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 USAPL Executive Committee.

***THE TEAM SELECTION PROCESS & CRITERIA WILL BE CHANGING IN 2017.***

Men’s & Women’s Open (equipped) Teams

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 Caprino 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 2017:

5.0 Carpinos:

Women

47kg: 390kg

52kg: 445kg

57kg:  510kg

63kg: 555kg

72kg: 585kg

84kg: 602.5kg

84+kg: 627.5kg

Men

59kg: 650kg

66kg: 732.5kg

74kg: 792.5kg

83kg: 857.5kg

93kg: 945kg

105kg: 972.5kg

120kg: 1040kg

120+kg: 1062.5kg

2016 Sub-Junior/Junior (equipped) Team Selection Process

As you know, the subs and juniors select from multiple divisions and multiple championships.  While this helps our talent pool, it also makes things potentially complicated when picking a team.  Our system over the last two years gave us a competitive team.  However, it was far too complicated and unfair in some places.  The following process simplifies the system while eliminating the risk of taking a weak lifter. 

  1. The 3rd place average total from the previous 3 world championships will be the benchmark total for lifters to achieve to be automatically selected.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

As in prior years, the bodyweight limits at HS nationals will be changed slightly to mirror those of the IPF weight classes.  This process has worked well for us since its inception in 2011.


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

The Masters women lifters appointed to represent the USAPL at the IPF Master’s World Championships will be chosen on the basis of highest total achieved in each weight class at the Women’s National Championships within the prescribed IPF age groupings of 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+ years irrespective of any age group divisions contested that day. An individual who is 39-years old at Women’s Nationals and will be turning 40 in the same year MAY compete at the IPF Master’s World Championships per the IPF’s rules of age eligibility. All lifters must enter the Master division to be eligible for a national team position.

The Masters men lifters appointed to represent the USAPL at the IPF Master’s World Championships will be chosen on the basis of highest total achieved in each weight class at the Men’s Masters Championships, within the prescribed IPF age groupings of 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+ years irrespective of any age group divisions contested that day. An individual who is 39-years old at Masters Nationals and turning 40 in the same year MAY be able to compete as at the IPF Master’s World Championships per the IPF’s rules of age eligibility. All lifters must enter the Master division to be eligible for a national team position.

If the lifter with the highest total is unable to honor this appointment, all other competitors will be placed in a rank ordered list using each competitor’s Wilks total. The athlete with the highest ranking who is not already on a team will be the next to be invited regardless of weight class as long as there are no more than two lifters per weight class.  However, when comparing lifters of the same weight class, the lifter with the higher total will be invited.

Men’s & Women’s Open (equipped) Bench Press Teams

The current Open Bench 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 Nationals, Powerlifting Nationals, all NAPF, and all IPF contests from the previous 12 months prior to Bench 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.

Men’s and Women’s Sub-Junior/Junior (equipped) Bench Press Teams

Lifter benches from Bench Press, Collegiate and High School Nationals 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 World Championships.

Sub-Junior/Junior division lifters appointed to represent USAPL at the IPF Sub-Junior/ Junior World 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 USAPL Sub-Junior/Junior National Team. If the lifter with the highest bench 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 rank order listing of all remaining unappointed National competitors. The order will be determined by calculating each lifter’s Wilks. The lifter with the highest Wilks ranking who is not already on the team will be appointed to the USA team, regardless of weight class.  However, when comparing lifters of the same weight class, the lifter with the higher total will be invited.

2016 Men’s & Women’s Masters (equipped) Bench Press Teams

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

*IPF qualification is defined as a lifter who completes the highest lift within one of the following 4 IPF age divisions for both Men and Women (a total of 8 teams). To be eligible, every lifter must enter a Masters division and 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 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 and wishes to compete for a national team position they must enter as a guest lifter in the M1 Master’s division.

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

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, 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.

Men’s and Women’s Open, Masters, Sub-Junior/Junior (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 (Open, Subs, Juniors, and 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 USAPL 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 enter a Masters (RAW) division and 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.

2017  Classic (Raw) National Teams

The implementation of the new IPF weight classes at Raw Nationals allows for a clear and fair system by which to select the National Team. Those athletes who win their weight class and division (Open, Sub-Junior, Junior, or Masters) will comprise those who will be the first to be invited to represent the USA at the 2017 IPF Classic World Championship.

If an athlete is unable to accept their position: All other competitors at 2016 Raw Nationals will be placed in a rank ordered list using each competitor’s Wilks total. The athlete with the highest ranking who is not already on a team will be the next to be invited regardless of weight class as long as there are no more than two lifters per weight class.  However, when comparing lifters of the same weight class, the lifter with the higher total will be invited.

NAPF Powerlifting Team

The primary aim of the North American Championships is to develop future national team members. Secondly, we want to establish a competitive environment for any national caliber lifter who is looking to gain international powerlifting experience. The thing that makes the NAPF Powerlifting Championships unique is that we can bring lifters to compete in the Tournament of the Americas which is a non-scoring branch of the championships. Although these lifters will not be eligible to contribute to the USA team point total, they will still have the same benefits as everyone in terms of medaling and having their results added to the IPF rankings.

The coaching staff will actively recruit the top three lifters from the previous year’s Men’s, Women’s, Masters and Raw National Championships. However, any lifter with a total at any national championships may contact the coaching staff to declare their intentions of competing. Once the coaching staff has acquired a complete list of all individuals who want to compete, we will rank everyone for every possible division. We then assign the lifter with the highest total to each weight class and division the only exception is the reigning national champion will have priority regardless of rank, per the NGB.  All lifters that don’t fit into a scoring team will then be filled into the Tournament of the Americas.

NAPF Bench Press Team

First selection goes to USAPL Men’s & Women’s Open, Masters, Sub-Junior & Junior Bench Press champions.

Second selection criteria are the second place in the USAPL Men’s & Women’s Open, Masters, Sub-Junior & Junior Bench Press champions.

Third selection criteria are chosen from bench press results from USAPL powerlifing national championships.

Fourth selection criteria are coach’s choice from any USAPL sanctioned competition.

University Powerlifting World Cup Teams

Top two raw teams and top (1st place) open team will be offered spots at the World University Cup.

Alternates, the first alternate if any team decides to not compete would be the third place raw team followed by the second place open team. Each alternate spot after that will continue to alternate between raw and equipped.

If a school has already been offered a spot and their name comes up again because they had teams in both raw and open championships at Collegiate Nationals, the second instance will automatically be passed for the next alternate because they already have been offered a spot.

To accept their spot, the school must be able to nominate at least five athletes in order to have a bonafide scoring team.

The school earns their spot and may include lifters that didn’t compete at this year’s nationals but still are in good standing with their university and have competed at a national or internationals meet after January 1 last year.

***THE TEAM SELECTION PROCESS & CRITERIA WILL BE CHANGING IN 2017.***