Rookie Team of the Year


Rookie Team of the Year (RToY)

The intent of the MABA RToY Program is to offer a competitive format for rookie teams to compete and allows MABA to support the growth of the sport.

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” pit master to cook with their team.
  • Pro-Level Pit masters are cooks that are a Head Cook or have been 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.
  • Prior to competing as a Rookie Team, no member of the RToY team shall have more than one cook, in a Head Cook capacity, at any “Pro-Level” 4 Meat Sanctioned BBQ event. If you have
  • cooked in a Pro-Level event as the Head Cook at any time in the past, you are NOT eligible for MABA RToY points.
  • Rookie Teams must have a Head Cook that is a MABA Member and meets the rules listed above.

Exception 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 MABA.
  • 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

Requirement # 1: Advise the MABA Board by contacting any MABA Board Member of your desire to compete in the MABA RToY Race.

To register your team, send an email to the MABA Board. Include Team Name, Team Head Cook, and Contact Phone Number(s). Or, at your first contest give the above information to a MABA BoD member or MABA representative. (NOTE: Must be done within one hour of the completion of the cooks meeting of the first contest you wish to be eligible for in the RToY race.)

If the MABA BoD member or representative is not at your competition, please email the MABA BoD (maba@mabbqa.com) of your intention to compete in the RToY race within ONE HOUR of the Cooks Meeting.

Requirement # 2: Become a MABA Member by paying your dues at or before your first contest.


Tie Breaker Rules to Determine RToY

  • 1st tie breaker – The team with the greater number of Grand Championship
  • 2nd tie breaker – The team with the greater number of Reserve Grand Championships
  • 3rd tie breaker – The team with the greater number of 3rd place overall finishes
    The 3rd tie breaker process will continue down until either a winner is determined or the teams remain tied

If the teams are tied at the end of the above procedure the category tie breaking procedure will be used in the following order[M2] Chicken, Ribs, Pork and Brisket.

  • 1st tie breaker – The team with the greater number of 1st place finishes in that category
  • 2nd tie breaker – The team with the greater number of 2nd place finishes in that category
  • 3rd tie breaker – The team with the greater number of 3rd place finishes in that category
    The 3rd tie breaker process will continue down until either a winner is determined or the teams remain tied

If no resolution after the above tie breakers a coin flip will determine the outcome