Qualifying Criteria & Team Selection

Our goal is to field the most competitive teams by adhering to a fair and consistent qualification and selection process. These processes are subject to change and must always first be approved by the USA Powerlifting Executive Committee.

***THE TEAMS ARE SELECTED FROM NATIONAL EVENTS ONLY.***

Men’s & Women’s Masters (equipped) Teams

 Selection Meet: 2018 USA Powerlifting Open Nationals (May)

Winners of their respective age/weight classes are automatically awarded the spot. Remaining lifters are placed in the alternate pool based on Wilks total and only five alternates are selected.

Men’s & Women’s Open (equipped) Team

1) In order to automatically make the Open Women’s and Men’s National Team you must win your weight class at Open Nationals as well as score a minimum of 5.0 on the Carpino Formula (this means your total from Nationals would be an average of 5th place at the last 3 Open World Championships).

2) If you win Open Nationals and score below a minimum of 5.0 on the Carpino formula, your name and Carpino score are then put into the alternate pool to make the Open National Team.  The Alternate pool consists of all lifters who competed at Open Nationals that year who did not win their weight class.  On a World Games year, lifters who competed at the World Games from the USA would be allowed to apply their total from the World Games to be used in the alternate pool of lifters from Nationals as well (the NGB voted this in to effect in 2013).

3) The minimum Carpino score of 10.0 is the cut off for lifters entered into the alternate pool to make the Open National Team (this means your total from Nationals would be an average of 10th place at the last 3 Open World Championships).

Here are the Carpino values (kg) for each weight class in 2018:
5.0 Carpinos:

Women

47 kg- 390,0
52 kg- 450,0
57 kg- 510,0
63 kg- 550,0
72 kg- 592,5
84 kg- 602,5
84+kg- 627,5

Men

59 kg- 647,5
66 kg- 747,5
74 kg- 807,5
83 kg- 860,0
93 kg- 935,0
105 kg- 1000,0
120 kg- 1000,0
120+ kg- 1062,5

Sub-Junior/Junior Equipped Team

We use HS, Collegiates, and Open nationals.  Five alternates will be submitted for each team in addition to the 9 or 8 who accept.The 3rd place average total from the previous 3 world championships will be the benchmark total for lifters to achieve to be automatically selected.
The best total in each weight class from the selection meets will receive the invite to worlds provided they have achieved a 3rd place average total. Lifters who don’t have the best total in their weight class or who didn’t achieve the 3rd place average will be ranked based on their total vs. that average.

Example 1:The 3rd place average total is 800 kilos.

Lifter A wins collegiate nationals with an 815 kilo total.
Lifter B wins junior nationals with an 825 kilo total.
Lifter B would automatically receive the invite to worlds since he has the best total and has achieved the 3rd place average total.
Lifter A would go into the alternate pool.  He achieved 101.8% of the 3rd place average total and will be ranked against other alternates using that percentage.

Example 2:The 3rd place average is 605 kilos.

Lifter A has the best total from all of the selection meets with 595 kilos.
Lifter A would go into the alternate pool with a percentage of 98.3% and will be ranked against other alternates using that percentage.

Here are the third-place average values (kg) for each weight class in 2018:

Women

Men

SubJr Junior SubJr Junior
43 kg  265,0  293,3 53 kg 430,8 508,3
47 kg  306,7  360,8 59 kg  476,7  615
52 kg  319,2  379,2 66 kg  549,2  668,3
57 kg  399,2  456,7 74 kg  615,8  722,5
63 kg  440,8  489,2 83 kg  665,8  763,3
72 kg  431,7  526,7 93 kg  650,8  840,8
84 kg  415,8  552,5 105 kg  652,5  901,7
84+kg  432,5  550 120 kg  703,3  939,2
120+ kg  604,2  930

Raw (Classic) Powerlifting Teams (Sub-Junior/Junior, Open, Masters) 

1. Eligible National Champions get automatic invite.
2. Alternate list order is based on 3 year Carpino
2a. If 2 alternates have the same 3 year Carpino, then it goes to 4 year Carpino.
2b. If 2 alternates have the same 4 year Carpino, then it goes to 5 year Carpino.
2c. If 2 alternates have the same 5 year Carpino, then it goes to Wilks.
3. The alternate list can’t contain more than 2 lifters from the same weight class.
4. At the discretion of the head coach, a lifter can be granted a request to move up or down one weight class from the weight class that they competed in at the qualifying Raw Nationals.

Men’s & Women’s Masters (Raw) Bench Press Teams:

The Men’s & Women’s Raw Bench Press teams compete annually at the IPF Open, Sub-junior/Junior, and Masters Raw World Bench Press Championships. This is the premier raw competition featuring the world’s strongest bench pressers regardless of age.

The current raw/unequipped Bench Press National Champions from the Men’s and Women’s Masters Bench National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA Team.

The Men’s and Women’s Masters (RAW) Bench Press competitors who achieve the highest lift within one of the following 4 IPF age divisions from the Annual USA Powerlifting Bench Press National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA Team.*

Men (4 Teams) – Men’s M1: 40-49; Men’s M2: 50-59; Men’s M3: 60-69; Men’s M4: 70 or older
Women (4 Teams) – Women’s M1: 40-49; Women’s M2: 50-59; Women’s M3: 60-69; Women’s M4: 70 or older

*To be eligible, every lifter must turn 40 years of age or older when the IPF Championship will be held (currently, the following year). As such, please note the following example. Even if a 59 year old lifter has the highest lift amongst all M2 50-59 year olds, they will actually be competing for a national team spot among the M3 60-69 year old IPF age division, since they would turn 60 during the year of the IPF competition and no longer be eligible for the M2 50-59 year old IPF age division.  Furthermore, an individual who is 38-39 years of age at Bench Press Nationals MAY be able to compete at the IPF Master’s World Bench Press Championships per the IPF’s rules of age eligibility if they turn 40 within the year the world competition is held. If a lifter of this age is eligible for the M1 Master’s division, their names will be published in the warm up area of the event along with anyone else who will be aging in to a new age division.  This is ONLY for Bench Press Nationals.

If the Masters automatic qualifier from Bench Press Nationals of any weight class/IPF age group is unable to honor this appointment, then an additional team member will be selected from a rank order list of Masters lifters from the remaining lifters at Bench Nationals as well as all Masters lifters from Raw Nationals, Military Nationals, Push Pull Nationals and all NAPF and IPF contests from the previous 12 months prior to Bench Nationals. Alternates will be selected based on Wilks number rank within the alternate pool they are in. No other factors will be considered. However, when comparing lifters of the same age and weight class, the lifter with the higher total will be invited.

NAPF Classic and Equipped Sub Jr/Junior:

The top three athletes at their respective meets will be ranked based on their potential placing at the last three world championships within their group. The top athletes are usually chosen for IPF teams, the next highest remaining athletes are then contacted for NAPF teams.

Men’s & Women’s Open Equipped Bench Press Team:

The Men’s & Women’s Open Bench Press teams compete annually at the IPF Open, Sub-junior/Junior, and Masters Equipped World Bench Press Championships. This is the premier equipped competition featuring the world’s strongest bench pressers regardless of age.

The current Open Bench Press national champions from the Men’s and Women’s Open Bench National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA Team. If the Bench National champion of any weight class is unable to honor this appointment, then an additional team member will be selected from a rank order list of open lifters from Bench Press Nationals, Open (powerlifting) Nationals.  The order will be determined by calculating each lifter’s highest average placing over the past three IPF World Championships, based on his or her bench at the championship used. The lifter with the highest ranking who is not already on the team will be appointed to the USA team, regardless of weight class representation.

Sub-Junior/Junior Equipped Bench Press Team:

The Sub-Juniors and Juniors Lifters from Bench Press, Collegiate, and High School National Championships will be considered along with the Women’s and Men’s Teen/Junior National Championships in determining the USA Team attending the IPF Sub-Junior/Junior Bench Press World Championships.

Sub-Junior/Junior division lifters appointed to represent USA Powerlifting at the IPF Sub-Junior/Junior World Bench Press Championships will be chosen on the basis of highest bench achieved in each weight class at any of the aforementioned championships. The totals achieved in these five National Championships from lifters who fall within the prescribed IPF Junior category will be considered in choosing the USA Powerlifting Sub-Junior/Junior World Team. If the lifter with the highest bench press is unable to honor this appointment, then the lifter with the second highest total in that weight class will be selected. If the lifter with the second highest total in that weight class is unable to honor this appointment, the additional team member will be selected from a listing of all remaining unappointed National competitors at the discretion of the coaching staff and EC.

Masters Equipped Bench Press Team:

The Men’s and Women’s Masters Bench Press competitors who achieve the highest lift as defined by IPF qualifications* from the Annual USA Powerlifting Bench Press National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA Team.

If the Masters automatic qualifier from Bench Press Nationals of any weight class/IPF age group is unable to honor this appointment, then an additional team member will be selected from a rank order list of Masters lifters from the remaining lifters at Bench Nationals as well as all Masters lifters from Women’s & Men’s Nationals. Alternates will be selected based on Wilks number rank within the alternate pool they are in. No other factors will be considered. However, when comparing lifters of the same age and weight class, the lifter with the higher total will be invited.