Bench Press Competition

Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at 10 AM $40 Registration fee by 11/4 $50 Registration fee after 11/5 Weigh ins will begin a half hour before the start of each division.

Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at 10 AM

$40 Registration fee by 11/4
$50 Registration fee after 11/5

Weigh ins will begin a half hour before the start of each division.

Bench Press Rules & Regulations
1. The bench shall be placed on the platform with the head facing the front or angled up to 45 degrees.

2. The lifter must lie on his back with head, shoulders and buttocks in contact with the bench surface. The feet must be flat on the floor (as flat as the shape of the shoe will allow). His hands and fingers must grip the bar positioned in the rack stands with a thumbs around grip. This position shall be maintained throughout the lift. Foot movement is permissible but must remain flat on the platform. The hair must not hide the back of the head when lying down on the bench. TheJury or Referees may require the lifter to affix his/her hear accordingly.

3. To achieve firm footing the lifter may use flat surfaced plates, or blocks not exceeding 30 cm in total height and a minimum dimension of 60 cm x 40 cm, to build up the surface of the platform. Blocks in the range of 5 cm, 10 cm, 20cm, and 30 cm, should be made available for foot placement at all international competitions.

4. Not more than five and not less than two spotter/loaders shall be on the platform at any time. After correctly positioning himself, the lifter may enlist the help of the spotter/loaders in removing the bar from the racks. The lift off if assisted by the spotter/loaders must be at arms’ length.

5. The spacing of the hands shall not exceed 81 cm measured between the forefingers (both forefingers must be within the81 cm marks and the whole of the forefingers must be in contact with the 81 cm marks if maximum grip is used). The use of the reverse grip is forbidden.

6. After removing the bar from the racks, with or without the help of the spotter / loaders, the lifter shall wait with straight arms elbows locked for the Chief Referee’s signal. The signal shall be given as soon as the lifter is motionless and the bar properly positioned. For reasons of safety the lifter will be requested to “Replace” the bar, together with a backward movement of the arm, if after a period of five seconds he is not in the correct position to begin the lift. The ChiefReferee will then convey the reason why the signal was not given.

7. The signal to begin the attempt shall consist of a downward movement of the arm together with the audible command“Start”.

8. After receiving the signal, the lifter must lower the bar to the chest or abdominal area (the bar shall not touch the belt),hold it motionless, after which the Chief referee will signal the audible command “Press”. The lifter must then return the bar to straight arms’ length elbows locked. When held motionless in this position the audible command “Rack” shall be given together with a backward motion of the arm. If the bar is lowered to the belt or does not touch the chest or abdominal area, the Chief Referee´s command is “Rack”.

Causes for Disqualification of a Bench Press:
1. Failure to observe the Chief Referee’s signals at the commencement, during or completion of the lift.

2. Any change in the elected lifting position during the lift proper i.e. any raising movement of the head, shoulders, or buttocks, from the bench, or lateral movement of hands on the bar.

3. Heaving, or sinking the bar into the chest or abdominal area after it is motionless in such a way as to make the lift easier.

4. Any downward movement of the whole of the bar in the course of being pressed out.

5. Bar is not lowered to chest or abdominal area i.e. not reaching the chest or abdominal area, or the bar is touching the belt.

6. Failure to press the bar to straight arms’ length elbows locked at the completion of the lift.

7. Contact with the bar or the lifter by the spotter/loaders between the Chief Referee’s signals, in order to make the lift easier.

8. Any contact of the lifter’s feet with the bench or its supports.

9. Deliberate contact between the bar and the bar rests support.

10. Failure to comply with any of the items outlined under the Rules of Performance.

The Round System
(a) At the weigh in, the lifter must declare a starting weight for his first lift. This must be entered on the appropriate first attempt card, signed by the lifter and retained by the official conducting the weigh in. The lifter will then be given 5 blank attempt cards for use during the competition. Having made his first attempt at a lift, the lifter or his coach must decide upon the weight required for his second attempt. This weight must be filled in where indicated upon the card and submitted to an appointed official before the one minute time allowance has elapsed. The same procedure is to be used for the second and third attempts on all three lifts.Responsibility for submitting attempts within the time limit rests solely with the lifter. Examples of attempt cards are illustrated. Remember that the box for first attempts on the cards in the lifters possession is only to be used for the permitted first attempt change if required. Similarly, the fourth and fifth boxes on the deadlift card are only to be used for the two permitted changes on the third attempt deadlift if required.

(b) Each lifter will take his first attempt in the first round, his second attempt in the second round and his third attempt in the third round.

(c) If unsuccessful with an attempt, the lifter does not follow himself, but must wait until the next round before he can attempt that weight again.

***This competition is not sanctioned by any governing athletic association, however, the competition will flow similarly to that of an IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) sanctioned event. ***


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