Harper College

Squat Competition Official Rules

First Annual Squat Competition; Wednesday, March 8, 7 - 9 p.m.

Harper College Health and Recreation Center’s Squat Competition will be a powerlifting style meet in which each participant will be allowed a total of 3 attempts to squat with appropriate form for one maximum repetition. Classes will be divided into male and female weight classes.

1. Event Details & Registration

1.1 Wednesday, March 8 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Harper College Health and Recreation Center (Building M) Fitness Floor located at 1200 West Algonquin Road Palatine, IL 60067.
1.2 Participation Fee: Health and Recreation Center Members $10; Non-Members $20; Registrants will receive an event t-shirt.
1.3 Last day to register will be Wednesday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m.
1.4 Non-Member spectators are required to check-in at the Health and Recreation Center Welcome Desk. No fee is required to observe this event, but spectators are limited to the fitness floor annex and public restrooms. Children under the age of 14, must be accompanied by an adult 18 years and over.
1.5 Weigh-ins MUST be completed on the day of the event between 4 – 6 p.m. at the weigh-in table located in M2400. No early or late weigh-ins will be performed; therefore if a competitor doesn’t weigh in between 4 – 6 p.m., they forfeit competing in the event.
1.6 Warm-up begins 30 minutes before competition at 6:30 p.m.
1.7 Registration is accepted online or in-person at the welcome desk.
1.8 Awards ceremony will begin immediately after competition ends or however long it takes the judges to determine the winners.
1.9 For questions or concerns, please contact Harper College Health and Recreation Center welcome desk at 847.925.6825 or email Ryan Zydek zr07287@harpercollege.edu.

2. Player Eligibility

2.1 Participants include Health and Recreation Center members and non-members.
2.2 Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
2.3 In order to participate all individuals MUST pay the fee in full based on their status (member or non-member).
2.4 Participants will be asked to present, on the day of the event at Welcome Desk, their active Harper Student ID, Health and Recreation Center ID Card and/or Harper College Employee ID. Additional verification may be requested such as a driver’s license/state ID for identification purposes.

3. Judging

3.1 The formula used to determine the winners will be:

  • Weight squatted/body weight = adjusted % value
  • Example: 260/144.5 = 179.93%

3.2 Trophies will be given to the top male and female OVERALL winners.
3.3 Smaller trophies will be given to the first place male and female in each weight class.
3.4 Overall male and female winners will be pulled out of his/her weight class division to prevent a double win.
3.5 Judges will be appointed by the Director of Campus Recreation at Harper College. These judges will be in absolute control of the lifting portion of the event. For other decisions and rulings not outlined in our Squat Competition Rules, the Director of Campus Recreation makes any and all final decisions.

4. Weight Classes

4.1 Competition will be divided into men's and women's divisions with the following weight classes (note that ALL classes are subject to change based on the number of entries in each division):

Male (6 categories)
148lbs & under
149 – 165lbs
166 – 182lbs
183 – 199lbs
200 – 216lbs
217lbs and above

Female (3 categories)
129lbs & under
130 – 149lbs
150lbs & over

4.2 Participants must compete in their weight class regardless of the number of participants in that class. 
4.3 Each participant's official weight will be determined on the day of the tournament during weigh-in and measured to the tenth of the pound (xxx.x pounds).

5. Equipment and Clothing

5.1 The tournament will use a scale, bench, bar, and weights supplied by Harper College Health and Recreation Center. All lifters must wear athletic shoes — cleats, construction boots, open heel/toe shoes will NOT be permitted. 
5.2 Participants are required to dress in recreation attire. No excessively loose-fitting clothes may be worn.

5.3 No inappropriate slogans of any kind on clothing.   
5.4 Weight belts and wrist wraps will be permitted.
5.5 Chalk is allowed and will be provided by Harper College.
5.6 Power lifting grips and gloves will NOT be permitted.
5.7 Any questions about equipment or attire must be addressed during weigh-in only. If a lifter competes wearing or using any item that is illegal or not approved, the lifter will lose credit for that lift and may be disqualified from the competition.

6. Lifting Procedures

6.1 Each lifter will have three (3) attempts.

6.2 Lifters will declare the weight of their first attempt during weigh-ins. The weight submitted for the first attempt may be changed one time. The change may take place at any time up to five minutes before the start of the tournament. The weights for their second and third attempts must be submitted within one minute of completing the preceding attempt. 

6.3 The bar will be loaded progressively on the principle of a rising bar. At no time will the bar be reduced except for errors made by the tournament staff.
6.4 The lifting order will be determined by the weight class and the lifter's choice of weight on their first attempt. The order will remain the same in the second and third attempts.
6.5 Whether successful or unsuccessful with an attempt, a lifter must wait until all other competitors have completed that round before attempting next weight.
6.6 If the equipment becomes disarranged during an attempt and the attempt is successful, the attempt will be accepted. If the attempt is unsuccessful, the lifter may be granted a further attempt at the same weight.
6.7 The bar shall be held horizontally across the shoulders, hands and fingers gripping the bar. The hands may be positioned anywhere on the bar inside and or in contact with the inner collars.
6.8 NO front squat grips.

7. Before the Lift

7.1 Spotters will be designated by Harper College Health and Recreation Center staff.
7.2 If a lifter prefers to use their own spotter, that spotter needs to check in with Harper College Health and Recreation Center staff and sign a waiver (if not a member of the Harper College Recreation Center).
7.3 Collars must always be used for each lift.
7.4 Competitor will be called to the bar with the audible command “BAR IS READY”, which means you are up and you have 1 minute to get in position.
7.5 . After removing the bar from the racks, (the lifter may be aided in removal of the bar from the racks by the spotter / loaders) the lifter must move backwards to establish the starting position.
7.6 When the lifter is motionless, erect (slight deviation is allowable) with knees locked the Head Judge will give the signal to begin the lift. 

7.7 For reasons of safety the lifter will be requested to “Replace” the bar, together with a backward movement of the arm, if after a period of five seconds he is not in the correct position to begin the lift.

8. During the Lift

8.1 Upon receiving the Head Judge’s signal the lifter must remove the bar from the racks and get into proper starting position.

8.2 The signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and the audible command “SQUAT”.
8.3 After the signal to "SQUAT" has been given, the lifter must bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip joint is lower than the top of the knees. Only decent is allowed. The lifter must recover at will to an upright position with the knees locked.

8.4 When the lifter is motionless (in the apparent final position) the Head Judge will give the signal to rack the bar.
8.5 The following will result in the disqualification of a lift:

a.) Failure to observe the Head Judge’s signals at the commencement or completion of a lift.

b.)  Double bouncing at the bottom of the lift, or any downward movement during the ascent.

c.) Failure to assume an upright position with the knees locked at the commencement or completion of the lift.

d.) Stepping backward or forward or moving the feet laterally. Rocking the feet between the ball and heel is permitted.

e.) Failure to bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip joint is lower than the top of the knees.

f.) Contact with the bar or the lifter by the spotter/loaders between the Chief Referee’s signals in order to make the lift easier

g.) Contact of the elbows or upper arms with the legs. Slight contact is permitted if there is no supporting that might aid the lifter.

h.) Any dropping or dumping of the bar after completion of the lift.

8.6 Each referee will use a thumbs-up for a "good lift" and a thumbs-down for a "no lift".



Last Updated: 12/14/23