USA Weightlifting Athlete Development Training Site Application Information

Note: Designations are awarded at the sole discretion of USA Weightlifting and can be revoked at anytime. Failure to comply with USAW by-laws and code of conduct will result in automatic removal from the program. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee selection.

Current training site regions

Region 1 - West - Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado

Region 4 - Southeast - Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee

Regions open in October 2018 for application

Region 2 - Mid West - North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri

Region 3 - Southwest - Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma

Region 5 - Northeast - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania


Training sites receive designation for one year from January 1st to December 31st

Existing training sites will still have to reapply for each designation term.

Minimum Criteria for application

  • National level coach or higher/ Or will fulfill national level requirement in year of designation 
  • Club activity with USAW as a coach, referee, and/or volunteer
  • USAW Club in good standing with the NGB
  • Minimum of 10 platforms or 10”x10” space per 3 athletes
  • Minimum of 1 male and female bar per platform
  • Minimum of 1 full set of bumpers per platform
  • Must adhere to USAW code of conduct throughout designation
  • Minimum of 2 community outreach programs

Club Benefits

  • Official USAW Designation as a “USAW Athlete Development Training Facility”
  • Social Media and Website recognition
  • Club banner with USAW designation
  • Permission to promote club as an official training site of USAW

Items to be considered:

  • Location
  • Facility size
  • Quality/Amount of equipment
  • Club history (i.e. involvement with USAW, volunteerism, etc.)
  • Community development programs and outreach
  • Club participation in USAW sanctioned events i.e. try weightlifting day, online challenges, etc.

Club directors will be contacted via email from USA Weightlifting in October for application requests.

For additional questions please contact Suzy Sanchez, Director of Development Programs, at