Rules of Girevoy Sport Competition
Competition Classification and Events
1. Girevoy sport
competitions are classified into: a) Individual; b) Team; c)
Individual and team combined.
In an individual
competition only the personal results of a competitor are factored
in; they determine his place in the meet. In team and
individual/team meets the results of each competitor, as well as that
of his team,are factored in to determine the placement of
individual competitors and teams.
The type of each competition is defined in the given meet’s
are two types of events in competitions with 12, 16, 24, and 32kg
jerk of two kettlebells from the chest with two arms and the snatch
of a kettlebell with one and then the other arm.
jerk of two kettlebells from the chest with two arms with lowering
of the kettlebells to a hang and a clean after each lift (the long
men’s division two lift competition first the jerk is performed;
the snatch is performed second.
women’s division two lift competition the snatch is performed
first; jerks are performed second.
meet must be organized to allow at a rest period of at least 30
minutes between the two exercises. (jerks and snatches).
long as the minimum standard listed above is observed, the exact
duration of the rest period is to be determined by the head referee.
weight class must compete within one day.
The Competitors’ Age
following groups of athletes are allowed to compete:
(14-18 years of age)
than 18 years of age)
(over 40 years of age)
competitor’s age is determined by his/her year of birth (as of Jan
1 of the current year rather than his actual birthday).
competitors are divided into the following weight classes:
Youths (in kg)
Men, juniors, masters (in kg)
Women, juniors, masters (in kg)
competitor may only compete in one weight class in any given meet.
The weigh-in begins two hours before the start of the competition
and lasts an hour.
A dedicated room is provided for the weigh-in. The referees and one
official representative from each team are allowed to be present.
The weigh-in of the competitors in any given weight class is
conducted by the referees who are about to referee that particular
Each competitor is weighed in once. A competitor who did not make
his weigh class during the first weigh-in is allowed another
weigh-in. Naked weigh-ins are not mandatory, but no allowances will
be given for clothing.
During the mandate commission the order in which the competitors
will be lifting is determined by a draw.
Rights and Responsibilities of a Competitor
The competitor must be familiar with the competition rules and
the regulations of the given meet.
The competitor may address the referees’ commission only through
his team representative, the captain, or the
The competitor must observe strict discipline, be respectful to
other competitors, spectators, and referees. A competitor who does
not show up for the rules briefing is removed from the competition.
The competitor is forbidden from using any devices that ease lifting
of the kettlebell(s).
The competitor has the right to prepare the kettlebells before his
attempt. It is done in a specially designated space visible to the
The competitor has the right to endorse a commercial product. He or
his team’s representative needs permission from the host
organization and the referees.
competitor shall wear shorts and a T-shirt or a lifter’s singlet
and athletic shoes. Briefs must be worn underneath. Weightlifting
belts no wider than 10cm(4inches) and wraps no longer than 1.5m are
allowed. The wraps may be applied to an area no wider than 10cm on
the wrists and 25cm on the knees. Wrist and knee braces are allowed.
magnesia and/or chalk are allowed in kettlebell preparation.
worn by competitors may not be cushioned, padded, or wrapped to
provide extra support to the lifter.
Captains and Representatives
Each organization participating in an individual/team or team
competition must have a representative.
The representative appointed by the team leader is responsible for
the members’ discipline and showing up at the competition.
The representative is present at the weigh-in of his team, at the
drawing of the lot order, and the deliberations of the referees
provided the representatives are allowed to these deliberations.
During the competition the representatives must remain in a
specially designated for them area or among the competitors.
If a team does not have a representative the team’s captain takes
over the duties.
The representative (captain) has the right to address issues and
protests related only to his team’s members to the referees’
weight of the kettlebells may not deviate by more than 0.5 KG (+or--)
from the specified weight and the handle of the kettlebell can be no
less than 35 mm
inches) in diameter or 110 mm in circumference (4.33 inches). The
meet director has the final say as to which bells can be used as well
as determining a method for which lifter uses which of the available
are held on a platform (flat area).
director(s) shall provide adequate flooring protection as well as a
safe, stable, level lifting surface.
The Referees’ Body
The referees’ body is staffed by the organization conducting the
The referees’ body consists of the chief referee and the
referee-fixators (one per platform).
A girevoy sport referee must be very familiar with these rules and
know how to use them in a competition. He must be objective in his
decisions, serve as an example of discipline and organization; he
must be familiar with the regulations for a given meet.
The organization conducting the competition will provide a
commandant to take care of the competition logistics.
Version Date: July 18, 2004 Revised: July 4, 2005 Revised: August 23,
Chief Referee and his Deputies
chief referee manages the work of the referees’ body. He is
responsible for the following to the organization hosting the meet:
good organization, discipline, and safety of the competition,
providing equal conditions to all competitors, strict adherence to
the existing rules, objective judging, scoring, and tallying of the
head referee must:
a meeting with the members of the referees’ body and a seminar
with the representatives regarding the rules of the competition and
the appropriate hardware;
with the jury, determine the tasks of the referees’ body and the
the competition and solve any political issues;
the referees during the meet and when determining the winners;
on any petitions and protests.
a report and the required documentation to the organization
conducting the competition within five days;
and conduct a meeting of the referees’ body in the course of the
head referee has the right to:
the schedule of the competition should the need arise;
the competitors whose technical preparation, dress code, or
equipment does not meet the requirements specified in the rules or
the regulations for the given meet.
head referee’s deputy follows the directions of the head referee.
In case of the latter’s absence, the former performs the latter’s
The chief referee has no right to change the established competition
Chief Secretary of the Meet
chief secretary performs the following duties:
the necessary technical documentation and assures that it is proper;
protocols of the meetings of the referees’ body and files the
directions and decisions of the head referee;
the head referee’s permission passes on information about the
competition to the referee-announcer, team representatives, and the
all the competition paperwork;
the head referee with the materials necessary for the referee’s
track and records the decisions on protests.
platform referee performs the following duties:
the weigh-in of the competitors of the weight class he
responsible for judging;
the proper appearance and dress code of each competitor;
and clearly announces the number of legally performed repetitions;
technically incorrect lifts with “No count”;
announces the final result of each competitor in each lift.
competitions and national championships each platform gets appointed
two referees; one is the senior and he keeps the score. His assistant
counts the repetitions and makes the protocol. The final result is
determined by a joint decision of both referees.
secretary performs the following duties:
out the competitors’ cards at the weigh-in (the weigh-in protocol)
and makes a protocol of the competition for the given weight class
on the platform;
competitors to the platform and gives a heads up to the competitors
whose turn is coming up.
referee-announcer performs the following duties:
the decisions of the jury;
the results of the competition to the competitors and the
referee-with-the-competitors performs the following duties:
a roll call of the competitors, checks their dress code, and
presents the results of the inspection to the head secretary;
up the competitors and introduces them in the order of their draw;
the competitors that it is their time to enter the platform in a
as an intermediary between the competitors and the referees’ body;
the preparation of the kettlebells.
technical inspector performs the following duties:
the kettlebells together with the chief referee’s deputy and makes
a protocol of their correspondence to the competition rules;
in charge of the technical condition of the kettlebells and
Meet Commandant (Director)
meet commandant is responsible for timely preparation of the
equipment (platforms, kettlebells, scales, etc.), places of
competition, places for the competitors, spectators, referees, and
the media. He is responsible for the space layout. He provides the
technical means, banners, logos, etc. for the competitors’
presentation and takes orders from the chief referee and the
representative of the host organization.
if necessary (due to manpower limitations), the responsibilities of
the positions of chief referee, chief secretary, secretary,
announcer, referee with competitors, and technical inspector will be
fulfilled by the meet director(s)
COMPETITORS MUST SIGN LIABILTY WAIVERS AND RELEASE FORMS PROVIDED BY
The Rules of the Lifts’ Performance
2 min before his attempt the competitor is called to the platform. A
ten second countdown is given –10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 –and
is followed by the “Start” command.
The competitor is allowed 10 min per lift. The referee-secretary
announces every minute. After 9 min he announces 30 sec, 50s etc,
and each of the last five seconds.
The “Stop” command is issued after 10min. The repetitions
performed afterwards are not counted; the competitor must terminate
The referee on the platform announces every legally performed
If the repetition is not technically acceptable, the referee on the
platform gives the “No count” command and continues counting the
legally performed repetitions.
A competitor is forbidden to talk during his attempt.
jerk from the chest is performed from the initial position that
specifies that the upper arms are pressed against the body and the
legs are straight. During the fixation of the kettlebells overhead
the arms, the torso, and the legs must be straight.
“Stop” command is issued if the kettlebell(s) are set on the
shoulder joint(s) or the platform, or if the lifter allows the
kettlebell(s) to fall from the racked position – recleaning the
kettlebell(s) is not permitted(short cycle).
repetition is not counted under the following conditions:
jerk is performed as an interrupted movement, i.e. with a press-out
or a second jerk;
kettlebells are jerked from the chest alternately;
position of the arms changed during the first dip before the jerk;
is no fixation in the starting position or the lockout.
long cycle clean-and-jerk with lowering of the kettlebells to hang
after each repetition follows the same rules.
lift is performed in one movement. The competitor must lift the
kettlebell with one uninterrupted movement and pause with it overhead
with his arm straight. The arm, the legs, and the torso must be
straight during the fixation.
the fixation the competitor must lower the kettlebell for the next
repetition without allowing it to come in contact with his torso.
"Stop" command is issued under the following conditions:
kettlebell is set on the shoulder*
kettlebell is set on the platform.
lift is not counted if:
lift is finished with a press-out;
is a lack of fixation overhead; the free arm or some other part of
body touches the platform, the kettlebell, the working arm, the
legs, or the torso.
July 4, 2005 Revised: August 23, 2006
The kettlebell MAY be lowered to the shoulder before switching hands;
when switching the kettlebell it is permissible to grip the handle
with both hands during the exchange.
Determining the Winners
winner in each weight class is determined by the highest total in
both lifts. In the men’s division the snatch the score is
determined by adding the number of reps performed with each arm and
dividing by two. Example: 40 right + 38 left =78, 78/2=39. In the
women’s division the snatch score is determined by adding the
totals reps performed with each arm. Example 35 right + 35 left =70.
several athletes have the same total, the advantage goes to the
competitor who had the lighter weight at the weigh-in;
competitor who lifted earlier as determined by the draw;
competitor who has the lighter weight following the competition.
representative of the team of the competitor in question may protest
a decision of the referee of the platform; it must be given to the
jury before the next competitor enters the platform. The competition
is stopped for the duration.
competitor who received zero points in the jerk is not allowed to
a team competition the winner is determined by the highest number of
points by the participating competitors. The points are calculated
according to the rules specified in the meet’s regulations
(according to the M. V. Starodubtsev’s table, based on the places
in the competition, the total of all lifts, etc.).