Definition of judges criteria
Basic rules of judges criteria of a natural bodybuilding
for the category Women‘s Physique
- rules define individual parts of bodybuilding competitions (elimination, pre-judging, finals)
- how the individual parts of bodybuilding competitions are judged
Competition clothing and preparation of athletes
An athlete shows swimwear for approval at the registration.
Clothing for all rounds is determined by the following criteria:
- Two-piece bikini crossed at the back and tied around the neck
- Colour, material and a structure is optional.
- Bikini must not be in a thong cut and have to cover 1/3 of the bottom and the entire front.
- High – heeled shoes, sandals style (not sealed pumps). The height of platform must not exceed 25 mm and the height of heel must not exceed 130 mm.
- Optional hairstyle.
- Treatment of the skin is supposed to be natural and healthy tanned.
- Colour used – ProTan or colour on the same basis (not DreamTan).
- Stylish jewellery is allowed supposing being tasteful.
- The head judge is eligible to decide whether the athlete‘s clothing is acceptable in terms of standard, taste and decency.
In case of a higher number of athletes – more than 12 in the category- an elimination is carried out.
The secretary of the head judge gives out The Elimination form to all judges. There are already written down registration numbers of athletes in each category.
A supervisor (or a stage judge) lines the athletes on the stage according to their registration number beginning with the lowest number from the left side of the stage in a row (if necessary, in two rows). Athletes stand in the basic stance. Then they perform quarter turns based on the head judge‘s instructions. Consequently,they are instructed by the head judge to change the positions i.e.starting with the lowest registration number from the right to the left and are asked to repeat quarter turns.
Semifinals (Pre – judging)
1st round – Pre – judging
- judging the physique in quarter turns
Athletes stand in a line, according to registration numbers facing judges and perform four quarter turns to the command of the head judge – “Quarter turn to the right”. Judges compare and evaluate at least two and no more than five athletes at a time. The head judge, on his own, can decide to reject or correct the individual requirements of judges for comparison. All individual comparisons will be placed in the center of the stage and in the order from the left to the right as required by judges. Each judge is eligible to submit at least one request for comparisons.
This comparison is performed as follows:
We judge an overall appearance of a women’s sport physique. Judgement is supposed to start from the head through a torso and continue downwards, the whole body must be taken into account. This judgement is supposed to start with the overall physique impression, taking into account the features of the face, the ratio of individual muscle groups, muscle development, state of epidermis and its muscle tonus. It shall be the presentation of a balanced symmetrical physique of an athlete, who acts confidently on the stage.
During comparisons of required mandatory poses, the first we judge, is a demonstration of individual muscle groups. An overall impression is based on symmetrically balanced and developed muscle groups and contours. Then the whole physique is judged –starting with the head, torso and each body part downwards. . Judgement includes head, neck, shoulders, chest, all the arm muscles, linking pectoral with deltoid muscles, abdomen, waist, thighs and calves. The same applies to the back poses- upper and lower trapezius muscle, broad back muscle, teres major and teres minor and infraspinatus, erector spinae, gluteus, biceps muscles,thigh and back of the thighs, calves. Different muscle groups are supposed to be judged in more details during comparisons, when judges compare the shape of muscles, mass, contours. We must take into account an overall balance of muscles development and their femininity. Judges judge the muscular mass of individual muscle groups to the proportionality of the body, muscle density, the definition of particular muscle groups, but not an extreme one, looking too shredded with inadequate dewatering (minus points) and overall impression of an athlete.
Demonstration of individual muscle should not be crampy what is frequently performed by some athletes.The athletes´ face should present confidence, showmanship and their pleasure of taking part in the competition. When judging the physique, tightness and tonus of epidermis should also be considered – skin is supposed to be smooth and healthy looking.
Judgement includes an athlete’s performance since their arrival on stage to the moment when they are leaving.
Judging in the 1st round:
- We judge an overall appearance of a women’s sport physique. This judgement is based on the overall athlete‘s impression, her muscle development, a presentation of a balanced symmetrically developed physique,state of epidermis, its tonus and the ability of an athlete to present herself with confidence.
- Figure is considered with regard to the level of overall muscle development achieved by a sports training. This category differs very little from women‘s bodybuilding. Athletes are required to have a symmetrical figure with muscles definition, firmness and definition with a lower level of body fat. The figure is not supposed to be excessively muscular, unlike women‘s bodybuilding. An athlete is supposed to have more significant ´V-shape´ (the difference between shoulder width to the width of a waist). We take aesthetics in a combination with a sports figure into consideration, as well as, a mutual harmony of particular muscle groups.The figure which is considered too muscular or too shredded must be judged by minus points.
- Also tightness and tonus of the epidermis is judged. Face, hair and makeup should complete the overall impression of an athlete.
Judging of muscularity
Based on judges‘ requirements, athletes are called and judged. Judges compare and evaluate at least two and no more than five athletes at a time in the following mandatory poses:
- FRONT DOUBLE BICEPS (open hands)
- SIDE CHEST (open hands)
- SIDE TRICEPS (open hands)
- BACK DOUBLE BICEPS (open hands)
- ABDOMINALS AND THIGHS (hands behind head)
All the individual comparisons are performed in the centre of a stage, from the left to the right side according to judges‘ requests. All athletes undergo at least one comparison.
2nd round– Finals
– posing routines
– muscle development judgement
– common free posing (free posing)
The best five athletes from the pre-judging round advance to the finals. They are led on the stage according to their registration numbers. Each competitor is introduced by his registration number and his name. Athlete performs a posing routine accompanied by music of her choice. Posing routine can last up to sixty seconds. Time counting starts from the first tones of music, not from the start of posing. After a timeout, the music is stopped.
Posing routine judgement
Posing routine is supposed to demonstrate muscularity , definition, an overall impression of a posing routine, style and elegance, movement demonstration and overall performance. Judges take into account the artistically performed and well- choreographed posing routine, which must contain required mandatory poses. Prohibited are stances completely lying on the floor, “moon poses” (bending over, bottom to judges) and pulling swimwear up exposing one´s bottom.. The use of props is prohibited. While judging, posing routine is taken into consideration, not a physique.
Muscle development judgement
After posing routines, all the finalists perform simultaneously mandatory poses for judges to compare. After finishing the last comparison, the head or stage judge prompts the finalists to continue with free posing for 60 seconds to common music. The judges judge only mandatory poses in the finals, free posing is not rated.
Judgement shall be written down into the arbitration tables. The one lowest and one highest score is crossed out. Subsequent evaluation of the pre-judging and the finals multiplied by the coefficient are counted up. Athletes with lower sum of positions are in the final evaluation on a higher position. The winner is the one with the lowest sum of positions. When the sum of points is the same, the final ranking depends on the athlete´s position in the pre-judging, respectively, in the finals.