Rules and Guidelines

Our club operates on a more casual take on IPF standards and regulations, which are outlined below. For sanctioned meets, the rules are much more stringent and adhere to the BC Powerlifting and Weightlifting Assocations’ policies – BCPA and BCWA, respectively.

For additional details, please read carefully through the BCWA Technical and Competition rules for weightlifting and IPF Handbook v.2015 for powerlifting. Performance is measured by the Sinclair Score for weightlifting and the Wilks Score for powerlifting.



Lifting shoes and singlets are not required, but suitable athletic attire is required. Below is a non-exhaustive list of accepted equipment. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.

• Singlets

• T-shirts or tank top

• Shorts above the knee

• Non-slip shoes (ex: Converse, runners, lifting shoes, etc.)

• Knee/ elbow neoprene sleeves

• Wrist wraps SHORTER than 20″ for wrist support only.

**Wrist STRAPS and gloves are NOT permitted.

• Lifting belts


Competition Day

It is recommended that you arrive early to sign in, weigh in, and adequately warm up. A warm up area and chalk will be provided; many competitors have brought foam rollers and broomsticks as well. (See our Registration page for additional details on weight and age classes.)

Afterwards, you will be given attempt forms for your lifts, which must be turned into the overseeing exec at least 5 minutes before the next flight. Each competitor will have 3 attempts per lift.

Powerlifters are also required to measure their safety and bar heights on our equipment before the lifts begin for Bench and Squat.

Three judges will be positioned around the lifting platform, and will give a pass/ fail decision. A competitor must score at least 2 passes per attempt in order for the lift to count in their score.

Sequence of competitors, which is determined by the amount of weight on the bar, will be both announced and displayed on a screen. Terms to note:

• Bar is loaded for [Competitor’s name] at _____kilos.

   ○ the bar is ready for lifting.

• [Competitor’s name] on deck

   ○ competitor 2nd in line, ready to go.

• [Competitor’s name] in the hole

   ○ competitor 3rd in line, ready to go.

Should injury occur, all affected equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before the meet continues. General first aid can also be administered if necessary.


Olympic Weightlifting

**coming soon!**



Wait for all commands

This is the number one reason for disqualification. If you attempt your lift before the head judge tells you to do so, it is an automatic “No Lift.” This includes “down and up” for bench and squat and removing your hands from the barbell in deadlift.

• Squats

○ Hips must clearly be at parallel or below knees. Execute your squat when given the command
“Squat.” Full lockout is required for completion.

• Bench

○ A lift off (where the bar is lifted off of the rack) can be requested, as well as foot support. Be sure
to keep your glutes, head, and feet firmly planted as lifting off of the bench or floor will be cause
for “No Lift.”

○ Begin when the judge says “Start,” and hold the bar on your chest until the “Press” command.
Only return the weights when given the “Rack” command.

○ Bouncing on the chest is not permitted. Elbows must finish extensions at the same time.

• Deadlift

○ Once your hands touch the bar, your lift is considered active. Lift whenever you’re ready to full
lockout, and only lower the bar when given the “Down” command.


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