NABBA RULES AND DEFINITIONS
NABBA CONTEST RULES
1. All competitors (both male and female) shall be NABBA members. It is the organiser’s responsibility to ensure that memberships are valid. A closing date for entries of one week prior to the contest date is suggested, so that any doubtful memberships may be checked with NABBA HQ. Non-members may be allowed (at the discretion of the organiser) to join on the day of the contest on payment of membership fee to contest organiser. Membership card will be sent to the competitor on receipt of membership fee to NABBA HQ. Any organiser allowing non-members to enter without charging competitor(s) membership fee will be invoiced by NABBA for said fee(s). Organiser will furnish NABBA HQ with all entry forms within seven days after the contest date.
2. Judging shall be in three phases:
(a) Front, back and side in line up. (b) Individual posing routine, not to exceed 45 seconds (may be anything from 45 seconds and up to 60 seconds max at NABBA Area Competitions depending on number of Competitors) (c) Standard comparison poses.
3. Competitors own music may be used at the judging and/or show at the discretion of the contest organiser. Organiser shall provide suitable music for competitors not providing their own. Organiser must provide adequate changing facilities and suitable lighting for physique presentation.
4. Competitors may enter only one contest per show. Unless an OPEN contest is run in conjunction with an area local contest.
5. In the case of a large number of entries, finalists may be selected at the judging to appear at the show. This should be stated on the entry form.
6. At the discretion of the contest organiser tanning colour may be used.
7. Any competitor acting in an unsportsmanlike manner must be reported to NABBA HQ and may be liable to disciplinary action. If considered serious he/she may be disqualified from contest by judges present.
8. Contest organiser may specify age limits for Junior and Master contests, which must be made known to competitors in advance. It is the organiser’s responsibility to check birth certificates if necessary.
9. Only NABBA approved judges shall officiate. Organiser must invite judges well in advance and submit names of proposed judges to NABBA HQ.
Rules apply to MALE and FEMALE competitors unless otherwise stated.
All contests are for AMATEURS unless otherwise stated. An amateur is one who has not competed for a money prize.
Special Notes regarding NABBA AREA contests:
1. No competitor may enter more than one AREA contest. This must be the area in which he/she normally resides. In extenuating circumstances competitors may seek written permission to enter ‘out of area’. Contact NABBA HQ in the first instance. firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Juniors must be 20 or under on the 1st of January in the year they wish to compete in.
3. Seniors must be over 45/55 on the date of their area contest.
4. Novices must not have been previously placed in the first three in any AREA novice contest or have won ANY OPEN contest.
5. A first timer must not have competed before.
6. Any event with less than three competitors shall be deemed a ‘No-Contest’ and winning participants will not be invited to the Britain Finals unless considered to be of high enough standard by the judges present.
7. Winners of MASTERS/OVER 55's Area contests will only be invited to compete in Britain Finals if considered to be of high enough standard by the judges present.
8. For area contests a majority of judges, if possible, should be from other NABBA areas.
Amendments to rules governing NABBA Area Contests from 24.02.2014
1. Organiser may run a Novice and/or Beginners' contest at his discretion. This will not however automatically qualify the winner to compete in the Britain Final.
2. Height Classes: the MR contest will be divided into four height classes (02.07.2000):
Class 4 Up to and including 1.65m
Class 3 Over 1.65 and up to and including 1.72m
Class 2 Over 1.72 and up to and including 1.79m
Class 1 Over 1.79m
As of 2017, the Universe will NOT have height classes for Miss Trained Figure, in line with Area shows and the Britain Finals.
3. The Winner of each height class will qualify to compete in the appropriate height class at the Britain Finals if considered to be of high enough standard by the judges present.
4. Winners of the Area Mr height classes will pose-down to select overall Mr Area Winner.
5. Winners of Britain Final Mr height classes will pose-down to select Overall Mr. Britain.
NB: Item 6 of previous Area Contest Rules will apply to all contests; i.e. any event with less than three competitors shall be deemed a 'No contest' and winning participants will not be invited to Britain Finals unless considered to be of high enough standard by the judges present. All other Area contest rules apply.
GENERAL CONTEST RULES (NON AREA)
1. Organisers may run Novice and/or Beginners' contests at their own discretion.
2. The MR class may be divided into four height classes at the organiser's discretion.
3. Item 4 & 5 of previous Area contest rules will apply to any Novice contest; i.e. Novices must not have previously been placed in the top 3 in a NABBA Area novice contest, or have won ANY OPEN contest. A First-Timer must not have competed before.
COMPETITIONS, QUALIFYING, AWARDS
The Area Shows act as qualifiers and lead up to the Mr, Miss, Junior, Masters, Novice, and Fitness categories Britain Finals which is held annually. However the first qualifier for the Britain Finals will be the NABBA UK show of the previous year.
Those placing in the top six of each class at the Britain Finals are invited to compete in the NABBA Universe Contest of that year. Anyone placing either 1st or 2nd at the Universe will have an invitation to the following year's Universe. (Bye)
The NABBA Council will discuss and agree on a renewed annual basis, selected Universe Winners to be invited to the next Annual World Championship, which NABBA recognises.
In addition, from July 2016, it was also agreed that in future our NABBA World Team (selected Universe Winners as above) will be chosen from England, N. Ireland, Scotland and Wales and will be known in future as NABBA Team G.B. (Great Britain).
INDIVIDUAL CLASS RULES AND CRITERIA
NABBA MEMBERSHIP/ENTRY FEES
All NABBA Competitors will be required to pay a £15 entry fee and also hold a valid yearly membership when entering any NABBA Competition. NOTE: the £15 entry fee will be payable at check in.
Annual membership fee = £25.00
Annual Club Affiliation fee = £35.00
DEFINITION OF A PROFESSIONAL
Competitor who declares being Professional (who earns a living by being a Professional Competitor). In the case of a Professional who wants to become eligible to compete again in a Mr or Miss category, a clear 12 months gap should take place before being allowed to compete in an AMATEUR MR OR MISS CATEGORY.
All Pro Division Competitors have to pay their Pro Division Fee (£100 sterling) and be "up to date" with annual payments before stepping on stage to compete in their pre qualified Pro competition
DEFINITION OF AN ASSOCIATE
An Associate is one whose wish is to support NABBA but who through status is not eligible to enter competitions with amateurs.
The judging rules for this are exact same at open Toned Figure – the criteria in terms of experience is same as in men’s Novice class.
“Novices male or female must not have been previously placed in the first three in any AREA novice contest or have won ANY OPEN contest.”