OCB Pro Guidelines
OCB Pro Eligibility
Newly eligible OCB pros have up to 30 days after receiving banned substance screening results to accept OCB pro status by purchasing an OCB Pro membership. Once competitors accept OCB Pro status, they are no longer eligible for OCB amateur events (except in cases where a Masters OCB Pro competitor is competing in an open division at an amateur contest). OCB Pro Masters is defined as age 35+ for female athletes and age 40+ for male athletes.
Pro Competitors must keep their OCB Pro membership active at all times. It is the pro competitor’s responsibility to renew on time. Renewal reminders are not sent out.
Competitors are not required to compete within a certain time frame to retain eligibility.
Competitors cannot have used any substance on the WADA banned list during the duration of periods specified on the list. Competitors must request and be approved for a medical waiver using the following process: Request an exemption here.
Competitors must have qualified for Pro Open and/or Pro Masters division(s) at an OCB amateur show (see full details).
Competitors over the age of 35+(Female)/40+(Male) who won a pro-qualifying placement in an Open division are considered eligible for both OCB Open and OCB Masters pro divisions. However, OCB Masters Pros cannot compete in a Pro Masters Division and Amateur Open Division in the same event.
Competitors who qualify as OCB pros for any category are considered eligible for all OCB pro categories of their gender. However, competitors may not compete in more than one category at any given OCB show.
After competitors compete in an OCB Pro Masters division in a particular category, they are no longer considered eligible for that category in OCB amateur Masters Age divisions.
If OCB Pro Masters ahletes have not yet qualified for OCB Pro Open divisions, they may still compete in OCB amateur Open divisions. However, OCB Masters Pros cannot compete in a Pro Masters Division and Amateur Open Division in the same event.
OCB Masters athletes are eligible to compete in Open Pro Events. If OCB Pro Masters athletes choose to do so, they are no longer eligible for amateur events.
OCB Pros are subject to random drug screening. To maintain OCB Pro eligibility, Pros must comply with random drug test screening requests within the specified time in the drug test request.
OCB Pros who plan to compete in contests outside of the OCB within 6 weeks of an OCB Pro contest and are subject to urine and/or polygraph testing must supply results of urine testing and/or polygraph testing if completed. Failure to supply documentation may result in being ineligible to participate in an OCB Pro event.
OCB Pro Cash Prizes
The 2023 cash payouts at all OCB Pro contests aside from the Yorton cup are $1,500 for 1st, $1,000 for 2nd, $500 for 3rd.
Advertised cash prizes are guaranteed. The advertised amounts are not altered based on number of registrations or any other factors.
OCB Pro Yorton Cup Championships
The OCB Pro Yorton Cup is OCB's preeminent annual pro event and is awarding $63,000 in prize money! The Yorton Cup is considered the most competitive and respected title in natural bodybuilding. (read the story behind the event). The OCB Pro Yorton Cup championships is awarding $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second, and $1,000 for third for each division for 2023. To be eligible for the OCB Pro Yorton Cup, competitors must meet the OCB Pro Eligibility Guidelines listed above. OCB Pros will be required to qualify to compete in the OCB Yorton Cup.
IMPORTANT QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for the 2023 OCB Pro Yorton Cup, OCB Open and Masters Pros will be required to qualify. There are three ways to qualify:
1. Competed in the 2022 Yorton Cup and placed top 3 in your respective pro class.
2. Earned your OCB Pro Open or Masters status after the 2022 OCB Yorton Cup or after 9/10/22. New OCB Open and Masters Pros will immediately qualify for the 2023 Yorton Cup.
3. All other OCB Pros who do not meet the above criteria must qualify by placing top 5 in their Open or Masters Pro class at any OCB Pro contest held after the 2022 OCB Yorton Cup.
The top three placement winners in every division must pass a urine test. All participants are required to pass polygraph screenings prior to competitions. OCB Pro shows require polygraph testing for all participants, for every show, regardless of how recently they may have been tested elsewhere.
Polygraph screenings are used for substances that may not be detectable in urine. Many anabolic steroids are no longer detectable in urine within about 6 weeks of last use (some even less than that), and human growth hormone isn't screened for on standard sports panel anabolics tests.
Pro Categories & Divisions
OCB Pro categories offered are: Women's Bikini, Women's Figure, Women's Wellness, Men’s Bodybuilding, Men's Classic Physique, and Men’s & Women’s Physique. Divisions offered are Open, Masters 35+(Female) and Masters 40+(male). 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.
Remember, you are not alone on stage. Family, friends, other competitors, and hundreds of strangers are watching you. If you're disappointed with a placement, carry yourself as a professional during and after the awards presentations. After the show ask the judges for feedback. When speaking to them, you may discover their reasoning for your placement. You may understand their decisions more and get helpful insight for future competitions. Everyone in the show worked hard, so don't allow poor sportsmanship to ruin the event for others. Any competitors or coaches who exhibit what OCB deems as poor sportsmanship at the event or on social media are subject to disqualification and may be banned from future OCB events.