Rules

Please make sure to read the following to fully understand the rules and regulations in place at Grappling Industries events.

Obligations

Gi & Uniform

1.1) The Gis will not be checked or measured before the tournament, but the Grappling Industries officials have the right to ask a competitor to change his/her Gi if they judge it is inappropriate. This situation can happen if: the Gi is obviously too short or too long, there are too many patches on the Gi preventing the opponent from gripping it, the top and the pants are of different colors or the Gi shows visible tears, is wet or dirty, or emanates unpleasant odors.

1.2) Competitors may wear a rash guard under their gi. Competitors may not select to wear a shirt under their gi instead. 

1.3) For NoGi Men divisions, athletes have to wear board shorts without pockets or with pockets entirely stitched shut and reaching at least halfway down the thigh and at most to the knee. Attached metal or plastic of any kind that may hurt the opponent is expressly forbidden on the board shorts. Spats can be worn under the shorts if selected. Athletes also have to wear a rashguard or a shirt of elastic fabric (clings to body). This rash guard or shirt does not need to meet any color requirements. Athletes cannot compete shirtless or wearing a loose shirt of any kind. 

1.4) For NoGi Women divisions, athletes have to wear board shorts or lycra elastic pants without pockets or with pockets entirely stitched shut and reaching at least halfway down the thigh and at most to the knee. Attached metal or plastic of any kind that may hurt the opponent is expressly forbidden on the board shorts. Athletes also have to wear a rashguard or a shirt of elastic fabric (clings to body). This rash guard or shirt does not need to meet any color requirements. Athletes cannot compete wearing a loose shirt of any kind.

Hygiene

2.1) Athletes’ finger and toe nails should be trimmed and short.

2.2) Long hair should be tied up so as not to cause opponents any discomfort.

2.3) Athletes will be disqualified if they are wearing hair dye or makeup that stains their opponent’s Gi or the mat surface during a match.

2.4) Athletes presenting skin lesions or any other skin condition shall be directed to the tournament medical staff. Under any circumstances, the medical staff has the final say on whether to allow an athlete to compete or not.

Weigh-Ins

3.1) You must check-in and weigh-in anytime up to at least 60 minutes before your scheduled division start time. We ask that you make sure to be present in the venue at least 60 minutes prior your division start time as well in case we are able to get head starts on certain division.

3.2) There will be a 1 pound allowance.

3.3) If an athlete does not make weight on his first attempt, he/she has until the end of the designated period to make weight. Abusive usage of our scales (every five minutes) will not be permitted though.

3.4) Athletes who fail to make weight during the designated period will be disqualified and will not be moved up to another weight division. Athletes who are disqualified will not be eligible for a refund. It is the athlete’s responsibility to make the weight class they signed up for, or have changed to a higher weight class by that event’s change deadline.

3.5) All competitors competing in Gi divisions weigh-in WITHOUT their Gi on.

3.6) An athlete who competes in both their Gi and NoGi divisions only has to weigh-in once.

Further Requirements
4.1) Use of any foot gear, head gear, hair pins, jewelry, cups (genital protectors) or any other protector fashioned of hard material that may cause harm to an opponent or the athlete him/herself is forbidden. Also forbidden is the use of head wear – be it bandages, hoods or an elastic cap.

4.2) The use of joint protectors (knee, elbow braces, etc.) that increase body volume to the point of making it harder for an opponent to grip the Gi are also forbidden.

Competition guidelines

Match Duration

5.1) The time limit for every Adult fight in the tournament, including the round robin & the finals, will be 5 minutes.

5.2) The time limit for every Teens fight in the tournament, including the round robin & the finals, will be 4 minutes.

5.3) The time limit for every Kids fight in the tournament, including the round robin & the finals, will be 3 minutes.

5.4) *The OSO – Only Submission Only tournament series does not have time limits for any age group. All matches are no time limit.

Match Scoring

6.1) Grappling Industries matches follow traditional BJJ point scoring: 4 for the mount, 4 for the back, 3 for a guard pass, 2 for a sweep, 2 for a take down, 2 for knee on stomach, and 2 for a solid submission attempt that was stopped out of bounds.

6.2) All positions must be held and controlled for 3 seconds.

6.3) There is no “Advantage” scoring.

6.4) A first penalty will result in a warning, a second penalty will result in the opponent being given 2 points, a third penalty will result in disqualification.

6.5) If a match finishes in a draw, the referee of the match will declare a winner by Referee Decision at their discretion.

6.6) A match will be deemed over immediately if a competitor taps out, screams, or verbally gives up during the match.

6.7) *The OSO – Only Submission Only tournament series does not have points. All matches are true submission only. Penalties will however be enforced with a first penalty resulting in a warning, and a second penalty resulting in a disqualification.

Prizes

7.1) The three top-placed athletes in each division shall receive medals. The champion shall receive a gold medal and the runner-up shall receive a silver medal. A third place fight will determine the bronze medal winner.

7.2) The prizes shall be awarded according to the results proclaimed by the referees. Exchanging placement at the moment prizes are awarded is expressly forbidden.

7.3) Grand Prizes will be awarded at specific events throughout the year. Not all divisions in an event of ours are eligible to win a grand prize and athletes should visit the event’s page to know if their division is eligible or not for one, and the details to that prize becoming available for select divisions.

7.4) When competing in a division where grand prizes are being given away by Grappling Industries, the athlete also has to be 18 years old or more the day of the tournament to be eligible to claim it.

7.5) There must be at least 4 signed up competitors in a division that is granting a prize for that prize to be awraded to it’s division champion.

Registration

8.1) All Grappling Industries events are pre-registration only. Pre-registration will open usually weeks prior to the event and will close 4 days prior to the event at 11:59pm at night (Example: An event on a Saturday will close registration the Tuesday prior at 11:59pm.). 

8.2) In order to register, you must fill the form in our Registration section. After submitting your form, you must follow the Paypal link that will be available in order to complete your payment.

8.3) Completing the form will not get you registered for the event if you do not complete the payment with Paypal. There will be no payment accepted the day of the event, except from spectators.

8.4) We highly encourage you to read the information section of events on our website to familiarize yourself with important dates and information particular to that tournament. 

Format

Grappling Industries Round Robin

9.1) Competitors from every division will be pooled with opponents within their own division for an opportunity of getting up to 4 matches.

9.2) Following the round robin format in divisions with over 5 competitors where a clear winner hasn’t emerged with a best record, the best grapplers from the pools will compete in a single-elimination Playoff format to crown a winner. Depending on the number of competitors in each division and depending on the results, we might hold quarterfinals, semifinal, only finals, or in the case where Playoffs are not needed afterwards we will declare the top 3 competitors.

9.3) If a competitor has to forfeit some of his matches, due to injury, his opponent will be declared the winner unless we can match up competitors who were to face that opponent. Although we understand perfectly that competitors might have to forfeit matches, we expect competitors to complete all of their matches as respect to their opponents. For example, even though you lost your first three fights, if you refuse to compete in your fourth match not only are you passing out on the grappling experience we are offering you, but most importantly you are depriving your opponent of their experience as well.

9.4) Because of the round robin format, teammates might end up being matched against one another. We put extra effort on such a situation not happening, but depending on the number of competitors or teammates in a division, there might be no way to prevent it (Example: 5 competitors in a division but 2 of them are teammates). Although we encourage teammates to face each other, we also understand that some competitors might be adamant about not doing it. We will allow teammates not to face each other but we absolutely need a winner and a loser because of the round robin rankings.

9.5) In the case of tiebreakers, the following algorithm will be utilized in order: Most Wins > Most Submissions > Head To Head Match > Most Points Scored.

OSO - Only Submission Only

10.1) *The OSO – Only Submission Only tournament series follows a single-elimination knockout format. Winners of matches advance, while losers of those matches are eliminated from their bracket. 

Absolute Division

11.1) Competitors must pre-register for absolute divisions.

11.2) Absolute Divisions are single-elimination format for all tournaments produced by Grappling Industries. 

11.3) NoGi Absolute divisions use Advanced rules during their matches.

Rankings

12.1) Medals won can earn you individual and team ranking points: 100 points for a Gold, 50 points for a Silver, and 20 points for a Bronze.

12.2) Matches won can earn you individual and team ranking points: 10 points for a match won by Submission, 7 points for a match won by Points, and 5 points for a match won by Referee Decision or Disqualification. 

 

Allowable techniques