The Rules of Kettlebell Competition
The 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.
2. The type of each competition is defined in the given meet’s regulations.
There are two types of events in competitions with 12, 16, 24, and 32kg kettlebells:
In men’s division two lift competition first the jerk is performed; the snatch is performed second.
In women’s division two lift competition the snatch is performed first; jerks are performed second.
The meet must be organized to allow at a rest period of at least 30 minutes between the two exercises. (jerks and snatches).
As long as the minimum standard listed above is observed, the exact duration of the rest period is to be determined by the head referee.
Each weight class must compete within one day.
The following groups of athletes are allowed to compete:
A competitor’s age is determined by his/her year of birth (as of Jan 1 of the current year rather than his actual birthday).
The competitors are divided into the following weight classes:
Each competitor may only compete in one weight class in any given meet.
The Weigh-in Procedure
The Rights and Responsibilities of a Competitor
The Competitor’s Outfit
The 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.
Only magnesia and/or chalk are allowed in kettlebell preparation.
Belts worn by competitors may not be cushioned, padded, or wrapped to provide extra support to the lifter.
Team Captains and Representatives
The 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
(1.38 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 bells.
Competitions are held on a platform (flat area).
Meet director(s) shall provide adequate flooring protection as well as a safe, stable, level lifting surface.
IV. The Referees’ Body
Original Version Date: July 18, 2004 Revised: July 4, 2005 Revised: August 23, 2006
The Chief Referee and his Deputies
1. The 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 results.
2. The head referee must:
3. The head referee has the right to:
4. The head referee’s deputy follows the directions of the head referee. In case of the latter’s absence, the former performs the latter’s responsibilities.
Note: The chief referee has no right to change the established competition procedure.
The Chief Secretary of the Meet
1. The chief secretary performs the following duties:
The Platform Referee
The platform referee performs the following duties:
Note. At international 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.
The secretary performs the following duties:
The referee-announcer performs the following duties:
The referee-with-the-competitors performs the following duties:
The Technical Inspector
The technical inspector performs the following duties:
The Meet Commandant (Director)
The 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.
NOTE: 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)
ALL COMPETITORS MUST SIGN LIABILTY WAIVERS AND RELEASE FORMS PROVIDED BY MEET DIRECTOR(S)
V. The Rules of the Lifts’ Performance
The 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.
The “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).
A repetition is not counted under the following conditions:
The long cycle clean-and-jerk with lowering of the kettlebells to hang after each repetition follows the same rules.
The 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.
Following the fixation the competitor must lower the kettlebell for the next repetition without allowing it to come in contact with his torso.
The "Stop" command is issued under the following conditions:
The lift is not counted if:
Revised: 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.
VI. Determining the Winners
The 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.
If several athletes have the same total, the advantage goes to the following:
The 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.
A competitor who received zero points in the jerk is not allowed to snatch.
In 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.).