Keep Pulling Event FAQs

We love that you're interested in one of our USA Weightlifting sanctioned events! To help you find the information that you may or may not be looking for, here is a list of frequently asked questions relating to our events. If at any time you have additional questions, please reach out to our event staff below who are more than eager to help!


Here is a list of frequently asked questions surrounding a Weightlifting meet. Of course, if there is any question at all, please feel free to contact us.

Where will the meet be held?
Please refer to our EVENTS PAGE to find the dates/times/locations of our upcoming events.

Are registrations final?
Yes, all registrations are final.

So you're not giving refunds?
No. We give registered athletes the option to sell/transfer their spot to another athlete -- The registered athlete is responsible for selling, collecting money, and submitting the transfer of registration information!

Why does my coach need to register?
We will be limiting access to the warm up area to registered athletes and coaches in the current active session. Coach registration is free, so please have your coach register through EventBrite.

Does my coach need to have a USAW membership to register?
No, though they will need to have a membership to coach at higher-level USAW events.

When do I check in?
Athletes check in during their designated weigh in time 2 hours before their lifting session. All weigh in and lift off times will be available on the official EVENTS PAGE.

Can I check in early?
No. Please refer to the event schedule on the official EVENTS PAGE (will be available 2 weeks before competition date)

What if I don’t make weight?
You have one hour from the start of your weigh in time to attempt to make weight – row, bike, run, jump rope, or bust out the trash bags if you need to (actually, don't really do that at all). You can weigh in an unlimited number of times within that hour, but if you do not make it, you will be moved to the next category up or down. (Yes, you can be TOO LIGHT). We do not disqualify for missing weight!

Can I change my weight class?
Click here for a list of USA Weightlifting weight categories.

If you do not make weight during your designated weigh in time, you will be bumped to the next category up or down. This could potentially affect your weigh in time and start time for the new class that you are in. If you know a few days ahead of time that there is no shot of you making weight, please contact our EVENT STAFF so we can plan ahead for any potential scheduling changes.

When do I declare my openers?
When you weigh in, you will be asked for your openers by a member of the event staff IN KILOGRAMS! They will write it on your lifter card and that is the end!

Do I need to be a USA Weightlifting member?
Yes! This is an official USA Weightlifting sanctioned meet, so you must carry an active USAW membership. Click here to register.

Are singlets required to compete?
Yes! This is an official USA Weightlifting sanctioned meet, so you MUST lift in a singlet. If you do not have a singlet on the day of the meet, you will not be permitted to compete.

Who is allowed in the warm up area?
The warm up area is for coaches and athletes of the active session ONLY. No spectators or visitors will be permitted in the warm up area.

Will there be food at the meet?
Yes, we bring in third-party food vendors!

What should I bring with me?
Here’s a list of things that you should bring with you to the meet.

  • A Singlet (Official USAW sanctioned meets require them)
  • Your USAW membership card (printed out or on your phone)
  • A photo ID
  • Weightlifting shoes
  • Training gear (if you use accessories, that is.) Knee sleeves, wrist wraps, lifting belt, tiger balm, and tape. Some less obvious gear that could save you are chalk, extra shoe laces, nail clippers, and scissors.
  • Warm ups, jackets and pants to stay warm
  • Pillow/something comfortable to nap with (taking a nap while waiting for weigh in times is not unusual at all)

What are the referees looking for?
Please see below for standards videos.

There are quite a number of technical standards that the referees are looking for, but here are the major ones that you should be concerned with:

  • No press outs — the snatch and the jerk must be received with a solid lock out. No pressing out of the elbows, or locking out, breaking and then pressing it out again.
  • Waiting for the “down” signal — The center ref will tell you when to put the bar down after each lift. If you put it down before they say, even if it’s a good lift, it will be counted as “no lift”.
  • Dropping the weight in front of you — When the ref tells you to put the weight down, bring it down in front of you. If you drop the bar behind you even after a perfect lift, it will be counted as “no lift”.
  • Touching the platform — The only thing allowed to touch the platform during a lift is your feet. If something like your knee touches the ground, “no lift”.
  • Elbow to knee — This is just for the clean; If your elbows touch your knees during the squat, “no lift”.

General Standards Videos

Contact our event staff

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