2021 USSF Push Press Exhibition

Competition brings out the best in us and what’s more fun then playing with around with a new movement! The United States Strengthlifting Federation and Barbell Logic would like to invite you to join your community in a Push Press exhibition.

From December 6th to December 12th, athletes from around the world will submit their best Push Press for bragging rights and a chance to win Trophies, Achievements, and Prizes!

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THE RULES

The Push PressTechnical Rules

  1. The press is performed from the rack or after cleaning up the weight. No viper pressing (continuous motion) is allowed.
  2. The bar is held in both hands in the front of the neck with at least two fingers contacting the bar. The weight may rest on the anterior deltoids.
  3. The feet are in-line with one another and not staggered.
  4. The starting position must be upright with knees and hip fully extended and the chest up. The bar must start motionless below the level of the chin.
  5. After the starting position is correctly and obviously assumed, the bar is pressed overhead in one continuous upward motion to a position with elbows completely extended and with the bar behind a vertical line from the most anterior aspect of the armpit to the floor. Any deliberate effort to press the bar after the bar is removed from the racks counts as the attempt. Any athlete who is anatomically unable to fully extend one or both elbows must demonstrate that before each attempt.
  6. The use of a push press is allowed. Knees and hips may unlock to assist in initiating upward motion of the bar. Active dorsiflexion is also allowed.
  7. The knees and hips must remain extended until the overhead position has been obviously assumed. No push jerk, split jerk, squat jerk allowed.
  8. Once the overhead position has been obviously assumed and the bar has become motionless, the bar is lowered back down and either walked back into the rack or carefully dropped to the floor with both hands controlling the rebound.

Reasons for Disqualification

  1. Failure to assume a start position with the bar motionless below the chin.
  2. After the upward initiation of the push press, any downward motion of the center of the bar occurs prior to lockout, as measured between the hands.
  3. Any re-bending of the knees or active hip flexion in order to catch the bar in a lower position.
  4. Any pronounced uneven lockout of the elbows.
  5. Any deliberate contact or any unintentional contact with a rack that would aid a lifter
  6. Any forward, backward or lateral step during the press itself.
  7. Downward motion of the bar occurring from the start position but before upward motion is permitted, including use of the hips and knees to get the bar moving.

The Basics

  1. Competition takes place between lifters in categories defined by sex, bodyweight, and age. There are fourteen classes:
  • Open Division
    • Lightweight: Up to 175lbs
      • Adult: 20-39 years old
      • Master: Over 40 years old
    • Middleweight: Up to 231lbs
      • Adult: 20-39 years old
      • Master: Over 40 years old
    • Heavyweight: Over 231lbs
      • Adult: 20-39 years old
      • Master: Over 40 years old
    • Junior: Under 20 years old

  • Women’s Division
    • Lightweight: Up to 175lbs
      • Adult: 20-39 years old
      • Master: Over 40 years old
    • Middleweight: Up to 231lbs
      • Adult: 20-39 years old
      • Master: Over 40 years old
    • Heavyweight: Over 231lbs
      • Adult: 20-39 years old
      • Master: Over 40 years old
    • Junior: Under 20 years old

2. Winners for each category will be determined by the highest successful push press. If two lifters are tied, the lifter who submitted a lift first will be declared the winner.

3. Video Submission

  • Lifters are allowed to submit up to three attempts for each lift.
  • Lifts must be submitted within the dates set by the competition.
  • Lifts must be submitted within 48 hours of the attempt itself.
  • A lifter’s entire body must be visible throughout the lift from beginning to end.
  • Immediately after a lifter successfully completes an attempt, the lifter must visually identify the weight on the bar in one continuous recording.
  •  At some point during the video the lifter or coach must display the event’s unique codeword.
  • The quality of the video, use of safety measures, and costume must allow for proper evaluation of the lift.

4. All lifts will be judged by a USSF official for compliance with their respective ruleset. Lifts that clearly meet or do not meet the standard will be evaluated by a single official. Challenging or questionable lifts will be evaluated by a three-judge panel with judgement decided by majority ruling.

5. Lifting Costume

  • The lifting costume should be sufficiently contrasting and tight as to allow proper evaluation of the lift. Singlets are not required.
  • The lifting costume must not be supportive in nature.
  • Belts are allowed on all lifts and can be made of any material provided it does not exceed 4” along its width at any point.
  • Rubberized knee sleeves not exceeding 30cm in length or 7mm thickness are allowed. Knee sleeves must be non-fastening and non-adjustable.
  • Wrist wraps not to exceed 1m in length are allowed.
  • Rubberized elbow sleeves not exceeding 30cm in length and 7mm in thickness are allowed. Elbow sleeves must be non fastening and non-adjustable. *New
  • Shoes are not required for online competitions. *New

PRIZE BREAKDOWN

  • Every lifter will receive a Digital Trophy for participating in this competition and many more unique Digital Trophies and Achievements are up for grabs!
  • Raffle Prizes – Raffle prizes will be drawn at random at the end of the competition. Every entry into the competition will receive a raffle entry. Additional raffle entries can be won.
    • Raffle 1 – $100 A7 Gift Card
  • Champion Prizes
    • Open Lightweight – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Open Middleweight – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Open Heavyweight – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Open Master Lightweight – 1st:  $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Open Master Middleweight – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Open Master Heavyweight – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Open Junior – 1st – $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Women Lightweight – 1st : $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Women Middleweight – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Women Heavyweight – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Women Master Lightweight – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Women Master Middleweight – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Women Master Heavyweight – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries
    • Women Junior – 1st: $25 Rogue Gift Card, 2 Additional Raffle Entries

*Prizes and t-shirts are for continental United States only. An equivalent gift card may be substituted for prizes for athletes outside continental United States.

We look forward to seeing you on the digital platform,
Jordan Stanton – President of the United States Strengthlifting Federation

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