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IPF rules tarnishing USAPL popularity?
Posted By: Bud Randall
Date: Monday, 20 February 2006, at 6:29 a.m.
Has the sport dropped in numbers or has it increased? I get conflicting info from the dueling doctors Dr. Larry M. and Dr. Larry M. (How ironic the names) Iíve lifted or coached at 11 meets in two years mostly non USAPL. The numbers of lifters are up from 5 years ago, plus thereís a ton more meets. If USAPL numbers are down you canít blame it on imagined loss of the powerlifting population. We have more competition. What do we do to improve the USAPLís popularity? Non sanctioned meets and APF style lifting have obviously grown. Has the IPF been killing our program? The USAPL is the drug free standard. Iíd dare say we are far ahead of the IPF in drug free lifting. Should we allow the IPF to dictate rules that soil the USAPLís reputation? As an example everyone thinks the USAPL will ban you if you compete elsewhere because of the IPFís new rule that bans you if you lift in another federationís worlds. Potential USAPL members whoíve never been to one of our meets think the USAPL is as pompous as the IPF.
This is what Larry Miller says about the numbers. He goes off topic as usual to criticize. For fairness Iíve included Erin Dickeyís response.
First of all, I didn't say that there were fewer meets being published in "Powerlifting USA". I believe that there are more and Mike Lambert confirmed this point which was contrary to Dr. Maile's stament that the sport has dropped from 20,000 to 10,000 members.
As far as doing positive things for the organization, I think I qualify. I have served on the EC, I have been the Ohio State Chair, I have been an athlete's rep, I have run national and international meets and I am an IPF referee. I wrote our In-meet/Out-of meet drug testing program. I initially developed our meet directors guide and I don't know of any other USA PL member who has written more articles on our athletes than I have. I managed our first world bench press team and even put together an issue of our newsletter years ago.
So when I see an injustice and I see individuals not following our by-laws and not responding to letters and e-mails, I think it is time to take the gloves off and speak. Just as you have the right to disagree with me, I have the right to speak my mind. I always support the organization, I just don't always support the people making decisions which I believe to be detrimental to our organization.
Below your post was concerning customer service. Now, you are alleging that the decision makers of our organization are not following the by-laws and that your e-mails are being ignored. Sounds like you have motive here? Is this a campaign speech? May I ask what positive actions you plan to take for the USAPL that will reach down to the local levels?
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