Clock Is Ticking: Rules Cracking Down On Late Amateurs


Written By: AJ Hoffman

Recently there has been quite a bit of outcry over fighters and doctors being late. There has been talk from some about the state forcing late fighters to do jumping jacks, as there is no real punishment in place for amateurs. That is, there weren’t rules in place.

A directive is being implemented within the Combative Sports Program that will begin to affect the Amateur Associations weigh-in’s. As of late, more and more, amateur contestants are arriving to weigh-in’s considerably late with no disciplinary or enforcement measures taken on behalf of the amateur associations.


Under, 61.48. (h)(9)..Ensure that each contest is conducted as provided by the ACSA’s rules approved by the Department, and the

  • Weigh ins are a part of  each contest(event), each contest should be conducted per the Standards of Conduct approved by the Department
  • Amateur Associations’ Standards of Conducts, the “Weigh In” section,

“ABC contestants shall report to the weigh-in at the scheduled time with a National MMA ID card and a valid and approved identification card with photo. There is only one scheduled weigh-in time. Any contestant that fails to show up at the specified weigh-in time may be disqualified from the contest and may face additional penalties”.


Effective immediately, the lead Program inspector working each contest will have sole discretion to apply the measures outlined below to insure compliance and enforcement.


Amateur Associations will be required to;

  • Submit weigh-in information, specifying administrative paper work start time and step on scale start time.
  • Contestants who arrive after the concluded, specified administrative time will no longer be permitted to compete on card.
  • The step on scale time will be used to calculate the 2 hour widow of tolerance time
  • Amateur contestants, who do not adhere to the venue arrival time announced to coincide with the referee’s rules meeting, will not be permitted to compete.
  • Contestants will be required to give, a minimum of a 4 hrs, notice of being late to the assigned lead inspector of contest

Which essentially means, if you are late to weigh-ins, chances are you aren’t going to fight. The fighters aren’t the only ones who will be punished. Legacy matchmaker Collin Cantrell was asked about doctors being late to weigh-ins. “While I don’t remember this being a problem for us, if a doctor doesn’t show up on time for the weigh-ins, we will find a different doctor to use.”

Hopefully for the case of everyone involved, these new measures encourage EVERYONE to start showing up on time, and taking all parts of the fight seriously. Amateur fights are a chance to get you ready for the professional game, and at that level you start losing money if you show up late or miss weight. Professionalism is a big part of this game, and it is good to see the state stepping in and adding measures to ensure that those expectations are met.