Judging Criteria

It’s Time for Equal Opportunity for all Athletes

Judging at NIFF Canada is done both in the morning and evening…there is no “Pre-Judging”.

Athletes will be asked to do all mandatory poses and T-walks in both parts of the show.

Athletes will be judged and scored in the morning and evening portion of the show based on the same criteria.

The final placing will be based on both scores and will be confirmed during the evening segment of the show.

This gives all athletes the opportunity to showcase the hard work and dedication that it took to get on our stage.

Drug test is done on all winners – the results of the drug test will determine if prize monies are awarded.

Bodybuilding

Judging is based upon the presentation of:

  • Muscularity and definition brought about by the low level of subcutaneous body fat and optimal conditioning.
  • Symmetry denoting equally developed muscularity of both, the right and the left sides of the physique.
  • Proportion displayed by an evenly balanced muscularity in comparison to all muscle groups. No body part should be over or under developed.
  • Strong stage presence, including posing, skin tone, grooming and poise.

Competition Attire

Posing trunks that are appropriate for body building competition. The trunks should cover a minimum of half of the gluteus maximus and all of the frontal area. G-strings or thongs are NOT permitted.

Morning Judging

Athletes will enter the stage and line up centre stage. Small groups of athletes will be called to the front of the stage at which time they will perform their quarter turns and mandatory poses. Judges may move athletes around in the line-up for better comparison.

Mandatory Poses

  • Front Double Bicep
  • Front Lateral Spread
  • Abdominals & Thighs
  • Side Triceps
  • Side Chest
  • Rear Double Biceps
  • Back Lateral Spread
  • Most Muscular

Night Show

Athletes will enter the stage individually to perform their routine to music. The music must not contain any profanity. The posing routine should be no longer than 60 seconds. The athletes will be asked to perform another round of mandatory poses at the night show.

Bodybuilding

Classic Bodybuilding

Judging is based upon the presentation of:

  • Muscularity and definition brought about by the low level of subcutaneous body fat and optimal conditioning.
  • Symmetry denoting equally developed muscularity of both, the right and the left sides of the physique.
  • Proportion displayed by an evenly balanced muscularity in comparison to all muscle groups. No body part should be over or under developed.
  • Strong stage presence, including posing, skin tone, grooming and poise.

Competition Attire

Posing shorts that are appropriate for competition. The shorts are not board shorts or bodybuilding posing trunks. No logos are permitted on the shorts.

Morning Judging

Athletes will enter the stage and line up centre stage. Small groups of athletes will be called to the front of the stage at which time they will perform their quarter turns and mandatory poses. Judges may move athletes around in the line-up for better comparison.

Mandatory Poses

  • Front Double Bicep
  • Side Chest
  • Side Tricep
  • Rear Double Bicep
  • Abdominals & Thighs
  • Favourite Pose

Night Show

Athletes will enter the stage individually to perform their routine to music. The music must not contain any profanity. The posing routine should be no longer than 60 seconds. The athletes will be asked to perform another round of mandatory poses at the night show.

Classes

Up to and including 5’ 4” Up to and including 160 lbs
Over 5’ 4”, up to and including 5’ 5” Up to and including 165 lbs
Over 5’ 5”, up to and including 5’ 6” Up to and including 170 lbs
Over 5’ 6”, up to and including 5’ 7” Up to and including 175 lbs
Over 5’ 7”, up to and including 5’ 8” Up to and including 182 lbs
Over 5’ 8”, up to and including 5’ 9” Up to and including 190 lbs
Over 5’ 9”, up to and including 5’ 10” Up to and including 197 lbs
Over 5’ 10”, up to and including 5” 11”” Up to and including 205 lbs
Over 5’ 11”, up to and including 6’ 0”” Up to and including 212 lbs
Over 6’ 0”, up to and including 6’ 1” Up to and including 220 lbs
Over 6’ 1”, up to and including 6’ 2” Up to and including 230 lbs
Over 6’ 2”, up to and including 6’ 3” Up to and including 237 lbs
Over 6’3”, up to and including 6’ 4” Up to and including 245 lbs
Over 6’4”, up to and including 6’5”” Up to and including 252 lbs
Over 6’ 5”, up to and including 6’ 6” Up to and including 260 lbs

Figure

FigureJudging is based upon the presentation of:

  • Athletic, lean and aesthetically pleasing feminine physique showcasing visible muscle groups, but no excessive definition.
  • Toned muscle with shapely lines of a symmetrically developed physique.
  • Figure contestants should not display muscle mass of Physique Division.
    Extreme muscularity and striations will be marked down.
  • Positive stage presence and personality. Contestants must present themselves on stage with confidence and poise.

Competition Attire

Two-piece figure suit that is appropriate for stage competition. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped and cover a minimum of half of the gluteus maximus and all of the frontal area. G-strings or thongs are NOT permitted. Clear high heels are required. Athletes are allowed to wear jewelry, but it should not take attention away from the physique.

Morning Judging

Competitors will enter the stage and line up at the back of the stage. Small groups of competitors will be called to the front of the stage at which time they will perform the mandatory quarter turns. After the quarter turns comparisons, the athletes will return to designated position on stage and wait to be called out to perform their Stage Walk.

  • Walk out to middle of center stage and pause briefly facing the front
  • Walk to stage right and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to stage left and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to back center stage and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk back and join the athlete line-up

The Night Show

Athletes will walk onto the stage individually to perform their stage walk (the same as the morning) then line up at the back of the stage. Another round of quarter turns comparison will take place at the night show.

Women’s Fit Body

Judging is based upon the presentation of:

  • Athletic, lean, well balanced and aesthetically pleasing feminine physique showcasing shapely and muscular lines without excessive muscularity.
  • Fit Body contestants should not display muscle mass of Figure Division. Extreme muscularity and definition will be marked down.
  • Strong stage presence and athletes’ ability to present themselves in a classy feminine and tasteful way that is marketable.
  • Projection of poise, personality and charisma.
  • Ability to display overall fitness and conditioning while adding a component of creativity, fashion and marketability.

Competition Attire

Two-piece bikini suit that is appropriate for stage competition. The bottom of the suit must go straight across/around the hips and cover a minimum of half of the gluteus maximus and all of the frontal area. G-strings or thongs are NOT permitted. Clear high heels are required. Athletes are allowed to wear jewelry, but it should not take attention away from the physique.

Creative Theme Wear

Sports theme outfit showcasing athletes’ creativity and personality.
Props are permitted (Baseball bat, Surf board, football, Archer bow) foot attire is optional for this round.

Morning Judging Symmetry Round

Competitors will enter the stage and line up at the back of the stage. Small groups of competitors will be called to the front of the stage at which time they will perform the mandatory quarter turns. After the quarter turns comparisons, the athletes will return to designated position on stage and wait to be called out to perform their Stage Walk.

  • Walk out to middle of center stage and pause briefly facing the front
  • Walk to stage right and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to stage left and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to back center stage and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk back and join the athlete line-up

Morning Judging Theme Round

In this round the athletes should:

  • Demonstrate individuality and creativity through the choice of sports theme wear.
  • Be able to play-up the theme of choice by being creative while having fun.
  • Project personality and charisma through the use of carefully chosen props.

Competitors will enter the stage and line up at the back of the stage. All competitors will be called to the front of the stage at which time they will do the mandatory quarter turns. Judges will be looking at balance, proportion and good muscle tone. After the quarter turns athletes will all return to designated position on stage and wait to be called out to do their Stage Walk. Same as in Symmetry Round.

  • Walk out to middle of center stage pause briefly facing the front
  • Walk up to stage right pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to stage left pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to back to center stage pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk back and join the athlete line-up

Night Show

Athletes will walk onto the stage individually to perform their stage walk (the same as the morning) and then line up at the back of the stage. Another round of quarter turns comparison will take place at the night show.

Fit body

Men’s Physique

Men's PhysiqueJudging is based upon the presentation of:

  • Lean, fit, muscular and aesthetically pleasing physique.
  • Nicely shaped muscle with a good overall tone and conditioning.
    Extreme muscularity and striations will be marked down.
  • Balanced and symmetrical development of all muscle groups.
  • Positive stage presence and personality. Contestants must present themselves on stage with confidence and poise.

Competition Attire

Conventional Board Shorts with relatively loose legs and bare feet. No logos are permitted on board shorts.

Morning Judging

Competitors will enter the stage and line up at the back of the stage. Smaller groups of contestants will be called to the front of the stage at which time they will execute the mandatory quarter turns. After the quarter turns comparisons, the athletes will return to designated position on stage and wait to be called out to perform their Stage Walk.

  • Walk out to middle of center stage and pause briefly facing the front
  • Walk to stage right and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to stage left and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to back center stage and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk back and join the athlete line-up

Night Show Judging

Athletes will walk onto the stage individually to perform their stage walk (the same as the morning) then line up at the back of the stage. Another round of quarter turns comparison will take place at the night show.

Bikini

Judging is based upon the presentation of:

  • Athletic, tight, well balanced and aesthetically pleasing feminine physique showcasing shapely lines with very little hard-looking, dense muscle.
    Excessive muscularity and definition will be marked down.
  • Strong stage presence and athletes’ ability to present themselves in a classy feminine and tasteful way that is marketable.
  • Ability to project poise, personality and charisma.

Competition Attire

Two-piece bikini suit that is appropriate for Bikini competition. The bottom of the suit must go straight across/around the hips and cover a minimum of half of the gluteus maximus and all of the frontal area. G-strings or thongs are NOT permitted. Clear high heels are required. Athletes are allowed to wear jewelry, but it should not take attention away from the physique.

Morning Judging

Competitors will enter the stage and line up at the back of the stage. Small groups of competitors will be called to the front of the stage at which time they will perform the mandatory quarter turns. After the quarter turns comparisons, the athletes will return to designated position on stage and wait to be called out to perform their Stage Walk.

  • Walk out to middle of center stage and pause briefly facing the front
  • Walk to stage right and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to stage left and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to back center stage and pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk back and join the athlete line-up

Night Show

Athletes will walk onto the stage individually to perform their stage walk (the same as the morning) and then line up at the back of the stage. Another round of quarter turns comparison will take place at the night show.

Bikni

Women’s Physique

Judging is based upon the presentation of:

  • Athletic physique showcasing femininity and beauty/flow of a symmetrically developed physique.
  • Muscularity with a low body fat, optimal conditioning and separation without excessive striations.
  • Physique contestants should not display muscle mass of Bodybuilding Division. Extreme muscularity and striations will be marked down.
  • Positive stage presence and personality. Contestants must present themselves on stage with confidence and poise.

Competition Attire

Two-piece figure suit that is appropriate for stage competition. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped and cover a minimum of half of the gluteus maximus and all of the frontal area. G-strings or thongs are NOT permitted. The competitors are bare footed, heels are not permitted. Athletes are allowed to wear jewelry, but it should not take attention away from the physique.

Morning Judging

Athletes will enter the stage and line up at the rear of the stage. They will be called to the front of the stage at which time they will execute quarter turns and mandatory poses. All poses are to be done open handed. Judges may move athletes around in the line-up for better comparison.

Mandatory Poses

  • Front Double Bicep
  • Side Chest
  • Rear Double Bicep
  • Side Tricep

Night Show

Athletes will enter the stage individually to perform their routine to music. The music must not contain any profanity. The posing routine should be no longer than 60 seconds. The athletes will be asked to perform another round of mandatory poses at the night show.

What the judges are looking for:Balance symmetrical physique, muscularity with separation, posing, stage presence and personality. Athletes should have balanced aesthetics with optimal conditioning that projects a fit and healthy lifestyle. Conditioning must not be overlying muscular nor too striated or hard looking. Judges will be looking at balance, proportion and good muscle tone.

Competition Attire

Swimsuit round: Classic boy shorts, of a solid colour and not-metallic fabric, that is appropriate for stage competition; no G-strings or thongs are permitted.

Creative Theme Wear: Sports theme outfit showcasing athletes’ creativity and personality.  Props are permitted (baseball bat, football, archer bow).  Foot attire is optional for this round.

Morning Judging Symmetry Round

Competitors will enter the stage and line up at the back of the stage. All competitors will be called to the front of the stage at which time they will do the mandatory quarter turns.

After the quarter turns athletes will all return to designated position on stage and wait to be called out to do their Stage Walk.

  • Walk out to middle of center stage pause briefly facing the front
  • Walk up to stage right pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to stage left pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to back to center stage pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk back and join the athlete line-up

Morning Judging Theme Round

In this round the athletes should:

  • Demonstrate individuality and creativity through the choice of sports theme wear.
  • Be able to play-up the theme of choice by being creative while having fun.
  • Project personality and charisma through the use of carefully chosen props.

Competitors will enter the stage and line up at the back of the stage. All competitors will be called to the front of the stage at which time they will do the quarter turns athletes will all return to designated position on stage and wait to be called out to do their Stage Walk.

  • Walk out to middle of center stage pause briefly facing the front
  • Walk up to stage right pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to stage left pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk to back to center stage pause briefly in any pose you choose
  • Walk back and join the athlete line-up

Night Show Judging

THE NIGHT SHOW WILL FOLLOW THE SAME PROTOCOL AS THE MORNING SHOW.

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