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PCA CLASS CRITERIA RULES

ALL MEN'S CLASSES- JUDGING CRITERIA

Full criteria download here: (FULL CRITERIA PDF)

 

All Bodybuilding classes will be judged on, Muscularity, Symmetry, Balance & Proportions, Conditioning & Presentation. Stage presence, etiquette & tanning will form the foundations of all judging decisions.

 

All Men’s Bodybuilding Classes will follow the same format:

 

Attire will be posing trunks with no logos or motifs. Thongs are not permitted.

Athletes should be free of body hair. No body jewellery is allowed

 

  • Athletes will enter on-stage in numerical order & stand in line.

  • Athletes will perform quarter turns.

  • Athletes will perform compulsory poses.

  • Athletes will perform individual posing routines.

  • Athletes may be asked to perform a free style posedown as a group.

  • Athletes will then be awarded medals, trophies, Finals invitation etc...

  • Athletes will then leave the stage.

 

In all instances the athletes will be directed & instructed by the MC, Judges Panel & possibly designated stage helpers.

 

QUARTER TURNS

 

Head must face the same direction as the feet

Hands must be held slightly away from the trunk

No twisting of the torso

Feet must be flat on the floor

 

COMPULSORY POSES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

Front Double Bicep

Front Lat Spread

Side Chest*

Side Tricep*

Rear Double Bicep

Rear Lat Spread

Abdominals & Thigh

Most Muscular

 

*In most instances the athletes will be asked to show just a single side on the Tricep & Bicep poses but in comparisons they may be invited to specifically show either side individually.

 

 

Individual Posing Routines

 

Each athlete will be allowed 60 seconds of Individual Free Posing to music of their own choosing. In all instances the music will start playing & the athlete will enter the stage to perform their routine.

 

To reiterate the entry rules, no music shall have bad language, blasphemy or promote violence.In the event of a technical problem a music track will be provided by the event organiser.

 

 

JUNIOR BODYBUILDING

 

The age limit to compete in Junior Bodybuilding is 23 & under. For clarification this limit is 23 years & 364 days. This ruling also applies for the British Finals, if an athlete has qualified within that age range but then falls outside by the time the final comes around the athlete is permitted to change classes, usually to Novice Class but will generally be guided by PCA officials if required.

 

FIRST TIMERS CLASS

 

This class is for an athlete who has never stepped on stage at all previously. Model Classes, independent shows or local show involvement disqualifies an athlete from entering. It is for TRUE First Time athletes only.

 

In the event of an athlete being selected for the British Finals they are subsequently allowed to compete in future PCA Shows, however if that athlete then again is selected to compete in another class at the Finals then we would insist that the athlete rescind the First Timers Invitation & compete in the more experienced class.

 

NOVICE BODYBUILDING

 

 An athlete who has not placed in any top 3 of ANY Federation’s National Final will be considered a Novice, First Time Classes or Junior Classes being the exemption to this rule.

 A Novice cannot move between open Classes & then back to Novice, the single exception is if they are/ were able to move to Junior Bodybuilding.

In all cases, athletes will be encouraged to move out of the Novice Class if it is felt they are of a sufficient standard to challenge in open classes.

 

MASTERS OVER 40’S

 

            The age requirement to compete in the Masters Over 40s is that an athlete MUST be aged 40 or above at the qualifying show. A 39 year old man cannot compete with the intention of being 40+ at the Finals.

 

MASTERS OVER 50’S

 

            The age requirement to compete in the Masters Over 50’s is that an athlete MUST be aged 50 or above at the qualifying show. A 49 year old man cannot compete with the intention of being 50+ at the Finals.

 

DISABILITY

 

This Class is open to disabled athletes only.

 

MR CLASSES (HEIGHT)

The Height Requirements are as follows;

 

NEW HEIGHTS BEING INTRODUCED

MR Class Short

Mr Class Medium

MR Class Tall

 

 

 

CLASSIC BODYBUILDING

 

In larger groups the classes may be split into Tall & Short Classes.

 

Short Class:   Up to & including 175 cm’s (5 feet 8 inches)

Tall Class:      Over 175.1 cm’s 

 

Judging Criteria

 

Classic Bodybuilding Class will be judged on, Muscularity, Symmetry, Balance & Proportions, Conditioning & Presentation.

Judges will reward physiques that best represent a graceful package with all muscle groups flowing from broad shoulders. Athletes should ideally be small at the waist & have powerful legs that tie in & complement the upper body.

Individual Posing Routines will be marked & should be considered by the judges when assessing the athlete’s overall scoring.

Stage presence, etiquette & tanning will form the foundations of all judging decisions.

 

Head must face the same direction as the feet

Hands must be held slightly away from the trunk

No twisting of the torso

Feet must be flat on the floor

 

The compulsory poses are as follows;

 

Front Double Bicep

Front Lat Spread

Side Chest*

Side Tricep*

Rear Double Bicep

Rear Lat Spread

Abdominals & Thigh

Most Muscular

Classical interpretation of:         Front Pose

                                                            Side Pose

                                                            Rear pose

 

*In most instances the athletes will be asked to show just a single side on the Tricep & Bicep poses but in comparisons they may be invited to specifically show either side individually.

 

 

MEN'S PHYSIQUE CLASSES:

 

The following Classes fall within the categorisation of Men’s Physique;

 

  • Junior Men’s Physique

  • Men’s Physique

  • Masters Men’s Physique

 

Both Masters & Junior Physique will be offered at Registration, however these classes are subject to a minimum entry of 6 Athletes per class. If less than the required numbers register the Athlete(s) will be moved into the open Men’s Physique. The judges will be aware of the athlete’s age groups & will be able to extend invitations for Finals appearances relative to the specific ages.

 

Judging Criteria

 

All Men’s Physique Classes will be judged on the Athlete having an athletic appearance with, Muscularity, Symmetry, Balance & Proportions, Conditioning & Presentation.

Stage presence, etiquette & tanning will form the foundations of all judging decisions.

Every aspect of the Athlete’s performance will be judged including skin tone & condition, hair & facial features.

 

All Men’s Physique Classes will follow the same format:

 

Attire will be long board shorts of any colour that do not extend below the knee ensuring there are no logos, motifs or advertisements visible on the shorts.

 

Athletes should be free of body hair. No body jewellery is allowed.

 

Athletes will enter on-stage in numerical order & stand in line.

Athletes will perform quarter turns.

Athletes will perform compulsory poses.

Athletes will perform individual “I” Walks

Athletes may be asked to perform a free style posedown as a group.

Athletes will then be awarded medals, trophies, Finals invitation etc...

Athletes will then leave the stage.

 

In all instances the athletes will be directed & instructed by the MC, Judges Panel & possibly designated stage helpers.

 

Quarter Turns;

 

Head must face the same direction as the feet

Hands must be held slightly away from the trunk with no clenching of fists

No twisting of the torso

Feet must be flat on the floor

 

The compulsory poses are as follows;

 

1.        Front-Facing, Arms Overhead, Open Handed

2.        *Left Side Showing abdominals & obliques with left hand behind head

3.        Rear-Facing, Arms Overhead, Open Handed

4.        *Right Side Showing abdominals & obliques with right hand behind head

 

*In side poses the remaining hand can be on or off hips

 

The “I” Walk will be performed as follows;

 

Athletes will be selected in numerical order

The Athlete will commence from rear of the stage with a front pose of choice.

The Athlete will move to the front of stage & again show a front pose of choice.

The Athlete will then perform four quarter turns presenting their own interpretation. In all cases hands can be high or low but must be open handed.

The Athlete will the return to the line in numerical order & await direction.

The complete “I” Walk should take a maximum of 60 seconds.

 

MEN’S PHYSIQUE CLASS

 

            In larger groups the classes may be split into Tall & Short Classes.

 

Short Class:   Up to & including 178 cm’s 

Tall Class:      Over 178.1 cm’s 

 

JUNIOR MEN’S PHYSIQUE

 

The age limit to compete in Junior Men’s Physique is 23 & under. For clarification this limit is 23 years & 364 days. This ruling also applies for the British Finals, if an athlete has qualified within that age range but then falls outside by the time the final comes around the athlete is permitted to change classes to Men’s Physique.

 

MASTERS MEN’S PHYSIQUE

 

            The age requirement to compete in the Masters Men’s Physique is that an athlete MUST be aged 35 or above at the qualifying show. A 34 year old man cannot compete with the intention of being 35+ at the Finals.

 

MUSCLE MODEL CLASS

 

In larger groups the classes may be split into Tall & Short Classes.

 

Short Class:   Up to & including 178 cm’s 

Tall Class:      Over 178.1 cm’s

Judging Criteria

 

The Muscle Model Class will be judged on the Athlete having a Muscular appearance & displaying a fuller deep chested presentation than that of the smaller Men’s Physique Class. The Athlete should be marked on Muscularity, Symmetry, Balance & Proportions, Conditioning & Presentation.

Stage presence, etiquette & tanning will form the foundations of all judging decisions.

Every aspect of the Athlete’s performance will be judged including skin tone & condition, hair & facial features.

 

Attire will be Fashion Shorts with a lace up waist ensuring there are no logos, motifs or advertisements visible on the shorts. The shorts can be any length.

 

Athletes should be free of body hair. No body jewellery is allowed.

 

Performance;

 

The Muscle Model Class will be executed in exactly the same way as The Men’s Physique Classes with the following differences:

 

Compulsory Poses vary in that there are two additions;

 

Abdominals & Thigh

Most Muscular Pose (One or Both hands on thighs- no Trap Over Pose)

 

 For clarity, Muscle Model is a larger more muscular version of Men’s Athletic Class & hence the only difference in performance is the showing of the two extra compulsory poses.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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