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Online Meet Rules

Powerlifting Rules

1. The American Strength Club (ASC) federation recognizes the following lifts for full powerlifting, which must be taken in the same sequence in all competitions conducted under ASC rules:
a. Squat Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
b. Bench Press Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
c. Deadlifts Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
 
3. The American Strength Club (ASC) federation recognizes the following single lift events:
a.Bench Press Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
b. Deadlift

4. Competition takes place between lifters in categories defined by:
a. Sex,
b. Body Weight

5. Each competitor is allowed three attempts on each lift. Any exceptions are explained in the appropriate section of the rule book. The lifter’s best valid attempt on each lift, counts toward his competition total. The winner of a category shall be the lifter who achieves the highest total.

6. The divisions are solely based upon weight and gender. Unlike other meets, we will not have masters, sub-masters, teen, etc. All lifters are considered to be competing in their weight and genders OPEN category,

7. The lifting costume may consist of a one-piece full length lifting suit of one-ply or multi-ply (depending on category competing in) stretch material without any additional patches or padding or close fitting clothing such as short and a t-shirt.  Because of the nature of judging by live stream, baggy, loose or black clothes are not permitted because of the difficulty in judging depth with those colors on a screen. Elbow sleeves or lifting straps around the wrist may not be worn in competition. Having these items is an automatic no lift.

8. Competitors may wear a belt. If worn it shall be on the outside of the lifting suit.

9. Knee wraps and wrist wraps may be used without restrictions.

Squat Rules

10.1. The Lifter shall assume an upright position with the top of the bar not more than 3 cm below the top of the anterior deltoids. The bar shall be held horizontally across the shoulders with the hands and fingers gripping the bar and the feet flat on the platform with the knees locked.

2. After removing the bar from the racks, the lifter must move backwards to establish his position. The lifter shall nod is head and give himself, or someone accompanying the lifter, a long 3 count before the squat begins. This ensures the lifter has become motionless and is ready to make the movement.
3. The lifter must bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip joint is lower than the top of the knees, not the quad muscle. If the video is set to an angle where the online judge can not see well or the lifter is wearing black colored bottoms, the result will be a no lift.
4. The lifter must recover at will without double bouncing or any downward movement to an upright position with the knees locked. When the lifter is motionless he must again hold a long 3 count to show that the lift has ended before re-racking the bar. If there is not a long 3 count, the lift is ruled a no lift.

5. The camera muse be placed in front of the lifter at a 45 degree angle so the hips are easily seen.

Causes for Disqualification of a Squat
11.1. Failure to observe the self times commands.
2. Double bouncing or more than one recovery attempt at the bottom of the lift.
3. Failure to assume an upright position with the knees locked at the commencement and completion of the lift.
4. Any shifting of the feet laterally, backwards or forwards, during the performance of the lift.  Rocking of the feet between the ball and the heel is permitted.
5. Failure to bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip joint is lower than the top of the knees.
6. Changing of the bar position across the shoulders after the commencement of the lift.
7. Contact with the bar by the any other individual from the point the lifter lifts and re-racks the bar.
8. Having any other person stand behind the lifter during the lift. If spotters are being used, they must remain out of frame of the camera during the lift or it will result in a no lift.

BENCH PRESS

12.1. The camera must be places at a 45 degree angle from the head or legs so that the bar contact with the chest can be clearly seen from the video. It is the lifters responsibility so make sure that the angle is good before the event takes place.
2. The lifter must lie on his back with shoulders and buttocks in contact with the flat bench surface.
3. His hands may grip the bar at any point that is not outside of the powerlifting rings on the bar.
4. Feet must remain in contact with the floor and not permitted to move. Heels may be up or flat.
3. The Head may be raised off the bench or move during the performance of the lift.
4. If the lifter’s costume and the bench surface are not of a sufficient color contrast to enable the judge to detect possible raising movement at the points of contact, then the bench surface may be covered accordingly.
5. To achieve firm footing the lifter may use flat surfaced plates or blocks to build up the surface of the platform.
6. Not more than five and not less than two spotter/loaders shall be in attendance. The lifter may enlist the help of the spotter/loaders in removing the bar from the racks. The lift off must be to arms length and not down to the chest. If the lifter competing chooses not to use spotters, they are accepting all responsibility for any accidents that may occur.
7. After receiving the bar at arms length, the lifter shall lower the bar to his chest and wait for a slow 2 count, This can be in this own head, or audible from someone with the lifter. Any length of time faster than a 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi will result in a no lift.
8. After the lifter locks out the bar, he must again wait for a slow 2 count before racking the bar to show they are in control of it. Anything faster will result in a no lift.

Causes for Disqualification of a Bench Press
 
13.1. Failure to wait or hold for the appropriate times as directed above.
2. Any change in the elected lifting position during the performance of the lift, i.e., any raising of the shoulders, buttocks or movement or the feet from their original points of contact with the bench or the floor, or lateral movement of the hands on the bar.
3. Failure to press the bar to full extension of the arms at the completion of the lift.
4. Heaving or bouncing the bar off the chest.
5. Allowing the bar to sink into the chest after receiving the Chief Referee’s signal.
6. Any pronounced or exaggerated uneven extension of the arms during the lift.
7. Any downward movement of the bar in the course of being pressed out.
8. Contact with the bar by spotter/loaders or any other person. After the long 2 count spotters may return the bar to the rack for the lifter.
9. Deliberate contact between the bar and the bar rest supports during the lift in order to make the press easier.

DEADLIFT

14.1. The bar must be laid horizontally in front of the lifter’s feet, gripped with an optional grip in both hands, and lifted without any downward movement until the lifter is standing erect.
2. The lifter shall face the front of the platform.
3. On completion of the lift, the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the shoulders square or back.
4. The lifter shall nod is head and give himself, or someone accompanying the lifter, a long 3 count before the deadlift begins. This ensures the lifter has become motionless and is ready to make the movement.
5. Any raising of the bar or any deliberate attempt to do so will count as an attempt.

6. At the top of the lift the lifter must remain motionless and hold the bar for a long 3 count as described above showing that the lifter is finished and in control.

7. The camera must be place in front of the lifter at a 45 degree angle with no person standing behind the lifter or obstructing the camera.

Causes for Disqualification of a Dead Lift
1. Any downward movement of the bar before it reaches the final position.
2. Failure to stand erect with the shoulders square or back.
3. Failure to, lock the knees straight at the completion of the lift.
4. Supporting the bar on the thighs during the performance of the lift.
5. Stepping backward or forward although lateral movement of the sole or rocking feet between ball and heel is permitted.
6. Lowering the bar before locking out and holding for a long 3 count.
7. Allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining control with both hands.
8. Failure to comply with any of the requirements contained in the general description of the lift, which precedes this list of disqualifications.

Weighing In

15.1. Weighing in of the competitors must take place no earlier than twenty four hours and no closer than 3 hours before the start of the competition. All lifters in the category must attend the weigh-in. In the 24 hours before the competition, the lifter must weigh in on a scale with a picture of their weight on the scare, post on Facebook with the hashtag #ASCWeighin. This allows the judge to cross check who has weighed in or not to the declared category. We understand this isn’t a perfect system and will approve upon it as our technology advances.

Weightlifting Rules

1. The American Strength Club (ASC) federation recognizes the following lifts for Olympic style weightlifting, which must be taken in the same sequence in all competitions conducted under ASC rules:
a. Clean and Jerk
b. Snatch

 
3. The American Strength Club (ASC) federation recognizes the following single lift events:
a. Clean and Jerk
b. Snatch

4. Competition takes place between lifters in categories defined by:
a. Sex,
b. Body Weight

5. Each competitor is allowed three attempts on each lift. Any exceptions are explained in the appropriate section of the rule book. The lifter’s best valid attempt on each lift, counts toward his competition total. The winner of a category shall be the lifter who achieves the highest total.

6. The divisions are solely based upon weight and gender. Unlike other meets, we will not have masters, sub-masters, teen, etc. All lifters are considered to be competing in their weight and genders OPEN category,

7. The lifting costume may consist of a one-piece full length lifting suit stretch material without any additional patches or padding or close fitting clothing such as shorts and a t-shirt.  Because of the nature of judging by live stream, baggy, loose or black clothes are not permitted because of the difficulty in judging depth with those colors on a screen. Elbow sleeves or lifting straps around the wrist may not be worn in competition. Having these items is an automatic no lift.

8. Competitors may wear a belt. If worn it shall be on the outside of the lifting suit.

9. Knee wraps and wrist wraps may be used without restrictions.

The Two Lifts

The Snatch

The barbell is placed horizontally in front of the lifter’s legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the full extent of both arms above the head, while either splitting or bending the legs. During this continuous movement, the barbell may slide along the thighs and the lap. No part of the body other than the feet may touch the platform during the execution of the lift. The weight, which has been lifted, must be maintained in the final motionless position, arms and legs extended, the feet on the same line, until the athlete or another individual with the athlete fives a long 3 count to replace the barbell on the platform. The lifter may recover in his or her own time, either from a split or a squat position, and finish with the feet on the same line, parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell. Lifter may lower the barbell once there has been a long 3 count either to him’herself or audible from another individual with the lifter.

The Clean and Jerk

The barbell is placed horizontally in front of the lifter’s legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the shoulders, while either splitting or bending the legs. During this continuous movement, the barbell may slide along the thighs and the lap. The barbell must not touch the chest before the final position. It then rests on the clavicles or on the chest above the nipples or on the arms fully bent. The feet return to the same line, legs straight before performing the Jerk. The lifter may make this recovery in his or her own time and finish with the feet on the same line, parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell.

The athlete bends the legs and extends them as well as the arms to bring the barbell to the full stretch of the arms vertically extended. He or she returns the feet to the same line; arms and legs fully extended, and waits for the Referees’ signal to replace the barbell on the platform. Once the lifter has become motionless with the barbell over head, the lifter or someone with the lifter must give a long 3 count before replacing the bar on the platform. This ensures the lifter in in control of the bar. Anything less than a long 3 count will result in a no lift.

Important remark

After the Clean and before the Jerk, the lifter may adjust the position of the barbell. This must not lead to confusion. It does not mean the granting of an additional jerk attempt but allowing the lifter to:

a) withdraw the thumbs or “unhook” if this method is used,
b) lower the barbell in order to let it rest on the shoulders if the barbell is placed too high and impedes the breathing or causes pain,
c) change the width of the grip.

Weighing In

Weighing in of the competitors must take place no earlier than twenty four hours and no closer than 3 hours before the start of the competition. All lifters in the category must attend the weigh-in. In the 24 hours before the competition, the lifter must weigh in on a scale with a picture of their weight on the scare, post on Facebook with the hashtag #ASCWeighin. This allows the judge to cross check who has weighed in or not to the declared category. We understand this isn’t a perfect system and will approve upon it as our technology advances.