Rules & Regulations

Authority of Referee
  1. The referee is the highest authority in a match.
  2. The referee ruling on the result of each match is incontestable.
  3. The ruling on the result of a match may only be changed under the following circumstances:
    • If the score on the board has been misread;
    • If the athlete declared winner submitted his/her opponent using an illegal hold previously unnoticed by the referee.
    • If the athlete has been disqualified erroneously for using a legitimate hold. In this case, if the match was interrupted and the athlete disqualified prior to the athlete under attack tapping out, the match shall be restarted at the center of the match area and the attacking athlete shall be awarded two points. In the event that the athlete under attack should tap out prior to the interruption and disqualification, the athlete performing the hold shall be declared the winner.
Referee Duties
  1. It is the referee’s duty to summon the athletes into the match area to initiate the match.
  2. It is the referee’s duty to do a final check to be sure requirements – such as attire, hygiene, etc. – are being met. Should an athlete not meet any of the requirements, it is the referee’s duty to determine whether the requirement can be met within a determined amount of time.
  3. It is the referee’s duty to position the athletes in the match area prior to the match.
    • Points awarded to the athlete on the referee’s right shall be signaled using the referee’s right arm, which is distinguished from the left arm by a green and yellow armband, indicating the points should be marked on the green and yellow section of the scoreboard.
    • Points awarded the athlete on the referee’s left shall be signaled using the referee’s left arm, which does not bear an armband, and the points will be marked on the uncolored section of the scoreboard.
  1. When an athlete taps twice with his/her hand on the opponent, ground, or his/herself in a clear and apparent manner.
  2. When the athlete taps the ground twice with his/her foot, when arms are trapped by opponent.
  3. When the athlete verbally withdraws, requesting the match be stopped.