- American Open Series I – Columbus, Ohio – March 1-4
- American Open Series II – Valley Forge, Pennsylvania – July 26-29
- American Open Series III – Las Vegas, Nevada – September 13-16
- American Open Finals – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – December 6-9
- Remaining as per 2017. You can find them here.
- Athletes registered in the OPEN division will be awarded medals for the Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total.
- Athletes registered in the YOUTH division will be awarded medals for the Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total.
- Athletes registered in the MASTERS division will be awarded medals for Total only.
- Beginning with the 2018 American Open Series 2, Teams will be mixed-gender and consist of five athletes. The top four finishers’ points will be combined to create the team total. Points will be awarded based on standard IWF scoring.
- There is no Teams competition for the YOUTH and MASTERS division
- Athletes registered in the YOUTH division will automatically be included in the OPEN division at no additional cost. Those athletes will fight for medals at the YOUTH and at the OPEN division.
- Athletes registered in the MASTERS division will automatically be included in the OPEN division at no additional cost. Those athletes will fight for medals at the MASTERS and at the OPEN division.
- Regardless their age, athletes registered in the OPEN division WILL NOT be included in the YOUTH or MASTER division. Those athletes WILL NOT compete for medals at the YOUTH or at the MASTERS division.
What’s different in 2018:
- Youth aged 15 and Under (as of 12/31/18) will now also have the opportunity to progress to the American Open Finals.
- The winning Sinclair-Meltzer-Faber formula athlete in the Masters category per age division (eg. W40) will advance.
- Youth athletes will now receive medals in the Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total.
- Athletes who enter the Masters or Youth categories will automatically be entered in the Open division with no need for a separate entry.
- Athletes will be group for scheduling by their weight category and entry total not separated by division.
- Important Note: There will be Thursday competition at the American Open Series I in Columbus, Ohio at the Arnold Sports Festival.
What is the American Open Series?
The American Open Series is a series of 3 events each year leading up to the American Open Finals (previously the “American Open”). The events provide an opportunity for all age and weight categories to gain more platform experience across the year and an opportunity for those who no longer meet raised totals on our traditional competitions to still compete at the national level.
The Series works on a points basis, with the Series Champions named at the American Open Finals.
How do I become American Open Series Champion?
Scoring points, per the IWF Technical Rules. Points will be awarded for 1st to 25th Place at each American Open Series, with the American Open Finals worth 2x points. The IWF Technical Rules can be found on the following link: http://www.iwf.net/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=598.
Please check page 31 for the points awarded based on placement.
What Weight Categories Are Offered?
The American Open Series offers the standard Senior (Open) categories, the Youth weight categories and Masters Weight Categories.
Are these meets eligible for American Records, Ranking and Stipend eligibility?
Yes, you may achieve any of these items at an American Open Series event. Drug testing activity has been requested for each competition with the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).
If there is a tie, the tie breaker will be snatch and clean and jerk points, followed by highest average placement, and if still tied, average Sinclair, if still tied, amount of series events attended.
There is an opportunity for Teams to also earn points across each Championship.
What do I get for becoming American Open Series Champion?
The Championship will be presented for Teams, Senior, Youth and Masters will be presented at the years’ American Open Finals. There will be a trophy per weight category (For Open only) and an overall Series Champion, awarded based on points scored.
How Do I qualify for the American Open Finals?
Qualify through Qualifying Totals
You may qualify for the American Open Finals by lifting the qualifying total at a sanctioned USAW meet during the qualifying period. Qualification information is available here. (If available)
Qualify through the American Open Series
After EACH ONE of the American Open Series, here’s who qualifies for the American Open Finals:
- In the Open division, the medalists in TOTAL for each bodyweight category. (Gold, Silver and Bronze in TOTAL for W48kg, W53kg, M56kg, etc. will qualify for the Finals)
- In the Youth Division
· Men’s U17 (ages 16-17): The top three athletes ranked via Sinclair formula for the whole Youth U17 Division.
· Women’s U17: The top three athletes ranked via Sinclair formula for the whole Youth U17 Division.
· Men’s U15 (ages 15 and under): The top three athletes ranked via Sinclair formula for the whole Youth U15 Division.
· Women’s U15: The top three athletes ranked via Sinclair formula for the whole Youth U15 Division.
- In the Masters Division
· For Men’s: The top athlete via Sinclair-Meltzer-Faber per age division will qualify for the finals.
· For Women’s: The top athlete via Sinclair-Meltzer-Faber per age division will qualify for the finals.