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Power Lifting Competition

Do you even lift?
The Ray's First Power Lifting Competition
  • Date: Cancelled
  • Fee:  DePaul Students/Ray Members $15; Non-Members $25
  • Registration Open:
  • Same day registration will not be accepted
  • Register online or in-person at Membership Services
  • Awards ceremony will begin immediately following competition
  • For questions or concerns, please contact Courtney Griffin or (773) 325-4562

General Rules

Two lifts will be recognized for competition:
  • Press
  • Deadlift
Sum of the heaviest lifts of the two lifts shall constitute the total.

Age Groups
  • Open: Up to 40 years of age
  • Masters: 40 years or older on the day of the meet
Weight classes:
Weigh-ins MUST be completed on the day of the event between 9-10:15 am at the Weigh-In Table.  No early or late weigh-ins will be performed; if a competitor doesn’t weigh in between 9-10:15 am, he/she forfeits competing in the event.
Male (6 categories)
  • 148 lbs & under
  • 149-165 lbs
  • 166-182 lbs
  • 183-199 lbs
  • 200-216 lbs
  • 217 lbs and above
Female (3 categories)
  • 129 lbs & under
  • 130-149  lbs
  • 150 lbs & over

Order of Competition

  • Upon check-in, each athlete must give the official an opening attempt for each lift.
  • Athlete’s name, lot number, weight class, gender, age, and opening attempts for each lift are recorded on an expeditor card, which will be used by the meet announcer to conduct the meet.
  • Competition shall be conducted in sessions, with complete weight classes grouped according to criteria deemed expedient by the meet director. All lifts will be contested during each session, with up to a 10 minute break between lifts.
  • Body weight for each lifter will be measured before the meet. 
  • Athletes shall present themselves for weigh-in promptly at that time and will have one opportunity to make weight within their presumptive weight class. 
  • Athletes may be weighed wearing their approved competition clothing by an official with an accurate and precise scale.
Conduct of the Competition
  • Competition shall be conducted using flights or groups of lifters. The order of the flights will be listed prior to the commencement of the meet. Each flight will complete its three attempts at a lift before the next flight is called to perform the same lift.
  • Meet announcer controls the conduct of the competition.
  • The announcer is responsible for announcing: competitior name, lifting weight, completion of the loading of bar in allotted time, whether the attempt was good or bad
  • Meet expeditor takes next attempts from lifters and coaches, manages the expeditor cards, prepares the scoresheet at the end of each lift, and aids the announcer in keeping the order of the competition.
  • Only persons allowed in the immediate area of the platform and the area of the announcer’s table are event staff, the athlete taking the attempt and the athlete’s coach. All other persons must stay clear of this area, upon penalty of disqualification.
  • Once the bar is loaded and announced as such, the lifter has one minute to initiate the lift. An announcement at the point where thirty seconds remain in the allotted time may be made by the announcer.
  • Meet will be conducted in pounds. Increases in weight will be in multiples of 5 pounds. If no next attempt is received from the lifter or the lifter’s coach after a successful lift, it shall be assumed that the next attempt is the next incremental increase based on the currently contested lift. If the previous attempt was unsuccessful and no next attempt is received, the weight will remain the same for the next lift.
  • In the event of a misload, two things may occur: If the misload is discovered before the attempt begins, the clock is stopped, the loading is corrected, and the original allotted time is restored to the clock.If the misload is discovered after the attempt, the lifter may elect to take another attempt, or to accept the results of the attempt. If another attempt is granted, it shall be taken at the end of the round.
  • After the opening attempts have been submitted at check-in, and for subsequent attempts, 2 changes in attempt can be submitted. Any change in attempt must be submitted before the loading of the attempt is completed and under no circumstances can the weight already loaded on the bar be lowered.
  • The "rounds" system will be used as the order of competition. All lifters in the flight shall perform their first attempt, ordered from lightest to heaviest attempt in the flight. The bar shall then be reloaded to the lightest second attempt, and all lifters shall perform their second attempt, ordered from lightest to heaviest attempt in the flight and so forth for the third attempt.
  • The actual awards are at the meet director’s discretion. A Best Lifter award for the men’s and women’s division may be awarded, to be calculated from the Wilks formula.
  • Three judges shall serve the competition platform. The head judge is seated directly in front of the lifter, and the two side judges sit on either side of the lifter at the point of best vantage.
  • Judges indicate their decisions through the use of paddles or flags, white indicating a good attempt, red indicating a bad attempt. Any two judges in agreement constitute the decision. The athlete or coach may inquire regarding the reason for a judge’s decision at the discretion of that particular judge only after leaving the platform area, and only at a time when it does not interfere with the execution of the judge’s duties.
  • At any point during the time the lifter is on the platform any judge sees any infraction of rules with respect to equipment, conduct, or safety, that judge can stop the clock and the competition with a raised hand until the situation is rectified to the satisfaction of all the judges, at which time the clock is restarted.

Personal Equipment

  • Lifter’s costume shall consist of a collarless t-shirt and shorts or pants.  Shoulders, chest, torso, butt and upper thighs must be covered.  A powerlifting, weightlifting, or wrestling singlet can be worn with a collarless t-shirt underneath.
  • Garments must be clean and free of graphics of a nature that the average spectator would find offensive.
  • Ideally, garments should fit snugly to facilitate the judging. All garments are subject to the review and approval of the judges.
  • Long socks that extend to just below the knee and completely cover the shin and calf must be worn in the deadlift to allow the bar to slide against the legs and to avoid blood from the competitors from contacting the bar. Thin shin guards that do not impede the upward motion of the bar may be worn under the socks if desired.
  • Footwear is required at all times.  Any type of shoe may be worn, provided that it is in good repair and clean. Shoes must be worn on the platform at all times. Deadlift slippers are acceptable as well. Shoes with cleats or metal spikes are not permitted.
  • No caps, hats, non-religious/medical head gear are permitted to be worn on the platform.
  • A belt may be worn during all lifts. It may be of any type, provided that when worn it only overlaps itself one time at any point along its circumference.
  • Rubberized knee sleeves may be worn. Only one knee sleeve per knee may be worn. Any sleeves must be worn over the socks in the deadlift.
  • Wrist wraps may be worn. Any bandages worn on the hands must be shown to the judges prior to the start of the lift. Any ankle or knee bandages must be approved by the judges prior to the start of the lift in which they are worn.
  • No wraps of any kind may be worn on the elbows, or on any part of the body other than the wrists. No supportive undergarments of any type may be worn.
  • No lubricants of any type, whether fluids, powders, or solids, may be used anywhere on the competition venue or any areas adjacent to the competition venue. Chalk is not considered a lubricant. Use of any lubricants at all constitutes cause for immediate disqualification.
  • No foreign substances of any type except the chalk provided by the competition may be used on either the platform equipment or the lifter’s personal equipment. No rosin, spray sticky, or any other substance designed to enhance the friction of hands against bar or shoes against floor may be used.
  • A warm-up room marshal may be appointed for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the equipment rules.

Performing Lifts

  • Lifter must lie on 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).
  • 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.
  • After correctly positioning, the lifter may enlist the help of the spotter/ loaders in removing the bar from the racks. After removing the bar from the racks, with or without the help of the spotters/loaders, the lifter shall wait with [elbows locked into the starting position] for the Chief Referee’s signal. The signal shall be given as soon as the lifter has control of the bar, motionless and the bar properly positioned.
  • The signal to begin the attempt shall consist of a downward movement of the arm together with the audible command “Start”.
  • 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 on the chest, after which the Chief referee will signal the audible command “Press” accompanied by an upward movement of the arm. The lifter must then return the bar to straight arm’s 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.”
Disqualifications of a Bench Press
  • Failure to observe the Chief Referee’s signals at the commencement, during or completion of the lift.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Any downward movement of the whole of the bar in the course of being pressed out.
  • Bar is not lowered to the chest (i.e., not reaching the chest or abdominal area, or the bar is touching the belt).
  • Failure to press the bar to [arm’s length with elbows locked into the finished position] at the completion of the lift.
  • Contact with the bar or the lifter by the spotters/loaders between the Chief Referee’s signals in order to make the lift easier.
  • Any contact of the lifter’s feet with the bench or its supports.
  • Deliberate contact between the bar and the bar rests support.
  • Failure to comply with any of the items outlined under the 'Rules of Performance.'
  • No spotters will be used during the deadlift
  • The bar is gripped with both hands outside the legs, and pulled with one continuous uninterrupted movement until the lifter is standing erect with knees and hips fully extended, the chest up and shoulders back.  No sumo deadlift position will be allowed
  • Once this position is attained and the bar is motionless, the bar is lowered under control with both hands back to the ground. Any release of the bar from the hands before it is lowered completely constitutes a missed attempt.
  • The use of lubricants on the thighs or legs is forbidden. Chalk is not to be considered a lubricant.
  • Any socks worn during the deadlift must be worn underneath any sleeves worn on the knees.
Disqualifications of a Deadlift
  • Any downward movement of the bar before it reaches the final position.
  • Failure to stand erect with the shoulders back.
  • Failure to lock the knees straight at the completion of the lift.
  • Supporting the bar on the thighs during the performance of the lift. If the bar edges up the thigh but is not supported this is not reason for disqualification.
  • Stepping backward or forward or moving the feet laterally. Rocking of the feet between ball and heel is permitted.
  • Allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining control with both hands (i.e., releasing the bar from the palms of the hand).
  • Failure to comply with any of the items outlined under “Rules of Performance”