We decided to go this route to make the state championship a more elite competition and something special for the lifters. Previous state championships and those of most every other federation don't require any pre-qualification to compete. While this was more inclusive for all lifters, it also didn't separate itself from any other competition.
Our requirements for all USPA state championships within the Appalachian region (WV, VA, MD, KY, TN, NC & SC) are as follows...
- Must be a member of the USPA
- Must have a qualifying total (or single lift if bench only, deadlift only or push/pull lifter) of class III or higher
- Must obtain the class III total in a sanctioned USPA meet within the 12 months before said state championship
WOMEN Classification Chart
Now I would like to address the questions/objections I've been receiving...
- "This is my 1st meet and its local, can I compete?" State championships are only open to the lifters who are qualified as stated. There are over 20 meets in this region and 15 or more are completely open to 1st time lifters.
- "I've not been able to compete in a USPA meet this year but have outside of the qualifying period and attained the required class III or higher total". You would still not be eligible to lift in the state championship. The region has many opportunities to compete within the 12 month qualifying period.
- "I've hit or exceeded the required total in the qualifying period but it was with a different federation". This lifter would not be qualified for the USPA state championship. Only USPA sanctioned lifts during the qualifying period will be accepted. It would be unfair to those who qualified during the 12 month period and supported the USPA in at least 1 previous meet.
- "I'm ranked very high on Powerlifting Watch and could easily total well above the class III requirement". While that's admirable, still does not meet our guidelines for being eligible to lift in the USPA state championship.
- "If I'm allowed to lift in the state championship as my 1st USPA meet, then I'll lift in future USPA meets". I appreciate that, but would not be fair to those who have worked to qualify for this championship. Would be thrilled to have you in any meet that does not require a qualifier.
Those are some of the things I've heard and wanted to address in a more public forum.
I appreciate everyone's support and understanding on what we are trying to accomplish with raising the bar for our state championships. I'm very excited for not only the future of the multiple state championships, but the future of the USPA in the Appalachian region.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
USPA Vice President Raw & Classic Raw
USPA Regional Chair WV/VA/KY/TN/MD/NC/SC
USPA Eastern Director of Affiliate Programs