LET THE JUDGES JUDGE, THE COMPETITORS COMPETE AND THE SPECTATORS SPECTATE
As an IPL Pro Athlete, Judge, and Promoter, I have a topic to share that has been on my heart lately…
By IPL Pro, Tawnya Cline / Michael Brooks Photography
Have you ever watched a Bodybuilding event and wondered how the scoring is done? Or, are you the spectator that watches the show and knows exactly who should win? Are you the athlete competing in your first competition and bummed because you thought you should have won, and so do your loved ones? Or would you fall into the group that asks the Judges for feedback and do what you can to continue to improve?
If you are the one who knows exactly who should win, maybe you should try allowing the Judges to do their job. If you are the athlete that thinks you should have “won” or claim the results are political or fixed…maybe you should try to take the approach to reach out and get feedback on how you can improve. Have you ever considered how that sounds as an athlete?
Through my seven year career in the competitive bodybuilding world, this has been an ongoing challenge. I feel it is something to be addressed and send a clearer message to others of what really is going on. I can speak of this situation from almost all angles. I am a Pro Athlete and have been fortunate enough to place top five in every single Pro show I have done. I work hard, daily, and I never stop. I always ask for feedback, even when I win. I know I can always improve! I love the challenge of growth and change. It’s a constant journey.
I also promote two shows for the IPL, which I choose not to compete in. This brings me to the topic of politics. I work even harder than I think I should to always bring my best package, as I know there are voices that may say a victory comes due to my involvement with the IPL. That statement is ridiculous, in my opinion. For a show to be “fixed” it would start with the President and Head Judge, Ben Yosef. Continue to the remaining Judges and the scorekeeper would play a role as well. You need to realize the IPL has qualified Judges who are all athletes, and they are hand selected. They do not get paid much at all, as they have a passion for the sport and the IPL. They will also be taking continued education to stay on top of the guidelines through IPL Judging Clinics.
Of course you always have a right to your own opinion. However, keeping them to yourself and letting the Judges do their job might be a better option for you. As an athlete, you actually sound terrible and it can even take away some of the accomplishments from the athlete who won the division. Speaking from experience, I have a strong mindset and enjoy every victory I achieve, no matter what others may think. But some feel hurt, and if we can all play nice everyone wins!
I can speak as a Judge because I play that role, too. We may not all agree or have the same scores. And this is okay! This is the reason there is a panel of Judges. As great as we try to do with scoring, this is still a subjective sport. I encourage you to attend an IPL Judging Clinic if it is a concern to you, so that you may get a better idea of how the divisions are scored.
I can also speak on this topic as a competition coach. Of course I may not always agree on certain situations, but I do know that there is a reason for everything and I support the Judges, entirely. I want to praise my athletes for the work they did, the physique they brought and then help them to improve in the areas where needed. Sometimes you or your coach may disagree with some of the feedback. This is just fine. You take what you want and use it, and leave what you may not agree with behind. Remember, it is all subjective. I hope this helps clear up some misunderstandings and misconceptions on how others may perceive you.
My recommendation is to stay in your lane. Let the Judges judge, the competitors compete and the spectators spectate. BIKINI