As of January 1, 2022, the APU will have a Youth Division available to lifters under 14 years of age. The structure of the division is detailed below and will be available for all future APU meets.
- Youth 1 - from the day the lifter turns 8 years old throughout the full calendar year they turn 9 years old (up to Provincial competition level only)
- Youth 2 – from January 1st of the calendar year the lifter turns 10 years old (up to Regional competition level only)
- Youth 3 – from January 1st of the calendar year the lifter turns 12 years old until the day the lifter turns 14 years old (up to National competition level)
- Girls Weight Classes: 30kg, 35kg, 40kg, and then the already set weight classes.
- Boys Weight Classes: 30kg, 35kg, 40kg, 44kg, 48kg, and then the already set weight classes.
- Youth 1 & Youth 2, a 15kg bar shall be used at all APU competitions
- For Youth 3, standard 20kg bar shall be used at all APU competitions
- Full diameter (45cm) “bumper plates” may be used for deadlifts when necessary to ensure the bar height from the floor is the same for all lifters.
- Youth lifting will only be contested raw/unequipped as defined in the CPU rule book.
- Supportive equipment (bench press shirts, squat suits, deadlift suits, and knee wraps) is strictly prohibited for youth lifting.
- Youth lifters must wear a singlet and t-shirt during weigh-ins:
- Youth lifters must be accompanied by a parent, guardian
- Youth lifters must be accompanied by a parent, guardian.
- A coach may be present during weigh-ins as well. Rule of 2 applies – 2 adults per 1 child
- Any lifter registering with a youth membership must provide a copy of their birth certificate or government issued ID (i.e. Passport or Provincial ID) to verify their age.
- Membership card and birth certificate should also be available upon registration at any competition
- All minors must have a parent sign a waiver upon registration at any competitio
- There will be no set qualifying total for Provincial, Regional or National competition, however the youth lifter must have participated in a CPU sanctioned meet and must meet any other Provincial requirements to attend Provincials, Regionals, and Nationals.
- The APU will establish and maintain records for all Youth Divisions.
- All lifters in the youth division must complete the True Sport online education module with their parent or guardian who will be signing off on behalf of the youth lifter.