USPF Nationals Judging: Fair or Flawed?
In the wake of last weekend's USPF Nationals, a number of comments have been made which have been critical of the judging at the meet. Most of those comments have been made anonymously. However, meet competitor Glenn Baggett has come forth publicly with certain issues which he experienced. Baggett specifically mentions judging in the bench press as being inconsistent and rules being changed. Further, he asserts that multi ply lifters were targeted and that the federation was using the meet to set an example.
Baggett: "They had a hard on for anything not above the nipple line on the bench. I trained to touch the F6 emblom on my shirt as it is normally a safe area, but not on Saturday. For some reason the judging seemed very sporadic in who and where you were allowed to touch. They bombed all the multiply guys out if you had even a hint of an arch!
The judges from RI stood around and followed the multi-ply guys around when gearing up and made some weird rulings before the meet. Mark Bell was asked to remove his small briefs that were approved for use in the equipment check, this was right as he was starting to warm up. When he went to put on his shirt it got even more weird, like he was wearing an illegal shirt to hit those huge benches.
Baggett on the rule changes: "... when I asked for rules interpretation, I was told to just bench and I would be told if it was good or not. I enjoyed the experience and would like to push myself but do not change the rules on the day of the meet. I was not the only one who noticed this."
He continues: "It seemed that some judges adopted the new rules to go into effect on Jan 1, 2010 on July 3-4th, 2009."
Baggett finishes by saying that a lot of lifters have indicated that they will not be back to compete at future Nationals: "If I have ever seen a fed trying to make a statement, this was it. I feel sorry for Steve as he did a great job to build up the USPF Nationals and make it a place people wanted to compete again, and after what I heard from alot of lifters, they won't be back to compete at nationals or worlds again. They may be back to a small group of lifters again for Nationals next year."
Good luck the others who lift in the USPF and thank you for being welcoming to me while was there. Great lifters caught in a world of shit!"