Rule Book

NASA RULEBOOK CHAPTERS
1. General Rules of Powerlifting
2. Divisions, Age Groups & Weight Classes
3. Team Rosters & Rules
4. Equipment & Specs
5. Costume & Personal Gear
6. Lifting & Rules of Performance
7. Weigh-Ins
8. Order of Competition
9. Record Requirements
10. Youth Program (Ages 5-12)
11. Referees
12. Sportsmanship & Misconduct
13. Warm Up Area
14. PowerSports Rules (Curl)
15. Power Press Rules (Power Clean)
16. Approved Supportive Equipment
17. E-Z Guide for Meet Legal Attires

NASA Official Rulebook

GENERAL RULES OF POWERLIFTING

1. The Natural Athlete Strength Association (NASA) recognizes the following lifts for full powerlifting, which must be taken in the same sequence in all competitions conducted under NASA rules:
a. Squat Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
b. Bench Press Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
c. Deadlifts Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
 
2. Natural Athlete Strength Association (NASA) recognizes the following lifts for Full Power Sports© Division:
a. Curl
b. Bench Press
c. Deadlift
 
3. Natural Athlete Strength Association (NASA) recognizes the following single lift events:
a. Curl — Power Sports©
b. Bench Press — Power Sports©, Unequipped or Equipped Divisions
c. Deadlift — Power Sports©

4. Competition takes place between lifters in categories defined by:
a. Sex,
b. Body Weight
c. Age.
d. Unequipped divisions
e. Equipped divisions
f. Power Sports© divisions
 
5. The rules apply to all levels of competition whether it be a Local, State, Regional, World, International or any competition that states that it is conducted under NASA rules.

6. Each competitor is allowed three attempts on each lift. Any exceptions are explained in the appropriate section of the rule book. The lifter’s best valid attempt on each lift, (disregarding any fourth attempts for record purposes), counts toward his competition total. The winner of a category shall be the lifter who achieves the highest total. The remaining lifters shall be ranked in descending order of total. Lifters failing to achieve a total are eliminated from the competition. If two or more lifters achieve the same total, the lighter lifter ranks above the heavier lifter. In case of both lifters weighing the same, both lifters would be immediately re-weighed.
 
NASA sanctions the following World Cup Championships:
Men’s Open World Cup Championships
Women’s Open World Cup Championships
Junior World Cup Championships
Master’s/Sub-masters World Cup Championships  
 
1. NASA also recognizes and registers world records for the same lifts within the categories described here-under:

DIVISION & AGE CATEGORIES

The Men’s and Women’s Open Championship’s permit lifters of any age in excess of 13 years of age or older. The lifter MUST have attained the minimum age limit on the day of the competition where limits are imposed. The lifter must compete in the age group that he/she is in on the day of the competition.
A lifter may remain in a particular category throughout the full calendar year in which he reaches the stated upper limit of that category. Age categories and their further subdivision may be adopted for use nationally at the discretion of NASA.

Mens Division:
Open Division:  from 13 years upwards (No category restrictions need apply.)
Teenage Division: from 13 – 19 years of age.
Junior Division: from 13 years to and including 23 years of age.
Intermediate Division: 24 to and including 29 years of age.
Sub Masters I Division: 30 to and including 35 years of age.
Sub Masters II Division: 35 to and including 39 years of age.
Masters I Division. 40 years to and including 49 years of age.
Masters II Division: 50 years to and including 59 years of age.
Masters III Division: 60 years to and including 69 years of age.
Masters IV Division: 70 + years of Age and upwards.
 
Women’s Division:
Open Division: from 13 years upwards (No category restrictions need apply.)
Teenage Division: from 13 – 19 years of age.
Junior Division: from 13 years to and including 23 years of age.
Intermediate Division: 24 to and including 29 years of age.
Sub Masters I Division: 30 to and including 35 years of age.
Sub Masters II Division: 35 to and including 39 years of age.
Masters I Division. 40 years to and including 49 years of age.
Masters II Division: 50 years to and including 59 years of age.
Masters III Division: 60 years to and including 69 years of age.
Masters IV Division: 70 + years of Age and upwards.

Body weight Categories (Men) Body weight Categories (Women)
 
—————————————– 44.0 kg Class up to 44.0 kg
—————————————– 48.0 kg Class from 44.01 to 48.0 kg
52.0 kg   Class up to 52.0 kg 52.0 kg Class from 48.01 to 52.0 kg
56.0 kg   Class from 52.01 to 56.0 kg 56.0 kg Class from 52.01 to 56.0 kg
60.0 kg   Class from 56.01 to 60.0 kg 60.0 kg Class from 56.01 to 60.0 kg
67.5 kg   Class from 60.01 to 67.5 kg 67.5 kg Class from 60.01 to 67.5 kg
75.0 kg   Class from 67.51 to 75.0 kg 75.0 kg Class from 67.51 to 75.0 kg
82.5 kg   Class from 75.01 to 82.5 kg 82.5 kg Class from 75.01 to 82.5 kg
90.0 kg   Class from 82.51 to 90.0 kg 90.0 kg Class from 82.51 to 90.0 kg
100.0 kg Class from 90.01 to 100.0 kg 90.0 + kg Class from 90.01 to unlimited
110.0 kg Class from 100.01 to 110.0 kg ——————————————-
125.0 kg. Class from 110.01 to 125.0 kg ——————————————-
140.0 kg. Class from 125.01 to 140.0 kg ——————————————-
140 + kg. Class from 140.01 to unlimited ——————————————-

TEAM COMPETITION

 
1. Each team is allowed a maximum of ten competitors spread throughout the range of the twelve body weight categories for men and ten competitors throughout the range of ten body weight categories for women. There must not be more than two competitors from any one nation in any particular body weight category per team. Each nation may provide two (2) teams for each World competition.

2. Each team is allowed a maximum of two alternates or reserves. These alternates or reserves may be substituted at any time prior to the commencement of the weigh-in for a particular body weight category. Each nation must submit a team roster giving the name of each lifter, body weight, category and best total achieved at a national or international level during the previous twelve months. The date and title of the competition in which the best total was achieved must also be stated. These details must be submitted to the responsible official prior to the commencement of the weigh-in for the lowest weight category, i.e. 52.0 kg for men and 44.0 kg for women. The names of the alternates or reserves with their body weight categories and best totals must also be submitted at this time.

3. The Meet Director may or may not allow teams to compete at other NASA meets. If the Meet Director does have teams competing, the below point system (See 4.) will be used.

4.  NASA’s Point scoring for all World, Continental and National Championships shall be: 12, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 for the first nine places in any body weight category. Thereafter, each lifter who makes a total in the competition shall be awarded 1 point.
NASA’s Point scoring for all and Regional & State Championships shall be: 7, 5, 3, 2 and 1 for the first five places in any body weight category.

5. Only the point scores of the six best placed lifters of each nation will be counted for the team competition at all international championships.

6. Teams shall be nominated to the Meet Director at least 21 days before the date of the championships. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in disqualification of the offending team. This rule may be amended by the meet director of a particular meet.

7. Team awards shall be given to the first three places. In the case of a tie in the classification of a team or a nation, the team having the largest number of first places will be ranked first. In the case of a tie between two nations having the same number of first places, the team having the most second places will be classified first, and so on through the places of the six scoring lifters. If a tie still exists, the team with the highest lifter coefficient shall be declared the winner.

EQUIPMENT & SPECS

1. Platform
All lifts shall be carried out on a platform measuring between 2.5 m x 2.5 m minimum and 4.0 m x 4.0 m maximum. The surface of the platform must be flat, firm non-slip and level. It must not exceed 10 cm in height from the surrounding stage or floor. The surface of the platform may be treated with an approved non-slip coating. Loose rubber mats or similar sheeting materials are not permitted. No additives may be applied to, or inserts incorporated in either the platform or its surface.

2. Bars and Discs
For all owerlifting contests organized under the rules of NASA, only disc barbells are permitted. The use of discs which do not meet the current specifications will invalidate the contest and any records accomplished. Only those bars and discs that meet NASA specifications may be used throughout the entire competition and for all lifts. Bars to be used in World or Regional Championships shall not be chromed on the knurling between the inside collars.
 
a. The bar shall be straight and well knurled and grooved and shall conform to the following dimensions:
b. Total overall length not to exceed 2.4 m.
c. Distance between the collar faces is not to exceed 1.32 m or be less
than 1.31 m.
d. Diameter of the bar is not to exceed 29 mm or be less than 27 mm.
e. Weight of the bar and collars are to be 25 kg.
f. Diameter of the sleeve not to exceed 52 mm or be less than 50 mm.
g. There shall be a diameter machined marking or the bar taped so as to measure 81 cm between marking or tape.
(Copyright 2007 by Rich Peters)

3. Discs shall conform as follows:

a. All discs used in competition must weigh within 0.25 percent of their correct face value.
b. The hole size in the middle of the disc may not exceed 53 mm or be less than 51 mm.
c. Discs must be within the following range:
 1.25 kg, 2.5 kg, 5 kg, 10 kg, 20 kg, 25 kg, 45 kg and 50 kg.
d. For record purposes, lighter discs may be used to achieve a weight of at least 500 gr. (grams) more than the existing record.
e. Discs weighing 25 kg and over must not exceed 6 cm in thickness. Discs weighing 20 kg and under must not exceed 3 cm in thickness.
f. Discs must conform to the following color code: 10 kg and under any color, 15 kg – yellow or black, 20 kg – blue or black, 25 kg – red, 45 kg- gold, 50 kg- green.
g. All discs must be clearly marked with their weight and loaded in the sequence of heavier discs inner most with the smaller discs in descending weight arranged so that the referees can read the weight on each disc.
h. The first and heaviest discs loaded on the bar must be loaded face in; with the remainder of the discs loaded face out.
i. The diameter of the largest disc shall not be more than 45 cm.
 
3. Collars
a. Shall always by used in competition.
b. Must weigh 2.5 kg each.
 
4. Squat Racks
a. Squat racks shall be of sturdy construction and provide maximum stability. The base shall be of such design that it does not impede the lifter or the spotter loaders. It may consist of a one piece unit or two separate stands designed to hold the bar in a horizontal position.
b. The squat racks shall be designed to adjust from a minimum height of 1.00 m in the lowest position to extend to a height of at least 1.70 m in 5 cm increments.
c. All hydraulic racks must be capable of being secured at the required height by means of pins.

5. Bench
“As of June 1st, 2007,  ALL NASA Meet Directors will be required to use, on the competition platform, Officially Certified Bench Press Safety Racks during the Bench Press portion of all Officially Sanctioned NASA events. This rule is Mandatory for all Officially Sanctioned NASA Events. Any event where these safety racks are not used will be deemed unsanctioned and no lift will be recognized within NASA by any lifter in that event. NASA will be the Official Supplier for these racks to all recognized NASA Meet Directors upon request.”
a. The bench shall be of sturdy construction for maximum stability and conform to the following dimensions:
b. Length – not less than 1.22 m and shall be flat and level.
c. Width – not less than 29 cm and not exceeding 32cm.
d. Height – not less than 42 cm and not exceeding 45 cm measured from the floor to t the top of the padded surface of the bench without it being depressed or compacted. The height of the uprights on both adjustable and non-adjustable benches shall be a minimum of 82 cm to a maximum of 100 cm measured from the floor to the bar rest position.
e. Minimum width between insides of bar rests shall be 1.10 m.
f. The head of the bench shall extend 22 cm beyond the center of the uprights with a tolerance of 5 cm either way.
 
5. Lights
A system of lights shall be provided whereby the referees make known their decisions. Each referee will control a white and a red light. These two colors represent a “good lift” and “no lift” respectively.
The lights shall be arranged horizontally to correspond with the positions of the three referees. They must be wired in such a way that they light up together and not separately when activated by the referees. For emergency purposes, i.e. a breakdown in the electrical system, the referees will be provided with small white and red flags with which to make known their decisions. The numbered cards issued to members of the Jury shall correspond to the allocated light position of the three referees reading 1, 2, and 3 from left to right, viewed from the front of the platform.

COSTUME AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

1. Costume
The lifting costume shall consist of a one-piece full length lifting suit of one-ply stretch material without any additional patches or padding.  Any seams, false or otherwise, that in the opinion of the referees is incorporated into the costume purely as a form of reinforcement or bracing, shall invalidate the costume form being used in the competition. Only costumes officially registered and approved by the NASA Executive Committee shall be permitted for use in NASA competitions.

*Sweat bands are now allowed to be worn on a lifter’s forehead.*
 
2.  Straps must be worn over the shoulders at all times while lifting in competition.
 
The lifting suit shall also be subject to the following requirements:
 a. It may be of any color or colors.
 b. The lifting suit may bear the badge, emblem, logo and/or inscription of the lifters nation, national association, or sponsor or equipment manufactures name or logo. That which is offensive or liable to bring the sport into disrepute is not allowed.
c. Seams and hems must not exceed 3 cm in width and 0.5 cm in thickness. Only non-supportive weightlifting/wrestling type suits may have seams and hems exceeding 3 cm in width. The non-supportive weightlifting/wrestling type suits may also have a double thickness of the same material size 12 cm 2 24 cm in the area of the crotch.
d. Seams may be protected or strengthened by narrow gauge webbing or stretch material not exceeding 2 cm in width or 0.5 cm in thickness.
e. Length of the leg is must not exceed 15 cm from the middle of the crotch. Measurement is to be taken on a line from the top seam of the crotch down the inside of the leg.
f) Any alterations to the costume which exceed the established widths, lengths or thickness previously stated shall make the suit illegal for competition. Alternations/pleats to form a tightening/shortening of the suits and supportive shirts will not make them illegal as long as these changes are/and MUST BE made on the original seams.
 
3. Woman’s Costume Women may wear a one-piece costume of comparable design to the lifting suit described above. It must comply in all respects to the same specifications. Leotards with sleeves or high cut leg lines are not permitted. Women must wear a T Shirt or support shirt while competing on all lifts.
 
4. Bench Shirts shall consist of a one-piece, single-ply polyester material without any patches or padding. Nothing is allowed to be worn under the shirt except for women who are allowed to wear a non-supportive athletic bra.
 
APPROVED BENCH SHIRTS FOR NASA are listed in APPENDIX A.
The bench shirt shall also be subject to the following requirements:
(a) It may be of any color.
(b) The bench shirt may bear the badge, emblem, logo and/or inscription of the lifters nation, national association, or sponsor or equipment manufactures name or logo.
Note: Images or phrases, which are offensive or liable to bring the sport into disrepute, are not allowed.
(c) Seams must not exceed 3 cm in width and 0.5 cm in thickness.
(d) Any alterations to the costume from manufacturer’s specifications shall make the suit illegal for competition. Lifters may not alter the shirt in any way shape or form. Alternations/pleats to form a tightening/shortening of the supportive shirts will not make them illegal as long as these changes are; (and MUST BE), made on the original seams
(e) ANY Denim, Canvas, will be considered illegal and will cause you to get a failed lift.
(f) ANY thickness of greater than a single ply shirt will be considered illegal and will cause you to get a failed lift.
(g) No open back, split neck or Velcro fastenings of the bench shirt are allowed in NASA.
 
5. Undershirt
An undershirt (better known as a T-Shirt) of any color or colors, must be worn under the lifting suit during the performance of the squat and bench press, but is optional for the men in the deadlift. Women must wear a T Shirt or support shirt while competing on all lifts. “Under Armor” t-shirts are allowed but may not exceed the upper elbow area.
 
The T-Shirt is subject to the following conditions:
a. Is not ribbed.
b. Does not consist of any rubberized or similar stretch material.
c. Does not have any pockets, buttons, zippers or a reinforced collar.
d. Does not have any reinforced seams.
e. Is made of cotton or polyester or a mixture of the two. Denim is not allowed.
f. Does not have sleeves which terminate either below the elbow or at the upper deltoid.
g. Lifters may not push or roll the sleeves up to the deltoid when competing in NASA competitions.
h. T-Shirts may not be worn inside out.
i. Is Plain or the official T-Shirt of the contest in which the lifter is competing or only bears the badge and/or inscription of the lifter’s nation, national or regional federation, team or sponsor.
j. That which is offensive or likely to bring the sport into disrepute in not allowed.
k. The T-Shirt may not be sleeveless for the Squat or Bench Press. But may be worn during the Deadlift and Curl only.

6. Under shorts
A standard commercial ‘athletic supporter” or standard commercial under shorts of any mixture of cotton, nylon or polyester (but not swimming trunks) may be worn under
the lifting suit. Tight fitting Boxer briefs are allowed as long as they do not exceed the leg length of the Lifting Suit.

Women may wear protective briefs or panties. They may also wear a bra provided that the bra cup does not maintain its shape when placed upright upon a flat surface. It must not contain any wire or supportive device. Tampons, sanitary napkins or similar articles when used for hygiene protection are also permitted.
a.) Groove briefs are allowed. (see diagram above).
b.) Groove briefs and under shorts are not allowed together.
c.) Groove briefs may not have legs, and is limited to the lifter’s lower abdominal wall.

7. Socks
Socks may be worn. 1 or 2 pair are allowed.
(a) They may be of any color or colors.
(b) They shall not be of such length on the leg that they come into
contact with any knee wrapping or knee cap supporter when in use.
(c) Full length leg stockings, tights or hose are strictly forbidden.
(d) Shin Length socks must be worn to cover and protect the shins while performing the Deadlift.

8. Belt
Competitors may wear a belt. If worn it shall be on the outside of the lifting suit.
Materials and Construction
(a) The main body shall be made of leather or vinyl in one or more laminations which may be glued and/or stitched together.
(b) It may have a light amount of additional padding in the back, but no bracing or supports of any material either on the surface or concealed within the laminations of the belt.
(c) A standard metal buckle and studs are the only non-leather
components permitted. The buckle shall be attached at one end of the belt by means of studs and/or stitching.
(d) The belt may have a buckle with one or two prongs or “quick release”, lever action type, and Inzer’s new PR ratchet belt from Inzer
(e) A leather tongue loop shall be attached close to the buckle by means of studs and/or stitching.
(f) The lifting belt may bear the badge, emblem, logo and/or inscription of the lifters nation, national association, or sponsor or equipment manufactures name or logo. That which is offensive or liable to bring the sport into disrepute is not allowed.

Dimensions
1. Width of belt maximum 10cm. (approx 4″)
2. Thickness of belt maximum 13 mm along the main length.
3. Inside width of buckle maximum 11 cm,
4. Outside width of buckle maximum 13 cm.
5. Tongue loop maximum width 5 cm.
6. Distance between end of belt and far end of tongue loop maximum 15cm.
 

9. Shoe or Boots
Lifting shoes or boots shall be worn.
(a) Shoes shall be taken to include boots, sport shoes, trainer’s gymnastic slippers, dance slippers/shoes or any foot covering that has a patterned molding or foot type outline that provides an inner sole.
(b) Shoes with metal spikes or cleats are not permitted.
(c) No Sandals or open toe shoes allowed on the lifting platform.

10. Wraps
(a) Only wraps or bandages of a one ply commercially woven elastic that is covered with polyester, cotton or a combination of both materials; or medical crepe are permitted. Bandages of rubber or rubberized substitutes are strictly forbidden. Knee Sleeves are allowed as long as they do not exceed 8″ in width, are single ply and are approved by the Head Referee in advance of the competition.
(b) Wraps or plasters may be used as follows:

Wrist
1. Wraps not exceeding 1 meter (approx 39.37 “) in length and 8 cm in width may be worn. Alternatively, wrist bands not exceeding 10 cm in width, approximately 4”, may be worn. A combination of the two is not permitted.
2. If wrist bands are wrap around style, they may have a thumb loop and Velcro patch for securing them. *The thumb loop may now stay on for any wrap-legal lift.*
3. A wrist wrap shall not extend beyond 10 cm above and 2 cm below the center of the wrist joint and shall not exceed a total covered width of 12cm.
4. Standard commercial sweat bands may be worn, not exceeding 12 cm in width. A combination of wrist wraps, and sweat bands are not allowed.
5. Velcro is allowed on wrist wraps as long as it is included in the 1 meter length.
 
Knee Wraps
4. Wraps not exceeding 2.5 meters in length and 8 cm in width may be used.
A knee wrap shall not extend beyond 15 cm above and 15 cm below the center of the knee joint and shall not exceed a total covered width of 30 cm. alternatively; an elasticized knee cap supporter not exceeding 20 cm. in length may be worn. Knee sleeves 30 cm. in length are also legal and the medical/surgical sleeves are also an option. A Combination of the two is strictly forbidden.
5. Wraps shall not be in contact with the socks or lifting suit.
6. Wraps shall not be used elsewhere on the body.
7. Velcro is allowed on knee wraps
 
11. Plasters

A. Two layers of plasters, bandages or Band-Aids may be worn on the thumbs. These items may not be worn anywhere else on the body without official permission of the Jury or Chief Referee. Plasters, bandages or Band-Aids may not be used as aids to the lifter in holding the bar.
B. With permission of the Jury or Chief Referee, the official doctor or paramedic on duty may apply spot plasters, bandages or Band-Aids to muscle injures on the body. Similarly, he may apply strip (plasters, bandages or Band-Aids) to injuries on the
inside of the hand, but in no circumstance must the plaster, bandage or Band-Aid continue around the back of the hand.
C. The official doctor or paramedic on duty shall inform the President of the Jury and the Chief Referee immediately after applying plaster, bandages or Band-Aids to injuries. He may also give advice regarding additional plasters, bandages or Band-Aids that he may consider necessary. However, these may only be applied with permission of the Jury.
D. At all competitions where a Jury may not be present and no medical personnel are on duty, the Chief Referee shall have jurisdiction over the use of spot plasters.

12. Inspection of Costume and Personal Equipment NASA requires the lifter to be responsible for obtaining and wearing proper equipment.
 
International Competitions
(a) In large competitions when the allotted weigh in time is likely to be insufficient to allow for the inspection of costume and personal equipment, The Jury, at its discretion, may fix a separate time for the inspection and drawing of lots. In normal circumstances this shall take place one hour before the official weigh in. but may be varied as required by the Jury.
(b) A minimum of two referees or technical officers shall be appointed to fulfill this duty. All items shall be examined and approved before being officially stamped or marked.
(c) Bandages over permitted length shall be rejected, but may be cut to correct length and resubmitted within the specified inspection time. It is the lifter’s responsibility to cut bandages. The examining referee is not permitted to perform this service.
(d) Any item considered unclean or torn shall be rejected.
(e) The referees shall record each item on the official inspection sheet. The inspection sheet shall be handed to the President of the Jury at the end of the inspection period.
(f) If a lifter appears on the platform wearing or using any illegal item or article not recorded on the inspection sheet, the lifter shall be warned the first time. If the Lifter is found to be wearing the illegal item after the initial warning; the lift shall be declared invalid and the lifter shall be disqualified from the competition.
(g) All items mentioned previously under Costume and Personal Equipment shall be inspected prior to the competition together with any other items such as headbands, mouthpieces, ribbons, etc. that the lifter may wish to wear on the platform. Hats are strictly forbidden and may not be worn on the platform during lifting. Items such as watches, costume jewelry, eye wear and feminine hygiene articles need not be inspected.
(h) Any Lifter successful in a world record attempt must immediately present himself to the three referees for inspection. If the Lifter is found to be wearing illegal wraps or clothing the lift shall be declared invalid and the lifter shall be disqualified from the competition.

13. General
(a) The use of oil, grease or other lubricants on the body, costume or personal equipment is strictly forbidden.
(b) Baby powder, pool hall chalk, liquid chalk, resin, talc or magnesium carbonates are the only substances that may be added to the body and attire.
(c) No foreign substances may be applied to the equipment or wraps.
Special note: The Natural Athlete Strength Association requires the Lifter to be responsible for his own equipment. Referees will correct improper costume.

LIFTING & RULES OF PERFORMANCE

 
SQUAT

1. The Lifter shall assume an upright position with the top of the bar not more than 3 cm below the top of the anterior deltoids. The bar shall be held horizontally across the shoulders with the hands and fingers gripping the bar and the feet flat on the platform with the knees locked. (See diagram 1)
2. After removing the bar from the racks, the lifter must move backwards to establish his position. The lifter shall wait in this position for the Chief Referee’s signal. The signal shall be given as soon as the lifter is motionless and the bar properly positioned. If mechanical racks that withdraw are used, the lifter must remove the barbell from the racks before they are withdrawn and wait motionless for the Chief Referee’s signal. The Chief Referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and the audible command “squat.
3. Upon receiving the Chief Referee’s signal, the lifter must bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip joint is lower than the top of the knees, (See diagrams 2, 3 and 4)

A: Top of the knee
B. Top surface of the legs at the hip joint
C. Diagram 4 shows a Lifter just below parallel. Point “B”, the top surface of the leg at the hip joint below point “A”, the top of knees. A good lift.
4. The lifter must recover at will without double bouncing or any downward movement to an upright position with the knees locked. When the lifter is motionless, the Chief Referee will give the signal to replace the bar.
5. The signal to replace the bar will consist of a backward motion of the hand and the audible command “rack.”
6. The lifter shall face the front of the platform.
7. The lifter shall not hold the collars, sleeves or discs at any time during the performance of the lift. However, the edge of the hands gripping the bar may be in contact with the inner surface of the collars.
8. Not more than’ five and not less than two spotter/loaders shall be on the platform at any time.
9. The lifter may enlist the help of the spotter/loaders in removing the bar from the racks; however, once the bar has cleared the racks, the spotter/loaders shall not assist the lifter further with regard to proper positioning, foot placement, bar positioning etc.
10. The Lifter may, at the Chief Referee’s discretion, be given an additional attempt at the same weight if failure in an attempt was due to an error by one or more of the spotter loaders.

Causes for Disqualification of a Squat
1. Failure to observe the Chief Referees signals at the commencement or completion of a lift.
2. Double bouncing or more than one recovery attempt at the bottom of the lift.
3. Failure to assume an upright position with the knees locked at the commencement and completion of the lift.
4. Any shifting of the feet laterally, backwards or forwards, during the performance of the lift.  Rocking of the feet between the ball and the heel is permitted.
5. Failure to bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip joint is lower than the top of the knees. (See diagrams 2, 3 and 4)
6. Changing of the bar position across the shoulders after the commencement of the lift.
7. Contact with the bar by the spotter/loaders between the referee’s signals. Incidental Contact by a spotter/loader does not invalidate a lift as long as it doesn’t make the lift easier for the lifter.
8. Contact of elbows or upper arms with the legs.
9. Failure to make a bona fide attempt to return the bar to the racks.
10. Any intentional dropping or dumping of the bar.

BENCH PRESS

1. The head of the bench must be placed on the platform facing the Chief Referee,
2. The lifter must lie on his back with shoulders and buttocks in contact with the flat bench surface.
3. His hands may grip the bar with a “thumbs around” grip, or a Thumb less grip. (Waiver release may be required for thumb-less grip)
 Note: The use of the “reverse grip” on the bench is strictly forbidden
4. His shoes must be flat on the floor. This position shall be maintained throughout the attempt.
3. The Head may be raised off the bench or move during the performance of the lift.
4. If the lifter’s costume and the bench surface are not of a sufficient color contrast to enable the referees to detect possible raising movement at the points of contact, then the bench surface may be covered accordingly.
5. To achieve firm footing the lifter may use flat surfaced plates or blocks not exceeding 30 cm in height, to build up the surface of the platform. Whichever method is chosen, the entire foot must be flat on the surface. If blocks are used, they shall not exceed 45 cm x 45 cm.
6. Not more than five and not less than two spotter/loaders shall be in attendance. The lifter may enlist the help of the spotter/loaders in removing the bar from the racks. The lift off must be to arms length and not down to the chest.
7. The spacing of the hands shall not exceed 81 cm measured between the forefingers.
The Index finger MUST completely cover the 81 cm. ring.
8. After receiving the bar at arms length, the lifter shall lower the bar to his chest and await the Chief Referee’s signal.
9. The signal shall be a clap of the hands or the command: “PRESS” to press when the bar is motionless on the chest. As an alternative to clapping the Chief Referee may use a clapping device subject to the approval of the Jury. The Bench Press does not begin until the Head Referee declares “press” and ends with the command to “rack.”
10. After the signal to commence the lift has been given, the bar is pressed upwards to straight arms length and held motionless until the audible command “RACK” is given.

Causes for Disqualification of a Bench Press
“As of June 1st, 2007,  ALL NASA Meet Directors will be required to use Officially Certified Bench Press Safety during the Bench Press portion of all Officially Sanctioned NASA events. This rule is Mandatory for all Officially Sanctioned NASA Events. Any event where these safety racks are not used will be deemed unsanctioned and no lift will be recognized within NASA by any lifter in that event.”
 
1. Failure to observe the Chief Referee’s signals at the commencement or completion of the lift
2. Any change in the elected lifting position during the performance of the lift, i.e., any raising of the shoulders, buttocks or movement or the feet from their original points of contact with the bench or the floor, or lateral movement of the hands on the bar.
3. Failure to press the bar to full extension of the arms at the completion of the lift.
4. Heaving or bouncing the bar off the chest.
5. Allowing the bar to sink into the chest after receiving the Chief Referee’s signal.
6. Any pronounced or exaggerated uneven extension of the arms during the lift.
7. Any downward movement of the bar in the course of being pressed out.
8. Contact with the bar by spotter/loaders between the Chief Referee’s signals, Incidental Contact by a spotter/loader does not invalidate a lift as long as doesn’t make the lift easier for the lifter. Chief Referee’s discretion.
9. Any contact of the lifter’s feet with the bench or its support.
10. Deliberate contact between the bar and the bar rest supports during the lift in order to make the press easier.

DEADLIFT

1. The bar must be laid horizontally in front of the lifter’s feet, gripped with an optional grip in both hands, and lifted without any downward movement until the lifter is standing erect.
2. The lifter shall face the front of the platform.
3. On completion of the lift, the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the shoulders square or back.
4. The Chief Referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of the hand and the audible command “down.” The signal will not be given until the bar is held motionless and the lifter is in the apparent finished position.
5. Any raising of the bar or any deliberate attempt to do so will count as an attempt.

The correct finish position in the dead lift is shown at 2 above. The lifter must be standing erect with the shoulders back and the knees locked

Causes for Disqualification of a Dead Lift
1. Any downward movement of the bar before it reaches the final position.
2. Failure to stand erect with the shoulders square or back.
3. Failure to, lock the knees straight at the completion of the lift.
4. Supporting the bar on the thighs during the performance of the lift.
5. Stepping backward or forward although lateral movement of the sole or rocking feet between ball and heel is permitted.
6. Lowering the bar before receiving the Chief Referee’s signal.
7. Allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining control with both hands.
8. Failure to comply with any of the requirements contained in the general description of the lift, which precedes this list of disqualifications.

WEIGH-INS

1. Weighing in of the competitors must take place no earlier than twenty four hours before the start of the competition for a particular category. All lifters in the category must attend the weigh-in, which will be carried out in the presence of three appointed referees for that category.
2. The weigh-in period will last one and a half hours or until completed. The early weigh-in shall be held at the times the meet director establishes.
3. The weigh-in for each competitor will be carried out in a locked room with only the competitor, his coach or manager and the three referees present. The lifter’s agreed body weight must not be made public until all the lifters competing in the particular category have been weighed in.
4. Lifters may be weighed nude, or in underwear, and which does not effectively change the lifter’s weight… In competitions in which women are competitors, the weigh-in procedure may be altered to ensure that lifters are weighed by officials of their own sex. Additional female officials may be appointed for this purpose.
5. If not previously carried out, the inspection of costume and personal equipment will take place during the weigh in period. However, the lifters must be weighed-in the priority of the previously determined order of lifters. The equipment will only be checked after all lifters have made their first visit to the scales. The technical officials or the appointed referees will be responsible for inspecting, measuring and recording on the inspection form, details of all items listed under “Costume and Personal Equipment. –
6. Lots will be drawn to establish the order of the weigh-in. In competitions with large numbers of lifters in each category, the drawing of lots and referees’ inspection of costume and personal equipment, may commence one hour before the start of the weigh-in The lots drawn also establish the order of lifting throughout the competition when lifters require the same weights for their attempts.
7. Each lifter may only be weighed once.  Only those whose body weight is heavier or lighter than the category limits of the category entered are allowed to return to the scales. They must return to the scales and make weight within the limits of the hour and a half allowed for the weigh-in; otherwise, they will be eliminated from the competition for that body weight category. A lifter can only be re-weighed after all lifters in the same body weight category have been called to the scales. Lifters trying to make weight may be re-weighed as often as time and orderly progression by lots allows. A lifter may only be weighed outside the time limit of one and a half hours if he presents himself within the time limit, but due to the number of lifters trying to make weight, he is denied the opportunity of mounting the scales. He may then be allowed one re-weigh at the discretion of the referees.
8. A lifter shall be nominated in his normal body weight category. However, each lifter will have the option of changing categories up or down from that in which he was originally nominated on the final team nomination form. It the lifter wishes to exercise this option, he must present himself to the Chief Referee at the weigh-in room ten minutes before the commencement of the weigh-in for his final choice of body weight category. If he wishes to move up, the lifter must also report to the chief referee of his originally nominated lower category, ten minutes before the commencement of the weigh-in for that category in order to be excused. If the lifter’s new body weight category is to be split into alternating groups because of the number of competitors, then unless he can produce irrefutable evidence of a total made in that new category during the preceding twelve months at a national or international level, he will automatically be placed in the first group to lift.
 
Example (a) A lifter nominated at 90 kg wishes to lift at 82.5 kg. He must present himself to the Chief Referee of the 82.5 kg category ten minutes before the commencement of the weigh-in for that category
 
Example (b) A lifter nominated at 90 kg wishes to lift at 100 kg. He must report to the Chief Referee of the 90 kg category before the weigh-in commences and state that he wishes to move up into the mo kg category and therefore does not wish to weigh-in. He must then also present himself to the Chief Referee of the 100 kg category ten minutes before the commencement of the weigh-in for that category. It is the responsibility of the lifter to know the body weight category for which he was originally nominated. A claim that an error had been made on the final nomination form will not accepted.

9. At tournaments, Galas, festivals or friendly internationals, the weigh-in may, by mutual consent, take place earlier than two hours before the start of the competition.
10. It two lifters register the same body weight at the weigh-in and eventually achieve the same total at the end of the competition, they will be re-weighed immediately and the lighter person will take precedence over the heavier person. However, if both lifters still weigh the same after re-weighing, they will then both share the placing, and each receive an award. In such circumstances should two lifters be in first place, then the next lifter shall be placed third and so forth.
11 Lifters should, if required, check squat and bench press rack heights and foot blocks prior to the start of the competition. The best time is during check in.

ORDER OF COMPETITION

1. The Round System

(a) At the weigh-in, the lifter or his coach must declare a starting weight for all three lifts. These must be entered on the appropriate first attempt card, signed by the lifter or his coach and retained by the official conducting the weigh-in. The lifter will then be given eleven blank attempt cards for use during the competition. Three for the squat, three for the bench press and five for the dead lift. Each lift is distinguished by using a different colored card. Having made his first attempt at a lift, the lifter or his coach must decide upon the weight required for the second attempt. This weight must be filled in where indicated upon the card and submitted to the competition secretary or other appointed official before the one minute time allowance has elapsed. The same procedure is to be used for second and third attempts on all three lifts. Responsibility for submitting attempts within the time limit rests solely with the lifter or his coach. Under the round system, the need for numerous marshals is eliminated, the attempt card being handed directly to the designated official.
An example of Attempt Card is illustrated below.

Remember that the box for first attempts on the cards in the lifter’s possession are only to be used for the permitted first attempt change if required. Similarity, the fourth and fifth boxes on the dead lift cards are only to be used for the two permitted changed on the third attempt dead lift if required.

(b) Where 10 or more lifters are competing in a session, groups may be formed consisting of approximately equal numbers of lifters. However, groups must be formed when 15 or more lifters are competing in the same session. A session can be composed of a single body weight category or any combination of body weight categories at the discretion of the organizer for purpose of presentation.
(c) Grouping shall be determined by examining the lifters’ best totals achieved at national or international level during the previous twelve months. The lifters with the lowest totals will form the first group to lift with progressively higher totals forming further groups as necessary. (d) Each lifter will take his first attempt in the first round, his second attempt in the second round and his third attempt in the third round.
(e) When a group consists of less than 6 lifters, compensatory time allowance shall be added at the end of each round as follows: For 5 Lifters add 1 minute; 4 lifters add 2 minutes; 3 lifters add 3 minutes. 3 minutes is the maximum allowance permitted at the end of a round.
(f) The bar must be loaded progressively during each round on the principle of a rising bar. At no time will the weight of the bar be lowered within a round except for errors as described in item (i), and then only at the end of a round.
(g) Lifting order within each round will be determined by the lifter’s choice of weight for that round. In the event of two lifters choosing the same weight, the lifter with the lowest lot number drawn at the weigh-in, will lift first.
(h) If unsuccessful with an attempt, the lifter does not follow themselves, but must wait until the next round before he can attempt that weight again.
(i) If in a round, an attempt is unsuccessful due to a wrongly loaded bar or spotter error, the lifter will be granted a further attempt at the correct weight. However, the extra attempt can only be taken at the end of the round in which the error occurred. If the lifter also happened to be the last lifter in the round, he shall be granted a three minute rest prior to making his attempt (,’) A lifter is permitted one change of weight on the first attempt of each lift. The change of weight may be higher or lower than that originally submitted and the order of lifting in the first round will be changed accordingly. If he is in the first group, this change may take place at any time up to within five minutes before the start of the first round of that lift. The following groups are accorded a similar privilege up to within five attempts from the end of the previous group’s last round of that lift. Prior notice of these deadlines shall be announced by the speaker.
(j) A lifter must submit His/Her second and third attempts within one minute of completing his/her preceding attempt. If no weight is submitted within the one minute time allowance, the lifter will forfeit his/her next round attempt.
(k) Weights submitted for second round attempts on all three lifts cannot be changed. Similarly, third round attempts on the squat and bench press cannot be changed.
(l) In the third round of the dead lift, two weight changes are permitted. The change of weight may be higher or lower than the lifter’s previously submitted third attempt. However, these are only permitted up until the time the weight for his lift has been called out to the loaders  
 (m) In single lift competitions, Rules are the same as for three lift events, two weight changes are permitted on the third round and only permitted up until the time the weight for his lift has been called out to the loaders
(n) If a lifting session consists of a single group, i.e., up to a maximum of 15 lifters, an interval of not less than 10 and not exceeding 15 minutes shall be allowed between the lifts. This is to ensure adequate time for warm up and platform organization. However, larger flights may be permitted in very large meets.
(o) When two or more groups take part in a session upon a single platform, lifting will be organized on a group repetition basis. No time interval will be allowed between rounds other than that necessary for arranging the platform. For example, if there are two groups taking part in a session, the first group will complete all three rounds of the squat. They will be followed immediately by the second group who will complete their three rounds of the squat. The platform will then be set up for the bench press and the first group will complete their three rounds of the bench press, immediately followed by the second group who will similarly complete their three rounds of the bench press. The platform will then be set up for the dead lift and the first group will complete their three rounds of the dead lift, who will similarly complete their three rounds of the dead lift. This system thus eliminates any time waste other than that necessary for arranging the platform between the lifts.

(p) During any competition taking place on a platform or stage, only the lifter and his coach, members of the Jury, officiating referees and spotter/loaders will be allowed around the platform or on the stage. During the execution of a lift, only the lifter, spotter/loaders and the referees are permitted to be present on the platform. Coaches shall remain within the designated coaching area as defined by the Jury or technical officer in charge.
(q) A lifter shall not wrap or adjust his costume within the vicinity of the platform. The only exception to this rule is that he may adjust his belt.
(r) The body weight limits shall be posted near the weigh-in scale.
(s) Lifters and/or coaches may ask why a lift was turned down.
(t) The meet director can designate selected areas where baby powder or chalk can be applied.
(u) The use of ammonia capsules is legal as long as they are used off the platform.
(v) There will be no head slapping in the platform area.
(w) The lifter has one minute from the time it is announced that the bar is loaded until the attempt begins.
(x) Three unsuccessful attempts in any lift will automatically eliminate the lifter from the competition.
(y) Other than initial removal of the bar from the racks, the lifter will not receive any help from the spotter/loaders in positioning himself for an attempt.
(z) On the completion of an attempt, a lifter shall leave the platform with thirty seconds. Failure to comply with this rule may result in disqualification of the attempt at the discretion of the referees.
(aa) If, during warm up or competition, a lifter suffers injury or in any other way exhibits signs of a condition which may unduly and significantly jeopardize the competitor’s health and well-being, the official doctor, or Meet Director has the right to examination. If the either considers it inadvisable for the lifter to continue, he shall request a consultation with the Jury or referees and the team manager. He must then state his reasons before the lifter is retired from the competition.
(ab) Any lifter or coach, who by reason of his misconduct upon or near the competition platform is likely to discredit the sport, shall be officially warned-. If the misconduct continues, the Jury, or referees in the absence of a Jury, may disqualify the lifter and order the coach to leave the venue. The team manager must be officially informed of both warning and disqualification. Striking a referee or spotter/loader is cause for immediately expulsion from the meet.
(ac) In international competition, all appeals against referee’s decisions, complaints regarding the progress of the competition or against the behavior of any person or persons taking part in the competition must be made in writing to the Jury. The appeal or complaint must be lodged with the Chairman of the Jury by the team manager, or in his absence, by the team coach. This must be done immediately following the action upon which the appeal or complaint is based. If deemed necessary, the Jury may temporarily suspend the progress of the competition and retire to consider its verdict. After due consideration and upon reaching a majority verdict, the Jury will return and the Chairman will inform the complainant of its decision. The Jury’s verdict will be considered final and there will be no right of appeal to any other body. Should the Jury in its verdict consider that the complaint is of a frivolous or mischievous nature, then the whole or any portion of the said sum may be retained and donated to NASA at the discretion of the Jury
(ad) All lifters of a particular weight class on the same platform, using the same equipment and judged by the same referee. This can be modified by a vote of the lifters at the meet in question.
(ae) Team list will be submitted before weigh-in on the last day of competition.
(af) A lifter should initial his weigh-in weight on his expediter card.

NASA RECORD REQUIREMENTS

In NASA recognized competitions, the weight of the bar must always be a multiple of 2.5 kg. Unless attempts are made for record purposes only, the progression of the bar must be at least 2.5 kg. between all attempts.
 
a. The competition must be held under the sanction of  NASA, or a National Federation affiliated and approved by NASA Executive Committee.
b. Each referee must hold a current NASA card and be in good standing with NASA.
c. Must be 2 National referees on the platform. Referees MUST be current NASA card holders.
d. Lifter shall present their self for inspection by the three referees before leaving the platform for costume and personal equipment verification.
 
4th Attempt for State, American & World Records:
Note: 4th attempts for World records only will be allowed at selected Nationals or World competitions.
 
4th attempts for record purposes must meet the following:
a. Must complete a successful 3rd attempt
b. The previous lift must be within 15 kg. of the State, American or World Record
c. Must complete record applications form at the meet and obtain the signatures of the platform referees judging the lift and submitted within 30 days of the competition. Failure to submit the record application will void the record.
d.  
 
HIGH SCHOOL RULES
A. A High School lifter may wear T-shirt and shorts at local meets only.
B. High School meets may be conducted in pounds or kilos.
C. In order for a High School student to lift in a NASA sanctioned meet, the student must have a current NASA
membership card.
D. In order for an American Teenage or High School record to be certified the meet must be sanctioned 30 days before the competition.
E. In order for a record to be certified all of the seated judges must certified,
 

YOUTH PROGRAM (AGES 5-12)

PURPOSE
This program is being developed by the Natural Athlete Strength Association for the purpose of developing young athlete’s mental and physical prowess. Our young competitors will be limited by the amount of weight they can attempt in each lift. They will be judged by their form and abilities combined. We will be using a unique set of judging lights that will indicate the quality of each lift that is attempted.
 
FORMAT
Our young athletes will learn quickly that a lighter, perfect lift will win over a heavier sloppy weight that is attempted. They will also learn that they can become much stronger by performing each lift in perfect form. They will also learn that they can become much stronger by performing each lift with perfect perform form. Each of the 3 judges will score each attempt as follows:
5 – A perfect, flawless lift.
4 – A good lift, with minor flaws.
2 – A successful lift, with major flaws.
O – An unsuccessful lift.
Our judging formula is as follows:
Average score of the 3 judges x weight lifted, divided by the actual body weight of the lifter = score of lift.
Example:
4 (aver. score) x 100 lbs. (weight lifted) = 400 Divided by 75 (weight of lifter) = 5.3 (Total score of lift).
Each lifter will be limited in the amount of weight he or she may attempt.
The lifters will only be allowed to lift 1.5 times body weight on squats and Deadlifts, and are limited to their body weight in the bench press. They may of course do any amount less than their limits for any reason, but they will not be allowed to go over these limits for any reason. Each lifter will be allowed 3 squat attempts, 3 bench attempts, and 3 deadlift attempts.
 
Special Equipment

All Youth Development© Meets will be conducted with official NASA Youth Style Equipment, specially designed benches, squat stands and the official deadlift bar will be the Trap Bar, designed by Al Gerard. The trap bar will be used to eliminate any pressure to the Young lifter’s spine.
 
Maximum weights allowed per weight class (actual body weight) Separate divisions will be provided for boys and girls. Examples of maximum attempts allowed in each lift:

Body Wgt. Classes Squat and Deadlift Bench Press
Kilos Pounds maximum maximum
LBS LBS
20 44 66 44
25 55 82.5 55
30 66 90 66
35 77 115 77
40 88 132 88
52.5 114.5 154 104.5
56 123.5 181 121.25
60 132.5 203 137.75
70 148.75 231 154.25
70+ 165.25 OVER BWT x 1.5  BODYWEIGHT
 
Rules for Youth Development Program ©

All NASA rules will be strictly enforced. No super suits are allowed. No bench shirts are allowed. In case of a tie, each lifter will be re-weighed, and the lightest lifter shall win that place. If a tie should still exist, both lifters shall be awarded identical awards. No lifter shall have reached his or her 14th birthday on meet day. All lifters will be required to purchase a NASA membership for $10.00 a year. To be effective in this type of competition, everyone should have a current rulebook. Outstanding Lifters – Best lifters will be chosen by highest point total for the following wt. classes 20 KG. through 30 KG., 35 KGS., through 47.5 KGS., 55 KGS. through 67.5KGS. and 70 KGS. through 70 g KGS. These will be given in both boys and first divisions. NASA Youth Competitions- NASA will conduct Youth meets at every state meet. We will conduct more than 20 State Meets, and 17 Regional Meets. We will host our very first NASA Youth Nationals in the Fall of 1991 – NASA will sanction several other Youth Meets in the course of the year, in various states. For a full listing of all NASA State Meets where Youth Meets will be held, call NASA headquarters at 1-405-872-9684. Specially Designed Youth Trophies – An NASA Youth Meets will award to their lifters who finish the meet specially designed sculptured trophies. Every lifter who completes the meet will receive an award. First through 3rd place winners will receive both Boys and Girls Divisions. Specially Designed Youth Equipment for NASA will offer a full line of benches, squat stands, plate racks, suits, wraps, and trap bars for all of its members at a reduced rate. All of our equipment is fully guaranteed and satisfaction is our main goal.
 
NASA National Headquarters: NASA Youth Division
c/o RICH PETERS
RO. Box 735 Noble, OK 73068
 

NASA REFEREES

1. The referees shall be three in number, the Chief Referee or Center Referee and two side referees. The Head Referee at each meet is charged with the responsibility of establishing a list of referee’s for each flight of lifting and presenting that list to the meet director.
2. The Chief Referee is responsible for giving the necessary signal for all three lifts
3. Signals required for the three lifts are as follows:
Lift
Commencement
Completion

SQUAT
A visual signal consisting of a downward movement of the arm together with the audible “squat” command
A visual signal consisting of a backward motion of the arm together with the audible “rack” command
 
BENCH PRESS
The chief Referee will clap his hands or say “Press” when the bar is motionless on the lifter’s chest. If the lifter is deaf a visual signal may be giver the lifter.
A visual signal consisting of a backward motion of the arm together with the audible “rack” command
 
DEAD LIFT
No signal required.
A visual signal consisting of a downward motion of the arm, with the audible signal of the command “Down”.

4. Once the bar has been replaced in the racks or on the platform at the completion of the lift, the referees will announce their decisions by means of the lights. White for a “good lift” and red for “no lift.”
5. The three referees may seat themselves in what they consider to be the best viewing positions around the platform for each of the three lifts. However, the Chief Referee must always bear in mind the need to be easily visible to the lifter performing the squat or deadlift. 
6. Before the contest, the three referees shall jointly ascertain that:
(a) The platform and competition equipment comply in all respects with the rules. Bars and discs are checked for weight discrepancies and defective equipment discarded.
(b) The scales work correctly and are accurate.
(c) The lifters weigh-in within the limits of weight and time for their body weight category.
(d) The lifters’ costumes and personal equipment comply with the rules in all respects.
 
7. During the contest the three referees must jointly ascertain that:
(a) The weight of the loaded bar agrees with the weight announced by the speaker. Referees may be issued loading charts for this purpose.
(b) On the platform the lifters costume and personal equipment are exactly as declared, examined and marked at the weigh in. H any referee has reason to doubt a lifter’s integrity in this respect, he must after completion of the lift, inform the Chief Referee of his suspicions. The three referees may then reexamine the lifter’s costume and personal equipment. If he is found guilty of wearing anything that was not checked in at the weigh in, and is illegal, he will immediately be disqualified.
 
8. Prior to the commencement of a lift, if either of the side referees do not accept the bar placement or starting position of the lifter, they will raise a hand to call attention to the fault. If there is a majority opinion among the referees that a fault exists, the Chief Referee will not give the signals to commence the lift The lifter or his coach shall on request be informed of the reason for his not receiving a start signal. The Jury shall be responsible for conveying such information to the lifter. The lifter has the remainder of his un-expired time allowance in which to correct the position of the bar or his stance in order to receive the commencement signal. Once a Lift has commenced, the side referees will not call attention to faults during the execution of the lift.

9. Referees shall abstain from commentary and not receive any document or verbal account concerning the progress of the competition.
 
10. A referee shall not attempt to influence the decisions of the other referees. It is expressly forbidden for ANY NASA Referee to openly question or discredit another Referee’s decision(s). All complaints should be presented to the Head Referee and/or the Meet Director and National Office. Violation of this rule can result in lose of NASA Referee status.
 
11. The Chief Referee may consult with the side referees, the Jury or any other official as necessary in order to expedite the competition.
 
12. After the competition, the three referees shall sign the official score sheets, record certificates or any other documents requiring a signature.
 
13. In International Competition, referees will be selected by the Technical Committee and must have proved their competence at International or National championships.
 
14. In International Competition, lots must be drawn to decide which category they will referee. Two referees of the same nationality cannot be selected to adjudicate the same category in a contest of more than two nations.
 
15. The selection of a referee to act as Chief Referee in one category does not preclude his selection as a side referee in another category.
 
16. At World Championships, only NASA Category 1 and category 2 referees adjudicate. Each nation may nominate a maximum of three referees to serve at the world Championships.
 
17. Referees and members of the Jury will be uniformly dressed as follows:

Men:
Winter – Dark Blue Blazer with appropriate NASA badge on left breast and Gray Trousers with a White Shirt and tie, or White or Navy collard shirt with referee logo.
Summer – White or Navy Shirt and Gray Trousers, ties optional.

Women:
Winter – Dark Blue Blazer with appropriate NASA badge on left breast Gray Skirt or Trousers and a White Blouse, or White or Navy collard shirt with referee logo
Summer – Gray Skirt or Trousers and a White Blouse, or White or Navy collard shirt with referee logo. The Jury is to determine whether winter or summer dress is to be worn.
 
18. All Referees are empowered to judge and enforce ALL Rules, on all lifts, including Squat Depth.

SPORTSMANSHIP & MISCONDUCT GUIDELINES

NASA prides itself on its sportsmanship on & off the competition platform. Beginning in January 1, 2007, NASA’s Executive committee will be allowed to vote on, revoke, and disqualify any individual of any and all past awards that he/she might have received due to the following conditions:
1. Un-sportsman-like-ship to any lifter while representing NASA at any event.
2. Bringing disrespect to NASA in any way
3. Conduct unbecoming of any NASA award including Athlete of the Year.

WARM UP AREAS

A warm up area should be close to competition area where a lifter can follow the progress of the meet, A speaker connected to the announcer would be ideal. Also the warm up area should’ be far enough away so it won’t distract the competition.

FOR EACH PLATFORM
 
1. Power bar with collars
2. 600 lbs. of plates
3. Pair of adjustable squat racks
4. Bench with std. uprights for bench press
5. Chalk box
6. Plate holders (optional)

Lights end bar poundage boards should be displayed whore they can be seen by the announcer end spectators. Check electrical outlets and extension cords for lights. The platforms could be painted a different color for easy identification.

POWERSPORTS RULES (CURL)

General Rules of Power Sports © by Rich Peters 1996
No Supportive Equipment of any kind is allowed in Power Sports©. A standard, 4″ wide lifting belt is allowed.
Power Sports© Full Meet consists of Strict Curl, Bench Press and Deadlift. The best lift in each of these events will be totaled for the lifters Total Score. A Lifter may enter the Strict Curl, Bench Press, Deadlift and/or Squat as individual events.
Power Sports was developed, copyrighted and started in 1996 by Rich Peters of NASA. Anyone interested in conducting an Officially Sanctioned “Power Sports©” Event should contact Rich Peters at P.O. Box 735, Noble, OK. 73068. No Power Sports Event shall be conducted without the expressed written consent of Rich Peters and/or NASA.
 
STRICT CURL

1. The lifter shall face the front of the platform. The bar shall be held
horizontally across the thighs with the hands (palms outward) and fingers
gripping the bar and the feet flat on the platform with the knees locked and
arms fully extended.

Note: The staggering of the legs (one foot in front of the other) is allowed
as long as the knees are locked and feet are flat on the platform.

2. After removing the bar from the racks, the lifter must move backwards to
establish his position. The lifter shall wait in this position for the Chief
Referee’s signal. The signal shall be given as soon as the lifter is
motionless and the bar properly positioned. The Chief Referee’s signal shall
consist of an upward movement of the arm and the audible command “curl”.

3. Upon receiving the Chief Referee’s signal, the lifter must bring the bar
up to the fully curled position (bar near chin or throat with palms facing
backward). The knees must remain locked and the shoulders square or back
throughout the entire lift.

4. On completion of the lift, the knees shall be locked in a straight
position and the shoulders square or back.

*5. The legs and hips may not be used in any way for momentum to complete the
lift. Any thrusting of the legs or hips fore momentum is strictly forbidden. 10. Exception to Rule 5- A Lifter who attempts a bodyweight Curl or above or who attempts in excess of 200 lbs may be given more discretion with the amount of back bend and hip involvement for balance/leverage purposes. This shall be a Judgment call by each of the 3 referees. It will be the judgment of each referee as to whether or not to much back bend, thrust or heaving is used by the Lifter. This rule was implemented after the records became virtually unbreakable. Lifters cannot protest Judgment Calls by Referees. (Added 1-1-09)

6. The Chief Referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of the
hand and the audible command “down.” The signal will not be given until the
bar is held motionless and the lifter is in the apparent finished position.

7. When the lifter is motionless, the Chief Referee will give the signal to
replace the bar.
The signal to replace the bar will consist of a backward motion of the hand
and the audible command “rack.”

8. Any rising of the bar or any deliberate attempt to do so will count as an
attempt.

9. The Lifter may, at the Chief Referee’s discretion, be given an additional
attempt at the same weight if failure in an attempt was due to an error by
one or more of the spotter loaders.

Causes for Disqualification of the Strict Curl©

1. Any downward movement of the bar before it reaches the final position.

2. Failure to stand erect with the shoulders square or back.

3. Failure to, keep the knees locked and straight at during the lift.

4. Stepping backward or forward or rocking feet between ball and heel.

5. Lowering or racking the bar before receiving the Chief Referee’s signal.

6. Bouncing the bar off the thighs to start the upward motion
7. Using the hips, thighs or legs for momentum in completing the lift.

POWER PRESS RULES (POWER CLEAN)

This exercise is used for the development of speed-strength qualities and for warming up. This lift can be started with the bar either on the ground or from a hang clean position. Stand over the barbell. Position your feet underneath the barbell with your feet at hip width. The bar should cross your feet at the metatarsal toe joints, just in front of your ankles. Point your toes slightly out. Hold your head erect and tighten your spinal muscles. Rotate your shoulders forward. Now bend over while squatting down and grasp the bar with a shoulder width grip. Lock your elbows and position your body so that your arms are vertical to the bar with wrists flexed. Keeping your back muscles contracted, take a 3/4 breath. Using your legs, explode the bar off the floor. When the barbell passes your knees, push in with your hips. Your knees will shift back down and under the bar. At the same time you bring your hips in, start to pull the barbell up with your back. This action will bring the bar into contact with your legs at mid-thigh. At the moment of contact, accelerate the bar upward with your legs and back until your body reaches a full extension. At full extension contract your calves and Trapezius muscles simultaneously, raising up on your toes and shrugging your shoulders. This movement puts maximum momentum into the barbell, allowing it to continue to rise while you drop under it. Bend your elbows, pulling the bar up with your arms as you jump your feet out to the sides. Descend into a half squat as quickly as possible. With the bar moving up and your body moving down, twirl your elbows under it. The barbell should come to rest on your anterior deltoids and clavicle bones on or before your thighs become parallel to the floor. Keeping your back muscles contracted, stand upright with the bar.

Reasons for Disqualification of a Power Clean Attempt – Rules for the Power Press

*Failure to rest bar on the anterior deltoids and/or clavicle bones or in an upright controlled position until the Down Signal is given by the Head Referee
*Failure to stand erect, knees locked and controlled at the completion of the lift
*Any lowering of the bar after the weight clears the midsection (beltline) of the lifter
*Any downward movement of the bar once the body starts an upward movement from the lifter’s lowest position, except when Hang Clean type movement is used.
*Any double bouncing of the bar after the weight clears the floor or after the bar starts an upward from the midsection of the lifter.
*Any downward movement of the lifters body once the upward lift begins from the lowest squat position
* Failure to observe the Head Referee’s Down Signal at the completion of the lift
* Lift may begin in a hang position OR from the floor. This is the lifters option BUT the weight MUST be moved in a smooth, fluid movement from start to finish.

APPROVED SUPPORTIVE EQUIPMENT

Only costumes, support shirts and wraps from commercial manufacturers officially registered and approved by the Technical Committee shall be permitted for use in Equipped Powerlifting Competitions. This applies to all championships and records, from Local to World. Velcro Straps on Squat and Deadlift suits are allowed.
 
Inzer Advanced Design
 
Suits: Z-Suit
Champion Suit
Hard Core Suit
Max DL Deadlift Suit
 
Shirts: Sleeveless Erector shirt
Heavy Duty Erector shirt
Sleeveless Heavy Duty Erector shirt
Blast shirt
Heavy Duty Blast shirt (HD)
High Performance Heavy Duty Blast shirt (EHPHD)
Phenom shirt
The” Rage” bench shirt
The “Rage-X” bench shirt
 
Wraps: Iron Wraps A and Z
Power Surge Red-Line
 
 
Titan Support Systems
 
Suits: Superior Suit
Centurion NXG
Centurion NXG +
Power Singlet
 
Shirts: Titan “Fury” bench shirt
Titan “F6” bench shirt
Titan “Katana” bench shirt
 
 
Wraps: Red Devil
Titanium
THP
 
 
NASA Approved Supportive Equipment:
 
Crains Muclse World
Suits: Power Suit
Genesis Power Suit
Genesis Deadlift Suit

Shirts: Power shirt
Mega Power shirt
X-Treme Power shirt

Wraps: Red Line
Genesis
Power
 
Metal
Suits: IPF Squatter
IPF Viking Squatter
IPF V-Type Squatter
IPF V-Type Viking Squatter
IPF Deadlifter
IPF Viking Deadlifter

Shirts: IPF Bencher
IPF Viking Bencher
IPF Viking Presser
IPF Viking X-Type Bencher

Wraps: Triple Line
Metal’s Black

E-Z GUIDE FOR MEET LEGAL ATTIRES

“As of June 1st, 2007,  ALL NASA Meet Directors will be required to use Officially Certified Bench Press Safety Racks during the Bench Press portion of all Officially Sanctioned NASA events. This rule is Mandatory for all Officially Sanctioned NASA Events. Any event where these safety racks are not used will be deemed unsanctioned and no lift will be recognized within NASA by any lifter in that event. NASA will be the Official Supplier for these rack to all recognized NASA Meet Directors upon request.”
 
 
Allowed: socks and shoes, slippers, or boots that do not go over the knee, one knee wrap per knee a maximum of 2 meters in length and 8 Cm. in width or one elasticized knee sup- porter per knee maximum of 20 Cm. in width, wrist wraps  
suits, headbands, regular jewelry, squatting briefs without extended legs, jock straps and regular briefs panties, bras, 4 inch or narrower belts, any combinations of colors and designs that are not obscene.
  Disallowed: belts wider than 4 inches, leotards, more than one lifting suit or more than one shirt on the body, gloves, lifting straps, shirts that extend over the elbow, leg or knee braces, elbow wraps, printed profanity, rubber waist supporters, oil or grease on the legs. 
Illegal Equipment
 
“As of June 1st, 2007,  ALL NASA Meet Directors will be required to use Officially Certified Bench Press Safety Racks during the Bench Press portion of all Officially Sanctioned NASA events. This rule is Mandatory for all Officially Sanctioned NASA Events. Any event where these safety racks are not used will be deemed unsanctioned and no lift will be recognized within NASA by any lifter in that event. NASA will be the Official Supplier for these rack to all recognized NASA Meet Directors upon request.”
 
* Any Suit or Bench Shirt that is more than Single Ply Material
* Any Canvas Suit or Shirt
Any Denim Suit or Shirt
Any Open back bench shirt
Any Split Neck Bench Shirt
Any Velcro Bench Shirt
* The Titan “Boss” BP Shirt is Illegal (double ply)
Inzer Grid Stitch
Crazy Neck
Annihilator
Metal Pro
* Any Shirt or Suit that has been altered as to add support
* Shirts that do not have a definite neckline around the Neck
*Shirts that have necklines lower than the Neck
* Groove Briefs that do not fit like regular Briefs- not above the waist or below mid thigh
Power Pants
Elbow Sleeves, Elbow Pads or Elbow Wraps
2.5 Meter Knee Wraps