Starting a Club

What are the requirements to start a new USAW Club?
To start a new USAW club the Director, Coach and any other Club Administrators must be current USAW members. There must be at least one USA Weightlifting Level 1 coach who has completed a background screening. Both the club Director and the club Coach must also compete background screenings ($20) and SafeSport training (free of charge). Also, all participating members in the club need to be USAW members in order to lift at USAW sanctioned events. Safesport training can be accessed here.

How long does the process take once I have turned in my USAW club application?
Please allow up to 4 weeks for processing. 
Do you have to be a USAW certified coach to start a club?
Yes, there must be at least one USA Weightlifting Level 1 (or higher) coach with a current background screening and current SafeSport training to start a club.
How do I renew my USAW club?
Please log into your membership profile here or go to https://webpoint.usaweightlifting.org/
Look at the left hand main menu and expand “My Club” Choose the fifth option that says “Renew My Club”.  From there, the system will walk you through the club renewal process.


I want to register a new USAW club, how do I do that?
Please log into your membership profile here or go to https://webpoint.usaweightlifting.org/
Look at the left hand main menu and expand “Member Area”

Choose the option that says “Register a New Club”. 
After you click on that, the system will walk you through the registration process. Please remember, whomever is listed as the club coach must be a current member with a current USAW Level 1 certification and current background screening.

Insurance

Is there a waiting period before I can host meet at my USAW club?
There is no waiting period before you can host an event once you're an official USAW club. It is advised that you consult your LWC president on how to effectively run a USAW sanctioned weightlifting meet.

What type of insurance do I get as a USAW club owner? What exactly does it cover?

Click here to see an overview of the General Liability Insurance that USAW clubs receive. Reminder: All USAW athletes are covered under Sport Accident Insurance.

Do all the athletes in my gym need to be members to receive the benefits of my USAW club insurance when lifting with me?

Yes, only athletes who are USAW members will be protected under a club’s insurance and under USAW's Sport Accident Insurance. The General Liability Insurance is primarily for the club’s use, not the athlete’s.

Is there paper work that I need to send in to USAW or the insurance company to make sure I am covered?

No, your club will automatically be covered once it has been registered with USAW.

Benefits

What are the benefits of competing as a USAW club at national events versus sending athletes to lift with either a coach or unattached?

When your athletes register and compete as a team at a national event, they can qualify for team points and receive team awards for that specific event.

Are there any discounts or benefits as a USAW club owner?

Yes, as a USAW club owner you receive all the benefits listed here which include: general liability insurance, USAW coaching course hosting rebates, USAW patches and stickers, and growth incentives.

Club Affiliation

How do I change my club affiliation or add one to my member account?

Please log into your membership profile and under the Member Area, click Change Club Affiliation.

Can I be attached to one club but own a different club?

Yes, you can be an "athlete" and attached to one club and still be the owner of another club.