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RULE SETS

Welcome to Battle Grappling, where we provide the ultimate platform for competitive and recreational grappling enthusiasts. Our passion for grappling continues to drive us in offering the highest level of competition. Our rulesets focus on fairness, sportsmanship and respect for all competitors. We welcome all skill levels and invite you to join us in pushing limits, challenging and testing our own abilities. See you on the mat!

Grappling Matches

Adult Beginner (White Belt) Matches:

Match Length: 6 minutes

Legal Submissions: All upper body submissions are legal, with only the straight achilles lock to the legs. No spinal locks, neck cranks, or slamming.
It is expected that if a competitor lifts their opponent off of their feet during a takedown they will attempt to turn them shoulder/back down to the mat. No spiking or throwing a competitor on their head. 


Adult Intermediate (Blue Belt) Matches:

Match Length: 8 minutes

Legal Submissions: All upper body submissions are legal. Knee bars, toe holds, and hip stretches (electric chair/banana split) are legal. No spinal locks, heel hooks, neck cranks, or slamming.
It is expected that if a competitor lifts their opponent off of their feet during a takedown they will attempt to turn them shoulder/back down to the mat. No spiking or throwing a competitor on their head. 

Adult Advanced (Purple/Brown/Black):

Match Length: 10 minutes

Legal Submissions: All submissions are legal. No slamming.
It is expected that if a competitor lifts their opponent off of their feet during a takedown they will attempt to turn them shoulder/back down to the mat. No spiking or throwing a competitor on their head. 

Penalties:

If there is no submission during regulation time the competitor with the fewest penalties is the winner. If both competitors have the same number of penalties the winner will be determined by judges decision.

  • Stalling – playing for a draw – not advancing position. The only exception is in the case of a 4 minute match.

  • Intentionally forcing the opponent off the mat.

  • Intentional escape from the mat to evade bad positioning.

  • Biting, grabbing hair, body hair, nose, or ears.

  • Attacking or pushing the groin or eyes.

  • Grabbing three or less fingers at one time.

  • Any competitor receiving 3 penalties in one match will lose the match by disqualification.

  • If the referee determines that an illegal act causes serious damage to the opponent, the competitor who committed the foul may be eliminated.

 

Quintet-Style Team Grappling Tournament

Team Composition:

Each team must be composed of one white belt, one blue belt, one purple belt, one brown belt, and one black belt. At least one competitor on each team must be a co-ed member (of a different gender than their teammates). 

4-Team Single Elimination Bracket:

The match begins with a bout between two fighters, one from each team. The winner fights the next fighter from the opposing team. The winner of each match moves on to the next competitor from the opposing team until they lose or have no more available opponents.
A draw means both competitors are eliminated. If the last competitor from a team is eliminated (by any means), the team is eliminated. In the case that both teams are down to their final competitor with the match resulting in a draw, the winner will be the competitor with the fewest penalties in the final match.
In the case that both competitors have the same number of penalties in the final match, the winning team will be determined by whichever team had the fewest cumulative penalties throughout all of the bouts.
If both teams have the same number of penalties the match winner will be determined by the referee's decision based solely on the final match.

Competitor order:
The competitors from each team will be determined by weigh-in weight, from smallest to largest. 

Match Length:
4/8 minutes - All matches are 8 minutes in length. If there is a 20 pound or more weight difference between the competitors the smaller competitor may choose either a 4 minute round, or an 8 minute round.
 

Legal Submissions:
All upper body submissions are legal. Knee bars, toe holds, and hip stretches (electric chair/banana
split) are legal. No spinal locks, heel hooks, neck cranks, or slamming.
It is expected that if a competitor lifts their oppo
nent off of their feet during a takedown they will attempt to turn them shoulder/back down to the mat. 

Penalties:

  • Stalling – playing for a draw – not advancing position. 

  • Intentionally forcing the opponent off the mat.

  • Intentional escape from the mat to evade bad positioning.

  • Biting, grabbing hair, body hair, nose, or ears.

  • Attacking or pushing the groin or eyes.

  • Grabbing three or less fingers at one time.

  • Any competitor receiving 3 penalties in one match will lose the match by disqualification.

  • If the referee determines that an illegal act causes serious damage to the opponent, the competitor who committed the foul may be eliminated.

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