by Al Myers
THE 2016 USAWA PRESIDENTIAL CUP
For the fifth year in a row, the now “Annual” USAWA Presidential Cup is being hosted again by our USAWA President Denny Habecker. This is one of the CHAMPIONSHIP events hosted in the USAWA, and is the Championships of Record Days. It follows along “the lines” of the IAWA Gold Cup – a lifter picks their best lift and contests it for a USAWA record in this prestigious record day. After all lifters have performed their record lifts, Denny will pick the effort that impresses him the most and award that lifter the PRESIDENTIAL CUP. Only one lifter will receive this very important award. If time allows, lifters will have the opportunity to perform other record day lifts. So it is a good idea to come with the BIG LIFT in mind, but also be prepared to do other lifts for record if the time allows.
Now a little “rehash” on the Presidential Cup. These are the guidelines:
The Presidential Cup will follow along some of the same guidelines as the Gold Cup, which is the IAWA meet which recognizes outstanding performances by lifters in the lift/lifts of their choosing. The Gold Cup started in 1991 under the direction of then-IAWA President Howard Prechtel. However there will be some differences in the guidelines of the USAWA Presidential Cup:
- The Presidential Cup is hosted annually by the USAWA President only.
- Must be a USAWA member to participate.
- A lifter may choose any official USAWA lift/lifts (number set by the President) to set a USAWA record/records in.
- The lifter must open at a USAWA Record Poundage on first attempt.
- The top performance record lift of the entire record day, which will be chosen by the President, will be awarded the PRESIDENTIAL CUP.
USAWA Presidential Cup
Saturday, August 6th, 2016
Meet Director: Denny Habecker
Location: Habecker’s Gym, Lebanon, PA
Lifts: Bring your best lift for record!
Start time: 10 AM, with weigh-ins before this
Entry Form: None, but advance notice is required.
Denny may be reached by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
by Al Myers
2016 USAWA HEAVY LIFT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Eric Todd performing a Hand and Thigh Lift at the 2014 Heavy Lift Championships.
The Heavy Lift Championships is the longest running championship event in the USAWA behind the National Championships. The USAWA has been trying to rotate this championship between different areas of the country every year to give all lifters the opportunity to compete in it. Last year it was hosted in the midwest by Eric Todd. This year it will be held in Pennsylvania – at Denny Habecker’s Gym. Denny has promoted the Heavy Lift Championships before, and has more than enough 100 pound plates to make it happen!
Three heavy lifts have been the mainstay of this event – the Neck Lift, the Hand and Thigh Lift, and the Hip Lift. Harness’s and belts for the lifting will be available, but most lifter’s bring their own heavy lift equipment.
It’s important that you get your entry in by the deadline. The deadline date is April 9th, 2016.
ENTRY FORM (PDF) – 2016 Heavy Lift Championships Entry Form
by Al Myers
2016 USAWA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
My wife Leslie and I enjoyed walking the Freedom Trail the last time we were in Boston.
It’s always exciting to announce the National Championships each year. This meet is the “big daddy” of the meets in the USAWA. Our Nationals has had a continuous run of competitions since the beginning – with the first one being held in 1988. So this year will make year number 29!
Frank Ciavattone is the meet director this year. Frank is one of the most seasoned promoters in the USAWA and has previously hosted a couple of Nationals (1996 & 1998). He is holding the meet in Norwood, which is a suburb of Boston. It will be a one day meet this year. We will have our annual USAWA meeting following the meet so come prepared for a long day.
I would really encourage everyone in the organization to go to Boston and compete in our National Championships. There are so many things to see in this area – so it provides the perfect opportunity to combine a vacation along with competing in our most important competition of the year.
INFO SHEET & ENTRY FORM (PDF) – 2016 Nationals Entry Form
by Al Myers
FRANK’S BARBELL CLUB TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Frank has just sanctioned a Team Championships in April at his club. Contact Frank for more meet details. Please call him at 508-801-6279.
Meet Director: Frank Ciavattone
Date of Meet: April 2nd, 2016
by Al Myers
This is the announcement for the Postal Championships promoted by the USAWA. Results must be turned into the USAWA Postal Meet Director Denny Habecker by the deadline stated on the entry form. A change has been made for the time period in which the postal lifts must be completed this year. A lifter may do their postal lifts ANYTIME throughout the quarter in which the postal meet is promoted for instead of just the final month. But remember when doing the postal lifts that it is required that all lifts are done on the SAME DAY. Also – it is now required that the official postal meet entry form be sent in for your postal lifts to be official. Denny has had some issues with lifters turning in their postal lifts without the entry form in the past year. This entry form is essential in order that all pertinent information is supplied with your entry. And as in the past – entering the USAWA postal meets have NO ENTRY FEE. However, you must be a current member of the USAWA to enter the postal meets. If you are not a current member your entry will not be accepted.
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ENTRY FORM (PDF) – 2016 Postal Championships Entry Form