Last year, the LHSAA began allowing member schools to field teams in the interscholastic Powerlifting pilot program for boys and girls. The association wanted to offer a new activity for member school students to participate in, and so far, it has had great success.
Now, we’ve gotten quite a few side eyes and raised eyebrows with folks wondering just what is powerlifting? The sport actually began in the United States and Britain during the mid-1950’s after the number of participants and fans began declining for weightlifting. In the sport of powerlifting, participants are separated based on their gender and weight, and they compete against others who are in their same classification. The athletes take turns lifting different weight amounts, which are measured in pounds. It’s much more than lifting heavy weights off of the ground; there are a variety of different lifts such as the dead lift or squat lift. The sport may seem relatively easy, but just like any other extracurricular activity, the athletes undergo rigorous training and practice in order to excel.
During the pilot program, the powerlifting regional and state competitions will be conducted under the auspices of the Louisiana High School Powerlifting Association (LHSPLA) and not as an official state tournament sanctioned by the LHSAA. After the 2011-2012 powerlifting season, the sport will be studied to determine whether to declare it a state championship sport or to continue to classify it as a pilot program.
Regional powerlifting meets will be held on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, at various locations throughout Louisiana. The State Championships for Division II will be held on Saturday, March 24, at Pope John Paul II High School in Slidell. The Division I State Championships will be held Thursday, March 29 - Saturday, March 31, at Alexandria Senior High School in Alexandria.
For more information on Powerlifting, see Section 17 of the LHSAA Handbook under Powerlifting Pilot Program or visit lhsaa.org/sports/sports-directory/non-sanctioned/powerlifting/ on the Powerlifting section of our website at www.lhsaa.org.