OCB Pro Eligibility
Competitors are required to hold current OCB Pro memberships at the time of competing in any OCB Pro events. Competitors cannot have used any substance on the OCB banned list during the duration periods specified on the list.
Competitors must meet one of the following conditions in order to be eligible for OCB Pro contests:
- Have won a pro-qualifying placement at an OCB amateur show (see full details).
- Have placed first in their class any natural organization’s PRO show.
- Have won a pro-qualifying placement with a natural
organization other than OCB where
there were at least the number of competitors specified below in their division:
- Men’s Bodybuilding Open: 9
- Men’s Bodybuilding Age 40+: 5
- Men’s Physique Open: 9
- Men’s Physique Age 40+: 5
- Women’s Physique Open: 5
- Women’s Physique Age 40+: 5
- Figure Open: 9
- Figure Age 40+: 5
- Bikini Open: 9
- Bikini Age 40+: 5
Competitors who won a pro-qualifying placement in a Masters Age 40+ division are eligible only for OCB Pro Masters Age 40+ divisions. Competitors over the age of 40 who won a pro-qualifying placement in an Open division are considered eligible for both OCB Open and OCB Masters Age 40+ pro divisions.
Competitors who qualify as OCB Pros for any category are considered eligible for all OCB Pro categories of their gender. Competitors may not compete in more than one category at any given OCB Pro show though. After competitors compete in an OCB Pro category, they are no longer considered eligible for that category in OCB amateur contests.
Competitors are not required to compete within a certain time frame in order to retain eligibility.
OCB Pro Yorton Cup World Championships
The Yorton Cup is OCB's top pro title with the highest cash prize payouts. Qualifying for the event at another OCB Pro show is not required for 2017.
All participants are required to pass polygraph screenings prior to competitions (polygraph test results from OCB shows can be honored for other OCB shows held within six weeks of each other). In addition to polygraph testing, pro qualifying placement winners must pass a urine test.
Why the polygraph? – Polygraph testing is used since events are 7 years drug-free for most substances. Most anabolic steroids and other banned substances are no longer detectable in urine within a few weeks from last use. Plus, urine testing cannot detect growth hormone use. Note: Approximately half who don’t pass the polygraph are bikini competitors. Certain banned substances can yield an unfair advantage in getting leaner and shapelier.
Pro Categories & Divisions
OCB Pro categories offered are: Bikini, Figure, Men’s Bodybuilding, and Men’s & Women’s Physique (Men’s Classic Physique is planned for the future). Divisions offered are Open and Masters Age 40+. Check a specific event's details to see which of the categories and divisions are offered at the particular event.
In cases where there's more than one class for a division, at a show promoter's discretion, classes may be formed using specified height or weight ranges, or by dividing groups into as equal as possible parts by height or weight based on total number of entries in a division. Check a specific event's details to see which method will be used for a particular event.
Each judge takes all criteria for a category into account and assigns one overall score for each contestant in the form of rank during the group comparison rounds. A highest and lowest rank for each competitor is dropped as a safeguard against human error and/or bias, whether intentional or on a subconscious level. The remaining judges' placements are summed, and the competitor with the lowest sum total receives 1st place in the class. Second lowest sum receives 2nd place, and so on. In cases of ties, competitors ranked higher by the majority of all judges are awarded the higher placements (see video example). In cases of three-way ties, the head judge's scores are referenced to determine tie-breaking placements. Individual presentations are not factored into scoring but do count toward consideration for Best Poser awards when offered.