Para Lifting Rules /Regulations/ Videos

Adapted Kettlebell Sport Competition Guidelines =

  • Lifters will lift / compete against others in their own weight division who are lifting the same bell weight(s)
  • Weight divisions may be combined depending on registration numbers
  • 10 min Max effort sets – once the bell(s) are placed on the floor or on side guide platforms and hands released, the set will be considered over if before the 10 min is complete
  • All sets are Judged/ evaluated for proper technique
  • Judges call is final – if there is any issue with the set, lifters / coaches may approach the “Head Judge” with concerns
  • Judge may STOP a set for various reason ( listed below) or for safety of the athlete
  • Judge may call a “NO count” for various technical issues as well ( listed below)
  • There is to be no discussion between lifter and judge during a set
  • If a NO COUNT is given it is not the responsibility of the judge to tell the lifter why….the athlete &/or coach must adjust
  • Proper sportsmanship is expected ( language, loud grunts/groans, etc) so not to distract fellow lifters on the platform
  • Lifters may not ‘toss’ bells at the end of a set- this may result in a DQ

LIFT DESCRIPTIONS AND JUDGING CRITERIA

Video Information

CLASS 1 = Competition will provide seating for CLASS 1 lifters so all will have same

CLASS 2 = Wheelchair athletes provide chair

1 arm Press-

  • Bell may rest on shoulder on the first rep ONLY to settle comfortably into hand – that also applies on the first rep on the new hand ( after the hand transition)
  • if non working hand touches the bell ( not during the transition), the following rep will be called a no count, if this continues the judge can call a STOP set
  • Complete ‘fixation’ overhead must be achieved to receive a count…..elbow locked, wrist still, bell still
  • On the transition or arm switch, the non working hand may touch the bell briefly when switching arms in the ‘RACK’ position
  • The bell should not touch or settle on the lap of the lifter during the transition or any time during the set – this would result in a STOP set
  • Only a max of 1 switch may occur during the 10 min set

 Double Press

  • Bells may rest on shoulders on the first rep ONLY to settle comfortably into hands
  • Resting bells on shoulders on the decent from lockout will result in a NO COUNT and potentially a STOP set if it continues
  • Bells must come to a complete stop in ‘RACK’ position before pressing the rep
  • Complete ‘fixation’ overhead must be achieved to receive a count…..elbows locked, wrists still, bells still
  • The bells should not touch or settle on the lap at any time during the 10 min set– this would result in a STOP set

Snatch

  • Snatch sets will have the Bell start on the floor in front of the lifter and lifter will be on a slightly elevated platform ( approx. 2 in elevation)
  • Bells are to touch the “target’ on floor to start each new rep
  • Hand must stay connected to bell even when bells touch the “target” – adjusting hand will indicate the hand switch and set will continue or result in a STOP set if lifter lifts up with the same hand once disconnected
  • if non working hand touches the bell, the following rep will be called a no count, if this continues the judge can call a STOP set
  • Complete ‘fixation’ overhead must be achieved to receive a count…..elbow locked, wrist still, bell still
  • Switching hands/ transition – occurs when bell is on the floor and hand is released
  • Bell should never touch or settle on the lap of the lifter during the set or transition – this would result in a STOP set
  • Only a max of 1 switch may occur during the 10 min set

EQUIPMENT –

  • LIFTING BELTS are permitted – Lifters may not rest elbows inside elbows in rack position – this is considered an unfair resting position.  Judge may call a NO COUNT and if this continues may STOP the set
  • WRIST PROTECTION is permitted as long as they are flexible and no wider than 4”
  • Elbows must be exposed
  • Shoes are required
  • Lifters are not permitted to use hand bandages/tape of any kind on the platform

except by special advance consideration of the Head Judge.

  • No headphones/earbuds and players permitted
  • No hats – Head bands, sweat bands, skull caps, and head scarves are permissible
  • Towels and wrist guards are not permitted to be tucked into the lifting belt.
  • Grip attachments will be permitted for those athletes who require in order to participate