OCB Men's Pro Battle of the Champions (Open Pro & Masters 40+ Pro combined event)

NOVEMBER 21, 2020 - CRANSTON, RI

OCB Men's Pro Battle of the Champions

First, let me start with the good news, the show will go on! Now onto theother news, due to Covid there will be some changes and alterations. The entire event will be held at the Host Hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn located at 1 Thuber St Warwick RI. There is a special room rate of $90 a night, Friday and Saturday, so use the link below if you need or elect to rent a room. Check-in and polygraphs will be conducted at the Hilton Garden on Friday from 9am - 6pm. There will be NO late check-ins.

Here is where the changes come in. The original venue, and all other theaters or schools, are precluded from allowing any bookings through February of 2021. Other States, CT and MA, are also doing the same. This limited availability to conference centers; however, there is currently a 25 person maximum for all gatherings in RI (as well as most of the surrounding states) and this required some creativity to pull off the event. So this is how it will progress:

* The show will be held in one of the conference rooms at the hotel.

Unless there are changes to the maximum meeting requirements there will be no audience.

*There will be a ready room, max occupants 25, and the hall where you will be judged, 25 maximum.

*The show will be segmented, meaning by division you will have a report time, do not come early.

*Everything will be done in one sitting, judging, scoring and awards.

*There will not be an option for posing routines or stage walks, each competitor will be allowed to preform 8-10 photos for the photographer in numeric order and that will be in place of the standard routine. (masks may be removed at this point for better quality photos)

*Once you receive your awards (Neils Anderson trophies) you are dismissed unless you will be required to present a urine sample.

*There will be limited space, no makeup rooms, tanning rooms pump up equipment etc. just a waiting area and a judging room.

*There will be a proper stage backdrop and lighting so photos should come out very well.

*Masks will be warn, except for the individual posing.

*There is a professional photographer on site, BUT if space allows I can let a competitor bring in a coach or friend to take photos and then exit.

*The maximum occupants include everyone, so coaches have a plan for you clients if you cannot be in the room with them. Competitors and staff have priority.

The makeup artist and tanner will be able to do tans/touch-ups and makeup at the hotel. That way you can come in and get a tan (if you use the service), then the makeup (again if desired) and then into the assembly area before being brought to the judging room. All rooms are collocated so there is very little movement. You are not required to rent a room at the hotel, but be aware that due to the circumstances you will not have space to apply tans etc. before going on stage so you will want to come to the venue prepared. I will be sending out the times and schedules as the show gets closer so until I know the actual number of competitors I will not be able to answer the questions on start/end times etc.

I know this is a strange way to hold an event, but we need a win in this sport, particularly in New England and for our pros and this is the only way to maintain compliance with the various requirements and still give you all a place to compete. There will be no changes in judging standards or format, just the elimination of the routine and audience. What you will have is a fairly judged event with good lighting and high level competition where you will compete for a high pro prize (if you're a pro) and a nice Neils Anderson Award and the photographer will capture some great photos.

Hopefully by the middle of next year we can be back to normal and the 2021 event will be back at the usual venue with a huge crowd, but for now this will have to be a "normal" until we can get on the other side of this pandemic.

Date

Saturday November 21, 2020

Location

The Hilton Garden Inn located at 1 Thuber St Warwick RI.

Start Time

10:00 AM (event will run straight through with no intermissions).

Tickets

Adult General Admission $40, Senior/military $25 (Tickets will be reserved at door, proof of age/military status must be presented), Under Age 12 General Admission $10, Assistant (general admission plus backstage access): $50 (only applicable to those helping a competitor prepare back stage). One assistant max per competitor is permitted. To purchase tickets in advance, visit the ADVANCE TICKETS PAGE

Registration Fee & Deadline

If entry is received by November 1st: Entry $179. After November 1st an additional late entry fee of $75 will apply. Wednesday November 18, 2019 is the last day entries will be accepted.

Division Offerings/Classes

Pro Open & Masters 40+ divisions: Men's Physique, Men's Bodybuilding, Men's Classic Physique (open to competitors who have qualified for OCB Open and Pro Masters)

Pro Classes: If more than one class in a division, classes are formed by dividing competitors evenly by height. When more than one class of pro competitors, the top 3 athletes in each class advance the division overall judging. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 division overall winners.

Awards

$2,500 for 1st place, $1,500 for 2nd, $1,000 for 3rd for each division (total cash prizes $15,000).

Eligibility

All competitors are required to hold current OCB Pro memberships in Open or Masters 40+(available through OCBonline.com).

This is a drug tested competition. All competitors must meet eligibility criteria listed in the OCB drug testing guidelines in order to participate. Prior to registering, competitors should review the procedures and list of banned substances posted on OCBonline.com.

Competitors who have only qualified for the OCB Pro Masters Over Age 40 level are also eligible to participate in the Open amateur divisions of this event if they have not yet competed in any Open Pro events. (see qualification criteria)

Banned Substances Screening Methods

Pro competitors are required to be polygraph tested for every pro contest (regardless of how recently they may have been tested elsewhere). In addition, all cash-winning placement winners (top 3 in divisions) are required to provide a urine specimen after the event for urinalysis.

Event Check-Ins & Polygraph Testing

By appointment Thursday, November 18th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Friday November 19th 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the host hotel,The Hilton Garden Inn located at 1 Thuber St Warwick RI. To schedule an appointment visit: schedule an appointment.
Note you must select November 18 or 19 on the calendar for it to show times available and that there is a scroll bar on the right to pan down the list to see all appointment times available (some cell phones may not show the scroll bar). The polygraph fee is $50 and is payable in cash only at the time of testing. Exact change would be appreciated. Polygraph results are valid for other OCB shows held within six week

Host Hotel

The Hilton Garden Inn located at 1 Thuber St Warwick RI.

Backstage Policy

One assistant max per competitor is allowed backstage. The assistant MUST buy a trainer/assistant ticket, which is good for general admission and back stage access.

Competitor Prep Area

Lightweights, bands, and mirrors will be backstage for use in preparing to go on stage. Competitors are welcome to bring their own equipment and mirrors as well.

Professional Services Vendors

Please note that the companies/individuals listed below are the official service vendors for this event. They have a proven history of providing quality services in a professional manner. Beware of any other companies or individuals who may attempt to unethically promote a business, claiming to be associated with the event.

Professional Stage Photography Coverage

The show photographer will be Michael Platts, contact michaelplattsphotography@gmail.com for more information.

Spray Tanning, Hair & Make-Up Services

Spray Tanning Services will be available through Elite Bronzing, Email mb@elitebronzing.com for details and to schedule an appointment.

Hair & Make-Up services will be available through Stephanie DeNicola. Email Flawlessfitness22@gmail.com for details and to schedule an appointment..

*NOTE* Tanning products have a tendency to stain and damage clothing, sheets, and other surfaces. To purchase protective attire that will prevent staining, visit Wear & Away

Music for Individual Presentations

Pro competitors may use house music, or provide music of their choice for their individual presentations. If supplying music, email the file along with any additional instructions to sulcop96@aol.com.

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