Sharp-Eyed Referees Wanted!

Sometimes it's the small rules, or the interpretation or even knowledge of or ability to see the small rules that make a difference.

According to Olympic Coach Harvey Newton, "At both national and international meets we frequently seem to have technical officials who lack the ability to properly enforce the technical rules."

As an example, Newton continues, "Witness the +105s at the Rio Olympic Games when favorite Salimi (IRI) was approved on a jerk that clearly (at least from my NBC Sports vantage point) included bending and extending of the arms, a violation of IWF Rule 2.5.1.5. The Jury, in a unanimous action, overturned the referees, refused the lift, and contributed to an upset in this class."

Using Dartfish, Coach Newton illustrates another example of a small technical rule that got past the officials at this year’s USA Olympic Trials.

Click here to see Coach Newton’s Dartfish analysis of a lift that
should have been turned down long before it went overhead.
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"Dear Harvey-

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the weightlifting certification. It was a major paradigm shift in many ways, especially learning of the important of the power position and ankle mobility for weightlifting.

At first I was somewhat frustrated, as I struggled conceptualizing the teaching of weightlifting in this manner to athletes. Then, I looked at myself in the power position and realized how closely it mimics a vertical jump, and changed my mind. After a week of focus on this position, my dunking ability is improving.

I also really appreciated your honesty on what your experience taught you to be true, and teaching us more useful information than we would have received otherwise. It was great getting to know you as a person and a coach, and I hope all is well with you."


Stephen Wells
Hope College