National Events 101
Frequently Asked Questions

Q – How do I find out where everything is over the weekend?
A – Go to the What, Where and When section of the event page on

– Is the schedule a final schedule?
– No. You need to check the schedule after the Technical Conference. The final schedule will be posted here by approximately 10pm the night before the competition begins. 

Q – Is my session guaranteed?
A – No. Athletes may change entry totals between the close of registrations and the verification of final entries meeting. Changing your total to be in a different session does not necessarily guarantee being in that session. Please check the final start list and schedule at the close of entries to confirm your session allocation. 

Q – Can I change my entry total?
Yes, you can name any number provided it is equal to or above the qualifying total for the weight class. If you want to do so before the week of the event, please send your request to

Q – What are the meetings on Thursday and are they mandatory?
A – These meetings are recommended but not mandatory. Here are the meetings:

Verification of Final Entries Meeting – Last chance to change weight class, withdraw or change your entry total.

New Athlete Seminar – An experienced coach and athlete will give you the benefit of their experience coaching and competing at national events, including what to expect, what is different from a local meet and a general guide to the weekend ahead.

USADA Seminar – The education team at USADA will give you an overview of latest developments in drug testing policy and answer any questions you might have on anti-doping.

Technical Conference – The final schedule and start list are made available at the Technical Conference. All information for the weekend is reviewed in brief.

– Who can be in the back room with me?
A – You will receive 3 warm up room passes at the weigh-in. These are the only people permitted in the warm up area during your session. You will also receive a session pass for your session. You are permitted to enter the warm up area 30 minutes before the scheduled start of your session. 

– Can I drop to a lower weightclass or move to a higher weightclass?
A – Yes. Once qualified, you can move up or down a bodyweight category (or more), provided your entry total is at least moved to the minimum qualifying standard for the category, and you respect the 20/20 rule.

– When can I pick up my credential?
A – Credential pick up begins at 2pm on the Thursday of the National Event, and continues throughout the weekend. 

Q – When can I train on site?
A – The on-site training hall is open at 2pm on Thursday. See What, Where and When to see if there is an off-site training option at this event.

Q – Can my coach or teammates train on-site?
A – No, the training hall at National events is for participants in that event only. Those wishing to train whilst they are in town for the event should contact an accredited USA Weightlifting club in the area.

Q – When can I use the check scale?
A – Check scale opens at 2pm on Thursday and will be open 24 hours throughout the event.  This is because the scales are calibrated at each event, and this is completed by 2pm.

– Who needs to buy a ticket for the event?
– Anyone who is not an athlete or a registered event coach needs to purchase a ticket. This can be done online in advance, priced $10 per day or $25 for the weekend. Athletes do not need to buy a ticket for the days they are not lifting.