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CHAPTER 20.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION-- STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION

SUBCHAPTER 1. DEFINITIONS, BOXING WEIGHTS AND CLASSES

20-1.1. Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in the Chapter shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Admissions" means the amount paid for seats to witness an event and the amount that should have been paid for seats to witness an event that were given to others by the promoter free or in exchange for services, advertising anything else. Admission for contestants, officials, representatives of the Commission and the media are exempt.

"Administrator" means the person appointed by the Director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations to administer the affairs of the State Athletic Commission.

"Commission" means the State Athletic Commission.

"Commission Representative" means that individual designated by the Administrator to supervise a particular match, contest, exhibition or event in this state.

"Contestant" means any one who competes in an event regulated by the State Athletic Commission.

"Event" means anything that is regulated by the State Athletic Commission regardless of the place of origin.

"License" means that written approval given, upon application, by the Commission to any person, club, corporation, organization or association to participate in any event regulated by the State Athletic Commission.

"Manager" means any person who does any of the following:

1. By contract, agreement, or other arrangement with any person undertakes or has undertaken to represent in any way the interest in any contest in which such contestant is to participate; and is entitled under that contract, agreement or other arrangement to receive monetary or other compensation for his services without regard to the source of such compensation; except that the term "Manager" shall not be construed to mean any attorney licensed to practice in this state, whose participation in such activities is restricted solely to his representing the interests of a contestant as his client.

2. Directs or controls the professional activities of any contestant.

3. Receives or is entitled to receive a share of the gross purse, or gross income of any contest under these regulations.

"Matchmaker" means any person who undertakes to obtain agreements between managers and/or contestants for the purpose of securing contestants for any event regulated by the State Athletic Commission.

"Participant" means anyone who acts as a promoter, judge, referee, manager, contestant, trainer, second, time keeper, announcer or matchmaker in connection with any event regulated by the State Athletic Commission.

"Permit" means that written approval given, upon application by the Commission to any promoter to hold and conduct an event regulated by the State Athletic Commission at a specific time and place.

"Person" means an individual, group of individuals, business, corporation, partnership, association or collective entity.

"Physician" means any person licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy in this state.

"Promoter" means any person, club, corporation, organization or association which promotes, presents, conducts, holds or gives any boxing, wrestling, kick boxing or sparring match, contest, exhibition or event in this state.

"Purse" means the total amount paid by a promoter to the contestants for participating in an event. Sometimes referred to as "talent fee" in wrestling events.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-1.2. Classes of Boxers.

1. Boxers shall be divided into the following classes:

a. Flyweight............ .......................112

pounds or under

b. Bantamweight......... ......................over

112 to 118 pounds

c. Featherweight........ ......................over

118 to 126 pounds

d. Lightweight.......... ......................over

126 to 135 pounds

e. Welterweight......... ......................over

135 to 147 pounds

f. Middleweight......... ......................over

147 to 160 pounds

g. Light Heavyweight.... ......................over

160 to 175 pounds

h. Heavyweight.......... .......................all

over 175 pounds

20-1.3. Weight Difference of Contestants.

No contest shall be scheduled and no contestants shall engage in a boxing contest where the weight difference shall exceed the allowance as shown in the following schedule, without written approval of the Commission.

1. 112 to 118 pounds, not more than three pounds.

2. 118 to 126 pounds, not more than five pounds.

3. 126 to 135 pounds, not more than seven pounds.

4. 135 to 147 pounds, not more than nine pounds.

5. 147 to 160 pounds, not more than 11 pounds.

6. 160 to 175 pounds, not more than 12 pounds.

7. 175 pounds and over, no limit.

20-1.4. Weighing of Boxers.

1. Weighing of all boxers for all shows must take place at a time and place designated by the Commission. This would normally be on the same day that the event is to be held.

2. Weights must be determined by a representative of the Commission.

3. Opponents should be weighed in the presence of each other.

4. Members of the press, in addition to the responsible handlers of the boxers, shall be permitted to attend the weigh-in.

5. All weights stripped.

6. Any boxer who fails to appear for the official weigh-in, within the time stipulated on the club contract, shall be subject to disciplinary action as provided for by statute or these regulations.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

SUBCHAPTER 2. RING EQUIPMENT

20-2.1. Ring Dimensions; Floor Coverings.

1. The boxing ring shall not be less than 16 feet on each side nor more than 24 feet on each side square within the ring ropes.

2. The platform must extend beyond the ropes for a distance of at least eighteen inches.

3. The ring posts shall be at least 18 inches away from the ring ropes.

4. The ring floor, both within and outside the ropes must be padded to a thickness approved by the Commission's representative. Padding must be felt matting or other soft material that will not lump and must be approved by the Commission's representative.

5. There must be a top covering of canvas, duck or similar material tightly stretched and laced to the ring platform.

6. On the floor there must be a layer of Celotex Building Board Number 2 or a similar material approved by the Commission's representative. [R. 20-3.3](R 20-3.1)

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-2.2. Height of Ring.

The ring shall not be more than four feet above the floor of the building and shall be provided with suitable steps for the use of contestants. (R 20-2.15).

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-2.3. Ring Posts.

1. Ring posts shall not be less than three inches in diameter and may extend from the floor of the ring to a height of no more than 58 inches and shall be properly padded.

2. Nothing shall be attached to the ring post without approval from the Commission Representative.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-2.4. Ring Ropes.

1. There shall be at least four ropes, not less than one inch in diameter which shall be well padded at all times.

2. The lower rope shall be not more than 18 inches above the ring floor and the top rope 52 inches above the ring floor.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-2.5. Gong or Bell.

1. The gong or bell must not be higher than floor level of the ring platform.

2. The bell or gong must have a clear tone so that the contestants can hear the bell or gong easily.

20-2.6. Timekeeper's Chair.

The timekeeper's chair must be sufficiently high to give him a clear view of the ring.

20-2.7. Stopwatch.

The licensed timekeeper at every boxing show shall have an approved stopwatch.

20-2.8. Gloves; Additional Articles.

1. An ample supply of boxing gloves must be kept on hand by every promoter.

2. Each glove must weight at least eight ounces.

3. All gloves must in good condition or they must be discarded.

4. The Commission may require a brand new set of gloves for any event. Thumbless gloves may be used with consent of both contestants or at the discretion of the Commission.

5. All gloves must pass the inspection of the referee and/or the Commission's representative.

6. There shall be provided by the promoter a sufficient number of water buckets for the use of all contestants.

7. Promoters shall also provide powdered resin for canvas, stools, water bottles and such other articles as are required for conducting the contests.

8. A bucket or water bottle used by a contestant shall not be used again until it has been washed.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-2.9. Scales.

Scales used for weighing-in boxers shall be of standard make, thoroughly tested and approved by the Commission's representative.

20-2.10. Ring to Be Clear of Obstructions.

1. The entire ring platform shall be cleared of all obstructions, including such articles as buckets and stools, the instant the gong indicates the beginning of a round, and none of these articles shall be placed on the ring floor until the gong has ended the round.

2. Nothing shall be placed on the ring apron unless approved by the Commission Representative.

3. No one shall be seated within six feet of the ring unless approved by the Commission or their designee.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-2.11. Tape and Bandages.

1. Bandage on a boxer's hand or wrist shall be soft surgical bandage of gauze quality not over two inches wide and twenty yards in length for each hand. It shall be wrapped on each hand smoothly and evenly and without zigzagging, lumping or curling.

2. Bandage shall be held in place by eight feet of surgeon's adhesive tape in a width of one and one half inches, which shall be wrapped smoothly and evenly, without zigzagging, lumping or curling.

3. Bandage and tape shall be placed on the hands of a boxer in the presence of a representative of the Commission.

4. Application of a greater amount of tape [Note - or bandage] for a specific reason to the representative of the Commission, who may grant permission if conditions warrant, in which event the opponent shall have the same consideration.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996; State Register Volume 22, Issue No. 6, Part 3, eff June 26, 1998.

20-2.12. Adhesive Tape for Protection of Hands.

If both boxers agree the Commission Representative may authorize small strips of tape between the fingers of a boxer and or one winding of surgeon's adhesive tape, one and one half inches in width, to be placed directly on each hand for protection near the wrist. Said tape may cross the back of the hand twice but shall not extend within one inch of the knuckles when the hand is clenched to make a fist.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-2.13. Adjustment of Bandages and Tape.

All bandages and tape shall be adjusted in the dressing room in the presence of Commission's representative who shall initial such wrappings. Under no condition are bandages to be placed on the hands of the contestants until authorized by the Commission's representative.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-2.14. Round Cards.

Each promoter may provide a sufficient supply of white, square shaped round cards, numbered on both sides from 1 to 15. These shall be visible from the ring to all spectators.

20-2.15. Steps to Boxing Ring.

In addition to the set of steps installed in each boxer's corner, a third set of steps leading to the boxing ring may be required by the Commission's representative for use exclusively by the attending physician, referee, ring announcer, round card carriers, and such other persons approved by the Commission's representative for introductions.

20-2.16. Mouth Pieces.

The promoter must have--at ringside--an adequate supply (not less than six) sterilized mouth pieces that can be formed to fit. (R.20-3.12)

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

SUBCHAPTER 3. RING SAFETY

20-3.1. Ring Floor Material.

Every ring used for boxing shall be equipped with one inch layer of Celotex Building Board Number 2 or a similar approved substance. Said application shall be between the floor of the ring and the canvas-covered padding. [R.20-2.1(6), R.20-3.3].

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-3.2. Ring Padding.

Ring padding shall be at a thickness approved by the Commission's representative and shall be covered by a clean, unbroken canvas. Padding shall be periodically checked to guard against loss of effectiveness through constant use.

20-3.3. Ring Aprons.

Ring aprons which extend beyond the ropes must be properly padded and shall have Celotex Building Board Number 2 or similar substance approved by the Commission's representative between the padding and the floor. [R. 20-2.1(6) R. 20-3.1].

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-3.4. Ropes, Tops of Ring Posts.

1. Steps leading into the ring shall be in diagonally opposite corners of the ring.

2. A ring stool shall be made available for each corner.

20-3.5. Emergency Equipment.

The promoter shall arrange for and provide, in addition to a ring side physician, emergency medical equipment and a certified EMT attendant to be present at ringside prior to the start of and throughout each contest.

20-3.6. Participation of Suspended Boxer.

Any boxer suspended or serving a rest period must not participate in any event without commission approval. [52-7-100].

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-3.7. Compulsory and Discretionary Eight Count; Three Knockdowns in One Round.

1. A compulsory count of eight must be taken by every boxer who is knocked down by a punch and he must take the count whether reclining or standing. (R.20-8.9 3)

2. The referee at his discretion may declare a standing eight count at any time.

3. In the interest of safeguarding the health and welfare of a boxer engaged in ring combat, three knockdowns in any one round shall be regarded as a technical knockout and the referee shall halt a contest. The referee is counseled that a man's condition may justify stopping a contest in less than three knockdowns. The referee will exercise his discriminating judgement to determine whether or not any one of all such knockdowns shall be the results of decisive blows by the opponent. If in the referee's judgement, which must be keen and incisive, the knockdowns have been indecisive and clearly with no injurious effect upon the boxer, the contest may be continued but with good sense and judgement and the boxer's welfare always paramount.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-3.8. Use of Stimulants.

The Commission has the authority to require any participant to submit to tests for the presence of unauthorized substances. The use of any drugs, alcoholics or stimulants, or injections in any part of the body, either before or during a match, by or in behalf of any boxer is adequate grounds for revoking his license, as well as the license of the person administering the same.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-3.9. Drugs and Other Substances.

1. Substances such as Monsel's solution; other iron or bismouth compounds, collodion, silver nitrate, ammonia or smelling salts are prohibited. The use of such modalities will result in disqualification, suspension or fine of the boxer, manager and/or trainer. The Commission or the ringside physician may specify which substances may be used.

2. The use of excessive lubricant on the body, arms or face of a boxer will not be tolerated.

3. Only water shall be administered by seconds to a boxer between rounds. Honey, electrolyte solutions, glucose, sugar or any other substance mixed with water is prohibited.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-3.10. Vision; Head Injury.

1. No license shall be issued to any applicant for a boxer's license whose vision is so poor as to cause any examining physician to recommend that no license be granted.

2. A boxer's license may be denied to a boxer who has suffered cerebral hemorrhage or any other serious head or jaw injury.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-3.11. Abdominal Guard.

All boxers must wear a foul-proof abdominal guard and cup which shall be examined and approved before all bouts by a representative of the Commission.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-3.12. Mouth Pieces.

No boxer shall be permitted to perform in any contest without wearing a form fitting mouth piece. It is suggested that each boxer have a spare mouth piece in the event the one he is wearing breaks. (R.20-2.16)

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-3.13. Submission of Boxer's Record.

A boxer may be required to submit to the Commission a true record of his performances.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-3.14. Refreshment Containers; Intoxicating Liquors.

No refreshments, drinks or food may be sold at any regulated event except in paper or plastic containers.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-3.15. Examinations.

The Commission may order an examination of boxers at any time for the purpose of determining whether such boxers are fit and qualified to engage in future matches or exhibitions.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-3.16. Maintaining Order.

Every promoter holding a permit to conduct a boxing match or sparring exhibition shall provide for suitable security personnel to maintain and preserve order.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-3.17. Boxer's Record; Suspension.

1. Any boxer who sustains a succession of six defeats or a series of knockouts may be subject to suspension.

2. If a boxer is suspended in any other state such suspension shall be in effect in this state.

3. The promoter shall be responsible for providing the Commission with full details of the boxer's record.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-3.18. Determination of Physical Circumstances.

The Commission's firm policy is that a referee's competency is accepted, but the referee shall, at all times, avail himself of the trained and expert judgment of a physician's greater knowledge of a boxer's wellbeing; and he should, at all times, feel free to call upon the physician to counsel him as to the advisability of permitting a boxer to continue or terminate a contest because of physical circumstances. The ringside physician may examine a boxer at any time he feels it necessary and may direct the referee to halt a contest if in his opinion the boxer is unable to continue [See 20-12.3(5)]

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-3.19. Physician's Recommendations.

Physicians approved by the Commission are required to file recommendations on all boxers who reveal inadequate ability for further competition.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-3.20. Examination and Suspension After Knockout.

After a knockout or a technical knockout there shall be a 30 day suspension. After a second knockout or technical knockout within a twelve month period there shall be a 60 day suspension and a Cat scan, EEG or other medical tests may be required. In the event of a third knockout or technical knockout in a twelve month period, the Commission shall suspend the boxer for a period of 12 months or more. [R. 20-5.13]

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

SUBCHAPTER 4. LICENSES AND PERMITS FOR BOXING

20-4.1. General Requirement.

1. No person, club, corporation or association may be a participant in boxing bouts or sparring exhibitions in the State of South Carolina without first having obtained a license from the State Athletic Commission.

2. Additionally, no promoter may hold or conduct boxing bouts or sparring exhibitions without first having obtained a permit for the specific event.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-4.2. Application.

1. Applications for licenses and permits as required herein shall be made upon forms prescribed by the Commission and made under oath. The license application must include a photograph showing the head and shoulders of the applicant. The license application must be made at least one week before a scheduled event except for last minute substitutions. See Section 20-4.8 for permit applications.

2. Boxers who apply for a license shall include a statement of experience and medical history and a valid license from the applicant's home state if other than South Carolina (See, Section 20-5.25).

3. Every application made by a club, association, or corporation shall include the names and addresses of all officers, and/or partners.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989.

20-4.3. Period of Validity.

Licenses for all contestants except Off The Street Boxing are valid for a period not to exceed one year and will expire on December 31st of each calendar year. Off The Street Boxing licenses are limited to five events. Off The Street Boxing licenses will expire December 31st if the contestant has not participated in five events.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-4.4. Documents.

All papers and documents filed with the Commission shall be the property of the Commission.

20-4.5. Suspensions.

Promoters shall not permit any person under suspension to take any part whatsoever as a participant or in arranging or conducting matches, or work during the period of suspension; however, a boxer who has been suspended because of a cut or knockout may serve as a second if he/she is properly licensed.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989.

20-4.6. Sale or Transfer of License.

No license or permit may be sold or transferred.

20-4.7. Promoter Responsibility.

All promoters holding licenses and permits shall be absolutely responsible to the Commission for all matches or exhibitions held, given or conducted under such license and permit.

20-4.8. Permit Application and Fee.

1. Every promoter must have a current license to conduct, hold or give boxing matches or exhibitions and must apply to the Commission for a permit. The application for such permit must be in the Commission office at least two weeks before the scheduled date of the event. If the promoter does not meet such deadline, the Commission will not issue a permit until the promoter pays the mandatory fine required by law.

2. No permit may be issued unless the application includes:

a. The name and address of all participants.

b. Evidence that a policy of medical and hospital insurance satisfactory to the Commission covers every boxer (See 20-14.1).

c. Proof of a surety bond acceptable to the Commission in an amount not less than the amount of the total purse (see 20-17.11).

d. Pays the required permit fee of Fifty Dollars which shall be nonrefundable.

3. Additionally, each promoter shall provide the Commission with copies of every contract between boxers, managers and with the promoter covering all contestants in the match or exhibition for which permit is made.

4. Promoters must pay to the Commission two percent (2%) of the total admissions received at the event, at the time, and in the manner, designated by the Commission. (For Sparring and Charity events see R. 20-19.1)

5. Promoters must pay to the Commission an amount equal to the out of pocket cost of contestant investigations made by the Commission.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-4.9. Passport (Boxers Fight Record).

The Commission may require all boxers to register for passports.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-4.10. License Fees.

1. Annual license fees for participants shall be as follows:

a. Promoter $50.00

(Promoter must also provide a surety bond in the amount of

$5,000.00. Such bond must be issued by a company approved by the

South Carolina Insurance Commission. The Commission may require an

additional bond when a permit application is submitted if the

liability of the promoter exceeds $5,000.00).

b. Judge $10.00

c. Referee $10.00

d. Manager $20.00

e. Boxer $10.00

f. Trainer $10.00

g. Second $10.00

h. Timekeeper $10.00

i. Announcer $10.00

j. Matchmaker $20.00

(NOTE: If a person holding a second's license applies for a manager's license the amount paid for the second's license will be credited toward the fee for the manager's license.)

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-4.11. Lost License; Duplicate.

If a license is lost, its owner may obtain a duplicate for $2.00 by written application to the State Athletic Commission.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-4.12. Refunds for License and Permit Fees.

Fees paid for licenses and permits shall not be refundable.

SUBCHAPTER 5. BOXERS

20-5.1. Physical Examination.

1. The Commission may require any boxer or kick boxer applying for a license to be examined by a physician or physicians.

2. The Commission may order examinations of boxers at any time for the purpose of determining whether such boxers are fit and qualified to engage in future contests.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-5.2. Age.

1. The minimum and maximum ages for professional boxing in South Carolina are 18 to 35 years old. The maximum age may be waived by unanimous vote of the Commission for a specific participant.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-5.3. Boxer as Self-Manager.

Any boxer who has attained his 18th birthday and is not under contract to a manager can make his own matches, sign contracts and handle his own affairs.

20-5.4. First Appearance; Proof of Age.

1. Any boxer making application for his first South Carolina license must provide positive proof of his age.

2. Unless positive proof of age is provided, the Commission shall not issue a license to the applicant.

20-5.5. Boxer-Manager Contract Forms.

All boxers with managers must have boxer-manager contract forms. One copy of a completed, executed contract form shall be given to the manager, one to the boxer, and one copy shall be filed in the Commission office.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-5.6. Release from Contract.

Release of a boxer by a manager from a boxer-manager contract shall be in writing and shall be kept on file in the State Athletic Commission office.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-5.7. Parties to Contract to be Licensed.

1. Both parties to a boxer-manager contract must be licensed by the State Athletic Commission or the contract shall not become effective.

2. The Commission may recognize contracts on file in cooperating states.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-5.8. Minors.

If any boxer has been licensed by the Commission who has not reached his 18th birthday, he must have written authorization from his parent or legal guardian before participating in a boxing event.

20-5.9. Club Contract.

No boxer shall participate in any bout without signing a promoter or club contract. If the boxer has a manager, the signatures of both the boxer and manager should appear on the club contract. A copy of such contract must be furnished to the Commission.

20-5.10. Payment to Boxer as Exclusive Signer of Club Contract.

When a boxer exclusively signs the club contract for a bout, the promoter shall pay to him the full purse specified in the contract.

20-5.11. Failure to Appear for Weigh-In.

Any boxer who fails to appear for the official weigh-in, within the time stipulated on the club contract, shall be subject to disciplinary action as provided for by statute or these regulations.

20-5.12. Failure to Appear for Bout.

Any contestant who fails to appear for a bout after he has signed a club contract shall be subject to disciplinary action as provided for by statute or these regulations.

20-5.13. Rest Period; Reinstatement After Knockout.

1. If a boxer has been knocked out or if a technical knockout decision has been rendered against him by a referee, such boxer shall serve a rest period as provided in Section 20-3.20.

2. The Commission may require medical proof of his physical well being for reinstatement.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-5.14. Failure to Give Satisfactory Performance.

1. If a boxer, in the judgment of a Commission representative, fails to give a satisfactory performance, his purse shall be forwarded to the Commission.

2. All parties concerned shall be summoned to a hearing and the disposition of the purse shall be decided by the Commission.

20-5.15. Forfeit Fees.

1. The Commission may require the posting of forfeit fees by boxers, either in cash or certified check, to guarantee appearance or making of weight.

2. If said boxer fails to appear to make the agreed upon weight, the Commission may impose a fine on all or part of the forfeit money.

20-5.16. Boxer with Suspended Manager.

1. A boxer whose manager has been suspended may continue boxing independently during the term of such suspension, signing all contracts for matches.

2. No payment of a boxer's earnings may be made by any licensed club to a manager under suspension but the purse in full shall be paid to the boxer.

20-5.17. Number of Rounds.

Boxers can be matched at four, six, eight, ten or 12 rounds. The Commission may limit the number of rounds at its discretion.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 22, Issue No. 6, Part 3, eff June 26, 1998.

20-5.18. Foul.

1. The following are fouls in boxing and boxers committing any of these infractions are subject to penalty as the referee sees fit:

a. Hitting below the belt;

b. Hitting an opponent who is down or who is getting up after being down;

c. Holding an opponent with one hand and hitting with the other;

d. Holding or deliberately maintaining a clinch;

e. Wrestling or kicking;

f. Any unsportsmanlike trick or action causing injury to an opponent;

g. Butting with the head or shoulder or using the knee;

h. Hitting with the open glove, or with the butt of the hand, the wrist, or the elbow; all backhand blows;

i. Roughing at the ropes;

j. Use of the kidney punch, which consists of punching in the back or kidney area;

k. Use of the rabbit punch, which is defined as punching to the back of the head or neck;

l. Jabbing opponent's eyes with the thumb of the glove;

m. The use of abusive language in the ring;

n. Hitting on the break;

o. Hitting after the bell has sounded ending the round.

20-5.19. Time Between Bouts.

For boxers there shall be an interval of 7 days between the dates of the bouts or for such time as shall be determined at the discretion of the Commission.

20-5.20. Inability to Perform Contract Due to Injuries or Illness.

Whenever a licensed boxer, because of injuries or illness, is unable to take part in a contest for which he is under contract, he (or his manager) must immediately report the fact to the nearest Commission representative, and the boxer shall submit to an examination by a physician. The examination fee of the physician is to be paid by the boxer.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-5.21. Facial Hair.

All boxers must be clean and neat when they participate in ring contests. Facial hair shall be at the discretion of the Commission.

20-5.22. Boxers from the Same Stable.

Any contest between two boxers from the same stable may be held only with the approval of the Commission.

20-5.23. Disqualification of Boxer.

If a boxer persists in fouling, despite a referee's warning of clean sportsmanship, the referee shall have the right to disqualify said boxer.

20-5.24. Contest Stopped Prematurely.

When a boxing contest is stopped because of rain or other unavoidable circumstances and less than half of the scheduled number of rounds have been finished, the judges shall call the same a draw. If, under the same circumstances, half or more of the scheduled number of rounds have been completed, the judges shall render a decision.

20-5.25. Resident License.

No professional boxer who is a legal resident of a State other than South Carolina may appear in any boxing contest unless such boxer has in his possession a current South Carolina license and a current license from his state of residence unless waived by the Commission. The Commission may also require such boxer to hold a Passport from the state of residence.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-5.26. Examination Prior to Licensing and Boxing.

Any boxer applying for a license or renewal thereof or licensed boxer scheduled to appear in any boxing contest must be examined by a physician at least one week prior to taking part in any match, or at a later date at the discretion of the Commission.

20-5.27. Grounds for Suspension of License.

Any boxer holding a license may be suspended for arrest or conviction on a charge involving moral turpitude or for unbecoming conduct at any time or place reflecting discredit to boxing. Under similar circumstances, an application for a license or renewal thereof may be summarily rejected (see 20-25.1).

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989.

SUBCHAPTER 6. MANAGERS

20-6.2. Working in Boxer's Corner.

Any licensed manager or trainer who works in the corner of a boxer with whom he has a contract need not obtain a second's license.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-6.3. Signatory to Boxer-Manager Contract.

Any manager who signs a boxer-manager contract must renew his manager's license during the term of the same or it shall become void at the discretion of the Commission.

20-6.4. Manager's Percentage of Ring Earnings.

The manager shall be entitled to no more than 33 1/3 per cent of the ring earnings of any boxer with whom he has a properly filed boxer-manager contract.

20-6.5. Failure to Sign Club Contract.

Any manager who fails, by reason of neglect or indifference, to execute a club contract shall be subject to disciplinary action as provided for by statute or these regulations and such dereliction shall be grounds to void a boxer/manager contract.

20-6.6. Manager Under Suspension.

A manager under suspension must not work in any boxer's corner or negotiate with any promoter or matchmaker for any boxer's services.

20-6.7. Number of Boxers in One Show; Limitation on Manager.

No manager shall be encouraged to have more than two boxers engaged on the card of any boxing show.

20-6.8. Signatories to Club Contract.

Club contract must be signed personally by the manager or by the boxer if he has no manager.

20-6.9. Acceptance by Manager.

Any manager who agrees to accept a match for the services of a boxer through the medium of any written or telegraphic means of communication shall be held accountable for his actions as if accomplished in person by a club contract.

20-6.10. License for Promoter Deals.

No unlicensed manager shall deal with any promoter or matchmaker.

20-6.11. License to Schedule Match.

No unlicensed person shall book or schedule a match until issued a manager's license.

20-6.12. Manager Representing Manager.

If a licensed manager desired to represent another licensed manager in securing contests for a boxer, such manager must have in his possession a written agreement by both the manager and boxer whom he represents. This agreement must be filed with the Commission who shall approve or disapprove recognition of such agreement.

20-6.13. Number of Managers Per Boxer.

1. No boxer can have more than one manager without expressed approval of the Commission.

2. If a boxer shall have more than one manager, all such managers should be of record with the Commission and the promoter must deal only with the licensed manager or managers so recorded.

20-6.14. Manager Attempting to Take Another Manager's Boxer.

Any manager determined by the Commission to have wrongfully taken another manager's boxer shall be subject to disciplinary action as provided for by statute or these regulations.

20-6.15. Transfer of Manager-Boxer Contract.

Contracts between a manager and boxer are not transferable without filing a proper notice thereof with the Commission attested to by all of the principals.

20-6.16. Aid for Injured Boxer.

No manager or second shall attempt to render aid to a disabled boxer before the physician has had an opportunity to examine the boxer.

20-6.17. Grounds for Suspension of License.

Any manager holding a license may be suspended for arrest or conviction on a charge involving moral turpitude or for unbecoming conduct at any time or place reflecting discredit to boxing. Under similar circumstances, application for a license or a renewal may be summarily rejected (see 20-25.2).

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989.

20-6.18. Giving Incorrect Information on Application.

Any manager who gives incorrect information on any application may be suspended by the Commission.

20-6.19. Application for Boxing Manager's License.

1. Applications for a boxing manager's license shall contain a true and complete statement of all persons connected with the management.

2. Subsequent to the granting of any such license, applicant shall submit for approval by the Commission any change at any time in the persons connected with the management.

SUBCHAPTER 7. SECONDS

20-7.2. Number Limitation.

Two seconds and no more than three shall work in any boxer's corner. Only one of which may be in the ring at any one time.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989.

20-7.3. Attire.

Seconds must wear clean, neat clothing.

20-7.4. Second Under Suspension.

A second under suspension shall not work in any boxer's corner.

20-7.5. Second Acting as Manager.

A second holding a second's license must obtain a manager's license to act as manager, or assist in any way in obtaining matches. If found guilty of such actions, he shall be suspended.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-7.6. Coaching and/or Assisting During Round Prohibited.

Second must not coach, or in any way assist a principal during a round or by word or act attempt to heckle or annoy his opponent. They must remain seated in place and be silent.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-7.7. Grounds for Suspension of License.

Any second holding a license may be suspended for arrest or conviction on a charge involving moral turpitude or for unbecoming conduct at any time or place reflecting discredit to boxing. Under similar circumstances, application for a license or a renewal thereof may be summarily rejected.

20-7.8. Giving Incorrect Information on Application.

Any second who gives incorrect information on any application may be suspended by the Commission.

20-7.9. Aid to Injured Boxer.

No second or manager shall attempt to render aid to a disabled boxer before the physician has had an opportunity to examine the boxer.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-7.10. Termination of Boxer's Performance.

Any second may terminate the performance of the boxer he is serving either between rounds or during the progress of any boxing contest in which such boxer is a contestant.

SUBCHAPTER 8. BOXING REFEREES AND JUDGES

20-8.0. Requirements for License as Referee or Judge: Expiration and Renewal of License.

1. To qualify for a license as a referee or judge of boxing contests an applicant must:

a. Be at least 21 years of age:

b. Not have been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude:

c. Submit references from three persons of his/her character and ability; and

d. Except as otherwise provided in this section, must attain a score of eighty-five (85) percent on such examination as the Commission requires and successfully complete an apprenticeship if established by the commission.

2. In lieu of the examination and internship, the commission may accept satisfactory evidence of equivalent qualifications possessed by an applicant who:

a. Is currently licensed in another state or country; or

b. Formerly held a South Carolina license which lapsed in good standing.

3. A person holding a current South Carolina license or who formerly held a South Carolina license which lapsed in good standing may be licensed by the Commission without examination or internship to perform an officiating function other than that for which he is or was licensed if the Commission determines that he is qualified to perform that function.

4. The Commission will determine when additional ring officials are needed and when licensing examinations for ring officials will be conducted.

5. Each license issued pursuant to this section is valid until December 31 of each year. An application with the proper fee for renewal must be submitted to the Commission by December 1, of each year accompanied by the appropriate renewal fee. The renewal of a license is not automatic. The applicant's past performance and abilities may be considered in evaluating his application for renewal.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-8.1. Selection and Assignment.

The Director of Labor, Licensing and Regulations or his/her designee shall select and assign boxing referee and/or judges (see R. 20-8.27). Any negotiations, arrangements, agreements or contracts concerning compensation of referees and judges shall be the sole responsibility and concern of the promoter and the said referee or judge.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 11, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1987; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-8.2. Chief Ring Official.

The referee shall be the chief official of every boxing match and shall remain in the ring during the entire time of the contest.

20-8.3. Reporting for Duty; Number Per Show; Restrictions.

1. Referees must report for duty at least one hour before the scheduled starting time of the show.

2. At least two referees will be assigned for each show.

3. Referees must first report to their dressing room or other designated place where their blood pressure and pulse will be checked by the physician, then to ringside. All referees must stay at ringside when not officiating and will avoid conversation except with Commission officials.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-8.4. Physical Examination.

Referees must submit physicians statements prior to license renewal.

20-8.5. Apparel.

Apparel required for boxing referees shall be a light colored shirt and dark trousers. The person designated as the Commission representative or as the chief of officials may require specific colors and a bow tie.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-8.6. Chief Second's Responsibility.

The referee shall, before starting a contest, ascertain from each participant the name of his chief second, and shall hold said chief second responsible for the conduct of his assistant seconds during the progress of the contest.

20-8.7. Mid-Ring Instructions.

The referee shall call participants together before each bout for final instructions, covering good sportsmanship and the eight-count, at which time each contestant shall be accompanied by his chief second only. The principals, after receiving instructions, shall shake hands and retire to their corners. They shall not again shake hands until the beginning of the last round.

20-8.8. Persons in Ring During Round.

No persons other than the participants and the referee may be in the ring during the progress of a round.

20-8.9. Knockdown of Participant; Count.

1. When a participant has been knocked down the referee shall order the opponent to go to the farthest neutral corner of the ring, pointing to the corner, and promptly pick up the count from timekeeper or other person who may have been designated as the counter for knockdowns.

2. He shall audibly announce the passing of the seconds, accompanying the count with motions of his arm, the downward motion indicating the end of each second.

3. Any contestant who is knocked down shall not be allowed to resume boxing until after the referee has finishing counting eight.

4. The participant may take this count either on the floor or standing if he has not been struck hard enough to keep him down.

5. Should the opponent fail to stay in the farthest neutral corner, the referee may cease counting until he has returned to it, and then go on with the count from the point at which it was interrupted.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-8.10. Knockout of Participant; Count.

1. If the contestant taking the count is still down when the referee calls the count of "ten" the referee shall wave both arms to indicate that he has been knocked out.

2. The referee's count is the official count.

20-8.11. End of Round Knockout.

When a round in any boxing contest, except the last round, shall terminate before a participant who has been knocked down shall have risen from the floor of the ring, the timekeeper's and referee's count shall be continued, and, if the fallen participant shall fail to rise before the count of ten, he shall be considered to have lost the bout by a knockout in any round.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992; State Register Volume 22, Issue No. 6, Part 3, eff June 26, 1998.

20-8.12. Touching Boxers; "Break".

The referee shall not touch the boxers, except on the failure of one or both to obey a command to "break".

20-8.13. Stopping a Bout.

1. The referee may, in his discretion, stop a bout to protect a badly beaten boxer. The referee may stop a contest if he considers it too one-sided. In cases where a boxer sustains a cut eye or any other injury which the referee feels may incapacitate the boxer, the referee may, at any time, call into the ring the ring physician for examination of the boxer. In such cases the referee shall be guided by the physician's advice. [See 20-12.3(5)]

2. If a boxer loses his mouth piece, the referee shall stop the fight and replace it. There shall be no penalty for the first such loss. If the referee determines that subsequent losses of the mouth piece are intentional, he may penalize the boxer one (1) point for each such occurrence.

3. If an accidental butt disables a boxer in the first or second round, the referee shall declare the bout "no contest". If such butt occurs after the second round, the referee will award the decision to the boxer with the most points at the end of the preceding round.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-8.14. Failure to Answer Bell.

If any boxer fails to answer the bell after his rest period between rounds, the referee shall declare his opponent the winner by a TKO in the round coming up. The judges shall so indicate on their scorecards.

20-8.15. Inspection of Gloves.

The referee shall inspect the gloves and make sure that no foreign substances have been applied to either the gloves or any part of the boxer's head or body to the detriment of an opponent.

20-8.16. Knocked Down Construed.

1. A boxer shall be considered by the referee to be knocked down when any part of his body other than his feet is on the ring floor, he is hanging helplessly over the ropes, or rising from a "down" position.

2. A boxer hanging over the ropes is not officially "down" until so pronounced by the referee, who can count the boxer out either on the ropes or on the floor.

3. If a boxer who is down is hit the offending boxer shall be penalized one point. If such hit causes a knockout the offending boxer shall be disqualified.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-8.17. Failure to Compete or Foul.

1. In any case where the referee decides that the participants are not honestly competing or are fouling, the bout should be stopped.

2. A participant earns nothing and shall not be paid for an exhibition or contest in which there is stalling, faking or dishonesty or collusion.

3. The Commission shall determine the merits of any such contest and take whatever action is considered proper.

4. In any such case the representative of the Commission should order the purse of the offender held up and forwarded to the Commission for investigation and action.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 22, Issue No. 6, Part 3, eff June 26, 1998.

20-8.18. Ten Point Must Scoring System.

1. The ten point must system of scoring shall govern the decision.

2. At the conclusion of each round, the judges must give his scorecard to the scorekeeper. The boxer who has the most points on each scorecard is the winner. The scorekeeper maintains an accumulative total for each participant. [see 20-8.18 (4)] The decision of the majority of the judges shall be final (20-8.17).

a. If the boxer is slightly superior to his opponent in such round, ten points must be scored for such boxer, and the score of nine points marked down for his opponent.

b. If a boxer wins a round decisively, ten points should be scored for such boxer, and the score of eight points marked down on his opponent.

c. If a boxer wins a round decisively with a knockdown or knockdowns, ten points should be scored for such a boxer, and the score of seven points marked down for his opponent.

3. If a referee penalizes a boxer for a foul the referee shall notify the judges and the announcer who shall declare it to the public at the end of the round.

4. The referee may take points away from a boxer because of improper use of mouth piece. [see 20-8.13 (2)]

5. If the scorecards when tallied do not establish a winner the decision shall be a draw.

6. The referee or other designee shall collect the scorecards at the end of each round and submit them to the scorekeeper who shall maintain an accumulative total for each contestant separably by judge. At the end of the contest the scorekeeper shall determine the total for each judge scoring. He shall give that total to the Commission representative. After verifying the totals the Commission representative shall give the totals to the announcer who shall announce the decision of the judges.

7. Decisions shall be given in all contest.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-8.19. Boxer Fallen or Knocked Through Ropes; Return Unassisted.

1. If a participant has been knocked or has fallen out of the ring during a contest, the referee shall at once order the other boxer to a neutral corner and shall inform the timekeeper to suspend time until directed to resume time from the point of interruption for the duration of the round.

2. The participant who has fallen or has been knocked out of the ring must return to the ring unassisted by his seconds. If he is unable to do so within twenty (20) seconds the timekeeper shall notify the referee who shall begin the official count.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-8.20. No Foul Rule.

No participant may be awarded a contest on a claim of a low-blow foul nor may a participant lose by reason of a low-blow foul. Participants are presumed to be properly protected by safety equipment.

20-8.22. Verbal or Physical Abuse of Referee.

Any licensee who verbally or physically abuses a referee may be suspended indefinitely.

20-8.23. Low Blow; Referee's Notice.

Whenever the referee shall observe a blow delivered below the belt, he shall, as a means of notice to the fans and the offender, step between the boxers and with his free hand make a sweeping motion upwards from the floor as a warning to the offender to raise his punches and to refrain from delivering any other low blows.

20-8.24. Knocked Out Boxer; Treatment by Physician.

A boxer who is knocked out must not be touched or moved by anyone except with the approval of the physician. The physician shall determine the methods of resuscitation.

20-8.25. Persistent Fouling.

1. Persistent fouling by a boxer in spite of the referee's warnings, and in violation of clean sportsmanship, may, in the judgment of the referee, result in disqualification of the offender.

2. In any such case the representative of the Commission should order the purse of the offender held up and forwarded to the Commission for investigation and action. The action may include seizure of the entire purse or any portion thereof. 10% of the seized purse shall be deposited pursuant to Act 453. The remainder may be donated to Commission approve domestic and family violence charities in South Carolina.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 22, Issue No. 6, Part 3, eff June 26, 1998.

20-8.26. Change of Decision by Commission.

The Commission may in its discretion change a referee's decision if in its judgment a palpable and self-evident error has been committed.

20-8.27. Judges; Majority Vote.

The Director of Labor, Licensing and Regulation or his/her designee shall designate four judges three of whom shall be used in each contests who, by a majority vote, shall render a decision in any boxing contest. [R. 20-8.1]

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-8.28. Substitution of Referee or Judge.

1. In the event a referee or judge becomes unable to continue his/her duties during a boxing contest, time out shall be called and another official shall be immediately assigned by the Commission representative or chief of officials to replace the incapacitated person.

2. It shall be mandatory for such substituted judge to continue scoring on the scorecard used by the incapacitated judge and such scorecard shall be the official scorecard in the determination of a decision at the conclusion of the boxing contest.

3. The substituted judge must resume the round from the time of his substitution, for the incapacitated judge.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

SUBCHAPTER 9. COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE

20-9.1. General Supervisory Duties.

The Commission representative shall be in charge of shows for the purpose of:

1. Enforcing regulations issued by the Commission which includes but is not limited to:

a. Licensing contestants and all other participants according to the requirements of the rules of this Chapter.

b. Collecting unpaid promoter's fees.

c. Seeing that boxers and officials are paid.

d. Supervising gate entrances.

e. Completing his report and forwarding the same with collected fees to the Commission within 72 hours.

Verbal or physical abuse of any Commissioner, the Commission Representative or any person representing the Commission shall be a violation of the act establishing this commission and shall be subject to the penalties authorize in sections 52-7-60, 52-7-65 and 52-7-150 of the South Carolina Code of Laws.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-9.2. Attendance at Weigh-In.

A Commission representative must attend the weigh-in as well as the performances.

20-9.3. Receipt Book.

1. If a Commission representative has been furnished a receipt book he shall carry it with him at all times during an event.

2. Receipts are made out in triplicate; one copy for the person paying the fee, one copy to forward to the Commission office together with his report and the third copy to remain in the book.

3. When each receipt book is completed the Commission representative must return it to the office immediately.

4. If the Commission Representative has not been issued a receipt book he must use the forms provided by the Commission.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-9.4. Forwarding of Scorecards.

The Commission representative at boxing shows must obtain the judges scorecards and forward them to the Commission in addition to the other required reports.

20-9.5. Check of Substitute Boxers.

When substitutions occur in any boxing show, the Commission representative must thoroughly check the substitute's record, including his last five bouts, license, suspension status, name of his manager, if any, and any other pertinent information. The cost of such investigation will be paid by the promoter.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-9.6. Special Reports on Performances.

Commission representatives shall, when the occasion requires, submit special reports on performance of the boxers, recommendations for suspensions or unusual incidents.

20-9.7. Check of Seconds' Compliance with Rules.

Commission representatives shall see that all seconds present a neat appearance according to the rules of this Chapter.

20-9.8. Assure Enforcement of Regulations.

Commission representatives shall see that all necessary equipment is provided, that the participants are ready on time, that the seconds are properly instructed in their duties and that all regulations pertaining to the proper conduct of the bout are enforced.

20-9.9. Report of Injuries.

Commission representatives shall make an inquiry of all boxers after their bouts, in cooperation with the physicians, and shall report any injuries to the Commission within 72 hours.

20-9.10. Forwarding of Receipts.

Commission representatives must forward voided receipts as well as all other receipts from receipt books in their custody promptly after the conduct of any show to which they are assigned.

SUBCHAPTER 10. ANNOUNCERS

20-10.1. Designation; Approval; License.

Announcers may be designated by the promoters with the approval of the Commission and must be licensed by the Commission.

20-10.2. Authorization to Announce.

Announcers are forbidden to make any announcement whatsoever except as authorized to do so by the promoter with the consent of the Commission representative at the ringside.

20-10.3. Announcement of Contestants' Names and Weights.

After contestants and their chief seconds are in the ring, the boxing announcer shall announce the names of the contestants, their correct weights and other matters as may be directed by the Commission representative.

20-10.4. Announcement of Contest Results.

Boxing announcers shall announce the judges' decisions at the end of contests and in the event of knockouts, the time of same and the round of occurrence.

20-10.5. Neutrality.

1. Announcers must not in any way by word or action attempt to show any partisanship inside or outside the ring.

2. They must remain seated in place and be silent except when making official announcements.

20-10.6. Introducing Suspended Person.

1. Boxing announcers must not at any time introduce from any ring any boxer or other person who is under suspension.

2. The manner of the announcement shall be directed by the Commission representative.

SUBCHAPTER 11. TIMEKEEPERS

20-11.1. Approval and License.

Timekeepers shall be approved and licensed by the Commission.

20-11.2. Stop-Watch.

A timekeeper shall have an accurate stop-watch.

20-11.3. Time of Round; Rest Period.

1. Each round of boxing shall be three minutes unless approved in advance by the Commission representative, however, in the event of a knockdown near the end of a round the round shall continue until the official count has ended.

2. Each rest period between rounds shall be one minute.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992; State Register Volume 22, Issue No. 6, Part 3, June 26, 1998.

20-11.4. Warning Signal.

Ten seconds before the beginning of each round the timekeeper shall give warning to the seconds of the contestants by sounding a signal.

20-11.5. Termination Before Scheduled Limit.

In the event a boxing contest terminates before the scheduled limit of rounds, the timekeeper shall inform the announcer of the exact duration of the contest.

20-11.6. Location Near Bell.

A timekeeper shall be seated close to the bell at ringside. Adequate space must be provided to allow the timekeeper complete freedom of motion.

20-11.7. Signals During Rounds.

Except for the official ten-second signal, a timekeeper at a boxing match must not give any signal or information on the duration of any round in progress in any contest.

20-11.8. Termination Between Rounds.

1. If a boxing bout shall terminate between rounds by decision of the referee or at the request of a corner, the timekeeper shall sound the bell as a signal for the next round.

2. The contest shall then be considered as having terminated in the round for which the bell was sounded and likewise the referee shall be considered to have counted "ten" as in the case of a knockout.

20-11.9. Count for Knockdowns.

The timekeeper may be designated to initiate the count in the event of a knockdown.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

SUBCHAPTER 12. PHYSICIANS

20-12.1. Approval and Assignment.

Physicians shall be arranged for by the promoter and approved by the Commission.

20-12.2. Examination of Boxers.

Physicians assigned to boxing shows must examine each contestant thoroughly at the weigh-in.

20-12.3. Position at Ringside.

1. Physicians shall sit at the immediate ringside at all boxing shows.

2. No boxing bout or exhibition shall be allowed to proceed unless the physician is in his seat.

3. The physician shall not leave until after the final bout or exhibition.

4. He shall be prepared to assist if any serious emergency shall arise and shall render temporary or emergency treatment for cuts or other injuries sustained by the participants.

5. The ringside physician may examine a boxer at any time he feels it necessary and may direct the referee to halt a contest if in his opinion either contestant is unable to continue. [See 20-3.18]

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-12.4. Completion of Injury Form.

Physicians must fill out and return to the Commission immediately after a boxing show a printed injury form, reporting serious injuries. The form shall be given to the Commission representative.

20-12.5. Report to Commission.

Physicians must submit written reports to the Commission representative immediately following the examinations.

20-12.6. Unfit Participant.

Physicians must rule off the card any boxer at a weigh-in who is found physically unfit.

SUBCHAPTER 13. TELEVISION, MOVING PICTURE, RADIO

20-13.1. Commission Fee.

1. Every person, club, corporation, organization or association who shall hold any boxing, wrestling, kick boxing (full contact karate) or sparring exhibition or performance in this State shall pay to the Commission ten per cent of the gross receipts received by reason of the lease or sale of television, moving picture or radio rights in connection with any such exhibition or performance.

2. The Commission may by unanimous vote negotiate for a lesser amount.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-13.2. Forms.

Special forms to accompany the payment of the television fee shall be provided by the Commission to promoters whose shows are televised.

20-13.3. Copy of Agreement Furnished to Commission.

The Commission must be furnished by the promoter with true copies, properly notarized, of any and all agreements between promoters and television, moving picture or radio sponsors, stations or companies.

20-13.4. Time for Payment.

The television fee must be paid the same night of a show unless arrangements are made at least five days before the event. Such arrangements must be in writing.

20-13.5. Closed Circuit Television.

1. Any person who charges and receives an admission fee for exhibiting via closed circuit television any boxing or sparring match, including kick boxing (full contact karate), or wrestling exhibitions must obtain from the Athletic Commission an annual license. Application for an annual license must be on a form provided by, or acceptable to, the Commission, and accompanied by a Fifty Dollar ($50.00) license fee.

2. Additionally, such person must apply to the Commission for a permit for each location at which any such telecast will be shown at least two weeks prior to such event. If the promoter does not meet such deadline, the Commission will not issue a permit until the promoter pays the mandatory fine required by law. If additional locations for telecast showings are arranged after the permit application has been sent to the Commission there shall be no penalty for such late arrangement provided the Commission is notified within twenty four hours of such arrangement. Each such notification must be accompanied by the permit fee described below:

a. Each application for a permit must be accompanied by Fifty Dollars ($50.00) in certified funds for each location at which the event will be telecast. Fees for locations that are arranged after the permit has been submitted must be sent to the Commission within twenty four hours after the arrangement has been made.

b. The promoter may elect to pay a permit fee of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) at the time the permit application is filed in lieu of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) for each location. The promoter must notify the Commission of each location within twenty four hours of the time such location has been contracted to show the telecast or will receive the mandatory fine required by law.

3. Promoters must pay to the Commission two percent (2%) of the total admissions to the event, at the time, and in the manner, designated by the Commission.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

SUBCHAPTER 14. INSURANCE FOR BOXERS

20-14.1. Proof of Insurance.

1. Each licensed promoter shall be required to submit evidence of a policy of medical and hospital insurance satisfactory to the Commission at the time application is made to the Commission for a permit.

2. Proof that premium has been paid by certified funds is required.

3. Off the Street Boxing [See R. 20-25.4]

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-14.2. Coverage.

1. Insurance will cover boxers for medical, surgical and hospital care in amounts to be designated by the Commission.

2. In the event of accidental death, an amount designated by the Commission will be paid to the estate of the deceased.

20-14.3. Cost of Insurance.

The cost of insurance is to be borne by the promoter.

SUBCHAPTER 17. PROMOTERS

20-17.1. General Responsibility.

A licensed promoter will be held responsible for any failure in adhering to or enforcement of the rules and regulations of the Commission. The Commission may at its discretion video or require, the promoter to furnish videos of the event to the Commission. The promoter is responsible for properly identifying all contestants and for preventing overmatch contest. (R 20-18.2)

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-17.2. Intermissions.

Promoters shall not permit intermissions at boxing shows to exceed 15 minutes subject to the approval of the Commission or the Commission's representative.

20-17.4. Dealings with Persons Under Suspension.

Promoters and their matchmakers shall take notice of suspensions and shall not permit any person under suspension to take any part whatsoever as a participant.

20-17.5. Grounds for Suspension of License.

Any promoter holding a license may be suspended for arrest or conviction on a charge involving moral turpitude or for unbecoming conduct at any time or place reflecting discredit to boxing.

20-17.6. Maintenance of Order; Responsibility.

1. Promoters will be held responsible for maintaining order, and any person who is intoxicated, abusive or disorderly in conduct, to the annoyance of surrounding spectators, must be ejected.

2. Promoters must supply adequate security in order that order may be maintained and all laws and regulations enforced.

20-17.7. Minimum/Maximum Schedule of Rounds per Program.

Promoters shall not schedule less than 25 nor more than 60 rounds of boxing on one program.

20-17.8. Time of Main Event.

1. The Main Event may not start later than 10 P.M. unless approved by the Commission Representative.

2. If the semifinal or other advertised bouts have not been held they shall be put on after the main bout.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-17.9. Filing of Boxing Contracts; Secret Agreements.

1. Copies of all boxing contracts between or among any participants must be filed with the Commission at the designated time before the event.

2. The making of secret agreements contrary to the terms of the contracts so filed is prohibited under penalty of suspension of all parties thereto.

20-17.10. Nonprofit and Charitable Events.

Events sponsored, promoted or conducted by nonprofit and/or charitable organizations shall be subject to all the provisions of these rules and regulations; however, the Commission may waive all or part of any required fees for good cause shown. (See 20-24.16)

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 15, Issue No. 5, eff May 24, 1991.

20-17.11. Posting of Surety Bond or Certified Check.

Licensed promoters shall post with the Commission a surety bond or certified check acceptable to the Commission in an amount not less than the amount of the total purse.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-17.12. Promoter Participating as a Contestant.

No promoter shall participate as a contestant in any event in which the promoter is involved as a promoter or a matchmaker.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

SUBCHAPTER 18. MATCHMAKERS

20-18.1. Observance of Rules.

Matchmakers must observe all the rules and requirements with respect to weight agreements, weighing-in and the proper execution and filing of contracts and advance notices. The matchmaker is responsible for properly identifying all contestants.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-18.2. Uneven Matches.

Matchmakers and promoters will be held responsible if they make matches in which one of the principals is outclassed.

20-18.3. Dealings with Unlicensed Manager.

Any matchmaker who deals with an unlicensed manager may have his license revoked or suspended and he may be subject to such fine as the Commission may determine.

20-18.4. Dealings with Unlicensed Persons.

No matchmaker shall permit any unlicensed person to book or schedule a match for any boxer until said person has been issued a license.

20-18.5. Dealings with Persons Under Suspension.

Matchmakers shall not permit any person under suspension to take any part whatsoever in any match or in the planning of any match.

20-18.6. Grounds for Suspension of License.

Any matchmaker holding a license may be suspended for arrest or conviction on a charge involving moral turpitude or for unbecoming conduct at any time or place reflecting discredit to boxing.

20-18.7. Submission of Names and Addresses of Contestants.

True names, aliases and addresses of all contestants signed to appear on a boxing show must be submitted to the Commission by the matchmaker at least ten days in advance of the date of the show.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986.

20-18.8. Matches for One Club Only.

A matchmaker can make matches for only one club unless special written permission is obtained from the Commissioner.

20-18.9. Matchmaker Participating as a Contestant.

No matchmaker shall participate as a contestant in any event in which he/she is involved as a matchmaker.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

SUBCHAPTER 19. SPARRING AND CHARITY EVENTS

20-19.1. Fee.

Sparring and charity events shall be subject to all rules and regulations; however, the fees may be negotiated. [See R. 20-4.8 4.]

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

SUBCHAPTER 20. FEMALE BOXERS

20-20.1. Female Boxers.

(Same rules as for male boxers plus the following)

1. No applicant shall be contracted for or engage in a contest between male and female.

2. Contests will be limited to four rounds of two minutes duration.

3. Custom fitted mouthpiece must be used of the same variety required of male boxers.

4. Gloves weighing not less than eight ounces will be worn.

5. A breast protector must be used in lieu of a foul proof abdominal guard.

6. Hair must be secured in a manner which will not interfere with the vision or safety of either contestant.

7. EACH CONTESTANT WILL PROVIDE HERSELF WITH TWO UNIFORMS CONSISTING OF CONTRASTING COLOR, BODY SHIRT, BLOUSE AND SHORTS.

8. Contestants must sign, in addition to the contract, an addendum indicating that, to the best of their knowledge, they are not pregnant and that the contest will not take place during a menstrual period.

9. Promoters will provide adequate separate dressing rooms.

10. MINIMUM USE OF COSMETICS.

11. The annual physical examination must include a pelvic examination. Prior to each contest, the examining physician shall make an abdominal examination and note any masses, and make a breast examination and note any masses.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

SUBCHAPTER 21. HEARINGS AND SUBPOENA OF WITNESSES

20-21.1. Investigations and Hearings Held by Commission.

1. Any commissioner or any representative designated by him may make investigations and the Commission may hold hearings and issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses.

2. The Commission also may order production of books, papers or records needed for any hearing.

3. When the hearing takes place any commissioner may administer oaths to and examine any witnesses for the purpose of clarifying the questions for which the hearing was called.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 18, Issue No. 5, eff May 27, 1994.

20-21.2. Disciplinary Action.

Any person or entity required by law to be licensed by this Commission shall be subject to disciplinary action for any violation of these regulations or order of the Commission. Upon hearing and its determination of just cause existing, the Commission may, in its discretion, impose civil penalty, suspension or revocation of a license held. Any such violation shall also constitute grounds for the Commission's refusal to renew any license.

SUBCHAPTER 22. COUNTY ATHLETIC COMMISSIONS

20-22.1. Designation as Commission Representative.

The Director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations or his designee may designate the County Athletic Commission or a member there of as its official representative at events within such county.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 10, Issue No. 6, eff June 27, 1986; State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

SUBCHAPTER 23. KICK BOXING (FULL CONTACT KARATE)

20-23.1. Conduct of Kick Boxing (Full Contact Karate) Events.

1. All kick boxing (full contact karate) events shall be held under the rules and regulations in effect for the Professional Karate Association, the International Sport Karate Association, or such other professional organization as the Commission approves, except where those rules and regulations conflict with South Carolina law, rules or regulations, in which case South Carolina law, rules or regulations shall apply, however, there shall be an interval of at least seven (7) days between bouts or for such time as shall be determined at the discretion of the Commission.

2. The commission may require a kick boxer or an official to be given a physical examination and may take such disciplinary action as authorized by law.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-23.2. Licenses and Permits--General Requirements.

1. No person, club, corporation or association may be a participant in kick boxing (full contact karate) bouts or sparring exhibitions in the State of South Carolina without first having obtained a license from the State Athletic Commission.

2. No promoter may hold or conduct kick boxing (full contact karate) bouts or sparring exhibitions without first having obtained a permit for the specific event. [See R. 20-23.9]

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-23.3. Application.

1. Applications for licenses and permits as required herein shall be made upon forms prescribed by the Commission, made under oath, and contain a photograph depicting the head and shoulders of the applicant.

2. Kick boxers who apply for a license shall include a statement of experience and medical history and a valid license from the applicant's home state if other than South Carolina [See 20-5.25].

3. Every application made by a club, association, or corporation shall include the names and addresses of all officers, and/or partners.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988.

20-23.4. Period of Validity.

Licenses are valid for a period not to exceed one year and will expire on December 31st of each calendar year.

20-23.5. Documents.

All papers and documents filed with the Commission shall be the property of the Commission.

20-23.6. Suspensions.

Promoters shall not permit any person under suspension to take any part whatsoever as a participant or in arranging or conducting matches, or work during the period of suspension.

20-23.7. Sale or Transfer of License.

No license or permit may be sold or transferred.

20-23.8. Promoter Responsibility.

1. All promoters holding licenses and permits shall be absolutely responsible to the Commission for all matches or exhibitions held, given or conducted under such license and permit.

2. No promoter shall participate as a contestant in any show in which he/she is involved as a promoter or matchmaker. The promoter is responsible for properly identifying all contestants.All promoters holding licenses and permits shall be absolutely responsible to the Commission for all matches or exhibitions held, given or conducted under such license and permit.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-23.9. Permit Application and Fee.

1. Every promoter must have a current license to conduct, hold or give kick boxing matches or exhibitions and must apply to the Commission for a permit. Application for such permit must be in the Commission office at least two weeks before the scheduled date of the event. If the promoter does not meet such deadline, the Commission will not issue a permit until the promoter pays the mandatory fine required by law.

2. No permit may be issued unless the applicant:

a. Provides the name and address of all participants;

b. Provides evidence that a policy of medical and hospital insurance satisfactory to the Commission covers every kick boxer;

c. Files a surety bond acceptable to the Commission with the application in an amount not less than the amount of the total purse.

d. Pays the required permit fee of Fifty Dollars which shall be nonrefundable.

3. Additionally, each promoter shall provide the Commission with copies of every contract between kick boxers, managers and with the promoter covering all contestants in the match or exhibition for which permit is made.

4. Promoters must pay to the Commission two percent (2%) of the total admissions received at the event, at the time, and in the manner, designated by the Commission.

5. Promoters must pay to the Commission an amount equal to the out of pocket cost of contestant investigations made the by the Commission.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-23.10. Passport.

The Commission may require all kick boxers to register for passports.

20-23.11. License Fees.

1. Annual license fees for participants shall be as follows:

a. Promoter $50.00

(Promoter must also provide a surety bond in the amount of

$5,000.00 such bond to be issued by a company approved by the South

Carolina Insurance Commission - the Commission may require bond

when a permit application is submitted if the promoter's liability

exceeds $5,000.00)

b. Judge $10.00

c. Referee $10.00

d. Manager $20.00

e. Kick boxer $10.00

f. Trainer $10.00

g. Second $10.00

h. Timekeeper $10.00

i. Announcer $10.00

j. Matchmaker $20.00

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-23.12. Lost License; Duplicate.

If a license is lost, its owner may obtain a duplicate for $2.00 by written application to the State Athletic Commission.

20-23.13. Refunds for License and Permit Fees.

Fees paid for licenses and permits shall not be refundable.

20-23.14. Amateur Kick Boxing (Full Contact Karate).

See Section 20-16.1.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 15, Issue No. 5, eff May 24, 1991.

20-23.15. Amateur Kick Boxing in Conjunction with Professional Contests.

No amateur kick boxing contests shall be conducted in connection with any professional event, and no amateur boxer shall appear on a professional card, unless the event or card is held under the jurisdiction of the Professional Karate Association.

20-23.16. Non-Profit and Charitable Events.

See Section 20-17.10.

SUBCHAPTER 24. WRESTLING

20-24.1. Professional Wrestling Exhibitions and Entertainment.

All professional wrestling performances are exhibitions and entertainment, and are not contests.

20-24.2. Licenses and Permits--General Requirements.

1. No person, club, corporation or association may be a participant in wrestling bouts or sparring exhibitions in the State of South Carolina without first having obtained a license from the State Athletic Commission.

2. Additionally, no promoter may hold or conduct wrestling bouts or sparring exhibitions without first having obtained a permit from the Commission.

20-24.3. Application.

1. Applications for licenses and permits as required herein shall be made upon forms prescribed by the Commission, made under oath, and contain a photograph depicting the head and shoulders of the applicant.

2. Wrestlers who apply for a license shall include a statement of experience and medical history.

3. Every application made by a club, association, or corporation shall include the names and addresses of all officers, and/or partners.

20-24.4. Period of Validity.

Licenses are valid for a period not to exceed one year and will expire on December 31st of each calendar year.

20-24.5. Documents.

All papers and documents filed with the Commission shall be the property of the Commission.

20-24.6. Suspensions.

Promoters shall not permit any person under suspension to take any part whatsoever as a participant or in arranging or conducting matches, or work during the period of suspension.

20-24.7. Sale or Transfer of License.

No license or permit may be sold or transferred.

20-24.8. Promoter Responsibility.

All promoters holding licenses and permits shall be absolutely responsible to the Commission for all matches or exhibitions held, given or conducted under such license and permit.

20-24.9. Permit Applications and Fees.

1. Every promoter must have a current license to conduct, hold or give wrestling matches or exhibitions and must secure a permit from the Commission before conducting any match or exhibition.

2. Permits for Single Events

a. Application for single wrestling event permits must be in the Commission office at least two weeks before the event. If the promoter does not meet such deadline, the Commission will not issue a permit until the promoter pays the mandatory fine required by law. No permit will be issued unless the applicant:

(1) Provides the names and addresses of all anticipated participants and of the event location;

(2) Pays the required permit fee of Fifty Dollars;

b. Promoters must pay to the Commission two percent (2%) of the total admissions to the event, at the time, and in the manner, designated by the Commission.

c. Additionally, the Commission may require:

1. Evidence that a policy of medical and hospital insurance satisfactory to the Commission covers every wrestler;

2. A surety bond or certified check acceptable to the Commission in an amount not less than the anticipated total talent fees, or proof of financial responsibility acceptable to the Commission.

3. The Commission may issue special permits to promoters holding multiple events during a given calendar year, upon the promoter's satisfaction of special permit requirements and fee terms set by the Commission.

3, 4. [Deleted]

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

20-24.10. License Fees.

1. Annual license fees for participants shall be as follows:

a. Promoter $50.00

(Promoter must also provide a surety bond in the amount of

$5,000.00 issued by a company approved by the South Carolina

Insurance Commission. The commission may require an additional bond

when a permit application is submitted. If the liability of the

promoter exceeds $5,000.00.)

b. Referee $10.00

c. Manager $20.00

d. Wrestler $10.00

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-24.11. Lost License; Duplicate.

If a license is lost, its owner may obtain a duplicate for $2.00 by written application to the State Athletic Commission.

20-24.12. Refunds for License and Permit Fees.

Fees paid for licenses and permits shall not be refundable.

20-24.13. Additional Rules and Regulations.

1. Conduct of Professional Wrestling Matches. All professional wrestling matches shall be conducted under the rules of the National Wrestling Association, the World Wrestling Federation, or other recognized sanctioning organization approved by the Commission. The referee shall see that the match is conducted in accordance with the applicable rules, and any wrestler who fails to conform to the rules after being warned by the referee shall be disqualified in accordance with such rules, and may be subject to discipline by the Commission as provided by the Act.

2. Promoter's Responsibility. Each promoter of a professional wrestling match shall be responsible to the Commission for its employees and agents and their compliance with the Act and the and regulations of the Commission.

3. Duties of Licenses. It shall be the duty of the referee to conduct the match and to see that the match is conducted in accordance with the rules of the appropriate sanctioning body. It shall be the duty of the promoter to comply with all of the rules and regulations adopted by the commission and to obey the Act. There shall be no abuse of a referee or any Commission official at any time. The Commission shall have jurisdiction to hear complaints concerning a referee or any official, and his decision may be appealed to the entire Commission. The Commission's decision may be appealed to a court of competent jurisdiction in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act.

4. Age Limitations. No wrestler's license shall be issued to any person under the age of eighteen (18).

5. Physical examination of Wrestlers. Any wrestler applying for a license or annual renewal thereof shall furnish a certificate of a physician duly licensed to practice medicine in any state on a form approved by the Commission. The Commission may order the examination of any wrestler at any time for the purpose of determining whether such wrestler is fit and qualified to engage in wrestling within the State of South Carolina.

6. Safety. Wrestling events to which the public is admitted shall be exhibited only in such buildings or stadiums as are in compliance with all applicable health, fire and safety regulations. The promoter shall insure that provisions are made for reasonable security arrangements and personnel for the orderly conduct of the matches and spectators.

7. There must be six (6) foot buffer zone between the wrestling ring and the spectators.

8. Wrestlers must not have any hostile contact with spectators.

9. Wrestlers must not swing or throw objects outside the ring and buffer zone, or at spectators.

10. Wrestlers must not run through the crowd or cross the buffer zone for any purpose except to go to or from the dressing room.

11. Wrestlers must not initiate any contact with spectators before, during or after their wrestling matches.

12. Wrestlers must not deliberately cut themselves or others, or otherwise draw blood. The Referee or Commissioners present may stop the bout immediately for a violation of these rules. The Commission may proceed against perpetrators' licenses or prosecute them pursuant to 52-7-60 Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976, as amended.

13. The referee or Commissioners present may stop the bout immediately for a violation of these rules. The Commission may proceed against violators' licenses or prosecute them as provided for by law.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 13, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 1989; State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-24.14. Amateur Wrestling.

See Section 20-16.1.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 15, Issue No. 5, eff May 24, 1991.

20-24.15. Amateur Wrestling in Connection with Professional Events.

No amateur wrestling events may be held in connection with any professional event or exhibit.

20-24.16. Nonprofit and Charitable Events.

See Section 20-17.10.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 12, Issue No. 6, eff June 24, 1988; State Register Volume 15, Issue No. 5, eff May 24, 1991.

SUBCHAPTER 25. WAIVER OF RULES

20-25.1. Waiver of Rules.

When a championship event is held under the jurisdiction of a nationally recognized organization, the Commission may, by unanimous vote of those present at a meeting with a quorum, waive any regulation, which is not required by Chapter 7 of Title 52 of the South Carolina Code.

20-25.2. Denial of License or Permit.

If an applicant for a license or permit has been convicted on a charge of moral turpitude or for unbecoming conduct at any time or place reflecting discredit to boxing, kick-boxing or wrestling, the Commission may decline to issue such license or permit. (See 20-6.17 and 20-5.27).

20-25.3. Athletic Contests with Animals.

The State Athletic Commission shall not license animals other than human beings nor issue permits for events in which they participate. (See South Carolina Code of Laws Section 16-27-10 et seq.)

20-25.5. When No Regulations Exist.

When an application for a permit is received and no regulations exist for the type event for which the permit is regulated the Commission may:

1. Deny the permit

2. If all requirements for a permit have been met may:

a. Designate that regulation for a related combative art be used:

b. Designate that acceptance or regulations of a licensed school be used.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-25.6. Verbal or Physical Abuse of Commission Representatives or Officials is Forbidden [see R-20-9.1].

Verbal or physical abuse of any Commissioner, the Commission Representative or any person representing the Commission shall be a violation of the act establishing this commission and shall be subject to the penalties authorize in sections 52-7-60, 52-7-65 and 52-7-150 of the South Carolina Code of Laws.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

20-25.7. Blood Borne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.

All promoters must comply with Section 29 CFR 1910.1030 of OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards. The State Athletic Commission may issue minimum guidelines.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

SUBCHAPTER 26. OFF THE STREET BOXING (I.E. TOUGHMAN, BADMAN [SIC] )

20-26.1. Off the Street Boxing (e.g. Toughman, Badman, Mad of the Maddest or Bad of the Baddest [sic]).

Participants and Officials must comply with the Rules and Regulations for regular boxing events with the following exceptions and/or additional rules:

1. Each bout is limited to three (3) one minute rounds.

2. The corner men must use clean towels and mouth pieces for each bout.

3. No boxer shall participate in more than four (4) such bouts in the same calendar day nor on successive calendar days without specific approval of the duly authorized Commission Representative. The ringside physician must check and record a boxer's blood pressure prior to each fight.

4. No person who has participated in more than five (5) amateur boxing, kick-boxing, or Off The Street Boxing events or more than five (5) of any combination of boxing, kick-boxing, or off the street tournament shall participate in an Off The Street Boxing Tournament.

5. No person who has participated in professional boxing or kick-boxing including trainers and sparring partners, shall enter an Off The Street Boxing Tournament.

6. Winning a prize in an Off The Street Boxing Event does not, in itself, make the winner a professional within the meaning of these regulations.

7. The Commission realizes that most participants will be late entrants, as in "emergency substitutions" and that promoters cannot provide late entrants' names and identifying data two weeks before the event. Nor, obviously, can participants who do not decide to enter more than one week prior to the event apply for licenses one week in advance of the event as ordinarily required. However, the promoter is to submit any participants' information upon his receipt, and participants are to apply for licenses upon registering for the contest.

8. Weight classes shall be as specified in section 20-1.2

9. Gloves of minimum weight of sixteen ounces, to be provided by the promoter, are required.

10. Kicking is not permitted in Off The Street Boxing.

11. All equipment must be inspected and approved by the Commission representative. All contestants must wear headgear.

12. In lieu of an accident and medical insurance policy, the promoter may provide a surety bond to the Commission in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars (5,000.00). Such bond is to guarantee that the promoter pays for medical treatment for injuries received by contestants and a payment of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to the contestant's nearest relative in the event of the contestant's death.

13. No off The Street Boxing Tournament shall be longer than two consecutive twenty-four hour periods.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 6, Part 1, eff June 28, 1996.

SUBCHAPTER 27. MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

20-27.01. Definitions.

(A) Brazilian jiu-jitsu: Also known as "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu", is a martial art developed in Brazil by the Gracie family during the mid-20th century. Originally based on the Japanese martial art of judo as it existed before WW II, it has since developed into an independent system with a major emphasis on ground fighting and grappling. These techniques may be used in mixed martial arts events.

(B) Cage: A fenced enclosure in which some promotional organizations hold mixed martial arts competition. A fenced enclosure may have four (4) but not more than eight (8) sides.

(C) Choke: A submission technique which restricts blood flow in the carotid arteries, resulting in a competitor either tapping-out or losing consciousness. Some of the most frequently employed chokes are the guillotine choke, rear-naked choke, leg triangle choke and the arm triangle choke.

(D) Fish-hooking: The action of hooking (grasping) and pulling the inside of an opponent's cheek so as to control his/her head movement. This is illegal.

(E) Freestyle wrestling: An Olympic grappling sport which permits contestants to attack their opponent above and below the waist, these techniques may be used in mixed martial arts events.

(F) Gi: The traditional uniform worn when practicing aikido; jujitsu; judo; and karate, may not be worn in mixed martial arts events.

(G) Grappling: Techniques of throwing, locking, holding, and wrestling, as opposed to kicking and punching. These techniques may be used in mixed martial arts events.

(H) Greco Roman wrestling: An Olympic grappling sport in which all holds are applied above the waist in an attempt to throw the opponent. These techniques may be used in mixed martial arts events.

(I) Ground and pound: A MMA term which describes the barrage of strikes delivered by the contestant who is in his/her opponents guard or in the mount position.

(J) Guard: A basic position in which one competitor lies on his back with their knees bent and legs open. If their opponent is between their legs, the opponent is in their guard. Depending upon the leg position of the fighter on their back, the guard is refereed to as being an open, closed, half, butterfly, spider, or rubber-band guard.

(K) Hammer-fist: A strike with the small finger side of the fist, as if holding a hammer.

(L) Judo: Meaning gentle way, it is a grappling art created by Jigoro Kano. Based on the techniques of jujitsu. These techniques may be used in mixed martial arts events.

(M) Judoka: Judo practitioners.

(N) Jiu-Jitsu: Also written as jujitsu, ju-jitsu, and jujutsu. Meaning gentle art, a traditional Japanese self-defense that includes kicking, striking, kneeing, throwing, choking and joint locks. These techniques may be used in mixed martial arts events.

(O) Kickboxing: Adapted from Muay Thai, it is a striking sport which permits punches, kicks, and knees. These techniques may be used in mixed martial arts events.

(P) Mixed martial arts: A general term that describes the convergence of techniques from a variety of combative sports disciplines including boxing, wrestling, judo, jujitsu, kickboxing and others. "MMA" techniques can be broken down into two categories, striking and grappling.

(Q) Mount: A basic position in which a competitor gains top position and controls their opponent by sitting on top of them in the full mount position, or from the side of the opponent in the side mount.

(R) Muay Thai: Known as Thai boxing, it is the national sport of Thailand. It is a pure striking art in which blows are delivered with the hands, feet, knees and elbows. These techniques may be used in mixed martial arts events.

(S) No-holds-barred: An erroneous description and characterization of the sport of mixed martial arts.

(T) Octagon: A fenced enclosure in which some promotional organizations hold MMA competition.

(U) Pankration: Meaning all strength or all power, this is an ancient style of Greek wrestling and boxing in which kicks, throws, and joint locks were used. These techniques may be used in mixed martial arts events.

(V) Passing the guard: This is a term that describes a fighter's attempt to escape from his/her opponent's guard in order to secure the mount position.

(W) Shoot: A wrestling technique wherein a competitor attempts to capture his/her opponent's legs and takes him/her off his/her feet. These techniques may be used in mixed martial arts events.

(X) Spike, Spiking: After lifting and inverting an opponent, attempting to slam him/her headfirst into the canvas. This is illegal.

(Y) Sprawl: A defensive wrestling technique employed to block and counter an opponent's shoot.

(Z) Strikes: A cumulative number of punches administered by a contestant to his/her opponent.

(AA) Submission: A grappling technique which forces a contestant to tap-out. Techniques include chokes, and the hyperextension or over- rotation of a joint.

(BB) Tap-out: The physical act of tapping the opponent, the mat, or one's self to signal a submission. When unable to physically tap-out a submission can be vocal.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.02. Conducting mixed martial arts events.

(A) "MMA" is a general term used to identify a mixed martial arts event that describes the convergence of techniques from a variety of combative sports disciplines including boxing, wrestling, judo, jujitsu, kickboxing and others.

(B) All contests and exhibitions of mixed martial arts must be conducted under the supervision of the South Carolina Athletic Commission, unless otherwise provided by 40-81-445.

(C) This includes all professional and amateur mixed martial arts events.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.03. Requirements for mixed martial arts contestants.

(A) Amateur contestants:

(1) The minimum and maximum ages for amateur contestants in South Carolina are 18 to 35 years old. No person shall compete in an amateur MMA event after reaching 35 years of age.

(2) Must submit a completed state approved application with the appropriate fee.

(3) Must submit a completed annual physical signed by a medical doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) along with blood work for the detection of Hepatitis A and B, and HIV.

(B) Professional contestants:

(1) The minimum and maximum ages for professional MMA contestants in South Carolina are 18 to 35 years old. The maximum age may be waived by majority vote of the Commission for a specific contestant. A waiver to participate as an over-age contestant shall be valid for the duration of the current licensure period.

(2) Must submit a completed state approved application with the appropriate fee.

(3) Must submit a completed annual physical signed by a medical doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) along with blood work for the detection of Hepatitis A and B, and HIV.

(C) Amateur contestants who want to turn professional:

(1) Must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. (The maximum age may be waived by majority vote of the Commission for a specific contestant. A waiver to participate as an over-age contestant shall be valid for the duration of the current licensure period.)

(2) Must submit a completed state approved application with the appropriate fee.

(3) Must submit a completed annual physical signed by a medical doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).

(4) Must have updated (within one (1) year of the date of contest) blood work for the detection of Hepatitis A and B, and HIV.

(5) Must have fought in at least six (6) sanctioned amateur fights and have won 75% of his/her sanctioned fights.

(6) Once a "Pro" designation has been obtained, the contestant may only fight in a "pro" designated event, and is not eligible to fight in any amateur sanctioned events.

(D) Over-age professional MMA contestants:

(1) A contestant over the age of 35 may participate in an MMA event if the age restriction is waived by a majority vote of the Commission for a specific fight. (This waiver will be considered valid for the duration of the current licensure period.)

(2) Must provide a recent video record of his/her last fight, or training bout and copies of his/her clear and precise amateur and professional record.

(3) Must provide an updated EKG report and a letter from the attending physician clearing them to fight. This does not preclude any other medical test that the Commission may deem important for the safety of the fighter.

(4) Must submit the appropriate application and fee.

(5) Must submit a completed annual physical signed by a medical doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) along with blood work for the detection of Hepatitis A and B, and HIV.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.04. Weigh in procedures.

(A) The weigh-ins must be conducted by an inspector or a representative of the South Carolina Athletic Commission at a place and time designated by the Commission.

(B) All contestants must weigh in. With the exception of super heavyweights contestants are limited to shorts, shirt and socks.

(C) The scale used for the official weigh-in shall be provided by the South Carolina Athletic Commission representative.

(D) Allowance in weight class is the weight difference permitted between contestants in two (2) different weight classes.

(1) There shall not be a difference of more than three (3) pounds between weight classes from lightweight up to, but not including, the welterweight class.

(2) There shall not be a difference of more than five (5) pounds between weight classes from welterweight up to, but not including, the super heavyweight class.

(3) Example: a fighter weighing one hundred thirty four (134) pounds in the bantamweight class shall not compete against an opponent who weighs more than one hundred thirty-seven (137) pounds in the featherweight class.

(4) Example: a fighter weighing one hundred eighty-four (184) pounds in the middle weight class shall not compete against an opponent who weighs more than one hundred eighty-nine (189) pounds in the light heavyweight class.

(5) Weight classifications, weight allowance between weight classes and glove sizes-

Weight class Weights

Flyweight 116 to 125 lbs

Bantamweight 126 to 135 lbs

Featherweight 136 to 145 lbs

Lightweight 146 to 155 lbs

Welterweight 156 to 170 lbs

Middleweight 171 to 185 lbs

Light Heavyweight 186 to 205 lbs

Heavyweight 206 to 265 lbs

Super Heavyweight over 265 lbs

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.05. Judging and scoring.

(A) All bouts will be scored by three (3) judges.

(B) The "Ten-Point Must System" will be the standard system of scoring a bout. The winner of the round will be awarded ten (10) points and the loser of the round will be awarded nine (9) points or less, except for the rare occasion of an even round, which is scored ten (10) to ten (10).

(C) Judges shall judge mixed martial art techniques, such as effective striking, effective grappling, and control of the opponent, effective aggressiveness and defense.

(1) Effective striking is judged by determining the total number of legal heavy strikes landed.

(2) Effective grappling is judged by considering the number of successful executions of a legal takedown and reversal. Factors to consider are take downs from the standing position to a mount position, passing the guard to the mount position, and bottom position fighters using an active threatening guard.

(3) Effective control is judged by determining who is dictating the pace, location and position of the bout. Factors to be considered are countering a grappler's attempt at a takedown by remaining standing and legally striking, take down an opponent to force a ground fight, creating threatening submission attempts, passing the guard to achieve a mount, and creating striking opportunities.

(4) Effective aggressiveness means moving forward and landing legal strikes.

(5) Effective defense means avoiding being struck, take down or reversals while countering with offensive strikes.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.06. Fouls - intentional, unintentional, procedures and types of fouls.

(A) Procedures:

(1) Referee shall issue a warning. After the initial warning a penalty will be issued. The penalty may be a deduction of points or disqualification depending on the severity of the foul. Any points deducted for any foul must be deducted in the round which the foul occurred.

(2) The referee as soon as practical after the foul, shall call time and notify which contestant is being penalized and the total points the contestant is being penalized.

(3) If a bottom contestant commits a foul and in the referee's judgment is not in control, unless the top contestant is injured, the bout shall continue, so as not to jeopardize the top contestant's superior positioning at the time.

(a) The referee shall verbally notify the bottom contestant of the foul.

(b) When the round is over, the referee shall notify the judges and the inspector of the foul and the total point deduction.

(4) Only the referee can assess a foul and any point deductions. Judges shall not deduct points for what they interpret is a foul.

(5) Referee shall check the fouled contestant's condition to see if the contestant can still participate in the contest.

(6) Disqualification occurs when after any combination of three (3) fouls or if the referee determines the foul to be flagrant.

(B) Intentional foul:

(1) If an injury results that is severe enough to terminate the bout, the contestant causing the injury loses by disqualification.

(2) If an intentional foul causes an injury and the bout is allowed to continue a mandatory two (2) point penalty shall be assessed to the contestant committing the foul.

(3) If an injury sustained by a contestant as a result of the intentional foul causes the contestant to be unable to continue at a subsequent point, the injured contestant shall win by a technical decision, if said contestant is ahead on the score cards. If the injured contestant is even or behind on the score cards at the time of the stoppage, the bout shall be declared a technical draw.

(C) Unintentional foul:

(1) If a bout is stopped because of an unintentional foul, the referee shall determine whether the contestant who has been fouled can continue or not. If the contestant's chance of winning has not been seriously jeopardized as a result of the foul and if the foul did not involve concussive impact to the head of the contestant who has been fouled, the referee may order the bout continued after a recuperative interval of not more than five (5) minutes. Immediately after stopping the bout or at the end of the round the referee must immediately inform the inspector or Commission representative of their determination that the foul was accidental and unintentional.

(2) If the referee determines either from his/her observation or that of the ringside physician that the bout may not continue because of the injury from the unintentional foul the bout will be declared a no contest if the foul occurred:

(a) During the first two (2) rounds of a non-championship bout, or;

(b) During the first three (3) rounds of a championship bout;

(3) If the unintentional foul renders the contestant unable to continue the bout; or an injury from an intentional foul later becomes aggravated by fair blows and the referee stops bout because of the injury.

(a) After the completion of the second round in a non-championship bout or three (3) round bout;

(b) After the completion of the third round of a championship bout or five (5) round bout;

(c) The outcome shall be determined by scoring the completed rounds and the partial round in which the referee stopped the bout.

(4) A contestant shall not be declared the winner of a bout on the basis of his/her claim that the opponent fouled him/her unintentionally by hitting him/her in the groin. If after a recuperative interval of not more than five (5) minutes, a contestant is unwilling to continue because of the claim of being hit in the groin, the bout will be declared a no contest if the second round has not been completed in a three (3) round bout or the third round has not been completed in a five (5) round bout.

(D) Types of fouls in a mixed martial arts contest.

(1) Butting with the head.

(2) Eye gouging of any kind.

(3) Biting.

(4) Hair pulling.

(5) Fishhooking.

(6) Groin attacks of any kind.

(7) Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.

(8) Small joint manipulation.

(9) Striking to the spine or back of head.

(10) Striking downward using the point of the elbow. (Arcing elbow strikes are permitted).

(11) Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation grabbing the trachea.

(12) Clawing, twisting or pinching the flesh.

(13) Grabbing the clavicle.

(14) Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.

(15) Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.

(16) Stomping on a grounded opponent.

A contestant is considered grounded when his/her torso or three (3) points of his/her body are touching the canvas: (example: two (2) legs and a hand are touching the canvas. Applies to paragraphs (D)(14), (D)(15), and (D)(16) of the rule. Note: A downed opponent may kick up to all legal striking points of the body.

(17) Kicking to the kidney with the heel.

(18) Throwing an opponent out of the ring area or caged area.

(19) Holding the shorts or glove of an opponent.

(20) Spitting on an opponent.

(21) Engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.

(22) Holding the ropes or cage.

(23) Using abusive language or illicit gestures in the ring area or caged area.

(24) Attacking an opponent on or during the break.

(25) Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.

(26) Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded to end the round.

(27) Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.

(28) Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.

(29) Interference from anyone working the corner or corner men leaving their area.

(30) Any act in the judgment of the referee that is detrimental and places an opponent at a disadvantage.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.07. Mouthpiece rule.

All contestants are required to wear a mouthpiece during competition. The round cannot begin without the mouthpiece. If the mouthpiece is dislodged during competition, the referee will call time and have the mouthpiece replaced at the first opportune moment, without interfering with the immediate action. The referee may deduct points if it is judged the mouthpiece is being purposely spit out.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.08. Restarting fighters.

Following any medical time-out, or when a ring is being used and one or both opponents are under the ropes on the apron of the ring or in danger of falling from the apron of the ring, time will be called by the referee and both fighters will be positioned in the middle of the ring and assume the same position as the one prior to the time out.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.09. Appearance and attire.

(A) Groin protectors.

(1) Male fighters must wear a professionally manufactured and Commission approved groin protector, which will protect them against injury from a foul blow. No homemade or non-professionally manufactured protective gear will be approved by the Commission.

(B) Female fighters must submit a negative pregnancy test taken within the past fourteen (14) days from a doctor or certified laboratory to the Athletic Commission a minimum of seven (7) days prior to the event.

(C) Each contestant shall wear mixed martial arts shorts, biking shorts, or kick boxing shorts. Shorts must be approved by the Commission or Commission representative.

(D) No GI's or shirts permitted.

(E) No shoes or protective padding for the feet or other areas of the body are permitted.

(F) No grappling shin guards.

(G) Absolutely "no" body grease, gels, balms or lotions may be applied. Vaseline may be applied to the facial area at cage side or ringside in the presence of an inspector, referee, or a person designated by the Commission. Any contestant applying anything prior to this could be penalized a point or disqualified.

(H) Taping of hands wrists and ankle is permitted.

(I) Neoprene joint supports only. No metal supports or hardened plastic or hardened synthetic device or equipment of any kind can ever be worn anywhere on the body during competition.

(J) Finger and toe nails must be trimmed.

(K) The Commission or Commission representative shall determine whether head or facial hair presents any hazard to the safety of the contestant or their opponent or will interfere with the supervision and conduct of the event. Facial hair may not be braided.

(L) May not wear any equipment that does not pass the inspector's or Commission's approval.

(M) No jewelry or body piercings may be worn.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.10. Glove specifications.

(A) For professional mixed martial arts contests each contestant must wear gloves that weigh not less than four (4) ounces and not more than eight (8) ounces.

(B) The gloves shall be supplied by the promoter.

(C) Both contestants shall wear the same weight gloves.

(D) Must be inspected and passed by the inspector, referee or Commission representative prior to starting the bout.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.11. Specifications for bandages on hands for mixed martial art contestants.

(A) In all weight classes, the bandages on each contestant's hands shall be restricted to soft gauze type cloth not more than fifteen (15) yards in length and two inches in width, held in place by not more than ten (10) feet of surgeon's tape, one (1) inch in width for each hand.

(B) Surgeon's adhesive tape shall be placed directly on each hand for protection near the wrist. The tape may cross the back of the hand twice and extend to cover and protect the knuckles when the hand is clenched to make a fist.

(C) The bandages shall be evenly distributed across the hand.

(D) Bandages and tapes shall be placed on contestant's hands in the dressing room and must be inspected by the Commission or Commission representative.

(E) The manager or chief second of the opponent may elect to be present when hands are being wrapped.

(F) Under no circumstances are gloves to be placed on the hands of a contestant until checked by the inspector or Commission representative.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.12. Requirements for a ring or caged area.

(A) Mixed martial arts shall be held in a Commission approved ring or caged area.

(B) The ring or caged area specifications for mixed martial arts must meet the following requirements:

(1) The cage must be of circular type dimensions or have as many as eight (8) equal sides;

(2) Two (2) sides opposite of each other must each have a designated color, one (1) side blue the opposite red;

(3) The ring or cage must be no smaller than twenty (20) feet wide or no larger than thirty-two (32) feet across;

(4) The floor of the ring or caged area must be padded with ensolite or another similar closed-cell foam, with at least a one (1) inch layer of foam padding, with a top covering of canvas, duck or similar material tightly stretched and laced to the platform of the ring or caged area. Material that tends to gather in lumps or ridges must not be used;

(5) The platform of the ring or caged area must not be more than four (4) feet above the floor of the building and must have suitable steps for use of the contestants;

(6) Ring posts must be made of metal, not more than six (6) inches in diameter, extending from the floor of the building to between five (5) and seven (7) feet above the floor of the ring or caged area, and must be properly padded in a manner approved by the Commission or Commission representative;

(7) The fencing used to enclose the caged area must be made of a material that will prevent a contestant from falling out or breaking through the caged area onto the floor of the building or onto spectators, including, without limitation, chain link fence coated with vinyl;

(8) Any metal portion on the interior of the ring or caged area must be covered and padded in a manner approved by the Commission or Commission representative and must not be abrasive to the contestants;

(9) The ring or caged area must have two (2) entrances. The entrance must be padded or covered and padded so that there is no exposed metal on the interior of the ring or caged area;

(10) There must not be any obstruction on any part of the fencing surrounding the area in which the contestants are competing;

(11) Any metal parts used to enforce the ring or caged area wall must be positioned as to not interfere with the safety of the contestants;

(12) A Commission approved ring stool must be placed in each corner.

(13) A plastic water bottle and a clean bucket must be placed in each corner.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.13. Rubber gloves.

When a ring is used all seconds working in the corner must wear rubber gloves. When a caged area is used only the second who enters the caged area must wear rubber gloves.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.14. Types of bout results.

(A) A mixed martial arts contest may end under the following results:

(1) Submission:

(a) Tap out: when a contestant physically uses his/her hand(s) to indicate that he/she no longer wishes to continue.

(b) Verbal tap out: when a contestant verbally announces to the referee that he/she does not wish to continue.

(2) Knockout "(KO)": failure to rise from the canvas.

(3) Technical knockout "(TKO)":

(a) Referee stops bout because a contestant can no longer defend himself/herself; or

(b) Ringside physician advises referee to stop bout; or

(c) When an injury as a result of a legal maneuver is severe enough to terminate the bout.

(4) Decision via scorecards:

(a) Unanimous: when all three (3) judges score the bout for the same contestant.

(b) Split decision: when two (2) judges score the bout for the same contestant and one (1) judge scores for the opponent.

(c) Majority decision: when two (2) judges score the bout for the same contestant and one (1) judge scores the bout a draw.

(5) Draws:

(a) Unanimous: when all three (3) judges score the bout a draw;

(b) Majority: when two (2) judges score the bout a draw;

(c) Split when all three (3) judges score it differently and the score total results in a draw.

(6) Disqualification: when an injury sustained during competition as a result of an intentional foul is severe enough to terminate the contestant.

(7) Forfeit: when a contestant fails to begin competition or prematurely ends the contest for reasons other than injury or indicating a tap out.

(8) Technical draw:

(a) When an injury sustained during competition, as a result of an intentional foul, causes the injured contestant to be unable to continue and the injured contestant is even or behind on the score cards at the time of the stoppage.

(b) When an injury sustained during competition, as a result of an unintentional foul, causes the injured contestant to be unable to continue and the sufficient number of rounds have been completed with the results of the scorecards being a draw.

(9) Technical decision: when the bout is prematurely stopped due to an injury and a contestant is leading on the scorecards.

(10) No contest: when a contestant is prematurely stopped due to accidental injury and a sufficient number of rounds have not been completed to render a decision via the scorecards.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.15. Number of rounds required for mixed martial arts bouts and events.

(A) Professional Bouts:

(1) Professional bouts will be three (3) rounds of five (5) minutes each with a one (1) minute rest period that includes a fifteen (15) second warning signal.

(2) Championship bouts will be five (5) rounds of five (5) minutes each with a one (1) minute rest period that includes a fifteen (15) second warning signal.

(B) Amateur bouts:

(1) Amateur bouts will be three (3) rounds of three (3) minutes each with a ninety (90) second rest period that includes a fifteen (15) second warning signal.

(2) Championship bouts will be five (5) rounds of three (3) minutes each with a one (1) minute rest period that includes a fifteen (15) second warning signal.

(C) A minimum number of twenty-four (24) rounds and eight (8) bouts must be scheduled. The Commission representative may grant a waiver of rounds.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.16. Promoter's responsibilities.

(A) Bout agreements.

(1) The bout agreement between a promoter and a pro contestant must be executed and submitted to the South Carolina Athletic Commission 14 days prior to the event.

(2) A bout agreement which provides that a contestant must fight exclusively for one promoter or at the option of the promoter is prohibited.

(B) Must have a permit for the event with contestant's name and weight, the opponent's name and weight, and number of rounds, submitted to the Commission prior to the Commission meeting. A contestant will not be permitted to fight unless approved by the Commission or its designee.

(C) Contestants' names, addresses, date of birth and social security number or last four digits of social security number, must be submitted no later than seventy-two (72) hours prior to the start of the event.

(D) Must have a separate divider between the ring or caged area and the fans. The divider must be approved by the inspector or Commission representative. If a solid barrier (divider) is not provided then a uniformed officer must be present at the ring or caged area.

(E) Must follow all ticket and tax rules as defined in the Code.

(F) Must have event insurance coverage in the amount of twenty-five thousand ($25,000.00) dollars in case of injury and twenty-five thousand ($25,000.00) dollars in case of a death. Contestants are not responsible for any deductible payments.

(G) No event shall start without the presence of a licensed medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine present at ringside or cage side and an ambulance with medical personnel on site. The doctor must be present a minimum of two (2) hours prior to the start of the event. Ambulance and medical personnel must be present a minimum of one (1) hour prior to the start of the event.

(H) The Commission representative of the South Carolina Athletic Commission shall assign all officials for all mixed martial arts events.

(I) Must supply the contestants' gloves to be used at the event. Gloves must be approved by the inspector or Commission representative.

(J) Have disposable garbage bags and biohazard bags in each dressing room and at ringside.

(K) Have cleaning solution used to clean blood and debris in the cage or ring. A solution with a minimum of ten (10%) percent bleach and ninety (90%) percent water is an acceptable solution.

(L) Must provide security with a minimum of one Commissioned police officer based upon the seating capacity for the particular event.

(M) All events must start on the time designated on permit or, after thirty (30) minutes, the promoter will be assessed a fine of one hundred ($100.00) dollars for each thirty (30) minutes thereafter the event is late, unless said delay is due to a cause beyond the control of the promoter.

(N) New gloves never previously worn must be used for all title bouts. Gloves must be approved by Commission representative or inspector.

(O) Must comply with all rules and regulations relating to promoting events.

(P) Promoters must pay five (5%) percent of the gross gate receipts to the Commission within ten (10) days after the event. Failure to pay the required gate fees will result in the promoter being assessed a two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollar fine, and an additional two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollar fine every ten (10) days thereafter.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.17. Licensing.

(A) All contestants, managers and seconds shall be licensed pursuant to the South Carolina Athletic Commission laws, rules and regulations.

(B) All judges, referees, time keepers, physicians and inspectors shall be licensed as required by the Commission's rules and regulations.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.18. Seconds duties when working in a corner.

(A) There may be no more than three (3) licensed seconds positioned in a designated area by the ring or cage or positioned in each corner of the ring. (B) No person other than the contestants and referee shall enter the ring or cage during a bout.

(C) The referee may, in his/her discretion, stop a contest if an unauthorized person enters the ring or cage during a round.

(D) Only one (1) second may enter the cage to tend to a fighter between rounds. In case of an open cut, a medical person, or cut person may also enter the cage.

(E) There shall not be any loud yelling or profanity from anyone working the corner.

(F) If a manager or second leaves the designated area the fighter will be disqualified.

(G) A fighter getting knocked out of a ring and onto the floor must get back into the ring within twenty (20) seconds without assistance from anyone working his/her corner.

(H) Any person violating any rule working the corner will be disqualified for the remainder of the event and suspended for a minimum of sixty (60) days. An appeal must be submitted in writing to the Athletic Commission office within ten (10) days from the date of said violation.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.19. Disciplinary action.

(A) All contestants and participants may be disciplined for any violation of the South Carolina athletic laws, rules and regulations.

(B) The administrator, inspector or Commission representative shall hold a contestant's purse for any violation to include but not be limited to failing any drug test administered at the event.

(C) The administrator, inspector or Commission representative may order the purse of a mixed martial arts contestant withheld for failing to perform to the best of his/her ability. The contestant may appeal in writing to the administrator within ten (10) days of the event, when such action is taken. If no appeal is made the Commission will have a hearing to determine the amount of the purse that will be transferred to the department the next regularly scheduled Commission meeting.

(D) A contestant will be suspended for a period of not less than one (1) year for participating in any mixed martial arts event not sanctioned and approved by the South Carolina Athletic Commission.

(E) If a licensed professional mixed martial arts contestant competes against an amateur he/she will be suspended for a period of not less than one (1) year or a maximum of two (2) years.

(F) After signing a contestant/promoter contract form, a contestant shall not enter into another contracted bout that is scheduled thirty (30) days prior to the previously signed contract. If the contestant participates in a bout within this thirty (30) day time period and as a result of participating in said event is not able to participate in the originally contracted event, said contestant shall be suspended for up to six (6) months and be assessed a fine of not more than five hundred ($500.00) dollars at the discretion of the South Carolina Athletic Commission. A contestant wishing to appeal a notice of suspension must do so via registered mail to the Commission within thirty (30) days of the mailing date of the notice of suspension.

(G) When the contestant fails to appear in a contest in which he/she signed a bout agreement to appear, he/she shall be suspended for not more than six (6) months. The contestant must produce a valid certificate from a physician and approved by the administrator or Commission representative in the case of any physical disability. Any contestant who files a certificate from a physician stating he/she is unable to fulfill a bout agreement because of physical disability, shall be immediately given a medical suspension for a period of sixty (60) days and must submit a medical clearance or fulfill his/her bout agreement with the same opponent or a suitable substitute within the sixty (60) day suspension period. The administrator or Commission representative may remove any suspension if the contestant is released from the bout agreement by mutual agreement between the contestant and promoter.

(H) A contestant who fails to make the required weight listed on the contestant/promoter contract form, which results in the bout being cancelled, the contestant will be suspended for up to six (6) months and assessed a fine to be determined by the administrator or South Carolina Athletic Commission. A contestant wishing to appeal a notice of suspension must do so via registered mail to the Commission within thirty (30) days of the mailing date of the notice of suspension.

(I) If after the weigh-in a contestant fails to honor the contestant/promoter bout contract by not appearing for the bout, or refuses to compete, the contestant shall be suspended for up to twelve (12) months and assessed a fine to be determined by the administrator or Commission representative. A contestant wishing to appeal a notice of suspension must do so via registered mail to the Commission within thirty (30) days of the mailing date of the notice of suspension.

(J) A contestant or promoter will be suspended indefinitely, until payment is made in full of any judgment awarded by a court of law that is presented to the South Carolina Athletic Commission for any violations.

(K) A contestant, manager, trainer, or any representative of the contestant, shall not verbally harass any official representing the South Carolina Athletic Commission, before, during, or after any event regulated by the South Carolina Athletic Commission. This includes, but is not limited, to an inspector, referee, judge, timekeeper, physician, Commission member, or anyone assigned by, or representing the South Carolina Athletic Commission. Any contestant or person representing the contestant violating this rule will cause them or the contestant to be suspended for a period no longer than one (1) year. The suspension must be appealed within thirty (30) days after receiving notice from the Commission; otherwise, the contestant forfeits his/her right to appeal after said thirty (30) day period.

(L) A contestant, manager, trainer, or any representative of the contestant, shall not physically abuse any official representing the South Carolina Athletic Commission, before, during or after any event regulated by the South Carolina Athletic Commission. This includes, but is not limited to, an inspector, referee, judge, timekeeper, physician, Commission member, or anyone assigned by, or representing the South Carolina Athletic Commission. Any contestant or person representing the contestant violating this rule will cause them or the contestant to be suspended indefinitely. The suspension must be appealed within thirty (30) days after receiving notice from the Commission; otherwise, the contestant forfeits his/her right to appeal after said thirty (30) day period.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.20. Suspensions and mandatory rest period.

(A) Sixty (60) day suspension for a knockout "KO".

(B) Thirty (30) day suspension for a technical knockout "TKO".

(1) Referee stoppage from submission or choke hold prior to verbal commitment or tap out.

(2) Referee stoppage from strikes prior to verbal commitment or tap out.

(C) Throwing the mouthpiece into the audience during or after the event will result in a ninety (90) day suspension. This would be in addition to any other suspension that the contestant may have received.

(D) Physician's suspension:

(1) Whatever length of time the physician designates after the post fight check-up that will allow sufficient time for the contestant to be physically able to compete.

(2) Until any medical requirements issued by a physician are successfully submitted and approved for release by the administrator.

(3) Failure to report or comply with post fight examination by the attending physician or his/her representative will result in a minimum suspension of ninety (90) days.

(E) Without a release from the administrator or Commission representative a contestant cannot compete until seven (7) days have elapsed from his/her last bout. The seven (7) day period starts the day following the event in which he/she competed.

(F) If listed on suspension lists or any other suspension list recognized by the South Carolina Athletic Commission.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.21. Medical requirements for mixed martial arts contestants.

Professional and amateur mixed martial arts contestants must produce:

(A) Negative HIV

(B) Negative hepatitis B surface antigen

(C) Negative hepatitis C antibody

(D) Procedures to complete when failing hepatitis B surface antigen test:

(1) Must pass a hepatitis B "PCR" quantitative test.

(2) The quantitative limit must be within permissible limits according to the laboratory where test was administered.

(3) Test and results must have been taken within two (2) weeks of the event. The following apply to professional and amateur mixed martial arts contestants:

(E) The contestant must submit a CAT scan (CT) or MRI examination to the Commission at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to being licensed when a contestant:

(1) Has lost three (3) bouts in a row by KO or TKO.

(2) Has lost five (5) bouts in a row.

(3) Has an extensive losing record.

(F) The Commission will not issue a license or renew any applicant's license for a contestant who is found to be blind in one eye or whose vision in one eye is so poor that an ophthalmologist, optometrist, or physician recommends that a license not be granted. This rule is effective regardless of how good the vision of the contestant may be in the other eye. An ophthalmologist's eye exam report performed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist must be submitted to the Commission as part of his/her medical records prior to competing in an event.

(G) The Commission will not issue or renew the license of any applicant who wishes to compete in any sport regulated by the South Carolina Athletic Commission who has suffered from any type of cerebral hemorrhage.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.22. Conduct when contestants enter the ring or caged area.

(A) No Contestant or promoter may display any type of entrance theme that includes music, video, or any type of physical display that contains any profanity or any derogatory ethnic remarks. Anyone violating this rule may be suspended for up to six (6) months.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.

20-27.23. Fees.

(A) License fees for participants shall be as follows:

(1) Promoter $100

(2) Event fee $250

(3) Manager $100

(4) Matchmaker $100

(5) Trainer $100

(6) Judge $50

(7) Referee $50

(8) Second $50

(9) Promoter Representative $25

(10) Timekeeper $25

(11) Announcer $25

(12) Fighter $25

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2012.




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