- Men: No age restriction. Overall winners of National titles are not eligible to compete in competitions below the national level except upon graduating into the Master’s category.
- Women: No age restriction. Overall winners of National titles are not eligible to compete in competitions below the national level except upon graduating into the Master’s category.
- Novice: Contestants shall not have previously won an overall title in any competition, nor their class in any category of competition except the Novice category. Novice class winners are eligible to compete in the Novice category until they win an overall . Overall and class winners of Teenage or Jr. Teenage competitions are exempt from the above and are eligible to enter the Novice category.
- Junior: This is a transitional category between the Teenage and advanced Men’s. Contestants shall be a maximum of 21 years of age and a minimum of 13 on the day of the competition. With special permission from the NABBA USA National Committee, a promoter may run a Junior category for competitors age 23 and under. For International Junior competitions, Jr. contestants shall be at least 13 years of age and under 21 years on January 1st of the year of the competition. Proof of age is required.
- Jr. Teenage or Teenage: Contestants shall be at least 13 years of age and shall not have reached their 20th birthday on the day of the competition. Proof of age in the form of a birth certificate is required.
- Masters: Contestants must have attained the minimum age of 40. However, if the promoter so wishes to run an Over-35 in an area category other than a national, he may petition the NABBA office for permission. Proof of age is required.
- Grandmasters (Masters 50+): Contestants must have attained the minimum age of 50. Proof of age is required.
- Ultramasters (Masters 60+): Contestants must have attained the minimum age of 60. Proof of age is required.
- Couples: Couples contestants shall be a pair consisting of one male and one female.
- First Timers: Contestants shall not have previously competed in any bodybuilding competition
The criteria used to judge a physique is based upon three aspects:
(I) symmetry, (2) muscularity, and (3) presentation.
Symmetry refers to the structural harmony of the physique relative to the size of the various body parts. Shape, proportion, detail, definition, and balance of each body part in relation to one another to give a cohesive whole and overall balance.
Muscularity refers to the size of the muscles in relation to skeletal structure, their shape, hardness, and definition. Also included are separation between adjacent muscles and muscle groups, striations within a muscle or muscle group, and low skin and inter/intra-muscular fat along with a lack of water retention to enhance the muscular appearance.
Presentation is the effective display of the contestant’s asset through posing ability, posture, projection, and carriage on stage. Skin tone, grooming, and posing outfit are a part of presentation. The selection of poses and their proper execution, the smoothness of transitions, and the coordinated selection of music all enhance the routine and presentation.
Judging – Judges and Scoring Procedures:
- Head Judge:
The head judge shall be qualified, experienced, and able to conduct the competition and supervise the judging panel. The head judge will handle all communications between the judging panel and the contestants. The head judge will normally not vote unless there is an insufficient number of judges present.
- Scoring Judges:
The judging panel will consist of an odd number of judges with no less than five. Each must be qualified within his/her organization and must be screened by the NABBA judging committee. Scoring sheets will then be scrutinized for competency and further judging assignments will be based on proficiency.
(a) Competitors in each class will be scored and placed by each judge according to the judging criteria specified for each Category of Competition. Up to a maximum number of ten competitors must be given a placement. If seven judges are used, one high and one low score is omitted in computing the class placements. If nine judges are used, two high and two low scores are omitted in computing the class placements.
(b) Tie scores are broken by the following procedure: Using all the judge’s scores, a “X” is entered for the contestant each judge placed highest. The contestant with the greatest number of “X’s” is given the higher placement.
(c) In determining the overall winner of a competition having classes, the class winners as a group must be put through the Quarter Turns (Round 1) and Official Mandatory Poses (Round 2). Optional Mandatory Poses may also be called by the head judge for further comparison. Each contestant must be placed, and high and low score(s) dropped if seven or nine judges are used. The contestant with the lowest number of points is the overall winner.
The judging of the physique competition will be conducted in three rounds. Each competitor in the class will be given a single placement based on his/her total performance as set forth in the judging criteria. Male competitors must wear solid colored posing trunks. Female competitors must wear solid colored two piece posing/ swim suit free of any adornments. Bikini, thong, or G-string are NOT permitted!! Jewelry is not permitted except for finger or small ear rings. Competitors may use light oil unless prohibited by the venue director.
Round 1. Quarter Turns
All competitors in the class will present themselves on stage in serial order in a straight line or curve and assume a semi-relaxed stance. The head judge will then instruct the competitors as a group to execute a series of quarter turns allowing the judges to view them from all sides. When this procedure is finished and the judges are satisfied, round one is completed.
Round 2. Mandatory Comparative Posing
All competitors in the class will present themselves on stage in serial order and assume a relaxed stance. The head judge will call each of the eight mandatory poses in order giving the competitors a sufficient number of seconds to hold the pose for the judge’s determination and ample time for the athletes to rest between each pose. After the initial comparisons are completed, the head judge shall shift the competitors about and conduct additional comparisons of selected sub-groups which can include both mandatory and optional poses. Once the judging panel is satisfied, Round 2 is finished. Prejudging is now ended unless a free-posing round (Round 3) is required at that time.
Round 3. Free Posing
The athlete will individually perform his/her posing routine for a maximum of 90 seconds. It is the promoter’s choice to have the athlete pose without music, to pose to background music supplied by the promoter, or allow the athlete to pose to his/her own music. Upon agreement of the senior NABBA USA official present and contest promoter, this round may be deferred to the evening performance.
Bodybuilding Competition – Evening Performance
The athlete will individually pose to his/her own music for a maximum of 90 seconds. The number of athletes posing may be limited due to time constraints, and is at the promoter’s discretion. However, all trophy recipients must pose. Upon completion of the last athlete’s routine, the judging panel will make it’s final decision. Female competitors may wear a posing/ swim suit of solid color, multicolored, decorated, embroidered, jeweled, sequined, or tasseled. Wearing jewelry and makeup is permitted and the choice of the competitor.
Alternate Order of Judging Procedure:
Upon mutual agreement of the promoter and head judge, after the completion of Round 1 – Quarter Tums, each competitor in the class may be asked to perform their Free Posing routine for 90 seconds maximum. Upon conclusion, Mandatory Comparative Posing will be initiated to determine the final placements in that class.
Bodybuilding Competitions – Official Poses (Men and Women)
Mandatory Comparative Poses:
1 . Front double biceps
- Front lat spread with thighs flexes (heels together and toes pointed out
at a 45 degree angle)
- Side chest (lifted ribcage) – your favorite side
(tum to the rear)
- Back double biceps
- Back lat spread with one calf spiked
- Side triceps – your favorite side (with leg flexed to display the side of the thigh
and calf spiked)
(tum to the front)
- Abdominals and thighs- hands behind neck
- Most muscular (Men Only) – your favorite
- Serratus/intercostal twisted crunch (from either side)
- Thigh flex (right and left legs)
11 . Hamstring flex (from rear and side)
- Double calf raise
- Hands on hips most muscular
- Hands behind back most muscular
- Overhead victory (front and rear)
The top athletes who will receive a trophy will be called back on stage and commence a one minute pose down for the audience. Awards will then be presented. Awards may be presented after each class poses or after all the classes have posed. If the competition has classes and an overall winner need be selected, then the class winners will be called back on stage as a group, put through quarter turns and mandatory poses. When the judges have made their final decision, the competitors will be asked to leave the stage and the overall winner then brought back to receive the trophy.
Mr. Fit Body (Men’s Physique) Height Classes:
5’-7” to 5’ 10“
5’ 10“ And Up
Mr. Fit Body (Mens Physique) Judging Criteria:
Men who display symmetry and overall conditioning but not extreme muscularity. Judged in board shorts without shirt and barefooted. Minimum age of 16. NOTE: In competitions where crossovers are allowed, CROSSOVER WILL NOT be permitted between the Mr. Fit Body, Men’s Athletic or Men’s Bodybuilding.
- Muscularity and Body Condition: Judges will be looking for fit contestants who display good symmetry combined with muscularity and overall conditioning. As this is not a bodybuilding contest, extreme muscularity will be penalized.
- Stage Presence and Personality
Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts. Shorts must be positioned about one inch below the belly button and length just above the knee. No spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts, however a manufacturer’s logo is acceptable. Competitors will enter the stage without a shirt and barefoot. No lewd or offensive acts permitted. Judges are looking for the contestant with the best stage presence and poise who can best convey his personality to the audience.
Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone and perform front and back turns with optional pose of hand in pocket or hand on hip, finishing facing the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage.
The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do turns. Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in turns. Promoters can choose to have one height class, two height classes, or three height classes.
*NOTE : Crossover from Mr. Fit Body into Men’s bodybuilding or Men’s Athletic is NOT permitted.
The agreed NABBA criteria for the Ms. Figure judging is as follows:
Ms. Figure® – Judging Criteria
“The emphasis must be on feminine shape and proportion while retaining a ‘trained look’ and moderate body fat levels, but not carrying development nor definition to an extreme. She should not have the degree of development, definition, separation, nor striations of the female physique competitor”. The judges will also be looking for a creative and exciting presentation and a display of elegance and glamour.
Contestants must be of the feminine gender, at least 17 years of age, with a trained and shaped body. NOTE : In Competitions where crossovers are allowed, CROSSOVER WILL NOT be permitted between the Ms. Figure® and Women’s Bikini or any women’s category. Ms. Figure® is a registered service mark in the United States of NABBA USA, Inc. All rights reserved.
*NOTE : In Competitions where crossovers are allowed, CROSSOVER WILL NOT be permitted between
Women’s Physique (Ms. Figure®) (Open, Novice) Height Classes:
5’-4” to 5’ 6“
5’ 6“ And Up
Ms. Figure® – Judging Procedures
The judging will be conducted in three rounds with each round scored independently. The total of the three rounds will be determined. Each competitor in the class will then be given a single placement based on her total score with the lowest total score placing first. The contest promoter has the right to specify the type of posing suit which is permissible; it may be limited to a two piece suit, bikini, and/or thong. G-string is NOT permitted!! Competitors should check with the promoter In advance of the competition which type(s) of posing suit are allowed. The attire should be chosen to best and most advantageously show the figure and conditioning. The suit may be of solid color, multicolored, decorated, embroidered, jeweled, sequined, or tasseled. Wearing make-up and jewelry is optional and the choice of the competitor. High heel shoes are standard footwear during Rounds 1 & 2. At the discretion of the head NABBA official and contest promoter, the use of light body oil may be permitted.
Round 1. Symmetry – Quarter Turns
All competitors in the class will present themselves on stage in serial order in a straight line or curve facing the judges and assume a semi-relaxed stance with ankles touching. The head judge will instruct the competitors as a group to execute a series of quarter turns to the right allowing the judges to view them from the front, left side, back, and right side before returning to the front position. When the judges are satisfied, Round 1 is completed.
Round 2. Comparative Displays
All competitors in the class will present themselves on stage in serial order. The head judge will call in sequence the six mandatory displays giving the competitors a sufficient number of seconds to hold the display for the judge’s determination and ample time for the competitors to rest between each display. After the initial comparison are completed, the head judge may shift the position of the competitors and conduct additional comparisons.
The official comparative displays for the Ms. Figure® are: (1) Hands on Hips (front), (2) Side Chest, (3) Side Triceps, (4) Back (hands overhead), (5) Abdominals I Serratus, and (6) Abdominals and Legs (from the front).
Round 3. Individual Routines – Free Posing
Each competitor will be allowed a maximum of 60 to 90 seconds as specified by the promoter to exhibit her figure, physical conditioning, charisma, and presentation ability through this free posing round choreographed to the athlete’s own choice of music. It should be colorful, interesting and enjoyable for both the athlete to perform and audience to view. The routine may be of artistic creation, graceful and artful but can contain dance moves and aerobic displays. No specific moves or poses are required. The routine is not intended to be a fitness presentation. It should not contain gymnastics, muscular poses, nor poses with a clenched fist. The routine must be performed in posing suit and barefooted. Competitors and judges are again reminded that however graceful and exciting an individual presentation may be, the most important aspect is the agreed criteria applied to the Ms. Figure®judging , i.e. shape, proportions, and a trained look with moderate body fat.
Ms. Bikini Height Classes:
Bikini (Open, Novice)
5’-4” to 5’ 6“
5’ 6“ And Up
The agreed NABBA criteria for the Ms. Bikini judging are as follows:
The emphasis is on the shapely and symmetrical female beach body. The competitor should not have the toned development or definition of the Ms. Figure® competitor.
Ms. Bikini- Judging Procedures
The judging will be conducted in two rounds. Round one will be judged on the competitor’s symmetry and appearance. In this round the competitors will enter the stage as a group and will be instructed by the head judge to do quarter turns; the judges will rank the competitors in comparison with the other competitors (1-10,etc, with 1 being the 1st placement). Round two will be judged by a stage walk taking into consideration: style of walk, poise, confidence, stage presence and attitude. In this round the competitors will do individual stage walking, the judges will rate the walk with a numeric value between 1 and 10, with 1 being the best score; lowest score wins. Demerits will be given for excessive muscularity, striations or leanness.
Ms. Bikini Judging Criteria
- Symmetry and Appearance: Competitors will be judged on good overall symmetrical balance to their physiques.
- Style of Walk I Poise: Competitors should display confidence and personality in their walk and project poise and charisma. Turns should be smooth and fluid.
- Confulence I Stage Presence I Attitude: Judges are looking for competitors to project themselves in a confident and positive manner with a relaxed and positive smile and depicting an energetic attitude.
- Demerits for Excessive Muscularity: Competitors in this category should not possess the muscularity of Ms. Figure or Ms. Physique and can receive Demerits for being too muscular.
- Demerits for Excessive Striation or Leanness: Competitors in this category should not possess the leanness of Ms. Figure or the striations of Ms. Physique and can receive Demerits for being too lean.
- Demerits for Provocative Clothing: Competitors must wear a bikini that fits their figure properly. No thongs or g-strings permitted. Demerits can be received if clothing is deemed inappropriate.
The attire should be chosen to best display the symmetry of the competitor and must fit the figure properly. The suit must be a bikini (no g-string or thong) and a solid color, embroidered, decorated, jeweled, sequined, or tasseled. Wearing makeup or jewelry is optional and the choice of the competitor. High heel shoes are the standard footwear. Demerits could be given if clothing is deemed inappropriate.
Ms. Bikini – Stage Walking
As each venue may require stage entrance from the left or the right, below are diagrams for the Ms. Bikini Stage Walking. Each competitor will be judged individually. Entrance from Stage Right:
Enter Stage right (A); stop at center stage (B)- competitor faces the Judges to show her physique to the Judges; competitor continues walking to front of stage left (C); at this point the competitor stops and faces the Judges; then walks from stage left across stage to stage right (D), stop and face the Judges, then walks to center stage (B), face the Judges and exit stage right (E).
Entrance from Stage Left:
Enter Stage left (A); stop at center stage (B)- competitor faces the Judges to show her physique to the Judges, competitor continues walking to front of stage right (C); at this point the competitor stops, faces the Judges; then walks from stage right across stage to stage left (D), stop and face the Judges, then walks to center stage (B), face the Judges and exit stage left (E).
- Possess a current NABBA card (unregistered competitors may purchase a NABBA card for $50 at check-in, or you can buy one now by registering for the show at www.orangecountyelite.com
- Athlete’s Eligibility for NABBA USA Amateur Competitions: An amateur athlete is defined as any athlete who has not competed for prize money in a sanctioned competition of any federation. Based on this rule, all athletes competing in NABBA USA amateur competitions must be amateurs. An athlete who has competed professionally or has accepted prize money and wishes to compete as an amateur must serve a six month to one year reinstatement term and be approved by the NABBA USA National Committee. Request for reinstatement must be received in writing from the athlete.
- All competitors must present a valid photo I.D.
- A signature of consent by the parent/guardian is required for any competitor under the age of 18.
- Is P.E.D. testing necessary? No, This is a Non-Tested event
Bodybuilding, Physique, Bikini Competition Fees for the 2016 Orange County Amature Elite Sat June 25th:
Men & Women (Open & Novice)
NABBA Card Holders……………………………………. $25.00
Non-NABBA Card Holders …………………………… $75.00 (Includes NABBA Card Valid for one year from date of purchase)
Open & Novice Crossover ……………………………. $25.00 (Additional)
Late Registration………………………………………….. $25.00 *Registration day of the event will cost an additional $25.00
Tentative Event Time Line:
Venue is reserved from 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Saturday June 25, 2016
Late Registrations 9:00 AM Saturday June, 25, 2016
Bodybuilding Prejudging starts at 10:30AM
Power-lifting Event will take place between the end of Prejudging and Finals
Finals Show Starts at 5-6PM
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