a. Reference

  • Technical checklist: A promoter must send back to the secretariat the technical checklist signed for approval.

  • Entry fees for the athletes at World championships are:

    1. 120 € Power lifting
    2. 120 € Bench Press
    3. 120 € Dead Lift
    4. 120 € Multi Reps Bench Press
    5. 120 € Lifting on biceps
    6. 180 € 2 divisions
    7. 60 € Athlete CARD

Compensation for referees and board members:

    • The GPA advise the Organizer to pay referees accommodations, by day refereed, or a standard compensation of 50€/day.*

      * By International competitions if the organizer / promoter can satisfy to the stay of the board members, then GPA World will make a budget available for the payment of Referees. Only referees with at least 5 hour work on a competition day will qualified. 
      This budget can never go up to more than 50% of the contribution fees from the year before and the standard compensation will be maximum 50€ a day.
      This payment is regulated by the treasurer. 

  • Officials and Referees on duty during the competition shall be granted that at least one free meal, and should also have the benefit of non alcoholic drinks served each competition day in the competition area.

  • For World championships, the medals need a quality standard, with a specific size of 7,5 cm (2.8 inch) diameter and 4mm (0,16 inch) thickness.

  • All athletes must get a print-out of the competition results at the end of their competition.

  • The name of the athlete must be followed by the three most recent lifts and total. Also needed are their weight class, category and country. The promoter must put it online before the competition and email it to the webmaster to put it on the World Website.
  • The promoter must put a list online before the competition of all referees that will be present at that competition and email the list to the chairman of the technical committee.

b. Insurance

  • The GPA and AFFILIATE FEDERATIONS do not provide accident, medical, or liability insurance for lifters or spectators at meets and organized training sessions. It is the responsibility of the Meet Director to Secure Insurance if he wishes to do so.

  • The GPA, AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS, SACTIONING OFFICIALS and CO-OPERATORS assume no liability for injury, damages, personal losses or death resulting at an event.

  • It is advisable that all Meet Directors have the lifter sign a waiver of liability form which clearly states that the Meet Director, Sanctioning Officials and co-operators will not be held liable for any injury etc.., that occurs at an event, the release form should also state that the competitor acknowledges he/she is competing at his/her own risk. 


c. Competition Organization

-The use of a uniform system (software) for leading the contest (more info at the secretariat).

Will appoint the following officials: 

  1. Speaker-Announcer
  2. Time Keeper (Preferably a GPA referee)
  3. Marshal/Expeditors
  4. Record keeper
  5. Loaders/Spotters
  6. Additional officials

Responsibilities of these officials are:

The speaker

Is responsible for the efficient running of the competition, and acts as Master of Ceremonies. The speaker arranges the attempts chosen by the lifters in an orderly fashion, dictated by weight, and if necessary, lot number, and announces the weight required for the next attempt along with the name of the lifter. Additionally the speaker announces, in order, the three lifters succeeding the lifter on deck. When the bar is loaded and the platform cleared for lifting, the head referee will indicate the fact to the speaker, who will in turn announce that the bar is ready and call the lifter to the platform. Attempts announced by the speaker should ideally be displayed upon some type of scoreboard erected in a prominent position. The speaker is also responsible for announcing the deadlines that pertain to the Round System, the approach of the time limit for changing first attempts, 5 minutes before the commencement of a first Flight, 5 attempts before the commencement of a following Flight.

The timekeeper

Is responsible for accurately recording the time laps between the announcement that the bar is ready and the referee’s signal for the commencement of the attempt by the lifter. The timekeeper is also responsible for recording other time allowances whenever required, e.g. after an attempt the lifter shall leave the platform within 30 seconds. Once the clock is running for an attempt, it can only be stopped by the completion of the time allowance, the start of the lift, or at the discretion of the head referee who shall inform the timekeeper immediately. Consequently, it is of great importance that the lifter or lifter’s coach check the height of the squat racks and any bench pressing requirements, if details have not previously been collected, prior to being called, as once the bar is announced as being ready, the clock will be started. Any further adjustments to the equipment must be made within the lifter’s one-minute allowance. The definition of the start of an attempt depends upon particular lift being performed. In the Squat and Bench Press, the start coincides with the referee’s commencement signal. In the Dead lift, the start is when the lifter makes a determined attempt to raise the bar. It is the timekeeper’s duty to stop the clock at these defined starts so that any buzzer that may be connected to the timing device will not distract the lifter.


Are responsible for collecting the weight required for next attempts from the lifters or their coaches and passing the information without delay to scorer’s table and speaker preferably in the form of the suggested colored attempt cards. The lifter is allowed one minute between completion of one attempt and submitting to the marshal/expeditor the weight required for the next attempt. The timing of this operation is the responsibility of the marshal/expeditor, under the auspices of the head referee.

The record keeper

Is specifically accountable for all world records broken, for collecting the details and initiating the paperwork information, and is responsible for accurately recording the progress of the competition, and on completion, ensuring that the three referees sign the official score sheets.


  • Are responsible for loading and unloading the bar, adjusting squat or bench rack requirements as necessary, cleaning the bar or platform upon request and agreement of the head referee, and generally ensuring that the platform is well maintained and of a neat and tidy appearance at all times. 

  • At no time shall there be less than two or more than five loaders/spotters attending to the platform.

  • Blood or other foreign substances appear on the bar or equipment must be rectified immediately using a solution of 1 part bleach with 1 part water. The bar or equipment must be dried and verified as clean.

Additional officials

 Will be appointed as required, or by need e.g. doctors, paramedics, etc.


d. Technical Checklist

Lifting area

  • Boundaries of the lifting area must be marked clearly for the knowledge of the officials, lifters and spotters. It is recommended that this area will be at last 7m long x 5m broad (22ft x 16ft).

  • Coaches shall not be allowed at the back or sides of this area.

  • A scoreboard, preferably an overhead projector to replace the scoreboard.

  • Table and seats near the platform for, announcer, record and timekeeper, computer operator, etc…

  • A table and chairs for the Technical Officers.
  • A table for display of trophies, (near the lifting area).


  • All lifts shall be carried out on a platform not less than 2.46m x 2.46m (8ft x 8ft) and secure enough to insure the safety of the lifter, spotters and loaders.

  • The surface of the platform must be firm, non-slip and level with no discernible seams in the vicinity of the general lifting area. Rubber mats or similar sheeting materials are permitted.
  • Loose mats or similar sheeting materials are not permitted.

Platform equipment

  • Take into account the possibility, that in today’s competition, that the bar can be loaded in the excess of 500kg.

  • Monolift, bench and disc racks. 

  • Bars (of which 1 special squat bar), collars. Discs: 4 / 6 x 50kg, 8 /12 x 25, 2 x 20, 2x 15, 2 x 10, 2 x 5, 2 x 2,5, 2 x 1,25 and 
    Record discs, 2 x 1 kg, 2 x 0,5, 2 x 0,25. 

  • Foot blocks for benching. 

  • Winner’s podium, 1, 2 & 3rd place. 

  • Box with adequate supply of chalk. 

  • Cleaning materials, (broom, mop, vacuum cleaner, and towel). 

  • Scrubbing brush for cleaning the barbell. 

  • A disinfecting solution or similar for disinfecting the barbell. 

  • Seats (3) for the referees. 

  • Seats at the rear of platform for loaders. 

  • A lighting system for scoring (white, red light). 

  • A lifting attempt board, showing the actual weight on the bar. 

  • A clock, visible for lifters, showing the remainder time.

Warm up area

  • The warm up area should be at least 100 m2.

  • A minimum of four platforms.

  • A minimum of two squat racks or monostands, of which at least one
    monolift (preferable two) and two benches. 

  • Each platform equipped with bars (of which 1 special squat bar),
    collars and the necessary discs.

Weight in room

  • A lockable and clean room.

  • A certified weight scale, (preferable digital).

  • A second balance (scale) will be available for the lifters, for the whole duration of weight-in days, at main hotel.

  • Table and chairs for referees.

Dressing room

  • Man and Women separately.

  • All normal facilities.

Official’s room

  • A clean room (preferable locked).

  • Tables and chairs.

  • Facilities for change of clothes.

  • Connectors for charge batteries and laptops.


e. Equipment & Specifications

Bars, discs & collars

  • For all power lifting competitions under the rules of the GPA, only disc barbells are permitted. Only bars and discs that meet all specifications can be used throughout the entire competition and for all lifts. The use of bars or discs that do not conform to specifications will invalidate any records that may have been accomplished.
  • Different bars suited to particular lifts may be utilized providing that they conform to the specifications.


The bar must be straight, well curled and grooved, and shall conform to the following dimensions:

  1. Total overall length not to exceed 2.2m, except for specialized squat bar.

  2. Distance between the inside collar is not to exceed 1.32m or be less than 1.31m except for specialized squat bar.

  3. Diameter of the bar is not to exceed 29mm, or be less than 28mm, except for specialized squat bar.

  4. Weight of the bar and collars are to be 25kg.

  5. Weight of specialized squat bar and collars are to be 30kg.

  6. Specialized squat bar shall have a maximum diameter of 32mm; a maximum sleeve length of 508mm; distance between inside collar faces not to exceed 1434mm; a maximum overall length of 2400mm.

  7. Diameter of the sleeve 49.5 - 52mm.

  8. There shall be a circumference machine marking or the bar shall be taped so as to measure 81cm between machining and tape.

Disc dimensions:

  • The diameter size in the middle of the disc shall be such that the disc fits on the bar without excessive play.

  • All discs used in competition must weigh within 0.25% of their correct face value.

  • Discs must be of the following range 1.25kg, 2.5kg, 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg, 25kg, 45kg, and 50kg.

  • For record setting purposes discs of 0.5kg and 0.25kg should also be available.

  • For records, even lighter discs may be used to achieve a weight of at least 500 grams more than the existing record.

  • Discs must be clearly marked with their weight and loaded in the sequence of heavier disc innermost with the small discs in descending weight.

  • The first and heaviest discs loaded on the bar must be loaded faces in; with the rest of the discs loaded face out as weight is loaded.

  • The diameter of the largest disc shall be no more 45cm.
  • Discs conform to the following color-coding 10kg and below any color; 15kg yellow; 20kg blue; 25kg red; 45kg gold; 50kg green.


  • Must be used at every competition.

  • Must weigh 2.5kg each unless specialized squat bar is used. Collars made specifically for specialized squat bar are to be used with that specific bar.

Squat racks:

  • Squat racks shall be of a sturdy construction and provide maximum stability. The base shall be of such design that it does not impede the lifter or the loaders / spotters. It may consist of a one-piece unit or two separate stands designed to hold the bar in a horizontal position.

  • The design of the squat racks shall allow adjustments that accommodate all lifters.

  • Height adjustments should be at incremental stages not exceeding 5cm.

  • For extra safety all hydraulic racks should be capable of being secured at the required height by means of pins.

  • In all World / Continental or National competitions an adjustable rack with a hydraulic mechanism or a non-conventional squat rack e.g. Mono-lift should be used.


  • The bench shall be of sturdy construction for maximum stability and conform to the following dimensions:

  • Length:  not less than 1.22m and shall be flat and level.

  • Width: 29-32cm.

  • Height: 42-45cm measured from the floor to the top of the padded surface of the bench without being depressed or compacted.

  • The height of the uprights on adjustable benches should be from a minimum of 82cm to a maximum of 100cm measured from the floor to the bar rest position. On non-adjustable benches the height of the uprights must be between 87cm and 100cm from the floor to the bar rest position.

  • The minimum width between the insides of the bar rests shall be 1.10m.


  • A system of lights shall be provided whereby the referees make known their decisions. 

  • Each referee will control a white and red light, representing a “good lift” or “no lift” respectively. 

  • The lights must be wired in such a way that they light up together and not separately when activated by the three referees. 

  • It is preferable that the lights be arranged horizontally corresponding with the positions of the three referees. 

  • For emergency purposes i.e. a breakdown in the electrical system, the referees should also be provided with small white and red flags with which to make known their decisions, or using thumbs up or down.


A proper detailed scoreboard visual to the spectators, officials, and all concerned with the progress of the competition must be provided.

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