(Frequently Asked Questions)
We will update this page regularly with answers to questions we receive in the lead-up to the competition. Click the question to expand and show the answer. Post new questions in the comments below.
If I do not turn 35 until my birthday in 2015, can I use a competition in 2014 to attain my qualifying total?
Yes … as long as the competition took place within the qualifying period, it satisfies the qualifying requirement.
Can lifts in AAU competitions be used to satisfy the necessary qualifying totals?
Qualifying lifts must be made in USAW-sanctions meets. Lifts in AAU competitions may be used ONLY IF the competition is also sanctioned by USAW.
If I qualify based on being a former National Champion, do I still have to use the minimum opening lifts for my age and weight at National Masters?
If my lifts in the National Masters do not total at least the qualifying amount, am I still eligible for a medal?
Yes. As long as you successfully complete at least one snatch and one clean & jerk, you are eligible for placement.
Can I register for the meet if I have not yet posted a qualifying total?
No, you cannot register before posting a qualifying total unless you are a former National Champion.
If I qualify and register at a particular weight and then later want to compete in a different weight class, can I change the registration to the new weight?
Yes, once you qualify for any weight class, you will be able to compete in different class, but you will have to use the minimum opening lifts for that new class.
Why do I get a number substantially less than 300 when I add the number of lifters on the Received Entries list to the number of registration spots still available on the Registration Form?
Not being sure how many people would use the on-line entry method and how many would prefer to mail in entries, we have initially withheld about 90 spots for use by those without Internet access (or confidence) to give them a chance to mail paper entries that they get from the Masters Newsletter. Through the month of October and into early November, we will return batches of those to the on-line availability on a regular basis. But for about the first month, we do not want to give too much of an advantage to the “wired” lifters.
Where can I get a list of sanctioned events in my area that I can use to qualify for National Masters?
Events listed on the this USA Weightlifting page all serve to qualify for the 2015 National Masters Championships (provided they occur within the qualifying period). Make sure to check that list regularly, as competitions can get added to it with as little as ten days’ notice.