OCB Pro Guidelines
OCB Pro Eligibility
Competitors are required to hold current OCB Pro memberships at the time of competing in any OCB Pro events. Competitors cannot have used any substance on the OCB banned list during the duration periods specified on the list.
Competitors must meet one of the following conditions in order to be eligible for OCB Pro contests:
- Have won a pro-qualifying placement at an OCB amateur show (see full details).
- Have placed first in their class at any natural organization’s pro show.
- Have won a pro-qualifying placement with a natural
organization other than OCB where
there were at least the number of competitors specified below in their division:
- Open Divisions: 9 for all categories except Women's Physique, which is 5.
- Age 40+ Divisions: 5 for all categories.
Competitors who won a pro-qualifying placement in a Masters Age 40+ division are eligible only for OCB Pro Masters Age 40+ divisions. Competitors over the age of 40 who won a pro-qualifying placement in an Open division are considered eligible for both OCB Open and OCB Masters Age 40+ pro divisions.
Competitors who qualify as OCB Pros for any category are considered eligible for all OCB Pro categories of their gender. Competitors may not compete in more than one category at any given OCB Pro show though. After competitors compete in an OCB Pro category, they are no longer considered eligible for that category in OCB amateur contests.
Competitors are not required to compete within a certain time frame in order to retain eligibility.
OCB Pro Cash Prizes
The minimum cash payouts at OCB Pro contests are $1,000 for 1st, $600 for 2nd, $400 for 3rd. Some shows may award higher amounts. Check a specific show's details for amounts pertaining to it.
Advertised cash prizes
are guaranteed. The advertised amounts are not
altered based on number of registrations or any
OCB Pro Yorton Cup World Championships
The OCB Yorton Cup Pro World Championships awards $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second, and $1,000 for third for each division. Qualifying for the event at another OCB Pro show is not required for 2018.
The top three placement winners in every class must pass a urine test. All participants are required to pass polygraph screenings prior to competitions. Polygraph test results from OCB and other natural federations' shows can be honored for OCB Pro shows held within six weeks for OCB Pro shows taking place through June 30, 2018 (for federations other than OCB, the polygraph examiner who conducted the testing must send verification to OCB, or the examiner's name and contact information must be supplied to OCB in order for results to be honored). Effective July 1, 2018, all OCB Pro shows will require polygraph testing for all participants. Results from tests done at other events will no longer be honored for shows taking place after June 30, 2018.
Polygraph screenings are used since events are 7 years drug-free for most substances. Many anabolic steroids and other banned substances are no longer detectable in urine within a couple of months of last use - some even less than that - and growth hormone use cannot be detected with urine testing for anabolic substances. Note: Approximately half who don’t pass the polygraph are bikini competitors. Banned substance use is not always about achieving greater muscle size... certain banned substances can yield an unfair advantage in getting leaner and shapelier.
Pro Categories & Divisions
OCB Pro categories offered are: Bikini, Figure, Men’s Bodybuilding, Men's Classic Physique, and Men’s & Women’s Physique. Divisions offered are Open and Masters Age 40+. Check a specific event's details to see which of the categories and divisions are offered at the particular event.
When divisions have more than one class, the majority of OCB events divide groups into as equal as possible parts by height based on total number of entries in a division. Formation of classes within divisions at a show is at a promoter's discretion though, and could sometimes be done by using specified height or weight ranges. Check a specific event's details to see which method will be used for a particular event.
Each judge takes all criteria for a category into account and assigns one overall score for each contestant in the form of rank during the group comparison rounds. A highest and lowest rank for each competitor is dropped as a safeguard against human error and/or bias, whether intentional or on a subconscious level. The remaining judges' placements are summed, and the competitor with the lowest sum total receives 1st place in the class. Second lowest sum receives 2nd place, and so on. In cases of ties, competitors ranked higher by the majority of all judges are awarded the higher placements (see video example). In cases of three-way ties, the head judge's scores are referenced to determine tie-breaking placements. Individual presentations are not factored into scoring but do count toward consideration for Best Poser awards when offered.