Frequently Asked Questions

MEMBERSHIP, PAYMENTS & EVENT REGISTRATIONS QUESTIONS

DO I NEED A MEMBERSHIP TO COMPETE?
Yes an ABBA Competitor Membership ($50) is mandatory to compete.

WHEN DOES MY MEMBERSHIP EXPIRE?
All memberships are valid for the calendar year, meaning they are effective from January 1 to December 31. All memberships expire on December 31, regardless of the date purchased.

HOW MUCH DOES A MEMBERSHIP COST?
A Membership for a Competitor is $50. A Membership for an associate member (non-competitor) is $20. This price is a flat rate and expires on December 31, regardless of date of purchase.

WHAT DOES A MEMBERSHIP PROVIDE ME?
Both membership types, Associate ($20) and Competitor ($50) provide the following rights:
  • - To attend all general meetings;
  • - To voice your opinions and/or suggestions;
  • - To vote;
  • - To run for Executive positions within the rules of the bylaws;
  • - To participate in the Vendor Discount Program;
  • - To participate in free seminars and information;
  • - To be on the e-mailing list; and
  • - To be able to compete you must purchase a Competitor Membership ($50).

I HAVE QUALIFIED AND AM COMPETING IN THE CBBF; DO I REQUIRE AN ABBA MEMBERSHIP?
Yes, you require an ABBA membership to be eligible to compete in a CBBF or IFBB competition. As an ABBA member, if you are registered and compete with the CBBF, the ABBA will pay your CBBF show registration fees.

ARE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS (AGM) OR SPECIAL MEETINGS MANDATORY?
No, they are not mandatory. While these meetings are not mandatory we encourage all members to be active participants in the decisions and direction of the ABBA.

CAN I PURCHASE MY MEMBERSHIP AT WEIGHINS/ATHLETE'S MEETING?
Your membership may be purchased anytime online at https://www.fitsquid.com/club.cfm?id=932&members

Are Annual General Meetings (AGM) or Special Meetings mandatory?
No, they are not mandatory.
However, bursary applications and athlete funding have a mandatory requirement that the applicant have attended the AGM in person or by way of proxy, effective 2016.
While these meetings are not mandatory we encourage all members to be active participants in the decisions and direction of the ABBA.

I DON'T HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT, HOW CAN I PAY?
You do not require a PayPal account to use your credit card through PayPal. If you require an option outside of a PayPal account or credit card, please contact secretary@abba.ab.ca directly to see what can be arranged.

CAN I PAY WITH AN ONLINE E-TRANSFER?
No, the ABBA does not accept online e-transfers.

CAN I GET A REFUND IF I AM NOT ABLE TO COMPETE,?
Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Special circumstances regarding registrations are handled on an individual basis at the discretion of the Executive.

COMPETITION QUESTIONS

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION CLOSE FOR AN EVENT?
Registration closes two-weeks prior to the date of the event. You may register late at the athletes’ meeting the day before however there will be a $100 late fee imposed.

WHAT TANNING OR STAGE PRODUCTS ARE BANNED?
All tans and bronzers that can be wiped off are banned. If the tan comes off by simply wiping, the athlete will not be allowed to enter the stage. Sparkles, glitter, shiny metallic pearls or gold coloring are prohibited whether applied as part of a tanning lotion or applied separately.

SHOULD I COVER UP MY TATTOOS?
Depending on the tattoo placement and the density of the ink, tattoos can be distracting and obscure definition. While athletes do have the option to cover up a tattoo, the cosmetics used to cover a tattoo often obscure definition more so than the tattoo(s) themselves. Stage tan is typically dark enough to disguise tattoos quite well. However, this is personal choice that you and/or your coach must determine with respect to the type of package and overall look, if applicable, you wish to bring to the stage.

CAN I HAVE ALCOHOL BACKSTAGE?
No. Not only is it not permissible to have personal open liquor in a public location, it was confirmed at the August 11, 2013 Special Meeting that the use or possession of alcohol backstage or during an ABBA sanctioned event by competitors, volunteers, vendors or contributing members and/or venue staff is prohibited. Competitors found in possession of open alcohol containers will be disqualified; any other person will be removed from the premises. Members may be subject to a 2-year suspension from the ABBA.

CAN I COMPETE IN MORE THAN ONE DISCIPLINE AT THE SAME EVENT?
No. Bodybuilding, Classic Bodybuilding, Body Fitness, Fitness, Physique, Men’s Muscular Physique, Wellness Fitness and Bikini Fitness are separate disciplines with different judging criteria. You cannot compete in two different disciplines at the same event. The ONLY class cross over permitted is Junior and an Open class OR Masters and an Open class.

CAN ANYONE COMPETE IN MIXED PAIRS?
No. Mixed Pairs must consist of one male bodybuilder or classic bodybuilder performing with one female physique, body fitness or fitness athlete.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER TO COMPETE WITH THE ABBA?
It is $100 to register for each class. If registering for more than one class there will be a 25% discount applied to the total registration fee. A membership is mandatory to compete and costs $50.

NOTE: You are only eligible to compete in ONE discipline, so the only time you will pay for two classes is if you are doing the Masters/Junior and Open classes within the same division or potentially three classes if you are participating in an Open class, an Age class and Mixed Pairs.

CAN I REGISTER AT WEIGHINS/ATHLETE'S MEETING?
Yes however there is a late fee of $100.

CAN I REGISTER FOR A COMPETITION NOW AND PAY LATER?
No. Payment must accompany your online registration.

CAN MY COACH AND/OR FAMILY MEMBER(S) COME BACKSTAGE WITH ME?
No. Only competitors and those individuals designated by the promoter and/or the ABBA are permitted backstage. If coaches, friends and/or family members are removed from backstage, the competitor may be subject to disqualification.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TIER 1 AND TIER 2?
Tier 1 is the entry-level for the novice competitor. There is no pre-qualification required for Tier 1.

Tier 2 is the provincial level, which requires the competitor to qualify by placing top 5 at a Tier 1 competition, unless specifically indicated otherwise.

CAN I ADVANCE TO TIER 2 WITH THE ABBA IF I PLACED TOP 5 IN ANOTHER FITNESS ORGANIZATION,?
No. Your placing in other associations have no impact on how you advance through the ABBA qualification system.

CAN I COMPETE WITH THE ABBA IF I HAVE MY PRO CARD IN ANOTHER FITNESS ORGANIZATION,?
The ABBA is an amateur sports association. If you have earned Pro status in any other fitness organization, you are ineligible to compete at any ABBA event. If you wish to relinquish your Pro status in order to compete, you must do so, in writing, to the fitness organization itself with a cc to the Secretary and President of the ABBA. Subsequently, if you compete as a Pro after having competed as an amateur with the ABBA, you will be banned for life and not be permitted to compete in any of the future ABBA events. If you have questions regarding this matter, please direct them to president@abba.ab.ca.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH WEIGHT CLASS TO CHOOSE WHEN I REGISTER?
Estimate what your weight will be at the time of weigh-ins. Refer to the Body the event website and choose your respective class name based on your estimated weight. This can always be changed at the athletes’ meeting the night before the show.

I AM NOT AN ALBERTA RESIDENT, CAN I COMPETE WITH THE ABBA?
No you cannot. ID and proof of residency is required at weigh-ins. The only exception is the North West Territories.

IF I PLACED TOP FIVE IN ONE CATEGORY (IE. FIGURE / FITNESS/ BODYBUILDING / PHYSIQUE / FITNESS) CAN I CROSS OVER AND COMPETE IN ANOTHER DIVISION AT THE NEXT LEVEL?
All cross overs of this nature should be pre-approved. Please email president@abba.ab.ca directly.

HOW CAN I GET FEEDBACK FROM THE JUDGES? HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO REQUEST FEEDBACK FROM THE JUDGES?
Requests for feedback must be submitted within 30 days of the date of competition.

Only Top 15 will be eligible for judges’ feedback. Head judges will delegate feedback to a select panel of judges that judged the event, as appropriate.

Email the head judge from your show:
Nathalie Mulder: nmulder@telus.net

Please include the following with your request:
  • Name:
  • Athlete Number:
  • Event Name:
  • Placing:
  • Stage Photos:
There is a high demand for feedback from other competitors requesting the same.
Please be patient when waiting for your response. All requests will be responded to.

CAN I COMPETE IF I AM UNDER THE AGE OF 18?
Yes. You may compete if over the age of 15 with written parental consent. The form is available on the event website. Bodybuilding and Bikini have a Junior class for ages 16 - 23 within the competition year. Juniors are also eligible to compete in the open class of their discipline.

SUITS, SHOES AND JEWELLERY QUESTIONS

ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS ON SHOES?
Yes. Women’s disciplines other than Physique must follow the shoe guidelines. Shoes may be of any colour and style however they must not exceed a sole thickness of 1 cm and the stiletto height may have maximum of 12 cm. Platform shoes are not allowed.

ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS ON JEWELERY?
Jewelry may be worn however must not distract from the physique. Moderate rings, bracelets, and earrings are accepted. Other jewelry may not be worn.

IS THERE ANY OTHER RESTRICTIONS?
Competitors will not wear glasses, watches or artificial aids to the physique, except breast implants for women. Implants or fluid injections causing the change of the natural shape of any other parts or muscles of the body are strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification of the competitor.

WHAT TYPE OF BIKINI BOTTOMS CAN I WEAR?
Women’s Physique, Fitness and Body Fitness bikini bottoms must cover 1/2 of the gluteus maximus.

Bikini Fitness and Wellness Fitness bikini bottoms must cover 1/3 of the gluteus maximus.

"Micro Cheeky" is NOT permitted, nor is a thong or bootie shorts. "Brazilian Cheeky" and "Mid-Coverage Cheeky" may be permitted as long as they cover your glutes as defined above.

Suits will be checked and approved at weigh-ins. Should you wear anything on stage less than what has been approved, you will be removed from the stage.

WHAT TYPE OF TRUNKS CAN I WEAR?
Male Bodybuilders and Classic Bodybuilders Competitors will wear one-coloured, opaque posing trunks, which are clean and decent. The colour, fabric, texture and style of the trunks will be left to the competitor’s discretion. The trunks will cover a minimum of ¾ of the gluteus maximus. The front area must be covered and the side of the trunks should be 1 cm in width at a minimum. The use of padding anywhere in the trunks is prohibited. Avoid styles that have a "v" taper on the front and back and ruching.

Men’s Physique and Muscular Physique Competitors will wear opaque, loose-fitting board shorts, which are clean and decent. The colour and fabric of the shorts will be left to the competitor’s discretion. Shorts may have geometric patterns and motives, but no inscriptions and cambered ornamentation. The shorts will cover the whole upper leg, down the upper point of the knee (patella). The use of padding anywhere in the trunks is prohibited. No tight, lycra style shorts are allowed. Personal sponsors logos are not permitted on the shorts; however a manufacturer’s logo such is accepted.

Suits will be checked and approved at weigh-ins. Should you wear anything on stage less than what has been approved, you will be removed from the stage.

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