USA Weightlifting American Open Series Registration Now Open

Registration for the first installment of the USA Weightlifting American Open Series is now open. The first event will be held in Reno, Nevada, between the dates of March 16-19th.

To register, follow this link.

American Open Series

The three-part American Open series is new to 2017 and was created for two main reasons. First, it provides athletes of all ages and weight categories more platform exposure throughout the year. Second, it allows an opportunity for those who may not meet traditional competition totals to compete at a national level.

To check out the full guide in the new American Open Series, click this link.

Deadline to Register

The deadline is set as February 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. Mountain Time. There’s also a qualifying period, which is set from February 19, 2016 – February 19, 2017.

American Open Series Qualifying Totals

There will be qualifying totals in place for each event in the American Open Series, which are embedded below. It’s important to note that totals for the American Open Finals are typically much higher than what’s listed below.

Men (Adult, Senior, and Junior Lifters)

Weight
Category 
Total
Weight
56kg120kg
62kg134kg
69kg170kg
77kg195kg
85kg203kg
94kg213kg
105kg218kg
+105kg225kg

Women (Adult, Senior, and Junior Lifters)

Weight
Category 
Total
Weight
48kg85kg
53kg94kg
58kg100kg
63kg110kg
69kg120kg
75kg125kg
90kg130kg
+90kg140kg

Youth (Lifters Age 17 and Under)

Male

Weight
Category
Total
Weight
50kg80kg
56kg107kg
62kg120kg
69kg132kg
77kg142kg
85kg150kg
94kg152kg
+94kg155kg

Female

Weight
Category
Total
Weight
44kg58kg
48kg68kg
53kg75kg
58kg82kg
63kg88kg
69kg94kg
75kg98kg
+75kg100kg

 

How do I become an American Open Series Champion?

Points will be awarded in a similar way as the IWF Technical Rules suggest. Places 1-25 each earn points each event, and the American Open Finals will award 2x points.

Tie breakers will be decided by snatch and clean & jerk points, then followed by highest average placement. If athletes are still tied, then average Sinclair and amount of series events attended will be used.

2017 will be an exciting year for the sport of weightlifting. There’s now more opportunities throughout the year for weightlifting athletes to gain platform experience. Hopefully with this increased exposure we see a rise in competition at the national level.

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