New Scoring System

Beginners: Athletes with less then three meets of experience will be judged off a two-tiered grading system. The first grading protocol will be based off a 5-point Technique Scoring System. A maximum of Five Points for each lift of the Snatch and Clean & Jerk will be given, thirty points in total. Lifts will be judged against the established standard of how well the lift should be performed. USAW Senior International Coach & IWF Category 2 Referee Joe Micela will perform the Technical Grading. The Technical Grading System will be combined with the standard IWF scoring system of the most weight lifted in the Snatch and Clean & Jerk will be combined for a Total. This new system will ensure novice athletes and coaches in the sport are meeting certain technical criteria necessary to safely and affectively perform in the Sport of Weightlifting. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for athletes to compete in as well as prepare them for higher levels of sports performance. We also must encourage coaches to better prepare athletes for competition and insist that quality over quantity is being taught with beginners. This is the first time that feedback on
an official capacity will be given to both Athlete and Coach. Athletes will have to submit which meets that they have competed in before acceptance into this competition.

Athletes with more than three meets of competitive experience will follow the standard IWF/USAW scoring protocol, heaviest weight lifted in the Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Total.

Snatch

Each lift will start with 5 points and 1 point will be deducted for the following

-1 Multiple steps forward to recover the Bar: If an athlete do to balance issues has to take multiple steps either forward, backward, or to the side to ensure the lift is completed despite a legal lockout will be deducted a point for loss of control. Ideal position for recovery is to stand and recover the feet inward from a wider stance or to just stand vertically as long as the athlete’s feet are inline.

-1 Jumping Forward to receive the Bar: Unlike the above deduction, here the athlete jumps forward to receive the bar and stays stationary. It is not ideal position to jump forward in the technical mastery of the Snatch. As a beginning lifter jumping forward should not be practiced.

-1 Failure to bring the bar to the hip before extension: Ideal position for the Snatch is to have the bar come to the hip before final extension, if the bar does not reach the hip and the athlete extends from the thigh one point will be deducted. Extension from the thigh most likely will cause a looping of the bar, which is less then desirable.

-1 Pausing during the lifting of the Barbell: Otherwise known as Hitching, this act is illegal and should disqualify the lift. Many local referees miss this one. This will cause a point deduction and a verbal cue to the athlete if it happens again they will be red lighted on the next lift.-1 Power Snatching in a Competition: Athletes should not enter a competition unless they can successfully complete a Snatch received in a full squat position. Again the goal of local competition in the Sport of Weightlifting is to prepare Athletes for a higher level of competition. Exceptions will be made for Beginner Master’s Athletes who do not posses the flexibility to receive the bar in a full squat position. If a Beginner Master’s Athlete cannot complete a full movement they must first notify the referees and Technical Director of the Meet prior to the start of the competition.

Clean & Jerk

Deductions will be given for the following

-1 Jumping Forward to receive the Bar: Unlike the above deduction, here the athlete jumps forward to receive the bar and stays stationary. It is not ideal position to jump forward in the technical mastery of the Clean. As a beginning lifter jumping forward should not be advised.

-1 Pausing during the lifting of the Barbell: Otherwise known as Hitching, this act is illegal and should disqualify the lift immediately. Many local referees miss this one. This will cause a point deduction and a verbal cue to the athlete if it happens again they will be red lighted on the next lift.

-1 Multiple Steps forward to recover with the Jerk: If an athlete do to balance issues has to take multiple steps either forward, backward, or to the side to ensure the lift is completed despite a legal lockout.

-1 Racking the Bar to the Chest then rolling the Bar up to the Shoulders: this is an illegal movement and should disqualify the athlete. We will deducted a point and give the athlete a verbal cue and if repeated on the next lift the athlete will be Red Lighted.

-1 Slipping of the Bar off the shoulders during the Dip Phase of the Jerk: The Bar should remain on the shoulders during the “Dip Phase” of the Jerk. If the bar falls off the shoulders a point will be deducted. The sliding of the Barbell off the shoulders is not ideal for proper lifting technique and should be avoided. This is the first time for a system of it’s kind to be implemented in the State of Arizona. It is being implemented in several states throughout the country based off several meetings that our Elite National Coaching Staff has recognized as a concern with our local programs. The goal of this system is to assist athletes and coaches, young and old, to lift with better technique, ensure safety, and to better prepare a lifter for a higher degree of technical master. We encourage all athletes and coaches to support this new system. Questions regarding any decisions will be dealt with at the end of each session. As of right now this system will only be used in select Weightlifting Competitions not every local meet. I thank you for you understanding in trying to make Arizona a National Power in the Sport of Weightlifting.

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