10th Edition Rulebook
By Al Myers
I just got all the updates and editing done for the new USAWA Rulebook 10th Edition. It is now on the website, and I plan to take it to the printers this week to get a few bound hard copies made for sale. However, I’ve found that only a few want hard copies anymore as it’s easier to just view it on the website, and thus you don’t end up with an “out of date” rulebook in a year.
It’s hard to believe that we are up to the 10th Edition. Since I have been secretary I have updated it each year with the new rules and new lifts that are made each year at the Annual National Meeting of the USAWA. In the first 22 years of the USAWA there was only 1 update to the original Rulebook, and now we have had 8 updates in 8 years. So either the membership was sitting on their hands and NO CHANGES were made in those early years, or the membership voting decisions were not being put into force. I would lean towards the later.
Now for a little “trivia” on our USAWA Rulebook:
- Has 126 pages and over 35,000 words
- Contains rules for 184 Individual All Lifts
- Includes the Official Bylaws of the USAWA
- Includes Scoring Sheets and the Lynch Factor Chart
- Includes pictures of 108 Lifts
- Includes pictures of 67 different lifters
I always try to add a few new pictures each year to give illustrations of the lifts being performed. Still over half of the official lifts don’t have a picture with them in the Rulebook. Early on I put a “cap” on the number of times one individual could be in the Rulebook to spread things around a little. This limit is three times. This makes it harder for me because there are a few lifters I have many pictures of, and several lifts I have many pictures of. I welcome people to send me new pictures for future Rulebooks. So if you want a little “USAWA fame” this is your chance!
These are the lucky few who got in the Rulebook three times: Joe Garcia, Scott Campbell, Al Myers, Denny Habecker, Frank Ciavattone, Chad Ullom, John McKean, Mark Mitchell, Kevin Fulton, Scott Schmidt, Dan Wagman, and LaVerne Myers.
The USAWA Rulebook is something that we should be very proud of. It is the backbone of our organization as it guides us in every competition. With every update it gets a little better, but there are still issues that need addressed with it. As these issues come up during the year they are addressed at the National Meeting and improvements to the Rulebook can be made.