General Guidelines

Eligibility

Competitors are required to be current members of OCB to compete in OCB events (must obtain OCB membership by one week prior to an event participating in). Any participants not fullfilling the Membership requirement are subject to disqualification. All OCB events are open to participants from any state and any country. Competitors cannot have used any substance on the OCB banned list during the duration periods specified on the list.

Drug Testing

All participants are required to pass polygraph screenings prior to competitions (polygraph test results from OCB shows can be honored for other OCB amateur shows held within six weeks of each other). In addition to polygraph testing, pro qualifying placement winners must pass a urine test.

Why the polygraph? – Polygraph testing is used since events are 7 years drug-free for most substances. Most anabolic steroids and other banned substances are no longer detectable in urine within a few weeks from last use. Plus, urine testing cannot detect growth hormone use. Note: Approximately half who don’t pass the polygraph are bikini competitors. Certain banned substances can yield an unfair advantage in getting leaner and shapelier.

Divisions

Divisions offered at events are based on age and level of experience. Divisions offered at a particular event are at the event promoter’s discretion and can be any of the following:

  • Debut: First competition ever. Competitors cannot have ever competed in any category with any organization.

  • Novice: Cannot have placed first in any class besides Teen, within any division, within any category, with any organization, with the exception of cases where first place was won in a class where the competitor was the only one in the class.

  • Open: Open to everyone regardless of age and level of experience.

  • Age: Age as of day of contest must fall within the stipulated age range (Ex: Age 50 & Over).

  • Teen: Age 19 and under.

  • Junior: Age 22 and under.

Classes

Formation of classes within divisions at a show is at a promoter's discretion. Promoters may elect to use specified height or weight ranges, or may form classes by dividing groups into as equal as possible parts by height or weight based on total number of entries in a division.

Scoring

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). Individual presentations are not factored into scoring but do count toward consideration for Best Poser awards when offered.

OCB Pro Qualifiers

If an event is designated as a regular Pro Qualifier, the overall winners in the Open and Age 40+ divisions for all categories become eligible for OCB Pro contests.

If an event is designated as a Super Pro Qualifier, each class winner in the Open and Age 40+ divisions for all categories become eligible fo OCB Pro contests.

If an event is designated as a conditional pro qualifier (Pro Qualifier*), pro cards are awarded when divisions meet the required minimum turnouts. The minimums are:

Men’s Bodybuilding Open: 6
Men’s Bodybuilding Age 40+: 3
Men’s Physique Open: 6
Men’s Physique Age 40+: 3
Women’s Physique Open: 3
Women’s Physique Age 40+: 3
Figure Open: 6
Figure Age 40+: 3
Bikini Open: 6
Bikini Age 40+: 3

Competitors are sent an email with pro details after winning a pro-qualifying placement at an OCB amateur show (usually within two weeks). Competitors have 30 days after receiving the email to obtain an OCB Pro Membership. If they don’t register within that amount of time they will need to requalify through an OCB amateur show only.

*Note: Registering for OCB Pro Membership indicates desire to maintain pro eligibility. Competitors still have the option of continuing to compete as amateurs in OCB, if desired, until after participating in an OCB Pro show.