FIGURE COMPETITION GUIDELINES
The Following Standards will be used as Guidelines:
A. A general athleticism to the body (a feminine conditioning) will be viewed in mandatory quarter turns.
B. In each quarter turn: a relaxed erect stance, eyes and head facing the same direction as the body, heels together, feet inclined outward at a 30-degree angle, knees together and unbent, stomach in, chest out, shoulders back, arms relaxed at side and slightly back from center line of the body, elbows slightly bent. As the athlete turns, the positioning of the arms will cause the torso to torque toward judges and open up features, lines, and shape.
C. The contestant should show good balance, proportion and symmetry of her physique.
D. From the front, shoulders should be well defined and flow nicely into the triceps and biceps. There should be a taper in the lats into the oblique, noticeably flowing into the sweep of the upper thigh. In general, her physique should show separation and conditioning but not be over lean or striated.
E. From the side, her body should show a nice taper from the lat, to tie into the oblique – showing an “oblique sweep”. The legs should be muscular with a minimum separation of the quads. The calves should be well developed, and semi-flexed with the use of heels.
F. From the back, the shoulders should be well toned, a balanced posture and the lats having a nice taper to the lumbar area. The glutes and hamstrings should be firm and should show a well-developed outer sweep to the thigh. Calves will be firm and nicely developed. Limited body fat in this area is a strong adage.
G. Presentation and color tone will be considered. We do not judge scars or tattoos.
H. Transitions from each quarter turn should be fluid without hesitation and her poise must be well practiced.
I. Overall polish, hair, make-up and accessories can make a difference. It is recommended to use heels, not platforms. Pastel and skin colored suits wash out on stage. Body piercing is allowed, but jewelry should be limited.
J. T-Walk will start from the side of the stage with the house music. At the pivot points, quarter turns and pauses will allow for repositioning, attitude display and professional demeanor. Two or three poses will be executed at each point. Finals routine will be a maximum 60 seconds for amateurs with house music and 90 seconds for Pros. Pros perform to music of their choice following the rules set forth by the NGA. The promotor has the option to adjust the maximum time limit. Music containing profanity or explicit language will not be allowed and may result in being disqualified from contest.
K. At the pivot points, quarter turns and pauses will allow for hair repositioning, attitude display and professional demeanor. Waves and smiles are always nice.
A. Contestants may be brought out individually for a short stage walk in order for the judges to observe overall presentation, poise and stage presence.
B. Contestants will be brought out all at once and do quarter turns to the right. Two-piece suits that cross in the back are required. Ornamentation, like sequins, is permitted. No thongs permitted. No oil may be used. Sheen is okay. Jewelry and hairpieces may be worn. No props are used. Heels are mandatory.
C. Judges are scoring Shape/Symmetry and Tone/Condition. The judges may move Athletes around. Keep smiling and listen to the calls. Body shape includes how the muscle groups are shaped, pleasing to the eye, balanced.
D. Symmetry is how they fit together, the harmony and proportion of the physique. The body structure should have an equal ratio of torso to leg length, shoulders to hips, etc. This also includes the equal development of upper to lower body groups.
E. The judges will look for a fitness type of physique, which includes a level of overall muscle tone achieved through athletic endeavors but not a bodybuilding development style. The muscles having a round and firm appearance, indicating muscle tone and condition. There should be muscle definition between major muscle groups, like biceps and triceps, but not excessive separation or cut. Muscle tone also means the absence of excessive fat and water with a sense of overall body hardness. Judges will look for an even balance of muscle to frame and balance of body parts to each other.
FINALS (NIGHT SHOW)
A. Contestants will be brought out again as a group. Ornamentation on the suit is acceptable. Additional accents are also acceptable. Exiting off stage, athletes will be re-introduced individually for “T-Walks”. Follow the stage directions given earlier, and stroll at a pace that will take up approximately: 60 seconds. Athletes will be judged on Presentation/Poise. Judges are looking for confidence, grace and overall style. Charisma, inner beauty and appearance are taken into account. How athletes walk, carries themselves and “come across” is pertinent.
B. A final line- up may follow. Judges may ask to compare contestants for any comparisons.
C. Each round will be worth one half of the total score.
D. At the awards time, all ladies will come out for a final group stroll.
E. The final top three or five (promoter’s discretion) will receive their awards