It is easy to see that the Physique Sports are growing around the world and of course SABBA has seen its own spectacular growth over the last few years. I can remember a time when we were happy to get more than 25 competitors for an event and we had cut our shows down to one event per year…..Boy have times changed. This past year has been very successful for SABBA in that we had close to 180 competitors at both the Novice and Provincials this year and introduced for the first time ever a 3rd event the we held this fall. Indeed the Physique sports are growing and things are changing.
The mandate of SABBA has always been to grow the sport from a grassroots level and the IFBB has now given us the tools to do just that. It has only been about 5 years since the IFBB first introduced the Bikini classes and followed up shortly thereafter by the Men’s and Women’s Physique classes. These have been great moves by the IFBB as it has opened the sport up to so many more enthusiasts of all levels of development. I can confidently say that there are classes now available for anyone!
As an Association we see lots of change coming over the next few years as rules are refined for some of the new classes and competition formats are improved for better experiences by the athletes and spectators alike. I for one am very excited to be in a position to help implement the changes and improvements that will mould and guide our sport for the future. This sport is very near and dear to me as I have been involved with SABBA in an official capacity over the past 26 years and believe that it needs to be strong for our next generation.
I feel this sport has given to me in so many ways over my 33 years of training and it is my privilege to give back so others can benefit as I have.
Your in Health and Fitness
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Jan 23, 2015
New Classes for 2015
Sabba will be making changes to classes for the 2015 season. All Women's Bodybuilding classes will be eliminated moving forward, we will be introducing the Women's Physique Masters class for Novice and provincials as well as the Grand Masters for Provincials. SABBA will also be adding an additional class to Bikini for both Novice and Provincials, making a total of 5 classes. More may be added if necessary. Men's Physique Masters will be added for Provincials.
Nov 27, 2014
Other Organizations in Saskatchewan
It seems that we at SABBA have had many inquiries in regards to other associations holding events in Saskatchewan. I would like to take the time to clarify everything for our members and competitors.
SABBA is a non-profit volunteer organization here in Saskatchewan to promote the sports of Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure, Fitness and Bikini. It is the only onganization in the province that is affiliated to the IFBB and the only organization that will qualify competitors to the CBBF National Championships and their shot at an IFBB pro card. All money that SABBA makes is used to improve the sport within the province.
All these other associations are private for profit businesses based somewhere else for the purpose of running competitions. Becoming a Pro athlete in any of these organizations would allow competitors to compete in any affiliated designated Pro divisions, however would eliminate them from being able to further compete within the IFBB stream because of the pro status.
Having said all this, SABBA does not restrict any of our members from competing in events put on by other organizations. All SABBA members are free to compete in any contest available to them.
President and Chief Judging Official
Jan 18, 2012
Any CBBF member who is found to be working with or promoting organizations not recognized by the IFBB/NPC/CBBF has contravened its rules and/or by laws and may be subject to disciplinary measures.
Professional athletes, judges, and officials from organizations not recognized by the IFBB/NPC/CBBF shall not be permitted to participate in or to promote their organizations in any capacity at CBBF or CBBF sanctioned events or those events conducted by CBBF affiliates.
Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to our sport. If I may I would like to thank you on behalf of the IFBB and NPC.
April 7, 2011
SABBA Judging Biased?
This is the question that has recently thrown out to the bodybuilding community. As long as there have been bodybuilding competitions with judges there have been allegations of bias shown to one competitor over another.
I have been involved in the Association since 1988 and have heard my share of allegations of this nature and guarantee long after I leave they will continue.
So under these circumstances, what is it that SABBA is doing to insure a fair and equitable outcome to our events. Anyone that has been to one of our shows will know that there is typically either 7 or 9 judges sitting just off the stage where they are best able to judge the competitors. Why so many you may ask, simple, after all the scores are collected we automatically eliminate the high and low scores. In effect any one judge that may unduly mark a competitor higher than all the other judges, that mark will be eliminated. Also if there was one judge that unfairly marked a competitor down would also end up with the same result. This by itself can most commonly eliminate bias within the judging panel. Approximately 4 years ago we also introduced our judges oath and disclosure that each judge needs to sign before each competition. On this form each judge lists any competitor that he or she may have helped prep prior to the event. At this point the Head Judge may exclude a judge from judging that particular class by inserting their own scores to replace the judge with the apparent conflict of interest. Or the other option is to let the judge score the round and then during the scoring tabulation determine if there is any bias and replace the scores at that time. This is not an uncommon practice that is often followed at the National level and in many of the provinces. With these practices in place, I guarantee that judging based upon bias has not affected the outcome of a class at any of the competitions that I have presided over.
Having said all this the face of bodybuilding has been changing rapidly over the last couple years, trainers are no longer a buddy or some guy from your gym that has competed before, but usually a well qualified individual with a competitive history behind their name. These trainers are now able to charge for their services and there are many competitors willing to pay for these services. So rather than one of our long standing and very experienced judges having 1 or 2 friends in a competition they have 4 or maybe more, clients. And this has only sprung up on us in the last couple events, and this is why last spring we started communicating with Manitoba to create a judges swap to help eliminate some of the perception of conflict of interest. We announced it at last year’s AGM that this is what we would be doing and came to an agreement with Manitoba in the fall. Unfortunately in February the Manitoba president advised me that due to some issues with their executive, they rescinded the offer of a judge swap for this year. Now I can hear you already saying, " So why don't we go to a different province" or "let’s just bring someone else in anyways". My thought is this, my duty as the President of SABBA is to grow the sport of bodybuilding within the province of Saskatchewan and if another jurisdiction is not going to give our judges a chance to expand their knowledge, then I am not prepared to walk away from the many dedicated judges that have volunteered their time for so many years and say I have just outsourced your job because nobody trusts you. The bodybuilding community is a small one here in Saskatchewan and therefore we do not have dozens of people offering to become judges, so that we can pick and choose. On occasion, out of our pool of 15 we are able to only come up with the 7 that we need. Some of our judges still compete, others have family and are not always available. And we can’t expand our pool too large or the judges will not get to judge often enough to stay proficient. So SABBA has up to this point done what it felt was best to insure a fair and unbiased result at every competition that we hold. Some may argue that we partake in wide spread collusion and pre-select all the winners and if you really think about it you will realize how downright ludicrous this notion is.
Do changes need to be made? The face of bodybuilding is changing and the association always need to be willing to move forward for the sake of the competitors. What those changes are is up for discussion.
President and Chief Judging Official
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