|(a) An amateur combative sports association (ACSA)
must provide to the Department proof that it is either a non-profit
organization chartered by the State of Texas or that it is approved
as a non-profit organization under the provisions of the Internal
(b) An ACSA shall file with the Executive Director
rules for conducting the organization's affairs and the conduct of
its members. The rules:
(1) Must include provisions to:
(A) Establish conditions for membership;
(B) Provide guidelines for training its members in
preparation for a contest;
(C) Establish a minimum training period before a contest;
(D) Indicate which class(es) of combative sports the
ACSA will conduct;
(E) Require that all referees participating in events
conducted by the ACSA are licensed by the Department; and,
(i) Adopt, as appropriate, rules set out below for
boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and muay thai; or,
(ii) Establish the ACSA's rules for a class or classes
of events it will sponsor; and,
(2) May include provisions to:
(A) Provide for payment of actual expenses, up to an
established maximum, for the contestants who participate in an event;
(B) Allow members of other ACSAs to participate as
a visiting member in an event conducted by it without the other ACSA
participating in the conducted event, so long as it ascertains that
the visiting member is qualified under the rules to be a contestant
in the event.
(c) An ACSA may not conduct or participate in any event
unless it has received Executive Director's written approval of rules
required in subsection (b) of this section.
(d) An ACSA that has adopted rules permitted under
subsection (b)(2) of this section must, before it sponsors or participates
in any event, submit to the Executive Director a $15,000 surety bond,
written by a bonding company authorized to do business in the State
of Texas, guaranteeing payment of gross receipts taxes owed for promoted
events, which shall remain in effect for four years after the effective
(e) An ACSA shall provide insurance and pay all deductibles
for contestants, to cover medical, surgical and hospital care with
a minimum limit of $50,000 for injuries sustained while participating
in a contest and $100,000 to a contestant's estate if he dies of injuries
suffered while participating in a contest. At least ten calendar days
before an event the ASCA shall provide to the Department for each
event to be conducted, a certificate of insurance showing proper coverage.
The ASCA shall supply to those participating in the event the proper
information for filing a medical claim.
(f) An ACSA shall ensure that all contestants participating
in contests it conducts are amateurs.
(g) An ACSA may not allow any person who has not been
a member of the ACSA for at least thirty days to participate as a
contestant in any event in which the ACSA participates.
(h) An ACSA conducting an event shall:
(1) Bear all financial responsibility for the event.
(2) Provide the Department written notice of all proposed
event dates, ticket prices, and participants of the main event, at
least 21 days before the proposed event date and obtain written approval
from the Department to promote the event prior to advertising or selling
(3) Provide two physicians to be assigned by the Department
for each event.
(4) Provide at least one licensed physician to conduct
pre-fight physicals. Provide a private area for the physician to perform
(5) Assure that beverages are only allowed in paper
or plastic cups at the event.
(6) Assure that no alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
are in the dressing room.
(7) Ensure the safety of the contestants, officials,
(A) There shall be a pre-fight plan and route to remove
an injured contestant from the ring and arena. Upon request, the promoter
shall inform the Department of these plans. The plan shall include
the name and location of a local hospital emergency room.
(B) A sufficient number of security personnel shall
be retained to maintain order.
(8) Ensure that the rules set forth herein below regarding
equipment and gloves that apply to a particular type of event are
(9) Ensure that each contest is conducted as provided
by the ACSA's rules approved by the Department.
(10) Ensure that each event has the appropriate equipment
as described by the ACSA's rules approved by the Department.
(11) Ensure that all advertising concerning an event
to be conducted indicates that it is an amateur event, and includes
the name of the ACSA that will conduct the event.
(1) All tickets shall have printed on each half, the
price including any service surcharge or handling fee, and the event
(2) Roll tickets with consecutive numbers shall be
sold only at the box office on the day of the show.
(3) If there is no ticket manifest, tickets of different
prices shall be printed on different colored ticket stock.
(4) Tickets shall not be sold for more than the actual
capacity of the location where the event is held.
(5) ACSA's shall hold tickets of every description
used for any event for at least 30 days after the event. The tickets
shall be kept in separate packages for each event for audit purposes.
(j) An ACSA shall submit to the Department a tax report
and a 3% gross receipts tax payment within three business days after
|Source Note: The provisions of this §61.48 adopted to be effective February 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 481; amended to be effective March 1, 2008, 33 TexReg 1523; amended to be effective January 1, 2014, 38 TexReg 9505