The WNPF does track raw elite totals by taking there standard elite totals and subtracting 10% across the board.
You have brought up a great point. I think it is something we need to look into starting. I will try to contact other federations and see if they have elite status for their raw lifters. If not maybe we all can start to come up with 1 together.
Does a 15% reduction from equipped totals seem right:
As far as I know, the ADAU does not have ELITE status, or does the AAU. I think it will be up to the RAW organizations to begin discussing this and put it into action. Having the chance for raw lifters to achieve ELITE status may bring more raw lifters in and keep them in.
I have been in contact with William De Porter of the AAU. He agrees with me, and states a possiblity of lowering the USPF classification by 15% for raw lifters. William De Porter of the AAU is going to bring this up to vote with his board after the first of the year! Big steps everyone-RAW ELITE is coming soon to the AAU!
Another methodology for determining raw elite:
In my opinion, I would start at 15% below the USAPL Elite totals and then raise them as more lifters enter the sport, just as the WPO has done with their qualifying totals. Elite should be the top 10% of all lifters so it needs to be tough to get in...just my opinion.
A final method:
I have always been told to be a world class raw lifter. You should bench twice your body weight. Squat and dead lift three times his body weight. My average body weight is 195. Bench 195X 2=390, squat and dead lift 195X3= 585. 390+585+585=1560. I feel this is a good formula for world class lifter qualifications. All we would have to do is add say 10% of body weight to total.
As for elite lifts and totals, I think they should be judged on what the majority of lifters in a class can do. Maybe take the top 25 lifters in each weight class and average their lifts. You are looking for the elite of the organization, not comparing to other orgs. Even if the elite number seemed low, that might attract lifters to gain the elite classification, that in turn would raise the standard for the next year. You could have a rule that the numbers can never come down, only go up. The elite standard could change each year, you could be elite 2006, elite 2007, ect.