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 2019 Baltimore Open
Date/Time:Saturday, January 26, 2019 (6:00 AM - 8:00 PM)
Organizer:Maryland/Potomac Valley
Sanction #:  09-19-160605
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Meet Details
Meet Description

This event is currently sold out. If you would like to be put on the waitlist, please contact usaw@usaweightlifting.org with the subject line of 2019 Baltimore Open - Waitlist. 

Welcome to the 2019 Baltimore Open!

One of the most popular meets on the East Coast is back and this year's event will not disappoint.  We'll have great lifting and great fun in a local meet run under the quality of strict National standards.  Once you've lifted in a Baltimore Open, you'll have the experience to lift in a National meet.  

START LIST:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eAPtx4tv2mDib0ZK6FQNr1RlLhDqwfe6827xftmQwFo

VOLUNTEER SIGN UPhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1153dSddJbJm25xBlTLAIBircDG-QttYGEjFaESc4C3I


The venue hotel is the Turf Valley Resort, https://www.turfvalley.com/, five miles from the venue.  Room rate is $109 per night for a two-bed room.   State that you are attending the "OSS Weightlifting Club" event to get the rate.  


We are proud to partner with Eleiko for a special deal!  Eleiko is offering it's training hall/warm up area sets at 40% off the retail price!!!  

Changes for 2019 

You asked and we answered!  The Baltimore Open sells out very quickly and usually has a waiting list of over 70 athletes.  To accomodate more lifters, we've added a second platform on Satruday and Sunday, no Friday lifting but we’re opening the meet to 300 registrations with the extra platform!!

UPDATE: The meet is now capped at 170 lifters and will be held on one day, Saturday, January 26.  If the waiting list expands sufficiently, we will add the second day  

MASTERS:  UnfortuntatelyThe National Masters Committee has voted to prohibit local competitons from serving as qualifiers for Masters Pan Am and the Masters World Championships.  Regrettably, they have thus prevented us us from offering you this service as we tradionally have.  However, we will have at least two National Judges for your sessions.  We recognize that for many masters the goal is to make totals under strict judging and this may suffice for your objectives.  So, we’re still offering you a national /international meet standard, which may meet your needs.

JUNIORS: Historically, the Baltimore Open has hosted no more than one - four Junior Division athletes.  Accordingly, we will not be awarding for this division.  Athletes 18-20 will enter ether Novice or Open Division as appropriate.

You'll find lots more helpful information below but if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Meet Director Mario Dispenza at mariodispenza@msn.com.  Thank you for joining us, we look forward to seeing you in January.

 With Best regards, 

The OSS Weightlifting Club Board of Directors

Mario Dispenza

MJ McBride

Amy Teets

 ELIGIBILITY - Open to all current USAW registered athletes. Join or renew expired membership through the USAW website before January 26, 2019.  Expired members will not be allowed to compete.  Ahletes are responsible for ensuring that their memberships are current.  OSS WLC will not review membership statuses for competitors until athletes register at the competition.  

NOVICE DIVISION is limited to athletes who have competed in fewer than two USAW-sanctioned meets.

RULES - The Baltmore Open is conducted under National meet standards and rules with one exception.  Athletes who are over their registered weight at weigh-in and do not make weight within the weigh-in period will have the option of lifting in the higher weight class.  But the athlete MUST appear at weigh-in for the registered session first.  

The current USAW and IWF rules are available at:


Of particular note regarding rules

  • Photo ID and proof of current USAW registration required at weigh-in.    
  • All lifters must wear a singlet to compete.
  • Weightlifting belts may be no wider than 12 cm/4.75 in.
  • Athletes must declare their opening attempts in the snatch and the clean & jerk in kilos at weigh-in.
  • Consistent with prior Baltimore Opens, IWF Rule 6.2.4 will be in effect.  Atheltes and coaches will need passes for the warm up area, provided at weigh-in.  Athletes are limited to themselves and there coaches/attendants in the warm up area (four passes).  For each additional athlete in a session, the team will be given two additional passes (one for the athlete, one for the coach).
  • USAW rules mandate that lifters control the bar down, until past the shoulders (i.e. do not slam or spike the bar).  First violation will result in a warning to the lifter and coach.  Second violation will result in disqualification for the meet.  
  • Placing footwear on the bar will result in a “no lift.”







SANCTION:  USA Weightliftig Sanction Number 09-19-160605 

REFUND POLICY: Refunds for withdralws will be granted subject to the a replacement lifter on the waiting list. purchasing the withdrawing athlete's spot.   No refunds will be granted after  January 1, 2019

SPECTATORS: There will be a daily $12 entry fee for spectators age 13 and above to be collected at the door.  A two-day pass is available for $20. 

Athletes, coaches (Maximum two per athlete) and volunteers for the meet (loaders, announcers, referees, etc) will not be charged this fee.  Each athlete will have the opportunity to name/change two meet coaches at the registration desk if necessary. 


There is a The schedule will fill up beginning with the first session at 8:00 a.m. on January 26  The schedule will generally progress lighter weight classes to heaviest alternating female and male sessions. We expect Youth  Novice, and Master sessions to be separate and likely the first day.   

However, all aspects of the schedule are subject to change pending final registration numbers.  Final start list and schedule will be released on or before January 1, 2019.

 DIVISIONS & WEIGHT CLASSES: Please determine your desired division before registering.


Location & Contact Information
Facility:Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
Friendship, MD  21794
Coordinator:Avery Marzolf

Last Updated: 5/26/2019 2:56:58 AM

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