To our USA Powerlifting family across the country, this page is dedicated to the ongoing updates for COVID-19.

We continue to be focused on preserving the health and safety of our members and staff while continuing to host the premier powerlifting competitions in the nation.

As we have stated in previous releases, the COVID-19 pandemic is an ever evolving situation that we are monitoring every day. We are closely following The Federal Government, CDC, State, and Local Government guidelines on mitigating the spread of the virus and preserving the health of our members and staff.

Your Executive Committee, State Chairs, and Local Meet Directors are working diligently and with the spirit of our great organization in mind to keep meets running as scheduled. Athletes and volunteers should closely monitor their emails for official communications from meet directors regarding upcoming events.

May 21, 2020

USA Powerlifting Bench, Classic, and Masters National Teams to Stay at Home in 2020

The USA Powerlifting Executive Committee has decided to not field National Teams to the 2020 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Bench Press Worlds (Russia), Classic Worlds (Belarus), or Masters Worlds (South Africa). 

This decision was made amid the international health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the US State Department’s Level 4 international travel advisory, its highest warning level. 

The first and foremost priority for USA Powerlifting is to ensure the safety and health of its athletes, coaches and officials. With the level 4 international travel advisory and uncertainty of international travel in 2020, the ability for our athletes, coaches and officials to safely travel and return home is uncertain and unpredictable.

The decision to suspend the USA Powerlifting National Teams was not made lightly. This marks the first time in organization history that such a decision has been made. The Executive Committee understands the importance of international competition to its athletes and how this decision impacts everyone involved.

IPF Open Worlds (Norway) and The NAPF Championships (Cayman Islands) are still being closely monitored at this time.

Please visit the CDC Website for more information on COVID-19 resources, or the US Department of State for information on the level 4 travel advisory.


May 19, 2020

Athlete and Coaches: Return to Play Questionnaire 

An Athlete and Coaches: Return to Play Questionnaire has been sent out to all 2019/2020 members today.  Please look in your inbox for the email, we look forward to your feedback!

High School Nationals – Cancelled

USA Powerlifting, along with the independent event director, Johnny Graham have made the decision to cancel 2020 USA Powerlifting High School Nationals due to COVID-19.   The initial meet date was postponed from March to June in hopes our world would be back to normal.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.   With restrictions still in place for gatherings of any size, continued restrictions on travel, and the health risks for athletes, parents, coaches, officials and volunteer staff, the hard decision had to be made to cancel the event in 2020.

If you have any questions, please reach out to meet director Johnny at no later than May 31st.

Collegiate Nationals – New Dates Nov 20-22

2020 Collegiate Nationals will now be held November 20th-22nd at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.  

Any eligible collegiate lifter will be permitted to enter 2020 Collegiate Nationals. All athletes who were registered for the original 2020 April date remain eligible and are automatically entered for the new November competition dates.

For more information, please visit

April 30, 2020

National Qualifying Total Update for Open, Youth, Bench & Raw Nationals

After reevaluating the announcement for no qualifying totals, a decision has been made to postpone the entry for those without qualifying totals.  This will allow those who are entered in upcoming Local and Regional qualifiers, to be able to post the necessary qualifying totals before opening the entry to all.  Many new members have not been afforded the opportunity to compete to have any total, therefore were automatically eliminated from being able to enter Nationals.  Additionally, it will allow those who want to post a total for a Raw National Primetime slot, to have an opportunity to do so. 

Entry will open to those without QTs on the following dates: 

Open and Youth Nationals – Beginning June 23rd  

Raw and Bench Nationals – Beginning August 23rd

We hope these changes will allow those who wish to compete in 2020 Nationals the opportunity to do so under the unusual circumstances brought about by COVID-19. 

Many have expressed concerns regarding 2020 Nationals during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our leadership continues to monitor CDC Guidelines regarding gatherings.  We will continue to prepare for the events as scheduled, but are also prepared to refund entries if the event(s) are cancelled.

April 21, 2020

Open, Youth, Bench & Raw Nationals Update

COVID-19 has affected many of our athletes ability to complete qualifiers prior to the deadlines for our upcoming 2020 National events.  With that we are implementing a significant change for competing at 2020 Nationals.

  • All currently qualified athletes have up until May 15th to register for Open, Bench, Raw or Youth Nationals. We are holding your spots through May 15th.
  • Starting May 16th USA Powerlifting members can:
    • Register for Open, Bench or Raw Nationals without achieving a qualifying total, as long as they have achieved a total in any previous USA Powerlifting meet. (Nationals may not be your first powerlifting meet.)
    • Register in Youth Nationals without any qualifying total or previous meet.

Each day of the events will have a cap set so that the events will be manageable in size, therefore entry will be a first-come, first-served basis.

As a reminder, entries are non-refundable/non-transferable.  The exception is if Opens, Youth, Bench or Raw Nationals cannot be held, USA Powerlifting is prepared to provide refunds.


April 11, 2020

Regarding USA Powerlifting Competition Refund Policies During The COVID-19 Crisis

As previously stated, USA Powerlifting has postponed all sanctioned events through May 30, 2020 in response to the national public health crisis caused by COVID-19.

Meet directors, who are independent contractors, have been responsible for managing their events through this postponement. National Championships, which are under the purview of the National Office, have been rescheduled or are still in the process of being rescheduled. Details on all updates on events can be found below within prior updates.

All National Championship events are bound by contracts to venues and other vendors. It takes time, money, and many hours of work to effectively manage the moving parts of these events during this public health crisis. Please know that the National Office and all Championship directors are working hard to manage these contracts and adjust to new timelines so that you have a place to compete and show off all your hard work on the platform.

Collegiate Nationals (Amended: May 4 & April 24)

In consideration of these uncertain times and the challenges facing our collegiate ranks; The Executive Committee has agreed to allow Steve Mann, Championship Director, to move the 2020 Collegiate Nationals to any dates within the 2020 calendar year, outside of the upcoming 2020 National meet dates, under the following conditions:

  1. All registered athletes will be emailed by April 13th, 5pm EST, granting them 1-week to complete an online form* requesting a refund if they are no longer able to compete in Collegiate Nationals. After this one week period, no refunds are required, except as explained in item 4 below. *The National Office ( will receive an automatic copy of each request.
  2. All athletes requesting a refund will be refunded in full no later than April 24th at 5pm EST. (Amended April 24- The Executive Committee is working through the questionnaire results along with the meet director.  Please be patient while we conclude this matter.)
  3. Registration will be re-opened for the rescheduled date for qualified collegiate athletes and can remain open up until 30-days prior to the start of the competition.
  4. The event must be held in the 2020 calendar year.  If there are any circumstances that prohibit the running of this event, all athletes are to be refunded.

(Amended May 4 – Athletes were provided the opportunity to complete the questionnaire for refunds or transfer requests for 2020 Collegiate Nationals, therefore any future Paypal or credit card disputes will not be permitted. Disputes will be sanctioned. More information is forthcoming to those athletes registered in 2020 Collegiate Nationals.  Your patiences is greatly appreciated.) With that said, the Executive will not be enforcing any sanction against an athlete who has sought a refund through Paypal or their credit card company. 

We have encouraged Steve Mann to reach out to lifters and resolve any matters currently disputed. 

To all our members – thank you for your understanding and patience as the organization works towards ensuring our çompetitions are rescheduled during these uncertain times. We look forward to seeing you at your next competition.

Your USA Powerlifting Executive Committee

Stay Home, Stay Safe!

April 5, 2020

USA Powerlifting National Teams 2020

USA Powerlifting recommends anyone currently selected for a 2020 National Team, including coaches and referees, to not purchase airline tickets or hotel accommodations until an official announcement has been provided by the Executive Committee. 

Amid the international health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the US State Department’s Level 4 international travel advisory, the future ability of our athletes, coaches, and referees to safely travel and return home remains uncertain. 

USA Powerlifting leadership continues to closely monitor CDC guidelines as they pertain to COVID-19. The top priority remains the health and safety of its members, officials, and athletes.

Bench & Raw Nationals

Many have asked if there will be a reschedule of Bench and Raw National events based on the latest IPF World date changes.  The organization has made efforts to reschedule National Championships to late 2020 for the greatest chance of success in holding the events. The dates of these Nationals will not change unless the COVID-19 pandemic dictates a change is necessary and invokes the Force Majeure clause, releasing us from the venue and hotel contracts for these events.

Local/State/Regional Competitions

As previously stated, all sanctioned events are postponed until May 30, 2020.  Events currently sanctioned beyond May 30th will be determined based on the recommendations of the CDC regarding health and safety measures.

Please visit the CDC Website for more information on COVID-19 resources, or the US Department of State for information on the level 4 travel advisory.

Stay Safe, Stay Home!

March 22, 2020


The following are the current schedule changes for the National Events.   

Date remains Aug 14 (AM), limited to 60 athletes
New Location: Daytona Beach
Dates: Aug 14 (PM), 15 & 16 
NGB: Aug 17
Dates: Oct 6 (Raw)/ Oct 7 (Equipped)
Dates: Oct 8-11

Open Nationals will be moved from Las Vegas to Daytona Beach.  Bench Nationals will be moved to October to better align with the changes in the IPF schedule for Bench Worlds.  Youth Nationals will be limited to 60 lifters this year to allow for one session/ 2-platforms of lifting, allowing ample time for Open Nationals within our already established venue contract.

Should we still be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Open Nationals will be moved to the beginning of October and be held prior to Bench and Raw Nationals.

Entry deadlines for Nationals will be updated accordingly.  NGB deadlines remain the same with the exception of proxies.


April 7th:  Rule Change proposals
April 23rd: Nominations 
Aug 11th: Proxy Deadline

The Executive Committee had decided to postpone all events through May 30th for the safety of our athletes, meet directors, referees, volunteers and family.  While no one knows the length of this ever fluid pandemic, most state and local government authorities have mandated closure of non-essential businesses, including gyms.  Even if all business resumed as normal in two weeks, our athletes need time to prepare for upcoming competitions.

We ask all State Chairs to consider any postponed meet and its new date prior to sanctioning any new events in the fall.

We will constantly be evaluating the current COVID-19 news and should any updates require postponements beyond May 30th, we will update this dedicated webpage accordingly.

March 17, 2020


Open Nationals scheduled for May 8-10 has been postponed.  Many of the casinos in Vegas, including the Westgate are ceasing conferences and meetings up through the 8-week ban on gatherings and may be extended.  This unfortunately leads into the week Open Nationals was scheduled.    Additionally, many states now have mandated gym closures, which will prevent our athletes the ability to train adequately for a national event.

We are actively working on new dates and possibly a new location.  We are planning late summer at earliest due to the anticipated impact of COVID-19.

We understand this may impact the selection of the 2020 SubJr/Jr and Open National Teams.  Our Executive will be working to determine the best method to address this situation.

March 16, 2020


Local event directors are encouraged to evaluate their immediate situation for sanctioned events based on the health concerns, State and CDC recommendations and mandates.  Event directors have the option to postpone events to a later date or cancel.  Cancelled events are to include athlete entry refunds.

To align with the most recent CDC guidance of limiting events of 50 or more people, it is suggested that local meet directors should limit the attendees of their events to essential personnel only, and allow no spectators at the event. 

  • The recommended guidance is to allow one coach for raw lifters, and up to two coaches for equipped lifters. 
  • Essential staff includes referees, spotters and loaders, scoring table, and doping control officer. 
  • All other ‘essential personnel’ are the discretion of the meet director and event venue. 
  • One platform events with sessions, clearing the venue between sessions.

Meet directors and essential personnel should strictly follow The CDC disinfection guidelines and be responsible for thoroughly cleaning all surfaces and areas. 

To the best of your ability, refrain from interstate travel for competitions. At this stage, we cannot enforce a travel ban within the United States, however we strongly encourage individuals to research instructions from the CDC and local government for travel between each origin and destination within the United States and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19.


Updates will be coming from instructors of the upcoming coaching clinics.  Many states are closing gyms and will therefore require the clinics to be postponed.

March 14, 2020

High School Nationals
USA Powerlifting will be postponing the 2020 USA Powerlifting High School National Championships following Texas Governor Gregg Abbott’s Emergency Declaration. The rescheduled date of the Championships is June 30th – July 2nd 2020, in Killeen Texas.

Championship Director and Vice President of USA Powerlifting, Johnny Graham, is working hard to reorganize the event and to communicate with all athletes and coaches. More details will be shared via email.

Open Nationals
Open National Championships dates remain the same, May 7-10.  With this championships being seven weeks away, we will continue to plan for the event as scheduled.

Collegiate Nationals
Dates and venue options are still being explored for the reschedule of this championship.  We anticipate solidifying the dates and event details in the next few weeks.

State and Local Events
All remaining USA Powerlifting events remain planned and scheduled at this time. If an event is canceled due to government or facility request, the event director will be notifying all registered participants.   Our goal as an organization and as well as our meet directors is to carry on with events as planned or if absolutely necessary, postpone to a later date. Should you have any questions concerning an event you are registered for, please contact the individual meet director.

As stated in previous releases, the Executive Committee is consistently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue sharing information as it becomes available.

As all decisions made during the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the health and safety of USA Powerlifting members, volunteers, and supporters remains the top priority of USA Powerlifting. All guidelines laid out by the Center For Disease Control, State Governments, and the Federal Government as it pertains to COVID-19 will continue to be followed by the organization.


March 13, 2020 – Collegiate Nationals Postponed

Anchorage, Alaska – USA Powerlifting will be postponing the 2020 USA Powerlifting Collegiate National Championships after the Pennsylvania State Government announced a ban on large events. Originally scheduled for April 3, 2020 in State College, Pennsylvania,  a new event date is still being explored at this time.

This decision has been made with the health and safety of USA Powerlifting members, volunteers, and supporters as a top priority and to align with government guidelines.

At this time numerous Universities, States, and Local governments have made definitive decisions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. USA Powerlifting is following the guidelines laid out by these institutions, including The CDC, and has made the decision to postpone the Championships until further notice.

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Health announced the state’s decision to ban public events of 250 people or more and implement social distancing protocols. Championship Director Steve Mann has been working closely with the EC and local officials and is diligently rescheduling the event and communicating with teams and athletes. Updates on Collegiate Nationals will be sent to the registered athletes and coaches when more information becomes available.

At this time, the situation is fluid and USA Powerlifting cannot set a definitive reschedule date. Early to late summer is being explored, but ultimately the organization must make the best decision that protects the health and wellbeing of all members, and that is in line with government and University protocols. All athletes entered in Collegiate Nationals will remain eligible even if the postponed date is after they graduate due to the circumstances.

All remaining USA Powerlifting National Championships remain planned and scheduled at this time. As stated in the previous release, the Executive Committee is consistently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue sharing information as it becomes available.


March 9, 2020

Regarding the Novel COVID-19 Virus and USA Powerlifting Events USA Powerlifting will continue on with its scheduled sanctioned events in 2020. The Executive Committee is closely monitoring the CDC, Federal, and state and local government guidance on the Novel Coronavirus.

Members, volunteers, and supporters who feel ill are encouraged to stay at home and not join the large groups of people at events. All members, volunteers, and supporters should practice good hygiene habits as prescribed by the CDC. This includes refraining from touching your face, thoroughly washing your hands throughout the day, wiping down surfaces, not shaking hands, and practicing good cough and sneeze etiquette.

Those who are concerned about travel are encouraged to look into cancel for any reason “CFAR” travel insurance. CFAR insurance is required if you are exploring the possibility of cancelling your trip due to the COVID-19 virus. Most travel insurance policies do not cover cancellation for epidemics/pandemics – it is up to you to do your due diligence and prepare yourself as you see fit.

Event participation and attendance are voluntary; members and volunteers are encouraged to make health decisions based on your comfort level and health concerns.

Should the situation with COVID-19 change in regard to any of the USA Powerlifting sanctioned events, the event promoter will communicate as swiftly as possible. If you have questions or concerns about state or local meets, please contact your State Chair or the event promoter directly.

Thank you for your understanding, we look forward to seeing you at your next competition.
Please visit the CDC Website for more information on COVID-19 resources.