2010 USPF Nationals go to Rhode Island

The 2010 USPF Nationals will return to its 2008 location, Rhode Island. They will be held at the Sheraton Warwick. Rhode Island won over bids from Chicago and Pittsburgh. In 2008, Ted Isabella organized the meet in Warwick, Rhode Island.

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After reading all the bad comments about the guys from Rhode Island this might be a big mistake for the USPF.

Ted put on an excellent nationals just as well as Steve did and Ted will put on another good event.

Both Steve and Ted are very experienced and both are very good for the USPF.

Tim Cochran
USPF Ohio Chairman

The East Coast judges were pricks at this years Nationals. I will pass on this one.

Don't worry, there will be West Coast judges there as well.

Tim Cochran
USPF Ohio Chairman

well in 2008 there were only 15 Open male lifters in Rhode Island. After this years judging I would guess less then 10 open lifters in 2010.

Chicago seems like the best site. Why not have it in a centralized location?

Bad move on the part of the USPF

Chicago is in the works for either next year or year after. Ted had a more complete proposal and that's why he won the rights to nationals next year.

Plus don't forget, after the nationals next year, you have an great opportunity to see some great sites with minimal driving time and great seafood that you can't get anywhere else.

There is fun to be had by everyone anywhere, just take the time to enjoy it.

Tim Cochran
USPF Ohio Chairman

I am not going to post anonymously because that is a cowardly thing to do. I will preface this by saying I, my son, and hopefully my wife will be in RI to participate next year. Let me also say I could give a rats a ss less about the politics of the USPF. I am going to make my observations and you can take them for what they are worth. People can post on here as annonymous and the federation can blow it off as one or two disgruntled people posting over and over again. Maybe it is or maybe they are afraid of reprisal. With that said, I was there and I heard @ least 20 lifters, probably 30+, make the comments that the folks from the east coast had bad attitudes. Not only did I here it I observed the "New York City tude" several times. I am not going to go over each instance but suffice to say I witnessed 1/2 dozen situations that made me go huh, what was that about? There was sense that the East Coasters came to the West Coast expecting a fight and were going to show everyone they were not going to take any crap. Maybe they had a reason to, like I said I do not know the politics. I have NO alliance to Steve Dennison. He puts on meets, I send him a check and we show up and lift. It is so obvious there is some type of friction going on in this federation. It appears to be jealousy and the tension carries over to the lifters. I lift in the USPF because of the tradition and it is a good federation. I will give RI a go b/c last year the meet itself was well run, the venue was nice, it's the USPF Nationals. I hope other people post there names and there thoughts. I believe what sets the USPF apart from some of the other feds is it listens to its lifters. The USPF is a great fed and I hope that everyone that competed this year will compete again next year. I would rather 4th of 4 then 1st of 1, that's no fun. Like I said initially, take my words as you wish. I believe Dr. Deming philosophy on total quality is spot on; If you want to make a better widget listen to the guy who makes the widget. I hate posting like this on the internet b/c things can be mis construed. I hope this wasn't offensive to anyone.

I think that was a well said and accurate account of the weekend.

I however will not give a dime to or support in any way those that show such disrespect and poor attitudes. Such negativity has no place in our sport and will only hold back its growth.

Great post Griss and Ryan. Stuff happens and what makes us a better person or lifter is to take what you learned and apply it to your personal situation to become even better.

Tim Cochran
USPF Ohio Chairman

April & I will be happy to return to the USPF Nationals in 2010.
We had prior comittments this year to the PanAms, and couldn't afford both.

It really doesn't matter where it is as long as it isn't in dogpatch, :) and it is the USPF...
Politics & differences are everywhere, no matter what the federation is, or where the meet is held..

Best wishes to all the lifters.

- bill & april

The first USPF meet Darren and I did was the 2008 nationals in Rhode Island! Aside from airline delays which Ted was not responsible for (but I still think Layman had something to do with it...lol) it was a great meet. The USPF accepted us with open arms from day one and Team Hawaii will make it to every nationals no matter where it is! For now we all got 18 weeks of training to do for Vegas so lets go back to the gym!

Leo

Mana/Island Power

I was hoping on Chicago. I was going to build a team up and go. Rhode Island is out of the question. Nobody want to travel to RI for a meet. The logistics are terrible for anybody that doesn't live close. Chicago with Lance Karabel and Ed Coan nearby will have the greatest attendence in recent USPF history if they ever get the bid.

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Leo wrote:
The first USPF meet Darren and I did was the 2008 nationals in Rhode Island! Aside from airline delays which Ted was not responsible for (but I still think Layman had something to do with it...lol) it was a great meet. The USPF accepted us with open arms from day one and Team Hawaii will make it to every nationals no matter where it is! For now we all got 18 weeks of training to do for Vegas so lets go back to the gym!

Leo

Mana/Island Power

Hey Leo....never got a chance to talk with you in LA but it was great watching you run your crew....you and Darren were workin' it....A hui hou

I WILL DEFINITELY BE AT THE NATS.IN R.I.I ONLY ATTENDED THE 2008 VERSION BUT SAW SOME GREAT LIFTS AND LIFTERS...AND WAS INSPIRED TO TRY AND GET BETTER.AS FAR AS TED AND THE R.I. CREW GO I HAVE COMPETED WITH AND AGAINST TED FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS AND CAN AGREE THAT IT IS SOME OF THE STRICTEST JUDGEING AROUND....BUT.....ONCE I HAD A LIFT PASSED I KNEW IT COULD NOT BE QUESTIONED AS NON LEGIT...I NEED THIS!.
I LEARNED TO ADAPT TO THESE RULES OVER TIME AND BECAME A BETTER LIFTER BECAUSE OF IT...YES I BOMBED OUT OF A FEW MEETS BUT THAT WAS DUE TO MY INABILITY TO PERFORM THE LIFTS CORRECTLY ON THAT DAY....NO HARM. I WILL ADJUST TO THE CHANGES AS BEST I CAN AND CONTINUE TO COMPETE BECAUSE I LOVE THIS SPORT....WHERE ELSE CAN A 47 YEAR OLD,FAT CROSS EYED BALD,UGLY GUY GET APPLAUSE FROM PEOPLE IN THE CROWD.NO I AM NOT A GOOD LIFTER,550 BENCH AT 275LBS.BUT I CARE ABOUT THIS SPORT NO LESS THAN THE NEXT GUY..JUST MY 1 CENT OPINION.NOT EVEN WORTH THAT REALLY
GOD BLESS....JAMES H BOURGAULT SR.

Putt Houston wrote:
I was hoping on Chicago. I was going to build a team up and go. Rhode Island is out of the question. Nobody want to travel to RI for a meet. The logistics are terrible for anybody that doesn't live close. Chicago with Lance Karabel and Ed Coan nearby will have the greatest attendence in recent USPF history if they ever get the bid.

Putt Houston.... now with Ridiculous BCWW

The only two bids for next years Nationals was Pitt. PA by Ryan Celli thru Steve Denison and myself for the RI or Boston, MA area. Ryan was not there to present his bid, he said he did not want to be the meet director, but instead wanted Steve to be that and he would support Steve. Lance did not submit a bid, so there were limited options. My bid was the more complete bid with date, location and complete cost for each hotel option, so the bid was awarded to me. It was not an east or west coast thing. It just so happens right now Steve and I am the only two meet directors who submit bids for this. If lifters want the nationals to be in other areas, they need to get their state chairperson or whoever to step up and submit a bid. It should not always fall on Steve or myself.

I do not understand how you can say the logistics are bad in RI. The hotels I have chosen, in either RI or MA are right next to or a short shuttle ride away from the hotels. Flight costs are not crazy. A number of restaurants are located within walking distance or a short ride. The hotels all have great rooms, with some hotels just finishing complete remodels. The ballrooms are all large enough to handle the nationals, plus there are a number of other things to see or go to in the all the areas, so where is there a problem. If you just do not like the east coast, just say you do not like it, because there is no logistical problem with either area.

Rhode Island was the only Bid entered that was complete. No other Bid received was fleshed out. This Bid was voted on and approved by the USPF.

For those of you who have never been to the Providence-Boston Area, you are in for a treat! Narragansett Bay is beautiful...with historic Jamestown and Newport. Cape Cod is Minutes away as are Martha's Vineyard..the Maine Coast was a side trip for many two years ago...also many people shopped in New York City and Boston. No one can top the Italian Food and Seafood in Providence!!

I will have video's of this area soon on the USPF website USPF

"USPF....the Legend continues......"

It was a last minute decision to try and put a bid in for the 2010 Nationals to be held in Chicago. Most of the hotels I looked at around the Midway Airport area would not have been able to accomodate the event. So the idea was put on hold. I will definately be ready to put a bid in for the 2011 Nationals when the time comes.

Yeah Lance...Chicago will be a great location!

"USPF....the Legend continues......"

I lifted in Ted's Nationals last year in RI and had a good time. Me and my crew all thought it was ran very well and I didn't have any trouble traveling.

As far as the Pittsburgh bid goes, Steve and I thought Pittsburgh would be a great place for a National meet. My concern was I never ran a meet, and I have my hands full as it is. I told him he could bid on it and I would do everything I could to help.

As soon as my pec heals I'll be back competing in the USPF.

Ryan Celli - FRIEND OF THE USPF!

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Courtney Stanley wrote:
Leo wrote:
The first USPF meet Darren and I did was the 2008 nationals in Rhode Island! Aside from airline delays which Ted was not responsible for (but I still think Layman had something to do with it...lol) it was a great meet. The USPF accepted us with open arms from day one and Team Hawaii will make it to every nationals no matter where it is! For now we all got 18 weeks of training to do for Vegas so lets go back to the gym!

Leo

Mana/Island Power

Hey Leo....never got a chance to talk with you in LA but it was great watching you run your crew....you and Darren were workin' it....A hui hou

I'll have to make it a point to meet you in Vegas!

Leo

Mana/Island Power

The 2009 LaMirada meet was my first USPF nationals, and I really had a great time despite some of the concerns presented. Steve puts on a great meet, and I trust Ted will do the same in 2010.

Brad and I will go to RI for next year's nationals. Maybe my kids will finally decide to come with us so they can see the sites after.

I dont care if the Meet is on the West coast or ewst coast, but you can be sure I will not support a Guy that treats other lifters with no Respect in the warm up room. like was seen many times you know who you are.

Plus Maybe this year, They will say, how about NO Katana bench shirts the day before the Meet??? and it will get passed. Ted pissed all over the guys from Cali now he wants are suport? I dont belive I will be there.

Good luck.....I hope Lance gets in Next Year, this is a Guy is a true Team player as a power lifter!!

Logistical problems? RI is in between Boston and NYC.

Jarred wrote:
I dont care if the Meet is on the West coast or ewst coast, but you can be sure I will not support a Guy that treats other lifters with no Respect in the warm up room. like was seen many times you know who you are.

Plus Maybe this year, They will say, how about NO Katana bench shirts the day before the Meet??? and it will get passed. Ted pissed all over the guys from Cali now he wants are suport? I dont belive I will be there.

Good luck.....I hope Lance gets in Next Year, this is a Guy is a true Team player as a power lifter!!

I don’t how I could have pissed all over lifter in the warm-up area, for I was in a judge’s seat all day Friday and most of Sunday. The only time I was in the warm-up area was during the rules meetings or when I was warming up to lift Saturday myself. So if you have a problem with me telling people to be quite during a rules meeting, so lifters who are asking question can hear their answers, than sorry you have a problem with that. Outside of that, I did not speak with many people in the warm-up area except to answer questions regarding the rules, plus I do not know who lives where or what state there from. Plus I am not asking for your support. If you wish to go or not go to the Nationals next year in RI and/or qualify for the World’s, that is your choice. I have no say in what people chose to do. All I will say, if you lifter wish to come to the Nationals next year, I will put on another great contest just like I did last year. I can guarantee that.

Lance Karabel wrote:
It was a last minute decision to try and put a bid in for the 2010 Nationals to be held in Chicago. Most of the hotels I looked at around the Midway Airport area would not have been able to accomodate the event. So the idea was put on hold. I will definately be ready to put a bid in for the 2011 Nationals when the time comes.

Lance…I would like to thank you for clarifying that for everyone. When the time comes when you chose to bid for a Nationals and receive that bid, I will be there to support you and help you in anyway you need.

Anonymous wrote:
The East Coast judges were pricks at this years Nationals. I will pass on this one.

I will not apologized for strict judging, however I just want to clarify that there were more judges from the west coast (9) than the east coast (4). Plus this entire BS about west coast and east coast is just that, a bunch of BS. I went there to help support Steve as a lifter and a judge. Steve did a great job with this year’s national. No one can say otherwise.

Ryan Celli wrote:
I lifted in Ted's Nationals last year in RI and had a good time. Me and my crew all thought it was ran very well and I didn't have any trouble traveling.

As far as the Pittsburgh bid goes, Steve and I thought Pittsburgh would be a great place for a National meet. My concern was I never ran a meet, and I have my hands full as it is. I told him he could bid on it and I would do everything I could to help.

As soon as my pec heals I'll be back competing in the USPF.

Ryan Celli - FRIEND OF THE USPF!

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Ryan…I would like to thank you also for clarifying your bid proposal. PA would make for a good location when the time is right for you. I will offer my help to just as I did to Lance, so when the time comes that you make your bid, I will be there to support you and help you in anyway you need. I hope you heal up quickly for we need good lifter like yourself involved in our sport.

Thank you Ted. I appreciate it.

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Ted,

You are what you are !!

Ryan, I see you are USPF Friendly, when were you ever unfriendly?