Statutes and Regulations

TITLE 4. BUSINESS REGULATIONS
DIVISION 2. STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION


CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 1. PROFESSIONAL BOXING RULES

ARTICLE 8. CONDUCT OF THE BOUT

§ 330. Officials.

The officials referred to in Section 18735 of the code shall consist of referees, judges, timekeepers, announcers, physicians in attendance at a contest or exhibition at the commission's direction in accordance with Section 18705 of the code, physicians appointed by the commission to perform any examination of boxers for licensure purposes or under Section 18711 of the code, and commission representatives. The referees, judges, physicians described in this section, commission representative and timekeepers shall be assigned by the commission.

The club may, with the approval of the commission, select the announcers at boxing contests or exhibitions held under the auspices of the club.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18641, 18705, 18711 and 18735, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5)

2. Amendment filed 3-2-90; operative 4-1-90 (Register 90, No. 10).

3. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 332. Contestants Must Report.

Contestants shall report to the commission representative in charge of dressing rooms at least one hour before the scheduled time of the first match.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5)

§ 334. Persons Allowed In Ring.

No persons other than the contestants and the referee may be in the ring during the progress of a round.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 335. Referee-Instruction.

The referee shall call contestants together, either in the ring or in another appropriate location before each bout for final instructions, at which time each contestant shall be accompanied by his or her designated chief second only.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 337. Fouls In Boxing.

(1) Hitting below the hip line.

(2) Hitting an opponent who is down, is getting up after being down or who is hanging helplessly over the ropes.

(3) Holding an opponent with one hand and hitting with the other.

(4) Excessive holding or deliberately maintaining a clinch.

(5) Wrestling, kicking, or biting.

(6) Grabbing and/or holding the ropes.

(7) Butting with the head or shoulder.

(8) Hitting with the open glove, or with the butt of the hand, the wrist, the forearm, the elbow, the knee, and all backhand blows.

(9) Deliberate use of the rabbit punch (hitting behind the head).

(10) Striking deliberately at that part of the body over the kidneys.

(11) Spinning and hitting.

(12) Excessive taunting, abusive language or gestures.

(13) Any unsportsmanlike act.

(14) Hitting on the break.

(15) Hitting after the bell has sounded ending the round, including the last round.

(16) Hitting an opponent who is entangled in the ropes.

(17) Pushing an opponent.

(18) Continuous dropping of the mouthpiece.

(19) Striking a blow during intervention by the referee under Rule 349.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 338. Intentional Fouling.

(a) In the case of an intentional foul, the referee may interrupt the bout for the purpose of allowing the injured boxer time to recover.

(b) Any boxer guilty of an intentional foul shall be penalized one or more points as determined by the referee. If the injured boxer is unable to continue, the offending boxer shall be disqualified, his or her purse may be withheld, and he or she may be subject to suspension. Disposition of the purse and the penalty to be imposed upon the boxer shall be determined by action of the commission or the commission's representative.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18738, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 339. Unintentional-Fouling.

(a) When a bout is interrupted due to an injury caused by an unintentional foul, the referee in consultation with the ringside physician shall determine whether the boxer who has been fouled can continue or not. If the referee sees, or if after consultation with the judges, determines that a boxer is unintentionally fouled and if the boxer's chance of winning has not been seriously jeopardized as a result of a foul, the referee may order the bout continued after a reasonable interval.

(b) If the referee and/or the ringside physician determine that the bout may not continue because of an injury suffered as the result of an unintentional foul or because of an injury inflicted by an unintentional foul which later becomes aggravated by fair blows, the bout must be declared a draw if the bout is stopped before the bell rings to begin the fourth round. After the bell rings to begin the fourth round, the outcome shall be determined by scoring the completed rounds and the round during which the referee or ringside physician stopped the bout.

(c) When an unintentional foul causes the bout to be interrupted for the purpose of allowing the injured boxer time to recover, the referee shall penalize the boxer guilty of the foul one or more points.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18733, 18855, and 18860, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Repealer and new subsections (a)-(c) filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 340. Method of Scoring When There Is an Injury Not Resulting from a Foul.

(a) If the referee determines that the injured fighter was responsible for his own injury, the referee will not penalize his opponent in any manner. In this case, if the referee or ringside physician determines that the injured fighter is unable to continue, he will lose by "technical knockout."

(b) If the referee determines that no fault was attributable to either fighter, the referee shall allow the injured fighter reasonable recovery time, not to exceed 5 minutes. If, at the end of the recovery period, the referee or the ringside physician determines that the injured fighter cannot continue, the bout will be decided on the score cards if the bell has rung to begin the fourth round or, if the bell has not rung to start the fourth round, the bout will be called a technical draw.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18733, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Repealer filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

3. Amendment filed 6-15-2011; operative 7-15-2011 (Register 2011, No. 24).

§ 341. Unfair Practices Likely To Cause Injury.

Referees shall not permit unfair practices that may cause injuries to a contestant, and are held strictly responsible for the enforcement of the rules. The only fair blow is a blow delivered with the padded knuckle part of the glove on the front or sides of the head and body above the hip line. After sufficient warning has been given the referee shall punish persistent disregard of the rules.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18730 and 18738, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 342. Penalizing Contestant.

The referee may penalize any contestant who fouls his or her opponent during a contest, by charging such contestant with the loss of points, whether such foul or fouls be intentional or unintentional. However, the referee shall use his or her own discretion in determining the number of points, if any, chargeable against the contestant in each instance, depending upon the severity or harmlessness of the foul and its effect upon the opponent. The referee shall, at the time of the infraction, inform each judge and the supervising commission representative of the nature of the foul, the identity of the offending boxer and the number of points deducted. At the conclusion of the round, the referee shall verify with the judges the identity of the boxer causing the foul and the number of points deducted in accordance with the referee's determination.

When necessary to deduct points because of fouls or other infractions of the rules, the referee shall warn the offender and at the end of the round notify both contestants of any penalties which may be assessed against either boxer.

Points deducted for any foul or infraction of the rules shall be deducted in the round in which they occur. No boxer shall be penalized in a later round by virtue of a previous foul or infraction of the rules.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18730, 18733 and 18855, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 345. The Referee Shall Have Power To Stop Contest.

The referee shall have the power to stop a contest at any stage if he or she considers it too one-sided, or if either contestant is in such condition that to continue might subject him or her to serious injury, and in either case to render a decision in the manner prescribed by Rule 339.

Regardless of any examination by the ringside physician, if a boxer unequivocably manifests an intent to stop fighting, the referee shall immediately stop the contest. If the referee is unclear whether the boxer intends to stop fighting, then the referee shall ask the boxer if the boxer wishes to stop fighting and if the response is affirmative, then the referee shall immediately stop the contest.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18730 and 18733, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 11-16-92; operative 12-16-92 (Register 92, No. 47).

3. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

4. Repealer and new second paragraph and amendment on NOTE: filed 10-26-2006; operative 11-25-2006 (Register 2006, No. 43).

§ 346. Procedure Where Failure To Compete.

In any case where the referee decides that the contestants are not honestly competing, that the knockdown is a "dive," or the foul a prearranged termination of the bout, the referee shall not finish the knockdown count or disqualify for fouling or render a decision, but shall stop the bout not later than before the end of the last round and order purses of both boxers held pending investigation and disposition of the funds by the commission. The announcer shall inform the audience that no decision has been rendered.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18730 and 18733, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 347. Failure To Resume Boxing.

No contestant shall leave the ring during any one minute rest period between rounds. Should any contestant fail or refuse to resume boxing when the timekeeper indicates the start of the next round, the referee may either disqualify that contestant or award a KO decision to his or her opponent as of the round which has last been finished, unless the circumstances indicate to the referee the requirement for investigation or punitive action, in which event the referee shall not give a decision and shall order withheld the purse or purses of either or both boxers.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18730, 18855 and 18865, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 349. Method Of Counting Over a Boxer Who is Down.

When the contestant is knocked down or as the result of a punch is knocked through the ropes the referee shall order the opponent to retire to a corner of the ring, pointing to the corner, and immediately pick up the count from the timekeeper. He shall audibly announce the passing of the count. No contestant who is knocked down shall be allowed to resume boxing until the referee has finished counting eight. The contestant may take the count either on the floor or standing. The timekeeper, by effective signaling, shall give the referee the correct one-second interval for his count. The referee's count is the official count.

Should the opponent fail to stay in the designated corner the referee shall cease counting until he has returned to it, and then go on with the count from the point from which it was interrupted. If the boxer who is down arises before the count of ten, the referee shall evaluate his or her ability to continue. If assured that the boxer who has just arisen is fit to continue, the referee shall without loss of time, order both boxers to go on with the contest. Should a contestant who is "down" arise before the count of "10" is reached, and go down immediately without being struck, the referee shall resume the count where it was left off.

If the contestant taking the count is still down when the referee calls the count of 10 or if in the opinion of the referee the fighter who was knocked down is in no condition to continue, the referee shall wave both arms to indicate a knockout.

If both boxers go down at the same time, counting shall be continued as long as one of them is still down. If both boxers remain down until the count of 10 the contest shall be stopped and the decision shall be a technical draw. If at the end of a round a boxer is "down" and the referee is in the course of counting, the gong indicating the end of the round will not be sounded except for the final scheduled round. The gong will be sounded only when the referee gives the command "box" indicating the continuation of the match.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18730, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 350. A Boxer Shall Be Deemed "Down" When.

A boxer shall be deemed to be "down" when any part of his body but his feet is on the floor, or if he is hanging helplessly over the ropes. A referee may count (see Counting) a contestant out either on the ropes or on the floor.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18730, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 351. When Boxer Falls Or Is Knocked From Ring During Round.

A contestant who has been wrestled, pushed, or has fallen through the ropes during a contest may be helped back by anyone and the referee shall allow a reasonable time for the return. When on the ring platform outside the ropes, the contestant shall enter the ring immediately.

Should the contestant stall for time outside the ropes, the referee shall start the count without waiting for him to re-enter the ring.

When one boxer has fallen through the ropes, the other boxer shall retire to a designated corner and stay there until ordered to continue the contest by the referee. When a boxer is knocked outside of the ropes by a legal punch, the referee shall begin the count. If at the count of eight the boxer is no longer down, he or she shall be allowed reasonable time to reenter the ring.

A contestant who deliberately wrestles or throws an opponent from the ring, or who hits him when he is partly out of the ring, and prevented by the ropes from assuming a position of defense may be penalized.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18730, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment of section heading and section filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 352. Boxers Knocked Out.

A boxer who has been knocked out shall be kept in a prone position until the boxer has recovered. When a boxer is knocked out, no one is to touch him or her, except the referee who will remove his or her mouthpiece, until the ring physician enters the ring and personally attends to the fallen boxer, and issues such instructions as he or she sees fit to the boxer's handlers. If a boxer has been knocked out or if a technical knockout decision has been rendered against him by the referee, such boxer shall be placed on the commission's ill and unavailable list for such a period of time as may be recommended by the ringside physician or any approved commission physician who may examine him or her but such period of time shall not be less than 30 days.

A boxer shall not be permitted to engage in any contact boxing during this period without the approval of the commission physician.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18730, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment of first paragraph filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 353. Wiping Gloves And Rinsing Mouthpieces.

(a) Before a boxer resumes boxing after having been knocked or having fallen or slipped to the floor, the referee shall wipe any accumulated debris from the boxer's gloves.

(b) When a mouthpiece is knocked out, the referee may allow the exchange to continue until there is a break in the action. Timeout shall then be called and the mouthpiece rinsed and replaced. No contestant shall be permitted to continue to box without a mouthpiece.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18730, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment of section heading and section filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 354. Warning.

Ten seconds before the beginning and ending of each round the timekeeper shall give warning to the seconds of the contestants by suitable signal.

No second shall be in contact with the ring apron prior to the sounding of the bell ending the round.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. New second paragraph filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 356. Scorecard to Referee and Judges.

The commission representative in charge at all boxing shows shall, before the start of each bout, give the judges and/or referees, when the latter are used as judges, a regulation scorecard. The judges shall score each round of the bout on the card and sign it. At the discretion of the commission, individual round scorecards may be used in contests and, if so used, shall be picked up at the end of each round by the referee and delivered to the ringside inspector. At the conclusion of the contest, the commission representative may then show the cards to accredited press representatives and immediately thereafter mail or deliver the score cards with the rest of his or her reports to the commission office.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18730 and 18734, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 357. Method Of Scoring.

Judges shall score all contests and determine the winner through the use of the ten point must system. In this system the winner of each round receives ten points and the opponent a proportionately less number. If the round is even, each boxer receives ten points. No fraction of points may be given.

At the termination of the round or contest, the referee shall pick up the cards of the judges. The referee shall then deliver the cards to the commission representative assigned to check and total them. The majority opinion shall be conclusive and if there is no majority then the decision shall be a draw unless otherwise determined by the referee or commission representative. When the commission representative has completed verifying and totaling the scores, the ring announcer shall be informed of the decision and shall announce the decision.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18734, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment of section heading and section filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 358. Announcing Winner

At the termination of all boxing bouts the winner shall be announced by the announcer and the referee shall raise the winner's hand.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640 and 18730, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 360. Abuse Of Officials.

No licensee shall verbally or physically abuse an official or commission representative.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18730, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment of section heading and section filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 361. Seconds: Number and Costume.

Each contestant may have four seconds of the contestant's choice and each such second while assisting in the boxer's corner shall present a neat and tidy appearance. Only one of the seconds may be inside the ring ropes between rounds with no more than two seconds on the apron. One second must remain on the floor.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 362. Excessive Coaching.

A second shall not excessively coach a boxer during a round and shall remain seated and silent when so directed by the commission representative on duty.

Excessive coaching may lead to point deduction by the referee, ejection from the venue, and/or disciplinary action by the commission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Repealer and new section filed 6-11-84; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 84, No. 24).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Amendment of section heading and new second paragraph filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 363. Throwing Water Prohibited.

Excessive use of water and/or ice between rounds is prohibited. The designated chief second shall be responsible to assure that the corner is dry at the start of each round.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Repealer and new section filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 364. Determining Defeat.

A manager or chief second of a contestant may toss a towel into the ring in token of defeat. However, such manager or chief second shall follow the towel into the ring as soon as it is possible to do so.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 365. Fans And Towels.

Fans and swinging of towels are prohibited.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 368. Change Of Decision.

(a) A decision rendered at the termination of any boxing contest is final and shall not be changed unless following the rendition of a decision the commission determines that any one of the following occurred:

(1) There was collusion affecting the result of any contest;

(2) The compilation of the scorecard of the judges, and the referee when used as a judge, shows an error which would mean that the decision was given to the wrong boxer;

(3) There was a violation of the laws or rules and regulations governing boxing which affected the result of any contest.

(4) The winner of a bout tested positive immediately after the bout for a substance listed in Rule 303(c).

(b) A petition to change a decision shall be in writing and filed by a boxer or the boxer's manager within five (5) calendar days from the date the decision was rendered.

(c) If a petition to change a decision is not filed in writing within five (5) days of the decision, the commission may, upon the vote of at least a majority of the commissioners present, hold a hearing to change the decision at any time.

(d) If the commission determines that any of the above occurred with regards to any contest then the decision rendered shall be changed as the commission may direct.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment of subsections (b)-(c) filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

3. New subsections (d) and (e) filed 5-14-96; operative 6-13-96 (Register 96, No. 20).

4. Amendment filed 4-6-2009; operative 4-6-2009 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2009, No. 15).

ARTICLE 9. REFEREES AND JUDGES

§ 370. Commission Shall Select Referee.

The commission or its duly authorized representative shall select and assign all referees. A licensee who wishes to protest the assignment of a referee or judge, may file a written protest with the commission at least five days prior to the scheduled contest and shall state the reason for the protest. The protesting licensee and the referee and/or judge shall be given thereafter a hearing before a commission representative and the representative shall make such disposition of the protest as the facts may justify.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18730, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Repealer and new section filed 6-11-84; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 84, No. 24).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Amendment filed 2-29-2000; operative 3-30-2000 (Register 2000, No. 9).

§ 371. Referee's License.

(a) In order to be licensed as a referee, an applicant shall meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Have demonstrated prior experience in refereeing and judging boxing matches and perform in a series of training sessions as a referee to successfully demonstrate proficiency. Training sessions shall be conducted by a commission representative or commission appointed licensed referee(s) and shall be approved by the commission.

(2) Be found after examination by a licensed physician to be physically and mentally fit to referee a boxing contest and to have uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/100 in both eyes. Weight shall be proportionate to height in accordance with the standards of the American Medical Association in effect at the time of the effective date of this regulation.

(3) Be in good physical condition with the speed and reflexes in the ring necessary for the protection of the boxers.

(4) Pass a written examination administered by the commission on the fundamentals of boxing, refereeing and judging boxing matches and contests, and California law and regulations relating to boxing.

(5) Perform in a series of training sessions as a judge to successfully demonstrate proficiency. Training sessions shall be conducted by a commission representative or commission-appointed licensed referees or judges.

(6) These requirements may be waived for any applicant who is licensed and in good standing with another state athletic commission or any commission-approved sanctioning body such as the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, and World Boxing Organization.

(7) In order to renew a referee's license, a referee shall comply with subsections (b) and (c) in addition to any other requirements for renewal set forth in the law or these regulations.

(b) A person who possesses a valid California license as a referee may judge a boxing contest without the need to obtain a judge's license.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18731 and 18734, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Repealer and new section filed 12-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 51).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 372. Referee's Uniform.

Referees shall wear such apparel as may be approved by the commission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 373. Fees For Officials.

At all boxing events each timekeeper, referee and judge on duty directed by the commission to be in attendance thereat, shall be paid by the club such fee as the commission shall order, in accordance with the schedule furnished to the club and on file with the commission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18731 and 18734, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 4-12-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 15).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Amendment of section heading and section filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 375. Referee's Physical Examination.

(a) In addition to any other qualifications for referees established by the commission, each applicant for a boxing referee's license who has not been previously licensed and examined shall submit to an initial physical examination which shall include all tests necessary to determine an applicant's physical fitness, agility, reflexes, and reaction time as specified by the commission which examination shall be taken at a facility and by a physician or physicians specified by the commission. The cost of the examination shall be the responsibility of the applicant.

(b) All boxing referees, in addition to being examined by a physician prior to officiating, shall submit to an annual regular examination to establish their physical fitness to perform as a referee.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18641, 18660 and 18661, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment of subsection (b) and repealer of subsection (c) filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 376. Grading Of Referee's Performance.

(a) It shall be the duty of the assigned commission representative to grade each boxing referee's performance for each contest presided over by the referee. The evaluation shall result in a grade satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or needs improvement. The grade shall be arrived at by considering, among other things, the referee's reflexes, and overall ability to direct and control the contest in a manner designed to ensure the protection of the participants and to obtain the contestants' compliance with the statutes and rules of the commission applicable to the particular contest. The evaluator may include written comments where a satisfactory grade is rendered but shall make specific written comments where a grade of unsatisfactory or needs improvement is rendered. The grade and any comments pertaining thereto shall be filed with the executive officer in the Sacramento office and may be inspected or copied by the referee or anyone designated in writing by the referee so graded. Any referee wishing to protest an evaluation shall do so in writing within 30 days after the evaluation has been served on the referee.

(b) If a referee files a written protest of any evaluation, the executive officer or that person's designee shall, in consultation with the evaluator, discuss the evaluation with the referee. Where the evaluation was unsatisfactory or needs improvement, the referee shall be given recommendations for improving his or her performance.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18641 and 18730, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

3. Redesignation and amendment of former section as subsection (a) and new subsection (b) filed 11-20-2001; operative 12-20-2001 (Register 2001, No. 47).

§ 377. Hearing To Remove Referee's License.

(a) At any time during the course of a boxing contest should it become apparent to any duly authorized representative of the commission that any referee is not discharging his responsibilities in a manner which ensures the safety of the participants, a written report shall be filed with the executive officer. The referee shall be notified that he shall not be assigned to referee another contest until a hearing is held. If the referee requests a hearing, a hearing shall be held within thirty days of the request. The commission itself may conduct the hearing, or it may delegate this responsibility to any duly authorized representative of the commission, who shall then make a recommendation to the commission in the matter. The hearing shall be held to determine whether the referee's license shall be revoked or suspended or other appropriate action taken by the commission. The decision resulting from the hearing shall be final.

(b) If the executive officer becomes aware of two or more bouts where a referee has not discharged the referee's responsibilities with the requisite skill to ensure the safety of the participants, the executive officer shall notify the referee of his or her specific deficiencies and each date and bout where the deficiencies were noted. The executive officer may consider all bouts over which the referee presided, regardless of whether the referee received any formal evaluation and regardless of whether that evaluation was satisfactory. The referee may request a hearing within thirty days from the date of the notification. If the referee requests a hearing, a hearing shall be held within thirty days of the request. The commission itself may conduct the hearing, or it may delegate this responsibility to any duly authorized representative of the commission, who shall then make a recommendation to the commission in the matter. The hearing shall be held to determine whether the referee's license shall be revoked or suspended or other appropriate action taken by the commission. The decision of the commission shall be final.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18641, 18730 and 18855, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Repealer and new section filed 6-11-84; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 84, No. 24).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Redesignation and amendment of former section as subsection (a), new subsection (b) and amendment of NOTE: filed 11-20-2001; operative 12-20-2001 (Register 2001, No. 47).

§ 378. Officials To Be Amitted.

Any licensed boxing referee, judge, timekeeper or physician shall be admitted to any boxing show in this State on presentation of his or her license card. A ticket shall be issued to any referee when he or she shows his or her card but the commission shall not collect a tax on any ticket so issued.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18824, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment of section heading and section filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 379. Judge's License.

In order to be licensed as a judge for boxing contests, an applicant shall meet all the following:

(a) Shall have been assigned by the California Athletic Commission for at least three years in such a capacity as to have judged, supervised or evaluated professional boxing judges.

(b) Pass a written examination administered by the commission on the fundamentals of boxing, judging boxing contests and knowledge of California law and regulations relating to boxing.

(c) These requirements may be waived for any applicant who possesses a current and valid license as a boxing judge in another state or country and has not been the subject of any disciplinary action.

(d) Must have demonstrated prior experience in judging boxing contests and must demonstrate judging proficiency. Proficiency shall be determined by a commission representative or commission-appointed licensed referees or judges and the method of evaluations shall be approved by the commission.

NOTE: Authority Cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18641 and 18648, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 12-17-86, effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 51).

2. Amendment of subsections (a) and (d) filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

ARTICLE 10. CHAMPIONS

§ 380. Definition.

A champion is one formally acknowledged supreme in a branch of athletics or game of skill, and ready to contend with any qualified challenger.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 381. Alternative Provisions.

Recognizing the need for uniformity of rules governing world championship contests notwithstanding any Boxing Rule the commission may, in its discretion, authorize alternate provisions from time to time as long as the safety and welfare of the boxers and the public are not jeopardized.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 382. Defense Of Title.

Rules governing champions shall apply to state champions except that titles shall be defended at least once every six months if a suitable challenger is available and a challenge is made. If a boxer does not defend his title within this period of time or refuses to accept a reasonable offer to defend against a challenger, the title automatically shall be vacated.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 384. Determination Of Title.

The commission may once a year name state professional boxing champions in each weight class. A championship may be lost by default, forfeit, or inability to make the weight, but a championship can only be won in a contest.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 386. Advertising Appearance Of Champion Or Contender.

No person shall advertise a boxer in California as a champion or contender in any manner which is false or misleading.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).