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1.  The bar must be laid horizontally in front of the lifter’s feet, gripped with an optional grip in both hands, and lifted until the lifter is standing erect. The bar may stop but there must be no downward motion of the bar.

2. The lifter shall face the front of the platform.

3. On completion of the lift, the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the lifter shall be standing erect.

4. The head referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and  The audible command “Down”. The signal will not be given until the bar is held motionless and the lifter is in an apparent finished position.

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


Causes of Disqualification of a Deadlift

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

2.  Failure to stand erect.

3.  Failure to lock the knees straight at the completion of the lift.

4.  Supporting the bar on the thighs during the performance of the lift. ‘Supporting’ is defined as a body position adopted by the lifter that could not be maintained without the counterbalance of the weight being lifted.

5.  Movement of the feet laterally, backward or forward that would constitute a step or stumble.

6.  Lowering the bar before receiving the head referee’s signal.

7.  Allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining control with both hands.