POCKET REMINDER BASIC GUIDELINES REFEREES
No belt; no watch; no jewelry on hands, wrist, or neck; no eyeglasses; nails cut short; boxing shoes with rubber anti-slipping soles; a towel on the neutral corner post
Must be well-groomed
Extreme concern for the safety of the boxer.
Strict enforcement of the contest rules.
Move smoothly and efficiently in the ring.
Use only basic boxing language. Don’t use other words.
Use basic signals.
Not one language is understood or heard by all boxers:
- Box: Command boxers to box.
- Break: Command boxers to break their clinch.
- Stop: Order to immediately and absolutely stop action.
- Time out: Referee stops action and time watch
The use of signals for initiating and finishing rounds, terminating fights, to timekeepers and doctors; fouls.
Instruction to Boxers Prior to Bouts
Specific instructions must be given to boxers based on basic language and basic signals, as well as warnings specifically on: a,) no head butts; b) no rabbit punches; c,) no kidney punches; d) not hitting below the belt, as well as when they finish during rest periods. STOP FIGHT when the doctor advises to.
Stay away, circling around when boxers are not close to the ropes.
Stay close when they are boxing at the ropes.
Stay very close when the action is in the corners.
Use only basic language and signals.
Do not talk to boxers.
Do not crowd them; Let them fight.
Wait until the cessation of the action that created the loss of a mouthpiece to stop the action to replace it.
A head butt, intentional or non-intentional should be called immediately; in case of an intentional head butt, there is a mandatory deduction of two points.
Don’t rush; order or direct the standing boxer to the furthest neutral corner, take the count from the timekeeper and count out loud showing the count with your fingers to the downed boxer.
If he gets up give him the mandatory 8 counts and ask him questions that make him think or use signals to make him walk forward, etc.
Do not hesitate to stop the fight if you have doubts; it’s better to stop a fight one punch before than one punch after.
Hold the boxer and take him to his seconds.
If he goes down with a concussion, don’t hesitate to remove his mouthpiece at once and turn him partially on his left side.
You are the boss, show your authority and, remember, the health and the life of the boxer might be in your hands; safety has no compromise.
POCKET REMINDER BASIC GUIDELINES JUDGES
Commitment: Absolute impartiality. The winner in the ring must be the winner on the score cards, regardless of nationality, race, or location of the bout.
Mental Awareness: 100% concentration on the fight from bell to bell; no distractions, whatsoever.
Personal standing: Be relaxed and self-confident; well-groomed; maintain a low profile; seclude yourself from the outside company; maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
Uniform: Black suit, white shirt, black bow tie, WMMAFC Badge, and black shoes.
BASIS FUNDAMENTALS FOR SCORING
- 70%: Effective aggressiveness is the most important factor for winning a round. The scoring of clean punches with power, number, and accuracy, whether moving forward, backward, boxing sideways against the ropes, or counter punching.
- 20%: Ring Generalship: If an advantage is not found in “A”, whoever dominates the round with boxing skills to control the action and does not allow his rival to perform.
- 10%: Pure aggressiveness. If in doubt at the end of the round, it must be scored in favor of the aggressor, the one who goes decidedly after his rival, who forces the action to win the round, against a boxer who only runs away and does not stop to fight.
THE MENTAL INSTANTANEOUS COMPUTER:
Based on absolute concentration, put your mental count to work at even, or 10-10, at the sound of the bell to start a round; have your mind compute instantaneously the actions defining a slight or clear advantage for one of the fighters, while mentally modifying or adjusting instantaneously the count of such advantage according to the scoring of punches, during the whole 3 minutes. If one of the boxers had total domination and hurt his rival during the action in the round, such advantage shall be considered to be total or absolute. If you could not find a winner and you have no domination for either boxer, it shall be definitely even.
10-POINT MUST SYSTEM
- 10-10 Couldn’t pick a winner.
- 10-9 Slight or close advantage.
- 10-9 Clear or definite advantage.
- 10-9 When both boxers are knocked down, but one of them wins clearly the actions in the round.
- 10-8Advantage and one knockdown.
- 10-8Total domination or a beating by one of the boxers during the duration of the round, even when there is no knockdown.
- 10-7Advantage and two knockdowns.
- 10-6Advantage and more than two knockdowns, but never lower.
Knockdowns and point deductions must be scored at the exclusive discretion of the referee, even if you do not agree.
Do not keep separate score cards.
Each round is a fight. Don’t look back/Don’t look ahead.
Be ready to advise the referee if consulted on head butts.
Do not talk to the press without first receiving authorization from the commission and/or the WMMAFC Supervisor.
Do not publicly criticize your colleagues.
Train yourself; practice continuously based on guidelines.
Accept and look for positive criticism.
Score your round; the referee’s deductions are noted separately in the fouls box and let the commissioner do the calculations.
And always remember, justice in boxing is in your hands.