Statutes and Regulations

CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
TITLE 4. BUSINESS REGULATIONS
DIVISION 2. STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION

CHAPTER 5. WRESTLING RULES

ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

§ 800. Citation of Wrestling Rules.

The rules in this subchapter shall be cited as the "Wrestling Rules."

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

HISTORY:

1. Repealer of subchapter 3 (ss 800 through 838 and new subchapter 3 (ss 800 through 827) filed 6-30-64; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 64, No. 14). For prior history, see note to section 201 and Register 62, No.

2. Renumbering of former subchapter 3 to subchapter 4 filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

3. Renumbering of former section 800 to section 815 and new section 800 filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

4. Renumbering of chapter 4 to chapter 5 filed 8-2-94; operative 9-1-94 (Register 94, No. 31).

§ 801. Definitions.

As used in this subchapter,

(a) "commission" means the State Athletic Commission.

(b) "code" means the Business and Professions Code.

(c) "Rules" means the Wrestling rules.

(d) The terms "promoter" and "club" are synonymous and mean and include any person, partnership, club, corporation, organization, or association conducting, holding or giving wrestling exhibitions.

(e) the masculine gender includes the feminine gender.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18611, 18620, 18621 and 18622, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

§ 802. Professional Boxing Rules Applicable.

The following professional boxing rules when otherwise appropriate shall apply to wrestling: 202, 204, 205, 206, 210, 211, 212, 214, 218, 252, 253, 254, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 266, 267, 268, 269, 271, 272, 273, 274, 276, 277, 292, 293, 294, 390, 391, 392, 395, and 399.

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

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 10-3-68; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 68, No. 37).

2. Amendment filed 12-4-81; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 81, No. 49).

3. Amendment filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

ARTICLE 2. WRESTLER'S LICENSE

§ 803. Age Limitations and Requirements.

(a) No wrestler's license shall be issued to any person under 18 years of age.

(b) All applications for a wrestler's license shall be in writing on a form furnished by the commission. Any person who gives incorrect information in an application for a wrestler's license may have his license revoked by the commission, and any purse to which he might otherwise be entitled may be confiscated.

(c) All applicants for a wrestler's license shall be found after examination by a licensed physician to be physically and mentally fit to wrestle in a match or event and to have an uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/100 in both eyes.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18642, 18648, 18660 and 18702, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 7-27-71; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 71, No. 30).

2. Amendment filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

3. Amendment filed 12-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 51).

ARTICLE 3. RING

§ 804. Ring Construction and Equipment.

The size, construction, and equipment of wrestling rings shall be as approved by the commission. The ring floor shall be padded to a thickness as approved by the commission. A one-piece wrestling mat or soft padding may be used with a top covering of clean canvas tightly stretched and laced to the ring platform. Any mat or padding and canvas covering which has been used for boxing matches shall not be used for wrestling exhibitions until the mat or the canvas covering has been washed and is free from resin. The promoter shall keep the mat or padding and covering in a clean and sanitary condition.

ARTICLE 4. REFEREE

§ 805. Referee's Physical.

All referees shall be examined annually to establish their physical fitness. No referee's license shall be issued to a person who has attained the age of 60 years except by special action of the commission.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 3-26-71; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 71, No. 13).

2. Amendment filed 7-27-71; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 71, No. 31).

§ 805.1. License Requirement.

In order to be licensed as a wrestling referee, an applicant shall be found after examination by a licensed physician to be physically and mentally fit to referee a wrestling match or event and to have an uncorrected visual acuity of at lease 20/100 in both eyes.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18642 and 18648, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

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

§ 806. Selection of Referee by Club.

At any wrestling club where the promoter appoints the referee licensed by the commission, the announcer shall announce, prior to the commencement of the wrestling exhibition, that the wrestling promoter has appointed the referee by using the following language: "The referee of this wrestling event was appointed by (insert the name of the wrestling club)."

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18877, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Repealer of former Section 806 and renumbering and amendment of former Section 828 to Section 806 filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43). For history of former section, see Register 64, No. 14.

§ 807. Dangerous Conduct; Punishment

The referee shall not permit physically dangerous conduct or tactics by any wrestler. Any wrestler who fails to discontinue such tactics, after being warned by the referee, shall be disqualified and subject to disciplinary action.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18777 and 18841, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 10-3-68; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 68, No. 37).

2. Amendment filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

ARTICLE 5. TIMEKEEPER

§ 808. Timekeeper.

There shall be a timekeeper appointed by the promoter present at all exhibitions. He shall officially keep time and follow the instructions of the referee.

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

§ 809. Timekeeper's Duties.

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

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

§ 810. Periods.

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

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43)

§ 811. Time Limit Exhibitions.

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

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

ARTICLE 6. CLUB PHYSICIAN

§ 812. Club Physician's Duties.

A club physician approved by the commission shall examine all wrestlers and referees before they enter the ring for an exhibition and shall be present during the exhibition. No wrestler shall be permitted to wrestle who is suffering from any illness. The physician shall report to the commission any wrestler or referee examined proven unfit for participating in a wrestling exhibition. Such wrestler or referee shall be suspended until it is shown that he is fit for further participation in a wrestling exhibition.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18646, 18705 and 18706, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

§ 813. Physical Examination of Wrestlers.

Any wrestler applying for a license, or annual renewal thereof, shall be examined by a physician who is licensed in California or any other state and who is approved by the commission to establish physical fitness.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18642 and 18648, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 10-3-68; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 68, No. 37).

2. Amendment filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

ARTICLE 7. PROMOTERS AND EXHIBITIONS

§ 814. Advance Notice.

At least seven days before wrestling exhibitions, the promoter shall furnish the commission an advance notice giving the names of the wrestlers to be used in the exhibitions. The commission shall be promptly notified of any changes or additions to this notice. The forms for this notice shall be furnished by the commission. Notice of any change in announced or advertised wrestling programs or wrestling exhibitions shall be given to the press if there is sufficient time and an announcement shall be made prior to the program indicating the change and advising patrons desiring refunds to present their tickets to the box office at once. The box office shall remain open a reasonable length of time to redeem such tickets.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18624, 18682 and 18751, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18670 and 18748.5, Business and Professions Code

HISTORY:

1. Repealer and new section filed 7-19-66; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 66, No. 23).

2. Amendment filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

§ 815. Wrestling Exhibitions.

Unless a special license is obtained, all professional wrestling programs under the supervision and authority of the commission are exhibitions only, and not contents, and any such exhibitions cannot be advertised or announced as contests.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18624, 18682 and 18751, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Renumbering of former Section 800 to Section 815 filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43). For history of former section, see Register 81, No. 49.

§ 816. Duties of Licensees.

It shall be the duty of the referee, promoter, and his agents, attaches and employees, and the participants in any wrestling exhibition to maintain peace and order in the conduct of any exhibition. There shall be no abuse of a commission official at any time.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18777, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Repealer of former Section 816 and renumbering and amendment of former Section 825 to Section 816 filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43). For history of former section, see Registers 84, No. 40 and No. 64.

§ 817. Promoter's License.

In order to be issued a wrestling promoter's license, an applicant shall meet all the following requirements:

(a) Provide evidence that the promoter will have complete control over the sale of tickets, collection of tickets, counting of tickets, and preparation of revenue reports, and supervision over the box office employees, ticket takers and ushers and security for each event promoted. In the alternative a promoter may submit for review by the commission an agreement between the promoter and the facility in which events will be conducted relating to the sale and accounting of tickets and revenues, preparation of required reports, the supervision of box office employees, ticket takers, ushers, and security of each event.

(b) Provide evidence that the facility or facilities in which events will be held meet state and local fire and safety requirements and have dressing rooms and facilities which meet the requirements of Rules 292, 293 and 294.

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).

ARTICLE 8. COSTUMES FOR WRESTLERS

§ 818. Wrestler's Appearance.

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

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

ARTICLE 9. CONTRACTS

§ 819. Contracts.

Any contract or agreement between a wrestler and a promoter and/or booking agent shall be in writing, signed by all parties and made available to the commission on demand.

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

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

ARTICLE 10. ACCOUNTS

§ 820. Records.

Promoters, booking agents, managers and others licensed in connection with the promotion of wrestling exhibitions, shall maintain a full, true and accurate set of books of account and other records of receipts and disbursements in connection with all exhibitions, and the records shall at all times be open to the inspection and audit by representatives of the commission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18824, 18825 and 18826, Business and Professions Code

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

§ 821. Payment of Wrestlers.

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

HISTORY

1. Repealer filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

ARTICLE 11. BOOKING AGENTS

§ 822. Booking Agent.

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

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

§ 823. Wrestler Must Indicate Authorized Booking Agent.

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

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

ARTICLE 12. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

§ 824. Responsibility of Club.

(a) Each club shall be directly responsible to the commission for the conduct of its employees, and any violation of the act or of the rules and regulations of the commission by any employee of a club shall be deemed to be a violation by the club.

(b) Clubs and booking agents, if any, are responsible for any violations of the act or commission rules by their wrestlers.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18624, 18670, and 18682, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18670 and 18682, Business and Professions Code

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 12-4-81; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 81, No. 49).

§ 825. Duties of Licensees.

HISTORY:

1. Renumbering and amendment of former Section 825 to Section 816 filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43). For history of former Section, see Registers 84, No. 40 and 64, No. 14.

§ 826. Discrimination.

There shall be no discrimination against any participant on account of sex, race, color or creed.

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

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

§ 827. Women Wrestlers Prohibited.

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-3-68; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 68, No. 43).

§ 828. Selection of Referee by Club.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18624, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18743.3, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 5-23-66; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 66, No. 15).

2. Renumbering and amendment of former Section 828 to Section 806 filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).

§ 829. Postponement or Cancellation.

A small advance sale shall not be regarded as legitimate reason for a postponement. Indoor wrestling shows shall not be cancelled for any reason except with the written approval of the commission.

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

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 10-17-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 43).