I.P.F.TECHNICAL COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER I
from John Stephenson - Chairman
IPF CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
A lifter or official cannot participate in contests or competitions if:-
(b) There is any lifter or official participating in such contests or competitions who has been expelled from the IPF (or any national federation affiliated to the IPF) or who is under suspension.
New Rule - The above paragraph is only valid for a lifter who starts in the same weight-class against a IPF (or any national federation affiliated to the IPF) suspended or expelled lifter.
An anomaly may present itself here. Should a system of team points, or best lifter award be in operation, then the lifter may be indirectly or directly in competition with the expelled or suspended person.
In the case of officials participating, the amendment does not apply.
The term official covers Speaker, Time Keeper, Technical Secretary, Marshalls/Expeditors, Scorers, Spotter/Loaders, and especially IPF Referee's, who may face disciplinary action if they are in any way involved.
As far as can be ascertained, MARATHON are not producing powerlifting apparel, although some suppliers may still hold stock.
The period of grace which ended 31/12/Olin which MARATHON was IPF legal will now be extended indefinitely. All MARATHON, namely supportive suits and wraps, will be accepted at IPF sanctioned meets.
Confirmed by both the General Secretary and Treasurer of the IPF.
Moderate uneven extension
To allow moderate uneven extension while pressing was a proposal forwarded by many nations and written into the draft of the 2001 rule book and accepted at the IPF Rules Congress 2000.
Uneven extension means that the bar is less than horizontal while being uplifted. The bar must be pressed so that both arms lockout simultaneously at the completion of the lift. This means, it could start off from the chest unevenly, but must be completed with both arms locking out at the same time.
The question is "How much is immoderate uneven extension?"
As long as the arms are locked out together and the bar has not been lowered during the press, measured where the fingers grip the bar, then any degree of misalignment should be allowed.
In practice the lifter cannot afford to have much misalignment (uneven extension) before a lowering of the bar takes place when he tries to correct the level in order to lock out simultaneously. If one arm goes down this is cause for disqualification.
To handle the rule: Referees should concentrate that no lowering of the bar takes place during the uplifting and that both arms lockout together. Should the lifter suffer a form of physical defect that inhibits him from completing the lift as per the rule it is his responsibility to inform the referees.
PROPOSALS TO CONGRESS (Update)
The Committee do not envisage many proposals to Congress in regard to the Technical Rules in the foreseeable future.
The minor changes made at the Rules Congress 2000 in respect to rules of competition in which the most ridiculous of reasons for failure were discarded have found favour with lifters, coaches, referees and spectators alike.
As mentioned on previous reports by us, just the two proposals:-
(1) Lifters not to be disqualified for failing to nominate their next attempt within one minute.
(2) Minimum range of movement in the benchpress, will be submitted to the 2002 Congress at the time this News letter went to press (excuse the pun).
IPF REFEREE EXAMINATION ( Category One)
Candidates are reminded that they must be nominated by their National Federation to the General Secretary and Chairman of the Technical Committee. Three months notice is requested.
Upon confirmation, the candidate will be forwarded some useful information from the Referee Registrar, now responsible for administering the test.
National Secretaries are asked to include the candidate's postal address when applications are made on behalf of their members.
We have already received two, possibly three, nominations from the German Federation to sit the exam at the forthcoming Women's World Championships to be held in Riesa at the end of May.
This is one scenario in which three category two referee's from the one nation may be nominated for a particular championships, plus category one referee's for Jury duty from the same nation.
While on the subject of referees sitting their exams at World Championships. It is said by some lifters and coaches, they fear that because the chief referee is being scrutinized, he is likely to be more "severe" with his decisions.
One can be assured that the Jury will not allow this to happen, nor is it in the interest of the examinee who's decisions must compare favourably with those of the examiner's.
TITAN (Bench Shirt!)
The "grapevine" informs us that Titan Support Systems, Inc. are producing , or are about to produce an IPF legal bench shirt.
On receipt of the garment for approval, the T.C. will make sure that it meets all specifications under our rules. The licensing fee having be paid, a certificate will be issued, and the shirt added to the list of approvals.