Last Update: January 1, 2021 - We are currently updating our guidelines that will govern upcoming National events in 2021. 

With parts of the United States re-opening, USA Weightlifting put together the following guides to assist members, club owners and meet directors in returning to the sport. The recommendations are not intended or implied to be mandates or industry standards. Many of these recommendations are based upon current guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other Federal  government agencies. The USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Society also supplied its expertise for these guides.

The knowledge surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and circumstances are different based on geographic region. USA Weightlifting strongly encourages all USA Weightlifting members, club owners and event organizers to adhere to their state and local guidelines when determining their own re-opening policies and procedures.

The following considerations are provided for general informational purposes only and are not intended as, and should not be relied upon as, specific medical or legal advice. You are strongly encouraged to consult with qualified medical personnel/public health officials for medical considerations and to local, state and federal orders and/or laws for legal considerations. If you use any considerations provided for herein, you do so at your own risk and you specifically release from any and all liability USA Weightlifting, and their directors, officers, employees, volunteers, and agents in connection with your use of the enclosed considerations.

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Back to Lifting Guide governing 2020 National Youth, American Open Finals, National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia (Updated October 30, 2020)

Back to Lifting Guide - Facilities & Weightlifting Competitions (Updated October 14, 2020)

Back to Lifting Guide - Returning to Training 


October 30, 2020 UPDATE - For the December National Events in Atlanta.

These competitions will happen in-person following our Back to Lifting Guidelines.

Click here for our Back to Lifting Guidelines for the National Youth Championships, American Open Finals and National Championships.

Important Notes:

  • The Verification of Final Entries meeting will be held on November 25, 10.00am to 10.30am Mountain Time. This is an online event.
  • The Final Schedule for this event is going to be published on November 25th by 6pm Mountain Time. U15 and U13 will compete first, starting on Thursday. Athletes participating in the U17, Nationals and AOF will compete beginning Friday with the lightest bodyweight divisions competing first, as usual.
  • Participants will be required to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken in the 2-3 days prior to the start of the event. Meaning the test results must show the test was taken on or after Saturday, November 28. The result must be printed and brought to the event’s registration desk. A participant will only be able to retrieve their credential after presenting a negative PCR COVID-19 test. A participant is defined as anyone with an event credential, warm-up pass or parent pass. 

  • If PCR COVID-19 tests are not available in your local area, USA Weightlifting has partnered with the Sports Medicine Research & Testing Lab in Utah to offer a reliable at-home testing solution. Click here to purchase this test.
  • USA Weightlifting will cover complete costs of testing for all technical officials and volunteers. You'll be contacted by our events team.
  • Anyone that wishes to enter the competition venue must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test, as per the regulations above outlined in the Back to Lifting Guidelines.
  • Please direct your questions to events@usaweightlifting.org

October 14, 2020 UPDATE - For the December National Events in Atlanta.

These competitions will happen in-person following our Back to Lifting Guidelines.

Click here for our Back to Lifting Guidelines for the National Youth Championships, American Open Finals and National Championships.

Important Notes:

1. We will continue to monitor the health situation in Atlanta. At 12:00PM Eastern Time on Sunday, November 29, should the 7-day moving average of daily new cases per 100k people hit or exceed 25 in Fulton County as indicated on GlobalEpidemics.org, the in-person competition will be canceled and moved to an online format, with lifting happening on the same dates as the in-person competition. Further details are available in our Back to Lifting Guidelines.

2. There will be limited access to the competition venue. A valid session pass is required.

3. Masks will be worn at all times until reaching the chalk bin on the competition platform.

4. No spectators will be allowed for the National Championships and American Open Finals. For National Youth Championships, each athlete will receive 2 parent passes at weigh-in for direct relatives to access a family spectating area for their athlete's session only. Further details are in the Back to Lifting Guidelines.

5. No training hall will be available.

6. Lifting begins Thursday, December 3. 

Full details are available in the Back to Lifting Guidelines.