OFFICIAL NPC DIVISION RULES

If you are interested in competing please watch this video first.

NPC AND IFBB PRO LEAGUE CRITERIA FOR JUDGING WOMEN’S FIGURE COMPETITORS

  1. Criteria for Judging Female Physiques:
    1. Muscularity – the amount of muscle will vary between the divisions
    2. Condition- will vary depending on the division
    3. Symmetry and Balance
    4. Presentation (Posing)
  1. Figure
    1. Figure athletes should display-
  1. An overall balance of muscular development which includes rounded delts, sweep to the quads, back depth, and width – emphasis is on balance and symmetry
  2. Small amount of muscle separation
  • A nice “V” taper
  1. Tight glutes with separation between the hamstring and glute area
  2. Balance between the upper and lower body
    1. Figure athletes should NOT display
  1. Striations or graininess
  2. Muscularity thickness associated with Women’s Physique

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FIGURE

NPC MEMBERSHIP

Each competitor must be a member of the NPC.

NPC FIGURE COMPETITOR RULES

  • Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. Competitors can compete in an off the rack suit. All swimsuits must be in good taste.
  • Figure will not have a routine round.
  • Competitors must wear high heels.
  • Competitors may wear jewelry
  • NATIONAL LEVEL contests do not permit competitors to crossover into Bodybuilding, Fitness or Bikini at the same event. All other competitions are permitted to have crossovers at the discretion of the promoter with appropriate approval.
  • Take a look at our recent NPC contest galleries for examples of approved  swimsuits and styles.

FIGURE HEIGHT CLASSES

For national level contests that are professional qualifiers:

  • Up to and including 5’1”
  • Over 5’1” and up to and including 5’2-1/2”
  • Over 5’2-1/2 and up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’5-1/2”
  • Over 5’5-/12 and up to and including 5’7”
  • Over 5’7”

A promoter can choose to have fewer height classes for non national level contests as follows:

  • Up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4”
  • Up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’6”
  • Over 5’6”
  • Up to and including 5’2”
  • Over 5’2” and up to and including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’6”
  • Over 5’6”

FIGURE CHECK-INS

Figure division competitors will be checked in and measured the same as Bikini, Fitness, Wellness and Women’s Physique competitors.

All suits will be inspected at the check-in’s. Every competitor must wear their competition suit under their clothing to check-in’s for inspection. If your suit is not inspected you will not be permitted to compete. No Exceptions.

If you change your competition suit from prejudging to finals and the judges deem it not to conform to the rules you will be directed to leave the stage. No Exceptions.

FIGURE COMPETITION JUDGING

Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone and perform quarter (1/4) turns, face the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage.

  • Competitors will be judged wearing a two-piece swimsuit and high heels
  • The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do quarter turns
  • Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in quarter turns.

Judges will be scoring competitors using the following criteria:

  • Small degree of muscularity with separation, no visible striations
  • Overall muscle tone with shapely lines, overall firmness and not excessively lean
  • Full general assessment
  • Healthy appearance
  • Make-up
  • Skin tone

If you need help or are unsure of how to execute the above instructions then please take a look at the following videos.

NATIONAL LEVEL CONTESTS

NPC Junior USA Championships

NPC Junior National Championships

NPC Masters Nationals Championships

NPC USA Championships

NPC Universe Championships

NPC North American Championships

NPC National Championships

QUALIFICATIONS

Who Qualifies for NPC (USA) National Level Competitions?

Beginning January 1, 2018 athletes must place Top 2 in an open class at a NPC National Qualifier to be qualified for any NPC National contest. All athletes that qualified in 2019 for a NPC National contest are eligible to compete in a NPC National Contest in 2020. Also, athletes that place 3rd, 4th or 5th place at the NPC USA or NPC Nationals are also qualified for one year.

  1. This qualifies the competitor for competition on the NPC national level for a period of one (1) full calendar year after the year that the qualification took place. Example: If a competitor enters an NPC contest in October 2019, they are qualified through December 31, 2020.

ENTRY INFORMATION

The following must be provided with your entry:

  • NPC fitness contest you entered
  • Date of your contest
  • Contest promoter
  • Your height class and final placing

NPC CONTEST SCHEDULE

The NPC has figure contests all over the United States. Take a look at the schedule below for a NPC contest in your area.

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