Rules & Liability 2017-06-18T00:55:16+00:00

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MMAC COMPETITION RULES

POINT SCORING

*CRYING WILL BE COUNTED AS A VERBAL TAP*

TAPPING OUT (TAP OUT); a submission or surrender and can be done with any part of the body, or verbally by own will or by involuntary scream, cry, wince, yelp, or other involuntary sounds the referee deems a sign of distress to avoid the possibility of physical injury and to insure the safety of all mmac grappling competitors.

POINTS; to gain points for any move or position, the competitor (aggressor) must show clear control for a 3 second count by the referee or advance to, and secure a more dominant position by complete dominance and not a result of a defensive scramble. Example; if a competitor passes another competitor’s guard and upon landing cleanly in side control to await the 3 count steps over to establish mount for 3 seconds, the points will be awarded for the pass, then the mount. However if the defender returns guard or escapes the mount prior to the 3 seconds no points will be awarded for any advancement.

TAKE DOWNS 2 points. Designed takedowns (i.e single or double legs, ankle picks, trips), throws not fully completed but resulting in top position on ground.
THROWS 4 points. Designed throws completed fully as designed (hip toss, shoulder throws, etc.)
SWEEPS 2 points. With legs from guard or half guard scenarios
REVERSALS 0 points.
PASSING 3 points. Passing from open or closed guard to complete side control
MOUNT 4 points. Both knees and/or feet on ground
REAR MOUNT 4 points. 2 hooks in, body triangle secured, or other obvious control at the referee’s discretion
KNEE ON BELLY 2 points. One knee securely on belly with the other based out firmly

ADVANTAGE SCORING SYSTEM; the referee will signal with his or her arm by moving it in a horizontal motion for submission attempts that pose a real threat, near take downs, near guard passes, or progressing to half guard position.
No points or advantages for take downs will be scored out of bounds for safety purposes.
Advantages will only be used in case of a tie on points

TIME LIMITS

TIME LIMITS;

  • 3 minutes for all children’s matches
  • 4 minutes all teens’ matches
  • 4 minutes adults’ novice and beginners matches
  • 5 minutes adults’ intermediate and advanced matches
  • 6 minutes open absolutes

OVERTIME;

  • overtime will only be exercised in “open” absolutes unless otherwise announced.
  • overtime will be a period of half the time length as the match with all the same rules.

TIE;

*final decision in a tie will be solely at the referee’s discretion based on aggression, dominance, position, and submission attempts.

*PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT IN THE HANDS OF THE REFEREE FOR ALL OF OUR SAKES*

PENALTIES / DISQUALIFICATION

PENALTIES;

  • Stalling
  • Backing out of the guard without engaging
  • Fleeing the ring to avoid take down or submission
  • Grabbing clothes in no gi divisions (no points will be awarded if resulting from grabbing the clothing)
  • Smashing the nose or affecting the eyes intentionally
  • Disengaging from contact
  • Leg lock infractions
  • Neck crank infractions

*First offense of the above ……………… Warning
*Second offense……………………………. 1 point deduction
*Third offense……………………………….. Disqualification

DISQUALIFICATION;

  • Slamming – no slamming is permitted, in a takedown or throw you must deliver your opponent safely to the mat.
  • Intentionally throwing an opponent on his head or neck
  • Spiking your opponent to get out of any submission or position
  • Referee discretion, if the referee feels you are blatantly showing disregard for any rule, safety of your opponent, or showing bad sportsmanship, bad form or harassing referees, time keepers, score keepers, coaches, or attendees.

ABSOLUTELY NO FLYING SCISSOR SWEEPS PERMITTED

DRESS/ HEALTH CODE

NO-GI; competitors must wear shirt, shorts, cup, and mouthpiece. All clothing must be well fitting to avoid impeding an opponents’ mobility and appropriately concealing

GI; a clean gi/kimono top and bottom with sleeves to the wrist and ankles, and belt. Competitors can weigh in with out their gi

NO INFECTIOUS DISEASES ALLOWED; competitors with ringworm, staff, fungal infections, active cold sores, viral infections, or anything transmittable of any kind are strictly prohibited from participating

GENERAL CLEANLINESS; freshly washed clothes, trimmed finger and toenails, and general cleanliness and lack   of odor absolutely required to participate.

DO NOT GO INTO THE BATHROOM OR STEP OFF THE MATS WITH BARE FEET OR WRESTLING SHOES

EXPERIENCE LEVELS

 NO GI GI
NOVICE 0-6 months White Belt
BEGINNER 6-12 months Blue Belt
INTERMEDIATE 1-3 years Purple Belt
ADVANCED 3+ years Brown & Black Belt

SUBMISSION GRAPPLING; jiu-jitsu, judo, or other submission grappling experience will count as real time (i.e.,1 month = 1 month)

WRESTLING; high school, collegiate or any other competitive non-submission wrestling will count as 50% of real time (i.e., 2 months = 1 month) any person with 2 years wrestling experience must enter intermediate or higher division.

GENERAL RULES

ALL REFEREE DECISIONS ARE 100% FINAL; the referees are paid professionals that have many hours of training. They are to be respected at all times and will have a threat and pressure free environment. Formal complaints may be submitted at www.mmacgrappling.com and we will address them accordingly.

NO DISRESPECTING REFEREES OR TABLE WORKERS; we will be fully enforcing the zero tolerance rule for any disrespectful conduct in any shape or form by competitor, coach, parent or other in any way shape or form. Any abuse towards any staff member will result in disqualification and you and your group will be escorted off the premises by the security team.

COMPETITION AREA BOUNDARIES; if the competitors near the edge of the mats or their ring the referee will restart the competitors in the center of their ring.

NOTE: Takedowns finished off the mat will not be counted and could result in disqualification.

INJURY TIME; if either competitor is bleeding the match will be stopped immediately and you will have 3 minutes to stop the bleeding. It will be at the referees discretion whether you can continue. An injury of any form will result in time out for the referee to determine if competitor is able to continue. If competitor cannot continue because of a cut or an injury the match will be ended. Based on the referees decision a winner will be decided by forfeit or  disqualification based on who and what action caused the injury. (i.e. If no fault is assessed the competitor unable to continue will forfeit the match, or if the injury is caused by blatant disregard or infraction of the rules the competitor who caused the injury will be disqualified.

ATTACKING THE WINDPIPE; will not be tolerated in any way.

REFEREE STOPPAGE; if a competitor is in possible danger in any way shape or form the referee has the right to stop the match in an attempt to ensure the safety of the competitor.

WAYS TO WIN;

  • Submission (tapout by choke not attacking the windpipe directly. Arm, shoulder, wrist, leg, ankle or other locks, etc)
  • Points
  • Referee decision

TAPPING OUT (TAP OUT); is a submission or surrender and can be done with any part of the body, or verbally by own will or by involuntarily scream, cry, wince, yelp, or other involuntarily sounds the referee deems a sign of distress to avoid the possibility of physical injury and to insure the safety of all MMAC Grappling competitors.  *CRYING WILL BE COUNTED AS A VERBAL TAP*

KIDS DIVISIONS

  • No leg locks or manipulations of any kind
  • No knee locks or manipulations of any kind
  • No ankle locks or manipulations of any kind
  • No toe holds or manipulations of any kind
  • No compression locks allowed
  • No neck cranks or cervical locks
  • No crushes or wedges
  • No wrist locks
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging
  • No fish hooking
  • No manipulating the ears or nose
  • No small joint manipulation of the fingers or toes
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No attacking the groin
  • No slamming or spiking (properly executed take downs and throws are not considered slams)
  • No spiting
  • No hair pulling
  • No head butts
  • No knees or elbows to the body
  • No griping of t shirt,  shorts or other clothing of no-gi competitors
  • No slippery substances allowed

TEENS DIVISIONS

  • No knee locks or manipulations of any kind
  • No ankle locks or manipulations of any kind EXCEPT IN ADVANCED DIVISION STRAIGHT ANKLE LOCKS ONLY
  • No toe holds or manipulations of any kind
  • No compression locks allowed EXCEPT IN ADVANCED DIVISIONS
  • No neck cranks or cervical locks
  • No crushes or wedges EXCEPT IN ADVANCED DIVISIONS
  • No wrist locks EXCEPT IN ADVANCED DIVISIONS
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging
  • No fish hooking
  • No manipulating the ears or nose
  • No small joint manipulation of the fingers or toes
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No attacking the groin
  • No slamming or spiking (properly executed take downs and throws are not considered slams)
  • No spiting
  • No hair pulling
  • No head butts
  • No knees or elbows to the body
  • No griping of t shirt, shorts or other clothing of no-gi competitors
  • No slippery substances allowed

ADULTS NOVICE & BEGINNER RESTRICTIONS

  • No leg locks or manipulations of any kind
  • No knee locks or manipulations of any kind
  • No ankle locks or manipulations of any kind
  • No toe holds or manipulations of any kind
  • No neck cranks or cervical locks
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging
  • No fish hooking
  • No manipulating the ears or nose
  • No small joint manipulation of the fingers or toes
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No attacking the groin
  • No slamming or spiking (properly executed take downs and throws are not considered slams)
  • No spiting
  • No hair pulling
  • No head butts
  • No knees or elbows to the body
  • No griping of t shirt, shorts or other clothing of no-gi competitors
  • No slippery substances allowed

ADULTS INTERMEDIATE RESTRICTIONS

  • No heel hooks of any kind permitted
  • No neck cranks or cervical locks
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging
  • No fish hooking
  • No manipulating the ears or nose
  • No small joint manipulation of the fingers or toes
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No attacking the groin
  • No slamming or spiking (properly executed take downs and throws are not considered slams)
  • No spiting
  • No hair pulling
  • No head butts
  • No knees or elbows to the body
  • No griping of t shirt, shorts or other clothing of no-gi competitors
  • No slippery substances allowed

ADULTS ADVANCED RESTRICTIONS

  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging
  • No fish hooking
  • No manipulating the ears or nose
  • No small joint manipulation of the fingers or toes
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No attacking the groin
  • No slamming or spiking (properly executed take downs and throws are not considered slams)
  • No spiting
  • No hair pulling
  • No head butts
  • No knees or elbows to the body
  • No griping of t shirt, shorts or other clothing of no-gi competitors
  • No slippery substances allowed
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