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Old 07-07-2005, 01:31 PM   #1
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NPC Rules and Regulations

NPC Rules and Regulations



During the prejudging a solid color suit will be worn. Suits of metallic nature are not allowed. There will be no "T" suits or "G" strings worn. The style of suit that will be worn at the actual competition must be worn at the weigh-in especially at all National competitions. No jewelry or hair ornaments will be allowed at either prejudging or the evening competition. Numbers will be on the left side of the suit.

Judging-elimination round

If there are more than 15 competitors in an individual weight class the elimination round will be done. All the competitors will be brought out as a group. Quarter turns will be done so the judges are able to see the overall level of competition. They will then come back in groups of 5 to perform the compulsory poses. At this time the judges will be deciding the top 15 competitors by placing an "X" next to a competitors number. No actual placings are given during this round. After all the competitors have performed the compulsory poses the judges sheets are collected. The 15 competitors with the most "X"'s are the ones that will make up that weight class.

Presentation Round

Each of the 15 competitors will come back individually to perform their posing routine. This will be limited to 60 seconds with a 10 second warning given during the prejudging. No music will be used at the prejudging. 90 seconds will be allowed at the evening show. During this round the judges will be focusing on how well the contestant is able to "present their physique" - showing both muscular and symmetrical development.(See judging criteria, presentation) The moon pose has been banned by the NPC and the IFBB and will not be allowed at either phase of the competition. If it is done it will result in immediate disqualification from that competition.

Muscular Development

After each contestant has finished their routines, they will be brought out as a group in numerical order. At this time the head judge will call them out in groups of 3-4 or 5 and direct them through the compulsory poses. There are five for the women and seven for the men. The judges will take this time to assess muscular development(See Judging criteria, Muscular development). The side chest and tricep pose may be done from either side.

POSE#2 - SIDE CHEST POSE (Either side)
POSE#4 - TRICEP EXTENSION(either side with front leg angled back)
POSE#8 - MOST MUSCULAR (Optional for the men)

During the entire prejudging, the judges should be looking at the competitors' symmetry. This refers to the proportion, shape and balance of muscle(See judging criteria - General Assessment). After all the competitors have done the compulsory poses,the judges may ask to see certain competitors together for comparisons. Judges are allowed to ask to see only certain poses or may ask to see a pose that is not part of the compulsory, poses but they feel they need to see in order to place these competitors.(ex. Lat. Spread for a female competitor). When all the comparisons are completed and the judges are satisfied, the line up is dismissed.

The judges then mark their score sheets, consisting of a single placing for each competitor based on all three rounds. The total package should always be considered. The Head Judge will then collect the judges sheets and make sure no judges' have made duplicate placings. The next weight class is then called out.

Evening show

The competitors are introduced either as a group or individually depending on the competition or as they perform their routines. The time limit is 90 seconds with music. No jewelry, hair ornaments or props are allowed


The Head Judge will supply the emcee with the finalists. The emcee will call out the finalists in numerical order. There will be a few minutes of free posing allowed for the audience, but no actual judging is done at this time. The emcee will announce the final placings starting with 5th or whatever the last place is and work up to first place. The trophy is awarded as the place is announced.


When scoring the placement system is used, each round will be considered of equal importance, however only one score will be marked on the judges score sheet for each contestant.

Stress to the judges that their final placing for each competitor is a reflection of the combination of all three rounds. Notes should be kept on each competitor so that a judge can tell a competitor where they excelled or where improvement is needed.

When adding all the judges scores, the high and low are discarded. The remaining scores are added together. The contestant with the lowest score wins and the rest are placed accordingly.

To determine the relative placing find out who was scored the best by each of the judges. In the above example Competitor #1 was scored better by Judges 1,2,3,and 6 (A total of 4 judges). Competitor #2 received better scores from judges 4,5,and 7(A total of 3 judges). Since Competitor #1 had more judges score her higher(4 to 3), she receives the higher place.

Overall Posedown

Each Weight Class Winner advances into the Overall Posedown. The Head Judge guides them through the quarter turns then the compulsory poses and then they are given 2-3 minutes of free posing with some background music. While the free posing is being done, the judges should mark their sheets placing the competitors from 1 to 3 or 5 and give their sheets as quickly as possible to the head judge so the scores can be tallied. The judges scores are compiled and the highs and lows discarded. The remaining scores are added together. The competitor with the lowest score is the overall winner.
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