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2017 Baltimore Open

OSS Weightlifting Club -

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 6:00 AM - Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM (EST)

2017 Baltimore Open

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Athlete Dec 16, 2016 $79.00 $5.34 Add to Waitlist
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January 28 Advanced Spectator Admission
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347 Tickets Jan 30, 2017 $7.50 $1.41
January 29 Advanced Spectator Admission   more info 350 Tickets Jan 28, 2017 $7.50 $1.41
Two-Day Pass   more info 342 Tickets Jan 28, 2017 $15.00 $1.82

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Welcome to the 2017 Baltimore Open

Welcome to a great lifting experience.  The Baltimore Open has become one of the most popular meets on the East Coast and this year's event will not disappoint.  We'll have great lifting and great fun in a local meet run under the quality of strict National standards.  Once you've lifted in a Baltimore Open, you'll know what to expect at a National meet - without the stress.  

Weigh Class Change for 2017!  On September 25, 2016, the Internatinoal Weightlifting Federation (IWF) added new weight classes for female competitors.  Female youth lifters now have the 75 kg and + 75 kg classes (+69 is eliminated) and all other female divisions have the 90 kg and +90 kg classes (+75 is eliminated for all femal divisions except the youth division).  These new weight classes are in effect for the 2017 Baltimore Open and you have these options in the order form.  

Special note for clubs and coaches - OSS WLC invites all participating USAW-sancioned clubs to bring and hang your club banner and set up a club information table.  Be our guest to provide information to potential lifters in your area.  Contact Mario Dispenza at 443.820.8293 or if you want to participate in this way.  

You'll find lots more helpful information below but if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Meet Director Mario Dispenza at  Thank you for joining us, we look forward to seeing you in January.


With Best regards, 

OSS WLC Board of Directors

Mario Dispenza

MJ McBride

Andrea Schumacher

Amy Teets

Candace Bethune-Brown

Kari Webster



ELIGIBILITY - Open to all current USAW registered athletes. Join or renew expired membership through the USAW website before January 28, 2017.  Expired members will not be allowed to compete.  Ahletes are responsible for ensuring that their memberships are current.  OSS WLC will not review membership statuses for competitors until athletes register at the competition.  

Register with USAW here:

Novice division is limited to athletes who have competed in fewer than two USAW-sanctioned meets.

RULES - The Baltmore Open is conducted under National meet standards and rules.  The current USAW and IWF rules are available at:  Of particular note regarding rules:

  1. Photo ID and proof of current USAW registration required at weigh-in.    
  2. All lifters must wear a singlet
  3. Weightlifting belts may be no wider than 12 cm/4.75 in.
  4. Athletes must declare their opening attempts in the snatch and the clean & jerk in kilos at weigh-in.
  5. Per IWF Rule 6.2.4, Atheltes and coaches will need passes for the warm up area.  Atheltes are limited to two coaches in the warm up area (three passes), coaches/teams with two athletes in a session will have four passes. For each additional athlete in a session, the team will be given two additional passes.
  6. 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.  

SANCTION:  USA Weightlifting and the Maryland-Potomac Valley LWC  Sanction Number  09-17-56387 

MASTERS:  We will have at least two National Judges for your qualifying totals.  

REFUND POLICY: Refunds for withdralws will be granted subject to the a replacement lifter on the waiting list. purchasing the withdrawing athlete's spot.   No refunds will be granted after  January 1, 2017

SPECTATORS: There will be a daily $10 entry fee for spectators age 13 and above to be collected at the door.  A two-day pass is available for $15.  SAVE ON THE SPECTATOR FEE WITH ADVANCED PURCHASING AVAILABLE ON THIS ANNOUNCEMENT!

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.  Each athlete will have the opportunity to name a two meet coaches upon registration. 

Volunteer sign up coming shortly.


There is a 160-lifter cap.  The schedule will fill up beginning with the first session at 8:00 a.m. on January 28.  The schedule will generally begins with youth and progress from lighter weight classes to heaviest alternating female and male sessions. 

However, all aspects of the schedule are subject to change pending final registration numbers.  Final start list will be released on or before January 7, 2017.


Divisions (Male and Female): Youth Under 13, Y 14-15, Y 16-17, Junior (15-20), Sr. (15+), Master 35+, Novice.

Male Weight Classes (in kg) -  31, 35, 39, 44 (for Youth Division under 13 years old only), 50 (Youth Division Only) ,56, 62, 69, 62, 69, 77, 85, 94, +94 (Youth Division Only)105, +105.

Female Weight Divisions (in kg)  31, 35, 39, (for Youth Division under 13 years old only) 44 (Youth Division Only) 48, 53, 58, 63, 69, 75, +75 (Youth Division Only) 90, +90.  



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When & Where

Athletic Asylum
January 28-29, 2017
9601 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 407
Baltimore, MD 21237

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 6:00 AM - Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM (EST)

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OSS Weightlifting Club -

OSS Weightlifting Club (OSS WLC) is a USA Weightlifting-sanctioned club (Club 9041) within the Maryland-Potomac Valley (MPV), Weightlifting Region. OSS WLC is a Tax-Exempt, Title 26, 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization dedicated to the advancement of Olympic Weightlifting. It has a Board of Directors elected by club members and 100% of its funding is used to support its athletes.

Our athletes train for various objectives from the enjoyment of training and camaraderie, to competing in Olympic weightlifting competition at all levels (local, regional, national and international). 

We also have a cadre of club members who serve as USA Weightlifting technical officials at both local and national level. Our head coach, Mario Dispenza is a USAW National Coach and National Technical Official. 

Board of Directors:

Mario Dispenza,  USAW National Coach , Level 1 Sports Performance Lead Instructor, National Techical official

Amy Teets,USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach and Local Referee;

Andrea Schumacher; Local Referee

MJ McBride, USAW Level 1 Coach. Local Referee

Candace Bethune-Brown, USAW Level 1 Coach, Local Referee

Kari Webster, Local Referee

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