I work for the fitness and recreation department at a university and we are planning a powerlifting competition for our students. Unfortunately, not one person (including myself) in the committee organizing this competition has ever competed and we have many questions on how exactly to run an efficient meet. We are following the IPF rulebook as closely as possible for guidance.
One problem we have not resolved yet is how to distribute weight classes. In the rulebook, there are 11 categories for men and 10 for women. We were thinking about straying from this and creating our own categories to better represent our student body. We don?t expect many lifters and we thought 21 different classes would distribute the competitors too thinly. One popular solution was to have two categories- a best overall lift and a best ?pound for pound? for bench, squat, and total. What do you guys think of this?
Also, we would like to bring in officials to judge the lifts. We are not sure where to start or who to contact about officials. Lastly, how much are typical entry fees for a small competition such as this? Thank you for your help.