Number Six, March 2002    -    TECHNICAL NEWS & INFORMATION
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IPF TECHNICAL RULES BOOK Updates 1st January, 2002

In accordance with Congress approval, the following changes, rewording and additions will come into force on the above date.

Page 3. General Rules of Powerlifting.

( e ) If two lifters register the same bodyweight at the weigh-in and eventually achieve the same total at the end of the competition, they will be re-weighed and the lighter person will take precedence over the heavier person.

However, if they still weigh the same after re-weighing, they will then share the placing, and each receive an award. In such circumstances, should two lifters be in first place, then the next lifter shall be placed third and so forth.

Where awards are presented for best squat, bench press and dead lift, the same procedure will apply

The above to be replaced by:

(c) If two lifters register the same bodyweight at the weigh-in and eventually achieve the same total at the end of the competition, the lifter making the total first will take precedence over the other lifter.

Where awards are presented for best squat, bench press and deadlift, the same procedure will apply

Page 4.

7. Each nation must submit a team roster giving the name of each lifter, bodyweight category and best total achieved at national or international level during the previous twelve months. The date and title of the competition in which the total was achieved, must also be stated.

These details must be submitted to the General Secretary of the IPF or Region and also the Meet Director at least 21 days before the date of the championships. The names of the alternates or reserves with their bodyweight categories and best totals must also be submitted at this time. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the disqualification of the offending team.

To be added:

A lifter cannot produce a qualifying total via his national Federation fur entry into World, International or Regional Championships while he is under suspension by the IPF or Region.

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Bench Press
I The bench shall be placed on the platform with the head facing the front or angled up to 45 degrees.

2 The lifter must lie on his back with shoulders and buttocks in contact with the bench surface. The sole and heel of his shoes must be in contact with the floor or blocks. His hands and fingers must grip the bar positioned in the rack stands with thumbs around grip. His head must be over and above the bench surface, i.e. not to one side or hanging over the end of the bench. This body position shall be maintained throughout the lift.

3 To achieve firm footing the lifter may use flat surfaced plates or blocks not exceeding 30 cm in total height to build up the surface of the platform.

Blocks in the range of 5 cm, 10 cm, 20 cm and 30cm should be made available for foot placement at all international competitions. Slight or very minor foot movement is allowed for both the platform and on the blocks i.e. the width of the foot laterally, and half the length of the foot forward or backward.

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(j) A lifter is permitted one change of weight on the first attempt of each lift. The change of weight may be higher or lower than that originally submitted and the order of lifting in the first round will change accordingly.

If he is in the first group, this change may take place at any time up to within five minutes before the start of the first round of that lift. The following groups are accorded a similar privilege up to within five attempts from the end of the previous group's last round of that lift.

Prior notice of the deadlines shall be announced by the speaker.

If proper notice of these deadlines is not given, then an announcement authorizing such changes shall be made and a lifter may make a change within one minute of such announcement

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8. In the event of two lifters breaking either a current individual or total record of the same weight the lighter lifter will be declared the new record holder. If both lifters re-weigh the same, both will be declared record holders.

To be replaced by

8. In the event of two lifters breaking either a current individual or total record of the same weight the lifter with the lowest bodyweight at the weigh in will be declared the new record holder. If both lifters register the same bodyweight at the weigh-in, the lifter breaking the record first will be the record holder.

SUPPORT SHIRTS

All shirts worn in IPF competitions must have sleeves. It would appear that some shirts seen recently do not show a sleeve when worn. but pass the scrutiny of the examining referees. The lifter may be asked to remove and replace if ( e ) of T Shirt It shall not have sleeves which terminate either below the elbow or at the deltoid ( which also applies to the support shirt ) is not complied with.

Shirts with seams that are placed other than in the diagram as in the IPF Rule Book make that shirt illegal for use in IPF competitions. A lifter was asked to change the shirt and had the lift disqualified for wearing one with a reinforced seam across the chest at the recent World B.P. Championships.

The shirt had met the approval of the examining referees, even though a shirt of the same style had been shown at the Technical Meeting as an illegal shirt. Referees at gear check are asked to be observant.

Rules for the disabled competing in IPF Bench Press Championships

Further to the rules as prescribed, please note the following details:-

Lifters must be able to walk to and from the bench unaided from the warm up area. Unaided to mean, without human or mechanical assistance, or without the help of crutches or sticks. Leg braces or similar devices for walking ( rods and straps ) are generally described as calipers.

The lifter must position the prosthesis when benching without the help of the spotter/loaders.

CONGRATULATIONS

To Leonid Kutendzhy from the Ukraine for passing his Cat One referees examination at the Men's Open World Championships in Finland.

ROGUES GALLERY

On a personal note. My thanks to John Moody for proposing me to the Hall of Fame and to Congress for their approval.

BENCH PRESS - Limited range of Movement

As mentioned in the Technical Committee's report to Congress, we are looking into what is at the present, the most controversial aspect in the bench press.

The short range of movement achieved by some lifters who attain an enormous arch. World records claimed with just 5cm of movement is just not laughable, but an embarrassment to the referees who pass it.

The simple answer is to rule a minimum range e. g. 15cm. It may sound comical, but placing a 15cm pendant on the centre of the bar would be a practical solution to determine legal distance. Should it not come off the chest entirely, no lift. Something to this effect will be a proposal to Congress 2002!

IPF REFEREE REGISTRAR

The position of IPF Registrar has been made official by the 2001 Congress

(1) That the position of IPF Referee's Registrar be made official under the section Part B NON-EXECUTIVE OFFICERS,THEIR ELECTION AND DUTIES. IPF Constitution and By Laws Page 7

The title Referee's Registrar shall be included in 404 B. I. Titles. and under 404.3 Duties.

(h ) Referees' Registrar

1 ) Maintains a complete register of all referees registered by their respective affiliated national federations.

2 ) Administers examinations for Category One and Category Two international referee status.

3 ) Provides each national federation with a current list of accredited referees. Updated annually.

4 ) Provides each national federation with a list of referees who need to re-register in order to remain accredited.

Delete (b) 606.1 Technical Committee -

The General Secretary shall maintain a complete register of all referees registered by their respective affiliated national federations. Re-letter items accordingly.

The current "unofficial" position of Referee's Registrar is held by Goran Gunnarsson who has excelled in the Duties numbered/outlined in the brief during the last two to three years. Therefore, we, the T.C., recommend that he continues in this post up until election or reflection as necessary.

John Stephenson