IPF Cat I Referee
Member, IPF Tech.Comm.
USAPL Technical Report
Greetings! Welcome to another great year of powerlifting with the USAPL!
In this issue of Powerlines, I plan to cover the following technical matters, which include the following: The role of the jury and their specific responsibilities; referee scheduling for national and international championships; code of conduct; referee testing procedures; officiating at national championships; youth development; new masters age groups; bidding on IPF World Championships, and John Stephenson's IPF report.
Prior to starting my report, I would like to send out huge congratulations to Mr. Dan Gaudreau, and Jennifer Rey, as well as the officials of USA Powerlifting - Colorado, under the direction of Mr. Robb Grisham, fn outstanding Women's National Championships. Overall, the presentation and the attention to detail for this championship were outstanding! I am confident that the Bench Press Nationals scheduled for next month will be equally as impressive and successful. Please plan to attend.
At the Women's National Championships, Steve Howard served as the technical secretary and his finely tuned team of referees was well prepared and did a very good job with the officiating and doping control. I would also like to send out special thanks again to Joe Marksteiner for his outstanding work as the scoring manager. Joe, an aviation engineer by trade, through tedious and long of hours of development, has created one, if thee not best powerlifting scoring programs in the world. Basically, the program does it all, and given time, I am sure, Joe will even have it calculate your taxes - kidding!
Special acknowledgement should go out to Ms. Erin Dickey, Ms. Disa Hatfield and Ms. Katie Ford for their work on the USA Women's Committee. Their work especially centers on honoring members who have had great impact to Women's Powerlifting. Honored this year with induction to the Women's Powerlifting Hall of Fame were Dr. Billy Jack Talton and Lind Joe Belsito.
Also, deserving of praise and recognition is Mr. Bill Clayton, who has been selected as the North American Region representative to serve on the newly re-aligned IPF Technical Committee, which with the new configuration, now has one representative per region on the committee, whereas previously, it did not. Bill will be taking my place, as I now have been reassigned by IPF EC to tackle the international media promotions for the organization, which have been less than adequate, and need improvement. Needless to say, I shall have my work cut out for me. I will be meeting with the IPF EC in Hungary this may to hammer out future media promotions. If you are interested in assisting me on this committee, please let me know.
Now onto my technical report:
At several international and national championships during the past few months, there has been some uncertainty by coaches and even some officials as to what the actual role and responsibilities of the Jury is, especially when it comes to a overturning a platform referee's call for failing or not awarding a particular lift to an athlete for technical reasons. In a nutshell, the chief responsibility and function of the Jury is to ensure that the technical rules are correctly applied by the platform referees. If there is a mistake - which happens from time to time - it is the responsibility of the jury to overturn a call, or even grant a lifter another attempt. Key and important, if there is a protest on a particular call by the referees, the complaint should be made to the jury, which in turn shall confer with the other jury members and referees on the platform if necessary. It is important for coaches not to approach the platform referees and disrupt the championship. Instead, proceed to the jury and explain your complaint. The decision by the Jury will be final.
There are still positions and slots open for state, national and international referees at ALL of our upcoming national and international championships. If you are interested in coming to one of our upcoming championships, please contact me, and we shall schedule you to assist with the championship. State and national level referees can be tasked with scoring responsibilities, etc, which is of major importance at all of our championships.
Code of Conduct
I am in the midst of developing [if time permits and allows] a code of conduct for USAPL members that I plan to present to the USAPL EC for approval this year. I plan to model a portion thereof after the USOC Code of Conduct. If anyone wishes to work with me on this project, please contact me at: email@example.com
Referee Testing Procedures/Guidelines:
As a reminder, if you would like to test for either your State or your National referee card, please contact your state chairman first. Once you have been approval, your request should be sent onto Bill Clayton, the USAPL Referee Chairman. Bill can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your nomination is approved by Bill, he will, in collaboration with your state chairman, schedule an examination for you. Key and important in the process is to come to your examination professionally prepared and dressed in the appropriate uniform. Also, to the best of your ability, come prepared to take both the practical and written examinations on the same day. Also, ensure that you have with you the most up-to-date IPF rulebook The IPF rules can be easily downloaded - free of charge mind you -- from the IPF webpage, located at: http://www.powerlifting-ipf.com
Youth Development Program
With the elimination of the USAPL Youth Program last year, there have been continuous requests by our members, officials, coaches, etc, from across the country, on a monthly basis, to reinstitute this program. Given the overwhelming desires to reactivate this program, there are plans to develop some form of youth level training, whether it is in the form of demonstrations or general fitness. Something will be developed to meet member requests. I am going to request the USAPL EC to form an exploratory committee be formed to explore recommendations and suggestions. My idea would be to partner and/or incorporate the Presidential Fitness Program. More to come!
New Masters Age Group 60/70+
The IPF has set minimum numbers to establish world records in the Women's 60+ and Men's 70+ age groups. After careful review with several other administrators regarding these records, there minimum standards appear to be a little to high. Hence, I plan to perform some additional quantitative analysis to determine whether there needs to be a reduction in the numbers.
Bids for future IPF World Championships
If you are championship director, and desire to bid on a future championship, all bids must go through the IPF EC. Please contact Erin Dickey, the Secretary for the Federation, and she will guide you accordingly.
On a final note, please find below, John Stephenson's Technical Newsletter for February 2006.
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER NO 1 2006
It appears that many lifters are unable to lower the bar to the chest because of the tightness of the shirts they are wearing. Some referees are unsure which failure card should be raised. RED "Bar is not motionless on the chest"
At the Men's Open Championships in Miami November last, a misloaded bar was brought to the attention of the Jury by an observant coach who happened to be taping his lifter. Although generally not accepted in deciding subjective decisions such as depth of squat, there are occasions when this assistance is to be welcomed.
Motto: "Vorsprung durch Technik"("Wining margin through Engineering"; an AUDI car advertisement)
New Supportive Shirts
"Bench Presser" and"Viking Presser" from Metal Sport and Wear have been added to the IPF Approved list.
Bill Clayton T.C. Member for North America can be contacted on email@example.com
GENERAL RULES OF POWERLIFTING
1(f) has been deleted from page 3 of the rule book and added to item 13.
Age Group Wording
Apparently some still find difficulty with the wording defining age groups as written in the Technical Rules. To be more precise:
Sub Junior: from the day of his 14th birthday up until and inclusive of the 31st day of December in the year of his 18th birthday.
Master 1: from the 1st of January in the year of his 40th birthday up until and inclusive of the 31st day of December in the year of his 49th birthday.
Similarly for the rest of the master age groups.
O/70 Men - 0/60 Women Records
Thanks to Robert Wilks for formulating the list of records that need to be achieved. Single lift bench press will be the same as that of the three lift.
Over 70 Men
Class Sqaut Bench Dealift Total
52.0 kg 140 95 140 355
56.0 kg 152.5 100 152.5 385
60.0 kg 165 107.5 165 410
67.5 kg 180 120 180 455
75.0 kg 190 132.5 190 490
82.5 kg 200 142.5 197.5 525
90.0 kg 210 152.5 205 550
100 kg 220 160 212.5 575
110 kg 230 167.5 220 595
125 kg 240 175 225 615
125+ kg 250 180 230 630
Over 60 Women
44.0 kg 105 70 105 265
48.0 kg 112.5 75 112.5 285
52.0 kg 120 80 120 305
56.0 kg 127.5 85 127.5 320
60.0 kg 135 90 135 335
67.5 kg 145 100 145 365
75.0 kg 155 107.5 152.5 395
82.5 kg 165 115 160 415
90.0 kg 172.5 122.5 165 435
90+ kg 180 130 170 460
Constitution and By-Laws
14.9 / Apart from a lifter being banned from lifting in IPF Internationals for twelve months under this rule, he/she is suspended from setting World, International and Regional Records during this period.
Chairman, Technical Committee
International Powerlifting Federation
Sincere and kind regards,
35th IPF Men's World Powerlifting Championships
IPF Category I Referee
Member, IPF Technical Committee
Member, IPF Doping Commission
Interim Technical Chair - USA Powerlifting