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Welcome to the SABBA competition information page, we have tried to answer all the questions that you may have when getting ready to compete in your next IFBB sanctioned event.

 

Tier system

Juniors

National Competitors

Bodybuilding

Women's Physique

Classic Physique

Fitness

Figure

Bikini

Men's Physique

 

 

 

General Competitor  Information

 

  • Competitors must be a current SABBA member.
  • Competitors must present a valid Saskatchewan Hospitalization Card (Health Card).  If one is not presented, competitor will not be allowed to compete.
  • Due to the size of the backstage areas and change rooms, no one will be allowed to accompany you back stage; friends, coaches, etc.  There will be help for the competitors back stage.  Security will be present.
  • Competitors should be at the venue approximately ½ hour before show time to familiarize yourself with the stage and backstage area.
  • Posing suits must be shown at the weigh-ins.  If you do not have it with you, you will be allowed 15 minutes to get it.  If not brought in this time frame, you can be disqualified from the competition.
  • Numbers must be worn on the left hip in all rounds and then returned to  backstage personel after your final round.
  • Following suit with CBBF and IFFB regulations, SABBA does not permit the “Gold” colored skin dye.  Also, Hot Stuff spray is banned and strictly prohibited, as it is a strong bronchial irritant to many.  Competitors found using these products will be disqualified.

Tier System and Competition Eligibility

Novice Championships:

Open to all competitors. Athlete must place top 5 in the Saskatchewan Novice Championships or Top 3 in the Fall Halloween Showdown Prairie Classic Event to move on to the Provincial Championships. Once qualified to the Provincial level there will be no need to re-qualify.  Must compete in one of these events first to qualify to move on to the Natural Championships.(Placing does not matter)

Provincial Championships:

Overall winner has a lifetime bye to compete at CBBF National events. First place winner in their category qualifies to compete for the current and next following CBBF National seasons.   Second and third place competitors each qualify to compete in the current CBBF National season. For the benefit of the athlete, in an event that the CBBF National is held within 90 days of the Provincial Championships, the athlete may postpone their bye until the following season (first thru third place competitors only). Fourth and fifth place competitors each qualify to compete in the current CBBF National season only, bye cannot be postponed.

Natural Championships:

To compete in the Natural Championships you must have competed in a IFBB qualified level 1 novice event at least once to be elegible.  The Natural Championships is a tested event that will qualify competitors on to the National World Qualifying event.  Top 3 from the Natural Championships will be elegible to compete in that same years National event only.  Because of the testing involved competitors are only qualified for that same year.  To be elegible to compete in the National World Qualifier event all competitors must qualify through this event, no exceptions. Competing in this event will not qualify competitors for any other National events.  Top 3 competitors from the Natural Championships will be qualified to compete at the Provincial Championships.

Special Provision 2017 only - because of the timing for the first Natural Championships, SABBA has opened registration to all competitors for this first event regardless of level or qualifications.

National Championships:

For CBBF national athletes looking to qualify for IFBB International events:

1. Top-5 finishers qualify for two years following their placing at a CBBF national event.
2. Top-6 to15 finishers qualify for one year following their placing at a CBBF national event.

To compete during the year at an IFBB World Championship, an athlete must place that year at the IFBB International Events Qualifier.
A. Overall winners are invited to compete at that years IFBB World Championships.
B. Class winners are invited, dependent on the amount and calibre of athletes in their class at the IFBB International Events Qualifier.

If a class winner declines the invitation the CBBF may invite a second or even a third place finisher to compete at an IFBB World Championship.

To compete at any other IFBB International event, such as the Arnold Amateur Classic an athlete must submit to this office which event they are interesting in competing, as well as their highest placing  at a CBBF national event, the year of competition and finally their province of residency.

 


Do I Qualify As A Junior Competitor

A Junior Competitor is a person who is 21 years of age or under in the year when he/she wants to compete at either a Provincial or National Championship. If the competitor turns 22 years of age prior to either a Provincial or National Championship he/she may still compete as a Junior as long as they were 21 during the year of the competition.

Example: Competitor competes at the Novice in March as a Junior (21years), his/her birthday is in April (22 years), one month before the Provincials, he/she can still compete at the Provincials as a Junior.

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National Competitors

All competitors who are qualified and going to be competing in any of the CBBF National events are now required to complete a SABBA National Event Registration form and send it in to the SABBA office at least 6 weeks prior to the competition.  This insures SABBA the opportunity to arrange for track suits for all SABBA competitors  and to pay your entry fees.  If you have not pre-registered with the SABBA office prior to the event, your fees will not be covered by SABBA. 

National Registration Form

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Bodybuilding Competition Information

Following suit with CBBF and IFFB regulations, SABBA does not permit the “Gold” colored skin dye.  Also, Hot Stuff spray is banned and strictly prohibited, as it is a strong bronchial irritant to many.  Competitors found using these products will be disqualified.

Men’s Compulsory Poses  
Front Double Biceps Front Double Bicep
Front Lat Spread Side Chest
Side Chest Back Double Bicep
Side Tricep Side Tricep
Back Double Bicep Abdominal and Thigh
Back Lat Spread  
Abdominal and Thigh  
Most Muscular  

 

Men’s Bodybuilding Competition Information
•    All competitors will perform a free posing routine.
•    Music must be on CD’s
•    Competitors must hand in their music cd's at the weigh-ins.
•    CD’s must be clearly labeled with competitor’s name.  The label must also indicate whether you want you music to start “onstage” or “offstage”.
•    We will not accept CD’s that we need to find and select the appropriate song.  CD must be ready to play your posing music as sound as it is placed in the machine.
•    Maximum length is 60 seconds (1 minute).
•    Posing suits must be worn at the weigh-ins.  No thongs or g-strings allowed.  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 butt. 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.  The SABBA Chief Official, or a delegated representative, will have the right to determine if a competitor’s attire meets an acceptable standard of taste and decency and, eventually, recommend the athlete to change the attire, if it doesn’t meet the SABBA standards.

•    During the Prejudging competitors are not permitted to wear any jewellery onstage other than a wedding band.
•    No glasses, props or gum are permitted onstage.
•    Any competitor doing the “Moon Pose” will be disqualified.
•    Lying on the floor is prohibited.
•    Bumping and shoving is prohibited. First and second persons involved will be disqualified.
•    Competitors numbers will be worn on the left side of the suit bottom.
•    Implants or fluid injections to change the natural shape of any part or muscle of the body are strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification of the competitor.

RELAXED ROUND
•    Keep your feet flat
•    Keep your heels together
•    Hold your arms at your sides
•    No twisting
•    Your head must be facing the same direction as your feet.

ROUTINE ROUND
•    Begin when ready – no signal is necessary from the Head Judge.
•    Maximum of 60 seconds with a warning when 10 seconds remain.
•    You are not obligated to use all 60 seconds.
•    Lying on the floor is not permitted.
•    The use of props during the Prejudging or Finals presentation is strictly prohibited.

WEIGHT CLASSES
•    Bantamweight (to 143.25 lbs )
•    Lightweight ( to 154.25 lbs )
•    Welterweight ( to 165.25 lbs )
•    Middleweight ( to 176.25 lbs )
•    Light-Heavyweight ( to 198.25 lbs )
•    Heavyweight ( over 198.25 lbs )
•    Junior Men's ( age 21 and under )
•    Masters ( age 40 and over )
•    Grand Masters ( age 50 and over )

COMPETITION JUDGING
•    Judges will be assessing the overall physique for the degree of proportion, symmetry, muscle size and quality (density, separation, definition) as well as skin tone.  The judge will follow a routine procedure which will allow a comprehensive assessment of the physique as a whole.
The judge will favour competitors with a harmonious, classical physique. The judge will look for good posture and athletic bearing, correct anatomical structure (including body framework, broad shoulders, high chest, correct spinal curves, limbs and trunk in good proportion, straight legs, not bandy or knock- kneed).

The judge will also consider  good skin tone with an absence of surgical or other scars, spots, acne or tattoos, which the IFBB considers as a skin blemish, tidily dressed hair, well-shaped feet, and toes. When having difficulty in placing two or more competitors who seem to be on the same level, the judge may look for faults in those aspects listed above which will help to differentiate among the competitors.

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Classic Men's Physique Competition Information

Classic Physique will be for competitors who want to present more muscular size than is currently acceptable for Men's Physique, but not as extreme as the current standards for Bodybuilding.

 

The rules and guidelines for Classic Physique are below.

 

Competition will take place in the following categories:

DIVISION "A" (UP TO AND INCLUDING 5' 7")

  • Up to and including 5' 4"Up to and including 155 lbs
  • Over 5' 4", up to and including 5' 5"Up to and including 160 lbs
  • Over 5' 5", up to and including 5' 6"Up to and including 165 lbs
  • Over 5' 6", up to and including 5' 7"Up to and including 170 lbs

 

DIVISION "B" (OVER 5' 7", UP TO AND INCLUDING 5' 10")

  • Over 5' 7", up to and including 5' 8" Up to and including 177 lbs
  • Over 5' 8", up to and including 5' 9" Up to and including 185 lbs
  • Over 5' 9", up to and including 5' 10" Up to and including 192 lbs

 

DIVISION "C" (OVER 5' 10")

  • Over 5' 10", up to and including 5" 11" Up to and including 200 lbs
  • Over 5' 11", up to and including 6' 0" Up to and including 207 lbs
  • Over 6' 0", up to and including 6' 1" Up to and including 215 lbs
  • Over 6' 1", up to and including 6' 2" Up to and including 225 lbs
  • Over 6' 2", up to and including 6' 3" Up to and including 232 lbs
  • Over 6' 3"Up to and including 240 lbs

 

Judging Criteria

Muscularity and Body Condition - Judges will be looking for competitors who display muscular size, symmetry, balance and proportion, with an emphasis on definition and condition. The ideal physique will display an aesthetic appearance highlighted by a small waist.  The judges will favour competitors with a harmonious, classical physique.

 

The Judging will consist of comparisons of quarter turns and the following five mandatory poses:

  • Front Double Biceps
  • Side Chest
  • Back Double Biceps
  • Abdominals and Thighs
  • Favorite Classic Pose (No Most Muscular)

 

The Finals will consist of:

  • Posing routine (up to a maximum of 60 seconds)
  • Posedown (overall title only)

 

Men’s Classic Physique Competition Information
•    All competitors will perform a free posing routine.
•    Music must be on CD’s
•    Competitors must hand in their music cd's at the weigh-ins.
•    CD’s must be clearly labeled with competitor’s name.  The label must also indicate whether you want you music to start “onstage” or “offstage”.
•    We will not accept CD’s that we need to find and select the appropriate song.  CD must be ready to play your posing music as sound as it is placed in the machine.
•    Maximum length is 60 seconds (1 minute).
•    •    Posing suits must be worn at the weigh-ins.  Competitors are required to wear posing shorts. You are “NOT” to wear board shorts or Bodybuilding posing trunks. Competitors are required to wear the same type of cut and all shorts that are worn in competition must be black. The use of padding anywhere in the shorts is prohibited.  The SABBA Chief Official, or a delegated representative, will have the right to determine if a competitor’s attire meets an acceptable standard of taste and decency and, eventually, recommend the athlete to change the attire, if it doesn’t meet the SABBA standards.

•    During the Prejudging competitors are not permitted to wear any jewellery onstage other than a wedding band.
•    No glasses, props or gum are permitted onstage.
•    Any competitor doing the “Moon Pose” will be disqualified.
•    Lying on the floor is prohibited.
•    Bumping and shoving is prohibited. First and second persons involved will be disqualified.
•    Competitors numbers will be worn on the left side of the suit bottom.
•    Implants or fluid injections to change the natural shape of any part or muscle of the body are strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification of the competitor.

RELAXED ROUND
•    Keep your feet flat
•    Keep your heels together
•    Hold your arms at your sides
•    No twisting
•    Your head must be facing the same direction as your feet.

ROUTINE ROUND
•    Begin when ready – no signal is necessary from the Head Judge.
•    Maximum of 60 seconds with a warning when 10 seconds remain.
•    You are not obligated to use all 60 seconds.
•    Lying on the floor is not permitted.
•    The use of props during the Prejudging or Finals presentation is strictly prohibited.

Men can enter both the Classic and a weight class (Bodybuilding) (two entre fees required)

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Fitness Competition Information

The fitness competition will consist of three (2) rounds:

 

Round One (the Physique Round) - two piece bikini and heels
The Physique Round will be judged on overall athleticism with regard to symmetry, firmness and proportion as well as overall physical appearance including skin tone, poise, physical beauty and femininity and overall presentation. Remember, this is not a bodybuilding class; competitors exhibiting extreme vascularity, size and definition often seen in bodybuilding will be marked down.

Competitors will wear a two-piece bikini and high-heels during the preliminary assessment round, the bikini round, and the bikini portion of the final round. The color and style of the bikini and high-heels (platform shoes are permitted) will be left to the competitor’s discretion.

 

Round Two (the Routine Round) - maximum two (2) minutes (to music)
Routines will be judged on a combination of athleticism (including strength, flexibility, and endurance), style, personality and showmanship. Gymnastics and dance are encouraged.  There are no required moves for the routine round. However, the following moves are extremely common amongst competitors: sideways splits, front splits, one arm push-ups, V-split presshold, straight leg press hold, high kick to the front with hold.  Props are prohibited in the fitness routine.

 

 Physique Round 1 - Quarter Turns

  • Athletes will wear bikini and platform heels
  • Bikini top must cover 1/2 of the breast
  • Bottoms should cover 1/2 of the butt
  • Bikini may be attached in the back only
  • G-STRINGS OR THONGS ARE PROHIBITED

Round 2 - Athletic performance round to music

  • Costume of choice
  • Bottoms must extend 2 inches past butt line
  • Top must cover 1/2 of the breast

 

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Figure Competition Information

COMPETITOR RULES
•    Provincial level contests do not permit competitors to crossover into Physique, Fitness or Bikini at the same event.
•    Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. The bottom of the suit must be V-shaped and cover 1/2  of the buttocks and half the breast. No see through material is permitted.  No thongs are permitted. Competitors can compete in an off the rack suit. All swimsuits must be in good taste.
•    Figure will not have a routine round.
•    Competitors must wear high heels, no restrictions.
•    Competitors may wear jewellery.

HEIGHT CLASSES – For the 2015 SABBA events
•    Figure Short ( 5'4" and under )
•    Figure Medium ( over 5'4" up to 5'6" )
•    Figure Tall ( over 5'6" )
•    Figure Masters ( age 35 and over )

COMPETITION JUDGING
Presentation:
•    Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone and perform quarter (1/4) turns, face the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage, standing on diagonal line to back of stage.
Scoring:
 Judges will be scoring competitors using the following criteria:
•    Small degree of muscularity with separation, no visible striations
•    Overall muscle tone with shapely lines, overall firmness and not excessively lean
•    Full-body general assessment
•    Healthy appearance
•    Make-up
•    Skin tone

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Bikini Competition Information

COMPETITOR RULES
•    Provincial level contests do not permit competitors to crossover into Physique, Fitness or Figure at the same event.
•    Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. The bottom of the suit must be V-shaped and cover 1/3  of the buttocks. No thongs are permitted. Competitors can compete in an off the rack suit. All swimsuits must be in good taste. Athletes will be warned about improper suits and are advised to bring two (2) suits to registration. The fronts of the suits are too low and must be constructed higher. Athletes will be scored down if the suit is not up to standard.
•    Competitors must wear high heels, no restrictions.
•    Competitors may wear jewellery.

HEIGHT CLASSES – For the 2015 SABBA events
•    Bikini A ( 5'2" and under
•    Bikini B ( over 5'2" up to 5'4 )
•    Bikini C ( over 5'4" up to 5'6" )
•    Bikini D (over 5'6 up to 5'8" )
•    Bikini E ( over 5'8" )
•    Bikini Masters ( 35 years and over )

COMPETITION JUDGING
Presentation:
•    Competitors will walk onstage alone and perform their Model Walk (personal
preference)
•    The Model Walk consists of the following:
Walk to the center of the stage, stop and do a front stance – Competitor will have 10-15 seconds to perform ¼ turn freestyle poses before heading to  the side of the stage, standing on angle to back of stage.

Scoring:
•    Judges will be scoring competitors using the following criteria:
Balance and Shape
Overall physical appearance including complexion, skin tone, poise and overall presentation.

RULE CHANGES FOR 2015
•    Competitors will now perform ¼ turns during the compulsory rounds.
•    Compulsory rounds will now require the following standard poses:
Relaxed Front Stance:
-    stand erect, front to the judges, with one hand resting on the hip and one leg
slightly moved forward and to the side. Second arm hanging at the side.
-    stand with the body slightly turned, left side to the judges, so the start number
of a competitor will be clearly visible, right hand resting on the hip and left leg
slightly moved forward and to the side.
Head and eyes towards the front, shoulders back, chest out, stomach in.
On the IFBB Chief Judge command, competitors standing in the line-up should
perform the Front Position.

Front Position:
Competitors will stand erect, head and eyes facing the same direction as the
body, with right hand resting on the hip and left leg slightly moved forward and to
the side. Second hand hanging down along the body, slightly out of to the side,
with open palm and straight, aesthetically configured fingers. Knees unbent,
stomach in, chest out, shoulders back.

Quarter turn right (left side to the judges):
Competitors will perform the first quarter turn to the right. They will stand left side
to the judges, with upper body slightly turned toward the judges and face looking
at the judges. Right hand resting on the right hip, left arm hold down and slightly
back from the centerline of the body, with open palm and straight, aesthetically
configured fingers. Left hip slightly raised, right leg (away from the judges) slightly
bent in the knee, right foot facing forward and moved forward a couple of centimeters,
resting on the toes.

Quarter turn back:
Competitors will perform the next quarter turn to the right and will stand back to the
judges. They will stand straight, not leaning the upper body forward, with left hand
resting on the hip and right leg slightly moved forward and to the side.. Legs straight,
knees unbent, feet not more than shoulder width apart, free arm unbent and hanging
at the side of the body, palms down or directed to the sides in a horizontal position or
between these two positions, shoulders back but not narrowed. Lower back curvature
natural or with slight lordosis, upper back straight, head up.
Competitors should face the back of the stage at all time during the comparison. Long hair will be pulled off the back and over the shoulder.

Quarter turn right (right side to the judges):
Competitors will do the next quarter turn to the right and will stand their right side
to the judges, with upper body slightly turned toward the judges and face looking
at the judges. Left hand resting on the left hip, right arm hold down and slightly
back from the centerline of the body, with open palm and straight, aesthetically
configured fingers. Right hip slightly raised, left leg (away from the judges) slightly
bent in the knee, left foot facing forward and moved forward a couple of centimeters,
resting on the toes.

 


Women's Physique Competition Information

Competitors should display a toned, athletic physique showcasing femininity, muscle tone, beauty/flow of physique.

COMPETITOR RULES
•    Women’s Physique will be judged on the following criteria:   symmetry, shape, proportion, muscle tone, poise and beauty flow .Competitors should display all of the above criteria without compromising femininity, beauty/flow of physique, etc. The following are examples of common terms used in the bodybuilding industry. These words can be helpful to assess what should NOT be descriptive to the physiques being judged: ex.) Ripped, shredded, peeled, striated, dry, diced, hard, vascular, grainy, massive, thick, dense, etc. While all types of physiques will be considered when it comes to height, weight, structure, etc. Excessive muscularity should be scored down accordingly.

•    The attire (Two-Piece Bikini) will conform to the following criteria: The SABBA Chief Official, or a delegated representative, will have the right to determine if a competitor’s attire meets an acceptable standard of taste and decency and, eventually, recommend the athlete to change the attire, if it doesn’t meet the SABBA standards.
1.    The bikini will be two-piece in style.
2.    The colour, fabric, texture, ornamentation and style of the bikini will be left to the competitor’s discretion, except as indicated in the below.
3.    The bikini bottom will cover a minimum of ½ of the butt and all of the frontal area. The bikini must be in good taste. Strings and thongs are strictly prohibited .
4.    No footwear.
5.    The attire must be worn to the Official Athlete Registration for inspection.
•    The hair may be styled.
•    Except for a wedding ring, bracelets and earrings, competitors will not wear glasses, watches, pendants, necklaces, wigs or artificial aids to the figure.

ROUTINE ROUND
•    Begin when ready – no signal is necessary from the Head Judge.
•    Maximum of 60 seconds with a warning when 10 seconds remain.
•    You are not obligated to use all 60 seconds.
•    Lying on the floor is not permitted.
•    The use of props during the Prejudging or Finals presentation is strictly prohibited.


WEIGHT CLASSES
•    Women's Physique Open
•    Women’s Physique Masters (age 35 and over)
•    Women’s Physique Grand Masters ( age 45 and over)

COMPETITION JUDGING
The judge will first assess the overall female athletic appearance of the physique. This assessment should begin at the head and extend downwards, taking the whole physique into account. The assessment, beginning with the general impression of the physique, will take into consideration the hair and makeup; the overall athletic development of the musculature; the presentation of a balanced, symmetrically developed physique; the condition of the skin and the skin tone; and the athlete’s ability to present onstage with confidence.

The judge’s assessment of the athlete’s physique will include the athlete’s entire presentation, from the moment she walks onstage until the moment she walks offstage. At all times the Women’s Physique competitor will be viewed with the emphasis on a “healthy, fit, athletic-looking, muscular physique, in an attractively presented “total package”.

 


Men's Physique Competition Information

JUDGING CRITERIA:
Muscularity and Body Condition
Judges will be looking for fit contestants who display proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and overall condition. This is not a bodybuilding contest so extreme muscularity should be marked down.
Stage Presence and Personality
Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button, no spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.) Competitors will enter the stage without a shirt and barefoot. No lewd acts allowed for example the moon pose. Judges are looking for the contestant with the best stage presence and
poise who can successfully convey his personality to the audience.

HEIGHT CLASSES – For the 2015 SABBA events
•    Men's Physique Short ( 5'10" and Under )
•    Men's Physique Tall ( Over 5'10" )

COMPETITION JUDGING
Presentation:
• Competitors will walk to the center of the stage, stop and do a front stance - – Competitor will have 10-15 seconds to perform ¼ turn freestyle poses before heading to  the side of the stage, standing on angle to back of stage.  

RULE CHANGES FOR 2015
•    Competitors will now perform ¼ turns during the compulsory rounds.
•    Compulsory rounds will now require the following standard poses:

Front Stance - right hand on hip or in pocket, legs apart, one leg may be slightly
to the side, left arm down, open hand. Athletes will be asked to take a ¼ turn to the right.

Quarter Turn Right -  Competitors will perform the first quarter turn to the right. They will stand left side to the judges, with upper body slightly turned toward the judges and face looking at the judges. Left hand resting on the left hip, right arm hold down and slightly to the front from the centerline of the body, elbow slightly bent, with open palm and straight, aesthetically configured fingers. Left leg (nearest the judges) slightly bent in the knee, resting flat on the floor. Right leg (farthest to the judges) bent in the knee, with foot moved back and resting on the toes.

Back Stance - left hand on hip or in pocket, legs apart, one leg may be slightly
to the side, right arm down, open hand, eyes facing the back of the stage.

Quarter Turn Right -  Competitors will perform the third quarter turn to the right. They will stand right side to the judges, with upper body slightly turned toward the judges and face looking at the judges. Right hand resting on the right hip, left arm hold down and slightly to the front from the centerline of the body, elbow slightly bent, with open palm and straight, aesthetically configured fingers. Right leg (nearest the judges) slightly bent in the knee, resting flat on the floor. Left leg (farthest to the judges) bent in the knee, with foot moved back and resting on the toes.

 

Athletes will be asked to take another ¼  turn to the right and perform that same pose and then to face the judges and repeat front stance - - right hand on hip or in pocket, legs apart, one leg may be slightly to the side, left arm down, open hand.

 

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