Matt LaMarque's 800 world record was done in a double ply Karin's, and Ken's Millray's 242 world Masters reord was also done in a Karin's double denim. I am sure there are more, but what happens to these great lifts, are they dropped from the record books, or is there a note saying these were done in a double ply shirt. What about all of the shirts that these guys have bought over the years, double denim's are very costly shirts and now they could be voted out. I don't like it one bit.
As far as Brant or anyone else who has a position of leadership in WABDL speaking out on this issue, why should'nt Brant speak out? The last time I looked there are very few state leaders who don't compete in WABDL, therefore they have just as much right to speak up as anyone does.
I my humble opinion if Powerlifting Watch was never created we would not be having this discussion. It is there screwed up ranking system that is causing this situation. They refuse to rank WABDL lifters according to the equipment they use. There is no secret who uses what in WABDL. Every time I pick up a Powerlifting USA it tells you what the lifter used to get a new record. Everyone knows that Matt's great benches at 242 and 220 were done in Double Denim, but they throw everyone else into the double ply status even though they know Steve Wong was wearing a single ply F6. It is Powerlifting Watches fault not WABDL's. One other thing is that the WABDL rules on double ply, all double ply shirts have to have a closed neck, well I can tell you first hand using a double ply denim with an closed neck in terrible. Everyone else who uses double ply shirts, with the exception of the GPC, allows open back shirts. Open back double denims or poly's are a whole different world from a closed neck shirt, and they should not be classified the same way.