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Powerlifting Rules:

General Rules:

1) The India Raw Powerlifting Federation (IRPF) recognizes the following lifts, which must be performed in the designated sequence in all applications conducted under IRPF rules:- a. Squat b. Bench Press c. Deadlift = Total.
Completion: The highest total of the best successes of each lift will result in a Total. Winner of the competition will be determined by highest Total.
2)All competitions under IRPF rules must be conducted in kilograms.
3)The IRPF, through its members and member Federations, recognizes the following
World Championships:Men’s Open World Championships
Women’s Open World Championships
Men’s Masters World Championships
Women’s Masters World Championships
Men’s Junior World Championships
Women’s Junior World Championships
Men’s Teenage World Championships
Women’s Teenage World Championships.
4)The IRPF also recognizes National and International competitions of its member Federations.The IRPF additionally recognizes and registers world records (in kilograms) for the same lifts within the age and body weight categories as follows:
Age Categories -
Men and Women - Open (Senior): from 13 years upward.
Master i)from 40 years to and including 44 years of age ii)from 45 years to and including 49 years of age iii)from 50 years to and including 54 years of age iv)from 55 years to and including 59 years of age v)from 60 years to and including 64 years of age vi)from 65 years to and including 69 years of age vii)from 70 years to and including 74 years of age viii)from 75 years to and including 79 years of age ix)from 80 years upward
Sub Master from 33 years to and including 39 years of age
Junior from 20 years to and including 23 years of age
Teenage from 13 years to and including 15 years of age,from 16 years to and including 17 years of age,from 18 years to and including 19 years of age
Competitive lifting shall be restricted to competitors aged 13 years and over. The lifter must have attained minimum age on day of the competition. A lifter must lift in the open division or in the age group in which he or she is currently in, until they reach the stated upper limit of that category.

Body weight Categories
MEN 52.0kg Class up to 52.0kg, 56.0kg Class from 52.01 to 56.0kg, 60.0kg Class from 56.01 to 60.0kg, 67.5kg Class from 60.01 to 67.5kg, 75.0kg Class from 67.51 to 75.0kg, 82.5kg Class from 75.01 to 82.5kg, 90.0kg Class from 82.51 to 90.0kg, 100.0kg Class from 90.01 to 100.0kg, 110.0kg Class from 100.01 to 110.0kg, 125.0kg Class from 110.01 to 125.0kg, 140.0kg Class from 125.01 to 140.0kg, 140.0+kg Class from 140.01 to unlimited
WOMEN 44.0kg Class up to 44.0kg,48.0kg Class from 44.01 to 48.0kg, 52.0kg Class from 48.01 to 52.0kg,56.0kg Class from 52.01 to 56.0kg,60.0kg Class from 56.01 to 60.0kg,67.5kg Class from 60.01 to 67.5kg, 75.0kg Class from 67.51 to 75.0kg,82.5kg Class from 75.01 to 82.5kg,90.0kg Class from 82.51 to 90.0kg,90.0+kg Class from 90.01 to unlimited
5.During the IRPF’s formative years each nation will be allowed any number of competitors spread throughout the body weight categories.For World Championships each nation will be allowed 3 competitors for each weight class in each division. Member Federations may impose qualifying standards for their individual team selection.
6. Whenever possible for all World Championships and International competitions all intended competitors should be declared to the IRPF General Secretary at least 21 days before the date of that particular competition.
7.Team scoring for all World Championships shall be the team totaling the highest score using the following point system. Scores will be based on the amount and value of each medal received in the Men’s Open Powerlifting. First place metals are 3 points, second place medals are 2 points and third place medals are 1 point. There will be team scoring for equipped and team scoring for raw, the two will not be combined.
8.Point scoring for all other International competitions will be optional and at the discretion of the appointed IRPF Contest Officials and Championship Organizing Committee.
9.In the case of a tie in the points of national teams, the team having the largest score by adding the coefficients of the scoring competitors will be ranked first.
10.At all competitions where ’Best Lifter Awards’ are presented,placing will be established by the Glossbrenner Formula.
11.For National and World Championships, lifters entered in the event must have current federation membership cards secured prior to the event, and supply photocopy of card with entry, as well as present card at weigh-ins.

Equipment and Specifications
1.Platform- All lifts shall be carried out on a platform not less than 2.46m x 2.46m (8ft x 8ft) and secure enough to insure the safety of the lifter, spotters, and loaders. The surface of the platform must be firm, nonslip, and level with no discernible seams in the vicinity of the general lifting area. Rubber mats or similar sheeting materials are permitted. No one is allowed on the platform during lifting sessions except the lifter, the designated spotters, the three referees on duty, and other meet officials as designated if the need arises. Any cleaning, mopping, brushing, or adjusting of the platform,or equipment will be handled solely by these personnel.In addition to the lifting pla tform a winners platform is mandatory for all World Championships.
2. Bars and Discs-For all powerlifting competitions under the rules of the WPC, only disc barbells are permitted. Only bars and discs that meet all specifications may be used throughout the entire competition and for all lifts. The use of bars or discs that do not conform to specifications will invalidate any records that may have been accomplished. Different bars suited to particular lifts may be utilized providing that they conform to the specifications.
Specifications are as follows:
a. The bar shall be straight, well knurled, and grooved and shall conform to the following dimensions:
i)Total over all length not to exceed 2.4m, except for specialized squat bar and deadlift bar.
ii)Distance between the inside collar is not to exceed 1.32m or be less than 1.31m except for specialized squat bar.
iii)Diameter of the bar is not to exceed 29mm or be less than 28mm , except for specialized squat bar.
iv) Weight of the bar and collars is to be 25kg.
v) Diameter of the sleeve 49.5-52mm.
vi)There shall be a circumferential machine marking or the bar shall be taped so as to measure 81cm between machining or tape.
vii)Specialized squat bar shall have a maximum diameter of 32mm; a maximum sleeve length of 508mm; distance between inside collar faces not to exceed 1434mm; a maximum overall length of 2400mm. Weight 30kg includes collars.
viii) A 15kg bar is acceptable in the raw division for women and lighter weight classes.
b.Discs shall conform as follows:
i) All discs used in competition must weigh within .25% of their correct face value.
ii) The hole size in the middle of the disc shall be such that the disc fits on the bar without excessive play.
iii)Discs must be of the following range 1.25kg, 2.5kg, 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg,25kg,45kg and 50kg. For record setting purposes discs of 0.5kg and 0.25kg shall also be available.
iv)For world record purposes, even lighter discs may be used to achieve a weight of at least 500 grams more than the existing record.
v) All discs must be clearly marked with their weight and loaded in the sequence of heavier discs innermost with the small discs in descending weight.
vi) The first and heaviest discs loaded on the bar must be loaded face in; with the rest of the discs loaded face out as weight is loaded.
vii) The diameter of the largest disc shall be no more than 45cm.
viii)It is suggested that discs conform to the following color coding: 10kg and below -any color; 15kg-yellow ; 20kg -blue; 25kg -red; 45kg -gold; 50kg-green.
c. Collars
i)Shall always be used in competition.
ii)Must weigh 2.5kg each unless specialized squat bar is used. Collars made specifically for specialized squat bar are to be used with that specific bar.
d.Misc.
Should blood appear on the bar, or open wounds on lifter, it must be rectified immediately, use 1 part bleach and 1 part water to clean bar.
3. Squat Racks
a) Squat racks shall be of a sturdy construction and provide maximum stability.The base shall be of such design that it does not impede the lifter or the loaders/spotters. An adjustable rack with a hydraulic mechanism or a non conventional squat rack must be used.It must consist of a one piece designed to hold the bar in a horizontal position.
b) The design of the squat rack shall allow adjustments that accommodate all lifters.
c) Height adjustments should be at incremental stages not exceeding 5cm.
d) For extra safety all hydraulic racks should be capable of being secured at the required height by means of pins.
4. Bench The bench shall be of sturdy construction for maximum stability and conform to the following dimensions:
a) Length -not less than 1.22mm and shall be flat and level.
b) Width -29-32cm
c) Height -42-45cm measure
d from the floor to the top of the padded surface
of the bench without being depressed or compacted.
d) The height of the uprights on adjustable benches should be from a minimum of 82cm to a maximum of 100cm measured from the floor to the bar rest position . On nonadjustable benches the height of the uprights must be between 87cm and 100cm from the floor to the bar rest position.
e) The minimum width between the insides of the bar rests shall be 1.10m.
f) Adjustable safety racks are approved.
5. Lights- A system of lights shall be provided whereby the referees make known their decisions. Each referee will control a white and a red light, representing a ’good lift’ or ’no lift’ respectively. The lights must be wired in such a way that they light up together and not separately when activated by the three referees. It is preferable that the lights be arranged horizontally corresponding with the positions of the three referees. For emergency purposes,i.e.a breakdown in the electrical system, the referees should also be provided with small white and red flags with which to make known their decisions, or using thumbs up or down
Costume and Personal Equipment
All equipment must be presentable and clean with no frayed material Lifting Suit
A non -supportive singlet must be worn. Its construction must consist of single ply and be a singular component. The straps must be worn over the shoulders at all times while lifting in competition. It may be of any color or colors. The length of the leg, when worn, must not extend beyond mid -thigh (medial point between crotch and top of knee cap). Women may wear a one -piece suit of comparable design to the lifting suit. Leotards with sleeves or high cut leg lines are not permitted.
Undershirt- One undershirt (of a design consistent with what is commonly called a T-shirt) with or without sleeves, must be worn under the lifting suit on the squat and bench press. It must be an individual article of cloth fabric. Its construction must be single ply.
Sleeves must be short and remain above the elbow when worn . It may be of any color or colors, but shall not portray indecency or be offensive to the spirit of the competition.
Belt-A competitor may wear a belt. If worn, it shall be on the outside of the lifting suit.
Socks-One pair of socks may be worn. When worn they may not extend over the knee.Full length leg stockings, tights, or hose are not permitted.Long socks, tape or plastic shin guards are required on the deadlift.
Footwear-Footwear more substantial than basic socks must be worn. The only restrictions to such footwear is that no metal cleats or spikes are permitted.
Wrist Wraps-The fabric nature shall be an elastic weave primarily of polyester, cotton, or medical crepe singly or in combination.Wraps not exceeding 1m in length and 8cm in width may be worn.Alternatively, elasticated wrist bands not exceeding 10cm in width may be worn. A combination of the two is not permitted. If wrist bands are of the wrap -around style, they may have a thumb loop not to be attached during lift and velcro patch for securing them. A wrist wrap shall not exceed beyond 10cm above and 2-1/2cm below the center of the wrist joint, not exceeding a total of 12cm in both directions.
Records - Raw records can be set or broken at raw meets or meets that offer a raw division..
Inspection of Costume and Personal Equipment
1.At all competitions there will be no official inspection of costume and personal equipment prior to lifting.
2.It will be the lifters responsibility to be present on the platform outfitted in accordance with the rules governing costume and personal equipment.
3.Any items mentioned previously under costume and personal equipment may be inspected prior to the competition if the lifter has any doubt as to the legality of that item. Such inspections should be requested during the weigh -in sessions and directed to one of the IRPF referees present, not an appointed weigh-in official.Such inspections may also be made at any time prior to lifting or upon leaving the platform by one of the appointed ’IRPF Contest Officials’ or IRPF referee. Any conjecture or doubt about the legality of any such items shall be referred to the appointed �IRPF Contest Officials�.
4.Items of personal attire not covered in the rules governing costumes and personal equipment such as: Headbands, mouthpieces, ribbons, watches, costume jewelry,eyewear, and feminine hygiene articles are permitted. However, hats, bandanas or headbands worn as to cover the head as a hat are not permitted to be worn on the platform.
5.Any items worn on the platform considered objectionable by virtue of being unclean,torn or tattered, indecent, or offensive to the spirit of the competition shall be rejected before the lifter is permitted to proceed.
6.If a lifter performs on the platform wearing or using any item that is illegal or not verifiably approved, the lifter shall lose credit for that lift, and may be disqualified from the competition. Any minor oversights, or items covered in (5) above, noticed before the lifter performs, should be indicated to the lifter and rectified prior to continuing.
7.Any lifter performing on the platform may be inspected before or after a lift if any of the referees doubt the legality of the costume or personal equipment being used.
8.Any lifter successful in a world record attempt must be inspected. Inspection may be soley visual when the legality of the lifter�s costume and personal equipment is obvious, or otherwise more thorough. Thorough inspect ions should be performed off the platform, preferably in a private area, either by the three referees, or officials delegated by the referees in cases where the lifter is of the opposite sex. In all cases an announcement shall be made by the head referee to the speaker and records processor that the record has been verified.
Powerlifts and Rules of Performance
Squat
1.After removing the bar from the racks while facing the front of the platform, the lifter may move forward or backward to establish the lifting position. The top of the bar not more than 3cm below the top of the anterior deltoids. The bar shall be held horizontally across the shoulders with the hands and/or fingers gripping the bar, and the feet flat upon the platform with the knees locked.
2.The lifter shall wait in this position for the head referee�s signal. The signal will be given as soon as the lifter is set and demonstrates control with the bar properly positioned. The head referee’s signal shall consist of a down ward movement of the arm and audible command ’Squat’.
3.Upon receiving the head referee’s signal, the lifter must bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip joint are lower than the top of knees.
4.The lifter must recover at will, without double bouncing, to an upright position with the knees locked. The bar may stop, but there must be no downward motion during recovery. As soon as the lifter demonstrates a controlled final position, the head referee will give the signal indicating completion of the lift and to replace the bar.
5.The signal to replace the bar will consist of a backward motion of the arm and the audible command ’Rack’. The lifter must then make a bona fide attempt to return the bar to the racks.
6.The lifter shall face the front of the platform, towards the head referee.
7.The lifter shall not hold the collars or discs at any time during the performance of the lift. However, the edge of the hands gripping the bar may be in contact with the inner surface of the collar.
8.Not more than five and not less than two loaders/spotters shall be on the platform at any time.The head referee may at their discretion for lifter safety in addition to or instead of Meet Promoter designated loaders/spotters designate additional loaders/spotters, providing the maximum of five is not exceeded. Only designated spotters may remain on the platform during the lift.
9.The lifter may enlist the help of spotters in removing the bar from the racks;however, once the bar has cleared the racks, the spotters shall not physically assist the lifter with regards to actually getting into the proper set position. The spotters may assist the lifter to maintain control should the lifter stumble or demonstrate any evident instability.
10.The lifter will be allowed only one commencement signal per attempt.
11.The lifter may be given an additional attempt at the same weight at the head referee’s discretion if failure in an attempt was due to any error by one or more of the spotters.
Causes for Disqualification of a Squat
1.Failure to observe the head referee’s signals at the commencement or completion of a lift.
2.Double bouncing or more than one recovery attempt at the bottom of the lift.
3.Failure to assume an upright position with knees locked at the commencement and completion of the lift.
4.Movement of the feet laterally, backward or forward that would constitute a step or stumble.
5.Failure to bend the knees and lower the body until the surface of the legs at the hip joint are lower than the tops of the knees.
6.Any resetting of the feet after the squat signal.
7.Contact with the bar by the spotters between the referee�s signals.
8.Contact of elbows or upper arms with the legs.
9.Failure to make a bonafide attempt to return the bar to the racks.
10.Any intentional dropping or dumping of the bar.
Bench Press
1.The front of the bench must be placed on the platform facing the head referee.
2.The lifter must lie backward with shoulders and buttocks in contact with the flat bench surface. The lifter�s shoes or toes must be in solid contact with the platform or surface. The position of the head is optional.
3.To achieve firm footing, a lifter of any height may use discs or blocks to build up the surface of the platform. Whichever method is chosen, the shoes must be in a solid contact with the surface. If blocks are used, they shall not exceed 45cm x 45cm.
4.Not more than five and not less than two loaders/spotters shall be in attendance.The head referee may at their discretion for lifter safety in addition to or instead of Meet Promoter designated loaders/spotters designate additional loaders/spotters,providing the maximum of five is not exceeded.The lifter may enlist the help of one or more of the designated spotters or enlist a personal spotter in removing the bar from the racks. Only designated spotters may remain on the platform during the lift. The lift off must be to arms length and not down to the chest. A designated spotter,having provided a center lift off, must immediately clear the area in front of the head referee and move to either side of the bar. If the personal spotter does not immediately leave the platform area and/or in any way distracts or impedes the head referee’s responsibilities, the referees may determine that the lift is unacceptable,and be declared ’no lift’ by the referees and given three red lights.
5.The spacing of the hands shall not exceed 81cm, measured between the forefingers.The bar shall have circumferential machine markings or tape indicating this maximum grip allowance. If the lifter should use an offset or unequal grip on the bar, whereby one hand is placed outside the marking or tape, it is the lifter’s responsibility to explain this to the head referee, and allow inspection of the intended grip prior to making an attempt. If this is not done until the lifter is on the platform for an official attempt, any necessary explanation and/or measurements will be done on the lifter’s time for that attempt. The reverse or underhand grip is permitted.
6.After receiving the bar at arms length, the lifter shall lower the bar to the chest and await the head referee’s signal.
7.The signal shall be an audible command ’Press’ and given as soon as the bar is motionless on the chest.As long as the bar is not so low that it touches the lifter’s belt, it is acceptable.
8.The lifter will be allowed only one commencement signal per attempt.
9.After the signal to commence the lift has been given, the bar is pressed upward. The bar shall not be allowed to sink into the chest or move downwards prior to the lifter’s attempt to press upward. The lifter will press the bar to straight arm’s length and hold motionless until the audible command ’Rack’ is given. Bar may move horizontally and may stop during the ascent, but may not move downward towards the chest.
Causes for Disqualification of a Bench Press
1.Failure to observe the referee’s signals at the commencement or completion of the lift.
2.Any change in the elected position that results in the buttocks breaking contact with the bench , or lateral movement of the hands (between the referee’s signals). Any excessive movement or change of contact of the feet during the lift proper.
3.Bouncing the bar off the chest.
4.Allowing the bar to sink into the chest after receiving the referee’s signal.
5.Pronounced uneven extension of the arms during or at the completion of the lift.
6.Any downward motion of the bar during the course of being pressed out.
7.Contact with the bar by the spotters between the referee’s signals.
8.Any contact of the lifter’s shoes with the bench or its supports.
9.Deliberate contact between the bar and the bar rest uprights during the lift to assist the completion of the press.
10.It is the responsibility of the lifter to inform any personally enlisted spotters to leave the platform as soon as the bar is secured at arms length. Such spotters shall not return to the platform upon completion or failure of the attempt. It is especially important for a spotter providing a centre lift off to leave the platform quickly so as not to impair the head referee’s view. Failure of any personal spotters to leave the platform may cause disqualification of the lift.
Deadlift
1.The bar must be laid horizontally in front of the lifter’s feet, gripped with an optional grip in both hands, and lifted until the lifter is standing erect. The bar may stop but there must be no downward motion of the bar.
2.The lifter shall face the front of the platform.
3.On completion of the lift, the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the lifter shall be standing erect.
4.The head referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and The audible command ’Down’. The signal will not be given until the bar is held motionless and the lifter is in an apparent finished position.
5.Any raising of the bar or any deliberate attempt to do so will count as an attempt.
Causes of Disqualification of a Deadlift
1.Any downward motion of the bar before it reaches the final position.
2.Failure to stand erect.
3.Failure to lock the knees straight at the completion of the lift.
4.Supporting the bar on the thighs during the performance of the lift. �Supporting� is defined as a body position adopted by the lifter that could not be maintained without the counterbalance of the weight being lifted.
5.Movement of the feet laterally, backward or forward that would constitute a step or stumble.
6.Lowering the bar before receiving the head referee�s signal.
7.Allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining control with both hands.
Weigh-In
1.Weighing-in of the competitors shall be initiated 24 hours before the start of the competition for a particular category. The initial weigh-in session shall be of a minimum duration of one and a half hours. There shall be another weigh-in session commencing two hours before and ending one hour prior the start of the competition for a particular category. These two weigh-in sessions are mandatory.Additional interim weigh-in sessions may be provided at the discretion and agreement of the competition Organisation Committee and appointed ’IRPF Contest Officials’. All weigh-in sessions and their durations must be posted and communicated to all lifters and coaches.
2.All lifters in the category must weigh-in during one of the mandatory or additional (if provided) weigh-in sessions, which will be carried out in the presence or authority of at least one IRPF referee. However all lifters must report to the first weigh-in session to acknowledge their presence.
3.The weigh-ins must be in a private area, where only the competitor, the competitor’s coach, coach appointee, or manager, and the referees or appointed officials are present. The lifter�s recorded body weight must not be made public until all lifters competing in that particular category have been weighed. There must be at least 2 officials from different countries at the weigh-in at World Championships.
4.Lifters must be weighed nude or in standard underwear (briefs for men, bra and panties for women). The weigh-in procedure must ensure that lifters are weighed only in the presence of their own sex. Additional officials may be appointed for this purpose.
5.During the weigh-in sessions lifters uncertain about items of costume or personal equipment that may be used should have items inspected and verified by the IRPF referees.
6.Lots will be drawn to establish the order of the initial weigh-in. The lots drawn also establish the order of the lifting throughout the competition when lifters require the same weights for their attempts.
7.Each lifter may only be weighed once. Only those whose body weight is heavier or lighter than the category limits of the category entered are allowed to return to the scales. They must return to the scales and make weight during one of the official weigh-in sessions and before the end of the final weigh-in sessions, otherwise they will be eliminated from the competition for that body weight category. Lifters trying to make weight may be reweighed as often as they wish within the allowances of time and the posted weigh-in schedule.
8.A lifter who is too heavy may move into the next higher category. The lifter must again be weighed during the weigh-in sessions scheduled for the new category. All qualifying standards must be met. Proof of qualification resides with the lifter.
9.A lifter who weighs lighter than the lower limit of the category, may drop into the next lower category, provided it has not already taken place. All qualifying standards must be met. Proof of qualification resides with the lifter.
10.Official body weights shall be recorded to the nearest tenth of a kilogram.
11.Any lifter that has not weighed in and had his or her opening at tempts recorded at the last weigh-in session that ends one hour prior to the start of his or her session, round or flight, may not compete in that session, round or flight. In the case where there is one session in the competition, that competitor shall no t be allowed to participate in the competition. In cases where inclement weather and/or hazardous conditions exist in the area of the venue, extension of weigh-in time shall be determined upon the discretion of the technical officer or appointed IRPF contest official.
12.If two lifters register the same body weight at the weigh-in and eventually achieve the same total at the end of the competition, they will be reweighed and the lighter person will take precedence over the heavier person. However, if they still weigh the same after reweighing, they will share the placing, and each receive any award that is being presented. In such circumstances, should two lifters be in first place,the next lifter shall be placed third and so forth.
13.Lifters should, if required, check Squat and Bench Press rack heights and foot block requirements during these periods prior to the start of the competition. Additionally, the first attempts will be required of the lifters at the time of weigh-in..
Order of Competition
1.The �Round System�
a.At the weigh-in, the lifter must declare a first attempt for all three lifts.
b.10 or less lifters in a session must lift in one Flight. 10-15 lifters in a session may be divided into two flights though again one Flight is preferable. Over 15 lifters must be split into appropriate Flights. Decisions on such divisions shall be made by the appointed ’sIRPF Contest Officials’s in conjunction with the competition Organizing Committee. Wherever possible lifters in the same body weight category should all compete in the same Flight. Flights should be classified ’A’, ’B’, ’C’ , etc. Flight ’A’ will normally consist of lifters in one body weight category. Flight ’B’ the next higher body weight category, and so on. Should the amount of lifters in any particular category necessitate that category being split into more than one Flight, then the first Flight should consist of lifters with lower totals than the second Flight and so on, based on previous best total results. Competitions combining men and women lifters may make different determinations. Where there are multiple Flights, Flight ’A’ will complete all three rounds of the Squat (all three attempts), then Flight ’B’ will make all three rounds of the Squat, and so on, repeating the same process for the Bench Press and Dead lift. Three unsuccessful attempts in any lift will automatically eliminate the lifter from the competition. Lifters will not be permitted to re-enter the meet as a guest lifter or to attempt a record lift. Only at local or regional contests will this be left to the meet director�s judgment. In the event that the number of lifters in a flight drops to ten or less, there will be an automatic 5 minute rest following the completion of all first attempts, then again after all record attempts.
c.All lifters will take their first attempt in the first round, their second attempt in the second round, and their third attempt in the third round.
d.The bar must be loaded progressively during a round on the principle of a rising bar. At no time will the bar be reduced within a round except for errors as described herein, and then only at the end of the round.
e.Lifting order in each round will be determined by the lifter�s choice of weight per attempt. On the occasion of two lifters choosing the same weight, the lifter with the lowest lot number drawn prior to weigh-in, will lift first.
f.A lifter will not be allowed to call for a weight lower than that attempted in the previous round.
g.If unsuccessful with an attempt, the lifter will wait until the end of the round before attempting that weight again.
h.All attempts taken over due to a scorekeeper’s error, loader’s or spotter’s error, or for any other reason, except failure for the lifter to be announced,will occur at the end of the round in which the error occurred, regardless of the progressive advancement of the bar. If such an error occurs to the last lifter in the round, the error will be corrected immediately and the lifter will be given the opportunity to take the attempt over within four minutes of the bar being loaded. Also, if such an error occurs to the first lifter in a round and the attempt is repeated at the end of the round with the lifter again the first lifter in the next round. Then four minutes will be allowed between the repeated attempt at the end of the round and the next attempt by the same lifter at the beginning of the following round.These are two of the rare occasions when lifters will follow themselve.
i.A lifter is permitted one change of weight on the first attempt of each lift. If the lifter is in the first Flight to lift, this change may take place at any time up to five minutes before the start of the first round of that lift. Lifters in following Flights are accorded the same privilege up to five attempts from the end of the previous Flight’s final round. Prior notice of these deadlines will be announced by the speaker. Oversights in making these announcements should not be at the jeopardy of the lifter. The three platform referees or ’IRPF Contest Officials’ shall rule on such discrepancies that arise.
j.Lifters must submit their second or third attempts within one minute of completing the preceding attempt. If no weight is submitted within the one minute time allowance, the lifter will forfeit the next round attempt.
k.Weights submitted for second and third attempts on the Squat and Bench Press cannot be changed.
l.In the Deadlift, change of weight is permitted. The lifter may not change an attempt if he or she has been called to lift and the bar has been called as �ready� or ’loaded’. On second attempts, the lifter shall be allowed one change in weight, and on third attempts, the lifter shall be allowed two changes in weight if he or she has been called to lift, but the bar has not been called as ’ready’ or ’loaded’.
m.In single lift meets, an opening attempt may be changed up to five minutes prior to the start of that lifter’s flight. Third attempts may be changed as many times as the lifter desires as long as his or her name has not been called to lift.
n.To avoid any doubt or confusion with regards to submitting attempts, the following procedure is suggested for adoption:
The chosen weights for attempts are to be given in writing, in the form of attempt cards, to the marshal/expeditor. Different coloured cards will be used for each lift, 3 of the same colour for the Squat, 3 of another colour for the Benchpress, and 3 of a third colour for the Deadlift. The lifter or the coach will complete the appropriate attempt cards with the weight requested and sign the card. For first attempts the attempt cards will only be used when the weight given at the weigh-in is changed.
o.If a lifting session consists of a single Flight, at least a 20�30 minute interval will be taken between lifts in order to ensure adequate warm-up time.
p.When there is more than one Flight in a session, the lifting will be organized on an alternating Flight basis. Consequently, a time interval between flights is not required other than the time necessary for arranging the platform. Lifters not in the first Flight will be able to warm-up while the first Flight is being conducted.
2.The competition Organizing Committee will appoint the following officials:
a.Speaker -Announcer b.Time Keeper (Preferably a IRPF referee)
c.Marshal/Expeditors
d.Scorers
e.Records Processor
f.Loaders/Spotters.
Additional officials may be appointed as required, e.g. doctors, paramedics, etc.
Responsibilities of these officials are:
a.The Speaker is responsible for the efficient running of the competition, and acts as Master of Ceremonies. The speaker arranges the attempts chosen by the lifters in an orderly fashion, dictated by weight, and if necessary, lot number, and announces the weigh t required for the next attempt along with the name of the lifter. Additionally the speaker announces, in order, the three lifters succeeding the lifter on �deck�.
When the bar is loaded and the platform cleared for lifting, the head referee will indicate the fact to the speaker, who will in turn announce that the bar is ready and call the lifter to the platform. Attempts announced by the speaker should ideally be displayed upon some type of scoreboard erected in a prominent position. The speaker is also responsible for announcing the deadlines that pertain to the �Round System��the approach of the time limit for changing first attempts, 5minutes before the commencement of a first Flight, 5 attempts before the commencement of a following Flight.
b.The Time Keeper is responsible for accurately recording the time lapse between the announcement that the bar is ready and the referee’s signal for the commencement of the attempt by the lifter. The Time Keeper is also responsible for recording other time allowances whenever required, e.g. after an attempt the lifter shall leave the platform within 30 seconds (Refer to item 8.(i), this section).Once the clock is running for an attempt, it can only be stopped by the completion of the time allowance, the start of the lift, or at the discretion of the head referee who shall inform the Time Keeper immediately. Consequently, it is of great importance that the lifter or lifter’s coach check the height of the squat racks and any bench pressing requirements, if details have not previously been collected, prior to being called, as once the bar is announced as being ready, the clock will be started. Any further adjustments to the equipment must be made within the lifter’s one minute allowance. The definition of the start of an attempt depends upon particular lift being performed. In the Squat and Bench Press, the start coincides with the referee’s commencement signal. In the Deadlift, the start is when the lifter makes a determined attempt to raise the bar. It is the Time Keeper’s duty to stop the clock at these defined starts so that any buzzer that may be connected to the timing device will not distract the lifter.
c.Marshals/Expeditors are responsible for collecting the weight required for next attempts from the lifters or their coaches and passing the information without delay to scorer’s table and speaker preferably in the form of the suggested colored attempt cards. The lifter is allowed one minute between completion of one attempt and submitting to the marshal/expeditor the weight required for the next attempt. The timing of this operation is the responsibility of the marshal/expeditor, under the auspices of the head referee.
d.Scorers are responsible for accurately recording the progress of the competition, and on completion, ensuring that the three referees sign the official score sheets.
e.The Records Processor is specifically accountable for all world records broken, for collecting the details and initiating the paperwork information.
f.Loaders/Spotters are responsible for loading and unloading the bar, adjusting squat or bench rack requirements as necessary, cleaning the bar or platform upon request and agreement of the head referee, and generally.ensuring that the platform is well maintained and of a neat and tidy appearance at all times. At no time shall there be less than two or more than five loaders/spotters attending to the platform.
g.When the lifter prepares for an attempt, the loaders/spotters may assist in removing the bar from the racks.They may also assist in setting up for a squat should the lifter stumble or lack good control, and in replacing the bar after the attempt. However, they shall not touch the lifter or the bar during the actual attempt, i.e. during the period of time between commencement and completion signals from the head referee. The important exception, for the spotters, to this rule is if the lifter has obviously failed with the attempt, is in jeopardy of injury, or the head referee or lifter has requested intervention, then the spotters should assume control of the bar and weights and assist the lifter in replacing the bar back on the racks.
3.The officers of the IRPF�the President, Chairman/General Secretary, Head of the Technical Committee, Vice Presidents, appointed Officers-at-large, will appoint five ’IRPF Contest Officials’ to oversee all World Championships and rule on any contentions that may arise. These five officials shall be from a minimum of three countries all of which have representation at the champions hips. At internationals less than World Championships the officers of the IRPF will appoint three �IRPF Contest Officials� for the same purposes, at least two of which must be from different countries represented in the competition.
4.During a competition taking place on a platform or stage, only the lifter, the lifter’s coach, the three referees on duty, other meet officials recognized by need, and the loaders/spotters will be allowed around the platform or stage. During the execution of a lift, only the lifter, designated loaders/spotters and the three referees on duty are permitted to be present on the platform. Coaches shall remain back from the platform. A coaching area should be defined by the appointed ’sIRPF Contest Officials’s. Personal, non-designa ted spotters are not permitted on the platform for the Squat or Deadlift.One personal non-designated spotter is permitted to lift -off on the Bench Press, however, once the bar has been correctly positioned at the lifter’s arms length,the personal spotter must quickly leave the platform area to a discreet position.
5.Lifters shall wrap and ready themselves for lifting off the platform. Only minor adjustments requiring no assistance may be made on the platform. Likewise, removing wraps, belts and costume shall be performed off the platform. Items such as chalk, inhalants, talc, etc. should be utilized with propriety on and around the platform area.
6.In competitions under IRPF jurisdiction, including any competitions where world records are set, the we ights used must be in kilograms, and the barbell must always be a multiple of 2.5kg. The weights shall be announced in kilograms and may additionally be announced in pounds.Exceptions to this rule:
a.For a world record attempt on a 4th attempt, the weight of the barbell must be at least 500 grams in excess of the current record. Such record attempts will be made at the end of the third round of the lifting flight.
b.In a world record attempt made within the prescribed attempts of the competition. A lifter may request on a attempt, a weight that exceeds the current record by at least 500 grams. If the lift is successful, only the lower closest multiple of 2.5kg will be recorded on the score sheet and the exact weight will be recorded on the record application. Pound weights may be used if they are weighed properly and converted to kilos.
7.In all competitions the weight of the barbell shall consist of the heaviest discs available that make up a particular weight.
8.The head referee shall communicate all decisions taken in cases of loading errors,incorrect announcements, spotter errors, or other platform altercations to the speaker to make the appropriate announcement. Such decisions shall be first discussed with the other platform referees.
Examples of Errors in Loading:
a.If the bar is loaded to a lighter weight than originally requested and the attempt is successful, the lifter may accept the successful attempt at the weight lifted, or elect to take the attempt again at the original ly requested weight. If the attempt is not successful, the lifter will be granted a further attempt at the originally requested weight.
b.If the bar is loaded to a heavier weight than originally requested and the attempt is successful, the lifter will be granted the attempt at the weight lifted.The weight will be subsequently reduced if required for other lifters. If the attempt is not successful, the lifter will be granted a further attempt at the originally requested weight.
c.If the weight is not the same on each side of the bar and the lift is successful,rules for overloaded and underloaded bars, as above apply. However, if the attempt is credited to the lifter, and the weight of the bar lifted is not a multiple of 2.5kg (ie, a 1.25kg plate was on one side only) the weight will be recorded at the lower multiple of 2.5kg. If the lift was unsuccessful the lifter will be granted a further attempt at the weight originally requested.
D.If any change occurs with the bar and discs during the execution of the lift and the lift is successful, provided no weight fell off the bar, the attempt will be accepted. If the attempt is unsuccessful, or weights fell off, the lifter will be granted a further attempt at the same weight.
e.Should the platform or equipment become disarranged during an attempt and the attempt is successful, the attempt will be accepted. If the attempt is unsuccessful the lifter may be granted a further attempt at the same weight, at the discretion of the referees on duty.
f.If the speaker makes a mistake by announcing a weight heavier or lighter than that requested by the lifter, the referees will make the same decisions as for kilograms.g. All attempts that are repeated for the above reasons will be at the end of the round in which the error occurred.
h.If a lifter misses an attempt because the speaker failed to announce the lifter's name at the appropriate time or weight, the weight will then be reduced to allow the attempt within the round. Should this discovery disrupt the anticipation of any preparing lifters, such lifters may be granted extra time in which to prepare again, this shall be at the discretion of the referee on duty.
i.The minimum increase between any attempts shall be 2.5kg.
j.Three unsuccessful attempts in any lift will automatically eliminate the lifter from the competition.
k.Other than initial removal of the bar from the racks, the lifter should not receive any additional help from the spotters in establishing position for an attempt. However, should a lifter stumble or become unstable in setting up for the Squat, the spotters should assist in steadying the lifter until control has been regained.
l.On the completion of an attempt, the lifter shall leave the platform with in thirty seconds. Failure to comply with this rule may result in disqualification of the attempt at the discretion of the referees.
m.Any physical abnormality, handicap, or incapacity of a lifter that may cause,or potentially cause, an inability to fully comply with the rules should be brought to the attention of, and explained to, the appointed ’IRPF Contest Officials’. This should be in advance of the start of the lifter’s Flight. The lifter, ’IRPF Contest Officials’ and the platform referees for the particular lifter will then confer on the matter to best accommodate any special considerations for the lifter. Deafness, blindness, limb or joint abnormalities that prevent proper straightening or extension, are examples for such special considerations.
n.If, by reason of misconduct upon or near the competition platform, any lifter or coach is considered to have discredited the sport, such person or persons shall officially be warned. If the misconduct continues, the appointed ’IRPF Contest Officials’ to gether with the referees on duty, have the authority to disqualify the lifter and order the coach and the lifter to leave the venue. The team manager must be officially informed of both warning and disqualification.
o.All appeals against referee’s decisions or conduct, complaints regarding the progress of the competition or against the behavior of any person or persons taking part in the competition will be made to the appointed ’IRPF Contest Officials’. This must be done immediately following action of which there is a complaint or appeal. The appeal must be backed by the team manager and/or coach and presented in the presence of either or both.The appointed ’IRPF Contest Officials’ will consider all such complaints.If deemed necessary, the appointed ’IRPF Contest Officials’ may temporarily suspend the progress of the competition to consider the situation fully. After due consideration the complainant will be informed of any decision and any appropriate measures that may be taken. The verdict of the appointed ’IRPF Contest Officials’ will be considered final and there will be no right or appeal to any other body
   
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