Rules of the Natural Physique Association

January 2009 revision

Section 1: Membership of the N.P.A.

A - All members must sign the N.P.A. membership application form before being accepted as a member. N.P.A. membership shall run from the first day of January to the last day of December and is £25 per annum. By signing the membership form, the member is agreeing that they are eligible to compete in the N.P.A. and agree to abide by all rules set out in this document and obey the required code of conduct.

B – To hold competitive membership to the N.P.A. an athlete must fall within the eligibility criteria of a “Natural Bodybuilder” set out by the N.P.A. which is explained clearly in section 2C of this rules document. Anyone not meeting the criteria may still join the N.P.A. as an Associate member.

C - To compete in any N.P.A. competition, you must be a U.K. citizen, or have legal residence in the United Kingdom. Any competitor wishing to be considered for selection to compete in international competition must have a current United Kingdom passport at the time of the qualifying contest.

D - You must be a member of the N.P.A. at least 14 days prior to competition. This means that both your membership form AND payment for membership must be received by the N.P.A. Secretary within the allotted time-scale. It is recommended that membership/entry forms are sent by recorded delivery to ensure receipt, and that any member/entrant should contact the person to whom the form was sent by telephone or e-mail to confirm its arrival.

E – The N.P.A. (including its officials) holds no responsibility for any accidental injury to its members in or out of competition, or for the loss or damage to any members property in or out of competition. The member agrees to this by signing the membership form.

F - The N.P.A. may, at any time and without offering a reason, refuse any new applicant membership, and may withdraw membership to any existing member.

Section 2: Anti-doping regulations of the N.P.A.

The Natural Physique Association (NPA) hereby resolves that the anti-doping rules of the Natural Physique Association (1 May 2005) shall, as and from the 11 September 2009, stand repealed and shall be replaced by the following rule:

The anti-doping rules of the Natural Physique Association are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by the Drug-Free Sport Directorate of UK Sport (or its successor), as amended from time to time, and including the supplemental provisions set out in this resolution. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as rules of the Natural Physique Association.

To view these rules, click on the link below:

http://www.uksport.gov.uk/pages/rules_and_regulations/

Supplemental Provisions

i - The NPA ‘Anti-Doping Rules’ will be in line with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) World Anti-Doping Code. All NPA members should read the current WADA Prohibited List to ensure they fully understand what is on the banned list. It is not the responsibility of any NPA official to recommend any substance or product to any member, or to confirm for any member that any such product is allowable either in or out of competition.

ii – Additional Penalties for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation:

An Anti-Doping Rule Violation in accordance with these Rules carries an obligatory lifetime exclusion from NPA membership. In the case of some stimulants, narcotics and medicinal substances, a shorter membership exclusion may be imposed at the discretion of the NPA Committee, in consultation with UK Sport (or its successor) and in accordance with WADA guidelines.

In addition to the consequences in Articles 9 and 10.1 of the UK Anti-Doping Rules, an Anti-Doping Rule Violation will result in the Athlete being required to return all trophies, awards, prize money and/or travelling expenses they have received in the season in which the Anti-Doping Rule Violation occurred. Refusal or failure to do this will result in legal action against that Athlete.


iii – To be eligible for membership to compete in the NPA as a “Natural Bodybuilder”, athletes must have:

NEVER used any class of steroid, whether expressly prohibited or not, or any other prohibited substance or method in categories S1-S5 and M1-M3 of the current WADA Prohibited List. This is including but not limited to pro hormones, steroid precursor drugs, growth hormones and chemical diuretics or peptides.

NOT used substances in categories S6-S9 of the current WADA Prohibited List in the year prior to when NPA membership is first applied for, or at any time after the date membership is first granted for as long as they wish to continue to compete in the NPA or wish to be considered a “Natural Bodybuilder” by the NPA. This is including but not limited to ephedrine or other stimulants.

If the use of any of the above substances was or is for a bona fide medical condition, membership may be considered if documentary proof is provided (for example, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate).

Please note that any person who has used a substance previously listed as prohibited, which has now been removed from the list of prohibited substances (examples include Caffeine, and oral ingestion of Mannitol) will be eligible for NPA membership as of the first year that substance ceases to be prohibited.

Any person who has taken a substance which has subsequently been added to the WADA Prohibited List will have their eligibility for membership with the NPA affected in accordance with the status of that prohibited substance in this clause’s classification. 

Section 3: Entry to and participation in N.P.A. sanctioned contests.

A - All entries, including acceptance of invitations to the Britain Final must be received prior to the specified closing date, or risk not being accepted at the discretion of the contest promoter. It is recommended that entry forms are sent by recorded delivery to ensure timely arrival, and that all entrants contact the contest promoter by phone or by e-mail to check their form has arrived.

The qualifying classes for the 2009 N.P.A. British Finals are;
Male: Juniors Under 21; Masters Over 40; Novices; Under 70kg; Under 78kg; 78kg+.

Female: Trained Figure; Physique, one class at qualifying contests, unless there are 6 or more entries, and at the Finals to be split into Under 55kg, and 55kg+ classes.
Couples, to consist of one male and one female physique competitor.
All qualifiers shall have a Best Under 18 award, and there shall be an Under 18 class at the N.P.A. British Finals, should there be three or more qualified entries.
All qualifiers shall have a Best Over 50 award, and there shall be an Over 50 class at the N.P.A. British Finals, should there be three or more qualified entries.

All N.P.A. competitions shall have Best Presentation awards for each class, unless there is only one entrant in a particular class.
All qualifiers shall have Overall awards.
The winner in each qualifying class will be invited to the British Finals unless they are the only competitor, in which case their invitation will be at the discretion of the Head judge. Any additional invites shall be at the discretion of the Judges.

B – Each competitor shall receive a competitors’ ticket at each respective competition.

C - Competitors in the Under 18’s and Under 21’s must be under their respective ages on the day of the Britain Finals.

D - Competitors in the Masters class must be over 40 YEARS OF AGE on the day of the qualifying competition as of the 2009 season.
N.B. Competitors must show proof of age (i.e. passport or birth certificate) on the day of the competition if competing in the Under 18’s, Under 21’s, and Masters classes.

E - A Novice competitor is one who has neither placed in the top 2 of a contest or competed at a Britain Final (except Junior classes). If a Novice competitor wins a qualifier in any season, they will not be permitted to compete as a Novice again except at the Finals of that season. A second placed competitor will be allowed to compete again in other qualifiers that season and still compete at the Final regardless of their placing in any subsequent qualifier, but will not be allowed to compete as a Novice beyond that season regardless of whether or not they accept their invite to the Final. Any Novice who places third or lower and receives an invitation to the Final, can choose to decline that invitation and continue to compete as a Novice for the rest of that season, and ONE further season only. Any competitor who has competed in a Novice class in a contest sanctioned by any other federation that season and has received an invitation to their finals will still be eligible to compete as a Novice in the N.P.A. in the same season.

F - A competitor may only compete in one class per contest, the Couples class the exception.

G - Defending and previous British Champions will receive a bye to the N.P.A. British Finals where eligible.

H - Current and past World and / or European Champions will receive a bye to the N.P.A. British Finals.

I - A competitor who has qualified for the British Finals in one weight class, shall compete in the weight class that he or she weighs in at on the day of the Finals. For example, a competitor may qualify in the Under 70kg class, but on the day of the Britain Finals, should he weigh in at 72kg, he will then be entered in the Under 78kg class.

J – Female competitors must compete at the N.P.A. Finals within the discipline that they qualified in, i.e. a Figure competitor may not compete in the Physique class at the Final unless she has qualified in the Physique class at a separate qualifying contest.

K – Male competitors who qualify for the Final then attain the age of 40 years between the qualifier and the Final may not transfer class to the Masters at that Final without first qualifying as a Masters competitor by right.

L – Any competitor who qualifies for more than one class during the course of the year must pick and compete in only one class at the Finals.

M – All competitors will be weighed at registration for all contests they enter. They will weigh in wearing a maximum of vest/t-shirt, trunks/bikini briefs/underwear and socks only. There will be no exceptions to this rule. No competitor will be weighed out of public view unless in the company of at least two N.P.A. officials.

N – Any competitor failing to make their intended weight will be given until the end of the weigh-in to try and make the weight, but will be weighed only once more after the initial weigh in. Any competitor found to be indulging in any extreme or dangerous practices in order to try and make weight will risk disqualification from the contest.

Section 4: Judging at N.P.A. competitions.

A - All N.P.A. competitions have three judging rounds.
Male and Female Physique competitors.

Round One.

Semi-relaxed quarter turns round. Front, back, and side stances.

Judges are looking for the best combination of shape, symmetry, balance and proportion, with aesthetic qualities. Feet must be kept flat to the floor.

Excessive twisting is not allowed.

Round Two.

Eight compulsory poses, which are:

1- front double-biceps; 2 - front lat-spread; 3 - side-chest (either side); 4 - side triceps (either side); 5 - back double-biceps; 6 - back lat-spread; 7 – abdominals and thighs; 8 - most muscular.

Judges are looking for the best combination of mass, separation, muscularity, shape, symmetry, and condition.

Competitors will be instructed to do the mandatory poses of Round 2 immediately following Round 1.

Each call-out will see the called athlete do the quarter turns and then the compulsory poses, and on completion of both rounds, will then be asked to return to the line-up. Judges will then mark both rounds individually on the sheet.
COSTUMES WORN FOR ROUNDS ONE AND TWO MUST BE OF A PLAIN, SINGLE COLOURED, NON-REFLECTIVE MATERIAL. AS OF THE 2009 SEASON, THIS RULE WILL BE ENFORCED WITHOUT EXCEPTION. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COMPETITOR TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE CORRECT ATTIRE PRIOR TO COMPETITION.

Round Three.

Free posing round. At all N.P.A. competitions, posing shall be of 90 seconds maximum duration at qualifying contests, and 60 seconds at the British Finals. Competitors are encouraged to display their physique to the best of their abilities.

In round three, it is important to note that the routine itself is not being judged. Judges will award marks in this round based on the physique presented to them.

Ladies Trained Figure.

The Trained Figure competitor should show a toned, balanced, shapely body, with aesthetic qualities, exhibiting signs of training with weights whilst always retaining her femininity. The muscle groups should be round and firm in appearance, and the body should have a small amount of body fat, neither being too muscular or too lean. The competitor should be free of deep muscular separation and striations. The skin should be of a smooth and healthy appearance. Poses displaying muscularity are not allowed. Although females are free to compete in whatever class they wish, competitors displaying excessive muscularity and condition will be marked down in the Figure class.

Round One – Symmetry, Balance and Proportion.

Semi-relaxed quarter turns round. Front, back, and side stances.

Judges are looking for the best combination of shape, symmetry, balance and proportion, with aesthetic qualities. Feet must be kept flat to the floor.

Excessive twisting is not permitted.

Round Two – Shape and Tone.

Seven compulsory poses which are;

1 - front double biceps; 2 – front lat-spread; 3 – side-chest (either side); 4 – back double biceps; 5 – back lat spread; 6 & 7 – any 2 front or side poses of your choice.

Poses 1, 3, and 4 must be demonstrated with open hands.

Competitors will be instructed to do Round 2 immediately following Round 1. Each call-out will see the called athlete do the quarter turns and then the compulsory poses, and on completion of both rounds, will then be asked to return to the line-up. Judges will then mark both rounds individually on the sheet.
COSTUMES WORN FOR ROUNDS ONE AND TWO MUST BE OF A PLAIN, SINGLE COLOURED, NON-REFLECTIVE MATERIAL. AS OF THE 2009 SEASON, THIS RULE WILL BE ENFORCED WITHOUT EXCEPTION. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COMPETITOR TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE CORRECT ATTIRE PRIOR TO COMPETITION.

Round Three.

Free posing round. At all N.P.A. competitions, posing shall be of 90 seconds maximum duration at qualifying contests, and 60 seconds at the British Final. Competitors are encouraged to display their figure to the best of their abilities. Gymnastic moves are optional but will not be marked up above any orthodox posing. The posing round is to display a competitors’ figure to the best of the competitors’ ability – it is not a round that will be judged on athletic or gymnastic prowess.
Miss Figure competitors shall wear shoes in rounds one and two, but these are optional in round three.
In the Men’s classes, if a class has one entrant, he will be instructed to go on-stage with the next class, although he will not be judged against those in that respective class.
Female competitors have the option of wearing thong-type costumes.
Female jewellery is restricted to one pair of stud ear-rings, and wedding ring, with male jewellery restricted to wedding ring only.

B - All N.P.A. contests shall be judged by an odd number of judges, with a minimum of three sitting at any one time. In the event that five or more judges are sitting, the top and bottom scores will be deleted. The judging panel will be selected at the discretion of the N.P.A. Secretary and the respective show promoter, and the chosen judging panel will be final and may not be objected to by any other person. Please see section 4H of these rules.

C - Judges will place competitors down to sixth place, and all remaining competitors shall be placed seventh. The competitor with the lowest combined score will place first. All contestants who place out of the top 6 will receive a placing of joint seventh.

D - In the event of a tie, the competitor with the lowest places on count-back shall be awarded with higher placing. For example, two competitors both have seven points each. From the judges, one competitor has scores of first, third, and third. The other competitor has scores of second, second, and third. The competitor with the first place shall be awarded with the higher placing. If there is still a tie, the Head Judge shall decide the placings (which will be based on their own score, if judging the class themselves).

E - When judging the Overall, all judges shall mark from first to last place. The competitor with the lowest total points shall be the winner.

F - All comments from the judges, for example, asking for a comparison, shall be relayed to the Head Judge, who shall then relay the comparison to the competitors. Judges are not allowed to hold conversations when judging a class, which may or may not impede or influence the judging decisions being made by any judge.

G - The Head Judge and another selected N.P.A. official shall check and double check all judging scores before handing the result to the M.C.

H – All N.P.A. judges are expected to judge fairly and impartially. They do not, and will not allow personal associations with any competitor influence their judging decision and any judge found to be in breach of the judging guidelines or performing inadequately or incompetently will be subject to misconduct proceedings as per section 5 of these rules.

Section 5: Code of conduct for N.P.A. members and officials.

A - All members and officials of the N.P.A. shall observe and follow a proper code of conduct i.e. at competitions and on the internet in that they will refrain from personal attacks and insults either verbally or in writing and that physical confrontation towards fellow athletes, members and officials will not be tolerated in any way. Overtly unsportsmanlike conduct and/or behaviour in or out of competition will also not be tolerated in any way.

B – Members and/or officials of the N.P.A. who breach the above code of conduct or bring the association into disrepute in any way will be suspended immediately from competing and/or officiating with the N.P.A. This will be prior to, and pending a review of the incident. Any penalty levied following this hearing will be open to appeal.

C – All complaints, and reports of misconduct of any type by any member or official of the N.P.A. must be tendered in writing to the N.P.A. Secretary and will only be accepted from other members or officials of the N.P.A. Anonymous complaints or reports, or those tendered by persons not associated to the N.P.A. will not be accepted.

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