Teen Tournament Rules
TEEN MATCH LENGTH
Qualifier Matches: 8 minutes for all belts
Finals: 15 minutes
In the finals: if the match goes the full 15 minutes are there is no submission, the winner will be determined by 'sudden death.'
The time limits for kids and teens divisions are designed for the safety of the younger competitors.
An athlete must submit their opponent within the 8 minute time limit to win the match and advance in the bracket.
GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES
There are no points or advantage points calculated for any positions or moves. There are no referee decisions! It's up to YOU to win by submitting your opponent.
GI: A standard jiu-jitsu gi uniform is required. Patches on the gi are OK.
NoGi: A tight/snug fitting T-shirt or Rash guard on top is required by all athletes. No bare-chested grappling is permitted. Long & loose-fitting board shorts or Gi pants on the bottom are required to be worn by all athletes. Board shorts can not have rivets, zippers or pockets where a foot, toe or finger can get caught in. Please make sure all pants have a drawstring and or another way to keep them secured at your waist during the match. Tight-fitting vale tudo shorts are NOT permitted to be worn. Underarmour style or spandex style shorts are NOT permitted to be worn.
ROLLING OR PULLING A COMPETITOR OFF OF THE MAT
*If an athlete is caught in a submission and PURPOSELY pulls their opponent or rolls off of the mat in an attempt to free themselves from the submission, they will be considered submitted and will lose the match.
**If an opponent is countering a submission and they happen to roll off of the mat but are caught in a deep and completely sunk submission (i.e. a heel hook or an armlock and the competitor being caught rolls to counter the submission and happens to end up off of the mat) the referee will reset the position in the center of the ring with the submission INTACT to the submitters liking. The referee will give the person caught in the submission the option to tap out before the match is restarted to give a verbal submission. If the competitor refuses and tap out the match will be restarted with the submission in place.
In case of a tie: If the qualifier match ends in a draw and no submission occurs, the match will then go into 'sudden death'.
Sudden Death Rounds for Kids/Teens:
1. The first round of sudden death will be: mount
2. The second round of sudden death will be: back take
a.) both competitors get a chance to take each others back.
b.) if there is not a clear winner on the back take, the sudden death
3. The third and final round of sudden death will be: takedown
ALL GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS WILL APPLY
These submission attempts will result in IMMEDIATE disqualification. Please note: Although these techniques are not allowed for the safety of our competitors it is still highly recommended that competitors learn how to defend them at their school.
***Do encourage kids to fight from bad position! Especially if one kid is much better than the other.
***Grabbing with 4 fingers inside the sleeve of the jacket top and inside the pants are OK.
***Guard pulling is OK. Guard Jumping will NOT BE ALLOWED IN ANY DIVISION!!
The difference between Jumping Guard and Pulling Guard
Jumping Guard (Illegal Technique) - When a competitor jumps into the guard with both feet off of the ground and is expecting their opponent to "catch" them. Sometimes this is done without the competitor even holding or touching the other competitor. This technique is not allowed in any division under any circumstances!!! This is an extremely dangerous technique that will not be allowed.
Pulling Guard (Legal Technique) - Pulling guard is exactly like it sounds. You are pulling your opponent down to the ground into your guard with at least one foot on the ground. Pulling guard requires one opponent to make contact with the other. A grip must be established on either a sleeve, collar, head, gi top or any part of the competitor prior to pulling their opponent down to the ground into their guard. Sitting to the guard is not permitted. Butt scooting is not permitted. You must attempt to take your opponent to the ground or pull them to the ground. This simulates a real fight. Would you sit to your butt in a real fight?