1. Lifters are allowed three attempts per event.
Only the Lifter, Spotters/Loaders and Judges are allowed on the platform, No-one else. You can not have someone telling how far to go down or when to come up.
2. After an your attempt, you may choose to attempt the same weight, attempt a heavier weight, or pass on their next attempt. You may never request a lighter weight than that of their first attempt.
3. Token lifts are permitted.
4 Lifting order is broken into flights. Flights begin with the lightest attempts and end with the heaviest. Final lifting order is up to the discretion of the meet director.
5. A majority decision by three judges determines the good or bad.
6. It is encouraged that lifters inquire as to why an attempt was turned down, but it is forbidden to argue with or insult a judge.
7. The heaviest successful attempt will count toward the meet.
8. Hooking is permitted. Hooking is covering the last joint of the thumb with the other fingers of the same hand while gripping the bar.
9. If a competitor cannot fully extend their arm or has any other disability that may effect their performance, they must notify the judges before the beginning of the meet so that they may make a ruling over the disability.
10. A fourth attempt may be allowed to break National Records, but successful fourth attempts may never count toward the meet results or placings. First you must get your 3rd atempt.
11.If two lifters in the same class tie, the lighter lifter automatically wins the higher placing.
12. If a coach or personal spotter blocks the view of a judge, the judge must rule the lift as a bad attempt because they could not see otherwise.
13. The use of baggy clothes is not permitted in any SPF meet, Wrestling singlets, Squat Suits, this includes on the Bench also.
14. The meet director has no power to over turn the judges decision of a bad lift.
15. The meet director does have the right to turn down a lift that the judges have ruled as good if the meet director believes that an attempt credited as good goes against the ideals of the federation, if a lifter displays unnecessary abuse of equipment, insults the judges, staff, or audience, or puts other participants at an unnecessary risk.
16. The meet director or a majority vote between the judges may eject an athlete from the meet or deny attempts based on the athletes actions or statements.
17. The use of profanity or alcohol at an S.P.F. meet event is grounds for immediate ejection and removal from the meet site.
18. A variance of plus or minus one pound is allowed due to the possible inaccuracies in meet site scales.
19. Although there is no ban on standard Powerlifting equipment, only one Bench Shirt or Squat Suit can be worn at a time. Your Equipment can be checked by the Judges before or after a lift, if your equipment does not comply with SPF rules your lift will be called ( Bad ).
20. Don't harm or destroy any thing that is not your own property, you will be held accountable for any damage you cause.
21. The Meet Director has the right to deny any applicant
the right to the lift in any SPF Tournament that they are hosting
if they think the Applicant is at risk to themselves, or others around them.
22. The Meet Director has the right to Deny entry into the place of Venue where the SPF Tournament is being held to any person, ( member of the SPF, or Spectator ) for any reason
they see fit.
1. A legal squat is performed when the top of the upper thigh passes below the height of the knee.
2. There will be no "Up" call when the lifter is in the bottom of the Squat, and no pause is necessary.
3. When the proper weight is loaded the head judge will give the "Bar Ready" command. The lifter will then take the weight onto their back or shoulders and prepare their proper stance.( proper stance is with the knees locked and the head up ), if the lifter is having trouble coming out of the rack and getting set up the spotters can help stable the weight bit must not touch the bar or lifter once the Head Judge has give the SQUAT command. If any Spotter touches the bar or the lifter after the Head Judge has given the SQUAT command the lift will be called BAD.
4. Once the lifter is set the head judge will give the "Squat" command. The squatter will break parallel as indicated in rule #1 and may lift immediately to the beginning stance, completely erect. No bent knees, not hunched over.
5. Once the squat is completed the lifter must wait for the Head Judge will give the "Rack" command.
6. After the head judge gives the "Rack" command the squatter may have help in racking the weight.
7. During the squat, feet must remain planted and the bar must move up in one continual motion.
Rules for the Bench
1. You must wear a Wrestling Singlet on the Bench as well as the Squat and Deadlift if you are not wearing a Squat Suit, and the straps must be pulled up.
No long or Baggy Pants of any are kind are allowed.
2. Your head can be up or down, doesn’t matter.
3. You can tip toe or be flat footed, but your foot can not loose contact with the floor. (foot can move or twist, but not move as much as in a step.) Once the Press command is given, the foot can not change from down to up, or vice verse.
4. If you take a hand out, you must lock your elbows before starting the bar down towards your chest. If you do not take a hand out you can come out of the rack and straight down towards your chest, if you like.
5. You must pause the Bar on your chest and wait for the Head Judge to give you the PRESS signal before moving the bar upward to the LOCKED OUT position.
6. Once you have received the PRESS signal. The Bar can only move upward, you can not sink any deeper into the chest and then go up.
7. Once the Bar has started upward, it can pause, but if it move downward at all the lift will be called bad and the Head Judge will instruct the Spotters to take the bar.
8. Bar can be a little uneven on the way up ( not a lot ) but both sides must be locked out at the same time.
9. You must remain in the LOCK OUT position at the top until the Head Judge gives you the RACK signal.
10. If any spotter touches the bar for any reason before the Head Judge gives you the
Rack signal, the lift WILL NOT count.
11. Once you have received the RACK signal, at this time the Spotters will help you back into the rack and the lift is over.
12. Your HAND OUT person, MUST step back or to the side so the Head Judge can see the lifter, if not the lifter WILL NOT receive a PRESS or a RACK signal and the lift will be called BAD.
13. NO ONE is allowed on the platform or in the immediate lifting area, other than, Judges, Spotters, Loaders, Officials, and Lifter.
1. The bar must move up in one continual motion.
2. No gloves or straps. Wraps may not touch the bar.
3. No hitching or jerking the bar up the thighs.
4. The intentional release of the bar from above the knees may be interpreted as equipment abuse and could result in immediate ejection.
5. The athlete may begin after hearing the "Bar Ready" signal and the head judgegives the "Lift" signal by raising their hand.
6. Judges look for the athlete to be standing completely erect, shoulders back, chest out, and knees locked but not hyperextended.
7. The athlete may not lower the weight until the head judge gives the "Down" signal by lowering their hand.
8. Feet must remain stationary throughout the lift.
9. Your hands MUST stay on the bar all the way back down,
any droping or throwing the bar down, the lift will called BAD.
Bar must be in control at all times.