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RULE §61.43Responsibilities of Seconds

(a) Each contestant must have two seconds unless the Department permits otherwise. Each contestant shall have one chief second.

(b) The seconds shall dress neatly.

(c) Seconds shall keep their corners clean, dry, and free from objects.

(d) Seconds may surrender for their contestants by standing on the apron and signaling to the referee.

(e) A second may not:

  (1) excessively coach a contestant during a round and shall remain silent when instructed to do so by a Department representative or the referee;

  (2) throw excessive amounts of water on his contestant;

  (3) toss a towel or any other object into the ring in token surrender of his contestant;

  (4) use any unapproved substance during the contest.

(f) Seconds shall remain seated in the chairs provided during the rounds.

(g) If a second deliberately worsens a cut by spreading or tearing it, the referee may disqualify the contestant.

(h) Only one second shall be allowed in the ring between rounds, and he shall leave the ring enclosure at the timekeeper's warning. Two seconds will be allowed on the ring apron. All seconds and all obstructions including stools, buckets and equipment shall be off the ring platform when the bell sounds for the beginning of the next round.

(i) The following rules apply to corner supplies:

  (1) Approved supplies are ice, which must be in an ice bag or Department approved container, water, cotton swabs, gauze pads, clean towels, Adrenalin 1:10,000, Avitene, Thromblin, petroleum jelly or other surgical lubricant, medical diachylon tape, Enswel, and electrolytes. Electrolytes must be brought to the ring in the manufacturer's sealed container. Electrolytes must be opened for the first time in the presence of a representative of the Department. All coagulants shall be in a container with the proper manufacturer's label and not contaminated by any foreign substance.

  (2) All containers shall be properly labeled with the manufacturer's label and not contaminated by any foreign substance.

  (3) The use of an unapproved substance may result in disciplinary action.

  (4) Only water and electrolytes shall be permitted for hydration of a contestant between rounds. Honey, glucose, or sugar, or any other substance may not be mixed with the water.

  (5) Excessive use of any lubricant on the contestant's body, arms or face is prohibited.

(j) When the ringside physician enters a contestant's corner, the second in the ring shall yield immediately to the physician's examination without interference. The referee will call time out until the physician completes the examination. This will permit the corner the full rest period to administer to their contestant. The Department may disqualify a contestant, manager and/or second for unprofessional conduct in failing to cooperate with the ringside physician.

(k) A second must attend the referee's rules meeting conducted prior to the first contest of an event.

Source Note: The provisions of this §61.43 adopted to be effective October 1, 2000, 25 TexReg 9941; amended to be effective December 1, 2003, 28 TexReg 10445; amended to be effective February 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 481; amended to be effective December 1, 2007, 32 TexReg 8470; amended to be effective March 1, 2022, 47 TexReg 910

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