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.

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 (Classic & Equipped) Bench Press Teams:

The Open Bench Press National Champions in their respective Weight Classes from the Bench Press National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA National Team attending the IPF Open (Classic and Equipped) Bench Press World Championships (subject to final approval from the National Office).

Alternates will be chosen from a Rank Order list of the following competitions

  • Bench Press Nationals
  • Equipped Powerlifting Nationals
  • Raw Powerlifting Nationals

Men’s & Women’s Sub Jr and Jr (Classic & Equipped) Bench Press Teams:

The Sub-Junior and Junior Lifters with the highest Bench Press in their respective Weight Classes/Age Divisions from the following 5 competitions will be used in determining the USA National Team attending the IPF Sub-Junior/Junior (Classic and Equipped) Bench Press World Championships (subject to final approval from the National Office).

  • Bench Press Nationals
  • Collegiate Nationals
  • High School Nationals
  • Equipped Powerlifting Nationals
  • Raw Powerlifting Nationals

Alternates will also be chosen from a Rank Order list of the same aforementioned competitions

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

The Master Lifters with the highest Bench Press in their respective Weight Classes/Age Divisions from the Bench Press National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA National Team attending the IPF Masters (Classic and Equipped) Bench Press World Championships (subject to final approval from the National Office).

Alternates will be chosen from a Rank Order list of the following competitions

  • Bench Press Nationals
  • Equipped Powerlifting Nationals
  • Raw Powerlifting Nationals

Men’s & Women’s NAPF (Classic & Equipped) Bench Press Teams:


The Open, Sub Junior, Junior and Master Lifters with the highest Bench Press in their respective Weight Classes/Age Divisions from the Bench Press National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA National Team attending the NAPF North American Open, Sub-Junior, Junior and Masters (Classic and  Equipped) Regional Bench Press Championships (subject to final approval from the National Office).

Alternates will be chosen from a Rank Order list of the following competitions

  • Bench Press Nationals
  • Collegiate Nationals
  • High School Nationals
  • Equipped Powerlifting Nationals
  • Raw Powerlifting Nationals