Conditions for Setting Records

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Conditions Required for Setting RPS Records

To be eligible for attempts to be considered for all time world records they following conditions must be met:

  1. Both the Meet Director and RPS President must be informed a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to the event of the intent to break an all time record to validate these conditions will be met – NOTIFICATION APPLIES ONLY FOR ALL TIME WORLD RECORDS RECORDED BY RECORDS HISTORIAN. This does not apply to RPS World or RPS State Records.
  2. Weights used are certified or calibrated to a tolerance of .25% of listed weight.
  3. Judges present are world or nationally certified.
  4. Drug testing is available if required for record classification.

All-Time Records can be broken by a minimum of 1.1 lbs. (1/2 kg)

RPS World Records can be broken by 2.5 lbs or 1 kilogram, dependent on the weight unit used at the competition. In the event the current record is less than 2.5lbs or 1kg due to pound to kilogram conversion, the record may be broken by less than the aforementioned weight by the next available bar load. i.e., current record is 500lbs (226.79kg), 227.5 kg (501.5 lb) could be used to break the record in a meet using kilogram plates.

***A referee MUST do a visual inspection of the lifter’s uniform, attire and equipment, etc. after a successful world record attempt is made. The referee must check the lifter’s equipment on the platform immediately following the lift. If the lifter is wearing illegal attire, the record will not count and the attempt will be disqualified.

Fourth attempts may only be taken for purposes of setting records. It is at the discretion of the meet director when considering time constraints whether to allow record fourth attempts in all other subdivisions. Fourth attempts may not be applied to the total or be considered as an attempt within a competition.

****Lifters setting RPS records may be subject to a re-weigh if their body weight is suspected to exceed the next weight class above their weigh-in weight. Example: Weigh-in weight 180.5 and weight during of competition is 200. This would exceed the 198 weight class while “competing” in the 181s.
This is being enacted to keep the records in the attainable range for those who compete closer to their natural weight and help to discourage the risky nature of drastic weight cutting. The example above shows an almost 10% cut of body weight which has been researched to show it is in the dangerous range for cutting weight.

Requirements for Registration of All-Time world Records and RPS Records

  1. The competition must be held under the RPS sanction.
  2. All referees must be registered as RPS referees.
  3. RPS World Records can be set at world, national and local meets only if a Competition Advisory Committee member and qualified referees are present.
  4. All Open division All-Time World Record attempts must be videotaped. If the lifter receives one red light out of three judgment lights, the videotape of the lift will be evaluated by all three judges immediately following the attempt. Upon reviewing the tape, if two of the three judges disqualify the lift, the lifter is given another attempt to successfully complete the attempt.
  5. A lifter may only set records for the lifts in the events they are entered in at the beginning of the meet.
  6. State Records will be recognized at State Championship meets and a select few other meets in that state in which the competition is being held. Not all meets per state will be eligible for State Records. Lifter residency does not effect State Record eligibility as the record’s state is deemed by the state in which the competition is held.
  7. If the lifter competing in a full power meet sets an individual lift record, but is disqualified from the competition because they fails to make the three attempts in the other lifts, they WILL NOT retain the record they set in the individual lift. The exception is that the lifter is also entered in the single lift event for the record lift.
  8. No fourth attempts for records may be included in the total within the competition. They qualify for records only whether a squat, bench, dead lift or total.
  9. All weights must weigh within 1% of their face value determined by certified scales.
  10. Lifter’s body weight may not exceed the limits of next weight class above their weigh-in weight. (RPS Record Only)