RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR POINT FIGHTING AND LIGHT CONTINUOUS.
The timekeeper and scorekeeper are located at the referee table facing the head referee
The referees table must be equipped with the following items:- Draw sheets, score displays, paper and pen.
In point fighting all rounds will be 1 x 1:30 minutes, In the occurrence of a straight final the fight will be 2 x 1:30 minutes with a 30 second break between the rounds. Extra time ruled in the event of a draw will be 30 seconds long ,if it is still even scoring after this extra time the winner will be decided by sudden death (first to score will be the winner). All round robin bouts can finish as a draw so extra time will not occur.
The competitor must be dressed in clean and appropriate clothing. Either a clean t-shirt with long trousers (the trousers must reach the feet). Traditional Karate Gi or Taekwondo uniforms are permitted. There should be no zip fasteners, pockets or buttons.
Competitors cannot wear any metal objects that may cause injuries to the opponent. Piercings, chains, watches or earrings are not allowed. Soft contact Lenses are possible but at competitors own risk. Long hair must be tied back with elasticated hair band, use of hair grips is not allowed.
Helmet (Headguard) no open top or boxing helmet are permitted, Gumshield (mouth guard), open hand gloves that covers the fingers and thumbs with soft edges no rigid corners. Branded 10 onze gloves (light Con). Plain glove with just the label may be refused as it is not necessarily governed by any company therefore may not be in accordance to regulations. Boxing/light con gloves of any weight can not be worn in points fighting.Groin guards for men and boys must be worn under clothing and chest guard for women and girls also must be worn under clothing. Soft martial art shin pads no hardened plastic shin pads are permitted, shin pads to be worn under trousers. Footpads must not be completely sealed underneath, the foot should have some contact with the ground. Socks are not to be warn with footpads unless medically required, this will be entirely at the competitors own risk.
All equipment must be suitable for use any defects, wear and tear may result in the fighter being unable to fight this decision will be according to the discretion of the central referee. No refunds will be issued should the competitor be in breach of equipment standards as it is the competitors responsibility to have the correct and functionally suitable equipment to participate in the event.
The central referee may deduct a point from a competitor leaving the fighting area. If this is challenged then the majority of the referees must be in agreement that a area warning is suitable. If both shadow referees are not in agreement then the challenge is deemed successful and the point deduction will be reverted. The central referee can not overall a majority agreement amongst the referees.(points only).
The central referee can not disqualify competitors for leaving the fighting area.(points only)
The Central referee can disqualify competitors for continually leaving the fighting area.(light con only).
The central referee can give verbal warnings as many time as he or she wants. If this is challenged then all referees must be in agreement that a verbal warning is suitable. If both shadow referees are not in agreement then the challenge is deemed successful and an official warning will be issued.
The Central referee can issue an official warning (yellow card) at any time.
The Central referee can issue a disqualification (red card) at any time. This must be discussed with the shadow referees before issued even if the competitor has already received an official warning.
Only the Central referee can stop the bout the competitor must protect them self at all times.
The referee may deduct a point or issue a official warning from a competitor for what he or she deems as unsportsmanlike behaviour by either the competitor or his coach. This is down to the discretion of the central referee solely. This decision can not be challenged.
The Central referee can disqualify the coach from the area for unsportsmanlike conduct or foul language. The coach will be asked to leave the area and must no longer have a vocal presents on the bout. Minus points can be issued in addition to the competitor if the coach continues with such behaviour. The coach can no longer make any challenges but can designate another coach to take his or her place.
The Central referee can disqualify a competitor if he or she does not turn up and has been repeatedly called for his or her fight (one minute is allowed).
The referee can disqualify a competitor who turns up with improper equipment and can not replace it in the time allowed (again one minute)
The Central Referee can issue minus points and official warnings for deliberate time wasting. If challenged at least one other shadow referee must be in agreement.
The Central referees role is to control the conditions, overlook and ensure the safety/interested of the competitors. This is to do alongside making judgements on scoring.
The Shadow referees role is to assist the central referee with decisions and act as an extra pair of eyes and ears for the Central referee. Although they can not make direct decision on anything outside of scoring they can report anything they deem unsuitable to the Central referee who can make the definitive decision of wether action should be taken.
Equipment checks are compulsory. All groin guards and Breast guards can only be checked by asking the competitor if he is wearing them.
In the case of injury to a competitor who is found to be not wearing the correct protective equipment he/she will be disqualified immediately.
The Central and Shadow referees are responsible for checking the competitor has no jewellery or piercings or any other visible accessories.
Sweeps must be boot to boot and fighter can not put hand down on the floor.
Kicks or punches to groin
Kicks or punches to back of body
Scratching, biting, spitting or verbal attacks on opponent.
Holding, grabbing, pushing or clinching.
NO 3 second ruling, when a fighter falls the fight is stopped.
Striking below the waist
ALL PUNCHES 1 POINT
KICK TO BODY 1 POINT
KICK TO HEAD 2 POINTS
JUMP KICK TO BODY 2 POINTS
JUMP KICK TO HEAD 3 POINTS
ANY SWEEP 1 POINT OPPONENTS HAND GOES DOWN
SWEEP WITH FOLLOW UP PUNCH 2 POINTS (only in advanced Categories)
To score a point the competitor must remain on their feet. Unless they are tripped or pushed after the strike in which their balance is out of their control.
If the competitor jumps and scores a strike, and then lands out of area they will still be scored and no minus point will be deducted.
If the competitor jumps and does not score but still lands out of area then they will get a minus point.
The competitor can not stop the fight they can only signal to the referee that something is wrong. If they get hit during the signalling then the point still stands. We advise for competitors to wait for a pause in play and to keep protecting themselves in the interim period. If the competitor walks off the Matt deliberately then they can still get a minus point or official warning if the referee deems their reasoning unjust.
If the fight is stopped then the fight will start from where it was last active.
Area warnings are only issued verbally for light continuous, unless the avoidance is deemed dangerous or tactical. If the referee comes to this judgment official warnings can be issued. (Light Con).
If the competitor steps out of area then the central referee will bring him back on to the Matt unchallenged and the fight will continue. The Central referee can bring the fight back to the centre if he or she feels it is necessary.(Light Con only).
Competitors must strike upright no leaning weight on their opponent. Strikes done in this fashion will not be scored and this could result in official warnings. (Light Con only).
CHALLENGES AND WARNINGS
Verbal warnings are not limited and should be given regular if necessary to control the conditions of the fight.
Official warnings will be signalled as a yellow card. 2 yellow cards is a disqualification. Verbal warnings can be given after a official warning is issued.
Disqualifications will be signalled as a red card.
Challenges can be made by coaches throughout a bout. To issue a challenge the coach must hold up the challenge card clearly for the Central referee to see and the fight will then be stopped at the next appropriate/safe time.
If the challenge is successful then the card is kept by the coach if not then the referee will take the card and no more infringement pleas by the coach can be made.
No shouting or commenting on the referees ability to carry out his or her judgement or this will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct.