Rule Changes For Weigh-Ins

Feb. 22, 2018, 5:17 p.m. (ET)

Effective March 1, 2018, all athletes under the age of 18 will be required to weigh-in wearing a singlet, the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors and Technical Committee approved this week.

All athletes under the age of 18, based on date of birth, must weigh-in wearing a singlet at all USA Weightlifting-sanctioned events.

For example, if a competition is held April 1, 2018 and the athlete was born September 1, 2000, that athlete must wear a singlet during weigh-in, since the athlete is 17 years of age at the time of the competition.

Athletes aged 18 and older on the day of the weigh-in now have the OPTION to weigh-in wearing a singlet or alternatively as prescribed by the IWF rules.

Athletes who are required-- or choose-- to wear singlets at weigh-in will not be given any allowance to account for the weight of the singlet. The athlete must be within the bodyweight category, inclusive of the garment.

All other rules regarding weigh-ins, as outlined by the IWF, remain in effect.

The change strengthens a previous rule that required all athletes aged 13 and under to weigh-in wearing a singlet.