For INBF Pro Qualifying events, athletes may enter Open OR Novice, NOT BOTH. Crossovers may occur between an age division and Open or Novice, or between categories such as Figure & Fit Body, or Men’s Physique and Bodybuilding.
➜ CROSSOVERS ARE NOW ALLOWED IN THE NOVICE OPEN
The INBF does not allow this because the divisions are a totally different mind-set. Novice athletes should have a goal to gain competition experience and do the best they can. By not allowing Open competitors to cross back into Novice, this gives people the best chance to compete with other beginners. It makes for a fair playing field for real Novice competitors. Open class competitors should have competed before, and are working towards winning Pro status.