Forms, Basics, & Photos
Included on this page are the forms needed for competition as well as directions for completing them. All society members are eligible to compete and entry fees are minimal. Browse the posted awards and follow the Basics of Competition below to compete. Attending a local club meeting and connecting with a mentor is a good way to improve competition skills.
Competition is a good way to learn and enjoy your buttons. A good study of the “Blue Book” is very important when competing. Before assembling your tray, read the award very carefully. Take note of the number and size of buttons. Pay particularly close attention to the requirements specified. Keep in mind, that if an award says “Specialized to”, a competitor should include only buttons which fulfill the requirement. Connect with someone in your local club who can provided assistance to assembling a tray for competition.
All competition trays, whether completed for an award or as a theme tray must be 9 x 12 inches in size and be able to be hung vertically. For more information regarding competition, review the National Button Society Blue Book for Official Classification and Competition Guidelines. This may be obtained by becoming a member of the National Button Society.
Competition is completely anonymous, so remember competitor names may not appear on any card of buttons, frame or plastic competition case. Having a name visible will result in disqualification. The Tray Entry Form is the only form in which the competitor records his/her name. Tray Slips are affixed to the top right-hand corner of your tray. It is identified by an entrant number.