Auctioneer Competitions

International Auctioneer Championship (IAC)

Friday, July 26 | 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

  Eligibility and Entry:
  • Contestants must be 18 years of age or older on or before July 21 and be a current member of the National Auction Association at the time of the competition.
  • Past IAC champions are not eligible to compete in IAC
  • Contestants must register for the Full Conference or register as a paid exhibitor on or before the May 29 deadline. Day passes do not qualify. 
  • Contestants must pay the $445 entry fee on or before the entry deadline of May 29.
  • Contestants must complete the IAC Entry Form, including providing a bio and head shot photo, before the entry deadline of May 29, to be included in the printed contestant book.
  • Attend the mandatory Contestant Roll Call and Orientation meeting on July 26 at 7:00 AM, local time. Failure to be present at roll call will result in disqualification without refund of conference or contest fees.
  • Read and sign the IAC Contestant Agreement (provided in the contestant packet).

Please read the entire set of rules and requirements before registering to compete. 
 

International Junior Auctioneer Championship (IJAC)

Wednesday, July 24 | 5 p.m.

  • Be 12-18 years of age on or before July 24, 2024.
  • ā€‹Register for Conference as NextGen or Young Professional.
  • NAA membership is not required. Day passes do not qualify.
  • Complete and submit the entry form along with the $50 contestant entry fee.
  • Attend the mandatory IJAC Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, July 24.
  • Advanced contest entries must be received at the NAA office by July 1. On-site entries will be accepted until 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2024.
 

IAC Live! Broadcast

Friday, July 26 | 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

On Friday, do you struggle to choose whether to watch the IAC competition in the ballroom or attend an education session? You can do both at the same time! Access the NAA’s IAC Live! broadcast throughout the day via live streaming service. Not attending conference? No worries.  The IAC Competition will be live streamed in it's entirety here https://www.youtube.com/@NAAAuctioneers/streams.


Contest Rules, Requirements & Champion Responsibilities

Optional Sound Check: 6:30 – 6:55 a.m. The sound system is preset and will not be adjusted.
Mandatory Roll Call: 7 a.m. Failure to report at roll call on time will result in disqualification without refund
Preliminary Round: 8 a.m.
Finalist Interviews: Immediately following the Preliminary Round
Final Round: 6 p.m.
Winners Announced: Upon completion of the Finals Round (approximately 9 p.m.)

Eligibility and Entry

  • Contestants shall be 18 years of age or older and must be a current, active (paid) member of National Auction Association at the time of the competition.
  • Past IAC champions are not eligible to compete in future IAC competitions.
  • The 2024 IJAC contestants are not eligible to compete in the 2024 NAA IAC competition.
  • Contestants must register to attend Conference. The Day Pass registration option does not qualify. Exhibitors who purchase a booth may compete in the contest. Conference registration and payment must be received on or before the entry deadline.
  • Contestants must complete and submit the IAC Contestant Entry Form (along with bio and photo) and pay the $445 entry fee on or before the entry deadline of May 29. Failure to submit a bio and/or photo by the entry deadline will result in non-inclusion in the printed Contestant Booklet.
  • Absolutely NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted.

Contest Structure

  • There shall be two divisions of the contest (men’s and women's). The two divisions shall be treated equally in every respect.
  • Competing order will be determined prior to the event by a drawing conducted by NAA Director of Marketing and Communications and the NAA Finance Director.  Competing order will be announced at the mandatory Contestant Roll Call and Orientation Meeting the morning of the IAC competition.

Attendance

  • All contestants must attend a mandatory Contestant Roll Call and Orientation Meeting on the morning of the contest. Check-in and roll call will begin promptly at 7 a.m. In the event a contestant is not present during the initial roll-call, their name will be called two additional times at 10-minute intervals. In the event a contestant is not present when their name is called the third and final time, they will be disqualified from the contest, without refund of entry fees or conference registration fees.
  • Contestants shall be introduced by contestant number in both the preliminary and final rounds. If the contestant is not present when called to the podium, he or she will be disqualified.
  • Dress appropriately for a professional presentation.

Judging and Scoring

  • There will be seven judges, at least two of whom will be women. The same judges will serve both the men and women’s divisions.
  • In the event a judge cannot complete his/her duties during the preliminary and/or final rounds of the competition, an alternate judge will replace that judge. All scores from the previous judge will remain in the scoring system. Once the alternate judge assumes his/her position as judge, their score will be used to calculate scores from this point forward.
  • Past champions are eligible to judge in future competitions.
  • Each contestant sells two items consecutively in both the preliminaries and in the finals. All contestants will sell items provided by the NAA with an equal value to other contestants’ items.
  • On the bid-calling segment for the preliminary round, the total possible points in each of the categories will be as follows:
    • Professionalism -- 20 points
    • Chant/Voice -- 45 points
    • Effective Auctioneering -- 35 points
  • On the interview segment for the finals, the total possible points in each of the categories will be as follows:
    • Professionalism -- 10 points
    • Response -- 75 points
    • Ambassador -- 15 points
  • On the bid-calling segment for the finals, the total possible points in each of the categories will be as follows:
    • Professionalism -- 10 points
    • Chant/Voice -- 45 points
    • Effective Auctioneering -- 45 points
  • The lowest scores in each segment of the contest will be eliminated and the remaining scores will be averaged for the contestants' final scores.
  • If a tie score occurs in the preliminary and/or the finals portion of the competition, scores will be recalculated to include the contestant’s low score. In the event there is still a tie, the contestant with the highest score in the Chant/Voice category will be selected. If necessary, the third tie-breaker would go to the contestant with the highest score in the Effective Auctioneering category.
  • The scores from the preliminaries determine who enters the finals.
  • The number of finalists for each division (men and women) shall be based on a sliding scale:
    • 14 or fewer contestants = five finalists
    • 15 to 30 contestants = seven finalists
    • 31 to 45 contestants = 10 finalists
    • 46 or more contestants = 15 finalists
  • Finalists will be announced after the conclusion and the scoring of the preliminary competition.
  • Only finalists will perform interviews.
  • Each finalist will be asked to report to an isolated room for instruction on the interview portion of the competition.
  • Contestants are not allowed in the isolated finalist room until all finalists have been announced.
  • Communication devices, of any kind, are not allowed in the finalist room.
  • The interview portion is the only part of the contest with isolation restrictions.
  • During the interview portion, contestants will be asked three interview questions, of which some may be related to NAA business. Contestants will have up to two minutes to answer each question. Responses will be timed. Contestants are not penalized if they do not use the entire two minutes to answer interview questions.
  • Contestants will not be asked to chant during the interviews.
  • Final scores are determined by combining the interview score with the bid-calling finals score. The interview score will count for 40 percent and the bid-calling score will count for 60 percent of the total.
  • Each contestant will receive his or her own scores via email approximately 30 days after the contest. Contestants will receive the high, low and median scores for the preliminary, final bid calling and interview portions of the competition. A high, low and median score will also be released for the overall combined scores as well as the cut-off score necessary to compete in the finals. Approximately two weeks after the conclusion of the contest, contestants may request their placement by contacting Jennifer Vossman at the NAA HQ office at jvossman@auctioneers.org.

Recognition

  • At the conclusion of each contestant’s performance in the preliminary competition, contestants will be presented with a medallion as recognition for participation in the event.
  • Each finalist will be awarded a finalist trophy.
  • The following prizes will be awarded to the winners in both the men’s and women’s divisions at the conclusion of the competition:
    • Second Runner Up – Second Runner-up trophy, medallion
    • First Runner Up – First Runner-up trophy, medallion
    • Champion – $10,000 cash prize, championship trophy, and medallion. A Championship ring will be ordered after the contest and shipped to the winners. Cash prize will be mailed to the champions within 30 days of the contest.

Champion Responsibilities

  • The new NAA IAC Champions shall make themselves available to the NAA Communications team for at least 30 minutes following the completion of the contest.
  • The new NAA IAC Champions shall attend the NAA’s IAC Champions Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on the Saturday following the competition
  • The new NAA IAC Champions shall make themselves available on Saturday morning for the Don Shearer Children's Auction and photo shoot immediately following the auction.
  • The new NAA IAC Champions shall attend a lunch with NAA CEO Aaron Ensminger, and appropriate NAA staff, immediately following the photo shoot on Saturday.
  • The new NAA IAC Champions shall attend a mandatory NAA orientation meeting scheduled for August 2024, at no cost to the champions.
  • The new NAA IAC Champions shall serve as an NAA ambassador (when appropriate) which may include opportunities with professionally produced television spots, media interviews, public appearances, and seminar presentations at state auctioneer association conventions (based on requests and acceptable scheduling of champion).
  • The new NAA IAC Champions will follow guidelines for conduct and roles in representing the NAA and the auction industry with the media and other as instructed by the IAC Committee and/or NAA staff.
  • The new NAA IAC Champions shall serve as hosts of the next IAC event.
  • The new NAA IAC Champions shall serve as a judge of the next two IJAC competitions.
  • The new NAA IAC Champions shall schedule and work with a videographer of their choice to produce their media background story film by October 31, 2024.
  • The new NAA IAC Champions shall attend the National Rodeo Finals in December in Las Vegas for a podcast appearance.
  • The new NAA IAC Champions are invited to attend monthly Board meetings.
Subject to change without notice.