World Kettlebell Club Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria
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The Judge has a serious job to do. Athletes have trained extremely hard for months (sometimes years) to display their best effort, on a certain date and time, for all the World to see, and the Judge greatly determines the validity of their performance. The first goal of the Judge is to control to the best of their ability the safety of the Lifter on the Platform. The goal of next importance is fairness to all the Lifters in regards to impartiality and "Judgement" of the Lifts. Simplification of the tasks of the Judge is important to the growth of the Sport of Kettlebell Lifting, so for that reason the Judge Board will discuss changes to the Official Rules of the World Kettlebell Club after the Meets. However, on the day of the Competition, the Judges ruling is final.

PLATFORM

The Lifting Stages should be no smaller than 5x5 (encouraged to be as big as possible) and be made of hard rubber and/or wood. There should be a minimum of 2 feet between Lifter Stages. There should be a chalk stand and a spray-bottle of clean water available to Lifters, and preferably 1 per Lifting Stage.

CLOTHING

The Lifter is permitted to wear any sponsored clothing and or markings that are not offensive to the general public. They may wear warmup suits before their Stage Time, but only approved clothing is permitted on the Lifter Stage. Approved clothing consists of shorts that expose the knees, and a shirt that covers the torso and shoes that tie or strap. Athletic underclothes like briefs, socks and sports bras are recommended.

LIFTER CONDUCT

The Lifter should respect fellow Competitors, Judges and the Audience. No profanity should be used, and any disputes should be directed to the Head Judge for future Competitions. Lifters should be "on-deck" and appear on the Lifter Stage immediately after the completion of the previous Lifters performance, ready for preparation of their kettlebells and Judge inspection. Dropping the kettlebells out of control should be avoided and any purposeful dropping at the conclusion of the performance could result in cancellation from future Events as a matter of safety.

GEAR

The gear of a Kettlebell Lifter is minimal. It's possible to perform the exercises without any special equipment, but approved gear includes knee and elbow sleeves/wraps, wrist wraps, sweatbands and headbands. Chalk is the only thing allowed for the hands, and a belt is permissible if it falls within the WKC specifications*. No gloves or tape permitted. If you choose to wear a belt, it cannot be used to assist the lift in any way. Resting the elbows on the belt or using it to launch the weight is not permitted and will result in a Stop at the Judge's discretion. It's strictly up to the Lifter to convince the Judge they are not using the belt illegally, and they should consult the Judge in the minutes before the performance to clarify that Judge's standards of proper use.

Specs:

Belt: <10 cm wide, <8 mm thick. Only WeightLifting or Kettlebell Lifting belts allowed

Chalk: Magnesium

Wrist or Elbow wraps: <1.5 meters long and 10 cm wide

Knee wraps: <25 cm wide


PROCESS OF JUDGING

The Judge should first take a moment to inspect the lifter, their equipment and introduce themselves, allowing the Lifter to hear the Judges voice. The Judge will give the Lifter a firm, clear and quick verbal COUNT, NO-COUNT or STOP! (e.g. 85!, 86!, 87!, NO-COUNT!, 88!, STOP!) Otherwise the Judge has no reason to speak with the Lifter, nor does the Lifter have reason to speak with the Judge during the performance unless a matter of safety, at which time the set can be terminated by either party and the situation dealt with.

COUNT

A verbal count is given by the Judge when the Lifter gives a satisfactory repetition of an exercise (see below for each exercise description). The Judge should do their best to determine the lockout and final fixation, and develop a count rhythm if the lifter continues to show control, as to not hold them. If the lifter is unable to stop movement of the kettlebell quickly, the Judge may hold them until such time they fix the kettlebell by withholding the count. If the Lifter returns the kettlebells from lockout and fixation before the Judge issues the count, the repetition can be judged "no-count".

NO-COUNT

If a verbal no-count is given, the Lifter must return to rack and determine on their own what the cause of the foul was and correct it. A yellow flag signals visually to the lifter they have been given a no-count, and that they should proceed with caution and clean up the execution of the exercise for the next considered repetition.

A repetition is not counted under the following conditions:

The exercises are executed as an uninterrupted movement. (i.e. no press-outs)

The kettlebells are Jerked from the chest alternately

• The position of the arms changed during the first dip before the Jerk

• There is no fixation in the starting position or the lockout.

STOP

If a verbal stop is given, the Lifter must set the kettlebell(s) down and remove themselves from the Platform area immediately until such time the other competitors finish and their time runs out. The Lifter's results will be frozen at the time of the violation. A red flag signals visually to the Lifter to stop execution and leave the Lifter Stage. 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 (short cycle Jerk only).

FIXATION

Fixation is the final factor in a Judge issuing a count. It proves proficiency for fairness, and aids in safety for the Lifters. The Lifter must control the kettlebell(s) at lockout. A noticeable pause, without wobble or bounce, must be displayed. The Judge may at their discretion anticipate the stable pause and give the qualified lifter a quick count, but at any time the Judge may hold the count if the Lifter fails to control the Kettlebell(s).

HAND VIOLATION

The Lifter is not permitted to touch the kettlebell with the non-working hand, and is further disallowed to use the non-working hand as any support for the execution of the exercise (i.e. on the knee, ground). It is permitted to adjust clothing, clear sweat or scratch an itch etc.

JERK

The Kettlebell Jerk is defined as Lifting two Kettlebells overhead from the "Rack" position with use of the legs via a "double-dip" action. The Lifter must first "Clean" the Kettlebells from the floor to the "Rack" one time, but it is legal to adjust the grip before beginning the first repetition by Cleaning the Kettlebells to the shoulders, and then back to the Rack for the start of the performance. A repetition is counted when the arms are first locked out overhead, parallel to the head, followed by the legs being locked out, with a final fixation of the Kettlebells. The Kettlebells must be returned to the rack position before commencing the next repetition. The Lifter may not rest the Kettlebells on top of their shoulders during the performance, however the lifter may adjust their grip on the Kettlebells by rolling the Kettlebells off the shoulders in one continuous movement to the rack position.

SNATCH

The Kettlebell Snatch is defined as lifting one Kettlebell overhead from the "Swing" action in one continuous movement. A repetition is counted when the legs are locked out, the working arm is locked out and parallel to the head, with a final fixation of the Kettlebell. The Kettlebell must be returned to the Swing position in one continuous movement, and although the Lifter may Swing the Kettlebell one or multiple times before Snatching, they may not rest with the Kettlebell in a hanging position. The Lifter may not touch the Kettlebell to their body or touch the body with the non-working arm.

LONG CYCLE

The Kettlebell LongCycle is defined as lifting two Kettlebells in two different phases, the "Clean", followed by a "Jerk", to comprise one exercise cycle. In the first phase, the Lifter must Clean the Kettlebells between the legs directly to the Rack position, not to the shoulders. In the second phase, the lifter must Jerk the Kettlebells overhead from that same rack position. A repetition is counted when the arms are first locked out overhead, parallel to the head, followed by the legs being locked out, with a final fixation of the Kettlebells. The Kettlebells are then returned to the rack position, then swung between the legs for another Clean to the rack position and another Jerk. The Lifter may not rest the Kettlebells on top of their shoulders or rest with the Kettlebells in a hanging position during the performance, however the lifter may adjust their grip on the Kettlebells by rolling the Kettlebells off the shoulders in one continuous movement to the rack position.

ONE ARM JERK

The Kettlebell One Arm Jerk is defined as Lifting one Kettlebells overhead from the "Rack" position with use of the legs via a "double-dip" action. The Lifter must first "Clean" the Kettlebell from the floor to the "Rack" one time, but it is legal to adjust the grip before beginning the first repetition by Cleaning the Kettlebell to the shoulder, and then back to the Rack for the start of the performance. A repetition is counted when the arm is first locked out overhead, parallel to the head, followed by the legs being locked out, with a final fixation of the Kettlebell. The Kettlebell must be returned to the rack position before commencing the next repetition. The Lifter may not rest the Kettlebell on top of their shoulder during the performance, however the lifter may adjust their grip on the Kettlebell by rolling the Kettlebells off the shoulder in one continuous movement to the rack position.

ONE ARM LONGCYCLE

The Kettlebell One Arm LongCycle is defined as lifting one Kettlebell in two different phases, the "One Arm Clean", followed by a " One Arm Jerk", to comprise one exercise cycle. In the first phase, the Lifter must Clean the Kettlebell between the legs directly to the Rack position, not to the shoulder. In the second phase, the lifter must Jerk the Kettlebell overhead from that same rack position. A repetition is counted when the arm is first locked out overhead, parallel to the head, followed by the legs being locked out, with a final fixation of the Kettlebell. The Kettlebell is then returned to the rack position, then swung between the legs in preparation for another Clean to the rack position and then another Jerk. The Lifter may not rest the Kettlebell on top of their shoulder or rest with the Kettlebell in a hanging position during the performance, however the lifter may adjust their grip on the Kettlebell by rolling the Kettlebell off the shoulders in one continuous movement to the rack position

CHAIR PRESS

The Chair Press is defined as lifting two Kettlebells overhead from the rack position without the use of the legs, while sitting in a chair/bench without a back support. The Lifter must first clean the Kettlebells to the shoulders while standing, then sit in the chair/bench, and then return the kettlebells to the rack for the start of the first repetition. A repetition is counted when the arms are first locked out overhead, parallel to the head, with a final fixation of the Kettlebells. The Kettlebells must be returned to the rack position before commencing the next repetition. The Lifter may not rest the Kettlebells on top of their shoulders during the performance, however the lifter may adjust their grip on the Kettlebells by rolling the Kettlebells off the shoulders in one continuous movement to the rack position.

ONE ARM CHAIR PRESS

The One Arm Chair Press is defined as lifting one Kettlebell overhead from the rack position without the use of the legs, while sitting in a chair/bench without a back support. The Lifter must first clean the Kettlebell to the shoulder while standing, then sit in the chair/bench, and then return the kettlebell to the rack for the start of the first repetition. A repetition is counted when the arm is first locked out overhead, parallel to the head, with a final fixation of the Kettlebell. The Kettlebell must be returned to the rack position before commencing the next repetition. The Lifter may not rest the Kettlebell on top of their shoulder during the performance, however the lifter may adjust their grip on the Kettlebell by rolling the Kettlebell off the shoulder in one continuous movement to the rack position.

RACK POSITION

The rack position is universal for all exercises. It is defined as the position when the arm(s) are bent and the upper part of the arm is making contact with the torso while holding the Kettlebell(s). This is considered from the chest. The Lifter may not rest/park the Kettlebell(s) on the shoulders after the start of the first repetition. It is permissible to "Clean" the Kettlebells to the shoulder(s) on the initial start of the Jerk only.


Definitions

SWING

The Swing action is defined as a back and forth motion of the arm with the shoulder acting as the hinge.

CLEAN

The Clean action is defined as a Swing action of the Kettlebell, catching it in the "Rack" position.

DOUBLE DIP

The double-dip action is defined as a quick two part movement that begins with a short range squat (first dip), followed by a push of the Kettlebell(s) out of the rack, a quick reversal away from the Kettlebell (second dip) as it launches upwards from the push, the arm locks out, and then legs are straightened.

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.