The Men’s & Women’s Open teams compete annually at the IPF Open Equipped World Powerlifting Championships. This is the premier equipped competition featuring the world’s strongest equipped lifters regardless of age.
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:
The teams are currently coached by James Townsend.