|(a) The executive director, or his designee, has complete
authority over all phases of an event, including, but not limited
to the weigh-in, matching of contestants, entrance to the forum, access
to the technical zone, audit of ticket sales, payment of purses and
changing of a rendered decision in accordance with subsection (n).
(b) For all professional events the executive director,
or his designee, will assign the timekeepers, referees, ringside physicians
(c) In title and championship bouts the executive director,
or his designee, will consult with the sponsoring or sanctioning bodies
on the assignment of judges and referees. The executive director,
or his designee, will make assignments for such bouts.
(d) The executive director or his designee, will evaluate
an applicant's or licensee's fitness for licensure as a contestant
based on the totality of his or her physical condition, taking into
account the following indicators:
(1) under the age of 18;
(2) actual age;
(3) number of bouts;
(4) number of rounds fought;
(5) number of identified injuries;
(6) number of knockouts and technical knockouts suffered
within the last 12 months, specifically those where the contestant
(7) periods of inactivity in excess of 12 calendar
(8) ring record for the past twenty-four months;
(9) weight, including fluctuations in weight; and
(10) any health or mental condition that may contribute
to the lack of ability to perform.
(e) The executive director may request medical tests
to prove gender of a contestant.
(f) The executive director, or his designee, may recognize
and enforce disciplinary sanctions, disqualification, or medical suspensions
imposed by other combative sport authorities. If the executive director,
or his designee, proposes to deny licensure based on action of another
jurisdiction, the applicant has a right to an opportunity for a hearing.
(g) Selection and Assignment of Ring Officials
(1) The executive director, or his designee, will assign
ring officials to ensure the highest degree of safety for contestants.
The department will assist ring officials in developing expertise
in the combative sports of their choice, to include training and shadow
(A) Ringside Physicians must hold a license as defined
by §61.10(15); and
(B) Demonstrate by training, education, or experience,
knowledge in the diagnoses and treatment of sports related trauma.
(2) To officiate at an assigned event, a ring official
will be issued a department badge after executing a signed acknowledgement
agreeing to the following terms.
(A) The badge is the property of the department and
may only be used at an event to which the ring official has been assigned.
(B) A ring official shall surrender the badge at any
time at the direction of the executive director, or his designee,
if used to gain access to a regulated event the ring official has
not been assigned to work or for any other reason that violates department
rules or the code.
(C) Failure to surrender the badge upon direction of
the executive director or his designee may result in disciplinary
action and removal from the pool of qualified ring officials.
(3) The key determining factors for assigning ring
(A) the ring official's level of expertise in connection
with the level of expertise required for a particular bout and a particular
(B) the location of the event;
(C) the location of the ring official's residence;
(D) any other factors as determined by the executive
(4) A ring official who declines to work an event may
be removed from the pool of qualified ring officials.
(5) The name of a ring official who declines to work
an event five times in succession will be removed from the pool of
qualified ring officials.
(6) A ring official who uses his badge to gain access
to a regulated event to which he has not been assigned or who violates
department rules or the code may be removed from the pool of qualified
(7) In order to be reinstated to the pool of qualified
ring officials, a ring official may be required to complete additional
training as determined by the executive director, in addition to any
(h) The executive director, or his designee, shall
assign two timekeepers for each event, one to keep time and one to
count for knock-downs.
(i) The executive director, or his designee, may eject
any person from an event who violates department rules or the Code.
(j) The executive director, or his designee, will not
approve matches between contestants in different weight categories,
except by weight tolerances as stated in §61.105.
(k) The executive director, or his designee, will not
approve matches between genders.
(l) The executive director, or his designee, may waive
the application of a rule to an event if he determines that such waiver
will not negatively affect the safety of any contestant and that the
spirit of the Code and this chapter is served by such waiver. The
waiver must be in writing or later confirmed in writing.
(m) Licensure or registration does not automatically
authorize an individual to participate in an event.
(n) A decision rendered after a contest is final and
shall not be changed unless:
(1) following the rendition of a decision the executive
director determines that any one of the following occurred:
(A) the compilation of the score card of the judges
shows an error which would mean that the decision was given to the
(B) there was a violation of the laws or rules and
regulations governing combative sports which affected the result of
any bout; or
(C) the winner of a bout tested positive immediately
before or after the bout for a substance listed in §61.47(q).
(2) If the executive director determines that any of
paragraph (1)(A) - (C) occurred with regards to any bout then the
decision rendered shall be changed as the executive director may direct.
(o) The executive director, or his designee, may approve
championship or title bouts if the department has recognized the sponsoring
sanctioning organization as a legitimate combative sport organization.
(p) The executive director, or his designee, may require
of a contestant, neurological or other medical testing.
(q) The executive director, or his designee, shall
have sole control over the technical zone including but not limited
to who may be admitted to the zone.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §61.30 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, 2005, 30 TexReg 378; amended to be effective February 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 481; amended to be effective October 15, 2010, 35 TexReg 9081; amended to be effective March 1, 2013, 38 TexReg 1141; amended to be effective January 1, 2014, 38 TexReg 9505