2014 PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
NABBA Pro Division | Regulations |December 2013 © NABBA International 2013
a) NABBA means “National Amateur Body-builders’ Association.”
b) NABBA United Kingdom (“NABBA UK”) is the parent organisation of NABBA.
c) NABBA International is the worldwide governing body under the auspices of
the NABBA UK.
d) A professional body-builder is defined as a body-builder who has earned
and accepted a NABBA professional license as defined under these regulations.
e) A NABBA professional license may also be known as a “pro card.”
f) Governing body means any legal entity sanctioned by NABBA UK and NABBA
International to trade under the name NABBA in its home state, province,
territory, district, country or other applicable geographical division as
approved by NABBA UK and NABBA International.
a) NABBA competitions are open to amateur body-builders and, where
applicable, professional body-builders.
b) Any class at an approved competition where a place getter may be eligible
for a professional licence must be judged by a panel of no fewer than nine
(9) international judges and in accordance with Part 3.
c) Once a panel has reached a determination such determination will be
i. verbally by announcement to the body-builder, and
ii. by award to the body-builder.
d) All decisions made by the judging panel, once notified, will be final and
binding. No body-builder shall have any recourse to appeal a decision of a
judging panel once notified.
e) An award may include, but not be limited to, a trophy, a medallion, a
statue, a bowl, a plate, a sash and/or any other commemorative item denoting
the year, competition class and name of the sanctioned competition.
3. The Judging Panel
a) At an international competition a judging panel must be comprised of no
fewer than nine (9) individuals including a separate senior/head judge for
men’s and women’s classes.
b) 50% plus one (1) of the judges must be from governing bodies separate and
distinct from one another. To avoid doubt, where a panel consists of nine
(9) judges at least five (5) of the judges must be provided by governing
bodies separate and distinct from the other four (4) judges. This means that
while four (4) judges may be provided by the host governing body, the other
five (5) judges must be provided by five (5) other non-host governing bodies.
c) Judging criteria shall be determined and published by NABBA UK and NABBA
International from time to time.
4. Professional Licences (Pro Cards)
a) A professional licence may only be granted to an eligible body-builder
who has competed in and won their relevant class at an applicable NABBA
sanctioned international level body-building competition.
b) Applicable international competitions shall be:
i. NABBA Universe Championships also known as the NABBA Mr Universe.
ii. NABBA World Championships also known as the NABBA Mr World.
iii. Any other approved competition as notified by NABBA International from
time to time.
c) Once a pro card has been offered to a body-builder the body-builder shall
have 48 hours to accept it and register as a professional with NABBA.
d) Once a body-builder accepts a pro card they must actively compete in a
NABBA professional competition within 2 years of the date of acceptance.
e) In the event that a body-builder does not compete in a NABBA professional
competition within 2 years of accepting their pro card then the body-builder’s
status within NABBA shall automatically revert to “amateur.”
f) If, through extraordinary circumstances, a body-builder is unable to
compete in a NABBA professional competition within 2 years of accepting
their pro card then this deadline may be extended but only
g) NABBA International in its unfettered discretion shall determine whether
a body-builder’s application for an extension of this deadline shall be
h) No professional body-builder shall be allowed to compete as an amateur or
in any NABBA competition designed only for amateur body-builders unless:
i. They relinquish their pro card in writing to NABBA International.
ii. A time period of no less than 6 months has expired since their last
i) Professional competitions or amateur competitions offering professional
classes must be conducted in strict accordance with these regulations.
j) NABBA International and NABBA UK have exclusive rights to sanction any
professional competition conducted in accordance with these regulations.
k) An official record of all professional body-builders shall be kept by
l) Only NABBA International has the authority to grant or revoke pro cards.
a) Unless otherwise determined by NABBA International, all eligible body-builders
must complete a professional registration form, hereto annexed to this
document as Appendix 1, in order to be recorded as a NABBA Professional Body-builder.
b) NABBA may charge a registration fee to a professional body-builder. Such
fee shall be determined by NABBA International from time to time and
published via applicable websites, social media, e-mail, and/or in writing
by any other method.
c) All professional body-builders must register and, where applicable, pay
all outstanding dues to NABBA International prior to competing as a
d) Unless otherwise determined by NABBA International, any body-builder who
has not registered and/or paid outstanding dues shall be deemed ineligible
to compete as a NABBA professional.
6. Prize Money
a) Competition organisers, promoters and/or governing bodies must offer
prize money for all professional competitions under their immediate
b) Prize money must be offered for at least the first, second and third
place getters within a professional class.
c) Prize money shall be in the form of a standard currency, either the Euro
Dollar or the British Pound, but may be paid out in an equivalent value to
the body-builder in their native currency. For instance, a South Korean body-builder
may choose to be paid the equivalent prize money value in South Korean won
instead of Euro or Pounds.
d) Prize money must be offered on a sliding scale not exceeding 1:0.75 and
not less than 1:0.5. To avoid doubt, if a first place getter receives
€10,000 then the second place getter cannot receive more than €7,500 and not
less than €5,000 and the third place getter cannot receive more than €5,625
and not less than €2,500.
7. International Regions
a) NABBA International is divided into the following four (4) regions
iv. Asia and Oceania
b) In addition to the Universe Championships and the World Championships,
governing bodies within the above four (4) regions may conduct competitions
that include a professional class or classes that encompass their region.
c) The following names are approved for international use:
i. European Championships
ii. African Championships
iii. Pan-American Championships
iv. Asia-Pacific Championships
d) Notwithstanding clause c), NABBA International and NABBA UK may approve
other names for sanctioned competitions so long as the approval is sought:
i. in writing; and,
ii. not less than nine (9) months prior to the scheduled date of the
e) Each of the competitions noted in clause c) or as applicable in
accordance with clause d) may take place once only within a calendar year
and not les than nine months apart from one another across two calendar
years. For example, if the European Championships are held in March of a
certain year then the earliest they can be held again is in January of the
f) If a governing body, promoter or competition organiser wishes to conduct
a competition with a professional class that encompasses a geographical
division not noted in clause a) it must seek approval from NABBA
International in accordance with clause d).
g) Clause f) shall apply in all cases except where a competition is to be
held within the United Kingdom. In such a case clause f) shall apply save
that a reference to NABBA International shall be read as NABBA UK.
APPENDIX 1 - NABBA PROFESSIONAL LISENCE REGISTRATION FORM
National Amateur Body-builders’ Association
NABBA Pro Division | Regulations |December 2013 © NABBA International
DATE OF BIRTH:
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NATIONALITY/COUNTRY OF BIRTH:
SPONSOR (IF ANY):
MANAGER/AGENT (IF ANY):
COMPETITION WHERE PROFESSIONAL LISENCE WAS EARNED:
NABBA Universe Championships: □
NABBA World Championships: □
Other (please indicate): □
YEAR THAT PROFESSIONAL LISENCE WAS EARNED:
2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014
Other (please indicate):
Please return all Registration forms to NABBA International
Fax: +61 3 9484 9880
Post: PO Box 63, Ivanhoe, VIC 3079, Australia.