2017 junior national Contest Rules

General Contest Rules and Guidelines

  1. Participant ages for all contests will be based on the junior member’s age as of May 20, 2017. If you are a junior member as of January 1 of the junior national year and turn 22 before May 20, you are still eligible to compete in all contests and shows as a junior.
  2. For quiz bowl, team fitting and team sales, mixed-age teams may be entered but will be classified by the oldest member of the team. All teams must provide team members’ names and ages to the AIJCA office by 9:00 a.m., on Monday, June 19. Every effort will be made to fill any incomplete teams.  
  3. All entries for the scrapbook, art, photo, poster, graphic design, prepared speech and resume contests must be turned into the registration desk by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 18. Entries in these contests will be available for pick-up by the junior member at Noon Friday, June 23. Entries left will be disposed.
  4. Participants in all contests must be present to participate.
  5. Entries in the poster, graphic design and photo contests that are deemed inappropriate by a sifting committee will be disqualified.
  6. The order of presentation for all contests (individual and team) will be randomly assigned within division and will be posted at the registration desk at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, June 19.

Contest divisions are as follows:
Senior – 17 & older • Intermediate – 13-16 • Junior – 12 & under

Art Contest


The art contest is designed to exhibit artistic talents of AIJCA members.
Contest divisions are as follows: Senior, Intermediate and Junior.
General contest rules pertaining to all age divisions are as follows:
  1. Entries must promote the Charolais breed in some way.
  2. Any medium may be used: pencil, crayon, pastel, paint, fabric, metal, wood, clay, etc. It cannot contain photographs.
  3. Originality is key!
  4. One entry per person.
  5. Contestants should attach the following information to the piece of art: brief description describing how artwork was made, contestant name, address, breeder number and age as of May 20, 2017.

Cook-off Contest


Anyone who enjoys preparing beef recipes should enter this contest. It is also an excellent way to educate and entertain non-participants, while promoting beef.
Each team will consist of 2 to 4 participants.
Contest divisions are as follows: Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Adult.
General contest rules pertaining to all age divisions are as follows:
  1. Teams must submit all names of cook-off contest participants, ages and birth dates along with 30 typed copies of the entry’s recipe to the registration desk no later than 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 18.
  2. Participants will furnish all necessary ingredients (including meat) as well as cooking tools (i.e. grill, utensils, plates, tables, extension cords, etc.)
  3. Participants may use any gas grill, charcoal grill, oven, toaster oven, crock pot, etc., as long as furnished by the participants—nothing will be provided for the preparation of any entry. Facility kitchen will not be made available to Cook-off Contest participants.
  4. All entries must use beef as the main ingredient in the recipes. The Cook-off Contest will be judged by a panel of 2-3 judges. Teams should prepare at least 3 servings for the judges. Extra servings will be made available for tasting by spectators. (A serving of meat is 3 cooked ounces.)
  5. All contest participants should follow proper food safety procedures during preparation for the dish.
  6. Accessories such as place mats, napkins, flowers, etc. are allowed.
  7. No alcoholic beverages may be used in the recipe, presentation or be presented to the judges. (Exception: cooking wine - which may be used in marinating or meat preparation.)
  8. Participants shall stand away from table when judges are scoring or team will be disqualified.
  9. Presentation to judges shall last no longer than 8 minutes per team.
  10. All entries will be evaluated on two separate and distinct categories:
    a. SHOWMANSHIP—Team members will be scored on neatness, grooming, cleanliness, manners, enthusiasm and ability to answer questions about the beef product, its preparation, storage, sanitation and nutrition.
    b. RECIPE—The team’s presentation will be scored on the recipe provided, appropriate number of meat servings in dishes, economical factors, appearance of dish, taste, appeal to persons in various age groups and health conscious preparation.

Graphic Design Contest


This contest enables AIJCA members to use computer technology to design materials that promote the Charolais breed or a herd.
Contest divisions are as follows: Senior and Intermediate Only.
General contest rules pertaining to Senior and Intermediate divisions are as follows:
  1. Entries must be created using computer technology.
  2. There will be 2 categories:
    Breed/Association Promotion: Highlight the value of Charolais in a successful cattle enterprise or the benefits of active membership in the Charolais Association.
    Herd Advertisement: Suitable for promotion of your own herd or a fictitious (but realistic) situation.
  3. Contestants must bring entry as a hard copy on 8.5 x 11 paper.
  4. Contest is limited to 2 entries per person, one entry per category.
  5. All work must be that of the contestant. Entries must be the contestant’s current year’s work and cannot have been presented for competition at a previous AIJCA Junior National.
  6. Graphic design entries will be evaluated on: originality, message, ability to attract attention, use of space and design.
  7. Judges will rank the top 5 in each category in each age division. Awards will be given to the top two in each category of each age division.
  8. Contestants should write the following information in the upper left-hand corner on the back of the entry: category, contestant name, address, breeder number and age as of May 20, 2017.

Herdsmanship Contest


Following are the state/affiliate herdsmanship judging guidelines:
  1. Neatness and cleanliness of exhibit area
  2. Availability of juniors to answer questions
  3. Participation and involvement in grooming by junior members
  4. Exhibition and promotion of entries
  5. Cattle must be in stalls from tie-outs by designated time and shall not return to tie-outs until designated time.

Impromptu Public Speaking Contest


Contestants will present a speech on a subject pertaining to the livestock industry as randomly selected after the contest begins.
Contest divisions are as follows:
Senior Division – 2 to 4 minute speech.
Intermediate Division – 2 to 4 minute speech.
Junior Division – 1 to 3 minute speech.
(Junior division participants may have assistance from an AIJCA Board of Director – assistance from anyone else will disqualify the participant.)
General contest rules pertaining to all age divisions are as follows:
  1. The selection of topics shall be held 15 minutes (depending on order drawn) before the presentation. The participant will draw two specific topics, selected at random, relating to the industry of agriculture and/or the Charolais breed of cattle. After selecting the topic the participant desires to speak on, both topics will be returned to the pool for the next drawing.
  2. The topics will be prepared by the AIJCA Board.
  3. Contestant will be given approximately 15 minutes to prepare their presentation.  The Junior Division will have the option to use an outline prepared by the AIJCA Board. 
  4. Contestant will be asked to answer questions relating to their speech following their presentation. The question and answer session shall be a maximum of 3 minutes. Deductions of 20 points per minute will be taken from the score of each judge for any speech under the minimum or over the maximum time restriction.
  5. Contestant will be judged on personal appearance.

Interview and Resume Contest


This contest is designed to assist with career development of AIJCA members. Participants will be evaluated by 2-3 judges.
Contest divisions are as follows:
High School Division (Members are eligible to compete in high school division through the summer following high school graduation.)
College Division
General contest rules pertaining to all age divisions are as follows:
  1. Contest is only open to members 15 years of age and older, as of May 20, 2017.
  2. Contestant will be scored separately on each of the following: cover letter, resumé and personal interview. A combined score from these three areas will determine the contestant’s overall score.
  3. Contestant must bring to the Junior National, 3 copies of cover letter and resumé, contained in one envelope and deliver to the registration desk no later than 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 18.
  4. Develop your own agriculture job and create a 150-200 word job description.
  5. Contestants will be judged on personal appearance.
  6. Resumés and cover letters will be evaluated on content, grammar, design and overall appeal.
  7. Each individual will be evaluated on the following in the interview portion of this contest:
    • Education - Does applicant have the educational background needed for a position with the organization?
    •  Leadership Potential - Does applicant appear to have the ability and motivation to advance in the organization?
    • Extracurricular Activities - Does the potential interviewer have sufficient experience in outside activities?
    • Work Experience - Does the applicant have sufficient job accomplishments, skills and experiences to relate to the position.
    • Communication Skills - How well was the candidate able to express his/her thoughts? Consider factors such as vocabulary, grammar, style of delivery, etc.
    • Career Planning - Did the candidate show evidence of career planning? (Example: setting goals for the future, alternative career paths, long-range plans for future self-development)
    • Motivation/Initiative - To what extent does the applicant show enthusiasm for the position being interviewed for?
    • Appearance/Personality - What kind of general impression does the applicant make? Consider dress, grooming, posture and presence.

Mentorship Program


Mentors: Recommended for junior members, 15 and older who have attended two or more Junior Nationals. In agreeing to be a mentor, you will help your mentee get to know others within the organization, answer any questions they may have and most of all—help them have a fun and interesting experience at Junior National.
Mentees: Recommended for young junior members and first or second time Junior National participants. In requesting a mentor, you will learn about the AIJCA and Junior National Show and Leadership Conference, meet new people from other states and most of all—have a great experience at Junior National.
General mentorship program guidelines and structure:
  1. Mentor/Mentee pairs will be assigned by the AIJCA Board.
  2. The individuals who sign up to be a mentor or mentee will find out their pairings at the Mentor/Mentee Introductions, Sunday, June 18.
  3. Junior members running for an AIJCA Board of Director position are required to be a Mentor and be present at Introductions unless prior written permission is granted from the AICA Youth Activities Director.

Photo Contest


The AIJCA Photo Contest is designed to provide juniors the opportunity to learn photographic skills and compete with other Charolais junior members.
Contest divisions are as follows: Senior, Intermediate and Junior.
General contest rules pertaining to all age divisions are as follows:
  1. There will be 2 categories:
    Color: Highlighting Charolais cattle in a colored photograph
    Black and White: Highlighting Charolais cattle in a black and white photograph.
  2. Judges will rank the top 5 photos in each category in each age division. Awards will be given to the top two in each category of each age division..
  3. Contest is limited to 4 entries per person, but no more than 2 per category..
  4. Photos must highlight Charolais cattle on the farm, ranch or at an event. The cattle should be the dominant focus of the photo..
  5. Entries must be 8x10 in size. Photos must be mounted on a heavy weight cardboard stock with a thickness of 1/8” or greater, without glass frames. Entries presented with glass frames around photographs will be disqualified..
  6. All entries must be original, untouched photos taken by the AIJCA member who enters the photo. Photos must be the contestant’s current year’s work and cannot have been presented for competition at a previous AIJCA Junior National..
  7. Contestants should write the following information in the upper left-hand corner on the back of the cardboard: category of photo, title of photo, name, address, breeder number and age as of May 20, 2017..
  8. Charolais Journal staff reserves the right to collect any photos in the contest to utilize at the staff’s discretion. If requested, photos will be returned to participant after use by the Charolais Journal.

Poster Contest


The AIJCA Poster Contest is designed to provide another fun, educational and competitive activity for interested individuals.
Contest divisions are as follows: Juniors Only.
General contest rules pertaining to Junior division are as follows:
  1. There will be 2 categories:
    Breed/Association Promotion: Highlight the value of Charolais in a successful cattle enterprise or the benefits of active membership in the Charolais Association.
    Herd Advertisement: Create poster suitable for promotion of your own herd or a fictitious (but realistic) situation.
  2. Judges will rank the top 5 photos in each category in each age division. Awards will be given to the top two in each category of each age division.
  3. Contest is limited to 2 entries per person, one entry per category.
  4. Entries must utilize regular-size poster board (22” x 28”) and be suitable to hang.
  5. There is no limit to the use or style of drawings or lettering, provided they are the design and handiwork of the entrant. Posters should not be made using computer-generated graphics or designs. Photographs, magazine clippings, stencils and adhesive letters may be used. If the judges question as to whether the work is computer generated, they may disqualify an entry.
  6. Three-dimensional posters are allowed, however, 3-dimensional objects may not exceed 1/2”. If any objects exceed 1/2” or extend beyond the boundaries of the poster, entry will be disqualified.
  7. Any poster that is not suitable to hang will be disqualified.
  8. It is suggested that posters be laminated or covered with clear contact paper.
  9. Posters must be the contestant’s current year’s work and cannot have been presented for competition at a previous AIJCA Junior National.
  10. Contestants should write the following information in the upper left-hand corner on the back of the poster: category of poster, title of poster, name, address, breeder number and age as of May 20, 2017.

Prepared Public Speaking Contest


Contestants will present a speech on a subject pertaining to the livestock industry.
Contest divisions are as follows:
Senior Division – 6 to 8 minute speech.
Intermediate Division – 4 to 6 minute speech.
Junior Division –  2 to 4 minute speech.
General contest rules pertaining to all age divisions are as follows:
  1. Contestant may choose any subject pertaining to the livestock industry. The speech is to be of original content and is to be composed solely by the junior speaker.  Contestant is encouraged to have speech memorized but will be permitted to use notes.
  2. Contestant will be asked to answer questions relating to his or her speech following their presentation. The question and answer session shall be a maximum of 3 minutes, with 1 question to be asked per judge. Deductions of 20 points per minute will be taken from the score of each judge for any speech under the minimum or over the maximum time restriction.
  3. Contestant must bring to the Junior National, 3 typewritten, double-spaced copies of speech on 8-1/2”x11” white bond paper and deliver to the registration desk no later than 2 p.m., on Sunday, June 18.
  4. Contestants are required to include a cover sheet to their speech that lists the following information: name, address, breeder number and age as of May 20, 2017.
  5. Visual aids may be used.
  6. Contestants will be judged on personal appearance.

Quiz Bowl Contest


Contest is designed to test team members’ knowledge of the beef industry and its numerous components.
  1. Each team will consist of 5 AIJCA members. There must be at least one member 15 years or younger. There will be four members participating, with one alternate. There must be a member 15 years or younger participating at all times.
  2. Brackets and team match-ups will be designated at random.
  3. Scoring: The contest will be a single elimination competition. All rounds will be worth 10 points for correct answers. No points will be taken away for incorrect answers.
  4. There may be discussion among team members only for toss-up rebound questions. Head to head rebound involves no team discussion.
  5. A match shall consist of a predetermined set of questions depending on the number of teams. The first set of questions will be head to head questions (ie. contestant 1, team A vs. contestant 1, team B). The remaining questions will be toss-up questions. If a tie exists after the last question, three toss-up questions will be utilized in a tiebreaker.
  6. Each individual/team will have 10 seconds to buzz in. Once a contestant has buzzed in, he/she will have 10 seconds to begin answering the question. Rebound questions will be handled in the same way.
  7. There will be judges and time keepers appointed by the AIJCA Board of Directors.
  8. Note taking and/or tape recorders shall be prohibited by anyone at the contest site. Any individual not conforming to this rule will be removed from the contest room.

Scrapbook Contest


The AIJCA Scrapbook Contest encourages junior associations to keep a record of their achievements and highlights. The contest also provides a means for junior associations to show others what they have accomplished. Scrapbooks will be judged on content and appearance alone.
  1. Scrapbooks must be completely created by current members of the state junior association.
  2. The cover should incorporate the association name and should be creative—not costly.
  3. The following categories should be covered:
    a. Junior officers, representatives, members, and advisors
    b.Meetings and activities
    c. Shows, displays, games, social activities, and work sessions
    d. Communications (newsletters, notices)
    e. Honors won by members (Bronze, Silver and Gold Merit Awards, Scholarships, etc.)
  4. Each category should be arranged
  5. Include photographs, (posed and candid), newspaper and magazine clippings, programs from special junior events, and minutes of meetings.
  6. Be neat and organized. Have no loose pieces, caption all photos and type or write neatly.

Weaver Leather Livestock Showmanship Contest


All exhibitors who exhibit cattle at Junior National have the opportunity to participate in the jackpot showmanship contest by registering on the Junior National registration form. There will be a nonrefundable $10 entry fee ($20 late entry fee) for each showmanship contest participant.  No entries accepted after May 10 and no exhibitor substitution. Contest divisions and show order are as follows: Senior, Intermediate and Junior.
General contest rules pertaining to all age divisions are as follows:
  1. This contest is a non-fit competition.
  2. he steer or heifer exhibited in the showmanship contest must be registered in that participant’s name.
  3. The showmanship contest specific exhibitor number must be worn by the participant in the showmanship contest.
  4. No bulls are allowed to be shown in this contest.
  5. Junior National t-shirt is not required to be worn.
  6. Any exhibitor who loses control of his/her entry twice in the showring will be required to remove the animal from the ring.

Skit Contest


A comic sketch or humorous story performed for the audience’s enjoyment. Skit scripts are to be approved by the Junior Board. Scripts must be turned into the AIJCA office prior to the Contest start. Skits viewed as containing inappropriate material will be disqualified by the judges. Awards will be given for Best Dressed Costumes, Best Comedy Skit and Most Creative Skit.

Talent Contest


A competition that offers participants the opportunity to showcase their creative or artistic aptitude through a variety of performances. Awards will be given to the top two in each category of each age division.

Sullivan Supply/Stock Show University Team Fitting Contest – New Rule!


Each team will consist of 3 or 4 members with a time limit of 20 minutes.

Contest divisions are as follows:
Senior Division
  1. Senior team entries will be responsible for washing out and blowing heifers dry. Contest judges will review heifers and can adjust scores if not properly completed.
  2. No more than two individuals competing on a winning senior team may participate on the same team the following year.
Intermediate Division
  1. No sheephead clippers will be allowed.
  2. An AIJCA Board designated adult advisor or AIJCA Board member will be stationed with each intermediate team to offer safety advice.
Junior Division
  1. No scissors or clippers of any kind will be allowed.
  2. An AIJCA Board designated adult advisor or AIJCA Board member will be stationed with each junior team to offer safety advice.
General contest rules pertaining to all age divisions are as follows:
  1. The use of any coloring agent, flock and powder is prohibited.
  2. All supplies needed (blower, clippers (if applicable), adhesive, etc.) must be provided by each team. Chute (8 foot) must be brought up by the senior teams and left throughout each division. (NEW!)
  3. Each team is responsible for providing their own heifer for the contest (no steers or bulls).
  4. Junior and intermediate teams may utilize a senior team’s heifer. Heifers must be pre-clipped (head, tail, etc.) for the junior and intermediate contests. Heifers may be pre-clipped for the senior contest.
  5. Heifers will be evaluated by the judge(s) prior to the start of each contest. All audience members must stay out of the area designated as contest space by the AIJCA Board during the contest.
  6. Scoring will be based on:
    • Evaluation of heifer and team questions prior to start
    • Use of equipment, skill level and general knowledge of team members in fitting of heifer
    • Completion and final appearance of heifer
    • Judge's question(s) for team members including one public question
    • Presentation of heifer by team. Final questions will be asked while the heifer is being presented.
  7. The team member presenting the heifer may not help in answering the final question.
  8. Intermediate and Junior contest may be conducted at the same time if space allows.

Team Sales Contest - New Rule!


Team Sales contest is designed to give AIJCA members experience in selling an animal exhibited at Junior National to potential buyers.
Contest divisions are as follows:
Senior Division – 5 to 10 minute presentation.
Intermediate Division – 5 to 10 minute presentation.
Junior Division – 2 to 5 minute presentation.
General contest rules pertaining to all age divisions are as follows:
  1. Teams are to consist of three to four members.
  2. Percentage heifers (NEW!), purebred heifers and bulls may only be used in the sales contest
  3. Percentage heifers, purebred heifers and bulls chosen for team sales may be fit, however by AIJCA members only. Heifers fit in the team fitting contest may be used.
  4. Materials required: Three copies of the heifer or bull’s registration paper must be turned into the AIJCA office by 9:00 a.m., on Monday, June 19. Other sales materials are PROHIBITED. Extra promotional items (farm signs, posters, etc.), props and incentive gifts to judging panel (key rings, caps, etc.) are prohibited.
  5. Each teammate is required to speak during the presentation. Contestants engaging judges in the presentation are encouraged, but questions by judges should be held until the end of the contestants’ presentation.
  6. Presentations should include but are not limited to the following:
    a. Pedigree Information
    b. Performance Information
    c. Visual Characteristics
  7. A warning will be given when one minute is remaining in presentation time.
  8. Contestants will be evaluated by the following categories:
    • Contents of Sales Presentation
    • Communication Skills
    • Team Organization
    • Overall Effectiveness
• Knowledge and Response to Questions

Scholarship Opportunities

AIJCA Premier Challenge


Sponsored by Zehnder Waage Partnership
This scholarship promotes contest participation. This $500 scholarship will be awarded to the individual with the highest overall score regardless of age.  
  1. Participants must compete in at least 4 of the following contests:
    a. Art
    b. Photo
    c. Poster
    d.   Graphic Design    
    e. Impromptu Speech  
    f. Prepared Speech
    g. Resume/Interview
    h. Showmanship
    i. Team Fitting
    j.  Team Sales
    k. Cook-Off
  2. Contestants competing in at least 4 of the qualifying contests are automatically in contention for the scholarship.
  3. In each individual contest, participants will be ranked through top 5 placings for each age division.  In each team contest, participants will be ranked through champion and reserve placings for each age division.
  4. Points will be distributed by the following system for individual contests:
    a.  1st - 50
    b.  2nd - 40 
    c.  3rd - 30        
    d.  4th - 20
    e.  5th - 10
    f.Participation - 5
         Points will be distributed by the following system for team contests per individual on each team:
    a. 1st - 50
    b. 2nd - 40
    c. Participation - 5
  5. Participation points will be awarded to non-placing participants.
  6. Only the top score of the two categories in the photo contest (Black/White and Color) will be counted.
  7. Only the top score of the two categories in the poster or graphic design contests (Breed/Association Promotion and Herd Advertisement) will be counted.
  8. Each participant’s highest 4 scores will be used.
  9. In the event of a tie, the next highest score in an additional contest will be used. This method will continue until we reach a scholarship winner. Participation in more than 4 contests is strongly encouraged.

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament


New Activity for the 2017 Junior National!
Divisions: Adult/Senior and Intermediate/Junior General rules pertaining to both division are as follows:
  1. Each team must register at least three players on its roster at the time the contestant sign-ups are due. The fourth player is optional. No additions, deletions and/or changes may be made after the games have started.
  2. Team must require at least one member 12 years or younger for Intermediate/Junior division.
  3. Junior board will design bracket for both divisions
  4. Physically or verbally threatening or abusing the referee in any division is cause for immediate
  5. disqualification.
  6. Teams must be at their court at the scheduled time. A three-minute forfeit time will be strictly enforced.
  7. Each team must start and finish the game with at least two players.
  8. A coin flip at the start of the game will determine first possession.
  9. All games are played to 15 points (win by 1) or 15 minutes (running clock), whichever comes first. The referee reserves the right to change the number of points and/or time limit due to external events.
  10. If the game is tied after 15 minutes have elapsed, the game will be completed with a sudden death playoff. A coin flip will determine possession.
  11. Player substitutions will be permitted on any dead ball situations
  12. Successful shots taken from inside the three point line will be worth 1 point, while baskets made from outside the line are worth 2 points. Both feet must be clearly behind the line (when the shot is taken) for the shot to count as two points.
  13. After a made basket or a dead-ball situation, the ball must be checked by a defense player to an offensive player where the offensive player has both feet behind the take-back line. The offensive player must pass the ball to start the action. The defensive player guarding the person checking in the ball must be outside the three point line.
  14. On any change of possession, the offense must bring the ball past the three point line before a shot can be attempted. Both feet must be completely behind the line. If a team forgets to take it back and makes a basket, the basket will not count and the opposing team takes possession of the ball. If the shot misses, then the ball is live and both teams still need to take it back.
  15. Change of possession means any defensive rebound (including an air-ball), a steal, a made basket or a made (or missed) free throw. This is not make-it, take-it.
  16. If the referee rules that a foul was flagrant or meant to cause harm, the player fouled will shoot one free throw and that team will keep possession of the ball. The player called with a flagrant foul will get one warning. Any further flagrant fouls will result in immediate ejection from the game.
  17. An unwritten 30- second shot clock is in effect at all times and may be enforced by the referee at his/ her discretion. Once the referee has announced that the shot clock is in effect, each team has 3 seconds to get a shot off. The shot must make contact with the rim of the basket in order for the shot clock to be restarted. A defensive foul also re-sets the shot clock.
  18. There is an imaginary 3-second lane near/under the basket. There is no camping in this lane. “Camping” violations are at the discretion of the referee. The court monitor will give a warning. Subsequent infractions will result in a loss of possession.
  19. If a ball goes out of bounds and players and the referee cannot decide who get possession of the ball, a coin flip will decide the possession.
  20. The top of the backboard is out-of-bounds. The sides and bottom are in-bounds
  21. The referee has the right to make a ruling on any issues that are not covered within these rules.
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