Competition Rules of Weighted Chin-Up

1.0 General

The competitor attempts to do one chin-up with as much additional weight as possible. The competitor has three competitive attempts in one competition plus possible additional attempt at a new Finnish record for the winner of the competition. The result is the biggest additional weight that the competitor does a valid chin-up with.

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 only 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.

The competitor announces his/her first round additional weight at the weigh-in. The announcement may not be changed after the weigh-in. The officials are not allowed to give the competitor any information on the first round weights of other competitors.

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 k
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.

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

7.1 Competition Order

The competition order is determined by the amount of additional weight that each competitor attempts at in each competition round. The competition round is started by the competitor who attempts at the lightest additional weight and ended by the competitor who attempts at the heaviest weight. In case two or more competitors attempt at the same weight in the first round, the lighter competitor attempts first. In case the aforementioned competitors also weigh the same, the competition order is determined by a draw. In case two or more competitors attempt at the same weight in the second or the third round, the competitor whose valid attempt in the previous round was lighter, attempts first. In case the aforementioned competitors got the same result in the previous round, the lighter competitor attempts first. In case the aforementioned competitors also weight the same, the competition order is determined by a draw.

7.2 Competitive Attempt

The competitor approaches the rack on his/her own turn, 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).

After each competitive attempt, the competitor must announce the additional weight that he/she attempts at in the next round before the competitor following him/her in the competition order has started his/her competitive attempt. The minimum addition is 1 kg, but in case the competitor attempts at a Finnish record, he/she may add by 0,5 kilos. The additional weight in each competition round must be as big as or bigger than in the previous competition round. In case the competitor does not announce his/her additional weight for the next round in time, the organizers will add 1 kg to his/her previous round’s additional weight for the next round by default.

The plates used in the competition weigh 50 kg, 25 kg, 20 kg, 15 kg, 10 kg, 5 kg, 1 kg and 0,5 kg. The organizers arrange the plates as symmetrically as possible and the competitor cannot arrange the plates himself/herself. The organizers use at most three big plates (5-50 kg) and two small plates (0,5-2 kg).

The competition consists of three competition rounds. The winner of the competition class gets an optional forth competitive attempt in case he/she attempts at a Finnish record.

Notes: The competitor is allowed to start the competitive attempt 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. The Upward Movement may twitch downwards but the full extention of the elbow joints leads to disqualification of the competitive attempt.

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 Weighted-Up

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

9.2 Upward Movement

The Upward Movement is a phase when the competitor:
• moves from the Down Position to the Up Position

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 (see picture 1)

10.0 Judging

The competitive attempt is supervised by the Chief Referee and the Chin Referee. The attempt is valid if neither of the referees disqualifies it. The referees notify the competitor about the grounds of the possible disqualification after the competitive attempt.

10.1 Chief Referee

The Chief Referee supervises the competitor’s Down Position and the Upward Movement. The Chief Referee gives the ”PULL” command when the competitor is an acceptable Down Position. In case the competitor starts the Upward Motion before the Chief Referee has given the ”PULL” command, the current attempt is disqualified.

10.2 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 current attempt is disqualified.

10.3 Video Review

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.

10.4 Commands and Calls of the Referees

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

11.0 Results, Placements and Records

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

11.1 Results

The result is the biggest additional weight that the competitor does a valid chin-up with. The weight of the belt (3,0 kg) is included in the result. The competitor must wear the belt provided by the organizer.

11.2 Placements

The placements in the competition are determined by the results. The competitor with the biggest result wins. In case two or more competitors get the same result, the heavier competitor places higher. In case the aforementioned competitors also weight the same, the placements are determined by the second second best valid chin-up, and if needed, by the third best valid chin-up.

11.3 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 results, 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 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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Competition Rules of Weighted Chin-up (PDF)