Raw (Classic)

The Raw (Classic) teams compete annually at the IPF Classic Powerlifting World Championships. This is the premier raw competition featuring the world’s strongest lifters regardless of age. The IPF has now added Sub-Junior, Junior, and Masters divisions to the championships.

The implementation of the new IPF weight classes at Raw Nationals allows for a clear and fair system by which to select the World Team. Those athletes who win their weight class and division (Open, Sub-Junior, Junior, Masters) will comprise those who will be the first to be invited to represent the USA at the 2019 IPF Classic World Championship.

If an athlete is unable to accept their position: all other competitors at Raw Nationals will be placed in a rank-ordered list using each competitor’s Carpino 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.

Since USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals are held the year before IPF Classic Worlds, lifters are able to age-in to an age division (applies to Sub Jr/Jr & Masters) with a higher total than the National Champion. All lifters who are interested in vying for a National Team invite are strongly encouraged to check the roster for lifter’s IPF Ages, so they are fully aware of their competition.

Selection Criteria for all Raw 2020 Teams is as follows:

  1. Using the IPF Age, eligible lifters with the highest total gets an automatic invite.
  2. Eligible National Champions who are beaten by a lifter who ages-in with a higher total will get an automatic invite to be an alternate.
  3. Alternate list order is based on 3-year Carpino.
    3a. If 2 alternates have the same 3-year Carpino, then it goes to 4-year Carpino.
    3b. If 2 alternates have the same 4-year Carpino, then it goes to 5-year Carpino.
    3c. If 2 alternates have the same 5-year Carpino, then it goes to IPF Points.
  4.  The alternate list can’t contain more than 2 lifters from the same weight class.
  5.  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.

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

The head coaches for the 2020 term are as follows:

Arian Khamesi (Open)

Paul Steinman (Masters)

Hani Jazayrli (Sub Jr/ Junior)