FAQs

GENERAL

To qualify, you must achieve a Qualifying Total in a USA Powerlifting, NAPF or IPF event between January 1, 2018 through the registration deadline.

Automatic slots for the Primetime sessions will be awarded to the Top 3 ranked lifters who are entered in the OPEN Division at Raw Nationals. 

The remainder of the slots will be filled based on Open Division rankings.   Class size will be between 6-10 and will be determined based on the final roster after entry deadline.

Announcement of Primetime lifters will be made after the 14-day weight class change deadline is past.

All Coaches must:
1) Be a current USA Powerlifting Member (Read More Here)
2) Register as a Coach at Raw Nationals by the published Deadline, then
    a. Provide your Athlete your Unique ID in your registration confirmation email.
    b. Athlete to add your Unique ID to their Athlete Change form by the published deadline.

Have an new Qualifying Total since you entered Nationals? 

No worries, you do not need to submit a change to the National Office.  Our scoring manager will automatically incorporate your highest acheived total during the qualifying period (Jan 1 of the prior year, up to the entry deadline).

IPF approved equipment will be used on the platform and the warm-up area.

There will be racks in the gear check room for you to obtain your squat and bench rack heights.

DRUG TESTING

If you enter this event, you may be selected to be drug tested.  Lifters are notified by the Drug Testing Officer (DCO) generally at the completion of the lifting session.  If you have completed all your attempts and want to leave prior to the awards ceremony, you must check in with the DCO to make sure you have not been selected for drug testing.  This includes if you have weighed in and decided not to lift, injured yourself during the competition and withdraw or bomb, you are still in the drug testing pool.

Failure to be available when called for drug testing will be considered a doping failure.

Medications prescribed by your doctor may be considered a prohibited substance.  You must check all your medications.  If the medication is prohibited, it may be allowed by receiving a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).  

Please check out the USA Powerlifting's Anti-Doping page to find more resources. 

RULES

Please review the USA Powerlifting Rulebook to be informed. 

Only IPF Approved equipment is allowed at National events.  Please review the IPF Approved List to make sure your equipment (singlets, belt, knee sleeves, wrist wraps, etc) can be worn prior to gear check.

Need some new equipment, don't worry, vendors will be there!

All weight-class changed must be declared using the Athlete Change form no later than 14-days prior to entry deadline.

If you are moving up a weight class, your qualifying total in the lower class must be equal to or greater than the qualifying total total of the higher weight class.

If you wish to go down in weight class you will need to RE-QUALIFY in your new weight class by the 14-day weight-class change deadline published on this site.

Unlike many local level meets, weigh-ins are conducted by 'Lot Numbers.'  A lot number is a randomly assigned number to each athlete, within each session.  

When it is time for your weigh-ins, be there when it start.  The Referee will call you in order of your assigned Lot Number, NOT by when you show up.  If you are not present when you are called, you will go to the back of the weigh-in order.

For more information, please refer to the Rulebook.

YES!  Any State record you break will automatically be credited once results are uploaded into the results database.

Guest lifters are only allowed under the following conditions:

  • You are a Youth lifer, age 13 and will 14 by the date of the IPF SubJr event, they may lift as a Guest at Nationals.  They will not be competing within the Teen division, but only as a Guest.
  • You did not make weight, you will be allowed to compete as a Guest in the weight class you were registered in.

Guest lifting is not permitted for anyone who can not meet the criteria of our membership.

Guest lifting is not permitted for other IPF member nations.

SPONSOR & VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES

Interesting in sponsoring the 2019 USA Powerlifting Open Nationals?  Some options available (Limited opportunities, to first-come-first serve)

  • Presenting Sponsor for the entire event
  • Title Sponsor for the day
  • Event Sponsor – entire event
  • Platform Sponsor (Session or Day)
  • Room Card Key Sponsor
  • Athlete/Officials Badge Sponsor
  • Athlete/Officials Lanyard Sponsor
  • Awards Sponsor
  • Live Broadcast Sponsor
  • Apparel Sponsor
  • Athlete/Official Jacket Sponsor

Contact pribic@usapowerlifting.com for the Sponsorship Flyer.

Get your Company message, products and services advertised on our 9x16ft LED Walls, displayed behind each lifting platform!  Commercials or static advertisement, your choice!

2019 Raw Nationals Sponsor Packages LED 

Vendor Booth space is available for your company for $800 for the entire 5 day event!

Contact pribic@usapowerlifting.com to arrange for your company's booth!