Contest Rules

General Contest Rules



All contests for individuals will have FOUR age divisions (age as of January 1): Prospector I (5 to 9 years), Prospector II (10 to 12 years), Intermediate (13 to 16 years) and Senior (17 years and up). If any individual participates in a “team” contest with someone of a different age division, the team must participate in the oldest contestant’s age division. (Age as of Jan 1)

All contestants must go through contest registration, refer to the schedule of events for the time of contest registration. Team rosters may be changed after sign-up, until the day before the contest. Members of a team may not change on the day of the contest.

Contestant back numbers will be assigned and used for identification purposes in all contests and must be worn in showmanship. These numbers are not the same as the heifer show back numbers. Numbers for team/state contests will also be issued for identification purposes when necessary.

If a junior is participating in multiple contests and they are scheduled for a certain time and may miss this time because of another contest they will be bumped to the end. The only way to be moved for time is if the junior is participating in multiple contests.

Judges are NOT required to complete scoresheets, they are given them as a guideline for judging. They are encouraged to complete the sheets.

Scoresheets are not required to be returned to participants. If scoresheets are returned, they will be returned to an advisor to distribute following the awards ceremony.

Random Top 5 will be posted by the morning following the contest.

This is just general rules for contests. Be sure to read each contest rules for specific contest information.  Rules are at the discretion of ASA staff and the ASA board of directors.


General Contest Rules

General Contest Rules


Arts & Crafts Contest

Arts & Crafts Rules

Statement of Originality

Name Tag – Available in April 2021


Beef Cook-Off Contest

Beef Cook-Off Rules

Primal Cuts of Beef

Beef Facts and Information


Career Development Contest – NEW for seniors only!

Career Development Contest 

Samples – Information Coming Soon!


Cattleman’s Written Test

Cattleman’s Test Rules


Digital Photography Contest  

Digital Photography Rules

Statement of Originality


Graphic Design Contest

Graphic Design Rules

Statement of Originality


Herdsman Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl Rules


High Point Award

High Point – Point Breakdown


Junior Herdsman – Seniors Only

Junior Herdsman Rules


Livestock Judging Contest

Livestock Judging Rules


Photography Contest

Photography Rules

Statement of Originality


Promotional Poster Contest

Poster Rules

Statement of Originality

Name Tag – Available in April 2021


Showmanship Contest

Showmanship Rules


Speech Contest

Speech Rules

Judges Rubric for Speech


Team Fitting Contest

Team Fitting Rules


Team Salesmanship Contest

Team Salesmanship Rules

Judges Rubric for Sales