It is the official ring referee's duty to determine and announce all submissions, knockouts, technical knockouts, or other bout stoppages. If there is no submission, knockout, technical knockout, or
stoppage by a referee, cornerman, fighter, etc., by the conclusion of the bouts time limit, then the (3) three ringside judges shall determine the bout winner.
Under no circumstances may a certified Official fraternize, cheer on, congratulate, or discuss the potential outcome, actual outcome of any match in a manner that may indicate potential favoritism. If it
is determined that an official has violated this rule, the official in question, will be brought up for review and subsequently may loose the privilege of officiating at any events in the future.
All officials are assigned by the CSC office for each event. Considerations are relative location to the venue, experience level, availability, and potential conflicts. A certification does not guarantee the
ability to participate at any event.
As of 06/29/2009, NO Officials are allowed to consume alcohol during the event, Smoking is also prohibited at Cage side during the matches.
501.00 Requirements for Certification
All Officials working any event sanctioned by CSC are required to attend a training session and pass a written examination prior to any scheduled event in which they are to work in that capacity.
Each potential Official must complete an application, supply three personal references, three sport related references, 2 (two) 2x2 inch passport type photographs, be able to attend and participate in one 8
(eight) hour training and testing class.
A certified identification card will be issued to those listed on our eligibility roster.
Any official that violates the code of conduct or rules of CSC will be brought before the review board immediately for disciplinary actions and possible expulsion.
502.00 Required Personnel for an Event
All events must have the following personnel present at all times.
All Officials are directly certified, trained, approved and/ or appointed by the sanctioning body.
1 (one) Representative
1 (one) Lead Referee
1 (one) Second Referee - Optional
3 (three) Judges
1 (one) Timekeeper / Scorekeeper
1 (one) Medical Doctor
2 (two) EMT’s
1 (one) Ambulance
Security, fight coordinators, production assistance, media relations, announcers, logistical support, concessions, or other specialties are available and must be pre-scheduled for attendance. Otherwise,
these areas are to be covered by the promotional staff on-site.
It is the responsibility of the event Representative to record all historically relevant events, statistics, and to assist the promoter with concerns regarding the event.
All administrative duties, filings, insurance information, and forms are completed and coordinated through the representative.
The Scorekeeper has the responsibility of calculating and recording the judges scores from each contest, subtracting any point deductions, recording the official time and reporting the results to the event
representative. The timekeeper may be assigned this duty.
All Physicians must be an MD. or a DO. in order to work as a Physician.
Physician is to be at cage side for all active matches and cannot leave until the completion of the final match.
521.00 EMT/ Ambulance
Ambulance equipped with ALS(Advanced Life Saver) equipment and also with 2 Paramedics must be on scene during all matches.
A registered, trained, and certified Referee will be appointed for all events.
The Referee Will oversee the entire match from within the ring / cage in order to insure the safety of the fighters. If a fighter looks helpless and receives repeated blows but does not tap out or call out a
signal to quit or end the bout, he may be called "out" by the ring referee and the bout stopped if the referee feels it is necessary for the safety of the fighter in question.
If a fighter is knocked down to the ring floor by a strike, the bout may continue on the floor. If the downed fighter is unconscious upon contact to the ring floor, the official ring referee shall step between
the fighters for the safety of the downed fighter and stop the bout.
If the action of the bout has stalled and neither competitor is working aggressively to gain an advantage, the referee shall warn the competitors to accelerate the action or face a restart. If, after the
warning, the action remains stalled, the referee shall stop action and separate the competitors to their respective corners.
If a fighter drops his mouthpiece, the referee shall allow the fighter to replace the mouthpiece during a moment of non-contact between the two fighters. At that time, the referee shall return each fighter
to his corner in a standing position and restart the match.
Should a fighter in a non-dominate position, in the opinion of the referee, “spit out” his / her mouthpiece to circumvent his position, the referee has the authority to re-start the match from the same
position, after replacing the mouthpiece.
If a fighter drops his mouthpiece 3 times during the entire contest, he will be disqualified from the match and the victory awarded to his opponent.
If the referee wishes to examine a fighter with the doctor's assistance for any concern, the referee will stop action and separate the competitors to their respective corners. At that time, the referee shall
signal the timekeeper to stop the time. The referee will then signal the doctor to come into the fighting area to examine the athlete in question, and restart the match, if necessary. If so, the bout shall be
restarted with both fighters standing in their respective corners.
In the event that any equipment problems that threatens the safety of the fighters exists, the referee will have the action stopped for repair and the bout restarted, with both fighters standing in their
It is the official ring referee's duty to determine and announce all submissions, knockouts, bout stoppages, warnings, point deductions, and/or disqualifications.
Except as otherwise set forth herein, the referee shall alone determine whether and what warnings and/or point deductions are necessary, or whether disqualification is appropriate, for all rule infractions
and violations. In the event of a warning or point deduction, the referee shall stop time and separate the fighters, send each to his corner, indicate the penalty to each judge and scorekeeper, and then
restart the bout with both fighters standing.
531.00 Second Referee
Also known as an Exterior Referee, areas of responsibility are primarily on the exterior and entrance area of the fighting area.
All fighters must be inspected by the Second Referee prior to entering the fighting area.
All equipment is to be checked for safety. Gloves, hand tape, shorts, mouthpiece, protective cup, any braces, and the body for foreign substances.
Any violations must be corrected immediately or the fighter will not be allowed to proceed.
Prior to entering the fighting area, the Second Referee will witness the application of petroleum jelly to the brow, and eye orbits of each fighter, if they so choose. These are the only areas allowed to have
any substance on them.
When the round is set to begin, the Second Referee is to secure the door, and open it between rounds to allow seconds inside to tend to their fighter.
Between rounds, the Second referee is to watch one corner to insure that no foreign substances are applied to the fighter between rounds.
During the round, the Second Referee is to watch the corners to make sure they are within standards and make contact when they are not. A point deduction is possible if warranted and will be deducted
at the start of the next round, or prior to the final scoring of the bout.
Based on a Round-by-Round Scoring
LEVEL #1 CRITERIA~~EFFECTIVE DAMAGE
Winner of the round is first and foremost determined by the fighter who inflicts the most Physical Damage to his/her opponent(Strikes, Slams).
This is the Judge's first consideration in determining the score of the round. All other considerations such as the number of strikes thrown, takedowns, positional control, aggressiveness, etc. should be
disregarded or saved for later consideration if it is needed.
Positional control is irrelevant if the Fighter does not launch effective offense from the controlling position.
Near submissions are irrelevant(Almost only counts in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades)
Put yourself in the same shoes as the fighters!! Which of the two fighters in that round would you LEAST want to be?? That Fighter lost!!
If after Level #1, you cannot come to a decision on who has won the ROUND, you will now incorporate,
LEVEL #2 CRITERIA~~EFFECTIVE CONTROL
This is the Judge's second consideration in determining the score of the round, in the event that a conclusive victor cannot be determined based on the Level #1 Criteria of Effective Damage.
Ask yourself, Who dictated the flow and pace of the fight(Not the same as aggressiveness, counter fighters , Iyoto Machida)??
Who attained the most DOMINANT POSITIONS on the ground and on the feet(ie; Cornering opponent against fence)??
Who got the Takedowns??
Who got the Near Submissions??
If after Level #2, you cannot come to a decision on who won the round, you will now incorporate,
LEVEL #3~~EFFECTIVE AGGRESSIVENESS
This is the third and final consideration in determining the score of the round, in the event that a conclusive victor could not be determined on the preceding Levels, #1~EFFECTIVE DAMAGE and
Who was on Offense during the round and who was on Defense?? Who took the fight to who???
Which Fighter threw the most Strikes and went after the most Take Downs and Submissions??
If the fight is still inconclusive after all three levels of Criterion, Score the round a 10-10 Tie, or better yet, Flip a Coin!!!
SCORING THE ROUNDS:A REAL 10 POINT MUST SYSTEM FOR MMA
Possible Round Scores:
WINNING FIGHT MUST RECEIVE 10 POINTS
If no Penalty points are deducted during the round, there are only three possible Scores: 10-10, 10-9 and 10-8, Unless compounded with penalty points, a fighter cannot receive less than 8 points.
First, always score the round based on the action of the round before accounting for penalty point deductions.
If the Fighter who won the round based on the action of the round is deducted a penalty point during the course of the round, the Judges will make note and cancel out the losing Fighter's lost points in
that round. (ie; It is a 10-8 round, the winning Fighter of the round was deducted 1 point for an intentional foul. And then later in the round had another point taken for another foul. The Score now
becomes a 10-10 Round.)
Though very rare, it is possible to score a 10-10 round, this can occur in the event that the Judges felt that the round was a tie(discouraged, but, it happens), or in the event that the Fighter who clearly
won the round 10-9 based on the Action was deducted a Penalty Point during the round, cancelling out his opponent's lost point and evening the Round 10-10.
10-6 is the lowest numerically possible score that can be given for a round. This can occur when a Judge feels the round was a 10-8based on the action, compounded with the losing fighter being
deducted two Penalty Points during the round(Three Penalty Points results in Automatic Disqualification).
The vast majority of rounds are scored 10-9 rounds.
Under the 10 Point Must System, it is possible, though extremely rare, that a fighter can win the fight on the final score cards while losing the majority of the rounds.
This is not Boxing, a round that involves a knock down does not have to be scored a 10-8 round.
There are no set criteria for scoring a 10-8 round, it is entirely subjective!!!!
WHAT SHOULD CONSTITUTE A 10-8 ROUND??
Be very conservative in your frequency in scoring rounds 10-8, it is very difficult for the fighter who is scored 8 points during a round to win the fight even when he clearly wins the other two rounds.
A round is 10-8 when one Fighter completely and utterly DOMINATES his/her opponent.
Positional Dominance in not sufficient to give a round a 10-8 score, it has to be coupled with effective damage.
When the bell rings ending the round and you can say to yourself, "WOW, that fighter barely survived that round!!!", That is a 10-8 round!!!
In Mixed Martial Arts, striking nor grappling weighs any greater importance than any the other as related to scoring the round. Although a great defense is imperative to a successful contestant, there is no
point value for effective defense as related to scoring the round. One move cannot take an entire round away when the other fighter is winning.
540.00b Glove Masters
Glove Masters, Along with other Event Officials, are in charge of Watching Hand Wrapping, Inspecting Hand wraps and also placing Gloves on Fighters for their Bouts.
541.00 Mandatory Scoring
Each judge is to use the “ten point must” system. The fighter deemed to have effectively met the judges criteria for the victor of each round receives 10 (ten) points, the opponent receives 9 (nine) or less.
If there is no submission, or stoppage by the referee, cornerman, fighter, etc., by the conclusion of the scheduled time limit, the (3) three ringside judges must determine the winner of the contest.
This will be determined after the judge's scorecards have been counted by the on-site representative or scorekeeper which will determine the winner of the contest.
The types of judges' decisions are as follows:.
UNANIMOUS DECISION: Indicates that all 3 (three) judges awarded the same fighter the winner on points.
SPLIT DECISION: Indicates that 2 (two) judges scored the fight for one fighter and the other judge scored the fight
for the other fighter.
MAJORITY DECISION: Indicates that 2(two) judges scored the fight for one fighter and the other judge scored
the bout a draw.
TECHNICAL DECISION: 2 (two) of the three judges scored it a draw and the other judge scored for one of the fighters.
DRAW: Indicates that one judge had the fight for one fighter, one judge had the fight for the other fighter, and the third
judge had the fight even, or that all 3 (three) judges scored the bout even.
For championship bouts of a State Title or Higher, the bout can not end in a draw. Refer to Rule 1000.50, regarding Sudden Victory. All other bouts will be ruled a DRAW and recorded as such.
The primary responsibility of the timekeeper is to begin the clock for the start of each round, as initiated by the referee, including overtime rounds.
Start and stop the match clock for time stoppages as called by the referee.
To begin the contest, the referee will announce for the contests to begin, start the clock at that time.
The clock should only be stopped as directed by the referee after the initiation of the contest.
At 10 (ten) seconds prior to the end of each round, a signal should be given. Using the hammer, strike the table, or a whistle blast will be acceptable.
Signal the end of each round by the use of a bell, buzzer, or other available signal.
Again, at 10 (TEN) seconds prior to the beginning of the next round, signal by striking the hammer on the table or a whistle blast.
As indicated by the official clock, start the next round using the appropriate signal device, do not wait to start the round. If needed, the referee will call “TIME”, at which point, the timekeeper will
PAUSE the time, until a point that the referee calls for the action to begin.
Repeat these steps until the completion of the bout.
In the event of any stoppage by the referee, corner man, doctor, etc; the official time should be recorded on the timekeepers official time sheet and given to the on-site representative.
It is the responsibility of the Matchmaker to ensure that all contestants are in fact in amateur status and provide documentation.
Utilizing all available resources such as www.mixedmartialarts.com database is highly recommended, it is also the approved Database for all Amateur Mixed Martial Arts by the Association of Boxing
Commissions(ABC). If a fighter is not registered, the Matchmaker must complete the registration documentation.
In order to maintain consistency within the amateur sanctioning bodies, The CSC will accept qualifying information from other licensed sanctioning bodies registered in Missouri.
AS OF JAN 1, 2010. There will be no adding Fighters to the Card on the Day of the Event. Their name must be on the pre-approved Fighter List that the CSC Representative has in his or
her Possession. NO Fighters will be added after 5pm(if the weigh ins are on the day of the Event) the day before or after the Official Weigh Ins are completed the evening before the
scheduled Event. This is not only a safety issue, but it is also hard to check a fighters background if there was a possibility that they may have fought on another Fight Card the evening
before the scheduled Event mentioned. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE!!
561.00 Match Criteria
Every consideration must be given by the Matchmaker to insure that each contest is appropriately matched.
We recommend that no fighter be allowed to compete for a promotional title with less than 4 (four) Points.
Every attempt must be made to make every contest as fair and equitable as possible.
There are 3 (three) distinct experience levels and fighters should fight within their experience level;
Zero (0) to four and one half (4.5) points (rookie),
Five (5) to none and one half (9.5) points (intermediate),
and Ten (10) points or more (advanced).
No greater than a 3 (Three) point fight experience difference should be allowed between contestants, with the exception of those in the Ten (10) or more level.
Experience requirements for Regional or Sectional Title contestants should exceed 7 (Seven) Points.
Experience requirements to compete for the State Title, should exceed 7 (Seven) points at qualifying.
Experience requirements for National and International Title contestants should exceed 7 (seven) or more fights.
To assist in calculating a proper match between contestants; and in order to maintain our levels of competition; we will begin using a "point" system.
Each win will count as 1 (one) point, each loss will be .5 or half of a point (1/2).
eg; a fighter with a 1-4 record will have 3 points, placing them in the 0 - 4.5 bracket.
A fighter with a 6-1 record will have 6.5 points and be placed accordingly in the 5 to 9.5 bracket.
We must always attempt to keep fighters within their "bracket", but, when it is impossible, no more than a 3(three) point difference may occur, unless both fighters are in the over 10
When a contest is proposed to contestants, a response is required within 48 hours of your decline or acceptance. A signed agreement must accompany your decision and is a binding agreement with the
promoter and CSC. Using our form found HERE each fighter or fighters trainer, must return this form to the matchmaker within 48 hours of the proposal, via email. Conditions of
acceptance are included on the form and will be strictly adhered to.
In order to maintain our approach in fighter development, we will begin using a point system in order to qualify fighters in order for them to utilize knees as a LEGAL technique. Using
the following criteria, this provision may be made; BOTH fighters MUST be competing for a Regional Title or Higher, at this level, use of knees is automatic for both fighters.