2019 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
Rules and Procedures
The rules and procedures were last revised June 22, 2018.
The World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) is conducted in four stages:
1. WLAC Qualifying Events
2. WLAC Semi-Finals Interview Competition
3. WLAC Semi-Finals Live Auction Competition
4. WLAC Finals Live Auction Competition
To qualify for competition at any stage of the WLAC, each entrant must complete an official WLAC entry form, be at least 18 years of age, auctioneer livestock at least once per month at a regularly scheduled livestock auction and be in good financial standing with all LMA members.
Each contestant must be sponsored by and include the contact information of at least one regularly selling livestock auction (LMA membership is not required of sponsors) willing to vouch for his/her status as a livestock auctioneer. Contestants are allowed multiple sponsors however sponsors are limited to regularly selling livestock auctions or livestock dealer businesses. Sponsors may be contacted to verify contestant information. The WLAC host market may not sponsor any contestants and contestants are restricted from selling at the WLAC host market after January 1 of the contest year. The WLAC Qualifying Event hosts may not sponsor contestants for their own event and entrants must not have sold at the WLAC Qualifying Event host market where they intend to compete within 6 months of the event date.
The WLAC Committee reserves the right to, at anytime, request proof of employment as a livestock auctioneer such as, but not limited to: a 1099 tax reporting form; or to conduct a background check for felony convictions or non-payment of livestock / other business with LMA members. Committee findings may result in disqualification from competition events.
WLAC Qualifying Events
The WLAC Qualifying Events will be conducted in three locations balanced regionally across the LMA Membership. Each event is a single round with contestants selling a minimum of eight drafts of livestock (traditionally cattle) during a live sale at the host market. The number of drafts will be determined jointly by the host market and WLAC Committee. The top 10 auctioneers from each WLAC Qualifying Event, meeting all entry criteria, shall be immediately qualified for the WLAC Semi-Finals. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest scoring contestants from each of the WLAC Qualifying Events shall also be named Champion, Reserve and Runner-Up, respectively. A rookie award will also be presented to the highest scoring, first-time competing contestant in each of the WLAC Qualifying Events. Contestants will only qualify for this award at one WLAC Qualifying Event.
Contestants are allowed to compete in up to two WLAC Qualifying Events during each competition year. Contestants competing in two WLAC Qualifying Events may only qualify for the WLAC Semi-Finals from one. After qualifying, contestants are ineligible for entry at any other WLAC Qualifying Event during the same competition year.
For each of the WLAC Qualifying Events, five judges will be selected to score contestants based on clarity of chant and voice quality, bid catching ability, conduct of the sale, capacity to serve as a spokesperson, and if the judge would hire the auctioneer. The judges will be comprised of LMA members and all efforts are taken to select judges that are balanced geographically throughout the LMA membership. All five judges’ scores will be combined for a total possible 500 points. In the event of a tie, the scores from the judging criteria, in the following order, will break the tie: would you hire this auctioneer, would this auctioneer make a good spokesperson, bid catching, execution of the sale, and clarity of chant/voice quality.
Contestants must complete and submit a WLAC entry form along with payment of $100 per WLAC Qualifying Event. Entry fees are required upon registration. If an entry fee is paid for two WLAC Qualifying Events and the contestant qualifies for the Semi-Finals at the first event, the additional $100 will be paid toward their remaining Semi-Finalist entry fee. If a contestant enters a WLAC Qualifying Event and is unable to attend, advance notice of cancellation must be given to LMA in order to receive a refund.
Completed entry forms and payment in full must be received at the offices of the Livestock Marketing Association, 10510 N Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64153 by 4:00 p.m. (CST) on the business day assigned as a deadline for each event. No entries will be accepted past the posted deadlines. Complete entries will be accepted by mail or online at www.LMAWeb.com.
The WLAC Semi-Finals competition is composed of two parts, the interview and live auction and will feature the 30 contestants who qualified from the WLAC Qualifying Events and the reigning International Auctioneer Champion if he/she meets all of the above contestant qualifications. Qualifying contestants are required to submit a contestant agreement and entry fee of $400 to confirm their participation as a Semi-Finalist, and their acceptance of the terms of the WLAC Champion Contract. Additional contestant materials may be required by the WLAC Committee or LMA staff as needed from time to time. Completed forms and payment in full must be received at the offices of Livestock Marketing Association, 10510 N Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64153 by 4:00 p.m. (CST) on the business day assigned as a deadline. Documents and fees returned past the assigned deadline may result in disqualification or reduction of points in the semi-final round.
Five judges will be selected from the LMA membership to score the live auction competition. These five judges will not be allowed to watch or participate in the interview event. Five separate judges will be selected for the interview competition; the judge panel will consist of a member of each of the LMA committees (WLAC, Government and Industry Affairs and Membership Services) with the final two slots filled by allied industry or agriculture media representatives. All judges will continue to undergo a strict qualification process, checking for conflicts of interest and overall qualifications as a judge. If a committee member is not eligible as a judge, an alternate will be determined by the WLAC Committee.
The interviews are held in front of a live audience during the Livestock Marketing Association Annual Convention. The reigning Champion will ask each Semi-Finalist the same three questions determined by a selection committee consisting of the current LMA President, Vice President, Chairman of the Board, Membership Services Committee Chairman, WLAC Committee Chairman, Government and Industry Affairs Committee Chairman and the LMA Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Membership Services. If any member of this selection committee has a perceived bias towards a contestant they will be excused from the selection process and alternate representatives will be selected as deemed necessary by the WLAC Committee.
The judging criteria for the interview will be Presentation (1-20 points possible per judge), Clarity of Expression / Articulation (1-20 points possible per judge), Knowledge of the Industry (1-20 points possible per judge), and Would this Auctioneer Make a Good Spokesman for the Industry (1-20 points possible per judge). The total possible score for the interview round will be 80 points per judge for a combined 400 total points possible and the interview will account for 25% of the Semi-Finalist score.
The 31 Semi-Finalists will sell a minimum of eight drafts of livestock (traditionally cattle) during a live sale at the host market. The number of drafts will be determined jointly by the host market and the WLAC Committee. The live auction judges will score each contestant based on clarity of chant and voice quality (1-20 points possible per judge), bid catching ability (1-20 points possible per judge), conduct of the sale (1-20 points possible per judge), and if the judge would hire this auctioneer (1-20 points possible per judge),. The total possible score for the live auction round will be 80 points per judge for a combined 400 total points possible and the live auction results will account for 75% of the Semi-Finalist score.The live auction will account for 75% of the Semi-Finalist score.
Ten Finalists will be selected from the Semi-Finals based on the combined score of interview and live auction.
The original Semi-Finalist interview score of the 10 Finalists will carry over to the Finals and account for 25% of the Finalist score. The Finalists will not be interviewed again.
Following a short break after completion of the Semi-Finals, Finalists will draw for order and return to the block to sell a minimum of eight drafts of livestock (traditionally cattle). The number of drafts for the final round will be determined jointly by the host market and the WLAC Committee. The same set of live auction judges as in the Semi-Final round will score the 10 individuals based on clarity of chant and voice quality, bid catching ability, conduct of the sale, and if the judge would hire this auctioneer. The live auction portion will account for 75% of the Finalist score. The Semi-Final live auction score will hold no basis after the Finals competition has begun.
Audrey K. Banks “Rookie of the Year” Award
The Audrey K. Banks “Rookie of the Year” (ROTY) award is presented to the highest scoring, first-time competing Semi-Finalist/Finalist to the Championship. From the 31 qualifiers for this year’s WLAC, all of the contestants competing as a Semi-Finalist for the first time are ROTY eligible. If no rookie contestant moves on to the Finals round the ROTY is determined based on the highest score in the Semi-Final round. If multiple rookies move on to the Finals, the highest scoring rookie contestant in the Finals round will be named ROTY.
Participation in the qualifying events does not impact Rookie eligibility. The ROTY eligibility begins when a contestant first qualifies for the Semi-Finals of the WLAC.
Participation in the Competition Sale
No WLAC Committee Member, Judge or Contestant may bid on livestock during the WLAC event at which they are participating.
Adherence to Contestant Schedules
A schedule of events will be provided to all participating contestants prior to the WLAC events. For those events marked as REQUIRED ATTENDANCE, no exceptions will be made and contestants must be in attendance at the start time posted. FAILURE TO ADHERE TO POSTED CONTESTANT SCHEDULES WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC DEDUCTION OF POINTS OR DISQUALIFICATION. This is reviewable by the WLAC Committee for instances outside the contestant’s control.
Questions & Contact Information
Questions regarding WLAC rules, procedures and contestant qualifications should be directed to the Livestock Marketing Association and the WLAC Committee by calling (800) 821-2048 or emailing WLAC@lmaweb.com.