EPF OFFICIAL RULE BOOK
Contents


Lifts contested                                                       1

Body weight Classes                                              2

Equipment and Specifications                                3

Attire and Personal Equipment                               4

Inspection of attire and Personal Equipment          5

Powerlifts and Rules of Performance                     6

Squat                                                                     6.1

Bench Press                                                          6.2

Deadlift                                                                  6.3

Weigh In's                                                             7

Order of Competition                                             8

Referees                                                                9

EPF Contest Officials                                            10

World Records                                                     
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1.    The Elite Powerlifting Federation (EPF) Allows the following lifts.  Listed in the order sequence which must
be performed in all events applicable under EPF
rules:

a. Squat         b. Bench Press        c. Deadlift          = Total

The highest total completed successfully of each category of each lift will result in the lifters Total. The highest Total
will determined the winner.

2.        All world competitions under EPF rules must be conducted in kilograms.

3.        The EPF also recognizes National and International competitions of its member Federations.

4.         The EPF additionally recognizes and registers world records for the same lifts within the age and body
weight categories as follows:

Age Categories -

Men and Women - Open (Senior): from 13 years upward.

Teenage      from 13 years to and including 15 years of age
          from 16 years to and including 17 years of age
          from 18 years to and including 19 years of age

Junior                from 20 years to and including 23 years of age

Sub Master        from 33 years to and including 39 years of age


Master   
from 40 years to and including 44 years of age
from 45 years to and including 49 years of age
from 50 years to and including 54 years of age
from 55 years to and including 59 years of age
from 60 years to and including 64 years of age
from 65 years to and including 69 years of age
from 70 years to and including 74 years of age
from 75 years to and including 79 years of age
from 80 years upward




The Age restriction for competitors. The lifter shall be aged 13 years and over. The lifter must  be the competition age
no later than the day of the contest.
A lifter must lift in the age group in which he or she is currently in, until they legally reach the stated upper limit of that
category.
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                               Body weight Categories





Teams
5.         In the case of a tie in the points of national teams, the team having the largest number of first places within
the six point scoring competitors will be ranked first.

6.         At all competitions where “Best Lifter Awards” are presented, placing will be established by the SCHWARTZ
Formula.

7.         For
National Championships, lifters entered in the event must have A
current EPF federation membership card prior to the event. It must be presented at weigh-ins.
Failure to present a current membership card may result in the lifter purchasing a new card to compete.


8.        For
World Championships, lifters entered in the event must have A current EPF federation membership
card prior to the event, and supply photo copy of card with entry form application, as well as present card at weigh-
ins.
Equipment and Specifications                                         3

1. Platform

All lifts shall be carried out on a platform not less than 8ft x 6ft. It must be secure enough to insure the safety of the lifter, spotters,
and loaders. The surface of the platform must be firm, nonslip, and level with no discernible seams in the vicinity of the general
lifting area. Rubber mats or similar sheeting materials are permitted.
No one is allowed on the platform during lifting sessions except the lifter, the
designated spotters, the referees on duty, and other meet officials as designated
if the need arises. Any cleaning, mopping, brushing, or adjusting of the platform,
or equipment will be handled solely by these personnel.

2.
Bars and plates

For all powerlifting competitions under the rules of the EPF, only disc barbells are
permitted. Only bars and discs that meet all specifications may be used throughout
the entire competition and for all lifts. The use of bars or discs that do not conform
to specifications will invalidate any records that may have been accomplished.
Different bars suited to particular lifts may be utilized providing that they conform to
the specifications.

Specifications are as follows:

a.         The bar shall be straight, and shall conform to the following dimensions:
i)         Total over all length not to exceed 2.2m, except for specialized squat bar.
ii)        Distance between the inside collar is not to exceed 1.32m or be less than
 1.31m except for specialized squat bar.
iii)        Diameter of the bar is not to exceed 29mm or be less than 1.31m, except for
 specialized squat bar.
iv)         Weight of the bar and collars is to be 25kg.
v)         Diameter of the sleeve 49.5 - 52mm.
vi)        There shall be a circumferential machine marking or the bar shall be taped so
  as to measure 81cm between machining or tape.
vii)      Specialized squat bar shall have a maximum diameter of 32mm; a maximum
sleeve length of 508mm; distance between inside collar faces not to exceed
1434mm; a maximum overall length of 2400mm. Weight 30kg include collars
and shall be voted on by competitors.

b.         Discs shall conform as follows:
i)         All discs used in competition must weigh within .25% of their correct face value.
ii)         The hole size in the middle of the disc shall be such that the disc fits on the
 bar without excessive play.
iii)         Discs must be of the following range 1.25kg, 2.5kg, 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg,
45kg and 50kg. For record setting purposes discs of 0.5kg and 0.25kg shall
also be available.
iv)         For record purposes, even lighter discs may be used to achieve a weight of at
  least 500 grams more than the existing record.
v)         All discs must be clearly marked with their weight and loaded in the sequence
of heavier discs innermost with the small discs in descending weight.
vi)         The first and heaviest discs loaded on the bar must be loaded face in; with the
 rest of the discs loaded face out as weight is loaded.
                                                
vii)              Collars Shall always be used in competition.  Must weigh 2.5kg each unless specialized squat bar
   is used. Collars made
    specifically for specialized squat bar are to be used with that specific bar.
    Misc.  Should blood appear on the bar, or open wounds on lifter, it must be rectified  
    immediately, use 1 part bleach and 1 part water to clean bar.
    Squat Racks

a) Squat racks shall be of a sturdy construction and provide maximum stability.
The base shall be of such design that it does not impede the lifter or the
loaders/spotters. It may consist of a one piece unit or two separate stands designed to hold the bar in a horizontal position.
b) The design of the squat racks shall allow adjustments that accommodate all lifters.
c) Height adjustments should be at incremental stages not exceeding 5cm.
d) For extra safety all hydraulic racks should be capable of being secured at the
required height by means of pins.
e) In all World or National level competitions an adjustable rack with a hydraulic
mechanism or a non conventional squat rack should be used.

4.
Bench

The bench shall be of sturdy construction for maximum stability and conform to the
following dimensions:
a) Length - not less than 1.22mm and shall be flat and level.
b) Width - 29-32cm
c) Height - 42-45cm measured from the floor to the top of the padded surface
of the bench without being depressed or compacted.
d) The height of the uprights on adjustable benches should be from a minimum
of 82cm to a maximum of 100cm measured from the floor to the bar rest
position. On nonadjustable benches the height of the uprights must be
between 87cm and 100cm from the floor to the bar rest position.
e) The minimum width between the insides of the bar rests shall be 1.10m.

5.
Lights

A system of lights shall be provided whereby the referees make known their decisions. Each referee will control a white and a red
light, representing a “good lift” or “no lift” respectively. The lights must be wired in such a way that they light up together and not
separately when activated by the three referees. It is preferable that the lights be arranged horizontally corresponding with the
positions of the three referees. For emergency purposes, i.e. a breakdown in the electrical system, the referees should also be
provided with small white and red flags with which to make known their decisions, or using thumbs up or down.


                                              
 4
                                             
Lifting Attire And Personal Equipment

1.         Lifting Suit
A lifting suit of the basic design illustrated shall be worn. It must be an individual full length article of cloth fabric. Its
construction may consist of multiple plies to any thickness but must, as a whole, be a singular component. The
straps must be worn over the shoulders at all times while lifting in competition. It may be of any color or colors. The   
length of the leg, when worn, must not extend beyond mid-thigh (medial point between crotch and top of knee
cap). Women may wear a one-piece suit of comparable design to the lifting suit. Leotards with sleeves or high
cut leg lines are not permitted.

2. Undershirt
One undershirt (of a design consistent with what is commonly called a T-shirt) with or without sleeves, may
be worn under the lifting suit. It must be an individual article of cloth fabric. Its construction may consist of
multiple plies but must, as a whole, be a singular component. The thickness(es) shall not be designed to
increase, enlarge, or enhance the body’s natural musculature. Sleeves must be short and remain above
the elbow when worn. It may be of any color or colors, but shall not portray indecency or be offensive to the spirit of
the competition.

3.
Briefs
A pair of briefs of any design may be worn, provided that the length of the legs does
not exceed mid thigh, and that the waist does not extend beyond approximately midtorso.
The briefs must be an individual article of cloth fabric. The construction may
consist of multiple plies to any thickness but must, as a whole, be a singular component.
Athletic supporters are permitted under the briefs.

4.
Socks
One pair of socks may be worn. When worn they may not extend over the knee nor on the leg so that they touch
any knee wrapping or knee cap supporter. Full length leg stockings, tights, or hose are not permitted.

5.
Special Considerations
Women may wear additional protective briefs or panties. Women may also wear a bra provided it contains no special
support. The use of tampons, sanitary napkins, or related articles used for feminine hygiene protection are
permitted. Plastic or fabric shin guards may be worn but must not extend to a point higher than the lower
border of the patella and not lower than the superior border of the ankle joint.

6.
Belt
A competitor may wear a belt. If worn, it shall be on the outside of the lifting suit.

Materials and Construction:
a) The main body shall be made of leather in one or more laminations which may be glued and/or stitched together,
or of cloth, vinyl, or nylon with no metal materials allowed in belt except as noted below.
b)         It shall not have any additional padding, bracing, or supports of any material
either on the surface or concealed within the laminations of the belt.
c)         A metal buckle, studs, and stitching are the only non-leather components
permitted. The buckle shall be attached at one end of the belt by means of
studs and/or stitching. The belt shall not have any inflatable component on or
within any of it’s surfaces.
d)         A leather, cloth, vinyl, or nylon tongue loop shall be attached close to the
buckle by means of studs and/or stitching.
e)         The lifter’s name, the name of the lifter’s nation, state or club may appear on
the outside of the belt.
f)         A one or two prong buckle as well as the “lever action” fastening devise may
be used.

7. Dimensions:
a) Width of belt to be a maximum of 10cm.
b) Thickness of belt to be a maximum of 13mm along the main length.

8.
Footwear
Foot wear more substantial than basic socks must be worn. The only restrictions to such footwear is that no metal
cleats or spikes are permitted.

9.
Wraps
The fabric nature shall be an elastic weave primarily of polyester, cotton, or medical crepe singly or in combination.

Wraps may be used as follows:
a) Wrists - Wraps not exceeding 1m in length and 8cm in width may be worn. (39.3" x 3.15") Alternatively,
elasticated wrist bands not exceeding 10cm (3.94")  in width may be worn. A combination of the two is not permitted.
If wrist bands are of the wrap-around style, they may have a thumb loop not to be attached during lift and velcro
patch for securing them. A wrist wrap shall not exceed beyond 10cm above and 2-1/2cm below the center of the
wrist joint, not exceeding a total of 12cm in both directions.
b) Knees - Wraps not exceeding 2-1/2m in length and 8cm in width may be worn.  (8.2' x 3.15") Alternatively,
elasticated knee supports not exceeding 20cm in length may be worn. (7.9") A combination of the two is not
permitted. A knee wrap shall not extend beyond 15cm above and 15cm below the centre of the joint, not exceeding
a total of 30cm in both directions. Knee wraps shall not touch the socks or lifting suits.
c) Elbows - Wraps may be worn only during the Squat and Deadlift competition
but not during the Bench press. They may cover the general elbow area but
not extend to the wrist or shoulder. They may be supportive sleeves of
rubberized material or elastic wrap, but must be of one single unit only, and
be one metre or less in total length.
d) Wraps - May be joined together, but the fabric may not overlap, ie they must be joined end to end only.

a) Bandaids, spot plasters or tape may be worn on the thumbs, but nowhere else without official permission of the
referees or appointed “EPF
b)    With the permission and supervision of the referees, the appointed “EPFContest Officials”, the official doctor, or
assigned paramedic, the lifter may apply spot plasters, bandages, tape or bandaids to muscle injuries on the body. Similarly
strip plasters, tape, or bandaids may be applied to injuries on the inside of the hand, but in no circumstances must these
applications extend around the back of the hand.

11. General

a) The use of oil, grease or other lubricants and liquids on the body, costume or personal equipmment to aid in the execution
of a lift is not permitted. This does not preclude the advanced therapeutic use of liniments, or rubs.
However, such items must not be in evidence during platform attempts. Only powder may be used. Powder includes chalk,
talc, resin, and magnesium carbonate. Spray stickum may be used, but only on the lifter, not on the weight equipment.
b)   Nothing may be purposely applied to the platform, bench, or bars.
c)   All articles of lifter’s costumes and personal equipment shall be clean and generally neat and presentable. At the
discretion of the referee, a lifter will not continue in the competition if this provision is not met.
d)    Excessive “psyching up” techniques (ie swearing, hitting) shall be limited at
the referee’s discretion.

                                                                             
  5

Inspection of Costume and Personal Equipment

1.         At all competitions there will be no official inspection of costume and personal
equipment prior to lifting.

2.        It will be the lifters responsibility to be present on the platform outfitted in
accordance with the rules governing costume and personal equipment.

3.         Any items mentioned previously under costume and personal equipment may be
inspected prior to the competition if the lifter has any doubt as to the legality of that
item. Such inspections should be requested during the weigh-in sessions and directed
to one of the EPF referees present, not an appointed weigh-in official. Such
inspections may also be made at any time prior to lifting or upon leaving the
platform by one of the appointed “EPF Contest Officials” or EPF referee. Any
conjecture or doubt about the legality of any such items shall be referred to the
appointed “EPF Contest Officials”.

4.        Items of personal attire not covered in the rules governing costumes and personal
equipment such as: Headbands, mouthpieces, ribbons, watches, costume jewelry,
eyewear, and feminine hygiene articles are permitted. However, hats, bandanas or
headbands worn as to cover the head as a hat are not permitted to be worn on the
platform.

5.         Any items worn on the platform considered objectionable by virtue of being unclean, torn or tattered, indecent, or
offensive to the spirit of the competition shall be rejected before the lifter is permitted to proceed.

If a lifter performs on the platform wearing or using any item that is illegal or not
verifiably approved, the lifter shall lose credit for that lift, and may be disqualified
from the competition. Any minor oversights, or items covered in (5) above, noticed
before the lifter performs, should be indicated to the lifter and rectified prior to
continuing.
7.         Any lifter performing on the platform may be inspected before or after a lift if any of the referees doubt the legality of
the costume or personal equipment being used.
8.         Any lifter successful in a world record attempt must be inspected. Inspection may be soley visual when the legality of
the lifter’s costume and personal equipment is
obvious, or otherwise more thorough. Thorough inspections should be performed
off the platform, preferably in a private area, either by the three referees, or officials
delegated by the referees in cases where the lifter is of the opposite sex. In all cases
an announcement shall be made by the head referee to the speaker and records
processor that the record has been verified.

                                                                            


                                                                                       
 6
Powerlifts and Rules of Performance

Squat                                    6.1

1.     The lifter shall start out facing the front of the platform. The bar shall be held horizontal across the
shoulders, hands and fingers gripping the bar, and the top not be more than 3cm below the top of the anterior deltoids.
Hands may be positioned anywhere on the bar inside and or in contact with the inner collars.
2.      After removing the bar from the racks, (the lifter may be aided in the removal of the bar from the racks by the
spotter/loaders. The spotters may assist the lifter to maintain control should the lifter stumble or demonstrate any
evident instability.) the lifter must move backwards to establish the starting position. When the lifter is motionless, erect
with knees locked, and the bar properly positioned the head Referee will give the signal to begin the lift. The signal shall
consist of a downward movement of the arm and the audible command “squat”.

3.        Upon receiving the head referee’s signal, the lifter must bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface
of the legs at the hip joint are lower than the top of knees. (See Diagrams 1, 2, 3 and 4).


                                              









4.         The lifter must recover at will to an upright position with the knees locked. Double bouncing at the bottom of the
squat attempt or any downward movement is
not permitted. When the lifter is motionless (in the apparent final position)
the head Referee will give the signal to rack the bar.

5.        The signal to rack the bar will consist of a backward motion of the arm and the audible command “

6.         No more than five and not less than two loaders/spotters shall be in attendance at any time. Not more than three
spotters on the platform during the lift. Extra spotters must stay just outside the platform in a position that doesn't impair
the view of the judges.

7.        The lifter will be allowed only one start signal per attempt.

8.         The lifter may be given an additional attempt at the same weight at the head referee’s discretion if failure in an
attempt was due to any error by one or more of the spotters.
Causes for Disqualification of a Squat


1.         Failure to observe the head referee’s signals at the commencement or completion of a lift.
2.         Double bouncing or more than one recovery attempt at the bottom of the lift.
3.         Failure to assume an upright position with knees locked at the commencement and completion of the lift.
4.         Movement of the feet laterally, backward or forward that would constitute a step or stumble.
5.         Failure to bend the knees and lower the body until the surface of the legs at the hip
joint are lower than the tops of the knees. (Refer to Diagrams 2, 3 & 4).
6.         Any resetting of the feet after the squat signal.
7.         Contact with the bar by the spotters between the referee’s signals.
8.         Contact of elbows or upper arms with the legs.
9.        Failure to make a bona fide attempt to return the bar to the racks.
10.        Any intentional dropping or dumping of the bar.





                                                                     6.2

Bench Press

1.         The front of the bench must be placed on the platform facing the head referee.

2.         The lifter must lie backward with shoulders and buttocks in contact with the flat bench surface. The elected position of the
buttocks shall be maintained throughout the attempt. The lifter’s shoes or toes must be in solid contact with the platform or
surface. The position of the head is optional.

3.         To achieve firm footing, a lifter of any height may use discs or blocks to build up the surface of the platform. Whichever
method is chosen, the shoes must be in a solid contact with the surface. If blocks are used, they shall not exceed 45cm x 45cm.

4.         Not more than five and not less than two loaders/spotters shall be in attendance. The lifter may enlist the help of one or
more of the designated spotters or enlist a personal spotter in removing the bar from the racks. Only designated spotters may
remain on the platform during the lift. The lift off must be to arms length and not down to the chest. A designated spotter, having
provided a center lift off, must immediately clear the area in front of the head referee and move to either side of the
bar. If the personal spotter does not immediately leave the platform area and/or in any way distracts or impedes the head referees’
responsibilities, the referees may determine that the lift is unacceptable, and be declared “no lift” by the referees and
given three red lights.

5.         The spacing of the hands shall not exceed 81cm, measured between the forefingers.  The bar shall have circumferential
machine markings or tape indicating this maximum grip allowance. If the lifter should use an offset or unequal grip on the
bar, whereby one hand is placed outside the marking or tape, it is the lifter’s responsibility to explain this to the head referee, and
allow inspection of the intended grip prior to making an attempt. If this is not done until the lifter is on the platform for an official
attempt, any necessary explanation and/or measurements will be done on the lifter’s time for that attempt. The reverse or
underhand grip is permitted.

6.         After receiving the bar at arms length, the lifter shall lower the bar to the chest and
await the head referees’ signal.

7.         The signal shall be an audible command “Press” and given as soon as the bar is motionless on the chest.  As long as the
bar is not so low that it touches the lifter’s belt, it is acceptable.

8.        The lifter will be allowed only one commencement signal per attempt.

9.        After the signal to commence the lift has been given, the bar is pressed upward. The bar shall not be allowed to sink into
the chest or move downwards prior to the lifter’s attempt to press upward. The lifter will press the bar to straight arm’s length
and hold motionless until the audible command “Rack” is given. Bar may move horizontally and may stop during the ascent, but
may not move downward towards the chest.

Causes for Disqualification of a Bench Press

1.         Failure to observe the referee’s signals at the commencement or completion of the
lift.

2.         Any change in the elected lifting position or the raising of the buttocks, or lateral movement of the hands, during the lift
proper (between the referee’s signals). Any excessive movement or change of contact of the feet during the lift proper.

3.         Bouncing the bar off the chest.

4.         Allowing the bar to sink into the chest after receiving the referee’s signal.

5.         Pronounced uneven extension of the arms during or at the completion of the lift. By the judgment of the referees.

6.         Any downward motion of the bar during the course of being pressed out.

7.         Contact with the bar by the spotters between the referee’s signals.

8.        Any contact of the lifter’s shoes with the bench or its supports.

9.         Deliberate contact between the bar and the bar rest uprights during the lift to assist
the completion of the press.

10.         It is the responsibility of the lifter to inform any personally enlisted spotters to leave the platform as soon as
the bar is secured at arms length. Such spotters shall not return to the platform upon completion or failure of
the attempt. It is especially important for a spotter providing a centre lift off to leave the platform quickly so as
not to impair the head referee’s view. Failure of any personal spotters to leave the platform may cause disqualification of the lift.


                                                                             
6.3                 
Deadlift
1.         The bar must be laid horizontally in front of the lifter’s feet, gripped with an optional grip in both hands,
and lifted until  the lifter is standing erect. The bar may stop but there must be no downward motion of the bar.

2.         The lifter shall face the front of the platform.

3.         On completion of the lift, the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the
lifter shall be standing erect.

4.         The head referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and
                                          

The audible command “Down”. The signal will not be given until the bar is held
motionless and the lifter is in an apparent finished position.

5.        Any raising of the bar or any deliberate attempt to do so will count as an attempt.

Causes of Disqualification of a Deadlift

1.         Any downward motion of the bar before it reaches the final position.

2.        Failure to stand erect.

3.         Failure to lock the knees straight at the completion of the lift.

4.         Supporting the bar on the thighs during the performance of the lift. ‘Supporting’ is
defined as a body position adopted by the lifter that could not be maintained without
the counterbalance of the weight being lifted.

5.         Movement of the feet laterally, backward or forward that would constitute a step or stumble.

6.         Lowering the bar before receiving the head referee’s signal.

7.         Allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining control with both
hands.




                                                                      7
Weigh-In

1.         Weighing-in of the competitors shall be initiated 24 hours before the start of the competition for a particular category. The
initial weigh-in session shall be of a minimum duration of one and a half hours. There shall be another weigh-in session
commencing two hours before and ending one hour before the start of the competition for a particular category. These two weigh-
in sessions are mandatory.
Additional interim weigh-in sessions may be provided at the discretion and agreement of the competition Organisation Committee
and appointed ‘EPF Contest Officials’. All weigh-in sessions and their durations must be posted and communicated to all lifters and
coaches.

2.         All lifters in the category must weigh-in during one of the mandatory or additional (if provided) weigh-in sessions, which will
be carried out in the presence or authority of at least one EPF referee. However all lifters must report to the first weigh-in session
to acknowledge their presence.

3.         The weigh-ins must be in a private area, where only the competitor, the competitor’s coach, coach appointee, or manager,
and the referees or appointed officials a represent. The lifter’s recorded body weight must not be made public until all lifters
competing in that particular category have been weighed. There must be at least 2 officials from different countries at the weigh-in
at World Championships.

4.         Lifters must be weighed nude or in standard underwear (briefs for men, bra and panties for women). The weigh-in
procedure must ensure that lifters are weighed only in the presence of their own sex. Additional officials may be appointed for this
purpose.

5.         During the weigh-in sessions lifters uncertain about items of costume or personal equipment that may be used should have
items inspected and verified by the EPF referees.

6.         Lots will be drawn to establish the order of the initial weigh-in. The lots drawn also establish the order of the lifting
throughout the competition when lifters require the same weights for their attempts.

7.                 Each lifter may only be weighed once. Only those whose body weight is heavier or lighter than the category limits of
the category entered are allowed to return to the scales. They must return to the scales and make weight during one of the official
weigh-in sessions and before the end of the final weigh-in sessions, otherwise they will be eliminated from the competition for that
body weight category. Lifters trying to make weight may be reweighed as often as they wish within the allowances of time and the
posted weigh-in schedule.

8.         A lifter who is too heavy may move into the next higher category. The lifter must again be weighed during the weigh-in
sessions scheduled for the new category. All qualifying standards must be met. Proof of qualification resides with the lifter.

9.         A lifter who weighs lighter than the lower limit of the category, may drop into the next lower category, provided it has not
already taken place. All qualifying standards must be met. Proof of qualification resides with the lifter.

10.         Official body weights shall be recorded to the nearest tenth of a kilogram.

11.         Any lifter that has not weighed in and had his or her opening attempts recorded at the last weigh-in session that ends
thirty minutes prior to the start of his or her session, round or flight, may not compete in that session, round or flight. In the case
where there is one session in the competition, that competitor shall not be allowed to participate in the competition. In cases where
inclement weather and/or hazardous conditions exist in the area of the venue, extension of weigh-in time shall be determined upon
the discretion of the technical officer or appointed EPF contest official.

12.         If two lifters register the same body weight at the weigh-in and eventually achieve the same total at the end of the
competition, they will be reweighed and the lighter person will take precedence over the heavier person. However, if they still weigh
the same after reweighing, they will share the placing, and each receive any award that is being presented. In such circumstances,
should two lifters be in first place, the next lifter shall be placed third and so forth.

13.         Lifters should, if required, check Squat and Bench Press rack heights and foot block requirements during these periods
prior to the start of the competition. Additionally, the first attempts will be required of the lifters at the time of weigh-in.



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Order of Competition

1. The “Round System’

a.         At the weigh-in, the lifter must declare a first attempt for all three lifts.
b.         10 or less lifters in a session must lift in one Flight. 10-15 lifters in a session may be divided into two flights though again
one Flight is preferable. Over 15 lifters must be split into appropriate Flights. Decisions on such divisions shall be made by the
appointed “EPF Contest Officials” in conjunction with the competition Organizing Committee. Wherever possible lifters in the same
body weight category should all compete in the same Flight.

                                                                                      
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The EPF has recognized a lot of rules and regulations that just don't make sense. Part of the reason is because when
intelligence. The EPF has taken a close look at these rules and without  jeopardise the safety of the lifter, we've
eliminated the few that just don't make sense for the lilting styles of today .. We also felt the need to eradicate rules
that have nothing to do with aiding the lift. I assure you it has all been done for the good of the sport & the safety of the
lifter. I hope you enjoy the EPF and help us continue to be open to change.
MENS DIVISIONS:  OPEN,114.5, 123.25, 132.25, 148.75, 165.25, 181.75, 198.25, 220.25, 242.5, 275.5, 308.5, SUPERS.
WOMEN'S DIVISIONS:  OPEN: 97, 105, 114.5, 123.25, 132.25, 148.75, 165.25, 181.75, 198.25, Unl.  
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Duties of the Platform Referees

 The head Referee is responsible for giving the necessary signals for the 3 lifts, and is in charge of the platform and all decisions concerning
loading errors. They are:
 Lift Start Signal
o Squat Start - Downward Motion of the hand and audible "Squat".
o Bench Press Start - Audible "Press". If lifter has a hearing defect, an alternate signal may be
used.
o Deadlift Start - None
 Lift Completion Signal
o Squat Completion - Backward motion of the hand and audible "Rack".
o Bench Press Completion - Audible "Rack".
o Deadlift Completion - Downward motion of hand, and audible "Down".
 Once the bar has been replaced on the racks or on the platform at the completion of a lift, the referees will signal their decision by means of
LIGHTS. A white light shall indicate the decision of the referee that the lift is good. A red light shall be used to indicate that the decision is to not grant
the lift. A lifter must receive two white lights for the lift to be acceptable for scoring.

Influencing Referee’s decisions
 No referee or meet official shall attempt to influence the decisions of any referee.
 Referees may not veto or overrule one another.
 It is recommended that the scoring lights all come on at once.
Our  Raw rules are the same except  you cannot wear any supporting  gear such as super suits, bench press shirts,
squat/deadlift suits powerlifting briefs of any kind. Wrist/knee wraps are acceptable as long as they meet our
specifications listed in section 4
At this time we only have National records