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29.06.2023 20:38

IBFF POWERLIFTING DIVISION

IBFF POWERLIFTING - GENERAL RULES

a. General contest rules

5 The IBFF POWERLIFTING recognizes the following lifts, which must be performed in the
designated sequence in all applications conducted under PFI rules:
- Squat
- Bench Press
- Dead Lift
- Total

6. The highest total of the best successes of each lift will result in a Total. Winner of the
competition will be determined by highest Total, (no fourth attempts may be included in
the total).

7. The IBFF POWERLIFTING additionally recognizes and registers World records (in
kilograms) for the same lifts within the age and body weight categories as follows:
b. Age categories
Open
From 24 years to and including 39 years of age
A Teenager, Junior, and Master can also compete in the Open class.
Master
From 40 years to and including 44 years of age
From 45 years to and including 49 years of age
From 50 years to and including 54 years of age
From 55 years to and including 59 years of age
From 60 years to and including 64 years of age
From 65 years to and including 69 years of age
From 70 years to and including 74 years of age
From 75 years to and including 79 years of age
From 80 years to and including 84 years of age
From 85 years to and including 89 years of age
From 90 years upward
Junior: From 20 years to and including 23 years of age.

Teenage: From 13 years to and including 15 years of age
              From 16 years to and including 17 years of age
              From 18 years to and including 19 years of age
- Competitive lifting shall be restricted to competitors aged 13 years and over. The lifter
must have attained minimum age on day of the competition where age limits are
imposed.
- The day a teenager turns 20 years he or she is no longer a teenager.
- The day a junior turns 24 years he or she is no longer a junior.
  Age clarification:  A lifter must compete at his attained age on the day of a
particular competition where he competes.

c. Body weight categories
MEN Sub-Junior & Junior only-
up to 53.0 kg 59.0 kg Class up to 59.0 kg
66.0 kg Classfrom 59.01 kg up to 66.0 kg
74.0 kg Class from 66.01 kg up to 74.0 kg
83.0 kg Class from 74.01 kg up to 83.0 kg
93.0 kg Class from 83.01 kg up to 93.0 kg
105.0 kg Class from 93.01 kg up to 105.0 kg
120.0 kg Class from 105.01 kg up to 120.0 kg
120.0+ kg Class from 120.01 kg up to unlimited

WOMEN Sub-Junior & Junior only-
up to 43.0 kg 47.0 kg Class up to 47.0 kg
52.0 kg Class from 47.01 kg up to 52.0 kg
57.0 kg Class from 52.01 kg up to 57.0 kg
63.0 kg Class from 57.01 kg up to 63.0 kg
69.0 kg Class from 63.01 kg up to 69.0 kg
76.0 kg Class from 69.01 kg up to 76.0 kg
84.0 kg Class from 76.01 kg up to 84.0 kg

84.0+ kg Class from 84.01 kg up to unlimited

d. Point scoring
Point scoring for all Team Championships shall be 12, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, for the first 6 places
in any body weight category. 
In World Championships, International, and National Championships only six competitors
from each team shall score points towards the national team total. These six competitors
will be selected before the competition begins.  A country may enter as many
competitors in the contest as they wish but only six can be eligible to score points.
In the case of a tie in the points of national teams, the team having the largest number
of first places within the six point scoring competitors will be ranked first. In the case of
a tie between two teams having the same number of first places, the Reshel formula will
be used to determine the winner starting with the first lifter on the team lists.  The
Reshel points of all lifters on the teams will be totaled.  The team with the most Reshel
points wins.
At all competitions where "Best Lifter Awards" are presented, places will be calculated
with the Reshel Formula.
                1.  Each lifter entered in the competition must be a member of his country
team. Only one team per country may
                     enter the world championships.  Each country will decide on the method
of team selection for their particular country.

2. The competition Organizing Committee will appoint the following official:

o Speaker-Announcer
o Time Keeper
o Marshal/Expeditors
o Record keeper
o Loaders/Spotters

3. Additional officials will be appointed as required, e. g. paramedics, etc.
Responsibilities of these officials are:

a. The speaker
is responsible for the efficient running of the competition, and acts as Master of
Ceremonies. The speaker arranges the attempts chosen by the lifters in an orderly
fashion, dictated by weight, and if necessary, lot number, and announces the weight
required for the next attempt along with the name of the lifter. Additionally the speaker
announces, in order, the three lifters succeeding the lifter on deck. When the bar is
loaded and the platform cleared for lifting, the head referee will indicate the fact to the
speaker, who will in turn announce that the bar is ready and call the lifter to the

platform. Attempts announced by the speaker should ideally be displayed upon some
type of scoreboard erected in a prominent position. The speaker is also responsible for
announcing the deadlines that pertain to the Round System, the approach of the time
limit for changing first attempts, 5 minutes before the commencement of a first Flight, 5
attempts before the commencement of a following Flight.

b. The timekeeper
is responsible for accurately recording the time lapse between the announcement that
the bar is ready and the referee’s signal for the commencement of the attempt by the
lifter. The timekeeper is also responsible for recording other time allowances whenever
required, e.g. after an attempt the lifter shall leave the platform within 30 seconds. Once
the clock is running for an attempt, it can only be stopped by the completion of the time
allowance, the start of the lift, or at the discretion of the head referee who shall inform
the timekeeper immediately. Consequently, it is of great importance that the lifter or
lifter’s coach check the height of the squat racks and any bench pressing requirements, if
details have not previously been collected, prior to being called, as once the bar is
announced as being ready, the clock will be started. Any further adjustments to the
equipment must be made within the lifter’s one-minute allowance. The definition of the
start of an attempt depends upon particular lift being performed. In the Squat and Bench
Press, the start coincides with the referee’s commencement signal. In the Dead lift, the
start is when the lifter makes a determined attempt to raise the bar. It is the
timekeeper’s duty to stop the clock at these defined starts so that any buzzer that may
be connected to the timing device will not distract the lifter.

c. Marshals/Expeditors
are responsible for collecting the weight required for next attempts from the lifters or
their coaches and passing the information without delay to scorer’s table and speaker
preferably in the form of the suggested colored attempt cards signed by the coach or the
lifter. The lifter is allowed one minute between completion of one attempt and submitting
to the marshal/expeditor the weight required for the next attempt. The timing of this
operation is the responsibility of the marshal/expeditor, under the auspices of the head
referee.  One expeditor working at the table with the speaker is required to record all 3
attempts of the squat, bench press, deadlift and total on a color coded meet card for a
permanent record

d. The record keeper
is specifically accountable for all world records broken, for collecting the details and
initiating the paperwork information, and is responsible for accurately recording the
progress of the competition, and on completion, ensuring that the three referees sign the
official score sheets.

e. Loaders/Spotters
are responsible for loading and unloading the bar, adjusting squat or bench rack
requirements as necessary, cleaning the bar or platform upon request and agreement of
the head referee, and generally ensuring that the platform is well maintained and of a
neat and tidy appearance at all times. At no time shall there be less than two or more
than five loaders/spotters attending to the platform.
 
REFEREES

 There will be three referees, the head referee and two side referees.    
 At World Championships only IBFF and or other International Referees associated
with the IBFF will adjudicate the lifting.  No two referees who are related by blood
or marriage will sit in the chairs at the same time or judge a relative who is
competing.

 The head referee is responsible for giving the necessary signals for all three lifts
for indicating to the speaker and timekeeper when the bar is ready, for
communicating to the speaker the verification of national or world records, and
any special decisions upon performance decided by the referee.
 All referees should direct their attention to the lifter/lift in progress from the time
the lifter approaches the platform until he/she exits the platform.
a. Signals
required for the three lifts are as follows:
SQUAT

o A visual signal consisting of a downward movement of the arm, together
with the audible command "Squat".
o Completion. A visual signal consisting of a backward movement of the
arm, together with the audible command "Rack".

BENCH PRESS

o An audible command of "Start" when the bar is held at arms length.
o An audible command of "Press" when the bar is motionless on the lifters
chest.
o Completion. An audible command of "Rack", when the bar has been
pressed to straight-arm’s length.

DEAD LIFT

o No signal required.
o Completion. A visual signal consisting of a downward movement of the
arm, together with the audible command "Down".

Once the bar has been replaced in the racks or on the platform at the completion of the
lift and the referees will announce their decisions by means of the lights. White for "good
lift" and red for "no lift".
The three referees may seat themselves in what they consider to be the best viewing
positions around the platform and should remain seated during the execution of the lift,
(don't ask the spotter to move. to get a better view. lifters safety shall take priority over
any thing else).
The head referee must bear in mind the need to be easily visible to the lifter performing
the Squat and Dead Lift and be positioned accordingly. To avoid any distractions to the
lifter the head referee should remain motionless between signals.
The side referee should not impose upon the spotter’s duties but should make
adjustments to their own seating position and may lean sideways or forward during a lift
to obtain the best viewing vantage.

Side referees during the squat must be positioned exactly to the side or front of the
squatter and not to the rear. Spotters for the squat must provide a window for the side
referee to view the Squat. Obstructions to viewing must be corrected before the lift
begins.
Procedure when a referee is blocked out of viewing a lift in progress. If during the lift a
spotter unintentionally gets in the way of a referee’s view, so that he does not actually
see the lift, the referee should give the lifter a white light, and the spotter is warned.
b. During the competition
the three referees on duty must jointly ascertain that:
 The weight of the loaded bar agrees with the weight announced by the Speaker.
Referees may be issued loading charts for this purpose.
 Lifts are credited as "good lift" or "no lift" and all other aspects of the competition
run in accordance with the rules of performance.
 On the platform, the lifter’s costume and personal equipment visually meet
acceptable standards and are within the rules.
c. During the execution of a lift
a referee observes a fault sufficient to give cause for disqualification of the lift, the
procedure is as follows:
 The referees may stop the lift for discretionary safety. The head referee shall
signal the lifter with a downward motion of the arm and the audible command of
"Down" for the Dead Lift and shall instruct the spotters to take the bar on the
Squat and Bench Press, only if safe and appropriate to do so.
 Prior to the commencement of the Squat or Bench Press, if any of the referees do
not accept any aspect of the set up of the lifter, they will call attention to the fault
as previously described. If there is a majority opinion among the referees that a
fault exists, the head referee will not give the signal to commence the lift and will
inform the lifter to "Rack" the bar. A head referee sees a fault that may not be
visible to the side referees, e.g. hands holding the collars or discs on the Squat or
a grip in excess of 81cm on the Bench Press, may act alone in informing the lifter
to "Rack" the bar. If requested, it is required of the head referee to quickly
confirm the nature of the fault and to explain this to the lifter or coach. The lifter
will be reminded within his remaining time that he can repeat his attempt with
the fault corrected. Note: for the above reasons it is important that the
timekeeper stops timing the attempts on the Squat and Bench Press only when
the lifter has received the commencement signal.
 Prior to the commencement of a lift, if either of the side referees observe an
obvious infraction of the rules regarding costume or personal equipment they will
call attention to the fault to the head referee. The head referee observing an
infraction may act alone. In either case the referees will be called together to
inspect the lifter. If the fault is considered a purposeful intention to cheat, the
lifter will be disqualified from the competition. If the fault is considered an
oversight or genuine mistake, the lifter shall correct the fault before being
permitted to proceed with the attempt. The lifter’s time allowance will not be
stopped to effectuate the correction. The way the fault is considered and the
action taken will be at the discretion of the referees on duty.

d. Intentional faults
Faults that should be considered as a purposeful intention to cheat are:
o The use of more than one lifting suit or illegal lifting suits.
o The use of more than one shirt or illegal undershirt.
o The use of more than one pair of briefs.
o The use of more than one pair of wraps, or wraps substantially over
regulation length.
o Any additions in excess of the prescribed costume and personal equipment
rules, e.g. body wraps, towel inserts, bracing’s etc.
o Presence of oil, grease, liquids or lubricants other than powder on the
thighs for the Dead Lift.
o Other infractions of similar gravity.
e. Faults as oversight or genuine mistakes:

o Socks overlaid by, or touching, knee wraps.
o Wraps applied as to obviously exceed the width dimensions allowed for the
wrist (12cm) or knee (30cm).
o Wraps slightly in excess of the prescribed regulation.
o Items forgotten to be removed that may have been worn for warm-ups or
to maintain warmth, e.g. hats, rubber elbow bands, etc..,
o Other infractions of similar consequence.
o If any of the referees suspect without certainty any infraction of the rules
regarding costume and personal equipment they will not act until after the
lift has been performed. The lifter should then be inspected. For a fault
deemed an oversight or genuine mistake the lifter’s attention should be
drawn to the fact and warned about repeating the infraction in any
subsequent attempts. The attempt may be disqualified at the referee’s
discretion. Should the same infraction be repeated after a warning, the
attempt shall be disqualified or infractions deemed as a purposeful
intention to cheat, the lifter shall be disqualified from the competition.
o Referees shall, if requested, explain to a lifter or coach the reason or
reasons why a lift was judged "no lift". All that is required of such an
explanation is an accurate statement, debates will not be entered into, and
an explanation will not cause distraction of the referee from the attempt of
the next lifter. Referees shall abstain from any other commentary and not
receive any document or verbal account concerning the progress of the
competition.

o A referee shall not attempt to influence the decision of other referees.
Once any lift has begun, each referee will withhold his individual judgment
until the completion of the lift, indicating such with a red or white light.
Under no condition should a referee raise his hand after the lift has
commenced unless to insure the safety of the lifter.
o The head referee may consult with the side referees, the appointed IBFF
Contest Officials or other official as necessary in order to expedite or
facilitate the running of the competition.
o The head referee shall communicate all decisions taken in cases of loading
errors, incorrect announcements, spotter errors, or other platform
altercations of the speaker to make the appropriate announcement. Such
decisions shall be first discussed with the other platform referees.
o After the competition, the three referees shall sign the official score
sheets, record applications, and any other documents requiring their
signatures.
o The selection of a referee to act as head or side referee in one session
does not preclude the selection of the same referee from being head or
side referee in another session.
o All referees will be uniformly dressed to include the following:
 Men winter: Dark Blue Blazer or cardigan with Referee badge on
the left breast (pocket) and trousers with a white shirt and tie. 
White polo shirt optional.
 Men summer: White shirt and trousers, ties optional. White polo
shirt optional.
 Women winter: Dark Blue blazer or cardigan with Referee badge on
the left breast (pocket) and skirt or trousers with a white blouse or
top.  White polo shirt optional.
 Women summer: Dress, skirt or trousers and a white blouse or
top.  White polo shirt optional.

ORGANIZER
  
b. Insurance
 The IBFF POWERLIFTING and AFFILIATE FEDERATIONS do not provide accident,
medical, or liability insurance for lifters or spectators at meets and organized
training sessions. It is the responsibility of the Meet Director to Secure Insurance
if he wishes to do so.

 The IBFF POWERLIFTING, AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS, SANCTIONING OFFICIALS
and CO-OPERATORS assume no liability for injury, damages, personal losses or
death resulting at an event.

 It is advisable that all Meet Directors have the lifter sign a waiver of liability form
which clearly states that the Meet Director, Sanctioning Officials and co-operators
will not be held liable for any injury etc.., that occurs at an event, the release
form should also state that the competitor acknowledges he/she is competing at
his/her own risk.

c. Technical Checklist for organizers
1. Platform equipment
o Bar, collars.
o Discs, 4 / 6 x 50kg, 8 /12 x 25, 2 x 20, 2x 15, 2 x 10, 2 x 5, 2 x 2,5, 2 x
1,25
o Reckon with the possibility, that in today’s competition, that the bar can be
loaded in the excess of 500kg.
o Record discs, 2 x 1 kg, 2 x 0,5, 2 x 0,25.
o Squat stands, bench and disc racks.
o Foot blocks for benching.
o Winners podium, 1, 2 & 3rd place.
o Box with adequate supply of chalk
o Cleaning materials, (broom, mop, vacuum cleaner, and towel).
o Scrubbing brush for cleaning the barbell.
o A disinfecting solution or similar for disinfecting the barbell.
o 3 seats for the referees.
o Seats at the rear of platform for loaders.
o Table and seats near the platform for, announcer, record and timekeeper,
computer operator, etc…
o A table and chairs for the Technical Officers.
o A scoreboard.
o Preferably an overhead projector to replace the scoreboard.
o A lighting system for scoring (white, red light).
o A lifting attempt board, showing the actual weight on the bar.
o A clock, visible for lifters, showing the remainder time.
o A table for display of trophies, (near the lifting area).

2. Warm up area

o The warm up area should be at least 100 m2.
o A minimum of four platforms.
o A minimum of two squat racks and two benches.
o Each platform equipped with a bar, collars and the necessary discs.

3. Weigh in room

o A lockable and clean room.
o A certified weight scale, (preferably digital).
o Table and chairs for referees.

4. Dressing room

o Man and Women separately.
o All normal facilities.
d. Equipment & Specifications

1. Platform

All lifts shall be carried out on a platform not less than 2.46m x 2.46m (8ft x 8ft) and
secure enough to insure the safety of the lifter, spotters and loaders.
The surface of the platform must be firm, non-slip and level with no discernible seams in
the vicinity of the general lifting area. Rubber mats or similar sheeting materials are
permitted.
Loose mats or similar sheeting materials are not permitted.
No one is allowed on the platform during lifting sessions except the lifter, the designated
spotters for the Squat and Bench Press, the three referees on duty and any other meet
officials as designated if the need arises.
Solely these personnel will handle any cleaning, mopping, brushing or adjusting of the
platform or equipment.

2. Lifting area

Boundaries of the lifting area must be marked clearly for the knowledge of the officials,
lifters and spotters. It is recommended that this area will be at last 7m long x 5m broad
(22ft x 16ft). Coaches shall not be allowed at the back or sides of this area.
3. Bars & discs
For all power lifting competitions under the rules of the IBFF, only disc barbells are
permitted. Only bars and discs that meet all specifications can be used throughout the
entire competition and for all lifts. The use of bars or discs that do not conform to
specifications will invalidate any records that may have been accomplished. Different
bars suited to particular lifts may be utilized providing that they conform to the
specifications.
Bar Specifications:

Regular Bar

 28.5mm Diameter
 214 cm long
 20kg Bar Weight
 Center Knurling 10 cm
 Black Oxide Finish
 186,000 PSI Rating

Deadlift Bar:

 27mm Diameter
 230 cm long
 20kg Bar Weight
 No Centre Knurling

 Black Zinc Oxide Coating
 186,000 PSI Rating

Squat Bar:

 30mm Diameter
 244 cm Long
 25kg Bar Weight
 Center Knurling 30 cm
 143 cm Between Collars
 186,000 PSI Rating

Disc dimensions:

o All discs used in competition must weigh within 0.25% of
their correct face value.
o The diameter size in the middle of the disc shall be such that
the disc fits on the bar without excessive play.
o Discs must be of the following range 1.25kg, 2.5kg, 5kg,
10kg, 15kg, 20kg, 25kg, 45kg, and 50kg. For record setting
purposes discs of 0.5kg and 0.25kg should also be available.
o For records, even lighter discs may be used to achieve a
weight of at least 500 grams more than the existing record.
o Discs must be clearly marked with their weight and loaded
in the sequence of heavier disc innermost with the small
discs in descending weight.
o The first and heaviest discs loaded on the bar must be
loaded faces in; with the rest of the discs loaded face out as
weight is loaded.
o The diameter of the largest disc shall be no more 45cm.
o Discs conform to the following color-coding 10kg and below
any color; 15kg yellow; 20kg blue; 25kg red; 45kg gold;
50kg green.

Collars:

o Must be used at every competition.
o Must weigh 2.5kg

4. Squat racks

o Squat racks shall be of a sturdy construction and provide maximum
stability. The base shall be of such design that it does not impede the lifter
or the loaders / spotters. It may consist of a one-piece unit or two

separate stands designed to hold the bar in a horizontal position. 
Whenever possible a monolift should be used on the contest platform and
in the warm up room.
o The design of the squat racks shall allow adjustments that accommodate
all lifters.
o Height adjustments should be at incremental stages not exceeding 5cm.
o For extra safety all hydraulic racks should be capable of being secured at
the required height by means of pins.

5. Bench
The bench shall be of sturdy construction for maximum stability and conform to the
following dimensions:

o Length: not less than 1.22m and shall be flat and level.
o Width: 29-32cm.
o Height: 42-45cm measured from the floor to the top of the padded surface
of the bench without being depressed or compacted.

 The height of the uprights on adjustable benches should be from a minimum of
75cm sto a maximum of 100cm measured from the floor to the bar rest position.
On non-adjustable benches the height of the uprights must be between 87cm and
100cm from the floor to the bar rest position.
o The minimum width between the insides of the bar rests shall be 1.10m.

6. Lights
A system of lights shall be provided whereby the referees make known their decisions.
Each referee will control a white and red light, representing a "good lift" or "no lift"
respectively. The lights must be wired in such a way that they light up together when
activated by the head referee and not invidually when activated by the three referees. It
is preferable that the lights be arranged horizontally corresponding with the positions of
the three referees.
For emergency purposes i.e. a breakdown in the electrical system, the referees should
also be provided with small white and red flags with which to make known their
decisions, or using thumbs up or down.

WEIGHING-IN
 Weighing-in of the competitors shall be initiated 24 hours before the start of the
competition for a particular category.   A competitor may be permitted to weigh in
any time during the 24 hour period before the contest begins.  The meet director
may schedule regular weigh in times during the 24 hour period. 
 Referees on duty at the weigh in, fill in, both weigh in forms in full and given
them to the Technical Officer before the start of lifting on that day.

 All lifters in the category must weigh-in during one of the mandatory or additional
(if provided) weigh-in sessions, which will be carried out in the presence or
authority of at least one IBFF referee.
 All non-open lifters must at the weigh in produce proof of birth ID, passport, or
driving license. Non-open lifters who do not produce proof of age will not be
allowed to weigh in.  Non-open lifters may enter the open and non-open
categories.  If a non-open lifter enters the open category he must weigh-in at the
same time with the open lifters and the same time with the non-open lifters.
 The weigh-ins must be in a private area, where only the competitor, the
competitor’s coach, coach appointee, or manager, and the referees or appointed
officials are present. The lifter’s recorded body weight must not be made public
until all lifters competing in that particular category have been weighed. 
 Lifters may be weighed nude or in standard underwear (briefs for men, bra and
panties for women). The weigh-in procedure must ensure that lifters are weighed
only in the presence of their own sex. Additional officials may be appointed for
this purpose.
 During the weigh-in session’s lifters uncertain about items of costume or personal
equipment that may be used should have items inspected and verified by the
IBFF referees.
 Lots will be drawn to establish the order of the initial weigh-in. The lots drawn
also establish the order of the lifting throughout the competition when lifters
require the same weights for their attempts.
 At the weigh-in, the lifter must declare a first attempt for all three lifts.
 Each lifter may only be weighed once. Only those whose body weight is heavier or
lighter than the category limits of the category entered are allowed to return to
the scale. They must return to the scales and make weight during one of the
official weigh-in sessions and before the end of the final weigh-in sessions,
otherwise they will be eliminated from the competition for that body weight
category. Lifters trying to make weight may be re-weighed as often as they wish
within the allowances of time and the posted weigh-in schedule. If a lifter steps
on the scale and officially enters a certain weight class, he is not allowed to be re-
weighted to make another weight class.
 A lifter who is too heavy may move into the next higher category. The lifter must
again be weighed during the weigh-in sessions scheduled for the new category.
All qualifying standards must be met. Proof of qualifications resides with the lifter.
 A lifter who weighs lighter than the lower limit of the category, may drop into the
next lower category, provided it has not already taken place. All qualifying
standards must be met. Proof of qualification resides with the lifter.
 Official body weights shall be recorded to the nearest tenth of a kilogram.
 Any lifter that has not weighed in and had his or her opening attempts recorded
at the last weigh-in session that ends thirty minutes prior to the start of his or
her session, round or flight, may not compete in that session, round or flight. In
the case where there is one session in the competition, that competitor shall not
be allowed to participate in the competition. In cases where inclement weather

and/or hazardous conditions exist in the area of the venue, extension of weigh-in
time shall be determined upon the discretion of the technical officer or appointed
APC contest official.
 If two lifters register the same body weight at the weigh-in and eventually
achieve the same total at the end of the competition, they will be re-weighed and
the lighter person will take precedence over the heavier person. However, if they
still weigh the same after re-weighing, they will share the placing, and each
receives any award that is being presented. In such circumstances, should two
lifters be in first place, the next lifter shall be placed third and so fourth.

COSTUME & PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
a. Lifting suit
 A lifting suit shall be worn. It must be an individual full-length article of cloth
fabric similar to a wrestling singlet and not provide lifting support. Its
construction must consist of one ply and, as a whole, be a singular component.
The straps must be worn over the shoulders at all times while lifting in
competition. It may be of any color or colors. The length of the leg, when worn
must not exceed beyond mid-thigh (medial point between crotch and top of
kneecap). Women may wear a one-piece suit of comparable design to the lifting
suit. Leotards with sleeves or high cut leg lines are not permitted.  " The
clarification of the single lifting suit:  zippers are not allowed in the lifting
suit."
 Only one lifting suit may be worn.
b. Shirt
 One shirt (of a design consistent with what is commonly called a T-shirt) with or
without sleeves may be worn under the lifting suit. It must be an individual article
of fabric and consisting of one ply of cotton or a cotton blend of cloth material. It
may be of any color or colors, but shall not portray indecency or be offensive to
the spirit of the competition.  Women may wear a 
Brazier (bra) or a sports halter top under the shirt.
c. Briefs
       A pair of briefs may be worn, of a design commonly called jockey shorts or boxer
shorts. It must be an individual article of fabric
       of one ply of cotton or a cotton blend of cloth material.  Only one pair of briefs may
be worn under the lifting suit. Groove 
         briefs or compression shorts are not permitted. 
d. Belt
A competitor may wear a belt. If worn, it shall be on the outside of the lifting suit.
Dimensions:

o Width of belt to be a maximum of 10cm.
o Thickness of belt to be a maximum of 13mm, along the main length.

Materials and construction:

o The main body shall be made of leather in one or more laminations that
which may be glued and/or stitched together, or of cloth, vinyl, or nylon
with no metal materials allowed in belt except as noted below.
o It shall not have any additional padding, bracing, or supports of any
material either on the surface or concealed within the laminations of the
belt.
o A metal buckle, studs and stitching are the only non-leather components
permitted. The buckle shall be attached at one end of the belt by means of
studs or stitching.
o The belt shall not have any inflatable component on or within any of its
surfaces.
o A leather, cloth, vinyl or nylon tongue hoop shall be attached close to the
buckle by means of studs and/or stitching.
o The lifter’s name, the name of the lifters nation, state or club may appear
on the outside of the belt.
o A one or two prong buckle as well as the lever action-fastening device may
be used.

e. Socks
Socks may be worn; when worn they may not extend over the knee or on the legs so
that they touch any knee wrapping or kneecap supporter. Full-length leg stockings,
tights, or hose are not permitted.
Special considerations

o Women may wear additional protective briefs or panties. Women may also
wear a bra provided it contains no special support. The use of tampons,
sanitary napkins or related articles used for feminine hygiene is
permitted. 
o In the deadlift a protective fabric or socks must be worn over the
shins.)  Plastic or fabric shin guards may be worn but must not extend to
a point higher than the lower border of the patella and not lower than the
superior border of the ankle joint. 
o  
o A vote was taken and passed to eliminate requirement for long socks and
protective fabric to be used during the Dead Lift competition. 
(In the deadlift a protective fabric or socks must be worn over
the shins.)  Plastic or fabric shin guards may be worn but must not
extend to a point higher than the lower border of the patella and not lower
than the superior border of the ankle joint.) 
o  
f. Footwear

Footwear more substantial than basic socks must be worn. The only restrictions to such
footwear are that no metal cleats or spikes are permitted.
g. Wraps
The fabric nature shall be elastic weave primarily of polyester, cotton or medical crepe
singly or in combination. Wraps of rubber or rubberized substitutes are not permitted
except as noted for the elbows.
Wraps may be used as follows:

o Wrists: Wraps not exceeding 1m in length and 8cm in width
may be worn. Alternatively elasticized wristbands not
exceeding 10cm in width may be worn. A combination of the
two is not permitted. If wristbands are of the wrap-around
style, they may have a thumb loop and Velcro patch for
securing them. The thumb loop may or may not wrap
around the thumb.  A wrist wrap shall not exceed beyond
10cm above and 2cm below the center of the wrist joint, not
exceeding a total of 12cm in both directions.
o Knees: Wraps not exceeding 2.5m in length and 8cm in
width may be worn.  Alternatively, elasticized knee sleeves
may be worn. A combination of the two is not permitted. A
knee wrap shall not extend beyond 15cm above and 15cm
below the center of the knee joint, not exceeding a total of
30cm in both directions. Knee wraps shall not touch the
socks or lifting suits. 
o  Approved lengths of knee wraps in different categories
as the following. 
              Knee wraps single ply 2.5 meters in length for
men 52kg – 100kg.
              Knee wraps single ply 3 meters in length for
men 110kg – 140+kg.  This group may also use single
ply 2.5 meters.
              Knee wraps single ply 2.5 meters in length for
women 44kg – 90kg
              Knee wraps single ply 3 meters in length for
women 100kg – 100+kg.  This group may also use
single ply 2.5 meters.
o   Knee sleeves may not exceed 30cm in length, 9mm in
thickness, and be of 1 single ply. 
o Elbows: Wraps may be worn only during the squat and Dead
lift competition and not during the bench press. They may
cover the general elbow area and not extend to the wrist or
shoulder. They may be supportive sleeves of rubberized

material or elastic wrap, but must be of one single unit only,
and be one meter or less in total length.

h. Plasters
 Two layers of plasters, band-aids or tape may be worn on the thumbs, but
nowhere else without official permission of the referees or appointed IBFF
POWERLIFTING Contest Officials. No plasters or tape may be utilized as a strap to
help the lifters hold the bar.
 With the permission and supervision of the referees, the appointed IBFF
POWERLIFTING Contest Officials, the official doctor, or assigned paramedic, the
lifter may apply spot plasters, bandages, tape or band aids to muscle injuries on
the body. Similarly strip plasters, tape or band-aids may be applied to injuries on
the inside of the hand, but in no circumstances must these applications extend
around the back of the hand.
i. Health issues
 Should blood or other foreign substances appear on the bar or equipment, it must
be rectified immediately using a solution of 1 part bleach with 1 part water. The
bar or equipment must be dried and verified as clean.
 Should blood or other foreign substances appear on the lifter, it must be rectified
immediately. The wound must be cleaned and a patch or bandage applied so as to
prevent further contamination of the bar or equipment.
j. General
 The use of oil, grease or other lubricants and liquids on the body, costume or
personal equipment to aid in the execution of a lift is not permitted. This does not
preclude the advanced therapeutic use of liniments, or rubs. However, such items
must not be in evidence during platform attempts. Only powder may be used.
Powder includes chalk, talc, resin, and magnesium carbonate.  " Liquid chalk may
not be used in the competition"  Spray may be used, but only on the lifter, not on
the weight equipment.
 Nothing may be purposely applied to the platform, bench or bars.
 All articles of lifters costumes and personal equipment shall be clean and
generally neat and presentable. In the discretion of the referee, a lifter will not
continue in the competition if this provision is not met.
 Emblems, logo's or inscriptions on the lifters suit, shirt or belt that witch is
offensive or liable to bring the sport in disrepute is not allowed.
 Excessive psyching up techniques (i.e. swearing, hitting) shall be limited at the
referee’s discretion.
k. Inspection of costume & personal equipment
 At all competitions there will be no official inspection of costume and personal
equipment.

 It will be the lifter responsibility to be presents the costume/equipment in
accordance with the rules.
 Any item mentioned previously under costume and personal equipment may be
inspected prior to the competition if the lifter has any doubt as to the legality of
that item. Such inspections should be requested during the weigh-in sessions and
directed to one of the IBFF POWERLIFTING referees present, not an appointed
weigh-in official.
 Inspections may also be made at any time prior to lifting by one of the appointed
IBFF Contest Officials or IBFF referee. Any conjecture or doubt about the legality
of any such items shall be referred to the appointed IBFF Contest Officials.
 Items of personal attire not covered in the rules governing costumes and personal
equipment such as: Headbands, mouthpieces, ribbons, watches, costume jewelry,
eyewear and feminine hygiene articles are permitted.
 Any items worn on the platform considered objectionable by virtue of being
unclean, torn or tattered, indecent or offensive to the spirit of the competition
should be rejected before the lifter is permitted to proceed.
 If a lifter performs on the platform wearing or using any item that is illegal or not
verifiably approved, the lifter shall lose credit for that lift, and may be disqualified
from the competition. Any minor oversights, or items covered above, noticed
before the lifter performs, should be indicated to the lifter and rectified prior to
continuing.
 Any lifter performing on the platform may be inspected before or after a lift if any
of the referees doubt the legality of the costume or personal equipment being
used.

ORDER OF COMPETITION

All single lift contests, bench press, deadlift, and push pull will be scheduled
after the full powerlifting contests.
 Lifters should, if required, check Squat and Bench Press rack heights and foot
block requirements during these periods prior to the start of the competition.
 10 or less lifters in a session must lift in one Flight. 10-15 lifters in a session may
be divided into two flights though again one Flight if preferable.
 Non-open lifters may enter the open category as well as the non-open category. 
If a lifter enters 2 or more categories he/she must compete in all categories
entered.  The lifter will be assigned a different flight for each category entered.
 Over 15 lifters must be split into appropriate Flights. The appointed IBFF Contest
Officials shall make decisions on such divisions, in conjunction with the
competition Organizing Committee. Wherever possible lifters in the same body
weight category should all compete in the same flight.
 Flights should be classified "A", "B", "C", etc. Flight "A" will normally consist of
lifters in one body weight category. Flight "B" the next higher body weight
category, and so on. Should the amount of lifters in any particular category
necessitate that category being split into more than one Flight, then the first

Flight should consist of lifters with lower totals than the second Flight and so on,
based on previous best total results. Competitions combining men and women
lifters may make different determinations.
 Where there are multiple Flights, Flight "A" will complete all three rounds of the
Squat (all three attempts), then Flight "B" will make all three rounds of the
Squat, and so on, repeating the same process for the Bench Press and Dead Lift.
 Three unsuccessful attempts in any lift will automatically eliminate the lifter from
the competition. Lifters will not be permitted to re-enter the meet as a guest lifter
or to attempt a record lift. Only at local or regional contests will this be left to the
meet director’s judgment.
 In the event that the number of lifters in a flight drops to ten or less, there will be
an automatic 5-minute rest following the completion of all first attempts, then
again after all second attempts.
 All lifters will take their first attempt in the first round, their second attempt in
the second round and their third attempt in the third round.
 The bar must be loaded progressively during a round on the principle of a raising
bar. At no time will the bar be reduced within a round except for errors as
described herein, and then only at the end of the round.
 Lifting order in each round will be determined by the lifter’s choice of weight per
attempt. When two lifters choose the same weight, the lifter with the lowest lot
number drawn prior to weigh-in, will lift first.
 A lifter will not be allowed to call for a weight lower than the attempted in the
previous round.
 If unsuccessful with an attempt, the lifter will wait until the end of the round
before attempting that weight again.
 All attempts taken over due to a scorekeeper’s error, loader’s or spotter’s error, or
for any other reason, except failure for the lifter to be announced, will occur at
the end of the round in which the error occurred, regardless of the progressive
advancement of the bar. If such an error occurs to the last lifter in the round, the
error will be corrected immediately and the lifter will be given the opportunity to
take the attempt over within four minutes of the bar being loaded.
Also, if such an error occurs to the first lifter in a round, and the attempt is
repeated at the end of the round with the lifter again the first lifter in the next
round, then four minutes will be allowed between the repeated attempt at the
end of the round and the next attempt by the same lifter at the beginning of the
following round. These are two of the rare occasions when lifters will follow
themselves.
 A lifter is permitted one change of weight on the first attempt of each lift. This
change may take place at any time, up to five minutes before the start of the first
round of that lift. Lifters in following Flights are accorded the same privilege up to
five attempts from the end of the previous Flight’s final round.
The speaker will announce prior notice of these deadlines. Oversights in making
these announcements should not be at the jeopardy of the lifter. The three
platform referees or IBFF Contest Officials shall rule on such discrepancies that
arise.

 Lifters must submit their second or third attempts within one minute of
completing the preceding attempt. If no weight is submitted within the one-
minute time allowance, the lifter will forfeit the next round attempt.
 Weights submitted for second and third attempts on the Squat and Bench Press
could not be changed.
 In the Dead Lift, changes of weight are permitted. The lifter may not change an
attempt if he or she has been called to lift and the bar has been called as "ready"
or "loaded". On second attempts, the lifter shall be allowed one change in weight,
and on third attempts, the lifter shall be allowed two changes in weight if he or
she has been called to lift, but the bar has not been called as "ready" or "loaded".
 In single lift meets, an opening attempt may be changed up to five minutes prior
to the start of that lifter’s flight. Third attempts may be changed as many times
as the lifter desires as long as his or her name has not been called to lift.
 To avoid any doubt or confusion with regards to submitting attempts, the
following procedure is suggested for adoption:
 The chosen weights for attempts are to be given in writing, in the form of attempt
cards, to the marshal/expeditor. Different colored cards will be used for each lift,
3 of the same color for the Squat, 3 of another color for the Bench Press, and 3 of
a third color for the Dead Lift. The lifter of the coach will complete the appropriate
attempt cards with the weight requested and sign the card. For first attempts the
attempt cards will only be used when the weight given at the weigh-in is
changed.
 If a lifting session consists of a single Flight, at least 20 or 30-minute interval will
be taken between lifts in order to ensure adequate warm-up time.
 When there is more than one Flight in a session, the lifting will be organized on
an alternating flight base. Consequently, a time interval between flights is not
required other than the time necessary for arranging the platform. Lifters not in
the first Flight will be able to warm-up while the first Flight is being conducted.
POWERLIFTS&

RULES OF PERFORMANCE

1. Squat
 After removing the bar from the racks while facing the front of the platform, the
lifter may move forward or backward to establish the lifting position. The top of
the bar not more than 3cm below the top of the anterior deltoids. The bar shall be
held horizontally across the shoulders with the hands and/or fingers gripping the
bar, and the feet flat upon the platform with the knees locked.
 The lifter shall wait in this position for the head referee’s signal. The signal will be
given as soon as the lifter is set and demonstrates control with the bar properly
positioned. The head referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of
the arm and audible command "Squat".
 Upon receiving the head referee’s signal, 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.
 The lifter must recover at will, without double bouncing, to an upright position
with the knees locked. The bar may stop, but there must be no downward motion
during recovery. As soon as the lifter demonstrated a controlled final position, the

head referee will give the signal indicating completion of the lift and to replace
the bar.
 The signal to replace the bar will consist of a backward motion of the arm and the
audible command "Rack". The lifter must then make a bona fide attempt to return
the bar to the racks.
 The lifter shall face the front of the platform, towards the head referee.
 The lifter shall not hold the collars or discs at any time during the performance of
the lift. However, the edge of the hands gripping the bar may be in contact with
the inner surface of the collar.
 Not more than five and not less than two loaders/spotters shall be on the
platform at any time.
 The lifter may enlist the help of spotters in removing the bar from the racks;
however, once the bar has cleared the racks, the spotters shall not physically
assist the lifter with regards to actually getting into the proper set position. The
spotters may assist the lifter to maintain control should the lifter stumble or
demonstrate any evident instability.
 The lifter will be allowed only one commencement signal per attempt.
 The lifter may be given an additional attempt at the same weight at the head
referee’s discretion if failure in an attempt was due to any error by one or more of
the spotters.
Causes for Disqualification of a Squat

o Failure to observe the head referee’s signals at the commencement or
completion of a lift.
o Double bouncing or more than one recovery attempt at the bottom of the
lift.
o Failure to assume an upright position with knees locked at the
commencement and completion of the lift.
o Movement of the feet laterally, backward or forward that would constitute
a step or stumble; "rocking the feet between the ball and the heel is
permitted".
o Failure to bend the knees and lower the body until the surface of the legs
at the hip joint is lower than the tops of the knees.
o Any resetting of the feet after the squat signal.
o Contact with the bar by the spotters between the referee’s signals.
o Contact of elbows or upper arms with the legs.
o Failure to make a bona fide attempt to return the bar to the racks.
o Any intentional dropping or dumping of the bar.

2. Bench press
 The head of the bench must be placed on the platform facing the head referee.
 The lifter must lie backward with shoulders and buttocks in contact with the flat
bench surface. The elected position of the buttocks shall be maintained
throughout the attempt. The lifters shoes or toes must be in solid contact with
the platform or surface and may not move during the attempt. The position of the
head is optional.
 To achieve firm footing, a lifter of any height may use discs or blocks to build up
the surface of the platform. Whichever method is chosen, the shoes must be in a
solid contact with the surface. If blocks are used, they shall not exceed 45cm x
45cm.

 Not more than four and not less than two loaders/spotters shall be in attendance.
The lifter may enlist the help of one or more of the designate spotters or enlist
personal spotters, in removing the bar from the racks. Only designated spotters
may remain on the platform during the lift. The lift off must be to arm’s length. A
designated spotter, having provided a center lift off, must immediately clear the
area in front of the head referee and move to either side of the bar. If the
personal spotter does not immediately leave the platform area and or in any way
distracts or impedes the head referees responsibilities, the referees may
determine that the lift is unacceptable, and be declared "no lift" by the referees
and given three red lights.
 The spacing of the hands shall not exceed 81cm, measured between the
forefingers. The bar shall have circumferential machine markings or tape
indicating this maximum grip allowance. If the lifter should use an offset or
unequal grip on the bar, whereby one hand is placed outside the marking or tape,
it is the lifter’s responsibility to explain this to the head referee, and allow
inspection of the intended grip prior to making an attempt. If this is not done
until the lifter is on the platform for an official attempt, any necessary explanation
and/or measurements will be done on the lifter’s time for that attempt. The
reverse or underhand grip is permitted.
 The bar must be at straight arms length and motionless before the lift is
commenced.
 After receiving the bar at arm’s length, the lifter shall wait for the audible
command "Start", then lower the bar to the chest and await the head referee’s
signal.
 The signal shall be an audible command "Press" and given as soon as the bar is
motionless on the chest.
 The lifter will be allowed one commencement signal per attempt
 After the press signal to commence the lift has been given, the bar is pressed
upward. The bar shall not be allowed to sink into the chest or move downwards
prior to the lifter’s attempt to press upward. The lifter will press the bar to
straight arm’s length and hold motionless until the audible command "Rack" is
given. Bar may move horizontally and may stop during the ascent, but may not
move downward towards the chest.
Causes for Disqualification of a Bench Press

o Failure to observe the referee’s signals at the commencement or
completion of the lift.
o When arms are not straightened and motionless before the lift was
commenced.
o Any change in the elected lifting position or the raising of the buttocks, (as
long as some portion of the buttocks remain on the bench and a referee
cannot see straight through. the lift is permissible).
o Lateral movement of the hands during the lift (between the referee’s
signals).
o Any excessive movement or change of the feet during the lift.
o Bouncing the bar off the chest or touching the stomach below the
sternum.
o Allowing the bar to sink into the chest after receiving the referee’s signal.
o Pronounced a major uneven extension of the bar during or at the
completion of the lift as judged by the referees.
o Any downward motion of the bar during the course of pressing out.
o Contact with the bar by the spotters between the referee’s signals.
o Any contact of the lifter’s shoes with the bench or its supports.

o Deliberate contact between the bar and the bar rest uprights during the lift
to assist the completion of the press, (contact in order to make the lift
easier).

It is the responsibility of the lifter to inform any personally enlisted spotters to leave the
platform as soon as the bar is secured at arm’s length. Such spotters shall not return to
the platform upon completion or failure of the attempt. It is especially important for a
spotter providing a center lift off to leave the platform quickly so as not to impair the
head referee’s view. Failure of any personal spotters to leave the platform may cause
disqualification of the lift.

3. Dead lift
 The bar must be laid horizontally in front of the lifter’s feet, gripped with an
optional grip in both hands, and lifted until the lifter is standing erect. The bar
may stop but there must be no downward motion of the bar.
 The lifter shall face the front of the platform.
 On completion of the lift, the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the
lifter shall be standing erect, (the shoulder will not be forward or rounded. it is
not necessary that they be back past the erect position. although it is
permissible).
 The head referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and
the audible command "Down". The signal will not be given until the bar is held
motionless and the lifter is an apparent finished position.  The lifter must lower
the bar to the platform under control after the down signal to complete the lift.
       
Causes of Disqualification of a Dead Lift

o Any downward motion of the bar before it reaches the final position, (at
the completion of the lift, if the bar settles as the shoulders come back this
should not be reason to disqualify the lift).
o Failure to stand erect, (the shoulders will not be forward or rounded. It is
not necessary that they be back past the erect position. All be it is
permissible).
o Failure to lock the knees straight at the completion of the lift.
o Supporting the bar on the thighs in a manner that the lifter can obtain
leverage or hitching.
o Movement of the feet laterally, backward or forward that would constitute
a step or stumble.
o Lowering the bar before receiving the head referee’s signal.
o Allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining control with
both hands.

4. General
 When the lifter prepares for an attempt, the loaders/spotters may assist in
removing the bar from the racks. They may also assist in setting up for a squat
should the lifter stumble or lack good control, and in replacing the bar after the
attempt. However, they shall not touch the lifter or the bar during the actual
attempt, i.e. during the period of time between commencement and completion

signals from the head referee. The important exception, for the spotters, to this
rule is if the lifter has obviously failed with the attempt, is in jeopardy of injury, or
the head referee or lifter has requested intervention, then the spotters should
assume control of the bar and weights and assist the lifter in replacing the bar
back on the racks.
 After the "Rack" command is given, the spotters may guide the bar back into the
rack, (once the "Rack" command has been given, the lift is officially over).
 During a competition taking place on a platform or lifting area, only the lifter, the
lifter’s coach, the three referees on duty, other meet officials recognized by need,
and the loaders/spotters will be allowed around the platform and lifting area.
 During the execution of a lift, only the lifter, designated loaders/spotters and the
three referees on duty are permitted to be present on the platform.
 Coaches shall remain back from the platform. The appointed IBFF Contest
Officials should define a coaching area.
 Personal, non-designated spotters are not permitted on the platform for the
Squat or Dead Lift. Personal non-designated spotters are permitted to lift-off on
the Bench Press, however, once the bar has been correctly positioned at the
lifter’s arms length, any personal spotter must quickly leave the platform area to
a discreet position.
 Lifters shall wrap and ready themselves for lifting off the platform. Only minor
adjustments requiring no assistance may be made on the platform. Likewise,
removing wraps, belts and costume shall be performed off the platform. Items
such as chalk, inhalants, talc, etc. should be utilized with propriety on and around
the platform area.
 In competitions under IBFF jurisdiction, including any competitions where world
records are set, the weights used must be in kilograms, and the barbell must
always be a multiple of 2.5kg. The weights shall be announced in kilograms and
may additionally be announced in pounds.
Exceptions to this rule:

o For a World / Continental record attempt made outside the completion
(4th attempt), the weight of the barbell must be at least 500 grams in
excess of the current record. Such record attempts will be made at the
end of the third round of the lifting flight and will not be counted in the
total.
o For a World / Continental record attempt made within the prescribed
attempts of the competition, a lifter may request on any attempt, a weight
that exceeds the current record by at least 500 grams.
o In all competitions the weight of the barbell shall consist of the heaviest
discs available that make up a particular weight.
o Three unsuccessful attempts in any lift will automatically eliminate the
lifter from the competition.

o Other than initial removal of the bar from the racks, the lifter should not
receive any additional help from the spotters in establishing position for an
attempt. However, should a lifter stumble or become unstable in setting up
for the Squat, the spotters should assist in steadying the lifter until control
has been regained.
o On the completion of an attempt, the lifter shall leave the platform within
thirty seconds. Failure to comply with this rule may result in
disqualification of the attempt at the discretion of the referees.
o Any physical abnormality, handicap, or incapacity of a lifter that may
cause, or potentially cause, an inability to fully comply with the rules
should be brought to the attention of, and explained to, the appointed GPA
Contest Officials. This should be in advance of the start of the lifter’s flight.
The lifter, IBFF Contest Officials and the platform referees for the particular
lifter will then confer on the matter to best accommodate any special
considerations for the lifter. Deafness, blindness, limb or joint
abnormalities that prevent proper straightening or extension are examples
for such special considerations.
o If, by reason of misconduct upon or near the competition platform, any
lifter or coach is considered to have discredited the sport, such person or
persons shall officially be warned. If the misconduct continues the
appointed IBFF Contest Officials together with the referees on duty, have
the authority to disqualify the lifter and order the coach and the lifter to
leave the venue. The team manager must be officially informed of both
warning and disqualification.
o Any lifter or coach who strikes an official an Official or other individual at a
competition will be banned for all IBFF competition indefinitely.
o All appeals against referee’s decisions or conduct, complaints regarding
the progress of the competition or against the behavior of any person or
persons taking part in the competition will be made to the appointed IBFF
Contest Officials. This must be done immediately following action of which
there is a complaint or appeal. The appeal must be backed by the team
manager and/or coach and presented in the presence of either or both. 
o The appointed IBFF Contest Officials will consider all such complaints. If
deemed necessary, the appointed IBFF Contest Officials may temporarily
suspend the progress of the completion to consider the situation fully.
After due consideration the complainant will be informed of any decision
and any appropriate measures that may be taken. The verdict of the
appointed IBFF Contest Officials will be considered final and there will be
no right or appeal to any other body.

5. Errors in loading
 If the bar is loaded to a lighter weight than originally requested and the attempt
is successful, the lifter may accept the successful attempt at the weight lifted, or
elect to take the attempt again at the originally requested weight. If the attempt
is not successful, the lifter will be granted a further attempt at the originally
requested weight.
 If the bar is loaded to a heavier weight than originally requested and the attempt
is successful, the lifter will be granted the attempt at the weight lifted. The weight

will be subsequently reduced if required for other lifters. If the attempt is not
successful, the lifter will be granted a further attempt at the originally requested
weight.
 If the weight is not the same on each side of the bar and the lift is successful
rules for overloaded and under loaded bars, as above apply. However, if the
attempt is credited to the lifter, and the weight of the bar lifted is not a multiple
of 2.5kg (I.e., a 1.25kg plate was on one side only) the weight will be recorded at
the lower multiple of 2.5kg. If the lift was unsuccessful the lifter will be granted a
further attempt at the weight originally requested.
 If any change occurs with the bar and discs during the execution of the lift and
the lift is successful, provided no weight fell off the bar, the attempt will be
accepted. If the attempt is unsuccessful, or weights fell off, the lifter will be
granted a further attempt at the same weight.



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5. Errors in loading

 If the bar is loaded to a lighter weight than originally requested and the attempt
is successful, the lifter may accept the successful attempt at the weight lifted, or
elect to take the attempt again at the originally requested weight. If the attempt
is not successful, the lifter will be granted a further attempt at the originally
requested weight.
 If the bar is loaded to a heavier weight than originally requested and the attempt
is successful, the lifter will be granted the attempt at the weight lifted. The weight

will be subsequently reduced if required for other lifters. If the attempt is not
successful, the lifter will be granted a further attempt at the originally requested
weight.
 If the weight is not the same on each side of the bar and the lift is successful
rules for overloaded and under loaded bars, as above apply. However, if the
attempt is credited to the lifter, and the weight of the bar lifted is not a multiple
of 2.5kg (I.e., a 1.25kg plate was on one side only) the weight will be recorded at
the lower multiple of 2.5kg. If the lift was unsuccessful the lifter will be granted a
further attempt at the weight originally requested.
 If any change occurs with the bar and discs during the execution of the lift and
the lift is successful, provided no weight fell off the bar, the attempt will be
accepted. If the attempt is unsuccessful, or weights fell off, the lifter will be
granted a further attempt at the same weight.

 Should the platform or equipment become disarranged during an attempt and the
attempt is successful, the attempt will be accepted. If the attempt is unsuccessful
the lifter may be granted a further attempt at the same weight, at the discretion
of the referees on duty.
 If the speaker makes a mistake by announcing a weight heavier or lighter than
that requested by the lifter, the referees will make the same decisions as for
loading errors.

 All attempts that are repeated for the above reasons will be at the end of the
round in which the error occurred.
 If a lifter misses an attempt because the speaker failed to announce the lifter’s
name at the appropriate time or weight, the weight will then be reduced to allow
the attempt within the round. Should this discovery disrupt the anticipation of any
preparing lifters, such lifters may be granted extra time in which to prepare
again, this shall be at the discretion of the referee on duty.
 Three unsuccessful attempts in any lift will automatically eliminate the lifter from
the competition. Lifters will not be permitted to re-enter the meet as a guest lifter
or to attempt a record lift. Only at local or regional contests will this be left to the
meet director’s judgment.

WORLD  RECORDS

At any IBFF World Championship, World records will be accepted provided that:
 The competition must be conducted under IBFF, or other IBFF International
affiliate  rules or a national variation or the rules accepted by the IBFF or other
IBFF International affiliate.
 The World / Continental record applicant must be a current member of the  IBFF
or other IBFF International affiliate. 
 At World / Continental contests, at least two current International or other IBFF
affiliate referees must adjudicate the lift and vouch that all conditions at the
competition meet the technical standards and procedures required. The third
referee must be at least a current National referee of a World Federation affiliated
to the IBFF.

 The barbell and discs were weighed before the competition, all actual weights
accurately recorded and able to be verified by the referees or appointed IBFF
Contest Officials or weighed immediately after the successful attempt by the
referees.
 The lifter weighed in correctly before the competition.
 The scales were certified accurate by a recognized authority within the last 6
months, and a scale test slip prepared by the Municipal Sealer of Weights and
Measures (or equivalent) or by an authorized scale company, is available.
 The lifter’s costume and personal equipment was in accordance with the rules.
Any lifter successful in a world record attempt must be inspected. Inspection may
be solely visual when the legality of the lifters costume and personal equipment is
obvious, or otherwise more thorough. Thorough inspections should be performed
off the platform, preferably in a private area, either by the three referees, or
officials delegated by the referees in cases where the lifter if of the opposite sex.
In all cases the head referee shall make an announcement to the speaker and
records processor that the record has been verified.

 Duplicate copies of fully completed World / Continental record applications, signed
by the three referees, must be sent separately to the World / Continental Records
Register and Head of the World sanctioning Technical Committee (as indicated on
the Record Application Form) within one calendar month of the date of the record
being set. A copy of the official score sheet must also accompany both record
applications. For Teenage, Junior (under 23) and Master World / Continental
records, proof of age must be satisfactorily established and attested to by the
adjudicating World referees. If such proof was not available when the record was
established, it is the lifter’s responsibility to furnish such proof (copy of birth
certificate, passport, drivers license) independently to both the World /
Continental Records Registrar and Head of the IBFF Technical Committee, before
the record can be ratified.

 If, in any competition recognized by the IBFF, a lifter is successful with an attempt
that falls within 20kg of a current World / Continental record, the lifter may
request a fourth attempt that exceeds the record. To be granted a fourth attempt
the lifter must have been successful with his/her third attempt. Such an attempt
will be registered outside the competition. Additional attempts will not be
permitted.
 Only lifters actually competing in a competition may attempt World / Continental
records.
 In no circumstances may lifters not taking part in the full competition be
permitted to attempt world records on individual lifts.
 In the event of two lifters, at the same competition, breaking either a current
individual or total record with the same weight, the lighter lifter will be declared
the new record holder. If both lifters weighed in at the same body weight they will
be re-weighed. If they reweigh the same, both will be record holders.
 New individual lift records are only valid if they exceed the previous record by at
least 500 grams.

 Records are only valid for the body weight category of the lifter as determined at
the official weigh-in.
 There is an official World record for the total of three lifts. It will be recognized
subject to the following additional stipulations:
a. No fourth attempts may be included in the total. Records set on individual
lifts will only be valid if the lifter makes a total in the competition.
 The IBFF recognizes World Records in the Bench Press Single Lift and Deadlift
Single lift Division along the same guide lines as the Powerlifting World Records.   
 If a lifter attempting a fourth attempt world record is one of the last four lifters of
the flight in the third attempts, they will received up to 3 additional minutes rest
prior to their fourth attempt. The very last lifter of the flight requesting a fourth
attempt will have 3 minutes because they are following themselves, plus the
additional 3 minutes.
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Re: IBFF POWERLIFTING DIVISION

We wish SUNIL LOCHAB from India - the president of the powerlifting IBFF division good luck and success in the further management and development of powerlifting around the world.

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