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!

The Big Ones

It says the [insert weight category] is sold out. Is it really sold out?

Yes. Registration will automatically close when full. If there is a wait list available for the event, make sure to enter your information to be one of the first notified if we are able to expand our registration.

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. Each club/team/group will be permitted a maximum of TWO (2) coaches and TWO (2) assistant coaches. All coaches must be listed by the athlete during the registration process and each coach must register for a free pass through EventBrite.

Coaches that do not register for a coach pass by the registration deadline and those who are ineligible for a coach's pass must purchase a spectator pass through EventBrite.

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.

More Questions & Answers!

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.

Are registrations final?
Yes, all registrations are final. If an athlete is unable to attend, they may sell/transfer their spot to another athlete OR use their registration to participate in a later Keep Pulling Event.

When do I check in?
Athletes check in during their designated weigh in time 2 hours before their lifting session. Athletes may check in but NOT weigh in early. All weigh in and lift off times will be available on the official EVENTS PAGE.

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!

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, visitors, training partners, people with cameras, "coaches", entire gyms, or athletes who have already competed/will be competing in a later session 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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