by Al Myers
A new, updated USAWA Rulebook is now available. It is located on the website, under the top heading “Rulebook”. It is available as a pdf download, or available in hard copy form which can be ordered from the USAWA online store.
This is the 7th Edition of the USAWA Rulebook. Since 2009 there has been an updated Rulebook available every year based on the rule changes that occurred at the Annual Meeting. Before that there were only 2 Rulebooks printed in the previous 20 years plus. The current Rulebook is always the one to follow in terms of the current rules and regulations of the USAWA. This year only one new official USAWA lift was added – the Old Time Strongman Lift the Hackenschmidt Floor Press. The major changes in the Rulebook were the addition of two sections – Official Scoring and National Championships Guidelines. Both of these sections were very warranted as they contain several of the previous “unwritten rules” of the USAWA, and everyone knows how I dislike unwritten rules! An appendix was also added which contains the Lynch Factor Chart, weigh-in forms, and meet scoresheets. The USAWA Bylaws are also included in this Rulebook.
I also added a few new pictures to our great Rulebook. I feel very good about the progress our Rulebook has made over these past few years. It is still far from perfect, but at least now when problems are addressed as they occur and decisions are made to rectify the situation – it happens. I always welcome comments from the membership concerning questions or misunderstanding of statements in the Rulebook if they appear to be confusing. Only through this diligence can the Rulebook continue to be improved!