- Created: 12 March 2013
After competitors the most important element of physique competition is the judging panel. Without both competitors and judges, you don't have a contest. Judges must not only be qualified, fair and professional, but also appear to to the competitors to be qualified, fair and professional.
As NPC Alaska District Chairman, I recognize the impact judges can have on an athlete's quality of experience at an event and, accordingly, I have directed my staff to make every effort to insure fairness and quality with regard to judging panels.
In order to insure athletes' confidence in NPC judging panels in the Alaska District, I have directed the Judging Coordinator to select judges following the specific criteria detailed below:
1. Judges must be qualified and certified by the National Physique Committee following the guidelines set forth by the NPC National Office and the NPC Northwest Zone.
2. Judges must be unbiased and professional in their conduct. And carry themselves with professional bearing that communicates fairness to the athletes and the public.
3. Judges with experience judging outside of the Alaska District will be seated whenever possible in order to provide athletes the opportunity to be judged by, and get feedback from, judges from around the country.
4. Judges who are not involved in personal training will be seated whenever possible in order to decrease the chances of a trainer judging a client or the clients of other trainers. This rule applies to immediate family of training professionals as well as professional trainers themselves.
5. In the event a judge has a personal or professional relationship with a competitor, that judge will not score the class in question class and an alternate judge will be seated.
6. As per NPC judging protocol, each athlete's high score and the low score will be deducted from his or her accumulative score in order to eliminate the chances of punitive scoring or favoritism.
7. Whenever possible, and when it does not impose an extreme financial burden on the promoter, judges from outside of the state of Alaska will be given priority in order to eliminate any question of fairness.
8. As per NPC Judging protocol, the head judge does not score athletes or have any influence on the seated judges' scoring. The head judge's task is that of conducting the judging process and insuring the proper conduct of the judging panel. In most cases, the head judge will be the senior NPC Official available.
9. The NPC Alaska District Judging Coordinator has the sole responsibility for forming judging panels for NPC sanctioned events within the Alaska District. The promoter plays no role in selecting judges other than helping to determine the budget as to whether or not judges from outside the state may be utilized.
10. Each judging panel will be assigned a tabulator who will be responsible for determining the final score and producing the final results sheet to the promoter. All final results sheets and tabulation records will be verified by the head judge and will be kept on file at the NPC Alaska District Office. Tabulators will not discuss the final results with seated judges and seated judges will not have access to the scoring of other seated judges other than what is publicly available on the final results sheets and tabulation sheets after the conclusion of the competition.
11. Competitors are encouraged to seek feedback from judges but are prohibited from contacting seated judges prior to the conclusion of the competition. Only the head judge may address the competitors during the competition.
- Created: 14 March 2012
There has been some confusion about national qualification and eligibility to compete in lower level competition. I am presenting this memo from the NPC National Office that highlights Article 307.1 from the NPC Rules. In short, if an athlete has qualified for national level competition, then that athlete is technically ineligible to compete in lower level competition in the district he or she obtained that qualification. Further, if an athlete has won the overall title of a national qualifier, then that athlete can no longer compete in that competition. The exception is if that athlete's national qualification has expired.
The intent of this rule is to encourage athletes to move up to higher level competition and, for example, compete in the State Championships, move ahead to a regional competition such as the Emerald Cup, then move on to Junior USA, USA, Junior Nationals and then Nationals. The NPC is a national organization and, as such, encourages nation-wide participation.
This rule applies to all divisions and all athletes.
- Created: 12 November 2010
The more I communicate with athletes around the State of Alaska, the more it becomes apparent to me that many do not understand the structure of the organization they are members of - the National Physique Committee. This is understandable since many athletes are newcomers to the sport and Alaska can be very isolated. In this writing, I will break down and explain the structure of the NPC and try to clear up the various position and titles that are frequently tossed around in body building circles.
The Founding of the National Physique Committee
First and foremost it is important to understand how the NPC came into being. In the early days of sports in the United States the American Athletic Union (AAU) was the controlling authority for nearly all amateur athletic pursuits and qualifying through the AAU was the route to making it to an Olympic team. Around 1981, the NCAA petitioned Congress to break the AAU's monopoly over amateur sports in the United States under anti-monopoly laws and Congress did just that, ordering the AAU broken up into smaller organizations. The AAU remains the regulating body for some sports such as gymnastics but no longer has a monopoly.
Rather quickly, Jim Manion founded the NPC and deftly grew it into a national body which became the only amateur body building organization where athletes could qualify for professional status in the International Federation of Body Building (IFBB). The NPC remains today the only route to professional status in the IFBB and is the largest Amateur Body Building organization in the world, second only to the IFBB International League in size.
The National Structure of the National Physique Committee
The NPC is organized into specific areas of responsibility which include the National Office where the President, and Vice Presidents (known as the Board of Trustees) report. The U.S. is organized into zones or regions, each with a Chairperson. Alaska falls under the Northwest Zone, the Chairman of which is Brad Craig.
Within the zones are districts or states. Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana fall within the Northwest Zone. Each district has a District Chairperson who may appoint a Vice Chair if the district is large enough to justify it. The District Chairpersons collectively make up what is known as the Board of Governors. Typical offices within a district are a Judging Coordinator and Male and Female Athlete Representatives.
Promoters Versus NPC Officials
Promoters are the people who organize competitions. Generally a person who wants to promote a body building competition will form a production company (Such as Alaska Muscle or Alaska Fit Productions in Alaska, or Craig Productions in Washington). If the promoter desires to have his competition sanctioned as an NPC event, he or she will apply for a sanction through the District Chairman's office. Once the sanction is approved, the event becomes officially sanctioned by the NPC which means the NPC will provide the judging panel and the promoter must run the competition according to NPC rules and guidelines. The production of the event is still the responsibility of the promoter and his or her staff which should include back stage and on stage expeditors, a master of ceremonies, pump up room assistants and other staff required to make the event run smoothly. These things are not the responsibility of the NPC. Also a major part of producing an event is generating publicity in order to insure good attendance and to keep the athletes and public informed.
Following is a chart which diagrams the National structure of the NPC