ON STAGE

NPC Bikini posingCenter Podium Competitor Stage Blocking

Stage blocking will vary from show to show. However, Center Podium shows use the blocking found at top events like the Mr. Olympia, Arnold Classic, and Legion Sports Fest.

Stage Entrance by Show

  • NPC Mother Lode – Stage Left
  • NPC West Coast Classic – Stage Right
  • NPC Dexter Jackson Classic – Stage Right
  • NPC Tahoe Show – Stage Left
  • NPC Dexter Jackson Classic Tennessee – Stage Right
  • NPC New Mexico State – Stage Left
  • IFBB Legion Sports Fest – Stage Right
  • IFBB Pro League Russia International Championship – Stage Left

Example: Competitor Entrance STAGE LEFT

Some events will be a stage left entrance and some will be a stage right entrance. This example is for the stage right entrance. Note that “stage right” is “competitors right”.

NPC Pre-Judging

Pre-Judging is when the judges decide placing for all classes except the overall. The judges may choose to re-judge at finals, but it is rare.

Sandy Williamson IFBB Pro League Mr Olympia head judge

Bikini, Figure & Men’s Physique

  1. Athletes line up in numerical order Backstage.
  2. Athletes enter from the STAGE LEFT  and will line up on the diagonal line as directed by our onstage expediter.
  3. Each athlete will be called by the head judge to present for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Walk to the front and center of the stage, directly in front of the head judge. You will see a number “1” on the floor in that position. Perform 2-3 of your best poses. Keep it brief, “The more time you spend on your presentation, the more time you give the judges to find your flaws.”, Olympia Judge Sandy Williamson.
  5. If you stay too long, the head judge will nod once your time is up. (That’s not a good thing.)
  6. You will follow the stage expediters instructions to walk to the diagonal line on stage right. (this is your right when on stage)
  7. The first FIVE athletes will be instructed to walk to the center judging line where the judge will call quarter turns
  8. Initial comparisons take place.
  9. After Initial comparisons, competitors will move back to the diagonal line, filling to stage right, front to the back and then stage left front to the back. Like a “V” shape, the bottom of the “V” is the back of the stage.
  10. Judges will then call athletes by number for “First Callout.” They will call 5-6 competitors at a time, running competitors through mandatory poses. The stage expediter assists in identifying athletes in the call out and moving them to the appropriate spot as the judge requests. Be sure to listen for your number and follow the instructions of the head judge. Also, be sure the judges can see your number button at all times.
  11. Upon completion, if there is LESS THAN one “CALL OUT” you will be instructed to file off stage by the judges and the stage expediter.
  12. If there is MORE THAN one “CALL OUT,” the first group will file to the diagonal. The judges will then call “SECOND CALL OUT.” This may repeat depending on the number of competitors.
  13. Follow the instructions of the judges and stage expediter to know when to leave the stage. It will vary based on the number of athletes in your class.

Classic Physique, Bodybuilding, & Women’s Physique

  1. Competitors will not perform posing free posing round.NPC Bodybuilder posing Most muscular npc mother lode contest reno nevada
  2. Up to 8 athletes will go on stage to the judging line as instructed by the stage expediter. If there are more than eight athletes, the group will be split in half or be brought to the stage in groups of 5.
  3. Initial comparisons take place running competitors through all compulsory poses.
  4. After Initial comparisons, competitors will move to the diagonal line, filling to stage right, front to the back and then stage left front to the back. Like a “V” shape, the bottom of the “V” is the back of the stage.
  5. Judges will then call athletes by number for “First all out.” The will call 5-6 competitors at a time, running competitors through mandatory poses. Stage expediter assists in identifying athletes in the call out and moving them to the appropriate spot as the judge requests.
  6. Upon completion, if there is LESS THAN one “CALL OUT” you will be instructed to file off stage by the judges and stage expediter.
  7. If there is MORE THAN one “CALL OUT,” the first group will file to the diagonal. The judges will then call “SECOND CALL OUT.” This may repeat depending on the number of competitors.
  8. Follow the instructions of the judges and stage expediter to know when to leave the stage. It will vary based on the number of athletes in your class.

Fitness

Fitness does not perform at Pre-Judging. There is no comparison round for fitness and thus only the routine is judged at Finals.

NPC Finals

Finals is the awards presentations and live judging for overall winners. All athletes will participate in Finals. NPC West Coast athletes enter from stage RIGHT.

Bikini, Figure, & Men’s Physique – DJ provides music

  1. Walk to downstage directly toward the judges to the “1”.
  2. Perform 2-3 poses lasting no more than 15 seconds.
  3. Walk to YOUR right and off the stage to the side from which you entered the stage.
  4. You will be informed by the expediter if you are in the TOP 5.
  5. Top 5 will return to the stage and will stand on the diagonal line as the Top 5 awards are called.

Classic Physique, Bodybuilding, Fitness & Women’s Physique – You will provide music to the DJ at weigh-ins. Music can be brought on USB or CD. All music must be provided at check-ins.

  • ALL Competitor will perform up to a 60-second posing routine. Leave stage after posing. Immediately return to the backstage entrance to find our if you are in the Top 5.
  • TOP 5 will be brought out to stand on stage LEFT diagonal
  • Fitness Performs a 2-minute routine which is judged live.

CROSSOVERS

You will do your walk or pose only in the first class. When you are on stage TWO or more times for a crossover class, you will only return to the stage for that class if you are in the Top 5 and receiving an award. The expediters will help you with this process.

AWARDS

Awards will be called from 5th place to 1st place.

The placement on stage is laid out as such. Note that this is the order from the judge’s angle.

4  2  1  3  5

  1. When you hear your name and number called, move to the placement on the stage.
  2. The trophy presenter will place a medal around your neck.
  3. After all the awards have been announced, you will take a photo with the trophy presenters
  4. You will take a second photo without the presenters and only your fellow athletes.
  5. If it is an overall, you will take a photo alone with your trophy. Take a photo holding your trophy and another with the trophy on the floor. Hit your favorite poses for the photos.

Remember always to smile, show fantastic sportsmanship, and respect for your fellow athletes and judges. This will pay off big in the future of your contest career.

 All overall winners should stay until the end for a group photo.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Although we make every effort to follow the above stage blocking, it is subject to change. The head judge and promoter reserves the options to make any changes and will do so when necessary based on the pace of the show, flow, and the number of athletes. Changes that may occur include, but are not limited, to shortening of posing times, change of stage blocking, cutting posing routines, allowing only top 5 or top 10 to pose, cutting or shortening posing routines of bottom placing competitors, etc.

NPC stage posing

Judging begins the moment you step on stage. Be aware of everything:

  • Smile
  • Hold in and flex your stomach
  • Flex everything
  • Walk big
  • Walk with good posture
  • Manage breathing through your chest
  • Keep your eyes up and make eye contact with the judges, the audience, and the photographers
  • Be confident
  • Watch for instructions from the stage expeditor

Listen to the Head Judge

  • Carefully follow instructions from the head judge
  • Be aware of your number and listen for it
  • If your number is called, raise your hand. Typically another competitor will be called for you to switch places.
  • Be charismatic, don’t show disappointment if you don’t like how you were moved.

At this point, the head judge is moving competitors around to compare them to one another for the judging panel to see. The judge will ask for different poses and may ask to repeat poses. Typically when the call out will be complete, you will be standing in the position of how you will place at finals. This is by far not a sure thing and anything may change. But more times than not, this is how you will finish.

After Pre-Judging

Time for a meal and some liquids. The majority of the judging is now complete. Don’t go nuts but eat enough to keep your muscles full. Often people will eat a burger, fries, donuts during this time. In moderation, these are good foods to keep you full. These foods should be eaten with a diuretic. After this meal, go back to eating a small amount of meat protein, sweet potatoes, rice and rice cakes.

Sleep as much as you can. Rest with your legs elevated to keep the lines in your legs.

Finals

Finals will proceed the same as pre-judging, but usually faster judging since that largely happens in the morning but slower due to posing routines. As with Pre-Judging, pay careful attention to when you are to go on stage.

Overalls are live-judged. Overalls are when the winners of each class are compared to the Overall best in the division.

Post Show

Eat, re-hydrate. Pedialyte is often consumed for re-hydration. Avoid alcohol; your organs have been through enough. Plus it just makes you dizzy after competing.

After a couple cheat meals, get back on track. Healthy eating will reap fantastic gains. Amateurs will over do it and get fat very quickly. Top pros never get far out of shape. You’ll find if you get back on track after a couple of weeks it becomes quite easy.

Now you have the knowledge. Combine with hard work, and you will be a champion. No luck is needed!

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