June 25th 2022
REPEAT... NO SANDBAGGING!
This tournament and format is designed to encourage and draw more novice grapplers into a the competition space. Sandbaggers spoil these divisions and discourage participation.
If you are found out to be sandbagging you will be disqualified. *WRESTLING IS CONSIDERED GRAPPLING EXPERIENCE!
Our initial skill levels are:
6 months-ish & 1.5 years-ish
Q) What about a male that's been training just under a year? Well we would consider that to be more in the 1.5 year range..
A) Be honest and if anything challenge yourself. The 6 month-ish division is for very new grapplers and will likely be their first tourney.
Q) What about 2 years?
A) That's really pushing it. Join the team tourney or wait for another tournament.
It's always challenging to get numbers in female divisions. Again, the spirit of the event should be to let novice and less experienced grapplers a fair group. Around a year of experience here should be the sweet spot.
Again please be honest! Sandbagging may be identified from cauliflower ears, snitching, social media posts and clear one-sided maulings.
We do not encourage weight cuts for these scrimmages. Come as you are.
*For those who may be just on the cusp of two weight classes. A few pounds cut is acceptable. Or challenge yourself by being a smaller opponent.
Weight divisions are proposed at present and may be amended depending on participant numbers.
All competitors will have a quick weight check before competing.
These brackets are guidelines and to avoid huge weight mismatches. Don't worry too much about weight. It's about the grappling!
If you have registered at a particular weight and can't make that or are significantly out of range. Just let us know and we can move divisions.
Our Plan is to run matches constantly without many stoppages.
When the division starts, the clock will start for all matches on a 3 mins off and 1 minute off cycle.
We do not plan to stop/start the clock once division has begun.
Larger divisions will have more match areas. Smaller divisions will have fewer.
Should a match end early by submission on stoppage. That match area will remain vacant until next round.
THIS IS FAST PACED!
Our On/Off rule will slow things down for some competitors and our staff and ref's will orchestrate the rest.
Competitors will know when they are due to grapple next. Should they not be present for their match. They may be be moved to another match/slot or forfeit the match and the points.
Our on/off format is designed to allow participants to grapple more or less depending on how they feel.
Each division will be between 60 and 90 mins depending on the bracket numbers.
Initially, every participant will be 'ON' and the first matches will be randomly assigned from matching pool.
Following a match. Points will be awarded as necessary and each competitor can decide whether to return to the match pool or wait and rest.
Matching will be 'SEMI-RANDOM', as we will look to avoid the same participants matching up again or some getting more matches than others. We have a system in place and will match fairly.
3 rounds (11 mins) prior to the end of the division. The off/on rule will be disabled. During the last rounds, competitors are free to switch off but can't go back on. The remaining ON participants will compete in the final rounds.
*This is to make strategizing more challenging and encourage activity.
Our Points system is simple:
Submission win = 4 points
Draw (No Sub) = 2 points
Loss (By Sub) = 1 point
At the end of regulation time. The winner with most points will be deemed the winner.
* The 1 point for a loss is awarded to encourage participation and action. (It's a participation point, yes!)
In theory you could win the division just by getting out there a bunch and not winning a single match. Theses 2s and 1s add up!
* Note that the referee can decide a winner by stoppage or verbal tap for a participant if they feel safety is in jeopardy.
Any kind of choke (except for using the hand to close the windpipe)
Any arm bar, shoulder lock.
ONLY STRAIGHT Leg Lock or Ankle Lock - NO TWISTING OR REAPING LEG ATTACKS
No Wrist Locks
No Can Openers
No “Full Nelson”
No neck cranks that trap both shoulders and puts downward pressure on the neck
No spiking your opponent on their head while attempting a takedown
No spiking your opponent’s head when opponent is on your back CAN NOT roll forward while someone is on your back
No striking of any kind
No eye gouging or fish hooking No grabbing the ears
No hair pulling
No holding of less than 4 fingers or less than 5 toes
No scratching and pinching No punching of any kind
No kicking of any kind
No squeezing or putting pressure on the groin area
No hands, knees or elbows on face
No slippery substances allowed on body or clothing
No crossfade guillotine twisting the chin
No use holding of the OPPONENTS T-Shirt of shorts
THESE RULES SETS ARE FAILY LIBERAL FOR NOVICE GRAPPLERS. WE ALSO EXPECT GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, IN ALL MATCHES.
OUR REFEREEES WILL RESERVE THE RIGHT TO STOP ANY SUBMISSION, HOLD OR ACTION THEY DEEM TO BE DANGEROUS OR HAVE A PARTICIPANT IN IMMINENT DANGER..
THE REFEREE WILL ALSO TAP FOR A PARTICIPANT IF THEY FEEL THEY ARE BEING TOO STUBBORN OR DON'T RECOGNISE THE INJURY RISK.
AGAIN. THIS IS ABOUT COMPETITION EXPERIENCE. NOT HURTING EACH OTHER!
Compared to most tournaments our scrimmages are very inexpensive.
They will also afford more opportunities for matches.
Should a registered participant need to withdraw more than 48 hours before the event. They will be fully refunded.
Within 48 hours of the event, they will instead be offered a credit towards future scrimmages.
NO SHOWS will not be refunded or receive a future credit.
Under circumstances where the tournament is cancelled or postponed. Full Refunds WILL be given.
Winners will be the participant that racked up the most points during the competition period.
They will receive a prize along bragging rights.