COVID-19 UPDATES

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.


March 22, 2020

NATIONAL SCHEDULE CHANGE

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

YOUTH NATIONALS
Date remains Aug 14 (AM), limited to 60 athletes
OPEN NATIONALS
New Location: Daytona Beach
Dates: Aug 14 (PM), 15 & 16 
NGB: Aug 17
BENCH NATIONALS
Dates: Oct 6 (Raw)/ Oct 7 (Equipped)
RAW NATIONALS
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.

NGB DEADLINES:

April 7th:  Rule Change proposals
April 23rd: Nominations 
Aug 11th: Proxy Deadline
LOCAL-STATE MEETS/COACHING CLINICS

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.


PRIOR RELEASES

March 17, 2020

OPEN NATIONALS

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 EVENTS

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.

COACHING CLINICS

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.

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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.

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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.

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