You are cordially invited to attend or compete in the CrossFit South Denver Grizzly Bear Olympic Weightlifting Classic! This event will provide you with a great opportunity to perform your Olympic lifts in a fun and competitive setting! This event is not a USAW event, but it will follow a simplified version of the USAW format (see below for more details!). We are holding this event as a celebration for the one-year anniversary of the opening of CrossFit South Denver. (Our actual one-year anniversary was during the CrossFit Games Open, so we decided to wait until now to celebrate!)
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What is the format?
Check-in will be from noon-12:30. Lifts will begin at 1pm.
Competitors will get three attempts in the Snatch, followed by three attempts in the Clean & Jerk. At the start of the competition, you will give the officials your opening weight for each of the lifts.
You will be attempting lifts in order based on bar weight. When your name is called, you’ll have 1 minute to lift, and you’ll get a warning at 30 seconds. After completing your opening attempt, you’ll give the judges your next weight. Order will continue to progress by weight on the bar, and if you’re following yourself, you’ll have 2 minutes instead of 1.
If you miss an attempt, your options are to either repeat at the same weight, or go up – there is no going down in weight! Choose your attempts wisely.
Do I need to be an amazing Olympic Weightlifter to compete?
You absolutely DO NOT need to be a seasoned Olympic Weightlifter or CrossFitter to participate! You’ll see a huge range of abilities at any weightlifting meet, including this one. If this is your first Olympic Weightlifting meet, remember that the competition is more between you and the weight on the bar than it is with the folks around you.
Singlets are optional. Knee sleeves and wrist wraps are acceptable. Belts up to 4.72" (120MM) in height are also acceptable.
This will be a small competition, with a registration cap of approximately 30 participants. There will be two weight classes for each gender.
Men: 185# and below / 185#+
Women: 138# and below / 138#+
Contact CrossFit South Denver owner Clark Niemeyer-Thomas. firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking to work on your technique before the event?
Check out the YLE Olympic Weightlifting Seminar that will be offered at CrossFit South Denver on May 11, 2013 (One week before this competition). Registration in the seminar gives you a free entry into this competition. Information on the seminar can be found HERE.
The barbell is placed horizontally in front of the lifter’s legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the full extent of both arms above the head, while either splitting or bending the legs.
During this continuous movement, the barbell may slide along the thighs and the lap. No part of the body other than the feet may touch the platform during the execution of the lift. The weight, which has been lifted, must be maintained in the final motionless position, arms and legs extended, the feet on the same line, until the referees give the signal to replace the barbell on the platform. The lifter may recover in his or her own time, either from a split or a squat position, and finish with the feet on the same line, parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell.
The referees give the signal to lower the barbell as soon as the lifter becomes motionless in all parts of the body.
The Clean and Jerk
The barbell is placed horizontally in front of the lifter’s legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the shoulders, while either splitting or bending the legs. During this continuous movement, the barbell may slide along the thighs and the lap. The barbell must not touch the chest before the final position. It then rests on the clavicles or on the chest above the nipples or on the arms fully bent. The feet return to the same line, legs straight before performing the Jerk. The lifter may make this recovery in his or her own time and finish with the feet on the same line, parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell.
The athlete bends the legs and extends them as well as the arms to bring the barbell to the full stretch of the arms vertically extended. He or she returns the feet to the same line; arms and legs fully extended, and waits for the referees’ signal to replace the barbell on the platform. The referees give the signal to lower the barbell as soon as the lifter becomes motionless in all parts of the body.
After the Clean and before the Jerk, the lifter may adjust the position of the barbell.
This must not lead to confusion. It does not mean the granting of an additional jerk attempt but allowing the lifter to:
- withdraw the thumbs or “unhook” if this method is used,
- lower the barbell in order to let it rest on the shoulders if the barbell is placed too high and impedes the breathing or causes pain,
- change the width of the grip.
General Rules for All Lifts
The technique known as “hooking” is permitted. It consists of covering the last joint of the thumb with the other fingers of the same hand at the moment of gripping the barbell.
In all lifts, the referees must count as “No lift” any unfinished attempt in which the barbell has reached the height of the knees.
A competitor, who cannot fully extend the elbow due to an anatomical deformation, must report this fact to the three referees before the start of the competition.
When snatching or cleaning in the squat style, the lifter may help the recovery by making swinging and rocking movements of the body.
The use of grease, oil, water, talcum or any similar lubricant on the thighs is forbidden. Lifters are not permitted to have any substance on their thighs when arriving in the competition area. A lifter who uses any lubricant is ordered to remove it. During the removal the clock goes on.
The use of chalk (magnesium) on the hands, thighs, etc., is permitted.
Incorrect movements and positions for all lifts
Pulling from the hang.
Touching the platform with any part of the body other than the feet.
Uneven or incomplete extension of the arms, at the finish of the lift.
Pause during the extension of the arms.
Finishing with a press-out.
Bending and extending the elbows during the recovery.
Leaving the platform during the execution of the lift, i.e. touching the area
outside the platform with any part of the body.
Replacing the barbell on the platform before the referees’ signal.
Failing to finish with the feet and the barbell in line and parallel to the
plane of the trunk.
Incorrect movements for the Snatch
Pause during the lifting of the barbell.
Touching the head of the lifter with the bar.
Finishing with a press-out.
Incorrect movements for the Clean
Placing the bar on the chest before turning the elbows.
Touching the thighs or the knees with the elbows or the upper arms.
Incorrect movements for the Jerk
Any apparent effort of jerking which is not completed. This includes
lowering the body or bending the knees.
Any deliberate oscillation of the barbell to gain advantage. The athlete and
the barbell have to become motionless before starting the jerk.
Finishing with a press-out.
Simplified Format and Additional Information
As mentioned above, this event will take place on a simplified format from a normal USAW event. You will arrive, weigh in, and write your opening attempts at the Clean & Jerk and Snatch on your scorecard. Once you have selected your weights, you may not change them.
After each attempt, you will choose to follow yourself at the same weight if you missed the lift, or you will tell the judges the barbell weight for your next attempt. Once you have selected a weight, your decision is final. If you miss a lift, you may elect to increase weight and take your next attempt at a heavier weight. Choose your weights wisely.
If multiple competitors are lifting at the same weight, the lifters will proceed in alphabetical order by first name.
If you miss a lift and would like to take another attempt at the same weight, you must follow yourself.
Weight will be in pounds, with increments increasing at a minimum of 5 lbs.
There will be divisions based on gender and bodyweight. More information about this will be detailed before the event.
Both genders and all divisions will compete in the lifts together. The lightest Snatch attempt (regardless of gender) will be the first lift of the competition, and the heaviest Clean & Jerk attempt will be final lift of the competition.
For a $5 cash donation, you will be permitted to take a 4th attempt at your lifts. This attempt will not count toward your score, but will be a great opportunity to try to get a heavy lift in front of a crowd. All proceeds will support One Team One Fight and CrossFit South Denver coach Mike Jacobs in his attempt to raise $50,000 by running the Marathon Des Sables to support our troops!
Here is a note from Mike:
Since September 11, 20011, over 6,650 people have paid the ultimate sacrifice, including 81 Naval Special Warfare community members. Each one of these men and women is someone’s child, someone’s brother, someone’s sister, or someone’s parent. All of them are heroes. In April 2014, I will be running the Marathon Des Sables, a 155 mile run across a portion of the Sahara Desert in order to honor these heroes and raise funds that will benefit their families and fellow servicemen/women. I have made it my mission to raise $50,000 to support One Team One Fight, an amazing organization that supports those who serve in our armed forces and their families. I hope you will join me in supporting their cause.
- Mike Jacobs
A link to Mike’s donation page can be found HERE.