My dear, departed grandmother was a stickler for table manners: proper use of silverware, no elbows on the table, napkin in lap, chew with the mouth closed. It was explained to me that when everyone observed good table manners it made the meal more enjoyable for everyone. And she was right.
The same thing can be said about weightlifting manners. When everyone knows and observes proper etiquette, everyone has a more enjoyable and productive experience. I hear that USAW will make weightroom etiquette a part of the new Level 1 Coach's course. A good idea.
Here's a few reminders for our weightroom:
1) Do not walk, stand, loiter, stretch or converse in front of a platform while an athlete is lifting. (In our gym, don't walk behind the platform while a lifter is going either!)
2) Be aware of your fellow lifters. If someone is going for a big lift, wait until they are finished before taking yours. Support each other's big attempts.
3) Put the weights and bars back where you found them. All york barbells live in the Crossfit Space
4) Chalk up over the bowl, not over the floor or platform.
5) Stow your gear either in the cubbies up front or under your chair behind the platform.
6) Tidy up when you leave.