Types of Competition Events
Half-Marathon. A 30 minutes event. The athlete must last the time required of the event. If an athlete puts the kettlebell down before the 30 minutes are over, he will be disqualified.
Marathon. A 60 minutes event. The athlete must last the time required of the event. If an athlete puts the kettlebell down before the 60 minutes are over, he will be disqualified.
A digital or verbal count is given by the Judge when the Lifter gives a satisfactory repetition in any given exercise.
Proper fixation and alignment must be displayed by the athlete before a count can be given.
If a “No-Count” is given, the Lifter must return to the starting position and determine on their own what the cause of the foul was and correct it. The judge may give brief keywords to help the lifter.
Some examples of why a repetition may not be counted:
- there is a definite press out to the lockout
- there is no fixation in the starting position or the overhead position
- there is no alignment in the overhead position
- not separating and completing the Clean during Long Cycle/ rebounding out of the rack position
- touching/ supporting the kettlebell or body with the free hand
- violating the rules in any way
If a verbal “Stop” is given, the athlete must set the kettlebell down and remove himself from the Platform area.
Terminating a set (voluntarily or not) before the end of the event’s duration voids results (disqualification).
The “Stop” command is issued if:
- the kettlebell is put down or touches the platform
- any other body part except the athlete’s feet touch the platform
- the athlete leaves the platform
- the athlete switches sides but fails to complete at least 1 full repetition
- violating the rules twice for the resting positions
- the athlete’s technique is deemed unsafe
- If a competitor lifts the kettlebells from the platform before the “START” command, they will be issued the command “STOP AND RESTART” by their platform judge.
The competitor must then place the kettlebells back down on the platform surface and start their set again. No repetition performed before the competitor restarts will be counted.
It is allowed:
- to rest in the rack position
- to rest in the overhead position
- to rest while keeping the kettlebell in motion with low amplitude swings (outside or inside the legs)
It is prohibited:
- to rest with the kettlebell on the shoulder or against the legs
- to rest statically in the dead hang position
In case of a resting position violation, a no count will be issued for the first offence only. If the athlete violates the rules twice, the judge will issue a “STOP” command.
It is permitted to adjust clothing, clear sweat or scratch an itch etc.
However, it is not permitted to either:
- touch or support the kettlebell with the free hand
- use the free hand as a support for the execution of the exercise (i.e. touching the body)
In case of a hand violation, a no count will be issued.
Switching sides can be done with an extra swing(s) or without.
For jerk only: switching (and extra swings) may be done with 2 hands on the kettlebell until the athlete returns to the rack position. If the athlete drops the kettlebell from the rack, he must switch sides.
For Snatch and Long Cycle: switching with a swing must be done with 1 hand on the kettlebell. If switching without extra swing (speed switch), there can only be 2 hands on the downward portion of the switch, to avoid assistance of the free hand on the upward portion of the lift.
For LC and snatch/ half snatch to qualify as a legal repetition, each lift must be start between the legs AND end at the lockout. This means the speed switch is only allowed on the way down, not the way up.
In case of a violation, a no count will be issued.
Switching sides is unlimited but must always be followed by at least 1 full repetition. Not completing a repetition after a switch will result in the judge issuing a “STOP” command.
Definition: The body is aligned and still, with full knee and elbow extension; the kettlebell is still.
Fixation is the final factor in a Judge issuing a Count. It proves proficiency in the lift and keeps the event fair.
The Lifter must control the kettlebel in the overhead position. A noticeable pause, without rotation, wobble or drifting must be displayed.
Being fatigued later in the set is no excuse for poor fixation. Fixation is the end of the rep.
Definition: Alignment is reached when the lifter is standing up straight, squared up with hips and shoulders, and the upper arm is in line with the head/neck.
There must be NO excessive side lean or rotation. The whole body must face in the same direction.
Lack of alignment results in a no-count.
Athletes who cannot straighten the elbow must take the issue with the judge before they lift, and every lockout must look the same.
If the Lifter is unable to fixate the kettlebell, once it has reached the proper alignment, the Judge will still issue a No-Count.
There are 2 formats for official competitions:
30 min – KETTLEBELL HALF MARATHON
60 min- KETTLEBELL MARATHON
In both cases, if an athlete puts the kettlebell down before the time is over, he is disqualified.
Both events are done with a single kettlebell and multiple (unlimited) hand switch.
There are 4 disciplines for competition events to chose from:
- Long Cycle
- Half snatch
3. AGE GROUPS
Age is calculated according to the athlete’s year of birth, NOT the actual birthday.
There 7 age groups:
- Junior 1 (U15): up to 14 (up to national competition level only)
- Junior 2 (U19): 15-18
- Open division: 19-39
- Veteran 1: 40-49
- Veteran 2: 50-59
- Veteran 3: 60-69
- Veteran 4: 70+
Athletes are always allowed compete in the open division at their own risk and decision
4. WEIGHT GROUPS
There are 2 weight divisions for juniors U15:
- -45, +45kg for girls
- -55, +55kg for boys
There are 3 weight divisions for all other athletes (U19 to veterans):
- -60, 60-70, +70kg for women
- -75, 75-85, +85kg for men
5. DRESS CODE
- Competitors must wear appropriate footwear and attire.
- Athletes must compete with bare hands.
- Long arm tops and pants (even skin tight) are prohibited.
- Shirt sleeves must not cover the elbows.
- Shorts must be above the knee.
- Competing in bare feet or open-toed shoes is prohibited.
- A weightlifting belt, no wider than 12 cm, may be worn on top of clothing.
- Wrist wraps, no wider than 12 cm, may be used.
- Neoprene knee sleeves or knee braces and elbow sleeves are allowed.
- Headphones are not allowed.
- A chalk belt may be used.
- Competitors must take care of their own magnesium chalk needs. The venue does not have to supply chalk.
6. SCORING DETAILS
Each repetition counts for 1 point. The athlete with the highest point wins his division.
In the event of a tie, the victory will be awarded to the competitor with the lowest bodyweight at the time of weigh-in (or in some cases, after the flight is over).
NOTE: the Ultimate Girevik League uses a kettlebell size coefficient system and other specific rules.
7. COACH/ASSISTANTS CONDUCT
- Each competitor is allowed to designate one (1) person as their coach/ assistant.
- An assistant may give chalk, water or food to the athlete while he rests in a legal position or keeps on lifting.
- Assistants must stay by the judge’s table or behind the athlete until called upon.
- A coach is not allowed to speak to or interact in any way with the platform judge.
- A coach is not allowed to speak to, harass, or try to distract another competitor in any way.
- Coaches must conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times. No outbursts of profanity are allowed.
- If a coach violates any of the above rules they will be asked to leave the coaching area immediately, and will not be allowed to coach any other competitors for the remainder of the event. Any subsequent violation will earn instant removal from the venue.
Please note that these competition rules will be updated in 2017.