Competition Rules of Chin-Up Repetitions

1.0 General

The competitor attempts to do as many continuous chin-up repetitions as possible with his/her own body weight. The competitor has one competitive attempt plus possible extra rounds in case of tie results for competitors who weight the same and place in the top 3. The result is the number of valid chin-up repetitions.

2.0 Competion License

A valid Competition License is required in all competitions organized by the Finnish Chin-Up Association.

Any person participating in Men’s, Women’s or Masters’ (over 40 years) competitions must sign an antidoping agreement with the Finnish Chin-Up Association at least three monts prior to his/her first competition. Additionally, the annual fee of the Competition License must be paid by the date of the competition.

Any person participating in Youth’s (under 19 years) competitions may alternatively obtain the Youth License which must be paid by the date of competition.

The Finnish Chin-Up Association agrees to conform to the regulations of the Finnish Antidoping Agency. All competitors are subject to the regulations and testing by the Finnish Antidoping Agency.

Only Finnish citizens may compete in Finnish Championships. In other competitions anyone can take take part regardless of citizenship.

3.0 Weigh-In

The competitors are divided into competition classes based on their sex, weight and/or age. The weight classes are in the form of ”even and under”. The competitors are weighted at least 30 minutes before the start of the competition class. The weigh-in takes place with closed doors with one competitor in the room at a time. The competitor may go to the weigh-in several times during the weigh-in period in case his/her weight does not classify to the weight class he/she has registered for. Once his/her weights classifies to the weight class, no further weigh-ins are allowed. The competitor can choose to be weighed nude or in minimal underwear, no other clothing is allowed. At the weigh-in, the body mass is measured to the nearest tenth of a kilogram. In one competition, the competitor may participate in one competition class only. It is not allowed to change the competition class after the registration time has passed. The officials are not allowed to give the competitor any information on the weigh-in results of other competitors.

In case the competitor has a medical condition that prevents the full extension of his/her elbow joints he/she must present a medical certificate of the condition to the organizers at the weigh-in.

All competitors must have a valid membership id card to present at the weigh-in.

Example: A competitor who weighs in at 70,0 kg, competes in the weight class 70 kg, while a competitor who weighs in at 70,1 kg competes in the weight class 80 kg.

4.0 Competition Classes

Men: 60 kg, 70 kg, 80 kg, 90 kg, 100 kg, 110 kg, over 110 kg
Women: 50 kg, 60 kg, 70 kg, over 70 kg
Men over 40 years: 80 kg, 100 kg, over 100 kg
Men over 50 years: 80 kg, 100 kg, over 100 kg
Men over 60 years: 80 kg, 100 kg, over 100 kg
Men over 70 years: 80 kg, 100 kg, over 100 kg
Women over 40 years: 60 kg, over 60 kg
Women over 50 years: 60 kg, over 60 kg
Women over 60 years: 60 kg, over 60 kg
Women over 60 years: 60 kg, over 60 kg
Boys under 19 years: 70 kg, over 70 kg
Boys under 15 years: Open weight class
Boys under 11 years: Open weight class
Boys under 7 years: Open weight class
Girls under 19 years: 50 kg, over 50 kg
Girls under 15 years: Open weight class
Girls under 11 years: Open weight class
Girls under 7 years: Open weight class

The competitor may participate in men’s and women’s competition classes of over 40, 50, 60 and 70 years earliest in the year he/she reaches the given age. The competitor may participate in boys’ and girls’ competition classes of under 19, 15, 11 and 7 years until the end of the year that he/she reaches the age of 19. Men’s and women’s classes are open for competitors of any age.

5.0 Rack

The rack used in the competition must be authorized by Finnish Chin-Up Organization. The diameter of the bar is 28 mm and the width is 120 cm. The bar must be straight and unflexible. The bar may be knurled but not taped. In Finnish Championships and Finnish Cup competitions the height of the bar measured from the floor level is 260 cm.

On the front side of the rack (measuring 47,5 cm from the vertical line of the bar) stands the Motion Limiter, a wall which purpose is to limit the swinging motion of the competitor.

6.0 Equipment

Men: Pants, sleeveless shirt (shoulders must be visible)/without shirt, socks/barefoot
Women: Pants, sleeveless shirt (shoulders must be visible), socks/barefoot

The competitor is not allowed to use wrist straps, tapings or resin in his/her hands. The only allowed substance in the hands is the magnesium powder provided by the organizer. In case the competitor has a long beard, the referees may request him to tie it with a rubber band or such.

Wearing irregular equipment leads to disqualification of the competitive attempt.

7.0 Course of the Competition

The competitor approaches the rack on his/her own turn. The competition order is decided and announced by the organizer. After the Chief Referee has given the ”GRIP” command, the competitor grasps the bar (8.0) and goes to the Down Position (9.1). When the competitor is in an acceptable Down Position, the Chief Referee gives the ”PULL” command and the competitor may start the Upward Movement (9.2) towards the Up Position (9.3). Once clearing the Up Position, the competitor returns to the Down Position via the Downward Movement (9.4) to wait for the next ”PULL” command. When the competitor releases one or both hands from the bar, the Chief Referee gives the ”STOP” command which marks the end of the competitive attempt.

The competition consists of one competition round. If two or more competitors weigh the same and get the same result that would place them in the top 3, they will perform an extra round for that particular placement (12.3).

Notes: The competitor is allowed to start each chin-up effort only after the ”PULL” command. The ”PULL” command will be given when the elbow joints are extended and locked. There are no limitations to the movement of the legs or the pelvis after the ”PULL” command other than that the ankles must remain crossed. The Upward Movement may twitch downwards but the full extention of the elbow joints is interpreted as the end of that particular chin-up effort and the competitor must then receive a new ”PULL” command before the next effort.

8.0 Grip

The competitor holds the bar with two hands using either supinated grip (palms facing backward), pronated grip (palms facing forward) or semi-supinated grip (one palm facing backward, the other facing forward). The width of the grip is decided by the competitor within the limits of the bar (120 cm). The competitor is not allowed to widen or narrow his/her grip width during the competitive attempt. The competitor may improve his/her grip of the bar as long as both hands remain in contact with the bar. The competitive attempt ends when the competitor releases one or both hands from the bar.

9.0 Phases of the Chin-Up Repetition

9.1 Down Position

The Down Position is a phase when the competitor:
• hangs from the bar with his/her arms straight and motionless (elbow joints extended and ”locked”)
• is in touch only with the bar by his/her fingers and palms
• holds his/her legs crossed at the ankles (the front of one ankle touches the back of another)

9.2 Upward Movement

The Upward Movement is a phase when the competitor:
• moves from the Down Position to the Up Position
• holds his/her legs crossed at the ankles
• may touch the Motion Limiter with his/her legs but may not take support or gain momentum from the Motion Limiter, the rack, the floor or other structures

9.3 Up Position

The Up Position is a phase when the competitor:
• completely passes the bar with the tip of his/her chin both horizontally and vertically (picture 1)
• holds his/her legs crossed at the ankles
• may touch the Motion Limiter with his/her legs but may not take support or gain momentum from the Motion Limiter, the rack, the floor or other structures
• may not raise his/her elbows above the top of the bar

9.4 Downward Movement

The Downward Movement is a phase when the competitor:
• moves from the Up Position to the Down Position
• may touch the Motion Limiter with his/her legs but may not take support or gain momentum from the Motion Limiter, the rack, the floor or other structures

10.0 Judging

The competitive attempt is supervised by the Chief Referee, the Leg Referee and the Chin Referee. A chin-up effort is valid if none of the three referees disqualify it by calling ”HANDS”, ”CHIN”, ”LEGS” or ”STOP”.

10.1 Chief Referee

The Chief Referee supervises the competitor’s Down Position and the competitor’s grip of the bar during the entire competitive attempt. The Chief Referee gives the competitor the ”GRIP” command to mark the beginning of the competitive attempt and the ”PULL” command every time the competitor is in an acceptable Down Position.

In case the competitor starts the Upward Movement before the Chief Referee has given the ”PULL” command, the Chief Referee gives the ”HANDS” call, which leads to disqualification of the current chin-up effort. The competitor may then cancel the current chin-up effort and return to the Down Position to wait for a new ”PULL” command.

In case the competitor releases one or both hands from the bar, the Chief Referee gives the ”STOP” command which marks the end of the competitive attempt. In case the competitor is in the Upward Movement or in the Up Position at the time of the release, the current chin-up effort is disqualified.

10.2 Leg Referee

The Leg Referee supervises the competitor’s legs during the entire competitive attempt.

In case the competitor fails to keep his/her legs crossed at the ankles in the Upward Movement or in the Up Position, the Leg Referee gives the ”LEGS” call, which leads to disqualification of the current chin-up effort. The competitor may then cancel the current chin-up effort and return to the Down Position to wait for a new ”PULL” command.

In case the competitor takes support or gains momentum from the Motion Limiter, the rack, the floor or other structures in the Upward Movement, in the Up Position or in the Downward Movement, the Leg Referee gives the ”LEGS” call, which leads to disqualification of the current chin-up effort. The competitor may then cancel the current chin-up effort and return to the Down Position to wait for a new ”PULL” command.

10.3 Chin Referee

The Chin Referee supervises the competitor’s chin in the Up Position.

In case the competitor does not completely pass the bar with the tip of his/her chin both vertically and horizontally in the Up Position, the Chin Referee gives the ”CHIN” call, which leads to disqualification of the current chin-up effort. The competitor may then cancel the current chin-up effort and return to the Down Position to wait for a new ”PULL” command.

In case the competitor raises one or both elbows above the top of the bar in the Up Position, the Chin Referee gives the “STOP” command which marks the end of the competitive attempt and leads to disqualification of the current chin-up effort.

10.4 Video Review

If possible, all competitive attempts are recorded by a video camera positioned so that the recording shows the competitor’s upper body (most notably the chin) and the bar from the side view in the Up Position.

In case the Chin Referee is uncertain if the competitor completely passed the bar with the tip of his/her chin both vertically and horizontally in the Up Position, the Chin Referee and the Chief Referee review the attempt from the video recording.

Video recordings are also used in case of protests.

10.5 Commands and Calls of the Referees

”GRIP”
Consequence: The competitor may grasp the bar and go to the Down Position.

”PULL”
Cause: The competitor is in the Down Position.
Consequence: The competitor may start the Upward Movement.

”STOP”
Cause: The competitor has released one or both hands from the bar AND/OR the competitor has raised one or both elbows above the top of the bar in the Up Position.
Consequence: The competitive attempt may not be continued. In case the competitor is in the Upward Movement or in the Up Position at the time of the call, the current chin-up effort is disqualified.

”HANDS”
Cause: The competitor has started the Upward Movement before the ”PULL” command.
Consequence: The current chin-up effort is disqualified but the competitive attempt may be continued.

”LEGS”
Cause: The competitor has taken support or gained momentum from the Motion Limiter, the rack, the floor or other structures during the Upward Movement, the Up Position or the Downward Movement, and/or: the competitor has failed to keep his/her ankles crossed during the Upward Movement or the Up Position.
Consequence: The current chin-up effort is disqualified but the competitive attempt may be continued.

”CHIN”
Cause: The competitor has not completely passed the bar with the tip of his/her chin both vertically and horizontally in the Up Position.
Consequence: The current chin-up effort is disqualified but the competitive attempt may be continued.

11.0 Counters

Two counters supervise the chin-up efforts made by the competitor during the competitive attempt.

11.1 Counter I

Counter I counts the number of total chin-up efforts. A chin-up effort is counted every time the competitor starts the Upward Movement (elbow joints are no longer extended).

11.2 Counter II

Counter II counts the number of those particular chin-up efforts that at least one of the three Referees have disqualified by calling ”HANDS”, ”CHIN”, ”LEGS” or ”STOP”.

12.0 Results, Placements and Records

Official results and records can only be set in competitions organized under the permission of the Finnish Chin-Up Organization.

12.1 Results

The competitor’s result is the number of total chin-up efforts (announced by Counter I) subtracted by the number of disqualified chin-up efforts (announced by Counter II)

12.2 Placements

The placements in the competition are determined by the results. The competitor with the biggest result wins. If two or more competitors get the same result, the heavier competitor places higher.

12.3 Extra Rounds

In case two or more competitors get the same result, weigh the same and place in the top 3, they will perform an extra round for that particular placement. Several extra rounds may be performed until there is a difference in their results. The result(s) made in the extra round(s) are eligibile for official statistics and records but the result achieved in the actual competition round is the competitor’s official result in that particular competition. The extra rounds are performed in the same competion order as the actual competition round. Before the extra round, the competitor is allowed to rest for at least 30 minutes after his last competitive attempt.

12.4 Finnish Records

The best result made by a Finnish citizen in each competition class is recognized as the Finnish record. In case two or more competitors have achieved the same result, the Finnish record belongs to the heavier competitor. In case the competitors also weigh the same, the Finnish record is shared between the competitors.

Results made in any age group are eligible for men’s and women’s open class records.

In age classes from 40 to 70 years, results made in older age classes are eligible also for younger age classes.

13.0 Protests

In case the competitor desires to file a protest over the decisions made by the referees or the counters, he/she must pay a protest fee of 100 Euros. The protest fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld.

Picture 1: The tip of the chin must be on the green area in the Up Position (on the right side of the vertical white line and above the horizontal white line).

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