Day of Competition

Equipment Check

Equipment check will be begin 1/2 hour before the weigh-ins and will be done on a first come, first serve order. This is where all of your clothing and equipment that you intend to wear while competing will be checked by a BCPA Official to insure that it meets the IPF standards. You will also need to have a printed copy of your CPU Membership card and CCES module certificate to show to the Officials. Before you start your weigh-ins you will need to find out what your squat rack heights, bench press and safety rack heights are. Try to get this information either before the equipment check and definitely before your weigh-ins. As well, you will need to know what your first attempts will be for the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. This information will be required when you are being weighed in. If you will be competing in the Bench Press Only competition, you will only be required to get your Bench Press and safety rack heights as well as what your first attempt will be.

Weigh-in Order

The order of the weigh in is determined by what your Lot Number will be. The Lot Numbers are randomly chosen and assigned to the lifters. This ensures that there are no weigh-in bias. Weigh-ins will take place no earlier than 2 hours before the start of the competition for a particular session and can last up to 90 minutes. If you weigh in heavier than the weight you originally entered in, you may have the option to be re-weighed. You will have 90 minutes from when the weigh-in started to try to make weight and only if time allows. If you do no make weight, you will have to move up to the next weight class.

Before you are weighed-in, you will be asked for your Squat, Bench Press and Safety Rack heights. You will also be asked if you will need foot blocks for the Bench Press. At this time, you will need to provide the Official your first attempts for the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. If you do not have all of the above information, you will be moved to the end of the weigh- in order list. Once all of this information has been received by the official, you will be given a packet of attempt cards. These will be the cards that you will use to submit your next attempts for each lift. Do not lose these attempt cards.

Warming Up

Lifting will begin exactly 2 hours after weigh-ins start, so plan accordingly. You can start warming up at anytime. You will be required to use the provided bar collars. At this time, courtesy and safety is the best rule of thumb. If everyone helps each other with loading and unloading weight from the bar, everyone’s warm up will run smoother.

Where there is more than 1 flight, there will be NO BREAK between flights within the same session, other than a brief pause to reset the platform at the end of each flight. What this means is that if you are in Flight A, you will start squatting exactly 2 hours after weigh ins began. Flight B, you must warm up for squatting while Flight A is taking their squat attempts on the platform. While Flight B is taking their squat attempts on the platform, Flight A will be warming up for bench. As soon as Flight B is done squatting, there will be a 10 minute break before Flight A will start to bench on the platform and Flight B should start warming up for bench. Deadlift will be conducted in the same fashion. Ensure that you pay attention to the pace of competition so that you have sufficient time to warm up – this is your responsibility!


The first attempt lifting order will be posted shortly after the weigh-ins have been completed. You will have the opportunity to change your opening attempt 5 minutes before the start of the competition.

When you are called to the platform, you will have one minute to begin the lift. Once the lift has been completed, you will then have 1 minute to submit your next attempt to the scorekeeper’s table. If you do not submit your next attempt within that 1 minute, that attempt will not be accepted. In that instance, you will be given a 2.5kg increase on your next attempt if you completed the lift. If you did not complete the lift, your next attempt will be the same weight.

Please note that this is a drug-tested competition. You are subject to testing in and out of competition as soon as you complete your CCES TrueSport module.

If you broke a BCPA record in one or more of your completed lifts, please remember to submit your completed Records Application form to the Records Chair within 7 days from the date of the competition.

For a complete list of rules, please see the IPF Rulebook.