Frequently Asked Questions for Competitors
Please take a look at these along with the information, rules, directions on www.essentialfitness.com first. After reviewing this material if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me to answer your questions.
HOW DO I ENTER THE EVENT? Simply print the printable application and send the appropriate fees by regular US Mail. Do not ever send the application with a signature requested (if we are not here when it arrives, we have to send someone to the post office, and if this is a late application, we may not be able to do this in time to get your application, and you may have to pay again (we will return the original when we get it). If you really feel that receipt proof is necessary send it Certified Mail, but make sure to check the box "No Signature Required".
WILL I RECEIVE A RECEIPT THAT MY APPLICATION WAS RECEIVED? On your application, we asked for your email address. If you print this clearly and legibly, then we will respond to what we see. If not, it will go off into the internet ether. If you do not get an acknowledgment within a week (allow the mail to get here), then email or call us.
N.G.A CARD - The N.G.A CARD is good from the month that it was purchased in, until end of the preceding month in the following year (i.e. If you purchased it in June of 2015, it would expire in May of 2016). The 2015 cost of the amateur card is $60 and must be possessed to compete in any NGA event, in any class (1 per athlete). The best place and time to purchase your N.G.A. card is at Event Check-In on the day of your Mid Atlantic event (Cash only). This will ensure that you are given a hard receipt to show at Check-In as proof of purchase (no loss in the mail) and we keep the receipt books for 1 year (in case you misplace your actual card for a future Mid Atlantic event). If you purchase an NGA card at some other show prior to our show DEMAND a hard receipt as proof of purchase (even if they have to have the promoter hand write one - there is too much chance the card not to appear for a show in the immediate weeks before our event, and you may have re-purchase one. (Note: If you do not have one the week before the event call Andy Bostinto at the NGA [Tel: 954-344-8410] for verification and have him notify Pam or Sarah Spindel.)
PRO CARD ELIGIBILITY - The NGA PRO CARD is eligible to any athlete who has qualified for a pro card from a recognized organization, provided that the qualification occurred against a minimum of 5 competitors (there are organizations that will award a pro card with as little as 1 competitor in the competition). We cannot consider this for the NGA PRO CARD). The cost of the 2015 card is $100. Eligibility is good for 1 year (same as amateur card). If you are not sure about your eligibility, please call Pam Spindel (Tel: 703-405-3036) OR Sarah Spindel (cell: 703-463-0516, work 703-492-2722) to discuss, prior to applying for it. Apply for your card through the website at: www.nationalgym.com. Please do not show up for the Mid Atlantic Pro Blowout without your card or confirmation that it was purchased (or you will have to buy one that day).
POLYGRAPH FORM - Every NGA Promoter is required to test ALL competitors appearing on stage. The successful POLYGRAPH FORM is YOUR property (not the promoters - they all know this) and is to be returned to you immediately after the test, since this is good for all shows occurring within 90 days of the test, and is your only proof that you took the test. You will need to show it to the next promoter. If you take your test at a Mid Atlantic event, we maintain proof in our databases for your next Mid Atlantic Show (but keep your form - the polygrapher will give it to you).
Also another benefit competing in a Mid Atlantic event is that if you compete in the Annapolis (6/7/15) and the Potomac Cup (8/1/15) then you will not have to be re-tested at the Potomac Cup. If you compete at the Potomac Cup (8/1/15) then you will not have to be re-tested at the Mt. Rogers (11/21/15) a bit more than 90 days but in the 3 month window. And since the NGA card is good for a year, if you enter the June show the August show will only cost you your entry fee ... and you'll look great for your summer vacation photos!
CROSSOVERS FROM NOVICE TO OPEN BODYBUILDING CLASS - As of 1/1/2014 we are allowing Crossovers from Novice to Open Bodybuilding.
CROSSOVERS FROM NOVICE TO OPEN FIGURE CLASS - same as for the bodybuilding classes.
CROSSOVERS FROM PHYSIQUE TO OPEN BODYBUILDING CLASS - same as for the bodybuilding classes.
FIGURE to BIKINI CLASS - since these classes are based on different body types and judging criteria, competitors will need to decide prior to the event day which class that they are going to participate in. In the NGA Mid Atlantic Region we will not permit crossovers between these classes.
THE ANNAPOLIS IS REALLY ON A SUNDAY - This live judged show has been held on a Sunday for more than 3 decades. In this show, Prejudging and the Finals all occur in the same show. Typically, quarter turns and compulsory poses, or presentations for Figure, Bikini and Mens Physique occur, and then the MC introduces the individual competitors prior to their artistic posing routines to their music, and the presentations of the Figure, Bikini and Mens Physique competitors to house music. Trophies and over-all are presented following intermission. The entire event is usually over by 5PM. It doesn't get better for the competitor.
DO I NEED TO CHECK-IN ON EVENT DAY, I SENT MY REGISTRATION FORM? ALL competitors must Check-In on event day during the Check-In period (your appearance for your polygraph appointment has nothing to do with this). Since we make the actual competition roster during this period (weights, heights, age, etc are taken - there are a great deal of logistics that go into presenting a show with a large number of competitors), if you are not there for Check-In, you will not be permitted to compete (NO exceptions!). So get there early, to account for potential traffic issues. We cannot delay the entire show and inconvenience all others, because one competitor could not be where they were supposed to be in a timely fashion. So plan to get there early enough to permit unforeseen delays. (We'll feel bad if you miss the show, and you'll feel worse.) Remember that there are NO refunds of entry fees.
More FAQs to be added, if it is felt that they will be beneficial to most competitors. I hope that this was helpful.
All the best,
Pam & Sarah Spindel
N.G.A. Mid-Atlantic Regional Chairwoman & Show Co-Promoter
Tel: (703) 405-3036 - Pam's direct line OR for Sarah cell: 703-463-0516, work 703-492-2722