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JUDGING

ICN Judging

ICN strives to implement fair, unbiased judging at all competitions that reward the hard-earned efforts of our athletes, their support networks and coaches and uphold the integrity of ICN New Zealand and ICN Worldwide.

ICN NZ Judges will:

  • place the safety and welfare of competitorsabove all else
  • be impartial, consistentand objective when making decisions
  • accept responsibility for his/her actions and decisions made
  • condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all competitors
  • avoid any situations which may lead to or be construed as a conflict of interest
  • be a positive role model indrug free status,behaviourand personal appearance
  • ensure all comments are positive and supportive
  • always respect, remain loyal to and support other Judgesand ICN New Zealand and ICN Worldwide
  • refrain from any form of personal abuse towards competitors, other judges, supporters and competition officials
  • respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in ICN, regardless of their gender, ability or cultural background
JUDGING

Judging Guidelines

Judges

ICN is a very new federation in New Zealand therefore ICN NZ Judges will initially be recruited from a combination of people who are experienced Judges for other federations and experienced competitors who have achieved in natural bodybuilding to a high level. All Judges scoring sheets will be scrutinised by the Head Judge and Promoter following the competition and feedback on their performance provided. The purpose of this is to ensure consistency across our Judges and their interpretation of division criteria.

Head Judge

ICN NZ will appoint a Head Judge for each event and s/he will call all judging rounds and be responsible for tabulating scores. The Head Judge will be a Judge with several years’ experience at a regional and national level. The Head Judge will identify individual Competitors for drug testing if s/he has reason to believe the Competitor has been using Performance Enhancing Drugs. The Promoter should be informed as soon as possible of the decision being made to drug test an individual. Our Head Judge is Clinton Williams, find out more here

Judging

Process: An ICN New Zealand Judging panel consists of an odd number of judges. The Head Judge will determine the order of competitors for comparison rounds, placing the top 3 competitors in the centre of the line-up. A Judges may request to change the order, add or subtract competitors from the line-up or ask for a line-up to appear directly in front of his/her seat on the panel. It is important that Judges have seen and compared all Competitors equally. Discussion can take place between Judges during judging rounds, but a Judge MAY NOT attempt to influence another Judges’ decision-making.
Placings: ICN NZ Judges will place the top three in a Division on their scorecards. Once the Judge is satisfied with his/her placings the scorecards are handed to the Head Judge. The Head Judge will tabulate the scores to determine the top 3 placings. Discussion with the Head Judge while s/he is tabulating scores is forbidden. The Head Judge will write the final placings on a separate sheet and hand this to the Compere for him/her to announce the winners.

Placing Deductions

If a competitor displays characteristics associated with drug use, it is deemed a fault in an ICN natural contest. For example, Gynecomastia (gyno). Judges are instructed to mark any competitor with a drug characteristic down one place. For instance, if for no other reason than “gyno” the competitor is the best on stage they will be marked down to second place. If the imperfection is severe, the competitor may lose even more places.

Tattoos/Scars/Stretch Marks/Varicose Veins

If a competitor has tattoos, body piercings, stretch marks or scars points are not deducted unless they hinder the definition or muscularity of the competitors’ physique. A Judge’s personal view on these issues must not influence their scoring

ICN Judging

Bikini Model

DESCRIPTION:
Muscularity is on the smaller side while carrying just enough body fat to avoid muscle separation. Nice toned body with no visible 6 pack abs but still maintaining a flat and toned midsection.

JUDGING GUIDELINES:

  • Body is judged with emphasis on shape, symmetry and toned condition.
  • Other factors also judged are stage presence, confidence, tanning and posing.
  • Not judged on muscularity.

  1. 4 quarter turns –front pose, side pose, back pose and opposite side pose.
  2. A comparison round of quarter turns may follow

ATTIRE:

(Not Supplied)Two-piece stage bikini that can be of any fabric, connectors and crystals. Stagejewellery of choice can be worn along with clear stage heels (any choice of height).

GENERAL:

A bikini competitor should deliver a combination of overall beauty and the physical appeal of a shapely toned body together with stage and self-confidence.

Swimsuit Model

DESCRIPTION:
Muscularity is on the smaller side while carrying just enough body fat to avoid muscle separation. Nice toned body still maintaining a flat and toned midsection.

JUDGING GUIDELINES:

  • Body is judged with emphasis on shape, symmetry and toned condition.
  • Other factors also judged are stage presence, confidence, tanning and posing.
  • Not judged on muscularity.

  1. 4 quarter turns –front pose, side pose, back pose and opposite side pose.
  2. A comparison round of quarter turns may follow

ATTIRE:

(Not Supplied) One-piece Swimsuit that can be of any fabric and colour. Stage jewellery of choice can be worn along with clear stage heels (any choice of height).

GENERAL:

A swimsuit model should deliver a combination of overall beauty and the physical appeal of a shapely toned body together with stage and self-confidence.

Sports Model

DESCRIPTION:
A good amount of muscular development including but not limited to, 6pack abs capped shoulders and back definition and muscular legs. Good tone and condition showing muscle separation while being slightly less lean than a fitness competitor. Emphasis on full round muscles with excellent balance and symmetry. All-round Athletic look.

JUDGING GUIDELINES:

  • Great shoulders and back width, a small waist while having a fuller and slightly softer condition than a fitness model.
  • Symmetry and fullness in muscle groups are major judging factor for sports models.
  • Stage presence and confidence of a model.
  • Overall model appearance.
  1. 4 quarter turns –front pose, side pose, back pose and opposite side pose.
  2. A comparison round of quarter turns may follow

ATTIRE:

ICN Sportswearare supplied free at registration with white runners/sneaker heels (Not supplied)

GENERAL:

Sports Models should present themselves as models. This includes the walk, stand, posing, self-confidence and overall beauty and presentation.

Fitness Model

DESCRIPTION:
Developed muscularity with emphasis on an overall balancebetween upper and lower body. Less muscularity than a figure competitor but a lean condition which allows 6 pack abs, capped shoulders and back definition to be seen. Walk and poses like a model.

JUDGING GUIDELINES:

  • Broad shoulders and back. A small waist, while having more condition than a Sports Model.
  • Muscularity and Symmetry is a major judging factor for fitness models.
  • Stage presence and confidence of a model.
  • Overall model appearance.

  1. 4 quarter turns –front pose, side pose, back pose and opposite side pose.
  2. A comparison round of quarter turns may follow

ATTIRE:

(Not Supplied)Two-piece stage bikini that can be of any fabric, connectors and crystals. Stage jewellery of choice can be worn along with clear stage heels (any choice of height).

GENERAL:

Fitness Models should present themselves as models. This includes thewalk, stand, posing, self-confidence and overall beauty and presentation.

Ms. Figure

DESCRIPTION:
High levels of muscularity with the most degree of condition while still maintaining femininity. Capped shoulders, six-pack abs, wide back, leg muscle separation are required for this division.

JUDGING GUIDELINES:

  • Emphasis is on the level of conditioning
  • Muscle size and symmetry
  • Posing/ tanning also taken into account.


ATTIRE:

(Not Supplied)Two-piece figure stage bikini that attaches the bikini top straps to the pants. Can be of any fabric, colour and crystals. Any jewellery of your choice can be worn along with clear stage heels (any choice of height).

As a group, the following is performed:

Symmetry round:

4 quarter turns (front pose, side pose, back pose and opposite side pose)

Muscularity round:

  • Front double bicep
  • Side chest
  • Side Tricep
  • Back double bicep
  • Abs and thighs

Ms. Classic Figure

DESCRIPTION:
A good amount of muscularity and lean condition. A high degree of symmetry. Open to both Fitness and Figure competitors.

JUDGING GUIDELINES:

Symmetry is the key factor with good muscle balance and lean condition.

As a group, the following is performed

Symmetry round:

4 quarter turns (front pose, side pose, back pose and opposite side pose)

Ms Runway

Performed on stage in an evening gown of your choice. Judged on overall appearance, confidence, stage walk, presentation, elegance, beauty and skin tone. Stage walk and group half turns.

ICN Angels

This division is open to ALL Female competitors, including, Bikini, Fitness, and Figure competitors. This is the chance to Bling, Feather, Glitz and Glam up your Bikinis and adds a Las Vegas/ Victoria’s Secret effect to your costume. The place getters will be determined on the best overall presentation on the day, taking poise, walk, personality, overall body condition, and effort into account. This is designed as a ‘fun’ more relaxed type Category focusing on Colour and Entertainment as well.

Men’s Fitness

DESCRIPTION:

Least muscular of the Men’s Categories with emphasis on an overall balance between upper and lower body while maintaining an athletic appearance. A lean condition which allows 6 pack abs, capped shoulders and back definition to be seen however not as extreme in condition as Men’s Physique or Bodybuilding.

ATTIRE:

ICN Men’s Fitnessshorts are supplied free at registration.

JUDGING:

  • A balance between all muscle groups with emphasis on 6-pack and athletic appearance.
  • Symmetry and overall balance are major judging factor for men’s fitness models.
  • Stage presence and confidence of an athletic model.
    Overall, aesthetically pleasing look.

 

POSING:

Which consist of 4 quarter turns front pose, side pose, back pose and opposite side pose and your favourite Abdominalpose. A comparison round of quarter turns may follow

GENERAL:

Men’s Fitness Models should present themselves as well-groomed athletic models with a bright smile. This includes the stand, posing, transitions, self-confidence and overall presentation.

Men’s Physique

DESCRIPTION:

Well developed and muscular upper body with emphasis on broad, round shoulders, small waist excellent V-Taper. Men’s Physique is well-groomed, polished in presentation and requires sharp conditioning to complement V-Taperand full 6 pack.

JUDGING

  • Broad shoulders, small waist and very well balanced between all muscle groups of the upper body with emphasis on 6-pack.
  • Symmetry and muscularity are major judging factors for men’s physique.
  • Stage presence and confidence.
  • Overall, aesthetically pleasing look with a high degree of upper body muscularity.
 

ATTIRE:

Knee thigh board shorts. (Not Supplied)

POSING:

Performed in two sections, firstly as a group which will consist of 4 quarter turns – front pose, side pose, back pose and opposite side pose to judge symmetry.

The second round of mandatory poses including:

  • Front Bicep pose
  • Side Chest pose
  • Side Tricep Pose
  • Rear Bicep Pose
  • Abdominal
 

GENERAL

Men’s Physique should be a well-groomed and polished overall look and smile. This includes the stand, posing, transitions, self-confidence and overall presentation.

Classic Physique

DESCRIPTION:

The Classic Physique category is a throwback to the ‘Golden Era” of Bodybuilding. It represents the epitome of health and fitness in art form. The Classic Physique is a picture of flawless symmetry, perfectly sculptured muscle groups that fight each other for dominance, creating a balanced and complete physique. Classic Physique has broad shoulders accompanied by a small waist, round balanced quads. It is less muscular than bodybuilding but equal in conditioning. Apart from the physical distinguishing features, a Classic physique competitor is a master poser. Classic posing requires confidence, grace, and balance. Each pose is deliberate in highlighting the strengths of a physique. Transitions are smooth and theatrical in executions but not exaggerated or arrogant.

JUDGING

  • Broad shoulders, small waist and very well balanced between all muscle groups of the upper body and lower body. Symmetry and presentation are the major judging factors for Classic Physique.
  • Stage presence, confidence, but not arrogant or cocky.
  • Posing to be confident and artful with minimal shaking. Transitions to be smooth and well-rehearsed.
 

ATTIRE:

ICN Men’s Classic shorts are supplied free at registration.

POSING:

Performed in two sections, firstly as a group which will consist of 4 quarter turns – front pose, side pose, back pose and opposite side pose to judge symmetry.

The second round of mandatory poses including:

  • Front Double Bicep pose/display variation
  • Chest pose/display Classic variation
  • Tricep pose/display classic variation
  • Rear Classic Bicep pose
  • Abdominal pose
  • Classic pose of competitor’s choosing
 

GENERAL

Classic Physique should have a polished overall look and effortless posing. This includes the stand, posing, transitions, self-confidence, and overall presentation.

*Classic Physique will require the highest degree of posing practice due to its emphasis on presentation and displaying of poses.

Bodybuilding

DESCRIPTION:

The most muscular and extremely conditioned of all categories. Bodybuilding is the highest degree of development and refinement. Requiring large muscle groups, with extreme balance and symmetry top to bottom, side to side and front to back. The degree of conditioning should include good vascularity, separation and definition between muscle groups, and visible striations of the main muscle groups such as legs, glutes, chest back and shoulders.

JUDGING

  • Broad shoulders, small waist and very well balanced between all muscle groups of the upper body and lower body.
  • Muscularity and symmetry are major judging factors for bodybuilding.
  • Stage presence and confidence.
  • Posing to be confident with minimal shaking. Transitions to be smooth and well-rehearsed.

ATTIRE:

Posing Trunks to be worn (Not Supplied)

POSING:

Performed in two sections, firstly as a group which will consist of 4 quarter turns –front pose, side pose, back pose and opposite side pose to judge symmetry.

The second round of mandatory poses including:

  • Front Double Biceps 
  • Front Lat Spread
  • Side Chest (preferred side, but always practice both)
  • Side Tricep pose
  • Rear Double Bicep pose
  • Rear Lat Spread pose
  • Abdominal and thigh pose
  • Most muscular of your choosing

 

GENERAL

Men’s and Women’s bodybuilding should have a polished overall look and effortless posing. This includes the stand, posing, transitions, self-confidence and overall presentation.

Transformation

DESCRIPTION:

Prior to the competition day, the Judges will view the competitors before and after photos. Judging will take into consideration these before and after pictures and changes made to body shape, muscle tone and overall appearance. Weight loss or changes to body fat levels may be taken into consideration also but have less emphasis than changes made to physical appearance in the before and after photos.

On the day of the competition, Judges will observe the Competitors overall presentation, self-confidence and poise on stage as well as listen to the content of their ‘story’ (read by the Compere).

The Judge will take all these factors above into consideration when determining the top 3 place getters. Top 3 placings will be awarded to those Competitors who has made the most dramatic changes to their overall appearance and exhibit poise, confidence and outstanding presentation on stage.