Tough Temple Invitational

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Tough Temple Invitational

Hosted by Tough Temple Barbell Club

Sanction: USA Weightlifting and Maryland-Potomac Valley LWC (60-19-218362)

Meet Directors: John Weeks/ Kat Athanassiadou/ Tough Temple Barbell Club (@toughtemplebarbellclub)


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Volunteer Sign Up:

We will be conducting this meet with the new weight classes! (list of available weight classes below)

We will keep this page and our social media (Instagram: @toughtempleinvitational @toughtemplebarbellclub Facebook: Tough Temple Barbell Club updated as the event nears. Bookmark this page and stay tuned!

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Welcome to the 2019 Tough Temple Invitational!

As one of the larger clubs in the MDPV LWC, Tough Temple Barbell Club has been contemplating joining the local meet schedule for a few years. We are happy to shore up the Fall/Winter schedule, allowing lifters a last chance qualifying meeting for AO Finals! We want to thank all the local clubs we've developed relationships with by offering pre-registration on an invite basis. After a short pre-registration window, registration will open to all local clubs. WE WILL ALSO BE HOLDING A NUMBER OF SPOTS OPEN TO AO FINALS & NATIONAL QUALIFIERS. Individual clubs will be receiving registration links directly from us via email before the event goes live to everyone.

Even with pre-registration, we expect this meet to sell out quite quickly as it is a last chance qualifier to those on the bubble for AO Finals. By holding some spots in reserve we hope to allow everyone to lift without worrying about the meet selling out in the first day.

This is a TWO DAY/ONE PLATFORM meet. There will be 8 warm up platforms, with a full set of kilo plates & change plates for each platform. Extra plates for the heavier weight classes will be made available as well.

A waitlist WILL be created and will help us determine event details so do not hesitate to waitlist yourself.

See you on the platform!

Consider volunteering for any number of the following:

Signing up as a LWC referee

Loading during sessions.

Table assistance (marshaling, scoreboard, timekeeper)


Floating tasks. We need runners that will help us with tasks as they come up.

To make our meets successful, we count on volunteers.

Volunteer Sign Up:

Meet Details

*All details subject to change. We will notify athletes of major updates.

See Division & Categories at the end of this information listing.

Deadline to Register: Preregistration (VIA INVITE ONLY) - June 27th, 10am through July 12th, 10amGeneral Registration - July 13th, 10am - September 30th, 9pm (or when athlete cap of 120 is met)

Waiver: This will be provided for your signature at registration and check-in. Athletes younger than 18 require parent signature.

Entry Fees: $80 (+ processing fee). Online Payment Only.

Refunds: Refunds will be issued in accordance with the following policy. The policy assumes your spot is filled by another athlete in your session. This will be at the meet directors' discretion and is final. No refunds will be issued without meet director's direct approval.

By August 1st, 2018- 100%

By September 1st, 2018 - 50%

September 1st and beyond - No Refunds

Spectators: There will be a $10 entry fee for spectators age 13 and above to be collected at the door.

Athletes, coaches (Maximum two per athlete) and volunteers for the meet (loaders, announcers, referees, etc) will not be charged this fee but must sign up ahead of time. Athletes must list coaches at time of registration.

WAIT LIST AND SCHEDULE: If we reach our initial cap of 120, we will have a waitlist available to expand our max lifter cap.

The schedule will begin with the first session at 8:00 am on the first day of the meet. The schedule will generally begin with youth and progress from lighter weight classes to heaviest. Since the meet is two days, heavier weight classes can expect to lift Sunday, but a final start list will be sent out confirming individual athlete sessions and lifting times.

All aspects of the schedule are subject to change pending final registration numbers. Final start list will be released prior to the meet.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all current USAW registered athletes for the weightlifting portion. Join or renew expired membership through the USAW website ( BEFORE September 30th, 2019!

Expired and non-members may not compete in a sanctioned meet in accordance with USAW rules.

Rules: Competition will be conducted under the current IWF technical rules.

One rule will be strongly enforced: USAW rules mandate that lifters control the bar down, maintaining contact until past the shoulders (i.e. do not slam or spike the bar). First violation will result in a warning to the lifter and coach. Second violation will result in disqualification for the meet.

Weightlifting belts may be no wider than 12 cm/4.75 in.

Athletes must declare their opening attempts in the snatch and the clean & jerk in KILOGRAMS at weigh-in.

Athletes and coaches will need passes for the warm up area. Athletes are limited to their two listed coaches (done at registration).

For more information on USAW/IWF rules, please consult the rule book located here (

Required at Check-in

Photo ID and valid USAW card required at weigh-in.

Sign entry & waiver form from Step 2 from Steps to complete registration.


Required (If you have questions about attire, contact the meet director(s)):

Wearing a singlet


Single color 1- or 2-piece unitards worn under singlets

Knee sleeves

Wrist wraps up to 10 mm from wrist to forearm

Belts up to 12 mm at its thickest point

Not Allowed:

Long sleeve shirts or long pants

Obstructed or taped elbows up to 5cm

Baggy shorts or two-piece costumes

Unsure? Questions? Ask

Awards: Top 3 in Youth and Open divisions of each weight category.

Divisions and Categories (USAW)

Divisions (Male and Female): Youth Under 13, Y 14-15, Y 16-17, Sr. (18+), Master 35+

Male Weight Classes (in kg): 49(Y,) 55, 61, 67, 73, 81, 89, 96, 102, 102+(Y), 109, 109+

Female Weight Divisions (in kg): 40(Y), 45, 49, 55, 59, 64, 71, 76, 81, 81+(Y), 87, 87+
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