All the judging criteria are focused on the athletic aspects of the male and female physique. All competitors are commonly called athletes, which means that the athletic component of the human body aesthetics plays a major role during the competitions. Criteria will vary according to the categories, but the main focus of The Battle of Bedford is to promote a culture of physical aesthetics based on athletic and muscular bodies.
ON THE DAY REGISTRATION PROCESS
During the registration process, athletes competing in categories with height or height to weight ratio divisions will have their height and / or weight checked. Women can give a first indication of the category they wish to enter but the final category they will be allowed to compete in will be decided by a selected group of judges at line-up, before the beginning of the competition. All female athletes will be informed of this at registration.
Athletes that are in categories with an age criteria must bring photo ID as their proof of age.
All athletes must provide their music for their free posing round in mp3 or cd format on the day of registration.
No instant tanning creams are allowed. Only self-tanning products like Pro Tan or Jan Tana (just to name a few) are permitted. The athletes have a duty of care, to ensure that the tan is used responsibly and the venue is not to be soiled in any way. Every effort will be made by the organiser to prevent excessive mess, anyone found to be irresponsible in this matter WILL face disqualification.
- The BATTLE of BEDFORD is a WABBA International Qualifier and the class criteria and judging will be aligned with WABBA International.
- WABBA INTERNATIONAL UK judges will be used for the show and are selected by the Director of Judges.
- The number of judges during the competition must be a minimum of 7 and maximum 11. There must be a majority of WABBA Qualified Judges at all times. The Director of Judging may invite guests of high standing in the bodybuilding community to judge the contest at his discretion.
- The Director of judges and the Head judge select the top 10 athletes for each category in classes with more than 10 competitors.
- The judges decision is final and non negotiable.
- To make the final scores the computer eliminates as many higher and lower scores to have 5 valid votes (example: with 7 judges we take away 1 high and 1 low, with 11 judges 3 high and 3 low).
- Judges performance is evaluated comparing their scores with the final official score of each category. Their performance will determine if they will be reconfirmed or not.
- The judge must behave according to his status and must not leave his post. No drinking, eating, taking photos or telephone calls during the competition. Speaking must be limited to the bare minimum and only about technical matters. Official uniform (the selected judges must wear their uniform during the whole competition).