Section 7 – Warnings
7.1 Any early movement with shoulders, arm, hand or fingers will be a warning unless competitors are in a referee’s grip. Then it would be a foul.
7.2 If one competitor is cause a delay “locking up” the referee will give the offender a warning.
7.3 Letting go of the peg will result in a warning being called to the offender, without stopping the match. If an advantage is gained prior to re-gripping the peg, the match will be stopped and the offender will be give a foul. Contact with the peg must be above the table. One armed or one hand persons do not have to grip the peg.
Section 8 – Fouls
Note: Two warnings will equal one foul.
Two fouls, competitor will lose that particular match.
8.1.1 If competitors fail to come to the table in 60 seconds allotted, they will be given a loss. Their name will be dropped to its proper slot, the same as a loss in an actual bout. If they already have a lost they would drop out of the tournament for that particular class.
8.1.2 Competitor’s shoulder must not cross the “centerline” between pegs during competition. This will be a foul.
8.1.3 Competitor cannot touch any part of their body such as chin, shoulder or head. A foul will be given.
8.1.4 Intentionally pushing of your own hand into an opponent’s shoulder will result in you getting a foul.
8.1.5 When a competitor starts to put themselves in a “dangerous position”, the referee will caution the competitor loudly so that the competitor understands the caution. Referee will instruct the competitor to face their competitive arm, so as to keep the hand, and shoulder in a straight line. Competitors must never force their shoulders inwards, ahead of their arm or hand, towards the table.
8.1.6 Neutral position is from the starting position to 2/3 of the way down to the pad on losing side of the table.
8.1.7 30 seconds rest is permitted after a foul.
8.1.8 Foul language, poor sportsmanship or abuse towards an official will result in a foul. If it continues, competitor or official will be barred from the tournament.
8.1.9 When a foul is received when a competitor is more than 2/3rd of the way down to the pad, It is a loss.
8.2. Referee Grip
8.2.1 Competitors have one minute to “Grip up”. If in that time, they have not gripped up, they will be given a “referees’ grip”. A referees’ grip consists of the following procedure.
8.2.2 Competitor’s hands are placed palm to palm by the referee, the thumbs are pushed down by the referee, the fingers are wrapped by the referee, first one competitor, then the other. As they are wrapped referee asks competitor if he/she wants thumb covered or not. Thumb knuckles will be showing, forefingers level, wrists straight and arms centered. Competitors are not to move from this setup.
8.2.3 Examples of movement are fingers re-gripping, backpressure, bending wrists, early start or elbow lifting off the pad.
8.2.4 Any movement by any competitor will result in a being given against the one that
8.3. Elbow Fouls
8.3.1 A foul will be given when a competitor’s elbow loses contact with the elbow pad. A
competitor is considered to lose contact with the pad when the elbow lifts vertically off the pad, no matter how insignificant, as long as there is clearance between the pad and the elbow.
8.3.2 It is not considered an elbow foul if the elbow has lifted off the pad, but the competitor still has contact with the elbow pad with their triceps or their forearm.
8.3.3 An elbow foul will be called if the competitor is riding on their triceps or forearm and the elbow extends beyond any side of the elbow pad.
8.3.4 Any foul that occurs simultaneously with a foul by your opponent will be considered coincidental, the match will be stopped and restarted and no foul will be given.
8.4. Slip Outs
The referee will call one foul for “causing a slip out” when:
8.4.1 You lift your fingers off your opponent’s hand prior to slippage.
8.4.2 You close your fingers as to make a fist inside your opponent’s hand.
8.4.3 You’re in break wrist position and you pull your fingers inside your opponents hand, therefore you are unable to hold your grip.
8.5.1 Straps will be used when any match ends by way of a slip-out not resulting in a foul. A slip-out occurs when both competitors have lost complete contact with one another. The official must be certain of the circumstances preceding the actual slip out before calling a foul. If the official is uncertain as to who caused the slippage or it was caused by the actions of both competitors, then straps will be used and no foul will be given.
8.5.2 When straps are employed, the officials will ask competitors to place their elbows to the back of their respective elbow pads, place their hands palm to palm, fingers extended and thumbs up. Opposite hand will grip hand peg. In this position the strap can be quickly installed. Only the official can adjust the strap. Competitors may ask to loosen it or move it if it’s uncomfortable. The strap cannot be lower that 1” below the natural wrist line.
8.5.3 After the strap is installed, competitors may take their grip and place their elbow to their Choice of position.
8.5.4 If a competitor intentionally slips out during the match in a losing position (losing position is determined by being more than 2/3rd of the way down to the pin pad), the competitor will lose that particular match. Any intentional slip is an automatic foul. When a foul is received when a competitor is more than 2/3rd of the way down to the pad, It is a loss.