Contest Rules

Contest Rules have been updated for 2022. 

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 online for individual contests. EXHIBITORS MUST SIGN UP FOR INDIVIDUAL CONTESTS THAT ARE IN THE ONLINE ENTRY FORM BEFORE JUNIOR NATIONAL. (this includes speech, career development and showmanship) **Showmanship is included for online sign-up, you will not be able to sign-up for showmanship at junior national.** All other individual contests will either be submitted digitally (ex. photo) or sign-up there (ex. written test). Advisors will submit teams for team contests. 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 2022


Kruse Ranch Beef Cook-Off Contest

Beef Cook-Off Rules

Primal Cuts of Beef

Beef Facts and Information


Elanco Animal Health Career Development Contest – Seniors ONLY

Career Development Contest 

Job Description Options – must select one of the three options


Leveldale Farms Cattleman’s Written Test

Cattleman’s Test Rules


LSA Shorthorns Digital Photography Contest  

Digital Photography Rules

Statement of Originality


Graphic Design Contest

Graphic Design Rules

Statement of Originality


LSA Shorthorns Herdsman Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl Rules


High Point Award

High Point – Point Breakdown


Junior Herdsman – Seniors Only

Junior Herdsman Rules


Berg Family Shorthorns Livestock Judging Contest

Livestock Judging Rules


LSA Shorthorns Photography Contest

Photography Rules

Statement of Originality


Promotional Poster Contest

Poster Rules

Statement of Originality

Name Tag – Available in April 2022


Sullivan Supply Showmanship Contest

Showmanship Rules


Obrecht Livestock Speech Contest

Speech Rules

Judges Rubric for Speech


Sullivan Supply Team Fitting Contest

Team Fitting Rules


Trans Ova Genetics Team Salesmanship Contest

Team Salesmanship Rules

Judges Rubric for Sales