NABBA FITNESS DIVISION - CLASSIFICATIONS
1. Miss Bikini Class
sub cats - a, under 21 / b, over 35 (overall)
2. Men’s Sports shorts
sub cats - a, Jr u 21 b, Over 40 (overall)
3. Men’s Classic Bodybuilding (weight to height)
sub cats - a, Jr u 21 b, Over 40
4. Ladies Toned figure – Novice
1. Miss Bikini
u21 – Junior
Open - (Over 21 & u35)
Senior - 35+
-Awards & possible Britain invites for athletes of ``standard”
a. Overall development and shape: Judges will be looking for a complete figure in terms of balance, symmetry and proportion.
b. Level of conditioning: The judges are looking for a balance of tone and athletic development. Competitors in this category will have a lighter / softer appearance than that of the Toned Figure class, but the skin tone should still be smooth without showing any signs of loose fat or cellulite. Competitors should not be excessively lean or muscular and should not show any deep separation or striations. Judges do not expect to see drawn faces but a healthy all over image.
Some abdominal definition is expected but a ripped "six pack" should not be visible.
Note: girls who exhibit these qualities or carry too much muscle tissue, may be asked to move class or will be marked down
c. Competitors will be judged on the "total package", which includes the criteria above, as well as the ability to present an attractive & healthy body image, confidence, poise and grace.
Attire - One piece or two-piece bikinis are acceptable.
Tan - should be natural and even in appearance and not unnaturally dark.
Accessories - such as bracelets necklaces rings are expected to be kept to a minimum other accessory such as hats, canes etc are not permitted.
Shoes - Heeled shoes are recommended but not compulsory.
The general presentation during the quarter turns will consist of competitors presenting themselves with poise, self-confidence and posture. Although they will be in fixed but not flexed stance. The judges are looking for a "total package" and competitors are warned against adopting any stance that tries to emulate too much muscularity.
T - Walk
Each competitor will perform a T walk (60 - seconds duration) of the DJ’s choice.
Comparisons: Competitors will be called back on to stage. Competitor numbers will be called requesting them to come front / centre stage in small groups (3 - 6) judges will request pose facing front then - left side, back and finally right side any one favorite pose.
Pose-down & Awards - All athletes may be asked to perform 30 seconds of free posing - then assemble in a line at back of stage for placement awards. (This may take place after preliminary rounds of another class)
NABBA “TONED” MISS FIGURE CRITERIA – (Introduced 2005)
The Total package of the “Toned” Miss Figure Class should display an athletic level of development presenting a balanced, symmetrical developed figure, considering the condition of the skin and the skin tone, with the ability to present confidence, poise and grace.
Judging criteria will be for a “Toned” Figure and not “physique” or “trained” Figure category – (Muscularity, vascular, muscular definition and/or diet leanness will not be considered acceptable). Competitors will be assessed as to the level of overall tone, achieved through athletic endeavours. The figure should have a round and firm appearance with small amount of body fat. Competitors cannot be excessively muscular and should be free from deep muscle separation and /or striations.
The Head Judge will make considerations as to whether or not to remove any competitor that displays a look that is “too hard”.
(Anyone that is considered too hard for the “Toned” Figure, will be given the opportunity to enter the Female Athletic category.)
The Competition Presentation will consist of the following:
Quarter Turns – The general presentation during the quarter turns will consist of competitors presenting themselves with poise, self-confidence and posture. Although they will be in a semi tense stance the judges are looking for a “total package” and competitors are warned against adopting any stance that tries to emulate too much muscularity.
Followed by – Any 1 favourite pose at front, left side, back and finally right side.
Each competitor will then be required to do an individual posing routine (90 seconds duration) maximum.
NABBA FEMALE ATHLETIC CATEGORY – (Introduced 2014)
The NABBA Council is excited to introduce a new ladies bodybuilding category, the “Athletic” category. This new and exciting development is the result of the NABBA Council listening to the needs of the Athletes and taking a Pro Active stance in the growth of female bodybuilding. Sitting between the Toned and Trained categories this offers Athletes that wish to develop from Toned, the opportunity to progress further.
The definition of this category is to show athletic and feminine development. We are not looking for large deltoid or arm development, sweeping quadriceps or a thick back, but displaying enough muscle to maintain an athletic, healthy and feminine appearance, an Athlete that works out with serious intentions.
Muscle definition, relating to how lean the muscle is, showing an absence of subcutaneous body fat and water showing muscularity, is an important aspect to cover. We are not looking for excessive vascularity, extreme striations, or the Athletes to look emaciated. Definition is encouraged, but the overall look must be one of a healthy, toned, feminine look. The way that the physique is displayed is extremely important to include the above rather than displaying the Athlete as a mini physique competitor.
Symmetry and balance, showing equal balance in muscular development and muscle definition in both the top and bottom parts of the Athletes physique, is also important. Stage presence and the overall presentation of the Athletes physique have become extremely important in the toned class, as it will be in the new “Athletic” class. Confidence, poise, skin tone, suit selection and execution of quarter turns will be taken into account and is often, where the standard is high, a determining factor in many Judges eyes.
This discipline will allow judges to assess each individual competitor. Time allocation for each competitor will be 90 seconds (1 ½ minutes ) maximum. Judges are again reminded that however graceful and exciting an individual presentation may be, the most important aspect is the agreed criteria applied to Figure Judging. Competitors should construct their routines to reflect this.
Competitors should strive to achieve their best possible performance. The Five Comparison Poses (double biceps front, side chest, side triceps, rear double biceps showing calf and abdominals and thighs).
In conclusion, this category is the result of many Athletes developing on their bodybuilding journey. Feminine and an athletic healthy appearance, coupled with stage presence will give an Athlete over one that is purely concerned with their level of definition.
NABBA TRAINED FIGURE CRITERIA - (from 2005)
The agreed NABBA criteria requirements for the Miss Trained Figure judging are as follows:
The emphasis must be on feminine shape and proportion, while retaining a “trained look” and low body fat levels, but not carrying development or definition to an extreme that could be classed as unfeminine.
Three disciplines are involved and competitors should prepare with diligence for all three. During the disciplines wearing jewellery and/or shoes is optional.
FRONT, BACK AND SIDE LINE-UP
This discipline begins with competitors facing the judges ‘front-on’, knees and ankles together. After an appropriate time lapse the judges chairman will instruct competitors to make a quarter turn to the right – the first of four such turn (through 360 degree) which will allow judges to assess the competitors left side, back and right hand side before returning to the ‘front-on’ position facing the judges.
DISCIPLINE 2 - INDIVIDUAL ROUTINES
This discipline will allow judges to assess each individual competitor.
Time allocation for each competitor will be 90 seconds (11 /2 minutes) maximum.
Judges are again reminded that however graceful and exciting an individual presentation may be, the most important aspect is the agreed criteria applied to Figure Judging. Competitors should construct their routines to reflect this.
DICIPLINE 3 - COMPULSORY COMPARISONS
A vital discipline. Competitors should strive to achieve their best possible performance. The five Comparison poses (Double Biceps Front, Side Chest, Side Triceps, Rear Double Biceps showing Calf and Abdominals and Thighs), are the accepted guidelines for Domestic and International FIGURE contests.
Approved by NABBA Council December, 2013 - Implementation as of January 2014 – NABBA HQ
2. Men’s Sports Shorts –
-Awards & possible Britain invites for athletes of ``standard”
Jr - u21, Open - Masters - o40
Muscularity and Body Condition
Judges are looking for fit and healthy contestants who show the required shape and symmetry combined with musculature and overall condition. This is not a bodybuilding contest so extreme muscularity and condition will be marked down.” Physiques should appear functionally fit with a healthy / sporty appearance!
Stage Presence and Personality
Competitors will wear Sports shorts. Mid-thigh max length in length and approx. 2 cm below belly button, no skin-tight shorts and no advertisement should be on the shorts (manufacturer’s logo is acceptable)
contestants are expected to display appealing stage presence and personality without lewdness or extreme poses.
Athletes will walk to the centre stage as a group then at instruction of the Judges Chairman perform (1/4) turns with optional pose of hand on hip or hand in pocket, each position as directed then proceed to the side of the stage
"The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do quarter turns. Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in quarter turns.”
T’ Walk Round:
Athletes will return to the stage one at a time to complete a T walk - the stage time is limited to 60 secs - athletes may hit a variety of poses - to show front, right side of body, back & the left side of the body in equal amounts using the pre marked ’T’ on stage. Athletes are expected to right, centre & left side of stage equally as possible. Overhead & hardcore bodybuilding poses are not acceptable in this class. Music will be Dj’s choice.
Judges chairmen will call & position athletes as requested by the judging panel call outs.
- Front Biceps
- Left side oblique
- Back Biceps
- Right side Oblique
- Front favorite pose
: Athletes are reminded that open hand poses / non-hardcore poses only
Pose-down & Awards - All athletes may be asked to perform 30 seconds of free posing - then assemble in a line at back of stage for placement awards. (This may take place after preliminary rounds of another class.)
3. Ladies - Toned Figure Novice Class
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.”
4. Men’s (Classic bodybuilding) –
Height to weight calculation - Athletes compete in 1 single class
Height in cm’s minus 100 + 6 = max kg of each competitor
I.E - (174cm athlete) 174 - 100 = 74 + 6 = 80 (meaning 80kg max comp weigh-in weight)
Classic Bodybuilders are judged on the OVERALL QUALITY of their muscular development; - Judging is based upon the presentation of:
Mass The perception of muscular size, has been the foundation for bodybuilding since the beginning of the sport. Yet, mass is only a merit when accompanied by the remaining qualities. Definition Indicates the degree of muscularity brought about by the
Absence of subcutaneous body fat. Defined muscularity is necessary to fully display the development of the physique.
Definition is only of value when it allows massively developed muscles to be displayed. Proportion Implies an even balance of muscular development in comparison to each muscle group. Theoretically, a "strong body part" can be just as detrimental as a "weak body part". Bodybuilders must strive for equal development between all muscle groups.
Symmetry A misnomer, is commonly used to depict "proportion" or expressed to indicate an aesthetic quality throughout the physique. Although, in its strictest definition, symmetry denotes equal development of muscularity on both right and left sides of the physique.
Stage Presence Includes posing performance and other factors influencing general appearance such as skin tone, grooming, charisma, and poise. Effective stage presentation is essential to display the physique to its maximum potential.
Attire, athletes are required to wear suitably fitting trunks no restriction on colour or material / shorts or underwear are not permitted.
Quarter Turns: To the right as requested by the Judges chairman
Routine: Each competitor will perform a 60 sec routine judges will be looking for an engaging posing routine showcasing the individual’s physique. Lewd acts / explicit music is not permitted.
Comparisons: Competitors will be judged on any one favorite pose at front, left side, back and finally right side. Judges may also request quarter turns during the call out / comparison rounds.
Pose-down & Awards - All athletes will be asked to perform 30 seconds of free posing - then assemble in a line at back of stage for placement awards. (This may take place after preliminary rounds of another class.)