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FIGHTING RULES

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Semi Contact Fighting Rules

1. Clothing and Outfit

1.1 Competitors:

The competitor must be dressed in a clean and appropriate outfit.

The competitors should be wearing a clean T-shirt with long Kickboxing trousers. At least the top half of the upper arm must be covered and sleeves maybe to the elbow.

The trousers must reach the feet and be open on the bottom. There should be no zip fasteners, pockets or buttons.

Traditional Karate GI or Tae kwon do uniforms are permitted. Every competitor must wear a belt, to let the “waistline” be noticeable. They may fight without such a belt if the waistline is clearly visible due to clearly recognisable colours such as white shirt and black trousers.

Competitors cannot wear any metal objects that may cause injuries to the opponent. Piercing, chains, watches or earrings are not allowed. Eyeglasses are forbidden; soft contact-lenses are possible but at the competitor own risk.

Athletes may wear badges of their respective clubs, associations or Sponsor. Names and slogans are permitted as long as they do not offend public decency.

Headbands, hairnets and scarves are not allowed since they may slip. Long hair must be tied together. This should be done with an elastic band. Hair grips are not allowed.

All competitors must wear:

  • Helmet;
  • Gum shield (mouth guard) - not football gum shield;
  • Open hands gloves (in USA called foam gloves) must have the fingers and thumbs enclosed;
  •  Safety kicks;
  • Groin protector (men and women) must be worn under the clothes;
  • Shin guard must be worn under the clothes; and
  • Chest protector for female juniors and adults.

Competitors, additionally, may wear:

  • Hand – bandages, maximum length 25 meters; though no tape on the fist or knuckles
  • Elbow and knee protectors
  • Chest protector for female and kids is recommended, if needed

1.2 Coaches:

The coach must wear appropriate clothing and sport shoes, which must be clean. He/she must behave in a disciplined manner. If the coach does not follow the referees’ instructions, his/her athlete may be penalised by a warning and, if necessary, even disqualified.


2. Weight Divisions

Weights Categories

Kids 8-12 years

Male Juniors 13-17 years

Female Juniors 13-17 years

Adult Men over 17 years

Adult Female Over 17 years

Feather

-25 KG

-

-

-57 KG

-

Light

-30 KG

-45 KG

-40 KG

-60 KG

-51 KG

Light Welter

-

-50 KG

-

-64 KG

-

Welter

-35 KG

-55 KG

-45 KG

-67 KG

-54 KG

Light Middle

-40 KG

-59 KG

-50 KG

-71 KG

-57 KG

Middle

-45 KG

-63 KG

-55 KG

-76 KG

-60 KG

Light Heavy

-50 KG

-67 KG

-60 KG

-81 KG

-63 KG

Cruiser

-

-71 KG

-

-86 KG

-

Heavy

+50 KG

+71 KG

+60 KG

-91 KG

+63 KG

Super Heavy

-

-

-

+91 KG

-

3.The Referee’s Power

1. The referee is the only person that can stop the bout.

2. The referee may if he/she wishes, have any, or all the officials in his area replaced.

3. The referee may deduct a point from a competitor leaving the fighting area 3 times in a bout.

4. The referee may disqualify a competitor for leaving the area on a 4th occasion during the same bout.

5. The referee may deduct a point from a competitor for dissension after he has been already warned

6. The referee may deduct a point from a competitor for dissension from his coach after he has been already warned

7. The referee may deduct a point from a competitor for serious unsportsmanlike behaviour by either himself or his coach.

8. The referee can disqualify a competitor if he does not turn up after he has been repeatedly called for his fight (usually one minute is allowed)

9. The referee can disqualify a competitor who turns up with improper safety equipment and can not replace it in the time allotted (usually one minute is allowed)

3.1 What Referee cannot do?

1. The referee cannot disqualify a competitor for any reason other than those stated in the chapter above.

2. The referee cannot at anytime impose, change or alter any of the rules.

3. The referee cannot overrule any score by a judge unless that score is a minority one. (However, if a rule has been broken that the judge is unaware of, then they may be overruled).

4. Beginning, Interruption and End of Fights

A contest is refereed by a main referee and two side-judges, which are always standing opposite to him. That says, the side-judges have to move during the fight and not stand on the same point.

4.1 Equipment Check:

First of all the side-judges have to check the competitors’ safety equipment. Each judge is responsible for the competitor at his end. He starts from the head to the toes. For women the chest protector and her groin protector are checked by asking. If in case of an injury the competitor was found not to have the correct protective equipment he/she will be disqualified immediately.

The judge is also responsible for the following; that the competitor has no Jewellery or metal and that the nails on toes are short. No glasses (spectacles) are allowed to be worn during a competition. There are no exceptions to this rule. This includes specially made unbreakable sports spectacles. Also no face shields on helmets. Soft contact-lenses are possible but at their own risk.

Groin protectors, shin guards (and chest protectors for female juniors and adults) must be worn under the clothes, chest protector for female kids recommended.

4.2 Start:

The main referee will take his place in the middle of the competitors, facing the official table. He must check that his side-judges are ready to start, that the timekeeper and scorekeeper are ready to begin and that the match doctor is by the referee table or close by in the hall. Finally he should keep an eye on the visual score cards, that they are not showing points or warning, except in a team competition.

After the command “shake hands “or “touch gloves “to the competitors he will start the match with the command “fight”.

4.3 Interruption:

If the main referee acknowledges a point scored by one of the competitors he has to raise up his hand IMMEDIATELY then he will stop the fight saying “stop” and both competitors will return to their starting position. The match time is still running!

The main referee will also quickly return to his starting position and show with his hand in the direction of the competitor who has scored. He must look for his side-judges, and in case of a majority decision he will give the points and announce the score.

After giving the point he should start the competition again with the command “fight”. The main referee should always keep an eye on the referee table, to be sure that the visual scoreboard shows the correct points and warnings.

Important note: when the side-judges are not showing the point by raising their hands before the main referee stopped the fight the only possible decision: no score. To raise up the hand or to show a point after the command “stop” is too late and illegal.

Apart from the referee, only the doctor / medic can stop a competition. The coach may throw in the towel for his competitor, when he wants to retire from the fight, or have his protective equipment adjusted. The referee has to stop the time if the competitor is outside of the area, for giving warnings, penalty points and additional 10 seconds penalty time, or when the equipment is not fitting well.

4.4 End of the Match:

The time of the fight is over when the timekeeper whistles or rings a bell.

The fight is over in any case, when the main referee stops the fight finally with the command “stop” and not earlier.

If there is a score in the time between the “end of time” and “end of fight” that score is valid.

He turns to the referee table, take one hand of both competitors and show the winner, announcing the final score.

5. Rules of Competition

5.1 Scoring Area:

Front, back and side of the head

Front and side of the body

Sweeps below mid calves

Every action must be controlled and well timed

Punch only a downed opponent within 3 seconds

The referee will count until 3 in his mind before calling stop. In the event of a competitor falling down to the floor the 3 second rule applies.

5.2 Prohibited Actions

Sweep and kick to knee and thigh (low kick)

Kick and punch to the groin

Kick and punch to the back of the body or to the top of the head

Scratching, biting, spitting, verbal attacks to the referees or his opponent

Kick and punch after stop called

Uncontrolled actions

Disappearing from the competition or opponent, leaving the fighting area or falling down to waist time

It is not usual to stop the time to give points, but the referee will stop time to give a warning or minus-point.

In Semi Contact competitions only one coach is allowed and he/she is to stay seated. If the coach feels there has been an infringement of the rules, he may indicate to the centre referee using the sign “T” - for time. At no time may the coach enter the fighting area. The referee may give a penalty point.

5.3 Semi Contact Techniques:

Permitted Techniques Illegal Techniques

Jab and Reverse Punch Inside Hand

Back Fist Spinning Back Fist

Ridge Hand Knife Hand

Front Kick Elbow Strike

Side Kick Throws

Spinning Back Kick Pushing With Arms

Roundhouse Kick Low Kick

Hook Kick Knee Buts

Crescent Kick Head Buts

Axe Kick Using Thighs

Sweep Spinning Sweep

6. Points and Scoring.

6.1 Points:

The correct definition of a score is when: a legal technique hits a legal target area, with reasonable power.

Also, the competitor scoring must remain on their feet. E.g. - the technique must be completed to score, unless the competitor is thrown or pushed to the floor.

Every clean and well controlled technique to a permitted target area and executed with light contact scores, according to the degree of difficulty, as follows:

All punches 1 point

Foot sweep 1 point (follow up is not allowed)

Kick to the body 2 points

Kick to the head 2 points

Jump kick to the body 2 points

Jump kick to the head 3 points

The difference of 10 points in elimination fights ends a fight by TKO. i.e. - 10 / 0 and 12 -/ 2

6.2Scoring:

The referees upon scoring will now count opinions not flags.

The scoring is done by the main referee following a majority system only.

When the referee or judges see a score they must indicateIMMEDIATELY. After each acknowledged technique the fight has to be stopped and the score announced. Points are awarded only by unanimous or majority decision of the referee and the judges (Score 3:0 or 2:1).

If there is no majority decision the only possible score is: no score.

The main referee must in any case show his own opinion; he can not give a score without raising up his own hand to show the point before he stops the competition, if there is no majority.

For instance: If just one judge gives a point, the second judge shows “saw nothing” or “no score" and the main referee did not raise up his hand BEFORE he stopped the fight, the only possible decision is no score.

Example : if two judges see a clash and give points for both competitors, but the third judge gives points to just one of the competitors the score is “ no score” or the referee has to give score for both. We are counting the opinions of the judges but not their “arms and fingers”, that says, the majority decide “clash” (2:1)

In case of a clash, where both competitors have scored, the referee gives one point to each competitor.

Important note: when the side-judges did not show the point by raising up their hands before the main referee stopped the fight the only possible decision: no score.

To raise up the hand or to show a point after the command “stop” is too late and illegal.

Exit rule: exit means the whole foot must be outside the competition area.

In case of an Exit: the attacking competitor must remain in the area to score if the defender steps out of the area the score is valid.

If the main referee is not sure about his judges, he has to stop time and ask his judges again, afterwards command “score” and that score is final. This situation should not be very often.

Referees and judges possible opinions which must be shown with clear hand signs:

Opinion: Sign:

1. Yes, I saw the points Raise up the hand and show the score

2. No, I saw nothing Both hands are crossed in front of the face

3. Yes, I saw the movement but there Both hands are crossed in front of the legs

was no score

4. Competitor stepped out of the area Point to the area line and moves the arm

5. Both competitors scored (clash) Raise up both hands and show all points

6. Illegal techniques Raise up the arm and circle the hand

Additional possible hand signs for the main referee to use:

To give a warning or a penalty point (minus point) to a competitor he must inform the competitor why he was penalised. He has to do this clearly and in an authoritative way.

First mention the foul and show the sign, whip your finger and say loud and clear: “NO”

Opinion: sign:

1. Contact too strong Punch the fist in his own hand

2. Legal technique to a forbidden area Show the forbidden area

3. Blind score Turn the body and strike a punch

4. Holding or grappling Hold his own arm and pull

5. Turning the body or run away Similar

6. Speaking during the fight Fingers and thumb open and close

In Semi-contact is no count.

Possible situations:

  • In the event of a strike that dazes an opponent the referee first of all has to stop the time, then he has to ask his judges “ what did you see, was there a foul or not?” If the majority decide for “foul” the referee will penalise the offender. If they decide on “accident” there is no penalty.
  • If one of the competitors is injured, it is only the doctor’s decision to stop the fight or the competitor himself or his coach wants to retire from the fight.
  • Referee can not decide how seriously a competitor is injured. Referee must call the doctor!
  • If one of the competitors is injured and the fight is over because of a foul, the innocent competitor is declared as winner. In case of an accident, the competitor with the highest number of points is declared winner. If a draw, the uninjured competitor is the winner.
  • If an athlete is out of condition, the referee will declare RSC, after discussion with his judges.

7. Warning and Penalty-Points

All infringements of the rules, depending on how serious they are, may or will result in warning, penalty (minus) point or even disqualification. Warnings will be carried throughout the match. Only team fights start again without warning from the fight before. Warnings for “Exit” will be kept separate from warnings for other offences.

It is up to the referee to give a minus-point instead of a warning, when in his opinion the violation was too tough. (Always falling down or wasting time)

If a competitor voluntary steps out of a fighting area or is refusing to fight the referee has the option, to add 10 seconds to the fight time. This is separate from other violations.

It is not usual to stop the time to give points.

The warnings and penalty (minus) points are given for using all illegal techniques or doing prohibited actions, as well as any illegal action from coaches.

The procedure for Warning is usually as follow:

1. First warning

2. Second warning

3. Third warning means first minus point

4. Second minus point means disqualification, the fight is over

The procedure for voluntary Exit is usually as follow:

1. First warning

2. Second warning

3. Third warning means the first minus point

4. Second minus point means disqualification, the fight is over

8. Competition Safety Rules

The attendance of a doctor is recommended, and a first-aid team is compulsory.

In the interest of health and safety of competitors at Kickboxing events, the doctor / first -aid team has the following responsibilities:

A medical examination in Semi Contact is recommended by the association, also an ambulance.

Competitors may only participate if they are completely healthy. Upon suspicion of illness a competitor must be examined by the doctor who will decide whether that competitor may participate or not.

The head referee will not permit any competitor with a head or leg bandage or anyone with a plaster on their head, arms or legs to compete.

Eyeglasses are forbidden; soft contact-lenses are possible but at the competitors own risk.

No local anaesthetics may be administrated immediately before or during a contest.

During any competition the doctor must remain at the fighting area near the timekeeper. Should the doctor not be present, the fight has to be discontinued until he returns.

The doctor / first - aid team may not leave the venue of a competition until the last contest has finished and after he has assured himself that no further medical attention is required.

Doctor / first - aid team decisions are in any case final decisions, and there can be no protest.

9. Protests and alteration of decisions

The scoring of the referee and judges is final

Protests against the decisions of a referee or judge can only be accepted in the event that the competition rules have not been correctly applied.

A judge’s verdict, given at the conclusion of any match shall be binding and may be altered only in the event that the Head Referee deems that one of the following circumstances has occurred:

A conspiracy has taken place or an illegal agreement has been entered into to affect the result of the match.

A clear violation of the rules and regulations of the LFKS, directly affecting the outcome of the match, has been perpetrated.

Protests shall be directed to the Head Referee and shall state the reason in a proper manner for the complaint along with any supporting evidence that a wrong decision has been made. The protest must be accompanied by a processing fee of 50,000 LBP Fee will be returned if the protest is found to be valid.

The Head Referee will decide on the protest after hearing evidence from the protesting side and the referees concerned. (Video will not be accepted). His/her decision is final.

A protest against a doctor’s decision is not possible.

Light Contact Fighting Rules

1. Weight Categories

Weights Categories

Kids 8-12 years

Male Juniors 13-17 years

Female Juniors 13-17 years

Adult Men over 17 years

Adult Female Over 17 years

Feather

-

-

-

-57 KG

-

Light

-30 KG

-45 KG

-40 KG

-60 KG

-51 KG

Light Welter

-

-50 KG

-

-64 KG

-

Welter

-35 KG

-55 KG

-45 KG

-67 KG

-54 KG

Light Middle

-40 KG

-59 KG

-50 KG

-71 KG

-57 KG

Middle

-45 KG

-63 KG

-55 KG

-76 KG

-60 KG

Light Heavy

-50 KG

-67 KG

-60 KG

-81 KG

-63 KG

Cruiser

-

-71 KG

-

-86 KG

-

Heavy

+50 KG

+71 KG

+60 KG

-91 KG

+63 KG

Super Heavy

-

-

-

+91 KG

-

2. Rounds

The competitors must be in good physical shape and have a good sportsmanlike attitude.

The competitors must be well groomed and presentable. The nails of hands and feet must be cut short. The hair must be short or freshly washed. Male competitors with hair of a length that could pose a problem during the fight (i.e. shoulder length or more), must follow the rules concerning long hair those apply to female competitors.

In light Contact division Eliminations and finals for kids and juniors are 1 X 2 minutes round.

For Adults 2 X 2 minutes round

In all other divisions all preliminary matches at any kind of championships (men and women) may be conducted over 3 rounds of 2 minutes. There is a break of 1 minute duration between rounds.

In all other divisions all final matches in any kind of championships (men and women) may be conducted over 3 rounds of 2 minutes. There is a break of 1 minute duration between rounds.

No match featuring kids, junior male and junior female competitors may go over more than 3 rounds of 2 minutes.

No match featuring male and female amateur competitors may go over more than 5 rounds of 2 minutes.

3. Rules of Conduct Inside and Outside Of the Ring

It is the duty of every competitor to show fair play in the ring. Should a competitor not be ready to continue the match, because his/her safety equipment is not working properly or for other reasons, he shall retreat one-step and raise one arm.

Should a competitor be sent down for the count or in any other way be incapacitated, his/her opponent shall immediately retreat to the nearest neutral corner and wait for the referee to signal that the match can proceed again.

When a competitor receives a warning or a reprimand from the referee, he/she must bow in the direction of the referee to indicate that he/she has understood the reason why.

At the conclusion of the fight the competitors shall approach the referee, standing in the centre of the ring, and there, one on each side of the referee, await the speaker’s announcement of the verdict. The referee then raises the arm of the winner.

After the fight the competitors salute each other and the opponent’s seconds, after which both competitors bow to the referee in recognition of his/her efforts.

Violation of LFKS rules and regulations, or infringements of the unwritten laws of good sportsmanship and fair play may lead to a warning or disqualification for a shorter or longer duration of time, depending on the seriousness of the violation or infringement.

3. 1 The Competitor

All competitors shall be clean and proper. It is the sole prerogative of the LFKS to decide whether facial hair (moustaches, sideburns, beards or a combination of these) or the length of the hair poses a safety hazard to the competitors or an obstacle to the unhindered observation of the match.

Excessive use of grease or similar substances is prohibited.

The referee can insist that such facial hair be removed, or in the case of long hair, be contained by a net, and that Vaseline, grease or any other similar substances be removed before the fight can start or proceed.

3.2 The Competitor’s Equipment

All competitors must be equipped in all divisions with approved safety equipment in the form of padded protectors:

1. Individually fitted breast-protector for women only for female juniors over 10 years

2. Individually fitted groin-protector for all juniors, men and women

3. Foot protectors

4. Shin protectors

5. Individually fitted head-protector (helmet); the top of the head must be protected too, open helmets are forbidden

6. Individually fitted tooth-protector (gum shield)

7. Hand-bandages max. 2.5 meters

8. Gloves 10 OZ in all weight categories for seniors

9. Gloves kids and juniors 10 OZ

Bandages of soft elasticised material no more than 2 inches (5.08 cm) wide must protect the hands of the competitors. Adhesive plaster may be applied directly to the skin in such a manner that it protects the part of the hand closest to the wrist. Its direct application may not exceed 1 (one) unbroken winding on the hand, although it is permitted that the plaster cross the back of the hand 2 (two) times, and it may not be placed higher on the hand than at a distance of 1 (one) inch (2.54 cm) from the knuckles when the hand is made into a fist.

Over this a layer of elasticised bandage is applied, held in place by self-adhesive plaster. The bandages must be approved by the referee or by the tournament director.

All competitors with long hair may wear approved hair bands or –holders without any metal and must do so if the hair is long enough to pose a safety hazard or could hinder the observation of the fight.

4. Scores and Points in Light Contact

In Light-Contact knock-outs are not allowed.

Decisions shall be made after the following guidelines:

4.1 Victory on points (P)

When neither competitor dominates the other and a round is even: 10:10 points. Following this points are added to or subtracted from each competitor’s score according to the number of points they have been noted for by the referee.

The winning competitor of a round gets 10 points, his/her opponent 9 points.

If an official warning was given because of a “foul”, the judges shall immediately award the other competitor with two “clicks”, just like for one successful kick to the head. If a competitor has got a “second warning” because of a foul no point is to be deducted but the judges shall immediately award the other competitor with three “clicks”, like for a successful jumping kick to the head. The judges shall always mark there warnings with the letter W (for warning) under “fouls” on the scorecard to indicate that the competitor has received a warning.

If an official minus point was given because of a “foul” and not just a warning, each judge must deduct 1 point from the scorecard of the involved competitor, immediately when the round is over. (i.e. 10:9) The judges shall always mark these points with the letter M (for minus point) under “fouls” on the scorecard to indicate that the competitor has received a minus point.

If a second official minus point was given in the same round, each judge must deduct 2 points from the score of the involved competitor, immediately when the round is over. (i.e. 10:8) In case of a third official minus point in that match the fight is immediately over by disqualification.

In case of bad physical condition a standing count is allowed to give the competitor time to recover, but each judge must deduct 1 point from the score, immediately when the round is over. (i.e. 10:9) The judges shall always mark this counting with the letter C (for counting) under “KD” in the scorecard to indicate that the competitor has received a standing count.

If he/she gets counted because of a foul (i.e. strong hit), no point is to be deducted but in that case the opponent must get penalised with a minus point. In the event of a strike that dazes an opponent, the referee first of all has to stop the time, than he has to ask his judges “ Was there a foul or not?”. If the majority of judges decide for “foul”, the referee will penalise the offender. If they decide on “accident” there is no penalisation and no count.

A score with less than 8 points can only happen, if the judges give a 10:8 score for the round and points was deducted too. At the conclusion of the match all rounds are added up to the final score (i.e. 30:27) and the competitor with more points on the scorecards shall be declared the winner.

Should a judge observe a violation that has apparently escaped the notice of the referee, and if he/she subsequently imposes a reasonable sanction upon the competitor committing the violation, he/she shall indicate that he has done just that by marking the points of the violating competitor with the letter J (for judges minus) and in writing state his/her reasons for the sanction.

In Light-Contact the referee should always keep an eye on controlled attacking!

All techniques must be executed with good control, Light-Contact is obligatory!

Minus points or disqualifications are given according to the following guidelines:

For all illegal techniques (fouls) or for strikes, punches or kicks executed without proper control and restraint, the referee shall give warnings and minus points.

If a competitor executes a technique which sends the opponent down for the count the referee shall give a minus point or disqualify the competitor.

If a competitor shows excessive aggression or bad conduct in the ring, the referee shall give a minus point or disqualify the competitor.

This fighting system allows the competitors to compete in the discipline Light Contact with no risk of serious injury under safety rules, which takes into consideration both juniors and seniors of both sexes.

4.2 Legal techniques:

1. All forms of boxing combined with kicks to the body and the head with controlled contact.

2. All types of foot sweeps performed with the inside of the foot.

3. Rear or reverse kicks to the body with controlled contact.

4.3 Warnings and minus points:

In case of a serious violation of the following points the referee shall stop the fight with the command “Stop” and issue a warning. The warning shall be issued clearly and in such a manner that the competitor in question understands the reason for the warning. The referee shall point his/her hand clearly to indicate which competitor has received the warning. Following a warning the referee shall let the match proceed by commanding “Fight”.

Should a competitor receive 3 warnings in one match, he/she gets immediately penalised, simultaneously with the first minus point (penalty point),

It is up to the referee to give a minus-point instead of a warning, when in his/her opinion the violation was too excessive. The time is stopped to give warnings or minus-points.

The warnings and penalty (minus) points are given for using all illegal techniques or doing prohibited actions, also for the coach.

4.4 Illegal techniques (fouls):

· Any kind of too strong (excessive) contact.

· Any strike, blow, punch or kick which is executed without restraint and control.

· All kicks to the knees.

· All strikes, blows, punches and kicks to the back and to the back of the neck.

· All types and forms of throwing (excluding foot sweep).

· All types of clinching (holding the opponent).

· Any form of butting with the head.

· Any type of strikes and blows with the elbows.

· Foot sweeps with the contact point being above the ankle knuckle.

· Any type of attack against the joints.

· Any type of kicks to the groin.

· Any form or type of kicks with the heel or the shin against the head.

· Any form or type of kicks with the shins against the thighs.

· Pushing with the gloves and all forms of biting

· All strikes, blows and punches executed with the palm side of the gloves.

· Any type of aggressive behaviour.

· Any kind of throws.

· No hook and uppercut for kids in light contact.

· When the fight is conducted on a matted area, warning can only be given for exits when the competitor intentionally steps out.

5. Protests and Alteration of Decisions

The scoring of the referee and judges is final.

Protests against the decisions of a referee or judge can only be accepted in the event that the competition rules have not been correctly applied.

A judge’s verdict, given at the conclusion of any match shall be binding and may be altered only in the event that the Head Referee deems that one of the following circumstances has occurred:

A conspiracy has taken place or an illegal agreement has been entered into to affect the result of the match.

The addition of the scorecards is faulty; one judge has mixed up the corners, resulting in the victory being given to the wrong competitor.

A clear violation of the rules and regulations of the LFKS, directly affecting the outcome of the match, has been perpetrated.

Protests shall be directed to the Head Referee and shall state the reason in a proper manner for the complaint along with any supporting evidence that a wrong decision has been made. The protest must be accompanied by a processing fee of 50,000 LBP which will be returned if the protest is found to be valid.

The Head Referee will decide on the protest after hearing evidence from the protesting side and the referees concerned. (Video will not be accepted). His/her decision is final.

A protest against a doctor’s decision is impossible.

 

Full Contact & Low Kicks Fighting Rules

1. Weight Categories:

Weights Categories

Adult Men over 17 years

Adult Female Over 17 years

Feather

-57 KG

Light

-60 KG

-51 KG

Light Welter

-64 KG

Welter

-67 KG

-54 KG

Light Middle

-71 KG

-57 KG

Middle

-76 KG

-60 KG

Light Heavy

-81 KG

-63 KG

Cruiser

-86 KG

Heavy

-91 KG

+63 KG

Super Heavy

+91 KG

2. Physical Examination and Doping

All competitors must submit to a physical examination by the designated attending physician.

The attendance of a doctor (physician) in Full-Contact & Low-Kick is obligatory, a first-aid team only is not enough!

The official physician, who mandatory attends every match, is the final authority in questions of the safety of the competitors, and he or she may at any time stop or terminate a match at his or her discretion.

Every match must be supervised by an approved doctor (physician). All directions and/or orders from the attending physician must be immediately complied with. The attending physician must be qualified as a general practitioner.

.No match may start or proceed before the attending physician is in place, and the physician may not leave his/her place prior to the decision in the last match.

The attending physician shall be ready to assist if a serious emergency arises, and to administer first aid in the event of less serious injuries.

The doctor has the right, to interrupt or stop a contest by ringing the bell or calling “stop“ to the referee, if he/she thinks a competitor is in danger and the referee has not stopped the fight. He/she is also responsible to decide when a referee calls him/her in case of an injured competitor.

Nobody may attempt to aid a competitor during a round before the attending physician has had the opportunity to see the injured competitor. If the doctor enters the ring or he/she must examine the presumed injury, the fight is over and the judges have to finish the point sheets (point cards). The result is “won by TKO” or “Disqualification” by unanimous or majority decision. Doctors’ decisions are in any case final decisions.

3. Age Limits and Rounds

The competitors must be in good physical shape and have a good sportsmanlike attitude.

The competitors must be well groomed and presentable. The nails of hands and feet must be cut short. The hair must be short or freshly washed. Male competitors with hair of a length that could pose a problem during the fight (i.e. shoulder length or more), must follow the rules concerning long hair those apply to female competitors.

Kids and juniors are only allowed to fight in Light-Contact and explicitly not in Full-Contact or Low Kicks.

In Full Contact & Low Kicks, all preliminary matches at any kind of championships (men and women) may be conducted over 3 rounds of 2 minutes. There is a break of 1 minute duration between rounds.

No match featuring male and female amateur competitors may go over more than 5 rounds of 2 minutes.

4. Rules of Conduct Inside and Outside Of the Ring

It is the duty of every competitor to show fair play in the ring. Should a competitor not be ready to continue the match, because his/her safety equipment is not working properly or for other reasons, he shall retreat one step and raise one arm.

Should a competitor be sent down for the count or in any other way be incapacitated, his/her opponent shall immediately retreat to the nearest neutral corner and wait for the referee to signal that the match can proceed again.

When a competitor receives a warning or a reprimand from the referee, he/she must bow in the direction of the referee to indicate that he/she has understood the reason why.

At the conclusion of the fight the competitors shall approach the referee, standing in the centre of the ring, and there, one on each side of the referee, await the speaker’s announcement of the verdict. The referee then raises the arm of the winner.

After the fight the competitors salute each other and the opponent’s seconds, after which both competitors bow to the referee in recognition of his/her efforts.

Violation of LFKS rules and regulations, or infringements of the unwritten laws of good sportsmanship and fair play may lead to a warning or disqualification for a shorter or longer duration of time, depending on the seriousness of the violation or infringement.

4.1 The Competitor

All competitors shall be clean and proper. It is the sole prerogative of the LFKS to decide whether facial hair (moustaches, sideburns, beards or a combination of these) or the length of the hair poses a safety hazard to the competitors or an obstacle to the unhindered observation of the match.

Excessive use of grease or similar substances is prohibited.

The referee can insist that such facial hair be removed, or in the case of long hair, be contained by a net, and that Vaseline, grease or any other similar substances be removed before the fight can start or proceed.

4.2 The Competitor’s Equipment

All competitors must be equipped in all divisions with approved safety equipment in the form of padded protectors:

1. Individually fitted breast-protector for women only

2. Individually fitted groin-protector for men and women

3. Foot protectors

4. Shin protectors in Full-Contact

5. Shin guards are voluntary in Low Kicks

6. Individually fitted head-protector (helmet); the top of the head must be protected too, open helmets are forbidden

7. Individually fitted tooth-protector (gum shield)

8. Hand-bandages max. 2.5 meters

9. Gloves 10 OZ in all weight categories for seniors

The competitors have the responsibility of bringing their own personal equipment.

Bandages of soft elasticised material no more than 2 inches (5.08 cm) wide must protect the hands of the competitors. Adhesive plaster may be applied directly to the skin in such a manner that it protects the part of the hand closest to the wrist. Its direct application may not exceed 1 (one) unbroken winding on the hand, although it is permitted that the plaster cross the back of the hand 2 (two) times, and it may not be placed higher on the hand than at a distance of 1 (one) inch (2.54 cm) from the knuckles when the hand is made into a fist.

Over this a layer of elasticised bandage is applied, held in place by self-adhesive plaster. The bandages must be approved by the referee or by the tournament director.

All competitors with long hair may wear approved hair bands or –holders without any metal and must do so if the hair is long enough to pose a safety hazard or could hinder the observation of the fight.

5. Competitor & Coaches

No competitor may participate in any match without an up-to-date Fight-Book with official LFKS license stamp. Officials shall verify that competitors compete in their proper weight classes.

After having signed a professional contract and having fought as a professional it is no longer possible to revert to amateur status.

The coach may give up on behalf of his/her competitor if he/she deems it irresponsible to let the fight continue. This is indicated by the second throwing a white towel into the ring.

Prior to every tournament the head referee shall call a meeting with all the judges, referees and coaches to clear up any questions about rules, regulations and the general proceedings of the tournament. No rules can be changed during this meeting.

Coaches shall support and advise their competitors during the intermission between rounds. Each competitor may have 2 seconds and only one of these may enter the ring at any time.

During the rounds, neither of the coaches may enter the ring, hinder nor disturb the proper proceeding of the fight. Coaches shall comply with all directions by the referee. Prior to each round the coaches must remove buckets, stools, towels and the like from the ring, and if necessary wipe the floor clean of spilt water. The seconds shall have at their disposal a towel, a sponge, water and grease for the competitor.

During the rounds the coaches may give advice (only in a proper manner) help or in any way encourage the competitor. Should a coach violate this rule, the referee can issue a warning, expel the second, or disqualify the competitor.

A coach who has been expelled may not function as coach in the remaining part of the tournament.

A match starts when the referee gives the command “fight” to begin the first round, and it finishes when the Referee stops the fight in the last round. Only the competitors and the referee may be present in the ring during the match. If any other person enters the ring, the fight is immediately over and cannot continue again.

6. Matches in Full-Contact & Low Kicks

6.1 Legal techniques are as follow:

Full-Contact

1. All forms of boxing in combination with kicks above the waist to the body and the head.

2. Rear (reverse) kicks to the body or the head, spinning back kicks to the body and to the head with full contact to knock out the opponent, also foot sweeps, are permitted.

Additional in Low Kicks:

1. Low kicks to the thighs, inside and outside

Warnings and minus-points

In case of a serious violation of the following points the referee shall stop the fight with the command “Stop” and issue a warning. The warning shall be issued clearly and in such a manner that the competitor in question understands the reason for the warning. The referee shall clearly indicate which competitor has received the warning by pointing his hand. If a competitor has got a “warning” because of a foul no point is to be deducted but the judges shall immediately award the other competitor with one “click”, like for one successful punch. If a competitor has got a “second warning” because of a foul no point is to be deducted but the judges shall immediately award the other competitor with two “clicks”, like for a successful kick to the head. Following a warning the referee shall let the match proceed by commanding “Fight“. Should a competitor receive 3 warnings in one match, immediately he/she gets penalised simultaneously with the first minus point (penalty point) and one point must be deducted by the judges. After three minus points in a match, he/she shall immediately be disqualified simultaneously with the last minus point being issued.

The warnings and penalty (minus) points are given for using any illegal technique or doing prohibited actions, also for violations by coach.

6.2 Illegal techniques (fouls) in:

Low Kicks:

· All forms of biting are prohibited

· All strikes, blows and punches executed with the palm side of the gloves are prohibited

· All kicks to the back and the back of the neck are prohibited

· Any form of butting with the head is prohibited

· All attacks (strikes, punches, kicks) against the joints are prohibited

· Kicks to the groin are prohibited

· Attacking a downed opponent or an opponent who touches the floor with his /her gloves is prohibited

· Spitting out one’s tooth protector (gum-shield) is prohibited

· Any kind of throwing above the waistline

· Holding the opponent’s leg while executing striking or punching techniques

· Holding the ropes and attacking an opponent, also in clinching situations

· Any form of throwing (excluding foot sweeps) is prohibited

· Any form of clinching or holding the opponent is prohibited

· All types of strikes with the elbows are prohibited

· Any form of kicking with the knees is prohibited

Additional in Full-Contact

All kicks against the thighs or under the waistline are prohibited, excluding foot sweep.

7. Amateur Division Scoring Rules

The Amateur Division’s scoring rules in matches have 10 points as the maximum score and 6 points as a minimum score. The use of “clickers” - point adding machines - is recommended.

The points are awarded the competitors by the judges during each round. Points are given for clean hits according to the following directions:

    • Any legal strike or punch to the body or to the head, to a legal area. 1 point
    • Any legal foot sweep if the opponent is downed 1 point
    • Any legal kick to the body, to a legal area 2 points
    • Any legal kick to the head, to a legal area 2 point
    • Any legal jumping kicks to the body. 2 points
    • Any legal jumping kicks to the head. 3 points

The judges shall base their evaluation of the fight on the following guidelines:

1. Best technique

2. Effective parries and counterattacks

3. Best combinations

4. Effective parries

5. Fighting spirit and initiative

6. Good sportsmanship and fair play

7. Number of points scored

8. Number of minus points and knock downs

To score points all effective legal kicks or punches must hit directly without being blocked or parried on any legal area. For punches and blows the technique must be delivered with the striking zone of the closed glove.

8. Scoring and Points in Full-Contact & Low Kicks

Decisions shall be made after the following guidelines:

8.1 Victory on points (P)

When neither competitor dominates the other and a round is even: 10:10 points. Following this points are added to or subtracted from each competitor’s score according to the number of points they have been noted for by the referee.

The winning competitor of a round gets 10 Points, his/her opponent 9 points.

If an official warning was given because of a “foul”, the judges shall immediately award the other competitor with one “click”, just like for one successful punch. The judges shall always mark these warnings with the letter W (for warning) under “fouls” on the scorecard to indicate that the competitor has received a warning.

If an official minus point was given because of a “foul” and not just a warning, each judge must deduct 1 point from the scorecard of the involved competitor, immediately when the round is over. (i.e. 10:9) The judges shall always mark these points with the letter M (for minus point) under “fouls” on the scorecard to indicate that the competitor has received a minus point. If a second official minus point was given in the same round, each judge must deduct 2 points from the score of the involved competitor, immediately when the round is over.(i.e.10:8)

In case of a third official minus point in that match the competition is over immediately by disqualification.

If a competitor gets knocked down, each judge must deduct 1 point from the scorecard, immediately when the round is over (i.e. 10:9). The judges shall always mark this knockdown with the letter K (for knockdown) under “KD” in the scorecard to indicate that the competitor has received a knockdown.

A score with less than 8 points can only happen if the judge gives a 10:8 score for the round and points were deducted too.

At the conclusion of the match all rounds are added up to the final score (i.e. 30:27) and the competitor with more points on the scorecards shall be declared the winner.

Should a judge observe a violation that has apparently escaped the notice of the referee, and if he/she subsequently imposes a reasonable sanction upon the competitor committing the violation, he/she shall indicate that he/she has done just that by marking the points of the violating competitor with the letter J (for judge’s minus) and in writing state his/her reasons for the sanction.

8.2 Victory by attending physician stopping contest or injury

The attending physician is the supreme authority in questions relating to the safety of the competitors, and may demand that the match be stopped.

If one of the competitors is injured, it requires only the doctor’s decision to stop the fight. Also the competitor him/herself or his/her coach may retire from the fight.

The attending physician may stop any match regardless of it being a World or European Championship or any other important match. Should the attending physician wish to stop a match to examine a competitor, he/she must first inform the referee.

The referee then stops the match until the physician has examined the competitor but only to decide if the fight can continue or not. This examination must take place in the ring and have duration of not more than one minute and any kind of treatment of the competitor is explicitly forbidden. Should this time not be sufficient, the referee shall stop the match and declare the opponent the winner.

If one of the competitors is injured and the fight is over because of a foul the innocent competitor is declared the winner. In case of an accident the judges have to finish their scorecards and the competitor with the highest number of points is declared the winner. If both competitors are injured or knocked-out simultaneously, and neither is able to continue the match, the judges shall add up each competitor’s points up to the time the fight was stopped, and the competitor leading on points shall be declared the winner.

Should this situation occur in the first round the match shall be declared “no contest” and no winner is declared.

8.3 Giving up (AB)

In cases where a competitor voluntarily gives up because of injuries or for any other reason, or if he or she does not resume fighting immediately after the intermission between rounds, the opponent shall be declared the winner. In these cases the second shall throw a white towel into the ring to signal that his/her competitor gives up.

8.4 Victory by referee stopping contest (RSC)

The referee may stop a match if a competitor is clearly outmatched or if he/she is a hazard to his/her own safety after the following guidelines:

If a competitor in the judgement of the referee is clearly overmatched and will face unnecessary punishment in the ring should the match be allowed to go on.

If a competitor in the judgement of the referee is unable to continue the match due to injuries or for any other physical reasons, the referee must stop the match and call the official match doctor to the ring.

No referee can decide how seriously a competitor is injured; He/She must call the doctor!

8.5 No contest (NC)

The referee before the prescribed time due to circumstances beyond the control of the competitors or the referee may stop a match:

1. The referee has to stop the match before the first round has finished.

2. The safety equipment of the ring has been damaged.

3. The ring is unsafe for use.

4. The lighting over the ring is failing

5. Weather conditions force the referee to stop the match.

Under such circumstances the match shall be stopped and a “no contest” no winner is declared.

8.6 Victory by walk-over (WO)

If one competitor is present in the ring and ready to fight and his/her opponent fails to show after his/her name has been called over the loudspeaker, the referee shall signal the referee’s table to start with the running of 2 minutes. If the opponent has not entered the ring within a time limit of 2 minute, the timekeeper shall strike the gong to signal that the match has been stopped. The referee shall then announce the competitor who was first in the ring and declare him/her the winner by “walk-over“.

The judges shall note this on their scorecards, which are then collected. The judges shall then summon the competitor who has won on walk-over to the centre of the ring, and thereafter the announcement of the decision, raise his/her hand and declare him/her the winner.

9. Protests and Alteration of Decisions

The scoring of the referee and judges is final.

Protests against the decisions of a referee or judge can only be accepted in the event that the competition rules have not been correctly applied.

A judge’s verdict, given at the conclusion of any match shall be binding and may be altered only in the event that the Head Referee deems that one of the following circumstances has occurred:

A conspiracy has taken place or an illegal agreement has been entered into to affect the result of the match.

The addition of the scorecards is faulty; one judge has mixed up the corners, resulting in the victory being given to the wrong competitor.

A clear violation of the rules and regulations of the LFKS, directly affecting the outcome of the match, has been perpetrated.

Protests shall be directed to the Head Referee and shall state the reason in a proper manner for the complaint along with any supporting evidence that a wrong decision has been made. The protest must be accompanied by a processing fee of 50,000 LBP which will be returned if the protest is found to be valid.

The Head Referee will decide on the protest after hearing evidence from the protesting side and the referees concerned. (Video will not be accepted). His/her decision is final.

A protest against a doctor’s decision is impossible.