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The JERK is carried out from the following starting position: kettlebells are fixed on the chest, arms are pressed to the trunk, legs are straightened. Kettlebells are then launched into the overhead position and arms, trunk and legs should be straightened. Legs and kettlebells should be in line and parallel to the plane of the body. After fixation in the overhead position, the platform judge will issue a point and the participant lowers kettlebells back to starting position.
Important note: fixation is punctuated by a dedicated, visible stop of the kettlebells and the athlete.
The “Stop” command is issued when:
– a participant conducts a technical foul;
– kettlebells are held in a position lower than the hands (i.e. no cleans or farmer’s carry).
The “No Count” command is issued when:
– there is additional push (with legs) or additional press (with arms) of kettlebells (the kettlebell must ascend in a continuous manner without stopping)
– absence of fixation in starting and overhead position
LONG CYCLE: A JERK of kettlebells from the chest with the subsequent lowering of the kettlebells into clean position. In this event the kettlebells can be held in a position lower than the hands (clean), but must be between the legs and in motion (clean action). Kettlebells can not be held motionless in a position lower than the hands. LONG CYCLE uses the same rules as JERK, but the “STOP” command is issued when the kettlebell touches the platform.
The performance of the Snatch is carried out in one step from the starting position between the legs. The participant should swing the kettlebell in a continuous movement upward into the overhead position and fixate. Fixation is achieved when the kettlebell is in the overhead position and arms, legs and trunk are straightened. The legs and kettlebell should be in line and parallel to the plane of the body. After fixation, the platform judge will issue a point, and the competitor will lower the kettlebell to the starting position between the legs without the kettlebell touching any part of the trunk. Change of hands can be made once in any manner. If the kettlebell touches the shoulder or trunk during the performance of the first hand, this will be considered the transition to switch the kettlebell to the 2nd hand, and a command to “switch” hands will be issued by the platform judge.
* Multiple swings between the legs shall be allowed as long as the kettlebell is motion.
The “Stop” command will be issued when:
– there is a technical foul;
– the kettlebell touches the shoulder or trunk when held by the 2nd hand;
– the kettlebell touches the platform.
– the kettlebell is held motionless in the position lower than the hip (kettlebell must be in motion during swing phase)
The “No Count” command is issued when:
– there is an additional press (with arm) of the kettlebell;
– absence of fixation in overhead position
– the free hand touches any part of the body, platform, kettlebell, working hand, legs, or trunk.
The rack position is universal for all exercises. It is defined as the position when the arm(s) are bent and the upper part of the arm is making contact with the torso while holding the Kettlebell(s). This is considered from the chest. The Lifter may not rest/park the Kettlebell(s) on the shoulders after the start of the first repetition. It is permissible to “Clean” the Kettlebells to the shoulder(s) on the initial start of the Jerk only.
The Swing action is defined as a back and forth motion of the arm with the shoulder acting as the hinge.
The Clean action is defined as a Swing action of the Kettlebell, catching it in the “Rack” position.
Participants are required to follow these guidelines regarding uniform and equipment:
– the uniform can consist of one or two parts: shorts / tights (showing the knee), weightlifting suit, a t-shirt or a sleeveless shirt
– sleeves of the t-shirt should not cover elbow joints
– weightlifting belts are allowed: width no more than 12 cm and length no more than 1.5m. The belt may not be worn under the uniform. Fabric (towel/t-shirt) cannot be placed over the belt.
– Only flexible wrist wraps are allowed (must be bendable in all directions): width no more than 10 cm and length no more than 25 cm. Wrist wraps cannot be inflexible or consist of any hard molding of any material.
– Knee caps or knee wraps and groin protection is allowed by medical condition only.
– Appropriate athletic shoes are required.
– Teams should be in identical uniforms.