RULES

4 MATCH GUARANTEE KIDS TOURNAMENT (Ages 5 to 15)

Why does Team Chitwood Kid’s Tournament set the standard for youth competitions?
Prepare yourself for the most spectacular grappling experience for kids and families. Each competitor is guaranteed 4 matches regardless of win/loss record. The tournament has a two hour time limit and families will know when to expect the competition will end.

Why is this the tournament you need your BJJ competitor to attend?

This format is the best way to introduce kids to the competition setting. We don’t allow submissions for kids 10 and under. This allows them to focus on the positions of grappling. It will help them overcome the anxiety of competing, improve confidence, and avoid injury. Win or lose every kid gets a gold medal. Their experience and effort is extremely important at this stage of their training.

UNIFORM
No goin protectors allowed
GI competitors must wear an standard gi. No more than four finger width from the end of the gi sleeve to the wrist.
Patches on the gi are OK so long as they do not impede the grip on the collars, sleeves, or knees.

POINTS
2 points for a throw with top control established
2 points for a sweep from any guard and top control established
2 points for a knee on stomach (held for 3 seconds) cannot have knee on ground
3 points for a guard pass (held for 3 seconds)
4 points for mount (held for 3 seconds)
4 points for back with both hooks; no ankles crossed (held for 3 seconds)
4 points for back mount
Point racking is not allowed. Intentionally leaving a dominant position then regaining it in order to gather points is not allowed.
MATCH LENGTH
Ages 5-12- 2 minute rounds
Ages 13-15- 4 minute rounds

MATCH OUTCOME
*THE TOURNAMENT REFEREES AND COORDINATORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MOVE COMPETITORS AROUND TO MAKE THE BEST BRACKETS POSSIBLE.
1) If an athlete submits his or her opponent within the time limit the match ends immediately.
2) In the event of a match with no submission then the competitor with the most points wins.
ROLLING OR PULLING A COMPETITOR OFF OF THE MAT
*If an athlete is caught in a submission and PURPOSELY pulls their opponent or rolls off of the mat in an attempt to free themselves from the submission, they will be considered submitted and will lose the match.
**If an opponent is countering a submission and they happen to roll off of the mat but are caught in a deep and completely sunk submission (i.e. an armlock and the competitor being caught rolls to counter the submission and happens to end up off of the mat) the referee will reset the position in the center of the ring with the submission INTACT to the submitters liking.  The referee will give the person caught in the submission the option to tap out before the match is restarted to give a verbal submission. If the competitor refuses to tap out the match will be restarted with the submission in place.

THERE WILL BE NO SUBMISSIONS IN AGE DIVISIONS 5 YEARS THROUGH 10 YEARS.
ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS IN 13-15 YEAR OLD DIVISIONS
These submission attempts will result in IMMEDIATE disqualification.
No Slamming from the guard- Slamming will result in immediate disqualification. If your opponent is too heavy for you to pick up to attempt to open their guard then you should not try. “Falling” because of their weight will be considered slamming and you will be disqualified.
No forearm against the throat in order to open the guard in Kids 5-10 year old divisions.
– No Butt Scooting is allowed in any division. You must either take the opponent down or pull them into the guard.
**Guard Jumping will NOT BE ALLOWED IN ANY DIVISION!!  Guard pulling is OK.

The difference between Jumping and Pulling Guard:
Jumping Guard (Illegal Technique) – When a competitor jumps into the guard with both feet off of the ground and is expecting their opponent to “catch” them.  Sometimes this is done without the competitor even holding or touching the other competitor. This technique is not allowed in any division under any circumstances!!! This is an extremely dangerous technique that will not be allowed.
Pulling Guard (Legal Technique) – Pulling guard is exactly like it sounds.  You are pulling your opponent down to the ground into your guard with at least one foot on the ground. Pulling guard requires one opponent to make contact with the other. A grip must be established on either a sleeve, collar, head, gi top or any part of the competitor prior to pulling their opponent down to the ground into their guard.  You must attempt to take your opponent to the ground or pull them to the ground. A “touch and go” approach will be treated the same as butt scooting. A grip must be established prior to the guard.
A competitor MAY NOT disengage from their opponent in order to bring the fight back to standing. Competitors MAY pull away from grips or submissions but must immediately engage their opponent again to keep the match progressing.

Teens division (ages 11-17)
illegal submissions
-All submissions involving the legs
-no neck cranks, or can openers
-no finger locks, or wrists locks
-no bicep slicers
– NO Reaping the Knee.
– NO Frontal Neck Cranks of any kind.
– NO Scissors Takedown of any kind.
– Grabbing with 4 fingers inside the sleeve of the jacket top and inside the pants will be allowed and is OK.
– NO Chin whips
– NO knuckles on throat