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Rules | Regolamento

The rules of the World Sanda League, hereinafter referred to as WSL, are intended to provide its members with the standards and guidelines as they apply and relate to fighters, bouts, ratings, agents and other WSL activities.

The WSL rules for each event may be modified in order to comply completely with the requirements of the presiding state athletic commission or independent sanction body regulating that event.

Definitions:

This section will describe the meaning of certain definitions which are commonly used by the WSL
WSL – The World Sanda League
Member – A club or person in good standing with the WSL
Agent – The manager, matchmaker or other person legally authorized to represent a fighter
Category- A specific weight division
Match - A fighting contest or bout
Champion – A title holder recognized by the WSL
Contender – A recognized contender for a title fight
Purse – The total amount of money a fighter receives
Belts- An award to recognize a champion
Class – A skill level distinction of a fighter (A-B-C)
Rating- The recognition of fighters in the various weight categories
Demotion – A removal of fighter’s rating
Official – Referee, judge or supervisor
Medical – Medical safety guidelines
Organizations – Other sanctioning bodies (ISKA)
Rules – Guidelines established by the WSL
Zones – A certain part of the world such as Latin America
SD – Split Decision
UD – Unanimous Decision
KO – Knockout
TKO – Technical Knockout


Match Rules

These rules apply to all WSL sanctioned events and fighters who fail to abide by any of these rules are subject to disqualification, demotion or suspension.

Match and round duration

In all WSL sanctioned fights the match and round duration will differ based on the skill level of the fighters and whether the fight is a professional or amateur match.

Professional Fights

  • All Professional fights shall be scheduled for a minimum of five (5) rounds. The number of rounds will be determined at the signing of terms agreement
  • Each round will consist of three (3) minutes duration with a one (1) minute rest period between rounds.

Class A Fights

  • Class A fights shall be scheduled for three (3) rounds
  • Each round will consist of three (3) minutes with a one (1) minute rest period between rounds

Fighters with a record of five (5) or more fights that have not fought professionally qualify for A Class

Class B Fights

  • Class B fights shall be scheduled for three (3) rounds
  • Each round will consist of two (2) minutes with a one (1) minute rest period between rounds

Fighters with a record of up to four (4) fights with no more than 2 wins that have not fought professionally qualify for B Class

Class C Fights

  • Class C fights shall be scheduled for three (3) rounds
  • Each round will consist of one (1) minute with a one (1) minute rest period between rounds

Fighters with no fights or one (1) loss qualify for C Class

Note: Participation in Amateur fights is strictly restricted. Professional fighters from any striking or kicking discipline and fighters that are registered as professionals with any governing body are not permitted to participate.

Pro and Amateur Weight Classes

Men’s Categories

  • Bantamweight - 135 LBS ( 61.2 KG)
  • Featherweight - 136-145 LBS (61.6-65.7 KG)  
  • Lightweight - 146-155 LBS (66.2-70.3 KG)
  • Welterweight - 156-170 LBS (70.7-77.1 KG)
  • Middleweight - 171-185 LBS (75.2-83.9 KG)
  • Light-Heavyweight - 186-205 LBS (84.3-205 KG)
  • Heavyweight - 206-225 LBS (93.4-102 KG)  
  • Super-Heavyweight - 226 LBS (102.5 KG)

 

Women’s Categories

  • Lightweight - <125 LBS (56.6 KG)

  • Middleweight - 126-140 LBS (57.1-63.5 KG)

  • Heavyweight -  141-155 LBS (63.9-70.3 KG)
  • Super Heavyweight - 156 LBS > (70.7 KG >)                                                                                                                             


Teens Amateur Weight Classes: (Ages 15-17 - When allowed by local governing body)

Teen's Boys Categories

  • Bantamweight -115-125 LBS (52.1-56.6 KG)
  • Featherweight - 126-135 LBS (57.1-61.2 KG)
  • Lightweight - 136-145 LBS (61.6-65.7 KG)
  • Welterweight - 146-155 LBS (66.2-70.3 KG)
  • Middleweight - 156-170 LBS (70.7-77.1 KG)
  • Heavyweight - 171- 185 LBS (77.5-83.9 KG)

Note: For safety reasons Teens weighing over 185 LBS (83.9 KG) may not compete in the Teen Boys division

Teen's Girls Categories

  • Lightweight -115-125 LBS (52.1-56.6 KG)
  • Middleweight - 126-135 LBS (57.1-61.2 KG)
  • Heavyweight - 136- 150 LBS (61.6-68 KG)

Note: For safety reasons Teens weighing over 150 LBS (68 KG) may not compete in the Teen Girls division

Weigh-in

Weigh-ins will vary depending on whether a fight is a professional or amateur event.

Professional Fights

The official weigh-in for a professional fight will occur between 12 and 24 hours before the scheduled fight.

  • Either fighters or their agents will be informed of the precise weigh-in time when they agree to terms and rules in writing regarding the scheduled match.
  • Both fighters will have access to the official weighing scale at least two (2) hours before the official scheduled weigh-in

Making Weight for Professional Fighters

  • A professional fighter who fails to make weigh will be allotted an additional two (2) hours to make the required weight
  • The WSL may penalize a fighter who fails to make weight after the additional two (2) hours period by suspending the fighter, demoting the fighter’s rank, imposing a monetary fine or any combination of these penalties
  • A champion who fails to make weight for an official title fight will loose his title
  • A challenger who fails to make weight cannot contend for the title
  • If both the champion and challenger fail to make weight the fight will be considered as an exhibition match
  • If the match takes place, a fighter who has failed to make weight will forfeit 50% of his purse, with 40% going to the promoter and 10% to his opponent

Delayed Match

  • Should a scheduled fight be delayed by more that 48 hours, fighters will be required to re-weigh

Amateur Fights

The official weigh-in for amateur fights will occur between 4 and 24 hours before the scheduled fight depending on whether the fights are part of a scheduled fight-card or tournament format.

  • The official weigh-in time will be announced well in advance of the scheduled fight
  • All fighters will weigh-in on the same scale

Making Weight for Amateur Fighters

1 - Scheduled fight card

  • An amateur fighter who fails to make weigh for a scheduled fight card will be allotted an additional one (1) hours to make the required weight
  • The WSL may penalize a fighter who fails to make weight after the additional one (1) hours period by suspending the fighter and or demoting the fighter’s rank

2 - Tournament elimination format

  • An amateur fighter who fails to make weigh for a tournament elimination format will be automatically moved to the category in which he makes weight
  • A ranked amateur fighter who fails to make weight may be penalized through demotion of rank

Required Equipment

Professional fights

Matches will take place in a boxing ring minimum size is 20’x20’

  • Mouth guard
  • Shin-Instep guard (Cloth slip on)
  • Groin cup (female fighters must wear breast protection)
  • 10 OZ Fight Gloves for Pro Fighters (Will be supplied by the promoter)
  • Fight shorts (Logos must be approved by promoter)

Amateur fights

Matches will take place in a boxing ring minimum size is 20’x20’ but may also take place in an open mat depending on circumstances

  • Protective head gear (Approved by WSL)
  • Mouth guard
  • Shin and instep protectors (Cloth slip on)
  • Groin cup (female fighters must wear breast protection)
  • 10 OZ boxing gloves (Will be supplied by the promoter)
  • Fight shorts (Logos must be approved by promoter)
  • Approved Chest Protector for Teens Divisions (15 to 17 year olds) 

Note: 12 OZ Boxing gloves may be used if required by the governing commission

Scoring Techniques

  • Closed hand strikes to head and body
  • Kicking techniques to head, body and thigh
  • Knees to body
  • Throws/Sweeps/Takedowns

Note: Clinching in an attempt to execute a throw or takedown is limited to 5 seconds

Illegal Techniques

  • Elbows
  • Kicks to knee joint
  • Knee to the head
  • Groin strikes
  • Foot stomps
  • Joint locks
  • Striking the back of the head or spine
  • Head butting 
  • Striking a downed opponent
  • Attempt to throw opponent out of the ring

Cautions (1 Point Deduction)

  • Holding the ropes
  • Spitting out mouth piece
  • Purposely loosening equipment
  • Continuing to clinch after referee has called for break
  • Initiating attack before the referrer’s command 
  • Continuing to fight after the referee has called “stop”

Warnings (2 Point Deduction)

  • The employment of any illegal technique will result in a warning
  • Hitting a downed opponent other than the head

Awarding of Points

Two points are awarded if

  • The opponent falls while the other fighter remains standing
  • Kick to the head
  • The opponent receives an official warning penalty
  • Standing 8 Count

One point is awarded if

  • Hand strike to head and body
  • Kick to body and outer thigh
  • Knee to body and outer thigh
  • The opponent falls and the other fighter falls afterwards
  • The opponent receives a caution

No points are awarded if

  • Both fighters hit each other simultaneously
  • The fighter throws the opponent after holding for more than 5 seconds
  • Striking during a clinch (Except for knee strikes)
  • A fighter uses an unsuccessful falling technique to attack
  • Unclear techniques are employed by either fighter

Disqualification

  • Intentionally hitting a downed opponent on the head
  • Pile driving
  • Throwing opponent out of the ring
  • Cornerman physically interferers with the match
  • Excessive unsportsmanlike conduct

Standing 8 Count (2 Point are Awarded)

  • Referee determines that a fighter is at risk of injury
  • Failing to get up within three seconds of a fall (8 Count begins immediately after 3 seconds have elapsed)

A match is awarded if:

  • There is a Knock-Out
  • There is a TKO – Fighter is unable to continue
  • The opponent takes 2 standing 8-counts in a round or 3 standing 8-counts in a match (Amateur Fights)
  • An athlete is overmatched by the opponent in power and skill; in that event, the center referee can declare absolute victory (Amateur Fights)
  • There is a disqualification 

Note: A fighter that fails to stand up before the count of ten (10) will lose by Knockout

Sustaining a KO or TKO

A fighter who has sustained a KO or TKO in a fight must wait a minimum of thirty (30) days before engaging in another fight and must obtain a physician’s release which states that the fighter is not suffering from any concussion or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and is able to engage in a full-contact match.

 

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