Big Sky Competitor Info

The 2022 Big Sky Championships will return to the traditional format with all athletes competing in a Prejudging session in the morning and a Finals session in the second half of the day.

Friday, May 6th

6:00-7:00 pm: Mandatory check-in for all athletes at DoubleTree Edgewater

Saturday, May 7th

9:00AM – ATHLETE MEETING – Dennison Theater Auditorium

10:00AM – PREJUDGING – All Divisions will compete in judging rounds beginning with Men’s classes first, then Women.  We expect this session to end at 1:00pm

Men:
Men’s Bodybuilding – Masters (70, 60, 50, 40), Junior, Wheelchair, Novice & Open
Classic Men’s Physique – Masters (60, 50, 40, 35), Junior, True Novice, Novice & Open
Men’s Physique – Masters (60, 50, 40, 35), Junior, True Novice, Novice & Open

Women:
Fitness – Open
Women’s Bodybuilding – Open
Women’s Physique – Masters (45, 35), Novice & Open
Figure – Masters (60, 55, 50, 45, 40, 35), True Novice, Novice & Open
Wellness – Masters (45, 35), True Novice, Novice & Open
Bikini – Masters (60, 55, 50, 45, 40, 35), True Novice, Novice & Open

4:00PM – FINALS – All Divisions will perform individual routines while being introduced by the emcee.  The top 5 placings in each class will be awarded.  Order will be the same as for Prejudging.  Finals is expected to end approximately 7:00pm

ELIGIBILITY

  • Open to all amateur athletes ages 18 & over and open to citizens of any nation
  • Must be a current member of the NPC to compete. You can purchase, renew or look up a current membership at www.npcregistration.com  - Please note that NPC cards run January 1st – December 31st
  • Junior and Masters athletes must qualify by age on the date of the show (proof of age must be provided at check-in).  All competitors will follow NPC rules, guidelines and mandatory poses.  Please visit the official NPC site at www.npcnewsonline.com for complete rules and details for your class

NOVICE ELIGIBILITY

You are not required to compete in a novice class even if eligible and may choose instead to enter Open/Masters or may enter both.  Novice classes are only open to those who qualify by these terms:

  • True Novice Classes – This class is for first time competitors only.  If you have ever competed in an NPC competition previously (regardless of division), you are not eligible for True Novice.
  • Novice Classes –  Competitors must not have placed 1st within the division at any contest in a novice, masters or open class previously, in order to qualify as a Novice competitor with the NPC.

It is the competitor’s responsibility to notify us of a change of any change of eligibility due to prior placing.

NATIONAL QUALIFIER

The top 2 placings in all Open divisions will qualify to compete in any National/Junior National show. Eligibility starts at the date of qualification and is good through the end of the following calendar year.

NOTE:  For 2021 only, the NPC has expanded qualifications to the TOP 5 in each Open class.

TRIPLE CROWN QUALIFIER

NEW for 2021!  All Northwest NPC shows will award points toward an Open Triple Crown and Masters Triple Crown Award.  The Triple Crown Award is presented to athletes who win 1st place in at least 3 different shows in the same calendar year in the Open or Masters classes.  Athletes can earn a maximum of 1 Open point and 1 Masters point per show, regardless of division.

The Triple Crown Award presentation will take place at the Northwest Championships in Shelton, WA on November 13.  Winners will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets if they are able to attend.  If they can not attend, the award will be shipped to them.  Those who achieve the highest total points – Triple Crown Open Champion and Triple Crown Masters Champion – will receive a $500 sponsorship toward any National level event for the following year.  In the event of a tie, all placings will be considered for a tie-breaker.

A complete list of participating shows is below.  For questions on rules or eligibility for the Triple Crown Award, email ribicproductions@gmail.com.

AWARDS

Awards are presented for 1st-5th place in each class.  Open class winners will compete for the Overall Award at finals if there is more than one Open class within the division.  Team Award will be presented at the conclusion of Finals.  Team points are awarded as follows: 1st (5), 2nd (4), 3rd (3), 4th (2), 5th (1). Teams will earn a half point for every team entry not placing Top 5.

HEIGHT MEASUREMENT

Each athlete will be measured at check-in, with the exception of those who are only competing in Bodybuilding or Fitness.  Height classes will be divided after check-in to keep class sizes as even as possible.

Our check-in process uses a certified medical device to measure all athletes.  Competitors will be placed into the classes they actually measure at, regardless of what is listed on the preliminary roster.

If you’re competing in Men’s Classic Physique, you must not exceed the maximum weight specified for your height.  If you come in heavier than the max weight you will have the option of moving to Bodybuilding or Men’s Physique but cannot compete in Classic Physique.  No refunds will be given for Classic Physique entries that do not make weight.

MUSIC

Note: Music is for Bodybuilding, Fitness & Women’s Physique and new Classic Men's Physique classes only.  All other competitors will walk the stage to house music.

Bodybuilders & Women's Physique have a maximum time limit of 60 seconds and Fitness competitors 2 minutes.  Absolutely no profanity is allowed and competitors with profanity-laced music will be subject to disqualification.

Music must be submitted by Wednesday before the show.  No music will be accepted at check-in.

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ADMISSION

You will be given a competitor competition wristband at check in.  It is to be worn throughout the entire competition and you will wear it on stage as well.  It is your pass to get you into the venue and to get you back stage.  Each competitor will receive only one at check-in so don’t lose it or take it off.  If you misplace your wristband, you will be required to purchase another at $100 (same as trainer’s pass).

Anyone who is not competing MUST have a ticket or trainer’s pass to enter the venue. NO exceptions! 

TRAINERS

To ensure NPC insurance compliance, trainers who require back-stage access must have a valid NPC card to obtain a trainers pass.  Passes will be available Passes will be available after the entry deadline via the merchandise page.  No person will be permitted back stage without a trainer’s pass and no pass shall be issued to any person who does not present a valid NPC card.

RESTRICTIONS

Due to insurance requirements, weights will not be allowed in the venue (dumbbells or other).  Bands will be provided for pumping up.  Dream Tan will not be permitted in the venue nor will any SLR style cameras.  Except for Fitness, no athlete is permitted to perform flips or handsprings on stage.

VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Video and photography is provided exclusively by Mark Mason Media.  No video cameras are allowed in the pavilion.

Pre-Order your photo package at  www.markmasonmedia.com

For information contact Mark: markmason@mindspring.com

TANNING

Center Stage Tan is our exclusive spray tanner for this event.  All competitors should have a competition style tan applied prior to the show.  We recommend using Center Stage Tan as their solution is designed specifically for these types of events and they will be on-site for touch ups and assistance.  On-site tanning may ONLY be performed by our licensed and insured tanning affiliate.

Trainers may not bring in any airbrush tanning equipment or do any airbrush tanning on the premises!  Any trainer tanning their competitor back-stage or in the venue will be removed and the competitor disqualified.  We are adamant about this as the tanning creams/sprays can damage the venue.

COMPETITOR GUIDELINES

All competitors will follow NPC rules, guideline and mandatory poses.  For complete guidelines and rules, visit the official site of the NPC:  www.npcnewsonline.com  Exhibition of poor sportsmanship will be grounds for automatic disqualification.

 

Tickets & Passes

Tickets
Trainer’s Passes
Merchandise and more.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, May 6th

6:00-7:00 pm: Mandatory check-in for all athletes at DoubleTree Edgewater (host hotel)

Saturday, May 7th

9:00AM – ATHLETE MEETING - Dennison Theater Auditorium

10:00AM – PREJUDGING – All Divisions will compete in judging rounds beginning with Men's classes first, then Women.  We expect this session to end at 1:00pm

Men:  Men’s Bodybuilding, Classic Men’s Physique & Men’s Physique

Women:  Fitness, Women’s Bodybuilding, Women’s Physique, Figure, Wellness & Bikini

4:00PM – FINALS – All Divisions will perform individual routines while being introduced by the emcee.  The top 5 placings in each class will be awarded.  Order will be the same as for Prejudging.  Finals is expected to end approximately 7:00pm

Hotel

The DoubleTree Edgewater is our host hotel and the location of athlete check-in and tanning services on Friday.  Our group block is sold out as of 5/1/21.  If you're in need of a hotel, search for locations near the University Campus to be closest to the venue.

DoubleTree Edgewater 100 Madison Missoula, MT 59802
Hotel Phone: 406-728-3100  
Web: DoubleTree Edgwater

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VENUE

The Big Sky Championships will take place in the beautiful Dennison Theatre on the University of Montana Campus.

Located at the corner of Maurice Ave and Connell Ave Missoula, MT  On Map: Fine Arts Building

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Center Stage Tan is the exclusive on-site competition spray tanner for this event.  Click the link to book your tanning appointment today and let their staff of licensed estheticians take all the worry out of getting the perfect stage color!  Center Stage Tan will be backstage the day of the show and have an expert staff to help you with all of your tanning needs. They use tanning products that are specially formulated for the stage and our lighting. We suggest you make your tanning appointment as soon as possible.

Center Stage Tan will also take appointments for hair and make-up services.  Your entry fee does not cover spray tanning so be sure to contact directly and schedule with them.

Trainers may not bring in any airbrush tanning equipment or do any airbrush tanning on the premises!  Any trainer tanning their competitor back-stage or in the pavilion will be asked to leave and the competitor disqualified.  We are adamant about this as the tanning creams/sprays can damage the venue.

DREAM TAN AND COOKING SPRAYS (PAM, ETC) ARE PROHIBITED!