The committee's purpose is to encourage, improve and promote amateur powerlifting for women, according to the drug-free standards established by the USAPL and to provide a forum for discussion and decision regarding the rights of drug-free women powerlifters.
Please feel welcome to contact any of the Women's Committee members below with your questions, ideas and suggestions.
Copperas Cove, TX
Elk Grove, IL
Women's Committee News and Updates
Upcoming Women's Meets
The following meets are dedicated to the women of the USAPL!
Women's Committee Files of Interest
|Meeting Minutes||Meeting Minutes||Meeting Minutes||Meeting Minutes|
|Meeting Agenda||Meeting Agenda||Meeting Agenda|
|Proposed By-Law Revisions||Committee Letter|
|By-laws||Roberts Rules of Order||National Bid Form||Nomination Form||Archive Files|
USAPLWC wants to help continue the awareness and growth of women's powerlifting. It is requested that each member of the Women's Committee is a member of at least 1 of these sub-committees/projects in some capacity. Depending on the amount of spare time you have, some will be more active in various areas than others, but that is OK. These committees are to be active throughout the year so that there is not a rush 2 weeks out from Women's to get our tasks done. In order to accomplish this, a status report from each of the sub-committee chairs at the beginning of each month is to be submitted to the USAPLWC Chair. It is understandable that some months will be slower than others (and you can just report that), but certain tasks need to be paced in order to be completed successfully.
Women's Hall of FameMembers: Disa Hatfield, Betina Altizer, Paula Houston, Priscilla Ribic, Erin Dickey
Description: To honor and recognize the pioneers (both women and men) who have helped develop, support and grow women's powerlifting. The ground work with the kickoff of the Hall of Fame in 2004. You would be helping Erin with the nomination screening process, contacting recipients, obtaining bio info for the website, obtaining awards/plaques, and possible publicity through our various media outlets.
Women's Committee Scholarship ProgramChair: Maura Shuttlesworth
Members: Erin Dickey, Lanette Lopez, Melinda Baum
Description: New business was presented at 2004 Women's Committee Meeting, by Kim Newman, for the Women's Committee to consider a Scholarship Program for Women Lifters. A Committee was formed, and a formal proposal is being drafted.
USAPLWC WebpageChair: Priscilla Ribic
Description: To update and maintain the Women's Committee page on the USAPL website. All suggestions and input welcome from all members.
Publicity and PR
Chair: Disa Hatfield
Members: Erin Dickey, Lanette Lopez, Priscilla Ribic, Sue Hallen
Description: This sub-committee will be responsible for promoting Women's Powerlifting to the public. We will be responsible for such tasks as: press releases for major publications (both local and national), meet-write ups and pictures, announcements, and representation at major strength and powerlifting events.
By-Laws UpdatingChair: Priscilla Ribic
Members: Lanette Lopez, Sue Hallen, Regina Hackney, Harriet Hall
Description: The Women's Committee By-Laws are in need of some serious updating. This sub-committee will be reviewing the existing by-laws and make recommendations for next year's Women's Committee Meeting in St Louis.
Upcoming BidsChair: Priscilla Ribic
Description: The Women's Committee is accepting bids for the 2006 Women's Nationals. Please contact the meet directors in your state about holding this contest in your area.
Volunteer to help on a committee!This is open to all USAPL Members who would like to help. Either contact the sub-committee chair or Gina Stepleton.
Women Powerlifter 'Helpful Hindts/Tips'
- Invest in a pair of suit slippers! They may be the best thing you use off the platform. Too many times I see people yanking at their suit for 20 min, when suit slippers will cut that time down to 5 min. Plus, you won't tire yourself out and loose skin off your legs and fingers...or at least not until after you do the lift!
- Same thing goes for satin underwear. Be sure to get the full-coverage kind. It makes getting a tight suit over your hips much easier.
- The platform is the best place to wear tight-fitting attire. Order any meet t-shirt 1-2 sizes smaller than you would normally wear in order to tuck it more easily into you suit. Tucking it into your underwear makes pulling on your suits even easier and you won't get that uncomfortable bulge of material.
- Pack extra underwear and socks in your lifting bag. You never know when you may need a change!
- Many suits are cut for a man's figure, so in order to get them tight enough in the hips, you just about kill your legs. If you're built like me, have the manufacturer widen the leg opening 1/2 -1 in. Keep in mind that you still want them tight enough so that the suit doesn't slip up on you while you are doing the lift.
- Avoid lotions/emollients/body oils on meet day. Bench shirts and supportive suits slide over slightly dry skin much easier than "moisturized" skin.
- If you can find a sports bra made out of the shiny Lycra material, it will help a bench shirt go on with easy over your upper torso.
- Avoid using lotion too close to a workout or prior to your flight, as they make gripping the bar for deadlifts harder for you and your fellow competitor.
- Start your diet early. You will have a lot more fun if you don't have to starve yourself at the last minute.
- Vitamin B6 and lemons are a natural diuretic and will help you shed those extra pounds of water weight a few days before the meet.
- It is strongly recommended that you wear a feminine pad when squatting and deadlifting. You never know when your body will hit its limit and you don't want to have an embarrassing moment on the platform.
- Submit your tips to be placed on the Women's Committee page. Tips welcome from male and female lifters! [Submit your Tips]
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