JUDGING SYSTEM

GENERAL GUIDE-LINES

 

 

 

CLASSES COVERED:

 

JUNIORS - Up to 21 years (not completed before the day of the show):

 

YOUTH

Class II ・up to and including 1,75 m

Class I ・over 1, 75 m

 

GIRLS

Figure (Fitness) ・one class

Physique (Bodybuilding) ・one class

 

 * Years (21) must not be completed before the day of the show. This is certified with an identity card or an international passport.

 

LADIES:

  

Figure (Fitness)

Class II ・up to and including 1,65 m

Class I ・over 1,65 m

 

Physique (Bodybuilding) ・one class 

 

LADIES over 35 years:

 

Figure (Fitness) one class 

Physique (Bodybuilding) ・one class

* Years must be completed before the day of the show. This is certified with an identity card or an international passport.

 

 

MEN:

 

Class III - up to and including 1.68 m

Class II - from 1.68 m up to and including 1.75 m

Class I - over 1.75 m 

 

*No weight restriction.

 

MASTERS:

 

Over 40 years

Over 50 years

Over 60 years

Over 70 years

*No weight restriction.

 

 * The years must be completed before the day of the competition. This is certified with an identity card or an international passport.

 

PROFESSIONALS ・one class

 

COUPLES (on disposition)

 

WHEEL-CHAIRED

 

The format is judging by selection - as opposed to a points marking system.

The aim is to select the best developed and best proportioned bodybuilders -
male and female.

At organizers` discretion and depending on the number of the athletes at the day of the show, the classes could be changed or united.

 

 

COMPETITION DISCIPLINES

 

  1. THE ATHLETES STAND FACING THE JUDGE PANEL, TURN RIGHT (showing left side), BACK, RIGHT AGAIN (showing right side) AND AGAIN FRONT. THE POSE IS RELAX.

 

  1. INDIVIDUAL ROUTINES

 

 

  1. COMPARIONS

 

After all three disciplines have been completed competitors are selected and placed in
order of merit by each member of judging panel. The results are then transferred to a
´master-sheet´ to determine each competitor´s final placing. This is achieved by adding
up the place votes of each competitor and recording the total. Before a final count
takes place the highest and lowest marking for each competitor is deducted from each
judging sheet. The deduction of the highest and lowest markings applies up to, and including, a nine-man judging panel. For any increase in panel numbers above that figure
- 11-13, deduct the two highest and lowest scores. 7 m・/span>n judging panel is the lowest acceptable number at national contests.

 

FINALISTS

 

The number of finalists in each class or contest shall be pre-determined, and recorded on a judges list of competitors. Six athletes are let to the final.

 

TIE SITUATIONS

 

In the event of a tie situation the competitor with the highest number of firsts will be declared
winner. If two (or more) competitors have the same number of firsts the Judges Chairman will
carefully consider the judges score awarded to each competitor.

If each of the judges has recorded a vote for both competitors, one competitor will automatically be placed higher by a majority of judges.

If a particular judge does not vote for either of the competitors and a tie situation remains, the reserve judges score will be used. If no reserve score is available, or if the reserve score fails to resolve the situation, the Judges` Chairman has the casting vote.

 

 

STANDARD REQUIRED

Officials (team leaders) take decision to bring only those athletes who are in top form and measure up to the high standard required.

If the judges consider an athlete does not meet the required standard they have the right to
eliminate the athlete from the contest. The Judges` Chairman will inform the athlete and the official.

 

POSTURE AND GENERAL DEPORTMENT

Some athletes are blessed with exceptionally good genetics and scene behavior. They are the lucky ones. They usually stand tall, are well-groomed and have looks and a shape of head to match their physique. They really are the fortunate few.

The less fortunate will almost certainly carry some form of skeletal faults. That can be seen at the very beginning ・in the first discipline. Experienced judges with a trained eye will have little difficulty spotting such deficiencies. Less experienced judges must look for, and vote accordingly, those with a shortfall in these areas.

The most common of these is the shoulder structure. Narrow shoulders, a long neck 
(probably coupled with a broad hips structure and short thighs). Other problems are the dropped shoulder in one shoulder lower than the other; and rounded shoulders, showing a scapula protrusion which gives the competitor a haunched appearance.

Another major weakness is the spine curvature. This one is more common, but is one which 
can easily be disguised. Watch for the competitor who is persistently anxious to show a 
slight twist of upper the body in the direction of the judges in the demonstration of the poses. Or the arms locked slightly backwards to hide the deficiency.

Other frequent faults are long legs and short upper body; or the reverse of this condition; abnormally long arms with large hands; bow-legs; knock knees and various feet and ankle deformities.

 

COMPULSORY COMPARISONS

The compulsory comparisons are a composite selection of poses considered to display all
aspects of the modern day physique to best advantage. Competitors come out to the podium and form a line in order of their start numbers. If there are too many competitors in a particular class, they are divided into groups of five. Then after a signal from the Judges Chairman, they perform the eight poses.

The compulsory comparisons are a selection of poses, which are thought so to show all aspects of the modern physique in best light.

 

COMPARISONS BY JUDGES` CHOICE

The procedure begins with the judges selecting groups of their choice. The judging slips are then collected by senior officials for scrutiny and permutation. After agreement has been reached on permutation the first group of athletes are called forward.

Judges can maximum of four competitors. The latter number is 
considered as the limit to which the judges, at any given time, can give their full attention.

The Judges Chairman must ensure that no unnecessary repetition call-outs take place or calling out the same competitors three times in succession. The Judges Chairman will have the authority to add or substract competitors from a particular group, and to call a comparison group of his own choice if there is any undue delay of group call-outs. He will also have the authority to bring to an end the comparison call-outs of any given height class if he feels all permutations have been exhausted and further unnecessary call-out will encroach on the overall judging time schedule.

 

THE POSES

 

1. DOUBLE BICEPS (front)

This is the pose which - perhaps more than any other- epitomizes what is the athlete at 
all. Muscular development, size, power and strength. The association of the biceps with the strong man is not from yesterday. Look for a fully developed arm (even though it´s a double biceps the triceps should compliment the overall arm shape). But most of all look for well-developed biceps - thick and high-peaked with good shape and separation. Look also for the arms that enhance the rest of the physique and produce a balance.

 

2. FRONT LAT SPREAD

One of the best known and most widely used displays in sport. Judges should 
look for that much sought-after V-shape. They should also be looking for a ´tie-in´ 
and upper body blend of arms, chest, serratus and deltoids - to compliment the V-shape. Judges (and competitors) should be aware that although this pose deals primarily with 
the ´front lat spread´ attention should be paid to ´positioning´ other parts of the body accordingly - particularly the legs. This applies to all compulsory comparison poses.

3. SIDE CHEST (any side)

A full side-chest pose, properly executed, can be very impressive. In former days it was 
one of the hallmarks of a top physique. Nowadays it is looked on as a more integral 
(but no less important) part of the physique. Look for overall thickness and development 
of the pectorals (major and minor), and a good arch of the rib-cage. Again, either side can be displayed.

4. DOUBLE BICEPS (back)

Properly executed this can be one of the most impressive poses in bodybuilding. Those 
who possess thickness, shape and highly developed muscular separation will stand out immediately. These are the main requirements and they must also include the lumbar 
region. But particular emphasis must be placed on the peaks of the biceps, forearms, 
triceps, trapezius and the three heads of the deltoids. Not only the width, but also thickness and depth of the back`s muscles are assessed.

 

5. BACK LAT SPREAD

Like its counterpart (the front version) this one should show the V-shape - wide shoulders and a narrow waist. Attention should also be paid to thickness of development in upper back area and lumbar region. Watch carefully for any surplus on the lower back and waist areas.

Competitors should again remember to position other aspects of their physique to produce an overall attractive display.

6. SIDE TRICEPS (any side)

This is the pose which allows a competitor to display the biggest portion of the upper 
arm - the triceps. Look for sharpness on the horse-shoe of the triceps - a three-headed muscle. Those with exceptional development may even show horizontal striations, and a fullness which begins at the elbow. Display either arm - or both alternately.

7. ABDOMINALS AND THIGHS

A display which allows judges to assess a competitors overall condition, and to establish
if he is carrying any surplus. This will be evident around the abdominal area, including the obliques, inter-costals and serratus. Coupled with the thighs display - which should show separation and striations of the quadriceps - it can be a very effective display.

 

8. MOST MUSCULAR

This is the final pose of the comparison discipline - the ´clincher´ ...the crowd-pleaser. 
But competitors should be more concerned with pleasing the judges. They can do this 
if they are in good sharp overall physical condition. The most muscular (or trap-over)
provides an opportunity to show the muscle-mass of arms, chest
, trapezius and shoulder areas. 

 

But don´t forget the legs as well, every pose begins with them!

 

The above sequence of poses are now firmly established and have been used successfully 
at all major championships almost a whole century. Constant repetition of this sequence has
made athletes worldwide familiar and comfortable with the requirements. It has also been
instrumental  in overcoming early language interpretation problems.

 

GENERAL COMMENT

A good performance can elevate a competitor several places up the ladder - perhaps even produce a winning vote. When on scene, stay maximum flexed, don`t go slack. This make a good impression to judges and public also. Learn the poses thoroughly. Take advice if necessary - preferably from an experienced, but impartial (best of all former) athlete.

Some competitors´ physiques will show better on some poses than others. Work on the ones which don´t suit. It may mean only a small change - a shift in angle of the head, a new legs position, a twist of the upper body in the direction of the judges...or a correction to one of the most common faults - the head bent forward and the shoulders rounded on a double biceps from the back.

 

SKIN BLEMISHES AND DISFIGURATIONS

 

As a general rule BNFF has never marked down an athlete with skin
blemishes such as tattoos, skin rash, minor burns, scars, etc. However, in all cases these have
been minor blemishes, which the athlete has been able to disguise or cover up with body coloring. Excessive markings of this kind cannot be ignored - however unfortunate - 
and must count in the general appearance of the athlete.

 

AMATEUR STATUS

Competitions are for amateurs. But BNFF has the right to held also professional contest with money prizes, also to give professional cards and master quota for good classifyings.

 

PROFESSIONAL STATUS

A professional card has the right to get Men`s overall champion, Masters` overall champion, Ladies` Figure (Fitness) overall champion, the first of Ladies` Physique (Bodybuilding) class. This is valid for European and World championships, organized by BNFF. Professional card can get also every good athlete who send his photos, CV and classifyings from competitions, attended with a request to the president of the federation. All professional athletes pay annual member fee of 200 euros.

 

 

LADIES` CONTEST

 

JUNIORS up to 21 years (not completed before the day of the show)

Figure (Fitness) ・one class

Physique (Bodybuilding) ・one class

* Years (21) must not be completed before the day of the show. This is certified with an identity card or an international passport.

 

LADIES:

Figure (Fitness)

Class II ・up to and including 1.65 m

Class I ・over 1.65 m

 

Physique (Bodybuilding) ・one class

 

LADIES over 35 years:

 

Figure (Fitness) ・one class 

Physique (Bodybuilding) ・one class 

 

* Years must be completed before the day of the show. This is certified with an identity card or an international passport.

 

 FIGURE (FITNESS) CLASS

 

The agreed international criteria requirement for the Ladies FIGURE (FITNESS) judging is as follows:

The emphasis must be on feminine shape and proportion, while retaining a ´trained look´ and a low body fat levels, but not carrying development or definition to an extreme that could be classed as unfeminine. It should not have the degree of development, definition, separation or striation of the female Physique competitor.

Four disciplines are involved and competitors should prepare with diligence for all of them. During the disciplines wearing jewellery and accessories  like wigs, false eyelashes, false manicure and also silicon implants in the area of the chest muscles is permitted. High-heeled shoes are obligatory for the first and the second discipline. Bathing suit is recommended  to be with a string low part, upper and low part to be the same color. This gives a better and completed perfection of the feminine figure.

 

DISCIPLINE 1

Introducing with a night-dress

 

THE ATHLETES STAND FACING THE JUDGE PANEL, TURN RIGHT (showing left side), BACK, RIGHT AGAIN (showing right side) AND AGAIN FRONT. THE POSE IS RELAX.

The athlete is with a night-dress and high-heeled shoes.

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 turns (through 360ー) 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. With a Chairman`s decision, to the athletes could be given the opportunity to introduce themselves to the public.

 

DISCIPLINE 2

Introducing with a bathing-suit

THE ATHLETES STAND FACING THE JUDGE PANEL, TURN RIGHT (showing left side), BACK, RIGHT AGAIN (showing right side) AND AGAIN FRONT. THE POSE IS RELAX.

The athlete is with a bathing-suit and high-heeled shoes. Bathing suit is recommended  to be with a string low part; upper and low part to be the same color. This gives a better and completed perfection of the feminine figure.

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 turns (through 360ー) 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 3

INDIVIDUAL ROUTINES

This discipline will allow judges to assess each individual competitor. Time allocation for each competitor will be 90 seconds (1 1/2 minutes) max. Prejudging posing-time can be reduced to one minute in case of high quantity of competitors.

Judges are again reminded that however graceful and exciting and individual presentation may be, the most important aspect is the agreed criteria applied to Figure judging. Competitors should construct their routines to reflect this.

Shoes are not obligatory.

 

DISCIPLINE 4

COMPULSORY COMPARISONS

Competitors should strive to achieve their best possible performance. The five comparison poses below are selected in a way so to be seen the completely, harmonic and proportional development of the musculature.

1. DOUBLE BICEPS (front)

To emphasize overall upper body condition. Hands to remain ´open´ (unclenched) during display. Remember to retain a ´good´ legs position!

2. SIDE CHEST (any side)

Display any side to show upper body and chest condition and development. Remember to retain a ´good´ legs position!

Display any side to show upper arm and shoulder condition. Remember to retain a ´good´ legs position!

3. BACK DOUBLE BICEPS

To emphasize overall back and arms conditions. Remember to retain a ´good´ legs position!

4. SIDE TRICEPS (any side)

5. ABDOMINALS AND THIGHS

To display overall body condition and contour.

NOTE: Hands to remain ´open´ during all comparisons poses. Also during individual routines.

 

PHYSIQUE (BODYBUILDING) CLASS

 

The agreed international criteria requirements for the PHYSIQUE (BODYBUILDING) are as follows:

The emphasis must be on feminine shape and proportion, while retaining a 鍍rained look・and a low body fat levels, but not carrying development or definition to an extreme that could be classed as unfeminine.

Four disciplines are involved and competitors should prepare with diligence for all of them. During the disciplines wearing jewellery and accessories  like wigs, false eyelashes, false manicure and also silicon implants in the area of the chest muscles is permitted. High-heeled shoes are obligatory for the first and the second discipline. Bathing suit is recommended  to be with a string low part, upper and low part to be the same color. This gives a better and completed perfection of the feminine figure.

 

DISCIPLINE 1

Introducing with a night-dress

 

THE ATHLETES STAND FACING THE JUDGE PANEL, TURN RIGHT (showing left side), BACK, RIGHT AGAIN (showing right side) AND AGAIN FRONT. THE POSE IS RELAX.

The athlete is with a night-dress and high-heeled shoes.

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 turns (through 360ー) 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. With a Chairman`s decision, to the athletes could be given the opportunity to introduce themselves to the public.

 

DISCIPLINE 2

Introducing with a bathing-suit

THE ATHLETES STAND FACING THE JUDGE PANEL, TURN RIGHT (showing left side), BACK, RIGHT AGAIN (showing right side) AND AGAIN FRONT. THE POSE IS RELAX.

The athlete is with a bathing-suit and high-heeled shoes. Bathing suit is recommended  to be with a string low part, upper and low part to be the same color. This gives a better and completed perfection of the feminine figure.

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ー) 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 3

INDIVIDUAL ROUTINES

This discipline will allow judges to assess each individual competitor.

Time allocation for each competitor will be 90 seconds (1 1/2 minutes) max. Prejudging posing-time can be reduced to one minute in case of high quantity of competitors.

Judges are again reminded that however graceful and exciting and individual presentation may be, the most important aspect is the agreed criteria applied to Figure (Fitness) judging. Competitors should construct their routines to reflect this.

Shoes are not obligatory.

 

DISCIPLINE 4

COMPULSORY COMPARISONS

Competitors should strive to achieve their best possible performance by performing the compulsory poses.

1. DOUBLE BICEPS (front)

This is the pose which - perhaps more than any other- epitomises what is the athlete at all. Look for a fully developed arm (even though it´s a double biceps the triceps should compliment the overall arm shape). But most of all look for well-developed biceps - thick and high-peaked with good shape and separation. Look also for the arms that enhance the rest of the physique and produce a balance.

2. FRONT LAT SPREAD

One of the best known and most widely used displays in bodybuilding. Judges should look 
for that much sought-after V-shape. They should also be looking for a ´tie-in´ and upper body blend of arms, chest, serratus and deltoids - to compliment the V-shape. Judges (and competitors) should be aware that although this pose deals primarily with the ´front lat spread´ attention should be paid to ´positioning´ other parts of the body accordingly - particularly the legs. This applies to all compulsory comparison poses.

3. SIDE CHEST (any side)

A full side-chest pose, properly executed, can be very impressive. Look for overall thickness and development of the pectorals (major and minor), and a good arch of the rib-cage. Again, either side can be displayed.

4. DOUBLE BICEPS (back)

Properly executed this can be one of the most impressive poses in bodybuilding. Those who possess shape and developed muscular separation will stand out immediately. These are the main requirements and they must also include the lumbar region. But particular emphasis must be placed on the biceps, forearms, triceps, trapezius and the three heads of the deltoids.

5. BACK LAT SPREAD

Like its counterpart (the front version) this one should show the V c-shape - side shoulders and a narrow waist. Attention should also be paid to thickness of development in upper back area and lumbar region. Watch carefully for any surplus on the lower back and waist areas. Competitors should again remember to position other aspects of their physique to produce an overall attractive display.

6. SIDE TRICEPS (any side)

This is the pose which allows a competitor to display the biggest portion of the upper arm - the triceps. Look for sharpness on the horse-shoe of the triceps - a three-headed muscle. Those with exceptional development may even show horizontal striations, and a fullness which begins at the elbow. Display either arm.

 

7. ABDOMINALS AND THIGHS

A display which allows judges to assess a competitor`s overall condition, and to establish if she is carrying any surplus. This will be evident around the abdominal area, including the obliques, inter-costals and serratus. Coupled with the thighs display - which should show separation and striations of the quadriceps - it can be a very effective display.

 

YOUTH`S CONTEST 

 

YOUTH

Class II ・up to and including 1,75 m

Class I ・over 1, 75 m

 * Years (21) must not be completed before the day of the show. This is certified with an identity card or an international passport.

Disciplines, poses and requirements are the same as for the men, only the Individual routine is not limited in time. (look down)

 

 

MEN`S CONTEST

           

Classes are:

Class III - Up to and including 1.68 m

Class II - From 1.68 m up to and including 1.75 m

Class I - Over 1.75 m 

 

*No weight restriction.

 

DISCIPLINE 1

THE ATHLETES STAND FACING THE JUDGE PANEL, TURN RIGHT (showing left side), BACK, RIGHT AGAIN (showing right side) AND AGAIN FRONT. THE POSE IS RELAX.

This discipline will require judges to evaluate standards of symmetry, proportion, muscular development and condition, posture and general deportment, in a RELAXED state.

Overall symmetry, good muscular development and condition will be preferred.

Competitors with ´exceptional´ or ´sensational´ development areas which don´t come together in the form of overall symmetry or competitors with an imbalance in their physical make-up won`t be encouraged.

Competitors should remember this discipline in the first view the judges have of their physiques. By this stage all the serious training is over - so arguably posture and general deportment are the most important items on their list. How you conduct yourself can impress and influence the judging panel. Don´t waste energy doing unnecessary poses or playing to the gallery. Remember it is a RELAXED discipline. 
Give the judging panel your full time and attention. Concentrate on what the panel are looking for at this point - good posture and bearing, and a dignified portrayal of your physique.

The discipline begins with a full line-up facing the judges. Even at this stage judges should 
be making preliminary notes and selections.

If the line-up is a large one the judges chairman should reserve the line-up to provide a close-up of competitors from opposing ends or to divide them into smaller groups, and to 
ensure each group appears under the same lighting. After an appropriate time lapse the 
chairman will instruct competitors to make a QUARTER turn to the right - the first of 
four such turns (through 360ー) which will allow judges to assess the competitors left side, 
back and right side - before returning to the front line-up position.

 

DISCIPLINE 2

INDIVIDUAL ROUTINES

 

This discipline will afford judges the opportunity to extend their assessment of individual 
competitors.

The time allocation for each competitor will be 90 seconds (1 1/2 minutes) max.
In case of a high quantity of competitors the Judges` Chairman can decide for 1 minute posing time during the prejudging.

Judges will be looking for tone, shape and quality of individual and collective muscle groups. 
Presentation will also be an important consideration, but the main criteria for selection and 
placing will be symmetry, proportion, muscular development and condition.

Presentation in recent years has become an attractive and exciting prospect. This will not 
in any way be discouraged, however competitors should remember that the most important 
aspect of any individual routine should reflect the above criteria, and are therefore advised 
to use their time allocation for this purpose. Gymnastic or acrobatic displays, whilst an 
enjoyable diversion for the audience, must nor influence the judges decisions on selection.

Discipline 2 should also see the judges consolidating their choice of finalists. It´s an important discipline.

DISCIPLINE 3

COMPARISONS

Arguably the most important discipline of all. Eight compulsory comparisons poses which allow the judges to assess selected competitors.

 

Compulsory comparisons poses are as follows:

1. DOUBLE BICEPS (front)

2. FRONT LAT SPREAD

3. SIDE CHEST (any side)

4. DOUBLE BICEPS (back)

5. BACK LAT SPREAD

6. SIDE TRICEPS (any side)

7. ABDOMINALS AND THIGHS

8. MOST MUSCULAR

 

MASTERS

 

Over 40 years

Over 50 years

Over 60 years 

Over 70 years

*No weight restriction.

* The years must be completed before the day of the competition. This is certified with an identity card or an international passport.

 

Official disciplines:

1. THE ATHLETES STAND FACING THE JUDGE PANEL, TURN RIGHT (showing left side), BACK, RIGHT AGAIN (showing right side) AND AGAIN FRONT. THE POSE IS RELAX.

 

  1. INDIVIDUAL ROUTINES

 

  1. COMPULSORY COMPARIONS

 *Assessing criteria are the same as in the men`s classes.

PROFESSIONALS` CONTEST

 

Disciplines, poses and requirements are the same as for the men, only the Individual routine is not limited in time, but it must be no more than 2 minutes maximum.

 

 

COUPLES

(ON DISPOSITION)

Judges first assess if the couple is in harmony. Bad impression make the discrepancy in th physique characteristics. The man has to dominate over the woman with a height and muscle development. It is recommended the color of the tan and the bathing suits to be the same. There may even be a resemblance in bone structure and general appearance. The individual routine have to be performed in synchron and to emphasize on the common features and strong sides of the athletes.

 

The official disciplines involved in couples judging are as follow:

1. THE ATHLETES STAND FACING THE JUDGE PANEL, TURN RIGHT (showing left side), BACK, RIGHT AGAIN (showing right side) AND AGAIN FRONT. THE POSE IS RELAX.

 

2. INDIVIDUAL ROUTINES

3. COMPULSARY COMPARISONS

 

Details of the above disciplines are contained at the beginning.

 

 

SELECTING JUDGES

 

SELECTION OF JUDGES FOR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTESTS

 

1. To acquire judge qualification, a course, organized by BNFF must be passed.

2. The final selection of judges from the federation is in the hands of the Judges Chairman. His is the main responsibility for selection and grading lies with the Judges Chairman.

3. Nominations for judges with a good record for promotion to a higher level is always welcome. The first step in this direction will most likely be as Reserve Judge in a contest with higher rang.

4. A judge can move up in rang if he shows a good cognoscibility, objective and correct assessment. That happens if the Judges Chairmen decide that this judge covers all the main judge requirements of BNFF.

 

SELECTION OF JUDGES FOR ACQUIERING AN INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY

1. Judges with successful judiciary in some contests can get an international judge booklet which give them a statute of an international judge.

 2. BNFF can organize an international judge course for the countries-members of BNFF. After passing an exam judges get an international judge certificate.

 

BULGARIAN JUDGES IN JUDGE PANELS OF INTERNATIONAL CONTESTS

1. BNFF send the nominations of the Bulgarian judges.

2. All nominated judges must possess an international category.

3. After a cast judges are divided into different judge panels.

4. Judges who pass successfully an exam and who have an international judge booklet, have the right to be part of judge panels in contests, organized by all international federations.

 

GENERAL COMMENT

Some presidents of sport clubs take the view that because their athletes are competing they must have representation on the judging panel. This does not -and should not- necessarily follow. Only the best judges should be officials - regardless of whether or not their athletes compete.

If any judge shows consistently poor scoring in a major event the Judges Chairman will have the right to withdraw that judges sheet and disqualify him from future panels. (It is the same for international, European and World championships)

If a judge show consecutively bad quality in assessing (or subjectivity) on an important event, the Chairman has the right to cancel the judge`s sheet and to disqualify the judge for next acts.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

JUDGES` RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Judges must exercise responsibilities to the best of their abilities. To achieve this the following rules must be strictly adhered to:

1. No talking or conferring with fellow judges.

2. Select the required number of finalists.                             

3. Sign your judging sheet.

4.  Print your name below your signature.

5.  Exercise all request through the judges chairman.

6. Check-in with the chairman fifteen minutes before judging time.

 

Efforts have to be made so to stick to the above rules, mostly Rule ケ 1. Talking and conferring can work on the decisions and to increase unnecessary the judge schedule, except for it is not honest to the athletes. Judges must choose and classify depending on their conscience and experience and always in conformity with the coordinated international criteria.

 

COMPETITORS` RESPONSIBILITIES

 

To assist in making the judging and show as smooth running as possible competitors are requested to observe the following:

1. Adhere to appointed judging and show times. Running times of   both events - particularly
judging - can vary slightly
. Stick to the requirements for the time and observe strict discipline during the competition.Give yourself a built in allowance to meet this and to make all necessary preparations.

2. Appear in your best possible condition.

3. Make sure your nominated height class in the correct one.

4. Wear neatly cut posing bathing suits or costumes.

5. Don´t spoil your appearance with badly applied tanning lotion. Too much luster is also bad for your vision.

6. Make sure your music is record on a quality tape only (CD or cassette). And do not record your music in the middle of some other music.  Preferably, it should be recorded at the beginning, and on its own.

7. Be prepared mentally for a lengthy wait if your class contest is at the end of the judging.

8. Consider bringing your own food to the judging. Some venues may not have the food
    you want.

9. Do not insist on having friends, coaches, etc, backstage. It is possible to have limited number of rooms in the hotel and the food to be provided only for the athletes.

10. You have to observe the good manner standards so not to lower the reputation and the good name of your club or country. This is valid for competitions of any rang ・national or international.

11. Consult officials in any problems arise.

 

ORGANISERS` RESPONSIBILITIES

 

To provide good quality judging arrangements and facilities. These should include the following:

1. Provide the Judges Chairman with a full list of competitors (all divisions), including their
   names, class and the sport club.

2. Area for the technical part of the contest (selection of judges, class distribution, start numbers).

3. To provide competition numbers - preferably black numbers on a white background. Size: 10 cm high, 8 cm wide. They must also carry an attachment clip.

4. To provide adequate backstage and dressing room facilities (male and female), properly sign-posted, and if possible, close to the stage.

5. To provide height measuring equipment and crew.

6. To put tables showing the way between dressing rooms and the scene.

7. Good stage and lighting facilities.

8. Good music facilities and a person arranged only for this.

9. Good microphone facilities - including table microphone.

10. A proper table and seating arrangement for judging. A supply of   blank paper, pens, etc. A supply of refreshments.

11. Officials to co-ordinate, permutate, and tabulate each and every comparison call-out.

12. Crew to support the secretary staff work.

 

BNFF organizes every year National, European and World championships for amateurs and professionals. And also Grand Prix 泥ionysopolis・for professionals and amateurs with money prizes.

 

                  Yanislav Tachev,

               President of BNFF

 

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