OCB Pro Guidelines

OCB Pro Eligibility

  • Newly eligible OCB pros have up to 60 days 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 amateur contest to earn Open Pro status).

  • 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 OCB banned list during the duration periods specified on the list.

  • Competitors must have qualified for Pro Open and/or Pro Masters Age 35+/40+ division(s) at an OCB amateur show (see full details).

  • Competitors who won a pro-qualifying placement in a Masters Age 35+/40+ divisions are eligible only for OCB Pro Masters Age 35+/40+ divisions. Competitors over the age of 35+ (women)/40+(men) who won a pro-qualifying placement in an Open division are considered eligible for both OCB Open and OCB Masters Age 35+/40+ 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 sex. Competitors may not compete in more than one category at any given OCB show though.

  • After competitors compete in an OCB Pro Masters Age 35+/40+ division in a particular category, they are no longer considered eligible for that category in OCB amateur Masters Age divisions. If they haven't 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 Pros are subject to random drug screening. In order to maintain OCB Pro eligibility, Pros must comply with random drug test screening requests within the specified time.

  • OCB Pros who plan to compete in contests outside of the OCB within 6 weeks of an OCB Pro contest must supply proof of urine testing and/or polygraph testing. Failure to supply documentation may result in being ineligible to participate in an OCB Pro event.

  • OCB Pros who have competed as OCB Pros may not participate in any contests staged by organizations that do not follow OCB’s drug testing protocols at all of their events (both polygraph and urine testing). Should an OCB Pro violate this policy he/she will be deemed ineligible for competing in the OCB for a period of 2 years. If the athlete violates this policy again, the athlete will be permanently banned from competing in OCB events.

OCB Pro Cash Prizes

The 2022 cash payouts at all OCB Pro contests aside from the Yorton Cup are $1,000 for 1st, $750 for 2nd, $250 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 $54,000 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 2022. To be eligible for the OCB Pro Yorton Cup, competitors must meet the OCB Pro Eligibility Guidelines listed above. Starting in 2022 OCB Pros will be required to qualify to compete in the OCB Yorton Cup.

IMPORTANT QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for the 2022 OCB Pro Yorton Cup, OCB Open and Masters Pros will be required to qualify. There are three ways to qualify:

1. Competed in the 2021 Yorton cup and placed top 3 in your respective pro class.

2. Earned your OCB Pro Open or Masters status at the 2021 OCB Yorton Cup or after 10/24/21. New OCB Open and Masters Pros will immediately qualify for the 2022 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 2021 OCB Yorton Cup. For Pro Masters, this includes the:

11/21/2021 OCB Battle of the Godz Pro Masters Men
11/13/2021 OCB NYS Pro Masters Women
1/22/2022 OCB Winter Classic Pro Open and Masters Bikini
6/25/2022 OCB Big East Natural Pro Masters Men
8/27/2022 OCB Mid-Atlantic Battle for the Belt Pro Masters Women

OCB Pro Restrictions for Organization's Events

Starting in 2022, OCB Pros will only be permitted to compete in contests staged by sanctioned organizations (as opposed to unsanctioned/independent events) where drug testing practices are consistent across contests and identical to that of the OCB's. 

  • Polygraph testing of every pro athlete at every contest.  
  • Urinalysis testing Pro card winners and all Pro cash prize recipients.  
  • Providing official lab reports to all tested athletes 
  • Drug Testing

    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 since OCB events are 7 years drug-free for most substances. 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.. 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.

    Classes

    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.

    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). 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.

    Sportsmanship

    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.

    Coach Code of Conduct

  • Coaches are to refrain from using threatening or foul language while at OCB events.
  • Coaches are not permitted to sit in the row of seats located directly behind the judging table.
  • Coaches cannot approach the judging table at any point before or during prejudging.
  • Coaches and their clients may only approach the judging table to request feedback after placements have been announced and if time allows.
  • Coaches are responsible for reading and understanding OCB’s Guidelines before registering a client in an OCB show.
  • Coaches are not to poach or solicit the clients of other coaches while attending OCB events.
  • The marketing of other organizations’ events is strictly prohibited.
  • Coaches who are caught doing this will be escorted out of the venue without a refund.
  • Coaches are to model professionalism and sportsmanship.
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