Florida Weightlifting Federation State Championships FAQs

Here is a list of frequently asked questions surrounding a Weightlifting meet. Of course, if there is any question at all, please feel free to contact us.

Where will the meet be held?
The event will be held at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, FL.

Are registrations final?
We will issue refunds for cancellations until Sunday, October 1st. All cancellations on or after Sunday, October 1 are non-refundable.

When do I check in?
Athletes check in during their designated weigh in time 2 hours before your lifting session. All weigh in and lift off times will be available on the official event page and facebook pages.

Can I check in early?
No. Please refer to the official schedule.

What if I don’t make weight?
You have one hour from the start of your weigh in time to attempt to make weight – row, bike, run, jump rope, or bust out the trash bags if you need to. You can weigh in as many times as it takes within that hour, but if you do not make weight within the time period, you will be disqualified.

Can I change my weight class?
Athletes will have until MIDNIGHT on Tuesday, October 17th to submit any changes to the start list VIA EMAIL ONLY.

When do I declare my openers?
When you check in, you will be asked for your openers by a member of the event staff. They will put it on a lifter card and hand it to you to take to weigh ins. Do not lose this card!!

Do I need to be a USA Weightlifting member?
Yes! This is an official USA Weightlifting sanctioned meet, so you must carry an active USAW membership. Click here to renew.

Are singlets required to compete?
Yes! This is an official USA Weightlifting sanctioned meet, so you MUST lift in a singlet. If you do not have a singlet on the day of the meet, you will not be permitted to compete.

Who is allowed in the warm up area?
The warm up area is for coaches and athletes of the active session ONLY. No spectators or visitors will be permitted in the warm up area.

What should I bring with me?
Here’s a list of things that you should bring with you to the meet.

  • A Singlet (Official USAW sanctioned meets require them)
  • Your USAW membership card (printed out or on your phone)
  • Weightlifting shoes
  • Training gear (if you use accessories, that is.) Knee sleeves, wrist wraps, lifting belt, tiger balm, and tape. Some less obvious gear that could save you are chalk, extra shoe laces, nail clippers, and scissors.
  • Warm ups, jackets and pants to stay warm
  • Pillow/something comfortable to nap with (taking a nap while waiting for weigh in times is not unusual at all)

What are the referees looking for?
There are quite a number of technical standards that the referees are looking for, but here are the major ones that you should be concerned with:

  • No press outs — the snatch and the jerk must be received with a solid lock out. No pressing out of the elbows, or locking out, breaking and then pressing it out again.
  • Waiting for the “down” signal — The center ref will tell you when to put the bar down after each lift. If you put it down before they say, even if it’s a good lift, it will be counted as “no lift”.
  • Dropping the weight in front of you — When the ref tells you to put the weight down, bring it down in front of you. If you drop the bar behind you even after a perfect lift, it will be counted as “no lift”.
  • Touching the platform — The only thing allowed to touch the platform during a lift is your feet. If something like your knee touches the ground, “no lift”.
  • Elbow to knee — This is just for the clean; If your elbows touch your knees during the squat, “no lift”.