MASTER SERIES ROOKIE TEAM OF THE YEAR (RTOY) RULES
The intent of the MABA RTOY Program is to offer a competitive format for ROOKIE Master Series Teams to compete and allows MABA to support the growth of the sport. A Rookie Masters Series Team is defined as a Master Series cook team who
- Is a current MABA member in good standing
- Has cooked 4 or less Master Series contests as a head cook in the past
- Has not competed for MABA’s RTOY in the past.
Rookie Teams are governed by the same Team Requirements as veteran (TOY) Teams. Rookie Teams are eligible for both RTOY and MABA TOY points and awards using the MABA TOY Points System. Both TOY and RTOY will use the Top 5 MABA contests to determine total points. After your 5th contest, you will drop the lowest scoring contest from your point totals.
Exceptions for RTOY Teams
Rookie Teams may not invite any ‘Pro-Level’ Pitmaster to cook with their team. A ‘Pro-Level’ Pitmaster for these purposes is defined as: cooks who are or were a Head Cook on any KCBS or MABA 4 meat sanctioned team currently or in the past.
Rookie Teams may seek advice from any team or teams at a contest, but the cooking shall be done by members of the Rookie Team.
Exceptions to the Rookie Rules
Minor children may assist a team or teams, in any capacity, and maintain their rookie eligibility status without compromise until their 18th birthday.
‘Backyard’ events and any other BBQ contest specifically designated for amateurs would not violate RTOY eligibility requirements and are encouraged by the Mid Atlantic BBQ Association.
Judges working with teams to meet the requirements in becoming a master judge will not compromise the judge’s future rookie status.
Requirements to Register Your Team for Rookie Team of the Year Competition
An RTOY application must be electronically submitted via the TOY tab on the mabbqa.com website. This MUST be done prior to the end of the contest year for which you wish to be eligible for the RTOY race. MABA strongly encourages teams to apply for RTOY as soon as possible. All applications must be vetted and and approved for eligibility before being included in the points chase. This process can take up to 30 days.
Point Rules to Determine RTOY
Point Rules will be the same as those outlined in the Tier 1 TOY Rules.
Tie Breaker Rules to Determine RTOY
Tie Breaker Rules will be the same as those outlined in the Tier 1 TOY Rules.
2020 + 2021 Master Series Rookie TOY Points Chase Teams
The Nut House – Pitmaster Ryan Thomas from Bel Air, MD
Pitmaster Ryan Thomas started the team in 2018 where they competed in Backyard competitions for 2 years. Ryan took his team to the Jack Daniel’s Shade Tree competition in 2019 and recently competed at the KCBS World Invitational in Backyard.
Baby B’s BBQ – Pitmaster Jerry Reel from Mannington, WV
Pitmaster Jerry Reel started the team in 2019 where he competed in one Master Series competition under the name of Mountain Q. After the competition, Jerry decided to rebrand his team after his BBQ business, Baby B’s BBQ.
Rookie TOY Award Past Winners
~ 2019 ~
Pitmaster Chris Schriver
~ 2018 ~
Pitmistress Tiffany Patrick
~ 2017 ~
Pitmaster Glenn Zobel
~ 2015 ~
Game On BBQ
Pitmaster Brian Nezzer
McKees Rocks, PA
~ 2014 ~
Muttley Crew BBQ
Pitmistress Shannon Turner
~ 2012 ~
Checkered Flag 500
Pitmaster Mark Gibbs
Fawn Grove, PA