APA-WPA POWERLIFTING RULES
The WPA and affiliate federations recognize the following lifts. The lifts must be taken in the same sequence in all competitions conducted under WPA rules: 1) squat 2) bench press 3) deadlift 4) total (addition of the best successful attempt of 1, 2, & 3.)
The WPA and affiliate federations recognize as valid only those lifts and/or totals performed in accordance with WPA rules of powerlifting competition in which the meet director has secured an official sanction at least 30 days prior to the event.
3. The APA-WPA recognizes the following lifts for full powerlifting, which must be taken in the same sequence in all competitions conducted under WPA rules:
a. Squat Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
b. Bench Press Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
c. Deadlifts Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
4. The APA and WPA affiliates recognize the following lifts for Strength Sports Division:
b. Overhead Press
5. Competition takes place between lifters in categories defined by:
b. Body Weight
d. Raw divisions
e. Equipped divisions
f. Unlimited Gear divisions
g. Strength Sports divisions
The rules apply to all levels of competition whether it is a Local, State, Regional, World, International or any competition that states that it is conducted under APA-WPA rules. Each competitor is allowed three attempts on each lift. The lifter's best valid attempt on each lift, (4th attempts for record setting purposes are not included), counts toward his competition total. The winner of a category shall be the lifter who achieves the highest total. The remaining lifters shall be ranked in descending order of total. Lifters failing to achieve a total are eliminated from the competition. If two or more lifters achieve the same total, the lighter lifter ranks above the heavier lifter.
The WPA and affiliate federations recognize and register national/world records within the age categories described hereunder:
Open: 13 years upwards (no restrictions) Athletes of any age may compete in the Open class
Youth Program – Begins at age 8 and goes up to and includes age 12
Teenage: 13-15, 16-17, 18-19
Master 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and upwards
Officially recognized bodyweight categories
a. Men: 114½, 123½, 132¼, 148¾, 165¼, 181¾, 198¼, 220¼, 242½, 275½, 308¾, 341½, & Super heavy
b. Women: 97.0, 105¾, 114½, 123½, 132¼, 148¾, 165¼, 181¾, 198¼, 220¼, Unlimited
c. Special exception: male lifters ages 8-12 will have the following weight classes for record recognition: 97.0, 105¾, 114½, 123½, 132¼, 148¾, 165¼, 181¾, 198¼, 220¼, 242½, 275½, 308¾, 341½, & super heavy. After the age of 15 the weight classes will be the same as standard men's classes
*A lifter may apply for records only in the weight class or he/she competed in. if a person is in a lighter category such as the 132¼ class he/she cannot attempt to set a record in the 148¾ class. If the contest has no age categories the lifter may still apply for a record if he meets the age criteria for the record.
A chairperson or meet director may request a set of world records prior to holding an event. Records are not mailed out on a routine basis because the records change on a weekly basis. A list of state records may be obtained through your state chairperson.
Team Composition: Teams at local, state, and regional level events are designed at the discretion of the meet director. At World Championships and National Championships teams may have a total of one lifter in each weight class per team with male teams having up to 13 lifters with two alternates or reserves and female teams having up to 11 lifters with 2 alternates or reserves. Team points at all events will be 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 for 1st-10th respective placements each weight class. In the case of a tie between teams having the same number of first places, the team having the most 2nd places will be classified first and so on throughout the placements.
Rounds system: Only the round system shall be utilized. Each lifter takes his first attempt in the first round. The lifter takes his second and third attempt in the respective rounds even though any of these may have been unsuccessful in the previous rounds. If the lifter misses an attempt due to a misloaded bar or error of a spotter provided by the meet director, the lifter will be granted another attempt at the same weight at the end of the current round. The bar must be loaded on a progressive basis during a round from lightest to heaviest. The lifter is never allowed to take a lower attempt on his next lift in the following round.
Lifting order is determined by the weight on the bar. Each lifter must give starting weights for all three lifts at the weigh-in. The lifter is allowed to change, "but only once", the first attempt for each lift. If he is in the first group this weight may be changed up to 5 minutes before the first round for that lift. If he is lifting in the following group, the weight may be changed up until the time when not less than 5 attempts remain for the previous group. An exception to this rule is the deadlift, where the lifter may change his attempt up until the point that the lifters name is called as being in the hole.
All squat rack heights should be given prior to warm ups. Meet directors shall designate a time for rack heights to be given.
Permitted weight use competitions at any level may be conducted in either pound or kilo sets.
Special rulings for middle school, high school, novice, Special Olympics, and prison competitions:
Lifters in the competitions/divisions listed below may wear shorts and tee shirt instead of the standard one piece lifting suit:
In prison meets however, if they are going to apply for a national or world record a one piece lifting suit must be worn. Those lifting in a novice division and wearing shorts and tee shirt may not set records. Middle school and High School students may wear shorts and tee shirt at school meets and/or local level meets which offer high school or middle school divisions. At all meets that are state level or above they must wear a standard lifting uniform.
Age categories: Lifters must compete in their own specific age categories or the open division. An exception to this rule is a master lifter may compete in lower master age brackets if he/she wishes to compete against younger master athletes but may not set records outside of their age division.