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Power Sports Rules©(copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,2007, 2008-2013 by Rich & Tad Peters)

General Rules of Power Sports© by Rich Peters 1996-2007

No Supportive Equipment of any kind is allowed in Power Sports©. A standard, 4" wide lifting belt is allowed.

Power Sports© Full Meet consists of Strict Curl, Bench Press and Deadlift. The best lift in each of these events will be totaled for the lifters Total Score. A Lifter may enter the Strict Curl, Bench Press, Deadlift and/or Squat as individual events.

Power Sports was developed, copyrighted and started in 1996 by Rich Peters of NASA. Anyone interested in conducting an Officially Sanctioned "Power Sports©" Event should contact Rich Peters at P.O. Box 735, Noble, OK. 73068. No Power Sports Event shall be conducted without the expressed written consent of Rich Peters and/or NASA.


Strict Curl

1. The lifter shall face the front of the platform. The bar shall be held
horizontally across the thighs with the hands (palms outward) and fingers
gripping the bar and the feet flat on the platform with the knees locked and
arms fully extended.

Note: The staggering of the legs (one foot in front of the other) is allowed
as long as the knees are locked and feet are flat on the platform.

2. After removing the bar from the racks, the lifter must move backwards to
establish his position. The lifter shall wait in this position for the Chief
Referee's signal. The signal shall be given as soon as the lifter is
motionless and the bar properly positioned. The Chief Referee's signal shall
consist of an upward movement of the arm and the audible command "curl”.

*3. Upon receiving the Chief Referee's signal, the lifter must bring the bar
up to the fully curled position (bar near chin or throat with palms facing
backward). The knees must remain locked and the shoulders square or back
throughout the entire lift. *See Rule 10, Exceptions to this rule below.

4. On completion of the lift, the knees shall be locked in a straight
position and the shoulders square or back.

5. The legs and hips may not be used in any way for momentum to complete the
lift. Any thrusting of the legs or hips fore momentum is strictly forbidden.

6. The Chief Referee's signal shall consist of a downward movement of the
hand and the audible command "down." The signal will not be given until the
bar is held motionless and the lifter is in the apparent finished position.

7. When the lifter is motionless, the Chief Referee will give the signal to
replace the bar.
The signal to replace the bar will consist of a backward motion of the hand
and the audible command "rack."

8. Any rising of the bar or any deliberate attempt to do so will count as an

9. The Lifter may, at the Chief Referee's discretion, be given an additional
attempt at the same weight if failure in an attempt was due to an error by
one or more of the spotter loaders.

10. Exception to Rule 3- A Lifter who attempts a bodyweight Curl or above or who attempts in excess of 200 lbs may be given more discretion with the amount of back bend and hip involvement for balance/leverage purposes. This shall be a Judgment call by each of the 3 referees. It will be the judgment of each referee as to whether or not to much back bend, thrust or heaving is used by the Lifter. This rule was implemented after the records became virtually unbreakable. Lifters cannot protest Judgment Calls by Referees. (Added 1-1-09)

Causes for Disqualification of the Strict Curl©

1. Any downward movement of the bar before it reaches the final position.

2. Failure to stand erect with the shoulders square or back.

3. Failure to, keep the knees locked and straight at during the lift.

4. Stepping backward or forward or rocking feet between ball and heel.

5. Lowering or racking the bar before receiving the Chief Referee's signal.

6. Bouncing the bar off the thighs to start the upward motion


Bench Press Rules

Deadlift Rules

Power Press Rules (same Bench Press Rules apply in all NASA events)