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2017 Black & Red Open

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Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

2017 Black & Red Open

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
BROpen Athlete   more info Jun 25, 2017 $80.00 $5.39 Add to Waitlist
Early Bird Spectator Jul 15, 2017 $5.00 $1.27

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Event Details

Hosted by Black & Red

Sanction: USA Weightlifting and Maryland-Potomac Valley LWC (#12-17-85395)

Meet Directors: Mike Hom // Jake Schmitt // Black & Red (@blackandredbb)

Update 2017/04/10: Please sign up for the waitlist and we will start releasing them once we have a better handle of what we can logistically support on meet day!

Stay in touch with us! 

Instagram: @blackandredopen

Hashtags: #bropen #2017bropen #blackandredbarbell

We will keep this page updated as the event nears. Bookmark this page and stay tuned! Any bugs in registration are our own! 

Questions? Email

Welcome to the 2017 Black & Red Open! 

Building upon previous years' success, we are thrilled to continue our tradition of delivering a fun meet in a great venue! As before, we are excited to offer a great opportunity for lifters in the MD-Potomac LWC to show off their chops on the competition platform! The BROpen, as the meet as affectionately been named, is part of the MD-PV's Big 4 within our LWC's competition schedule.

If last year was any indication, this meet will sell out quickly so please be ready to sign up as soon as possible. A waitlist WILL be created and will help us determine some event details so please do not be afraid to waitlist yourself!

Weight Class Change for 2017! On September 25, 2016, the International 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 female divisions except the youth division). These new weight classes are in effect and you have these options in the order form.  

Consider volunteering for any number of the following:

  • Signing up for the LWC referee clinic and getting experience refereeing a WL session.
  • Loading during sessions. 
  • Table assistance (marshaling, scoreboard, timekeeper)
  • Check-In
  • Floating tasks. We need runners that will help us with tasks as they come up.

To make our meets successful, we count on volunteers.

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: 8:00 PM, Sunday, June 25, 2017, OR when athlete entry max (100) 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.

  • By May 8, 2017 - 100%
  • By May 22, 2017 - 50%
  • May 23, 2017 and beyond - No Refunds

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

WAIT LIST AND SCHEDULE: If we reach our initial cap of 100, we will have a waitlist available to expand our max lifter cap.

The schedule will begin with the first session at 8:30 am on the day of the meet. The schedule will generally begin with youth and progress from lighter weight classes to heaviest. With our two platform setup, you will be able to witness concurrent sessions with either male or female sessions happening at overlapping times.

However, 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 (Weightlifting) BEFORE July 15, 2017.

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.  

  1. Weightlifting belts may be no wider than 12 cm/4.75 in.
  2. Athletes must declare their opening attempts in the snatch and the clean & jerk in KILOGRAMS at weigh-in.
  3. 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 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
  • Baggy shorts of 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, Junior (15-20), Sr. (15+), Master 35+, Novice.

Male Weight Classes (in kg): 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.  

Have questions about 2017 Black & Red Open? Contact Black & Red
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Black & Red Barbell // Tyson's Playground
8502 & 8504 Tyco Rd
Vienna, VA 22182

Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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