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In Howard’s Memory

by Al Myers

Bob Geib (left) presenting the Howard Prechtel Memorial Plaque to Nationals meet promoter Frank Ciavattone (right).

Bob Geib (left) presenting the Howard Prechtel Memorial Plaque to Nationals meet promoter Frank Ciavattone (right).

One of the touching moments of our USAWA Nationals Championships in Boston was when Bob Geib presented Frank Ciavattone and the USAWA the beautiful plaque that he had made years ago to honor the memory of his friend and mentor Howard Prechtel. Bob gives Howard all the credit for his involvement in weightlifting and the USAWA.  After Howard’s death Bob had this special tribute plaque made which he carried with him at all times to USAWA events.  He always found a prominent place to display it during the competitions. It has a picture of Howard engraved on it, so it always felt to me that Howard was watching over us while we lifted.  I know this plaque had special sentimental value to Bob and this had to be a hard decision turning it over to the organization. But as Bob said as he presented the plaque, “I feel I should be sharing this plaque and Howard’s legacy with the USAWA and not keeping it all to myself.”  I promise that we will keep it in safe hands, and that it will always be part of the USAWA competitions.

Annual Award Winners

by Al Myers

Every year since 2009, the USAWA gives out awards to selected members of the USAWA for outstanding recognition.  These awards are part of the USAWA Awards Program, funded by the organization.  These awards are nominated and voted on by the membership. As with our tradition, these special awards are awarded during our National Championships, right after the meet.

The award winners for the last year:

NEWCOMER AWARD

Winner – Emily Burchett

Runner Up – Matt Hancock

COURAGE AWARD

Winner – Denny Habecker

Runner Up – Chad Ullom

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Winner – Frank Ciavattone

Runner Up – Art Montini

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Winner – Al Myers

Runner Up – Denny Habecker

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Winner – Denny Habecker

Runner Up – Dean Ross

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Winner – Dino Gym

Runner Up – Habecker’s Gym

2016 Meeting Minutes

by Al Myers, USAWA Secretary

The 2016 USAWA Annual Meeting was called to order by President Denny Habecker at 7:00 PM  Friday night on June 24th, 2016 at the residence of Frank Ciavattone in Walpole, MA.  Before the meeting Frank hosted the membership was appetizers and pizza so the meeting started with everyone on a full stomach. Roll call was taken and these USAWA members were in attendance: Denny Habecker, Al Myers, Jeff Ciavattone, Rocky Morrison, Chad Ullom, Dean Ross, Art Montini, Frank Ciavattone, Aidan Habecker, Judy Habecker, Bob Geib, Susan Sees,  James Morrison, Cassie Morrison, and Lindsey Beary. The minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting were read by myself.  Bob moved to accept the minutes with a second by Chad and the minutes passed unanimously. I then gave the Financial Report which showed a $1000 loss for the USAWA for 2015, but I attributed that to the costs of the website redesign and the purchase of drug tests.  The drug tests will be carried over into the next year and the website costs should be amortized over the next 5 years at which time the website will need another redesign.  I pointed out that the bank account balance is exactly the same now as when I started as Treasurer in 2009. I also discussed the details of the 2016 budget which I prepared and was prior approved by the Executive Board. Dean moved to accept with a second by Chad and it passed unanimously.  I then gave the Directors Report as Website Director.   I described the changes made to the website and how it will allow further expansion and improve access speed. I encouraged others to participate in the website by contributing blog stories. Frank moved to accept,  it was seconded by Bob, and it passed unanimously.  I then gave the Awards Director report. A big part of the Awards Program is to give out the USAWA annual awards which are presented every year at the National Championships to recognize outstanding lifters and their accomplishments. Frank moved to accept, with a second by Dean, and it passed unanimously. As Records Director I gave the Records Report. I stated that our record list is now online for free download, and I try to update the list every 1-2 months. I encouraged others to let me know if errors are ever noticed as it is easy for me to correct them.  Frank moved to accept the report. Chad made a second and it passed unanimously.  Next up was the Officials Report by Official’s Director Joe Garcia.  Joe was not in attendance but had forwarded his report to me which I gave on his behalf.  Joe encouraged others to join our Official’s ranks and take the rules test.  He also encouraged rulebook training for the current officials, that could take place as a clinic or training sessions before meets. Dean moved to accept, a second was made by Rocky, and it passed unanimously.  Chad Ullom gave the Drug Testing Report as Drug Enforcement Director.  He stated that we are continuing with an aggressive drug testing program that tests at many meets throughout the year.  No positive tests were found during the previous year. Judy moved to accept the report with a second by Dean.  It passed unanimously.  Postal Meet Director Denny Habecker gave the Postal Meet Report. Denny stated that 15 lifters competed in our Postal Series in 2015, with 6 lifters doing all of them. He encouraged more participation.  It was mentioned that we now allow lifters to do the postal lifts on any individual day during the 3 month quarter instead of just in the last month like it has been in the past. Chad moved to accept the report, a second was given by Dean, and it passed unanimously. The next agenda item was a report by the IAWA Technical Committee Chairman Dennis Mitchell regarding issues being discussed by the IAWA Technical Committee.  Dennis was not in attendance so no report was given. The next item was discussion and vote on a new proposed lift by Bill Clark, the Reg Park Bench Press (2 bar bench press).  The rules of the lift were preapproved by the USAWA Executive Board as required by our rules, and had passed the Executive Board’s approval prior to being presented.  The written rule was read to the membership.  The lift involves bench pressing two barbells according to the rules of the Bench Press.  There was minimal discussion on the proposed lift.  A vote was taken and it passed by majority vote with 10 yes votes and 3 no votes. As required by USAWA rules for a new USAWA approved lift a vote was taken to propose this new USAWA lift for IAWA approval.  This passed by majority vote with 11 for, and 2 against.  It will be forwarded to the IAWA Technical Committee Chairman to officially present it to the IAWA.  Next agenda item was the presentation of rule changes. I presented a listing of several items that were presented to me over the previous year for additions/changes to our rule book. Below is the list:

  • Add 2” vb and 2” plates to Bearhug rules
  • Change finger lifts rules in regards to ring and height to be in compliance with IAWA(UK) rules
  • Add to III Drug Testing: “The Lifter will be notified no more than 48 hours prior to the test, and must make arrangements for the test to be performed within 48 hours.”
  • Add to bar specs: Max diameter of bar 1.25”.
  • Add to VIII: “It is recommended not to publically announce an event before the sanction is officiated. Announcing an event prior to proper sanction may result in failure of meet sanction.”
  • Add to section on drawing of lots: “It is recommended that if lots are not drawn that the order of lifting be done by age, with order of lifting set from youngest lifter to oldest lifter.”
  • Add to calling to the platform: “The clock begins when the announcer declares that the bar is loaded”
  • Add to General Rules: “Regulation bars are to be used for all lifts unless stated otherwise in the individual rules of the lift.”
  •  Thors Hammer:  The Vertical bar used must by 18” in length with a 1/2″ tolerance (instead of max 18”)
  • Fulton Bar: Change minimum diameter to 1.9”  (instead of 1-15/16”).

Chad moved to accept these rulebook changes with a second by Art.  There was no discussion and the vote was unanimous in favor.  I then presented a couple of bylaw changes. These were the proposed changes:

Add to Article 7 Election

“In lieu of the elections a motion may be made to retain all current officers and executive board members in their current positions. This motion must pass by majority vote.”

“Each executive board position must be elected and voted on individually.”

Chad moved to accept the changes, with a second by Dean.  There was no discussion.  Amendments/changes to bylaws require a 2/3 vote. A vote was taken and the vote was unanimous in favor.  Next order of business was New Business.  Art brought up a discussion of limiting Record Day meets or individual lifts for records after meets to be limited to 5 records maximum.  He explained that he has always only allowed 5 lifts for record at his record day meet and that he feels that is enough.  Discussion afterwards was all in favor of this.  It seems most lifters are getting tired of lifters using record days to set large number of records with submaximal effort to just set and pad their record count.  Also included in this was discussion of how these lifters interfere with the lifting of others at record days because of the extra loading and judging they require beyond everyone else. Art then moved to make this a new rule and it was seconded by Dean, and passed unanimously. Frank brought up the 6 week advance meet sanction time that our rules now require and how he would like to see it decreased.  Frank stated that with his club of young lifters he often doesn’t know their schedule that far in advance and setting meet dates for everyone to be able to attend is difficult.  I explained to the membership why the 6 week sanction deadline was put into place to start with: 1. to allow anyone ample opportunity to be able to attend if they wanted, ie get an airline ticket if needed, 2. allow the Executive Board time to review the sanction request, 3. To make our event schedule and sanction process look legitimate by not allowing last minute meets to take place.  A compromise was reached and Frank moved to decrease the sanction deadline to 30 days. Jeff gave a second and it passed unanimously. Judy then brought up her concerns regarding entry deadlines on meet entry forms not being enforced.  She explained how this really causes issues for meet directors who need to be able to plan for the number of lifters that attend with t-shirt and awards purchases.  I explained how I feel this needs to be the meet directors responsibilty and a meet director should be able to refuse lifters that do not enter by the deadline if they want, with full support of the USAWA.  I proposed that we add a line to the rulebook stating,”If meet directors refuse entry because of a lifter not entering by the stated entry deadline on the entry form, the USAWA will support this decision and no appeal can be made.” Judy moved to include this statement in the rulebook, a second was made by Dean, and it passed with unanimous vote.  There was no other new business. The next agenda item was accepting bids for the 2017 USAWA National Championships. Bob Geib made a bid to host next years National Championships in Vermillion, Ohio on one of the last two weekends in June, the traditional time for Nationals.  There were no other bids.  A vote was taken to accept Bob’s bid and it passed unanimously. At this time the meeting agenda was completed, and Chad made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Dean and it passed unanimously.  The meeting ended at 8:30 PM.

 

Never Stop the Struggle

BY DAVE GLASGOW

A COUPLE OF GUYS IN THE OFFICE WERE TALKING ABOUT RUNNING AND THEIR PARTICULAR PHILOSOPHIES TOWARD IT.  IN THE CONVERSATION, SOMEONE MENTIONED THE ‘RUNNER’S HIGH’. “IF THERE IS SUCH A THING,” HE SAID,’ I SURE THE HELL HAVE’NT EXPERIENCED IT!” SOMEONE ELSE SAID, ‘WELL, I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO BEAT THE HANDICAPPED KID WHEN I GO TO A RACE.’  THAT, IMMEDIATELY, MADE ME THINK OF A KID MY SON’S AGE FROM OUR TOWN.

I HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS A PHARMACIST.  HIS SON WAS BORN WITH CP (CEREBERAL PALSY).  HIS SPEECH PATTERN AND HIS PHYSICAL MOBILITY ARE SEVERLY IMPAIRED.  THE KID HAS HAD MORE SURGERIES THAN MOST OF US HAVE HAD BIRTHDAYS.  THE MERE FACT THAT HE CAN EVEN WALK IS DUE TO THE MIRICLE OF MODERN TECHNIQUES AND SURGERIES.  THE ONE THING THAT THIS CHALLENGE DID NOT TAKE FROM HIM WAS HIS HEART AND DESIRE.

WHEN HE WAS JUST A LITTLE GUY, HE WANTED TO WRESTLE WITH THE YOUTH WRESTLING CLUB.  HIS FOLKS FIGURED WHY NOT.  HE ATTENDED EVERY PRACTICE, MOST OF THE TOURNIMENTS AND WAS ALWAYS READY TO GO.  HE NEVER WON A MATCH.  TO MY KNOWLEDGE, HE NEVER SCORED A POINT.  THAT DID’NT SET HIM BACK ONE BIT.  HE JUST KEPT COMING BACK FOR MORE. WHEN HE REACHED HIGH SCHOOL AGE, HE RAN CROSS COUNTRY.  IT WAS PAINFUL TO WATCH.

HE WOULD RUN IN THE MORNING AND AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, SOMEONE WOULD CALL THE POLICE AND TELL THEM THAT ONE OF THE KIDS FROM THE HOME (WE HAVE SEVERAL HOMES IN TOWN THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY FOR MENTALLY RETARTED FOLKS) WAS RUNNING AWAY.  NO, THEY WERE TOLD, THAT’S JUST NEAL(NOT HIS REAL NAME), OUT TRAINING. HE WOULD FINISH LONG AFTER THE REST WERE LONG SINCE DONE.  HOWEVER, I’LL BE DAMNED IF HE EVER QUIT!  HE STRUGGLED ON AND I AM SURE SOME FOLKS CAME OUT JUST TO SEE HIM RUN.

TO MY MIND, NEAL NEVER LOST A MATCH OR A RACE.  HE WON THE SECOND THE WHISTLE BLEW.  JUST GETTING THERE WAS A STRUGGLE AND A VICTORY. ENJOY YOUR NEXT WORKOUT.  THINK OF NEAL.  IT WILL PROBABLY HELP YOU WORK A LITTLE HARDER.

YOU MAY LIKE THIS POEM:  http://www.frtommylane.com/stories/cross/dont_quit.htm

*** EPILOGUE:  NEAL IS NOW A SUCCESSFUL ATTORNEY OUT OF STATE.  HE ADVOCATES FOR FOLKS WITH DISABILITES.

National Championships

by Al Myers

MEET RESULTS –

2016 USAWA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Frank Ciavattone (left) and Jeff Ciavattone (right) had the highest One Arm Ciavattone Grip Deadlifts of the meet, a lift named after Frank. Frank finished with 115 KG with Jeff right behind him at 110 KG (photo courtesy of Cara Ciavattone Collins)

Frank Ciavattone (left) and Jeff Ciavattone (right) had the highest One Arm Ciavattone Grip Deadlifts of the meet, a lift named after Frank. Frank finished with 115 KG with Jeff right behind him at 110 KG (photo courtesy of Cara Ciavattone Collins)

One thing I can always count on is that Frank Ciavattone will promote an outstanding meet! Frank promoted the USAWA National Championships last weekend, and it was one of the smoothest ran National Meets we have ever had.  We had 19 lifters (4 women and 15 men) compete over the course of 6 lifts on one platform and one day, and was finished by 5 oclock!

There was an extremely tight race for the women’s overall.  Cassie Morrison edged out her friend Lindsey Beary on her last lift in the Trap Bar Deadlift. Only 2 adjusted points separeted them when it was done. Susan Sees was very close behind them by 10 points, and Jessica Hopps only 30 points back. On any given day any of these gals could have taken the overall!

Joe Ciavattone Jr. won the Men’s Best Overall Lifter title over James Fuller. Joe Jr. had several lifts he really excelled at – his big 105K Heels Together Clean and Press and his 4th attempt in the Continental Snatch at 93KG. James lifted very solid all day finishing with a personal record in the Trap Bar Deadlift at 277.5KG. Randy Smith finished 3rd overall despite hurting his elbow on the Cheat Curl and finishing the day not full strength.  Joe Ciavattone Sr. also got injured on the Cheat Curl, hurting his shoulder. But after a trip to the ER was able to make it back with his arm in a sling as the meet was winding down.  Jeff Ciavattone seems to get bigger and stronger each time I see him!  He lifted very well even though he told me with his work schedule he has not been able to train recently! Jeff and his dad Frank had a great showdown in the One Arm Ciavattone Grip Deadlift, with Jeff making 110KG and Frank making 115KG.  Big Frank still amazes me with his gripping strength!

Newcomer to Frank’s Barbell Club Rocky Morrison came in 5th Overall, which is quite an accomplishment in his first Nationals.  I really enjoyed meeting and visiting with Rocky.  He will be a great addition to our organization.  Dino Gym member Dean Ross made the longest drive to Boston, driving over 1000 miles from Oklahoma. Dean came into this meet as strong as I’ve seen him.  He finished with a great 162.5KG Trap Bar Deadlift.

Several lifters were not able to take all the lifts as they are recovering from injuries and/or surgeries. This included Frank, Chad Ullom, Denny Habecker, and Aidan. However, they still performed very well in the lifts they did and supported our biggest meet of the year.  For that – they need applauded!

I want to really thank Frank, his family, and his club for all the work they did in putting on this Championships.  The loaders did a great job and helped make the meet move along at the pace it did.  The food the night before and after the meet was fantastic!  Frank knows how to be a great host!

Meet Results:

2016 USAWA National Championships
Balch School
Norwood, MA
June 25th, 2016

Meet Director: Frank Ciavattone

Announcer: Al Myers

Scorekeeper: Chad Ullom

Officials (3 official system used): Joe Ciavattone Sr., Denny Habecker, Frank Ciavattone, Dennis Mitchell, Chad Ullom

Loaders: Peter Vouno, Wade Marchand, Cream McDonald, Matt Traitti

Lifts: Continental Snatch, Cheat Curl, Clean and Press-Heels Together, Pullover and Press, Deadlift-Ciavattone Grip One Arm, Trap Bar Deadlift

WOMENS DIVISION

LIFTER AGE BWT Sn Curl C&P P&P DL-1 DL TOT PTS
Cassie Morrison 20 192  35 37.5 31.5 40 47.5-R 120 311.5 284.3
Lindsey Beary 20 188 35 40 37.5 40 52.5-R 100 305 282.5
Susan Sees 53 219 25 35 35 45 42.5-R 100 282.5 273.4
Jessica Hopps 32 187 30 30 30 37.5 55-R 85 267.5 248.3

Extra Lifts for Record:
Lindsey Beary: DL-CG, Right Arm 57.5
Lindsey Beary: Continental Snatch 40
Susan Sees: DL-CG, Right Arm 45

MENS DIVISION

LIFTER AGE BWT Sn Curl C&P P&P DL-1 DL TOT PTS
Joe CiavattoneJr. 23 215 85  92.5 105 125 90-R 240 737.5 633.7
James Fuller 44 250 80 105 75 100 100-R 277.5 737.5 613.7
Randy Smith 61 198 57.5 75 50 60 90-R 150 482.5 528.4
Jeff Ciavattone 36 259 72.5 85 67.5  95 110-R 240 670 521.8
Rocky Morrison 54 295 55 67.5 65 80 85-R 215 567.5 477.4
Dean Ross 73 257 35 57.5 40 70 70-L 162.5 435 455.7
James Morrison 17 160 40 50 45 60 60-R 147.5 402.5 431.0
Art Montini 88 172 20 32.5 25 45 55-L 90 267.5 388.1
Dennis Mitchell 84 150 13.5 33 10.5 35 43-L 90 225 346.5
Bob Geib 73 268 25 30 35 0 60-R 100 250 256.4
Joe CiavattoneSr. 47 230 70 72.5 142.5 127.2
Frank Ciavattone 61 302 115-R 115 101.5
Denny Habecker 73 192 80 —- 80 98.0
Chad Ullom 44 249 100-L 100 83.5
Aidan Habecker 12 120 22.5 22.5 37.3

Extra Lifts for Record:
Joe Ciavattone Jr: Continental Snatch 93

Notes: BWT is bodyweight in pounds. All lifts recorded in kilograms. R and L designate right and left arms. TOT is total kilograms lifted. PTS are overall points adjusted for bodyweight and age.

Best Lifter Awards:
Women Senior 20-39: Cassie Morrison
Woman Master 40+: Susan Sees
Mens Master 40-44: James Fuller
Mens Master 45-49: Joe Ciavattone Sr.
Mens Master 50-54: Rocky Morrison
Mens Master 60-64: Randy Smith
Mens Master 70-74: Dean Ross
Mens Master 80-84: Dennis Mitchell
Mens Master 85-89: Art Montini
Mens Junior: James Morrison
Mens Senior 20-39: Joe Ciavattone Jr.
Womens Overall Best Lifter: Cassie Morrison
Mens Overall Best Lifter: Joe Ciavattone Jr.
Best Club: Frank’s Barbell Club

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