Who Can Be A Mississippi Barbell Member
Any athlete 6 years or older
Anyone who wants to further the development of an Olympic sport in Mississippi
Beginners through advanced athletes looking to improve their technique and strength under the guidance of the top ranked coaches in the state
Full time or part time Olympic weightlifters, powerlifters, or athletes looking to improve their performance on the field, on the track, or on the court
Athletes who abide by all USAW, IWF, USAPL, IPF, USADA and WADA regulations
Residents of any state. Just because our name has Mississippi in it doesn't mean we exclude residents of other states. We offer remote blog training access to accommodate individuals who don't live in the Jackson metro area.
Other coaches. Those who wish to become Mississippi Barbell coaches must practice with the team, complete an internship, and pass a rigorous evaluation test.
Benefits Of Being A Mississippi Barbell Member
Access to certified and experienced coaches who have worked with every population including youth, junior, senior, special needs and masters
Team unisex shirt or tank top
Coaching at local meets and in team training at no extra cost
Access and discount to Team Chiropractor Clayton Pitts at Norville Chiropractic for active members (dues are current, currently train with our programming, and are active in competitions)
Help with travel expenses to national meets if Coach Amber & Tyler are coaches of record and you follow our programming (as funding allows)
Available for Youth, Junior, Senior, and Masters athletes at a local and national level
If a current Mississippi Barbell athlete qualifies for a national event with a designated total in a meet then they are on the national competition team
Registration and lodging will be provided for national and international events as funding allows. The lifter will then represent their weight class and earn a national ranking. From there, athletes have the ability to become part of Team USA and further pursue any Olympic Games dreams they have
National level athletes receive specialized personal programming for national or international events at a discounted rate.
All current Competition Team members receive adjustments before events by Team Chiropractor Clayton Pitts at Norville Chiropractic (please call for appointments).
Membership Fees & Requirements
Yearly Team Dues: $50/year to cover equipment repairs, shirt costs, and other expenses
Monthly Dues: in house training or remote training access
Requirements for Competitive Athletes (those who compete at local or national events)
Must have Mississippi Barbell (USAW club 60002) as your Club Affiliation, Coach Amber Sheppard (USAW number 180851) and Coach Tyler Smith (USAW number 183122) as coaches of record with USAW unless otherwise agreed upon in writing. Membership dues for USAW can be paid at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Weightlifting/Membership
For Powerlifting specific membership requirements please check out our Powerlifting page.