The IWF recognizes four (4) age groups:
i) YOUTH: 13 – 17 years of age
ii) JUNIOR: 15 – 20 years of age
iii) SENIOR: ≥15 years of age
iv) MASTERS: ≥35 years of age
For Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games the relevant International Olympic Committee (IOC) Rules apply.
For World University Championships/Universiade, FISU rules apply: Athletes must be at least 17 and less than 25 years of age on January 1st in the year of the event.
USA Weightlifting follows the rules of the IOC/IWF/FISU where applicable at domestic events. Athletes who wish to participate in the National University & Under 25 Championships must meet the age criteria set out by FISU above.