Regulation & Judging

Regulation & Judging


  • Pugil Stick
  • Gloves
  • Headgear
  • Mouth Guard
  • Groin Protector

Weight Classes

  • Lightweight - 155lbs and below
  • Middleweight - 156lbs to 195lbs
  • Heavyweight - 196lbs and Up


  • Bouts will consist of 3 rounds
  • Each round shall consist of 1 minute duration
  • 1-minute rest between rounds 


  • 3 judges
  • The 10 point must system will be the standard scoring of a bout.
    • Under the 10 point must system, 10 points must be rewarded to the winner of the round and 9 points or less to the loser of the round except for the rare even round in which will be scored 10-10.

The following objective scoring criteria shall be utilized by the judges when scoring a round:

  • A round is to be scored as a 10-10 Round when both contestants have competed for whatever duration of time in the round and there is no difference or advantage between either fighter.
  • A round is to be scored as a 10-9 Round when a contestant wins by a close margin; where the winning fighter lands the better strikes or utilizes effective grappling during         the round;
  • A round is to be scored as a 10-8 Round when a contestant wins the round by a large margin by impact, dominance, and duration of striking or grappling in a round.
  • A round is to be scored as a 10-7 Round when a contestant is completely dominated by impact, dominance, and duration of striking or grappling in a round.
  • 1 referee
    • Determines KO, TKO depending on the situation.
    • Will require training and detailed knowledge of our established rules.
  • Ways to win:
    • KO- opponent loses consciousness or cannot continue
    • TKO- technical knock out if referee, doctor or corner stops the fight.
    • Points- judges score the fighters, highest score wins
    • DQ- fighter is given 3 warnings for illegal moves and fails to comply with warnings.
      • Once a fighter is given the 3rd warning, ref stops the fight and DQ’s noncompliant fighter.
    • Forfeit- fighter is injured or unable to fight for any reason.
    • No Contest- neither fight wins due to unforeseen accident or circumstance
    • Unanimous Decision- when all 3 judges score the contest in favor of the same contestant. 3-0.
    • Split Decision- when 2 judges score the bout for one contestant and one judge scores for the opponent. 2-1
    • Majority/Unanimous Decision- when two judges score the bout for the same opponent and one judge scores a draw. 2-0



  • Must keep one hand on Pugil sticks at all times.
  • All fighters required to wear a mouthguard. No round can start without a mouthguard.
  • Wear proper groin protection.
  • No form of clothing on upper body.
  • Wear appropriate trunks.
  • Hair secured in a manner that does not interfere with the vision and safety of either contestant
  • Wearing of Jewelry strictly prohibited.


  • Pugil Stick Strikes
  • Punches
  • Kicking (no head kicks)
  • Knees allowed (not to head)
  • Elbows
  • Leg sweeps w/ pugil stick

Not allowed

  • No Groin attacks of any kind.
  • No Butting with the head.
  • No Eye gouging of any kind.
  • No footwear/shoes
  • No Biting.
  • No Hair pulling.
  • No Fish hooking.
  • No Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent. (see Gouging)
  • No Small joint manipulation.
  • No Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
  • No Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
  • No Grabbing the clavicle.
  • No Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
  • No Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
  • No Stomping a grounded opponent.
  • No Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck. (see piledriver)
  • No Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
  • No Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
  • No Spitting at an opponent.
  • No Engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
  • No Holding the ropes or the fence
  • No Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.
  • No Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
  • No Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
  • No Attacking an opponent after the bell (horn) has sounded the end of a round.
  • No Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
  • No Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
  • No Interference by the corner.
  • Throwing in the towel during competition is allowed by pre-determined, preapproved cornermen.
  • Cornermen can throw in the towel in the event they feel their pugilist can no longer actively defend himself.

Doing these things accidentally will result in a warning. 3 rd warning will result in point deduction. 


  • The referee is the sole arbiter of the contest and is the only individual able to stop a contest.
  • Intentional Fouls: causes an injury severe enough to terminate the bout immediately, the fighter causing the injury shall lose by disqualification.
  • Intentional Foul: causes injury but bout continues. 2 points deducted from the fighter who caused the foul is mandatory.
  • If Intentional foul causes laceration resulting in fight being stopped. May result in technical decisions in favor of contestants who received the laceration or technical draw if the injured fighter is behind or even on the scorecards.
  • Accidental Fouls: causes injury severe enough for the ref to stop the bout resulting in a NO CONTEST or DQ if stopped before ½ the scheduled rounds plus 1 second of the fight has been completed.

Foul Procedures

  1. Call Time;
  2. Check the fouled contestants condition and safety;
  3. Assess the foul for potential point deductions and or time considerations;
  4. During all time out procedures, there shall be no coaching of a contestant permitted.

Time Considerations

  1. If foul to groin occurs and the competitor is able to continue, the fouled contestant may be given up to 5 minutes to recover.
  2. Fighters injured severely enough by a foul to require medical consultation may be given up to 5 minutes at the referees discretion for evaluation by the ringside                          physician before a decision to continue is rendered.
  3. At no time may a ref call a timeout to evaluate the impact of a legal strike, other than if a laceration is present.