.Article 2 Systems of Competition
2.1 San shou competition shall be conducted under the elimination system.
2.2 Each bout consists of three two-minute rounds with a one-minute rest in between. A bout is won by the best two of three rounds.
Article 3 Qualifications
3.1 The competitor must hold a USMTA passport issued by the United States Muay Thai
3.2 A senior competitor shall be 18-35 full years and a junior competitor shall be 15-17 full years of age at the time of competition.
3.3 The competitor should be covered by his/her own insurance..
3.4The Professional Competitor must show an Updated Medical release Form from a Physician along with a current Blood Test
3.5 Article 4 Weight
Category (Under .:S48kg)4.2 52kg
Category (>48kg-.:S52kg)4.3 56kg
Category (>52kg-.:S56kg)4.4 60kg
Category (>56kg-.:S60kg)4.5 65kg
Category (>60kg-.:S65kg)4.6 70kg
Category (>65kg-.:S70kg)4.7 75kg
Category (>70kg-.:S75kg)4.8 80kg
Category (>75kg--'S80kg)4.9 85kg
Category (>80kg-.:S85kg)4.10 90kg
Over 90kg Category (>90kg)
5.4 The weighing-in shall start with the lighter weight categories, each to finish in an hour. A competitor who outweighs his entered category and fails to reduce his weight within the stipulated time shall not be allowed to compete in any of the subsequent contests.
Article 6 Dress and Protective Gear
6.1 Competitors shall wear boxing gloves, headgear and chest protectors designated by the Competition and use their own gum shields and cup protectors (under their trunks). Competitors' wear and protective gear shall be either red or black.
6.2 Competitors shall wear shirts and trunks in the same color as their protective gear. Female competitors may wear close-fitting undergarments.
6.3 The weight of gloves shall be 230 grams for 65kg category and under (and also for women and juniors of all categories), and 280 grams for the 70 kg category and above
.Article 7 Competition Protocol
7.1 Competitors shall give a fist-palm salute when they are introduced to the audience.
7.2 Each round shall start with a fist-palm salute on the platform from both sides to their respective coaches, who shall answer with the same salute.
7.3 Each bout shall start with an exchange of fist-palm salute between the two sides.
7.4 At the announcement of the result, the two competitors shall exchange their positions. After the announcement, they shall give a fist-palm salute to each other and then simultaneously to the platform judge, who shall answer with the same salute, and then to the opponent's coach, who shall answer with the same salute.
7.5 Sideline judges shall exchange fist-palm salute at the time of replacement
Article 8 Default
8.1 A competitor who is unable to compete due to injury or illness, which must be proved by a platform doctor's prescription, or who is not qualified for competition due to over weight, shall be considered as a default, and shall not be allowed to take part in the subsequent contests. However, his results achieved in previous placings shall count.
8.2 If a competitor is being outclassed, his coach may, for the sake of safety, show the default plate. The competitor may also raise his hand to request a default.
8.3 A competitor who is absent for weighing-in, or who fails to answer the three roll-callls prior to a bout, or who leaves after the roll-calls without permission and fails to appear in time in the competition area, shall be regarded as a groundless default .
8.4 A competitor who makes a groundless default shall have all his results cancelled.
Article 9 Other Provisions During Competition
9.1 All officials on duty shall concentrate on their work, without talking among themselves. Nor shall they leave their seats without the referee's permission.
9.4 Doping is strictly prohibited Infusion of oxygen is forbidden during the rest periods between the rounds.
AMTJRA OFFICIALS AND THEIR DUTIES
Article 10 Officials
10.1 There shall be one (1) chief referee and one (1) or two (2) assistant chief referees.
10.2 The jury on duty shall consist of one (1) head judge, one (1) assistant head judge, one (1) platform judge, one (1) recorder, one (1) timekeeper and three (3) or five (5) sideline judges.
10.3 One (1) chief scheduler-recorder10.4 One (1) chief registrar
Article 11 Auxiliaries
11.1 Four (4) scheduler-recorders
11.2 Three (3) to five (5) registrars
11.3 Two (2) to three (3) medical workers
11.4 One (1) to two (2) announcers
Article 12 Officials' Duties
12.1 The chief referee shall:
12.1.1 Organize all officials to study the Rules and Regulations of the Competition, and to master the officiating methods.
12.1.2 Make sure that everything is ready for competition in regard to the platform, equipment and officiating apparatus, and to the weighing-in, drawing of lots and programming.
12.1.3 Settle problems according to the Rules and Regulations, but without the power to modify them.
12.1.4 Provide guidance to juries in competition and replace officials if necessary.
12.1.5 Notify the referee, chief program-recorder and announcers in time if any change has occurred in the order of competition owing to a competitor's default. 12.1.6 Have the right to make the final decision when a dispute arises in a jury.
12.1.7 See to it that the officials are implementing the Rules properly.
12.1.8 Examine, sign and announce the results of competition.
12.1.9 Submit a written summary report to the Organizing Committee.
12.2 The assistant chief referee shall assist the chief referee and may act on his behalf in his absence.
12.3 The head judge shall:
12.3.1 Organize his jury in its work and study.
12.3.2 Supervise and guide the work of the judges, timekeeper and recorder.
12.3.3 Whistle as a hint for correction, before the final result is announced, when the platform
12.5 The platform judge shall:
12.5.1 Check the competitors' protective gear and ensure safety in fighting.
12.5.2 Guide the fights through calls and gestures.
12.5.3 Make decisions on such matters as fall-down, fall-off, penalty, forcible counting and call for first aid.
12.5.4 Announce the result of a bout.
12.6 The sideline judges shall:
12.6.1 Award points to the competitors according to the Rules.
12.6.2 Display the results simultaneously and instantly at the head judge's signals at the end of each round.
12.6.3 Sign the scorecard at the end of each bout, to be kept for examination and verification.12.7 The recorder shall:
12.7.1 Fill in the two fighters' forms carefully before the competition.
12.7.2 Participate in the work of weighing-in ceremony and record the competitors' weights in the statistical chart of the bout.
12.7.3 Record the numbers of warnings, admonitions, forcible counts and falls-off according to the platform judge's calls and gestures.
12.7.4 Decide the winner of each round according to the sideline judges' decisions and report to the head judge.
12.8 The timekeeper shall:
12.8.1 Check the gong and timing devices before the competition, making sure that the stop watches keep correct time.
12.8.2 Keep a record of the time elapsed during the fights, stops and rest periods between the bouts
12.8.3 When the computer scoring system is not available, blow a whistle ten (10) seconds before the start of each round and beat a gong to announce its end.
12.8.4 Read out the sideline judges' decisions.
12.9 The chief scheduler-recorder shall:
12.9.1 Be responsible for examining the competitors' credentials and entry forms.
12.9.2 Organize the drawing-lots ceremony and work out the competition schedule.
12.9.3 Prepare various forms to be used in competitions; check and verify the competitors' results to determine their placings.
12.9.4 Record and announce the results of all bouts.
12.9.5 Collect data for statistics and complication of Results.
12.10 The scheduler-recorders shall perform tasks as assigned by the chief scheduler-recorder.
12.11 The chief registrar shall:
12.11.1 Be responsible for the competitors' weighing-in ceremony.
12.11.2 Be responsible for the preparation of protective gear and its management during the
12.11.3 Summon the competitors for roll-calls twenty (20) minutes before the start of a contest.
12.11.4 Report to the chief referee immediately in cases of absence or default during the roll-calls.
12.14.2 Carry out anti-doping tests in cooperation with the experts.
12.14.3 Conduct selective checkups among the competitors before the competition.
12.14.4 Provide first-aid service to injured or sick competitors during the Competition.
12.14.5 Examine cases of injury caused by fouls.
12.14.6 Be responsible for medical supervision and propose to the chief referee in time to suspend injured or sick competitors from competition.
CHAPTER 3 JURY OF APPEAL AND ITS DUTIES Article 13
Composition of the Jury of Appeal The Jury of Appeal shall be composed of one (1) chairman, one (1) vice chairman and three (3) or five (5) members.
Article 14 Duties of the Jury of Appeal
14.1 The Jury of Appeal shall work under the leadership of the Organizing Committee of the Competition, being held responsible mainly for supervising international competition, on such matters as checking the competition area and facilities, equipment, scheduling, drawing of lots, competitors' weighing-in, grouping of officials and arrangement of their work. The Jury of Appeal shall supervise the officiating work. In case of any obvious unjust behavior or incorrect judgment, it shall have the right to give warnings to the officials concerned and, in serious cases, may even propose to the USMTA Technical Committee to remove them from their current officiating work to ensure the smooth running of competitions.
14.2 The Jury of Appeal shall deal with appeals submitted by participating teams in disagreement with the judges' decisions concerning the Rules and Regulations of the Competition. But such appeals shall be confined to decisions related to the appealing team.
14.3 The Jury of Appeal shall handle the appeals immediately after receiving them and duly notify the parties concerned of the ruling.
14.4 The Jury of Appeal shall investigate the matter at issue and may watch the videotapes if necessary. It may hold discussion meetings and invite personages concerned to attend them as observers without the right to vote. The meetings must be attended by more than half of the members of the Jury of Appeal. Only decisions made by more than half of its members present at the meeting shall come into effect. In case of a tied vote, the chairman shall have the right to make the final decision.
14.5 Members of the Jury of Appeal shall withdraw from discussions and voting on issues in which their country or region is involved.
14.6 After strict and careful reexaminations of the problem raised in the appeal, the original decision shall remain unchanged if it is confirmed to be right If it is confirmed to be obviously wrong, the Jury of Appeal shall request the USMTA Technical Committee to deal with the officials who have made the misjudgment. However, the result shall remain unchanged. The decision of the Jury of Appeal shall be final.
15.2 All teams shall abide by the final decisions made by the Jury of Appeal. Strict measures will be taken, according to the severity of the case and USMTA relevant rules, against trouble-making caused by disobedience to the decisions.
FIGHTING METHODS, SCORING CRITERIA AND PENALTIES Article 16 Fighting Methods
All attacking and defending techniques of san shou may be used in fighting
.Article 17- Prohibited Methods
17.1 Attacking with the head, the elbow, or the knee, or by twisting the opponent's joints.
17.2 Forcing the opponent to fall head over heels, or intentionally smashing or pressing him down.
17.3 Hitting the opponent's head by any means when he is already down.
Article 18 Prohibited Areas
The back of head, the neck and the crotch.
Article 19 Scoring Areas
The head, the trunk and the thighs
.Article 20 - Scoring Criteria
20.1 A competitor will be awarded two (2) points
20.1.1 When the opponent falls off the platform;
20.1.2 When he remains standing while the opponent falls down ;
20.1.3 When he hits the opponent's head or trunk with the leg technique;
20.1.4 When he makes the opponent fall down by falling down himself on purpose, only to get to his feet by means of a follow-through;
20.1.5 When the opponent is given a forcible counting; and
20.1.6 When the opponent receives a warning.
20.2 A competitor will be awarded one (1) point
20.2.1 When he hits the opponent's head or trunk with the fist technique;
20.2.2 When he hits the opponent's thigh with the leg technique;
20.2.3 When he falls down after the opponent:
20.2.4 When he makes the opponent fall down by falling down himself on purpose, without being able to get to his feet by means of a follow-through; 20.2.5 When the opponent fails to attack
20.3.3 When the opponent falls on purpose as a fighting technique;
20.3.4 When he hits the opponent in a clinch
.Article 21 Fouls and Penalties
21.1 Fouls21.1.1 A competitor commits a technical foul
1) When he holds the opponent passively or runs away passively;
2) When he raises his hand to request to stop the bout in a disadvantageous situation;
3) When he delays the fight intentionally;
4) When he acts impolitely towards the judges or disobeys their decisions;
5) When he wears no gum shield or spits out his gum shield, or loosens his protective gear intentionally; and
6) When he fails to observe the protocol.
21.1.2 A competitor commits a personal foul
1) When he attacks the opponent before the call of "Kaish (Start)!" or after the call of "Ting (Stop)!"
2) When he hits the opponent on prohibited areas;
3) When he hits the opponent with any prohibited method.
21.2.1 An admonition will be given for a technical foul.
21.2.2 A warning will be given for a personal foul.
21.2.3 A competitor with three (3} personal fouls will be disqualified from the bout.
21.2.4 A competitor who hurts the opponent intentionally will be disqualified from the whole competition, with all his results annulled.
21.2.5 A competitor who uses prohibited substances or inhaling oxygen during the rest period will be disqualified from the whole competition, with all his results annulled.
Article 22 Stopping the Contest The contest shall be stoppe