bar before the “PRESS” command, or beginning to rack the bar before the “RACK” command.
o    Excessively wide grip.
o    Excessive uneven extension of the arms.
o    Adjustment of grip position after the bar is unracked.
o    Failure to bring the bar in contact with the chest.
o    Bouncing the bar off the chest following the “PRESS” command.
o    Any adjustment of grip position after the bar is unracked.
o    Any reversal in the bar’s upward motion after it leaves the chest.
o    Failure of hips or shoulders to maintain contact with the bench, or failure of the feet to stay in contact with the floor/plates.

DEADLIFT

•    Lifters may use either a conventional or sumo stance.  Overhand, hook, or alternating grips are all authorized.

•    Once the bar is announced as loaded and the lifter’s name is called, the lifter will have 60 seconds to begin pulling the bar.

•    Upon reaching a locked-out position, the head judge will give the command “DOWN” along with a downward arm motion, after which the lifter will maintain control of the bar while returning it to the ground.

•    Good lift/bad lift will be determined by a majority vote from the three judges.  Reasons for a bad lift include:
o    Failure to begin pulling the bar within 60 seconds of the lifter’s name being called.
o    Use of any grip aids aside from chalk or athletic tape.
o    Hitching or any other downward motion that interrupts the upward movement of the bar once it leaves the floor.
o    Supporting the bar on the thighs during the lift.
o    Forward or backward movement of one or both feet after the pull has begun.
o    Failure to reach a fully locked-out position with hips and knees extended and shoulders behind the bar.
o    Beginning to lower the bar before receiving the “DOWN” command from the head judge.
o    Failure to lower to bar to the ground under control.

4 Comments

  • john ross July 8, 2011 at 8:39 am

    What is the registration fee?

  • Eric July 8, 2011 at 8:46 am

    John-
    It’s $15–I’ll update this post to reflect that fact.

  • Carl July 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Hi,

    I can’t seem to crack the code on the register. I opened “specialty seminars” and it says unavailable.

    Cheers,

    Carl from Invictus

    • Eric July 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Carl, just emailed you back–registration was supposed to close on the 19th but Aush just adjusted it to allow a few more to register.

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