The state of Figure judging in the NPC & IFBB
Figure competitions are a great way for a large segment of the fitness population to get a chance to shine on stage. Athletes without an extensive gymnastics or cheer background now have an opportunity to reap the rewards of their hard work in the gym by being judged on the quality of their physiques. However, due to the lack of consistent judging in figure events, many competitors are feeling slighted by their placings. Without a specific juding criteria present, the top placing physiques in figure contests vary drastically. Competitors are unsure if they will be penalized for coming in too hard or too soft, leaving months of preparation in the shaky hands of the judges panel. Therefore, we the undersigned, call for a change in the judging procedures for NPC and IFBB figure. Whether it be a more specific judging process, or the addition of another element to be judged upon such as manditory poses, it is clear that some change must be made. It is the only way to provide fair and equal treatment to competitors in the figure division. This petition will be mailed (in snail and e-format) to the NPC and IFBB by October 15, 2003. If you support our push to inform the NPC and IFBB that the current judging procedures are not satisfactory, then please add your signiture below.