By Al Myers
Lance Foster lifting in the 2016 IAWA Gold Cup.
Big news on the USAWA Officials front today – we have a new LEVEL 2 Official in the USAWA. A big congrats goes to Lance Foster for achieving this officiating milestone. After all, it’s not an easy thing to accomplish. To become a Level 2 Official (the highest ranking of officials in the USAWA) it takes passing the Rules Test and having officiated over 25 USAWA competitions/events. That’s not something you can achieve in a couple of years! Lance has been officiating in the USAWA for over 10 years, doing 2 to 3 competitions per year. So you can see that it’s been a longterm commitment for him.
Now since Lance is a Level 2 Official he is an official for life in the USAWA. That’s the prize for advancing to the tops of the official ranks in the USAWA!
Again, congratulations Lance!
By Al Myers
I want to officially welcome my father, LaVerne, into the ranks of the LEVEL 2 USAWA OFFICIALS. I just received confirmation from the USAWA Officials Director Joe Garcia that his application to become a Level 2 official was granted. Level 2 is the highest level you can achieve as an official in the USAWA. Once you achieve Level 2 status you are certified for life. Never again do you have to take the rules test or reapply!
LaVerne has been very involved over the past 10 years plus as an official. He has officiated at many high level competitions – including National Championships, Gold Cups, and World Championships. He also has the distinction of officiating at IAWA events overseas, which is quite an honor.
by Al Myers
I always like it when we get a new certified official in the USAWA. Rocky Morrison of Frank’s Barbell Club just passed the certification process and is now an active Level 1 official. Rocky completed this entire process in under 1 month! We have been criticized by some saying our officials certification is too difficult and thus discouraging new officials. But Rocky has proved this NOT TO BE THE CASE as he completed the entire thing in under 30 days.
Now for a brief review on the officials certification process. First you take an open book test covering the rules in the Rule Book. All questions have answers that can be found in the Rule Book. You must score over 90% to pass. The USAWA Official’s Director Joe Garcia grades the test and the test must be sent to him. This is step one. You can retake it as many times as needed. Once you pass Joe lets me know and I list you as an USAWA Official in Training.
Step two involves successfully completing 3 training sessions at a sanctioned USAWA event. You must have a Level 2 official “sign off” that you were competent completing the session. A form is available on the website that must be completed fully and signed. You may have a different Level 2 Official for each session if you want – or have the same one for all 3 sessions. When completed send this form to Joe for verification and when it’s approved he lets me know and I list you on the website as a Level 1 official! That’s it!
Again – big congrats to Rocky for becoming a Certified Official in the USAWA!!!!
by Al Myers
Mary McConnaughey lifted at the Dino Gym Challenge and also became certified as a new USAWA official.
This past weekend at the Dino Gym Challenge Mary McConnaughey completed her third practical official’s exam and became a certified official in the USAWA. She is now a Level 1 USAWA certified official. Mary is a great addition to our official’s crew! Congrats Mary!!
by Al Myers
Eric Todd becomes a Level 2 USAWA Official at York Barbell.
Eric Todd has just earned his Lifetime Certification as an USAWA Official by completing his 25th officiating duty at the 2015 USAWA National Championships. This now makes Eric a Level 2 Official (highest officiating rank) in the USAWA. Eric now joins 13 other Level 2 officials in our organization! Congrats to Eric for this great accomplishment in the USAWA!