5. COMPETITION RULES 2018

COMPETITION RULES INDEX – UPDATED 28/08/2017 with changes agreed at congress. 

***PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE AN ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING GENDER CATEGORIES VERY SOON PRIOR TO FULL REGISTRATION OPENING ***

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SECTION 1 – LIFTER CATEGORIES

SECTION 2 – AGE GROUPS

2 – Age Groups

SECTION 3 – WEIGHT CLASSES

3-  Weight Classes

SECTION 4 – PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

4.1-  Lifting Suits (Supportive)

4.2 – Lifting Suits (Non-supportive)

4.3 – T Shirts

4.4 – Supportive Shirts

4.5 – Briefs

4.6 – Socks

4.7 – Belt

4.8 -  Shoes or Boots

4.9 -   Knee Sleeves

4.10 – Wraps

4.11 – Wrist Wraps

4.12 – Knee

4.13 – Medical Tape

4.14 – Inspection of Personal Equipment

4.15 – General Equipment Rules (Talc and Chalk)

SECTION 5 – RULES OF DISCIPLINE (RULES OF PERFORMANCE)

5.1 – Squat

5.1.1 – Temporary Monolift Rule

5.2 – Causes for disqualification of a squat

5.3 – Bench Press

5.4 – Disabled Bench Press

5.5 – Causes for disqualification of a Bench Press

5.6 – Deadlift

5.7 – Causes for disqualification of a Deadlift

SECTION 6 – WEIGHING IN

SECTION 7 – THE ROUNDS SYSTEM

7.1 – Declaring Opening Attempts

7.2 -  Size of Flights

7.3 – Lifter Attempts

7.4 – Rising Bar

7.5 – Lifting Order

7.6 -  Unsuccessful Attempts

7.7 – Wrongly Loaded Bar

7.8 – Changing First Attempts

7.9 – One Minute to Submit Your Next Attempt

7.10 – Third Round Deadlifts (Full Powerlifting)

7.11 -  Third Round Attempts (Single Lifts)

7.12 -  Flights & Groups

SECTION 8 – APPEALS & PROTESTS

SECTION 9 – PLACINGS & PRIZE GIVING

LGBT INTERNATIONAL POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 – COMPETITION RULES 

THIS IS A NON SANCTIONED EVENT

We are basing LGBT IPC 2017 rules on internationally recognised powerlifting rules. On this occasion the LGBT IPC 2018 is using the following weight classes and age groups with amendments detailed below.

SECTION – 1

Lifter Categories (Special Amendment to International Rules for LGBT IPC 2018)

Closed Category for members of any internationally recognised drug tested Powerlifting or strength Federation. (Please note: People lifting this category will be required to submit a copy their current membership card with their entry form and also show the card at registration).

Open Category for Powerlifters of other Federations and lifters who do not currently belong to any Powerlifting Federation. (Please note: HIV Positive athletes on medications and Trans athletes using medications should enter the open category).

Novice Category for lifters that have never competed in ANY powerlifting competition before.

SECTION – 2

Age Categories

LGBT IPC has Gender Age Categories, which apply to all Genders.

Sub-Junior: from the day they reaches 14 years and throughout the full calendar year in which they reaches 18 years.

Junior: from  1  January  in  the calendar  year they reaches  19  years and  throughout  the  full calendar  year in which they reaches 23 years.

Senior: from 1 January in the calendar year they reaches 24 and throughout the full calendar year in which they reaches 39

Master I: from 1  January  in  the calendar  year they  reaches  40  years and  throughout  the  full calendar  year in which they reaches 49 years.

Master II: from 1  January  in  the calendar  year they  reaches  50 years and  throughout  the full calendar year in which they reaches 59 years.

Master III: from 1  January  in  the calendar  year they  reaches  60  years and  throughout  the full calendar  year in which they reaches 69 years.

Master IV: from 1 January in the calendar year they reaches 70 years and upwards.

SECTION 3

Bodyweight Categories:

LGBT IPC has Gender Neutral Weight Classes, which apply to all Genders.

  •  44.0 kg Class up to 44.0kg,
  •  48.0 kg Class from 44.01 to 48.0 kg
  • 52.0 kg Class from 48.01 to 52.0 kg
  • 56.0 kg Class from 52.01 to 56.0 kg
  • 60.0 kg Class from 56.01 to 60.0 kg
  • 67.5 kg Class from 60.01 to 67.5 kg
  • 75.0 kg Class from 67.51 to 75.0 kg
  • 82.5 kg Class from 75.01 to 82.5 kg
  • 90.0 kg Class from 82.51 to 90.0 kg
  • 100.0 kg Class from 90.01 to 100.0 kg
  • 110.0 kg Class from 100.01 to 110.0 kg
  • 125.0 kg Class from 110.01 to 125.0 kg
  • 140.0 kg Class from 125.01 to 140.0 kg
  • 140.0+ kg Class from 140.01 to Unlimited kg

4 – PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

*LGBT IPC 2018 Lifters will be permitted to wear kit and equipment that meets the specifications outlined in these rules.

Lifters can elect to participate either Equipped (using supportive equipment) or Unequipped (using non-supportive equipment).

4.1 – Lifting Suits Supportive (Equipped)

A supportive lifting suit may be worn only in competitions which are designated as Equipped.

A supportive lifting suit may be worn for all lifts in competitions which are designated as an Equipped (in which a non-supportive lifting suit may instead be worn).

The suit-straps must be worn over the lifter’s shoulders at all times in all lifts in all competitions.

The supportive lifting suit must conform to the following specifications:

(a) The suit’s material shall be of a single thickness. (Single Ply)

(b) There must be legs to the suit, extending a minimum of 3cm and a maximum of 15 cm, from the top of the crutch down the inside of the leg, as measured when worn by the lifter in a standing position.

(c) Any alteration to the costume which exceeds the established widths, lengths or thickness imperviously stated shall make the suit illegal for competition.

(d) Although alterations/pleats to form a tightening of the suits and supportive shirts do not make them illegal, these must be made on the original seams. Non-factory alterations to tighten suits and shirts are not illegal when done in the form of pleats. However, the pleats must be made only on the manufacturer’s original seams. These pleats must be made on the inside of the suit or shirt. Any alterations made on areas other than the manufacturer’s seams are illegal. Pleats may not be sewn back onto the body of the garment.

(e) Where a tightening has been made in the shoulder straps and the excess material is longer than 3cm’s, this must then be turned inside the suit and not sewn back onto the straps. No more than 3 cm length may protrude outside the

(f) The suit may bear the logos or emblems:

-of the manufacturer of the suit

-of the lifter’s nation

-of the lifter’s name

4.2 – Lifting Suits Non-supportive (Unequipped)

A  non-supportive lifting suit  shall be  worn  in  competitions  which  are  designated  as  Classic/Raw  and  may  be  worn  in competitions which are designated as Equipped (in which a supportive lifting suit may instead be worn). The suit straps must be worn over the lifter’s shoulders at all times in all lifts in all competitions.

The non-supportive lifting suit must conform to the following specifications:

(a) The suit shall be one-piece and form fitting without any looseness when worn.

(b) The  suit  must  be  constructed  entirely  of  fabric  or  a  synthetic  textile  material,  such  that  no support is given to the lifter by the suit in the execution of any lift.

(c) The suit’s material shall be of a single thickness, other than a second thickness of material of up to 12 cm x 24 cm allowed in the area of crotch.

(d) There must be legs to the suit, extending a minimum of 3 cm and a maximum of 25 cm, from the top of the crotch down the inside of the leg, as measured when worn by the lifter in a standing position.

(e) The suit may bear the logos or emblems

- of the manufacturer of the suit

- of the lifter’s nation

- of the lifter’s name

Muslim women shall be allowed to wear a tight fit, non-supportive full body suit that covers the legs and the arms.

4.3 – T-Shirt

A t-shirt must be worn under the lifting suit by all lifters in the Squat and Bench Press, lifters do not need to wear a T Shirt on the Deadlift.

The only exception to those requirements is that a Supportive shirt is permitted to be worn in Bench Press instead of a t-shirt as per rule “Supportive Shirts” below; a combination of t-shirt and supportive shirt is not allowed.

The t-shirt must conform to the following specifications:

(a) the  shirt must be  constructed entirely of fabric  or a synthetic textile and shall not consist, in whole or part, of any rubberized  or  similar  stretch  material,  nor  have  any  reinforced  seams  or  pockets,  buttons,  zippers  or  other  than  a round neck collar.

(b) the t-shirt must have sleeves. Those sleeves must terminate below the lifter’s deltoid and must not extend onto or below the lifter’s elbow. The sleeves may not be pushed or rolled up onto the deltoid when the lifter is competing.

(c) the t-shirt may be plain i.e. of a single colour and with no logos or emblems, or may bear the logo or emblem

- of the lifter’s nation

- of the lifter’s name

- of the event in which the lifter is competing

4.4 – Supportive Shirts (Single Ply)

The supportive shirt must be conformed to the following specifications:

(a) the shirt must be constructed entirely of fabric or a synthetic textile and shall not consist, in whole or part, of any rubberized on similar stretch material, nor have any reinforced seams or pockets, buttons, zippers or other than a round neck collar

(b) the shirt must have sleeves. Those sleeves must terminate below the lifter’s deltoid and must not extend onto or below the lifter’s elbow.  The sleeves may not be pushed or rolled up onto the deltoid when the lifter is competing.

(c) the shirt may be plain i.e. of a single colour and with no logos or emblems, or may bear the logo or emblem

- of the lifter’s nation

- of the lifter’s name

- of the event in which the lifter is competing

Any manipulation or doctoring of the supportive shirt from the original design as supplied by the manufacturer and approved by Head Referee will render the shirt illegal for use in competition.

4.5 – Briefs

A standard commercial “athletic supporter” or standard commercial briefs (not boxer shorts) of any mixture of cotton, nylon or polyester shall be worn under the lifting suit. Women may also wear a commercial or sports bra.

Swimming trunks or any garment consisting of rubberized or similar stretch material except in the waistband, shall not be worn under the lifting costume.

Any supportive undergarment is not legal for use in this competition.

4.6 – Socks

Socks may be worn.

(a) They may be of any colour or colours and may have manufacturer’s logos.

(b) They shall not be of such length on the leg that they come into contact with the knee wraps or knee cap supporter.

(c) Full length leg stockings, tights or hose are strictly forbidden. Shin length socks must be worn to cover and protect the shins while performing the deadlift.

4.7 – Belt

Competitors may  wear  a  belt.  If  worn,  it  shall  be  on  the  outside  of  the  lifting  suit.

Materials and Construction:

(a) The  main  body  shall  be  made  of  leather,  vinyl  or  other  similar  non-stretch  material  in  one  or more  laminations which may be glued and/or stitched together.

(b) It shall not have additional padding, bracing or supports of any material either on the surface or concealed within the laminations of the belt.

(c) The buckle shall be attached at one end of the belt by means of studs and/or stitching.

(d) The belt may have a buckle with one or two prongs or “quick release” type (“quick release” referring to lever.)

(e) A tongue loop shall be attached close to the buckle by means of studs/or stitching.

(f) The belt may be plain i.e. of a single or two or more colours and with no logos, or may bear the logo or emblem

- of the lifter’s nation

- of the lifter’s names

Dimensions:

1. Width of belt maximum 10 cm.

2. Thickness of belt maximum 13 mm along the main length.

3. Inside width of buckle maximum 11 cm.

4. Outside width of buckle maximum 13 cm.

5. Tongue loop maximum width 5 cm.

6. Distance between end of belt and far end of tongue loop maximum 25cm

4.8 – Shoes or boots

Shoes or boots shall be worn.

(a) Shoes shall be taken to include only sports shoes/sports boots Weightlifting/Powerlifting boots or Deadlift slippers.

The above is referring to indoor sports e.g. wrestling/basketball. Hiking boots do not fall into this category

(b) No part of the underside shall be higher than 5 cm.

(c) The underside must be flat i.e. no projections, irregularities, or a doctoring from the standard design.

(d) Loose inner soles that are not part of the manufactured shoe shall be limited to one centimeter thickness.

4.9 – Knee sleeves

Sleeves,  being  cylinders  of  neoprene,  may  be  worn  only  on  the  knees  by  the  lifter  in  the  performance  of  any  lift  in competition; sleeves cannot be worn or used on any part of the body other than the knees.

Knee sleeves cannot be worn where the lifter also wears knee wraps, as per the rule “Wraps” below.

Knee sleeves must conform to the following specifications:

(a) The sleeves must be constructed entirely of a single ply of neoprene, or predominantly of a single ply of neoprene plus a non-supportive single layer of fabric over the neoprene. There may be stitched seams of the fabric and/or of the fabric onto the neoprene. The entire construction of the sleeves may not be such as to provide any appreciable support or rebound to the lifter’s knees;

(b) Knee sleeves shall be of a maximum thickness of 7 mm and a maximum length of 30 cm.

(c) Knee sleeves shall not have any additional strapping, Velcro, drawstrings, padding or similar supportive devices in or on them. Knee sleeves must be continuous cylinders, without holes in the neoprene or in any covering material;

(d) When worn by the lifter in competition, knee sleeves must not be in contact with the lifter’s suit or socks and must be centered over the knee joint.

4.10 – Wraps:

Only  wraps  of  one  ply  commercially  woven  elastic  that  is  covered  with  polyester,  cotton  or  a  combination  of both of those materials or medical crepe are permitted.

Supportive wraps:

Only approved by the chief referee shall be permitted for use in this competition.

Non supportive wraps.

Wraps made of medical crepe or bandage and sweatbands do not require head referee approval.

4.11 – Wrist Wraps

1. Wrists wraps shall not exceed 1 m in length and 8 cm in width. Any sleeves and Velcro patches/tabs for securing must be incorporated within the one meter length. A loop may be attached as an aid to securing. The loop shall not be over the thumb or fingers during the actual lift.

2. Standard commercial sweat bands may be worn, not exceeding 12 cm in width. A combination of wrist wraps and sweat bands is not allowed.

3. A wrist covering shall not extend beyond 10 cm above and 2 cm below the  centre of the  wrist joint and shall not exceed a covering width of 12 cm

4. Female Muslim lifters may wear Hijab (head scarf) while lifting.

4.12 Knee Wraps

5. Wraps not exceeding 2 m in length and 8 cm in width may be worn only in competitions which are designated as Equipped. A  knee  wrap  shall  not  extend  beyond  15  cm above  and  15  cm  below  the centre of  the  knee  joint  and shall not exceed a total covering width of 30 cm.

Approved knee sleeves are allowed. A combination of the two is strictly forbidden. Neoprene may be “synthetic rubber, but is only acceptable in the knee sleeve.

6. Wraps shall not be in contact with socks or lifting suit

7. Wraps shall not be used elsewhere on the body

4.13 – Medical Tape

1. Two layers of medical  tape  may  be  worn  around  the  thumbs.  Medical tape or it’s like may not be worn anywhere else on the body without official permission of the Cheif Referee. Medical tape may not be used as aids to the lifter in holding the bar.

2. Contingent upon prior approval by the Chief referee medical tape may be applied to bodily injuries in a fashion that would not grant the lifter an undue advantage.

3. At all competitions where a jury may not be present and no medical personnel are on duty. Chief Referee shall have jurisdiction over the use of medical tape.

4.14 – Inspection of Personal Equipment

(a) The inspection of personal equipment for each and every lifter in the competition may take place at any time(times may  be  announced  at  the  Rules Briefing) throughout  the  meet  prior  to  within twenty  minutes  of  the  start  for their particular bodyweight category.

(b) A minimum of two referees shall be appointed to fulfill this duty. All items shall be examined and approved before being officially stamped or marked.

(c) Wraps over permitted length shall be rejected, but may be cut to the correct length and resubmitted.

(d) Any item considered unclean or torn shall be rejected.

(e) The signed inspection sheet shall be handed to the chief referee at the end of the inspection period.

(f) If after the inspection a lifter appears on the platform wearing or using any illegal item, other than that which may have inadvertently been passed by the referees, the lifter shall immediately be disqualified from the competition.

(g) All items mentioned previously under personal equipment shall be inspected.

(h) Hats  are  strictly  forbidden  to  be  worn  on  the  platform  during  lifting,  items  such  as  watches, costume  jewelry, mouthpieces, eye wear and feminine hygiene articles need not be inspected.

4.15 – General Equipment Rules (Chalk & Talc)

(a) The use of oil, grease or other lubricants on the body, or personal equipment is strictly forbidden.

(b) Baby powder, resin, talc or magnesium carbonates are the only substances that may be added to the body and attire. Not the wraps.

(c) The  use  of  any  form  of  adhesive  on  the  underside  of  footwear  is  strictly  forbidden.  This applies  to  any  built  in adhesive,  e.g.  glass  paper,  emery  cloth,  etc. And  to  include  resin  and  magnesium carbonate.  A spray  of  water  is acceptable.

(d) No foreign substances may be  applied  to the  powerlifting equipment.  This takes into account all substances other than that which may be used periodically as a sterile agent in the cleaning of the bar, bench, or platform.

(e) Light protective guards between sock and shin may be worn.

5 – Discipline Rules (Rules of Performance)

5.1 – Squat

1. The lifter shall face the front of the platform. The bar shall be held horizontally across the shoulders, hands and fingers gripping the bar. The hands may be positioned anywhere on the bar inside and or in contact with the inner collars.

2. After  removing  the  bar  from  the  racks,  (the  lifter  may  be  aided  in  removal  of  the  bar  from  the  racks  by  the  spotter  / loaders) the  lifter  must move  backwards  to  establish  the  starting  position.

When the lifter is motionless, erect (slight deviation is allowable) with knees locked the Head Referee will give the signal to begin the lift. The signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and the audible command “Squat”.

Before receiving the signal to “squat” the lifter may make any position adjustments within the rules, without penalty. For reasons of safety the lifter will be requested to “Replace” the bar, together with a backward movement of the arm, if after a period of five seconds he is not in the correct position to begin the lift.

The Chief Referee will then convey the reason why the signal was not given.

*LGBT IPC 2018- Squat Depth Rule Will Be Strictly Enforced!

3. Upon receiving the Chief Referee’s signal the lifter must bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at  the  hip  joint  is  lower  than  the  top  of  the  knees. Only one decent attempt is allowed. The attempt is deemed to have commenced when the lifters knees have unlocked.

*** A squat depth diagram can be found at the “Pinned Post” at the top of our Facebook Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441 ***

4. The lifter must recover at will to an upright position with the knees locked. Double bouncing at the bottom of the squat attempt or any downward movement is not permitted. When the lifter is motionless (in the apparent final position) the Chief Referee will give the signal to rack the bar.

5. The signal to rack the bar will consist of a backward motion of the arm and the audible command “Rack”. The lifter must then return the bar to the  racks. Foot movement after the rack signal will not be cause for failure. For reasons of safety the lifter may request the aid of the spotter/loaders in returning the bar to, and replacing it in the racks. The lifter must stay with the bar during this process.

6. Not more than five and not less than two spotter/loaders shall be on the platform at any time. TheReferees may decide to the number of spotter/loaders required on the platform at any time 2, 3, 4, or 5.

5.1.1 – Temporary Monolift Rule (This rule is NOT in use for London 2018)

Please note that at LGBT IPC Congress 2017, it was agreed that we are able to adopt squat rules that are suitable to be used with monolift equipment should the need arise in the future. This is in case we partner with any promoter worldwide that may only have or prefer to use monolift equipment. Any temporary rule amendment will be relayed to lifters at the earliest opportunity should the need arise.

5.2 – Causes for disqualification of a Squat:

1. Failure to observe the Chief Referee’s signals at the commencement or completion of a lift.

2. Double bouncing at the bottom of the lift, or any downward movement during the ascent.

3. Failure to assume an upright position with the knees locked at the commencement or completion of the lift.

4. Stepping backward or forward or moving the feet laterally. Rocking the feet between the ball and heel is permitted.

5. Failure to bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip joint is lower than the top of the knees.

6. Contact with the bar or the lifter by the spotter/loaders between the Chief Referee’s signals in order to make the lift easier.

7. Contact of the elbows or upper arms with the legs. Slight contact is permitted if there is no supporting that might aid the lifter.

8. Any dropping or dumping of the bar after completion of the lift.

9. Failure to comply with any of the items outlined under Rules of Performance for the squat

5.3 – Bench Press

1. The bench shall be placed on the platform with the head facing the front or angled up to 45 degrees.

2. The lifter must lie on his back with head, shoulders and buttocks in contact with the bench surface. The feet must be flat on the floor (as flat as the shape of the shoe will allow) or with toes in contact with the floor and heel raised (This is an option, however once position is selected for the lift is cannot be altered). His hands and fingers must grip the bar positioned in the rack stands with thumbs around grip. The original foot position shall be maintained throughout the lift. Minor foot movement is permissible but the foot must remain on the platform. The hair must not hide the back of the head when lying down on the bench. The lifter may affix there head or move the head when making their lift, once again this is optional.

3. To  achieve  firm  footing  the  lifter  may  use  flat  surfaced plates or  blocks  not  exceeding  30 cm  in total  height and a minimum dimension of 60 cmx 40 cm to build up the surface of the platform. Blocks in the range of 5 cm, 10 cm, 20 cm, and30 cm, should be made available for foot placement at all international competitions.

4. Not more than five and not less than two spotter/loaders shall be on the platform at any time. After correctly positioning himself, the lifter may enlist the help of the spotter/loaders in removing the bar from the racks. The lift off if assisted by the spotter/loaders must be at arm’s length.

5. The spacing of the hands shall not exceed 81 cm measured between the forefingers (both forefingers must be within the 81 cm mark sand the whole of the forefingers must be in contact with the 81 cm marks if maximum grip is used). The use of the reverse grip is forbidden.

6. After removing the bar from the racks, with or without the help of the spotter / loaders, the lifter shall wait with straight arms elbows locked for the Chief Referee’s signal. The signal shall be given as soon as the lifter is motionless and the bar properly positioned. For reasons of safety the lifter will be requested to “Replace” the bar, together with a backward movement  of  the  arm,  if  after  a  period  of  five  seconds  he  is  not  in  the  correct  position  to  begin  the  lift. The Chief Referee will then convey the reason why the signal was not given.

7. The signal to begin the attempt shall consist of a downward movement of the  arm together with the audible command “Start”.

8. After receiving the signal, the lifter must lower the bar to the chest or abdominal area (the bar shall not touch the belt),hold it motionless, after which the Chief referee will signal the audible command “Press”. The lifter must then return the bar to straight arms’ length elbows locked.

When held motionless in this position the audible command “Rack” shall be given together with a  backward  motion  of  the arm. If  the  bar  is  lowered  to  the  belt  or  does  not  touch  the  chest  or abdominal area, the Chief Referee ́s command is “Rack”.

5.4 – Rules for the disabled competing in single lift Bench Press championships.

Bench press championships shall be organized without a special division for disabled lifters e.g. blind, sight impaired, mobility impaired. They may be assisted to, and from, the bench.  Assisted to mean “with the help of the coach or/and with use of crutches, sticks/canes or wheelchair”.

The rules of competition apply equally to that of the able bodied. For lifters who have an amputated lower limb, a prosthetic device shall be considered the same as the natural limb. The lifter shall  be  weighed  in  without  the device,  with  compensatory  weight  added  according  to  the  established  fraction  chart. Refer to WEIGHING IN section.

5. For lifters with dysfunctional lower limbs that require leg braces or similar devices for walking, the device shall be considered as part of the natural limb and the lifter shall be weighed in wearing the device.

5.5 – Causes for Disqualification of a Bench Press:

1. Failure to observe the Chief Referee’s signals at the commencement, during or completion of the lift.

2. Any  change  in  the  elected  lifting  position  during  the  lift  proper  i.e. any raising  movement  of  shoulders, or buttocks, from the bench, or lateral movement of hands on the bar. Any movement of the feet from their original start position of either flat or on their toes.

3. Heaving, or sinking the bar into the chest or abdominal area after it is motionless in such a way as to make the lift easier.

4. Any downward movement of the whole of the bar in the course of being pressed out.

5. Bar is not lowered to chest or abdominal area i.e. not reaching the chest or abdominal area, or the bar is touching the belt.

6. Failure to press the bar to straight arm’s length elbows locked at the completion of the lift.

7. Contact  with  the  bar  or the  lifter  by  the  spotter/loaders  between  the Chief Referee’s signals, in order to make the lift easier.

8. Any contact of the lifter’s feet with the bench or its supports.

9. Deliberate contact between the bar and the bar rests support.

10. Failure to comply with any of the items outlined under the Rules of Performance

5.6 – Deadlift

1. The  lifter  shall  face  the  front  of  the  platform  with  the  bar  laid  horizontally  in  front  of  the  lifters  feet,  gripped  with an optional grip in both hands and lifted until the lifter is standing erect.

2. On completion of the lift the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the shoulders back.

3. The Chief 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 the apparent finished position.

4. Any rising of  the  bar  or  any  deliberate  attempt  to  do  so  will  count  as  an  attempt.  Once the attempt has begun no downward movement is allowed until the lifter reaches the erect position with the knees locked. If the bar settles as the shoulders come back (slightly downward on completion) this should not be reason to disqualify the lift.

5.7 – Causes for Disqualification of a Deadlift:

1. Any downward movement of the bar before it reaches the final position.

2. Failure to stand erect with the shoulders back.

3. Failure to lock the knees straight at the completion of the lift.

4. Supporting the bar on the thighs during the prformance of the lift. If the bar edges up the thigh but is not supported this is not reason for disqualification. The lifter should benefit in all decisions of doubt made by the referee.

5. Stepping backward or forward or moving the feet laterally. Rocking the feet between the ball and heel is permitted. Foot movement after the command “Down” will not be cause for failure.

6. Lowering the bar before receiving the Chief Referee’s signal.

7. Allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining control with both hands, i.e., releasing the bar from the palms of the hand.

8. Failure to comply with any of the items outlined under Rules of Performance

6 – WEIGHING IN

1. Weighing in  of  the  competitors  must  take  place  no  earlier  than  two  hours  before  the  start  of  the  competition  for  a particular category / categories. All lifters in the category/categories must attend the weigh in, which will be carried out in the presence of either the male or female chief referee. Weight categories may be combined in a single lifting session.

2. If  not  already  done,  lots  will  be  drawn  to  establish  the  order  of  weigh  in. The lots drawn also establish the  order  of lifting throughout the competition when lifters require the same weights for their attempts.

3. The weigh in period will last one and a half hours.

4. The weigh in for each competitor will be carried out in a room with the door closed, with only the competitor, his coach or manager and the referee present. For reason of hygiene the lifter should wear socks / paper towel on scales platform.

5. Lifters may be weighed nude or in underwear which complies with the specifications set out in the appropriate section of  the  rule  book  and  which  does  not  effectively change the lifter’s weight. If a question exists regarding weight of undergarments, a re-weigh in the nude may be requested.

In competitions in which women are competitors, the weigh in procedure may be altered to ensure that lifters are weighed by officials of their own sex. Additional female officials (not necessarily referees) may  be  appointed  for  this  purpose.

Disabled/Amputee lifters  who  are  competing  in bench press championships will have the following additions to their bodyweight :

For each below the ankle amputation= 1/54 of bodyweight

For each below the knee amputation  = 1/36 of bodyweight

For each above the knee amputation  = 1/18 of bodyweight

For each hip disarticulation = 1/9 of bodyweight

For lifters with dysfunction lower  limbs  that  require  leg  braces  or   similar devices  for  walking,  the device  shall  be considered as part of the natural limb and the lifter shall be weighed in wearing the device.

6. Each lifter may only be weighed once. Only those whose bodyweight 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 within the limits of the hour and a half allowed for the weigh in; otherwise they will be eliminated from the competition.

A lifter can only be re-weighed as often as time and orderly progression by lots allows. A lifter may only be weighed outside the time limit of  one  and  a  half  hours  if  he  presents  himself  within  the  time  limit,  but  due  to  the  number  of  lifters  trying  to  make weight,  he  is denied the opportunity of mounting the scales. He may then be allowed one re-weigh at the discretion of the referees.  The lifter’s agreed  bodyweight  must  not  be  made  public  until  all  lifters  competing  in  the  particular category/categories have been weighed in.

7. A lifter may only weigh in the category in which he was nominated 21 days prior to the meet date. In the  case  where  groups are  formed in a particular weight class the  B and C groups may lift at  a  separate  and earlier time to the A group. Where groups lift at separate times in this way the A group must have a minimum of 8 (eight) and a maximum of 12 (twelve) lifters.

8. Lifters should check squat and bench press rack heights and foot blocks prior to the start of the competition. The rack height sheet must be signed or initialed after the check by the lifter or coach. It is in their interest. A copy of this official document goes to the Chief Referee, Speaker, and Platform Manager.

7 – ORDER OF COMPETITION (Rounds System)

7.1 – Declaring Opening Attempts

At the weigh in, the lifter or his coach must declare a starting weight for all three lifts or the Single lifts. These must be entered on the appropriate attempt card, signed by the lifter or his coach and retained by the official conducting the weigh in. Any changes to opening attempts and subsequent attempts must be made by approaching the official’s desk. Attempts must be entered in a multiple of 2.5 kilo’s.

7.2 – Size of Flights

*For LGBT IPC

Please note the flights will be constructed when entries close. Our intention is to run Powerlifting and Single Lifts at the same time. With maximum numbers of 15 in each flight and maximum of 4 flights total.

This means that you need to get your entry in early, because once the places are allocated, there will be no further capacity added. 60 entries is the absolute Maximum.

Where 10 or more lifters are competing in a session, groups may be formed consisting of approximately equal numbers of lifters. However, groups must be formed when 15 or more lifters are competing in the same session. A session can be composed of a single bodyweight category or any combination of bodyweight categories at the discretion of the organizer for purpose of presentation.

In single lift Squat, Deadlift and Bench Press Championships groups of up to twenty may be formed. Grouping shall be determined by examining the lifters best totals achieved at national or international level during the previous twelve months.

7.3 – Lifter Attempts

The lifters with the lowest totals will form the first group to lift with progressively higher totals forming further groups as necessary. Where a lifter has not provided a total for the previous twelve months, then that lifter shall automatically be placed in the first group to lift.

Each lifter will take his first attempt in the first round, his second attempt in the second round and his third attempt in the third round.  When a group consists of less than 6 lifters, compensatory time allowances shall be added at the end of each round as follows: For 5 lifters add 1 minute; 4 lifters add 2 minutes; 3 lifters add 3 minutes.

3 minutes is the maximum allowance permitted at the end of a round. Should a lifter follow himself when the compensatory clock is in operation, 3 minutes is the maximum allowance permitted. For compensatory time where groups are involved, unloading of the bar will take place at the end of the compensatory time, reloaded, then the one minute to begin the attempt.

7.4 – Rising Bar

The bar must be loaded progressively during each round on the principle of a rising bar. At no time will the weight on the bar be lowered within a round except for loading errors, and then only at the end of a round.

7.5 – Lifting Order

Lifting order within each round will be determined by the lifter’s choice of weight for that round. In the event of two lifters choosing the same weight, the lifter with the lowest lot number drawn at the weigh in, will lift first. The same applies to third round deadlift attempts, whereby the weight may be changed twice, subject to the bar not having already been loaded to the lifters originally chosen weight and the lifter having been called to the bar by the speaker. Example: Lifter A with lot number 5 puts in 250.0 kg. Lifter B with lot number 2 puts in 252.5 kg. Lifter A fails with 250.0 kg. Can Lifter B drop the weight to 250.0 kg to win? No, the order of lifting is still determined by the lot number.

 7.6 – Unsuccessful Attempts

If unsuccessful with an attempt, the lifter does not follow himself, but must wait until the next round before he can attempt that weight again.

7.7 – Wrongly Loaded Bar

If in a round an attempt is unsuccessful due to a wrongly loaded bar, spotter error or equipment failure, the lifter will be granted a further attempt at the correct weight. If the fault is a wrongly loaded bar and the attempt has not actually started, then the lifter shall be given the option of either continuing at that time or taking another attempt at the end of the round.

In all other cases, the lifter shall take his extra attempt at the end of the round. If the lifter also happens to be the last lifter in the round, he shall be granted a three minute rest prior to making his attempt, last but one in the round two minutes, last but two in the round one minute.

In these cases where lifters are following themselves and given compensatory rest time the bar will be loaded as soon as the new attempt is turned in. The compensatory time will then be added to the usual one minute to begin the attempt.

The clock will be started and the lifter will have that time to begin his attempt. Lifters following themselves will have four minutes time placed on the clock, during which time the lifter can begin his attempt as soon as he is ready.

Lifters last but one in the round will be given three minutes, last but two in the round will be given two minutes, all others will be given the usual one minute to begin the attempt.

7.8 – Changing First Attempts

A lifter is permitted one change of weight on the first attempt of each lift. The change of weight may be higher or lower than that originally submitted and the order of lifting in the first round will change accordingly. If he is in the first group, this change may take place at any time up to within three minutes before the start of the first round of that lift.

The following groups are accorded a similar privilege up to within three attempts from the end of the previous group’s last round of that lift. Prior notice of these deadlines shall be announced by the speaker. If proper notice of these deadlines is not given, then an announcement authorizing such changes shall be made and a lifter may make a change within one minute of such announcement.

7.9 – One Minute to Submit Your Next Attempt

A lifter must submit his second and third attempts within one minute of completing his preceding attempt. The one minute will begin from the time that the lights are activated. If no weight is submitted within the one minute time allowance, the lifter will be granted a 2.5 kg increase on his next attempt. Should the lifter have failed his previous attempt and not submitted a weight for a further attempt within the one minute time allowance, then the bar will be loaded to the failed weight.

Weights submitted for second round attempts on all three lifts cannot be changed. Similarly third round attempts on the squat and bench press cannot be changed. Under this rule once an attempt is turned in, it cannot be withdrawn. The bar shall be loaded to the turned in weight and the clock will be run.

7.10 – Third Round Deadlifts (Full Powerlifting)

In the third round of the deadlift, two changes are permitted. The change of the weight may be higher or lower than the lifter’s previously submitted third attempt. However, these are only permitted provided that the lifter has not been called to the bar already loaded to his previously submitted weight by the speaker.

7.11 – Third Round Attempts (Single Lifts)

In Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift single lift competition rules in general are the same as for three lift competitions. However, in the third round, two weight changes are permitted and the rules as stated in above for the deadlift apply equally here.

7.12 – Flights & Groups

*LGBT IPC 2017

We will not know the number of flights and format until entries close. However, the preferred format is 4 flights. We plan to run all Squats, followed by all Bench Presses and then all Deadlifts. We will make an announcement after final entries have been received.

If a lifting session consists of a single group, i.e. up to a maximum of 14 lifters, an interval of 20 minutes shall be allowed between the lifts. This is to ensure adequate time for warm up and platform organization.

When two or more groups take part in a session upon a single platform, lifting will be organized on a group repetition basis. No time interval will be allowed between rounds other than that necessary for arranging the platform. For example, if there are two groups taking part in a session, the first group will complete all three rounds of the squat. They will be followed immediately by the second group who will complete their three rounds of squat.

The platform will then be set up for the bench press and the first group will complete their three rounds of the bench press, immediately followed by the second group who will similarly complete their three rounds of the bench press.

The platform will then be set up for the deadlift and the first group will complete their three rounds of the deadlift, immediately followed by the second group who will similarly complete their three rounds of the deadlift. This system thus eliminates any time waste other than that necessary for arranging the platform between the lifts.

8 – Appeals and Protests

*LGBT IPC 2017 does not subscribe to the use of video evidence and soccer style protest’s, so do not even think about it!

LGBT IPC 2017 will have three qualified National or International referes. The decision on your lift is given via White Lights, or Red Lights and you need a majority of “White Lights” to be successful with your lift.

Please remember it takes “Two Reds” to fail an attempt, which means that two qualified officials with the best view in the house, made a decision on your lift, before it was turned down.

9 – PLACINGS AND PRIZE GIVING

LGBT IPC subscribes to the Gay Games principles of inclusion, participation and pursuit of personal best. Medals are awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Position in each category, age group, weight class.

Any lifter that doesn’t place in the top three in their category / class will receive a participation medal, to recognize their personal achievements and accomplishments.

This means that we may result in some age groups and weight classes, eventually having two or even three different champions (Closed, Open and Novice). The “Special amendment to International Rules” is essential to allow all participants to compete in LGBT IPC without fear of discrimination.

This is something we should embrace and celebrate, as the unique format of the LGBT IPC means that everyone can compete regardless of age, ability, sexuality, gender or health status.

Similar to mainstream powerlifting meets, there will also be Best Lifter trophies awarded for Full Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift.

There will also be trophies for Best Lifter for lifters competing in their first competition and a “Spirit Award” for courage and commitment within the LGBT Community.

Once again in the spirit of participation Best Lifter trophies will not necessarily be awarded on the basis on biggest weight lifted and we will also take into account lifters ages and experience.

These trophies are awarded at the discretion of the Meet Director, Referees and MC Announcer all decisions are final. Referees decisions on the day are also final, that is the reason we have three independent officials.

ANY QUESTIONS RELATING TO THE COMPETITION RULES CAN BE POSTED OUT OUR FACEBOOK GROUP (PINNED POST) WHERE REFEREES WILL OFFER GUIDANCE AND CLARIFICATION IF REQUIRED. 

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