View Full Version : Powerlifting meet!

05-04-2005, 01:09 PM
I manage a gym and am looking at putting on a Bench Press Competition in August. I need some sort of direction though. How much are typical entry fees, prize money(if any)? Do I need a certified judge? What other kind of regulations are there that I need to know about? I'm looking at doing it in the parking lot under a tent so we can get a lot more spectators. Is this a bad idea considering I live in NC and it can get to be about 100 degrees on any given day and extremely humid. Or is it okay as long as we have large fans blowing under the tent? I noticed there are a lot of weight classes for men and women. Do most competitions use all the weightclasses? Or do some just do percentage of bodyweight to make it easier and more competitive? Any help is appreciated.

Paul Stagg
05-04-2005, 02:17 PM
I'd suggest calling the state chairperson for one of the powerlifting feds in your state for guidance, as the fees and requirements vary.

If you want it sanctioned, you'll need qualified judges (3), and you'll need to be registered to promote meets for whatever federation it is. If you are using a drug free federation, you'll have to have the facilities to collect samples for testing (and supervise the collection). The vast majority of competitions use pretty much all of the weight classes and other specifications (Masters, Juniors, etc.)

Typical entry fees for a sanctioned meet are $30 to $50 for each lifter, give or take. Most don't have prize money, the fees go to run the meet, buy some trophies and a t-shirt for each lifter, food for the spotters/loaders/judges, etc.

I would not do it outside in the summer.

05-04-2005, 03:18 PM
I'll second everything that paul said.

The absolute best thing though would be to talk to a meet director. Someone that has ran a meet before(the more experiance the better)
There is a TON of info you will need to gather. A fella i know is running a meet this weekend, has been competing for ~10years, has lots of help, and is Amzed at how much work needs to done

05-04-2005, 03:46 PM
Any idea how to get a hold of a state chairperson? How much do judges usually cost?

05-04-2005, 05:42 PM
There are a lot of federations (USAPL, USPF, APF, APA, WABDL, SLP, NASA, etc...). I don't know which are the most active in your state, but you can probably get a hold of a lot of them through other forums or their homepages. Check this forum for links: http://p083.ezboard.com/fmoosecallfrm23

Tent meets suck in the summer heat. I guess if it's just a bench meet, it shouldn't be so bad, but make sure you have adequate places to warm-up, seating, shade, water for competitors, etc...

edit: I would say most meets (push, push/pull, full) usually cost between $20-$40. Single-lift meets tend to cost less than full meets.

Keith Wassung
05-04-2005, 07:09 PM
I have run, co-run and officiated at many meets, first of all, consider having your meet in conjunction with some type of other public event-towns are are always having shows, food festivals, etc. Have the contest at that event and you have an automatic crowd. I echo what the guys said about going to a contest in your area and seeing how it is done. Start somewhat small, and work your way up-nothing wrong at all with having a "Club Meet", ie one that is not sanctioned. Talk with your local rotary club and see if they want to tie in some sort of charity into the event-use it as a fundraise. Try to have high school division and contact your local coaches.

last but not least, I am less than three hours away-I will come up and help you out in whatever way you need.


05-05-2005, 05:57 AM
Okay, thanks a lot guys. Those are all good suggestions. I especially like the high school division since I coach at a local high school and know a lot of high school kids that would love to compete just as long as the entry fees weren't too much. I'm thinking $30 is reasonable. I'm also kind of leaning toward a non-sanctioned meet but with the same rules, just no sanctioned jugde.

So are bodyweight % meets frowned upon? I'm just afraid of not being able to get many people in all the weight classes. Until now, I didn't realize that there were so many weight classes. I thought there were only 5, like bodybuilding, which is what I do. Powerlifting is relatively new to me.
thanks for the advice,

Keith Wassung
05-05-2005, 06:40 AM
Give out Medals not trophies, they will last longer and are cheape, trust me-I have about 100 trophies in garage and 80% are broken, etc. I have about 50 medals on the wall and they are all in-tact. This will also reduce your entry fees and overhead.

05-05-2005, 11:31 AM
Hey, I live in Greensboro (NC) and if you have the meet I will probably come down with a friend or 2. I've never competed before, but this sounds like a good time to start.

05-05-2005, 11:36 AM
Well bro...personally I've never competed but I wanna really bad...anyway I would like to say...you really don't need judges unless someone there is looking to set a new record for their BW but I doubt it...have a friendly meet between buds in the same gym...easy enough and 10-15 entree...and whatever cash is left over...keep it...or make 1st of every weightclass get some cash...personally I would love it even if it was 5 bucks because you are walking away with more than just that 5 bucks...you leave with your head held high and respect...which is more important to some people

Keith Wassung
05-05-2005, 12:38 PM
If you give cash to those who compete in other sports, ie, high school kids, you risk them losing their amateur status for other sports.