Meet Preparation

Check in Procedures/Requirements

  • Membership Card and Photo I.D.
  • Liability Waiver Form - Confirmation its been signed online
  • Opening Attempts on Lifter Card
  • Equipment Gear/Attire Checked and Approved
  • Rack Heights
  • Weigh In
  • Proof of Membership

    The expiration date must show December of the current year to be valid. (Your member card can be a hard copy or viewed on your phone). If your card expiration date shows a date other than December 2018 please send us an email so we can help you upgrade to the full membership.


    Meet Preparation

    Here are a few things to consider as you prepare for your competition:


    Step 1 –  Check In: You will check in with the registration table, present your Photo ID and your USA Powerlifting Card.  You will also need to show the Waiver of Liability Form Confirmation email to the check in official.

                   Opening Attempts: In PENCIL write your opening attempts on your card in KILOS (remember, opening attempts can be changed up to 3 minutes prior to the start of your flight if needed)

    When converting your pounds to kilos, kilo weights must be in 2.5kg increments, so be prepared to round up or down. (ie, want to open with 160lbs?  You will need to either put down 72.5kg or round down to 70kg or up to 75kg)

    Step 2 – Equipment / Gear Check: Your lifting gear (singlets, tshirts, knee sleeves,  wrist wraps, socks, shoes, belt etc) will be inspected and approved prior to the start of the competition

    • Raw Personal Equipment:
      • Singlet
      • T-shirt (either blank or with an approved logo, like Titan, Inzer, SBD or your school, lifting club or gym) – Bring an extra
      • Underwear tighty whitey style (boxers, boxer briefs, and shorts are explicitly not permitted)
      • Lifting belt – no padding or velcro
      • Knee sleeves
      • Knee high socks
      • Lifting shoes (Squat and Deadlift)
      • Wrist wraps
      • Chalk (provided, but it’s good to have your own)

    Step 3 – Rack Heights : Get your rack heights for both squat and bench. Your bench rack height will have both the rack and safety bar heights.  (Write these down, some future meets will have an online link available to input your rack heights)

    Step 4 – Weigh Ins:  Bring your Photo ID and Member ID Card.  Wear something easy to take off for weigh-ins, there are lifters waiting, so the quicker you (and your fellow competitors) can get in and out of the weigh-ins, the faster you can eat and prepare for your competition.


    • **USA Powerlifting MEMBERSHIP CARD** Print it and bring it to the meet – You can show it on your SmartPhone too
    • Photo ID.
    • Ipod/music
    • Video camera
    • Food/drinks
      • Bring snacks for the entire day. You will want to eat throughout the day to keep fueling the body.
    • Lbs to kg coversion chart with your anticipated attempt selections


    • Knowledge is power! Take some time to read through the USA Powerlifting Technical Rules, this only benefits you as a lifter to know what you can and can’t do!
    • Review (and practice) commands for each lift:
    • Squat : Squat/Rack
    • Bench: Start/Press/Rack
    • Dead: Down
    • Lifting: You have 60 seconds to get the Start command once the bar is loaded, be ready!
    • Attempts: You will turn in your next attempt immediately following your exit from the platform.  You must do this within 60 seconds of exiting the platform.  Remember, you can go up, stay the same (in the event you missed an attempt) or decline another attempt).  You cannot go ‘down’ if you miss an attempt (open confident!)


    • Drug Testing:  Do not leave the meet until an announcement has been made that the athletes have been selected for testing.  Failure to be present when requested will be considered a failure.  If you have to leave, please check in with the meet director first.
    • Did you set an American Record? Have a copy of of your Photo ID ready and sign your Record Claim Form. (Only at the State Championships, Regional Championships or National Championship Meets)
    • Awards are given at the end of the session or day depending on the meet schedule! Stick around for your individual award, best lifter awards and the group photo at the end.

    See you on the platform!

    USA Powerlifting Lifter’s Handbook

    USA Powerlifting Rule Book