Create: 02/08/2012 - 02:22
When I started the USPA, I had several conversations with the EC, as well doing a poll with hundreds of lifters, as to whether or not knee wraps or knee sleeves should be allowed in our raw division. It was evenly split down the middle with 50% wanting knee wraps, and 50% preferring knee sleeves. After careful consideration it was ultimately decided that knee sleeves would be required, and it will continue to be so under the USPA raw division rules. No changes to the raw division are being made. Since inception of the USPA I have received numerous calls and emails from lifters and have had many face to face conversations from those who would like to compete without wearing a squat suit or bench shirt, but for a variety of reasons prefer the added support of knee wraps when squatting. These lifters are not eligble to lift in the USPA raw division and are required to compete at a disadvantage against lifters in the single-ply division. So for that reason, I am adding a separate Classic division for Full meet lifters only that will enable these particular lifters to compete head-to-head. The effective date of the Classic Division will be Feb 18 at the West Coast Open meet in Concord, CA. Steve Denison USPA President.