• General Guidelines

    The general event guidelines below are applicable to all CAFBLA competitive events. Please review and follow these guidelines when competing at the section or state level.

    ELIGIBILITY:

    • Membership Dues: All participants who enter a competitive event must have paid in full state and national dues by 11:59 p.m. eastern time January 18 (for section competition) and 11:59 pm eastern time March 1 (for state and national competition). Note: National Membership registration opens August 1 of each year. Participants in prejudged events need to be paid members and registered in the event by the submission due date.
    • Section/State Conference Registration: Participants must be registered for the section or state conference and pay the conference registration fee to participate in competitive events. Only paid members are eligible for conference registration.
    • Deadlines: Competitors must meet the deadline for a prejudged project submission and be registered for the conference for their work to be sent to judges. Refer to each event as to procedures for submitting prejudged work.
    • Individual, Team and Chapter Events: Each member may enter two (2) active (individual or team) events and one (1) chapter event. Creed does not count as an active event.
    • Award Eligibility: Each competitor must compete in all parts of an event for award eligibility.
    • Team Makeup: A team shall consist of an individual (1), or two (2) or three (3) members. Exceptions are Parliamentary Procedure which must be a team of four (4) or five (5) members, and LifeSmarts (NLC only) which must be a team of two (2) members. 

    EVENT CATEGORIES:
    TESTS:

    • Objective Test
    • Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
    • Objective Test & Performance (Role Play)
    • Production (School Site Skill Test) & Objective Test
    • Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)

    PRESENTATION:

    • Speech
    • Prejudged Project & Performance with Equipment
    • Prejudged Project & Performance without Equipment
    • Prejudged Reports & Performance with Equipment
    • Collaborative Objective Test & Team Performance (Role Play)
    • Objective Test & Team (Role Play)

    INTERVIEW:

    • Prejudged Materials & Interview

    TEAM PERFORMANCE:

    • Team Performance (National Events – refer to www.fbla-pbl.org for more information.) 

    REPEAT COMPETITORS NLC:
    Competitors are not permitted to compete in an event more than once at the NLC unless one of the following circumstances applies:

    • Modified Events: A competitor may compete in the same event when the event is modified. Note, if the only modification is a name change, competitors may notcompete in the renamed event.
    • Team Events: One (1) competitor of the team may have competed in the same event at one previous NLC; however, they may not compete more than twice in the event at the national level.
    • Chapter Events: Competitors may compete in a chapter event more than once (American Enterprise Project, Community Service Project, Partnership with Business Project, and LCABR).
    • Individual Entry: A competitor who competed as an individual entry in a team event at the national level may compete in the same event a second time as part of a team, but not a second time as an individual.
    • Parliamentary Procedure: Two (2) competitors of the team may have competed in this event at a previous NLC; however, they may not compete more than twice at the national level.
    • Pilot Event: Competition in a pilot event does not disqualify a competitor from competing in the same event if it becomes an official competitive event. The participant may compete in another event as well as a pilot event. 

    BREAKING TIES:

    • Objective Tests: Ties are broken by comparing the correct number of answers to the last 10 questions on the exam. If a tie remains, the competitor who completed the test in a shorter amount of time will place higher. If this does not break the tie, answers to the last 20 questions will be reviewed and determine the winner.
    • Objective & Production Tests: The production test scores will be used to break a tie.
    • Objective Tests and Performances: The objective test score will be used to break a tie based on the tie-breaking criteria of objective tests.
    • Reports/Projects and Performances: The report/project scores will be used to break a tie.
    • Performances: Judges must break ties and all judges’ decisions are final. 

    SUBSTITUTIONS:
    Substitutions are only allowed for specific team and/or chapter events to advance to the next level of competition, (either section to state or state to national). Substitutions must be made before the conference registration deadline. You may make a substitute decision for a team/chapter event where a member cannot fulfill the obligation to compete at the next round of competitions under the following guidelines:

    • INDIVIDUAL/TEAM EVENTS. If competing as a team that does not require a pre-judged component (see below), you may substitute one (1) member of a team originally comprised of 2 or 3 members. If competing as an individual, no substitutions are allowed, and his or her spot is forfeited to the next eligible competitor.
    • INDIVIDUAL EVENTS. Substitutions are not allowed for individual events. If an individual cannot participate in the next level of competition, his or her spot is forfeited to the next eligible competitor.
    • PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE. You may make substitutions if at least two (2) members of a team of 4, or three (3) members from a team of 5 remain on the team that advance to the next level of competition. Maximum number of substitutions allowed is two (2).
    • CHAPTER EVENTS. Substitutions are allowed for chapter events with a presentation component if the chapter participates in the next level of competition.
    • PREJUDGED EVENTS. Substitutions are not allowed for prejudged events. However, a team may drop a member if allowed in the event guidelines. If an individual or team cannot participate in the next level of competition, their spot is forfeited to the next eligible individual or team.

    EVENT DEADLINES:
    All prejudged interview materials, projects, and reports must be submitted electronically. Competitors must be registered for the conference or work will not be judged and competitor disqualified. No Exceptions. Allow a few days leeway to compensate for mistakes, i.e. report size limit.

    • Production Events: Both proctor registration and competitor conference registration deadlines are December 11 (section) and February 28 (state).
    • Interview Events: Prejudged materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm pacific time on January 18 (section) and by 11:59 pm pacific time on March 15 (state).
    • Prejudged Project Events: Projects must be submitted by 11:59 pm pacific time on January 18 (section) and by 11:59 pm pacific time on February 28 (state). (Report file size limit 25 MB)
    • Submission - Production Events: Work must be submitted by 11:59 pacific time on January 18 (section) and by 11:59 pm pacific time on March 29 (state).
    • Chapter Events: Chapter projects including LCABR must be submitted by 11:59 pm pacific time on March 15. (Report file size limit 25 MB. Compress file as needed.)
    • All Statements of Assurance must be submitted online and are included on the electronic form. 

     ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

    Textbooks, other resource materials, and electronic devices may not be taken to or used during competitive events. Exceptions to this rule are indicated in the guidelines for each individual event. When an event’s guidelines specify materials or equipment that may be used, only those materials or that equipment may be used. If an item is not listed, it is to be assumed that it is not allowed.

    AMERICANS with DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

    FBLA‑PBL meets the criteria specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act for all participants who submit a Special Needs Form

    DRESS CODE:

    Competitors must adhere to the official FBLA dress code to participate in a competitive event. Information will be in the Conference Guide. Administrators will be checking dress code before a competitor is admitted into the event. 

    NAME BADGE:

    The conference name badge is part of the CAFBLA Dress Code. Competitors must be wearing their official conference name badge at the start of the event, or he/she will not be allowed to compete. NO EXCEPTIONS. However, once a competitor is checked-in, badges are optional. Lost badges can be replaced at Conference Headquarters with a photo ID. A fee will be charged as stated in the conference program. 

    PHOTO IDENTIFICATION:

    Competitors must show an original, official photo identification: School issued ID or government ID (valid driver’s license, DMV ID card, passport, permanent resident card, etc.). No photocopies. Competitors who attend schools that do not provide photo IDs for students must provide a school embossed seal on a transcript WITH the student’s photo. NO EXCEPTIONS. 

    ELECTRONIC DEVICES:

    No photographs may be taken, and no video or audio recording devices may be used during any competitive event. Except for presentation equipment used for some presentation events, all electronic devices, including cellphones, must be turned off and put away during competition. 

    EVENT SCHEDULES:

    Competitors must report on time for their competitive event or be disqualified. 

    AWARDS:

    The maximum number of winners for each competitive event is ten (10). Team competitors each receive an award. Only one (1) award is given to schools competing in chapter events (American Enterprise Project, Community Service Project, Local Chapter Annual Business Report, and Partnership with Business Project).