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Liftaholics Bench Press Competition

Liftaholics Bench Press Competition
Liftaholics Bench Press Competition General: This is a bench-only competition. Each competitor will be given 3 attempts to put up their bench! Date: Saturday, June 24th, 2017 @ 9:00am Where: Liftaholics Fitness, 9247 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95624 Meet Director: Ryan Soper Contact Info: Phone: 916-715-7423 E-Mail: ryan@liftaholicsfitness.com Registration: Entry Fee Registration now open Closes Saturday, June 17th, 2017 *Limited to 25 Spots Per Weight Class Check-in/Weigh-ins: 6:30am-8:30am. Lifting will begin at 9:00am.  Athletes will be divided into flights based on gender and weight class. Flight order will be assigned by ascending bench attempts.     Flights to be released Monday, June 19th, 2017. Awards: PRIZES to be awarded to best overall deadlift per weight class! Weight Classes: Men:  Lightweight: Middleweight: 175-204.9 lbs Heavyweight: 205-234.9 lbs Super-Heavyweight: 235+ Women: Lightweight: Middleweight: 125-149.9 lbs Heavyweight: 150-174.9 lbs Super-Heavyweight: 175+ Personal Equipment: Wrist wraps allowed. Elbow sleeves/wraps are not permitted. Bench Press Rules (from USPA Rulebook) 4.3.1 The head of the bench must be placed on the platform facing the Head Referee. 4.3.2 The lifter must lie on his back with shoulders and buttocks in contact with the flat bench surface. This position must be maintained throughout the lift. The head may remain flat or rise during the lift. The lifter has the option of benching while either flat footed, or on the toes, as long as the foot remains in contact with the lifting platform. The feet may move up and down during the lift, and come in contact with each other as long as they do not come in contact with the equipment. 4.3.3 The hands may grip the bar with a "thumbs around" grip, “thumb less” grip, or “reverse” grip. They may not grip outside the 81cm mark. Index fingers’ covering the 81 cm ring is allowed. If a lifter must use an offset or unequal grip, whereby one hand is placed outside the marking, it is the lifters responsibilitytoexplaintotheheadrefereeandallowinspectionoftheintendedgrippriorto making the attempt. The maximum distance between the lifters index fingers using an offset grip may never exceed 81 cm, same as a conventional lifter. 4.3.4 To achieve firm footing the lifter may use flat surfaced plates or blocks not exceeding 30cm in total height, or 45cm length x 45cm width, to build up the surface of the platform. 4.3.5 Not more than four, and not less than two spotter / loaders shall assist the lifter on the platform. 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. At no time may the lifter bring in their own personal side spotters, but will use the official meet side spotters provided, without exception. They may however use their own center spotter. (See exception 6.2.36) 4.3.6 If a center spotter is used they must move off the platform and to one side after the handoff prior to the commencement of the lift, but for safety reasons they will be allowed to stay in close proximity (but not blocking the referees view) for any emergencies. 4.3.7 After removing the bar from the racks or receiving it from the spotter / loaders, the lifter shall show full lock-out of both elbows, along with complete control prior to the “START” command being given. 4.3.8 For reasons of safety the lifter will be requested to “Re-Place” the bar, together with a backward motion of the arm, if after five seconds they are not in the correct position to begin the lift. 4.3.9 Once the lift has begun, the lifter must lower the bar and hold it motionless on the chest or abdominal area with a definite and visible pause. At no time may the bar come in contact with the lifters belt. For multi-ply bench requirements, refer to section 11.5.2. 4.3.10 Once the bar is paused and motionless on the chest or abdominal area, the audible command “PRESS” will be given. The bar must be pressed upwards with elbows fully locked. Any pronounced or exaggerated uneven lockout of the bar after completion is not allowed. Note: If a lifter has any physical abnormality, handicap or incapacity of extending their arm or arms to arms length with elbows fully locked, they must inform and show physical, visual proof to the Head Referee prior to the start of their lift. 4.3.11 When the bar is held motionless in this position the audible command "RACK" is given. The spotters / loaders may assist the lifter in returning the bar to the rack. 4.3.12 If a lifter inadvertently begins the lift prior to the Head Referee giving the “Start” command, and the lifter has not continued the lift to the point the bar has made contact with the lifter’s chest, the lifter may return to the correct starting position with elbows locked, or even re-rack the bar, and then begin the lift again once the Head Referee gives the “Start” command, without penalty. Causes for Disqualification of a Bench Press 4.4.1 Failure to observe any of the Head Referee’s signals for the lift. USPA Rulebook 2017v1b Page 20 4.4.2  Any change in the elected lifting position during the lift, other than the head ( i.e. any raising movement of the shoulders or buttocks from their original points of contact with the bench, or lateral movement of the hands on the bar after the “START” command has been given.) Feet must remain in contact with the floor, however, incidental movement as much as half the length and half the width of the lifters foot is permitted. 4.4.3  Heaving, bouncing, or sinking the bar after it has been motionless on the chest or abdominal area, and the “PRESS” command has been given. 4.4.4  Any pronounced uneven lockout of the arms during the completion of the lift. 4.4.5  Any downward movement of the bar in the course of being pressed out. 4.4.6  Failure to press the bar to full extension of the arms at the completion of the lift. 4.4.7  Intentional contact with the bar by spotter / loaders between the Head Referee’s signals. 4.4.8  Any contact of the lifter’s feet with the bench or its supports. 4.4.9  Deliberate or intentional contact between the bar and the bar-rest supports during the lift. However, unintentional contact that did not assist the lifter is not reason to turn down the lift. 4.4.10  Allowing the bar to come in contact with the lifting belt. 4.4.11  Failure to comply with any of the requirements contained in the general description of the lift, which precedes this list of disqualifications. 4.4.12  If a lifter wears the buckle of their belt on his back during the bench presses. 4.4.13  Failure to achieve the proper start position under control, with both elbows fully locked out prior to the “Start” command being given. 4.4.14  Receiving assistance (e.g. adjusting the shirt, belt, wraps, body position, etc.) from any person that has either stepped on the platform, or leaned in, before or during the performance of the lift. (see 6.3.2) 4.4.15  Failing to remove the bar from the racks before the one minute clock expires. 4.4.16  Double bouncing or more than one descending or ascending motion throughout the lift. 

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