USA Weightlifting Features Updated Rules for Vi...

Updated Rules for Virtual American Open Series 3

Sept. 02, 2020, 3:21 p.m. (ET)

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The 2020 American Open Series 3 will follow the International Weightlifting Federation Technical and Competition Rules & Regulations (TCRR) and USA Weightlifting Rules Addendum. However, due to the virtual nature of the competition, the USA Weightlifting Technical Committee has approved slight changes to the competition rules as outlined below.

 


1) REGULATION TO 2.2 – SPECIAL COMPETITION RULES FOR THE TWO LIFTS

 

a) THE SNATCH

The barbell is centered horizontally on the center of the Lifting Area / Platform. The athlete takes the start position behind the barbell. The athlete grips the barbell and bends at the knees. The barbell is gripped, palms downward and pulled in a single movement from the Lifting Area / Platform to the full extent of both arms above the head, while either splitting or bending the legs. During this continuous movement upward the barbell should remain close to the body and may slide along the thighs. No part of the body other than the feet may touch the Lifting Area / Platform during the execution of the Snatch. The athlete may recover in his/her own time, either from a split or a squat position. The lifted weight must be maintained in the final motionless position, with both arms and legs fully extended and feet on the same line and parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell. At this point the athlete must be stationary and in control of the barbell before the lift is deemed to be complete.

 

The athlete at his/her own discretion decides if the lift is complete according to the rule as stated above. Then the athlete lowers the barbell in front of the body releasing his/her grip on the barbell only after it has passed the level of the shoulders.

 

                                                    

b) THE CLEAN & JERK

 

The First Part, the Clean:

The barbell is centered horizontally on the center of the Lifting Area / Platform. The athlete takes the start position behind the barbell. The athlete grips the barbell and bends at the knees. The barbell is gripped, palms downward and pulled in a single movement from the Lifting Area / Platform to the shoulders, while either splitting or bending the legs. During this continuous movement upward the barbell should remain close to the body and the barbell may slide along the thighs. The barbell must not touch the chest before it stops at the final position either on the clavicles, chest or on fully bent arms. The athlete's feet must return to the same line and the legs must be fully extended before starting the Jerk. No part of the body other than the feet may touch the Lifting Area / Platform during the execution of the Clean. The athlete may recover in his/her own time and must finish with the feet on the same line and parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell.

 

The Second Part, the Jerk:

 

The athlete must become motionless with the knees fully extended before starting the Jerk. The athlete bends and dynamically extends the legs and arms simultaneously to move the barbell upward in one motion to the full extent of the arms, while either splitting or bending the legs. The athlete returns his/her feet to the same line parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell with his/her arms and legs fully extended.  At this point the athlete must be stationary and in control of the barbell before the lift is deemed to be complete. 

 

The athlete at his/her own discretion decides if the lift is complete according to the rule as stated above. Then the athlete lowers the barbell in front of the body releasing his/her grip on the barbell only after it has passed the level of the shoulders.


2) REGULATION TO 6.6 – WEIGH-IN


  1. All athletes will be required to weigh-in with a singlet.

  2. Athletes will have a 0.5kg tolerance on their body weight division for the weigh-in. For example, an athlete that steps on a scale and weighs up to 49.5kg will still be eligible for the 49kg weight class.


3) REGULATION TO 6.6.7 – LOADING AND START OF THE CLOCK


  1. A bar will be considered loaded as soon as an athlete puts on a change at the marshal table through the zoom chat. After that, the clock should start for that athlete after the announcer says the Athlete Name and the Weight on the Bar.



4) REGULATION TO 7.5 – DECISION MAKING PROCESS FOR ATTEMPTS WITH LOADING ERRORS


  1. If the barbell is loaded to a heavier weight than the one requested by the athlete, the athlete must accept the attempt if it was successful but will only be credited with the weight originally requested for that attempt.  If the lift is not successful, the attempt will be scored as NO LIFT.

 

  1. If the barbell is loaded to a lighter weight than the one requested, successful or not the lift will be scored as NO LIFT.

 

  1. If the barbell is loaded to a weight that is not a multiple of 1 kg and the lift is successful, the weight on the barbell would need to have been a minimum of .5 kg heavier than the weight requested for the athlete to be credited with the weight originally requested.  If the barbell is loaded lighter than the weight requested the attempt will be scored as NO LIFT.



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Furthermore, as previously announced, participants will be required to have the following equipment:


- One 15kg Weightlifting bar and or one 20kg Weightlifting bar. Competing athletes will lift using a barbell in accordance with their gender, age group, and with the IWF Technical and Competition Rules and Regulations (TCRR).


- At least two pairs of 25kg colored plates.


- One pair of the following colored plates: 20kg, 15kg, 10kg, 5kg, 2.5kg, 2.0kg, 1.5kg, 1.0kg, 0.5kg


- One pair of training or competition collars weighing 2.5kg each. Spring collars will only be accepted if 39kg or less is loaded on the bar. Once 40kg is loaded on the bar, competition collars will be required. 


- A 4 x 4m competition platform or a flat 4 x 4m space marked with tape. A rubber platform with the 4 x 4m area marked around is also acceptable. The background for the lifting space must be completely unbranded.


- At least one calibrated scale, preferably in kilos. A tolerance of 0.5kg will be applied for every bodyweight category (e.g. an athlete registered for the 49kg bodyweight category can compete with a bodyweight of 49.50kg or less).


- Reliable onsite WiFi that will be used to participate in the remote live competition.


- Adequate space to abide by local COVID-19 guidelines from your local authorities.


A technical official will verify each athlete’s equipment and competition area during weigh-in. During the competition, the barbell must be loaded according to the rules and regulations at all times.