If disqualification is called for, the Referee shall confer with the Chief referee to ensure all the proper procedures are being used.
- A fighter who does not obey the referee's orders, who violates regulations, who demonstrates unsportsman-like behavior or who commits offenses can receive a caution, warning or be disqualified by a referee without an official warning. Only 3 official warnings can be given to a fighter in the course of an entire bout. The third warning will automatically mean DISQUALIFICATION (the procedure starts from warning, 1st official warning, 2nd official warning and 1 minus point, third official warning and consequent disqualification of the fighter).
- Warnings given to a fighter's corner count against the player.
- A referee may, without stopping the fight, give a caution to a player at any moment. If he wants to give a warning to a player, he will stop the fight and announce the offense. He will show it to the three judges, pointing with his finger to the player at fault.
The following actions are considered fouls:
- Punching below the belt, hooking, tripping, and hitting with knees or elbows.
- Butting with the head, shoulders, forearms and elbows, strangling the opponent, crushing his face with arm or elbow, pushing back the opponent;
- Hitting with open gloves, with the inside of the gloves, with a wrist.
- Hitting the opponent's back, particularly on the nape of his neck, head and kidneys.
- Punch Attacking an opponent who is on the floor on getting up, Lying down, wrestling.
Using insulting and aggressive language during a round.
- Refusing to withdraw after the order "BREAK".
- Trying to land a blow on the opponent immediately after a "BREAK" order and before withdrawing.
Assailing or insulting the referee at any time.
Changing a decision
- When a warning for a particular foul has been administered for example a clinch.
- The referee will not caution the player again for the same offense. An official warning will follow a third caution for the same foul. If a referee thinks that an offense has been committed without his knowledge, he will have to consult the judges.
All public decisions are definitive and cannot be changed unless:
Mistakes which occurred in calculating the points are discovered;
One of the judges declares he has made a mistake and switched the scores of the fighters;
There are evident violations of HBIO rules.
The chief referee of the ring, with the help of the HBIO Appeal Board, will immediately handle all protests. After discussions, the representative of the HBIO Appeal Board will announce the official result.
During Match / coach duties
A coach and a second who must obey the following rules may assist each fighter:
- Only the coach and the second may get into the ring and only one of them at a time may be inside the ropes.
- No advice, help or encouragement can be given to the fighter during the round.
- A second can give up the fight on behalf of his fighter, and can also, if the fighter is in great difficulty, toss the sponge or the towel into the ring, except while the referee is counting.
- During the match, neither the coach nor the second can be on the ring platform. They must, before each round, remove stools, towels, buckets, etc.
- Any coach, second or official, encouraging or prompting the spectators to give signs of advice or encouragement to a boxer during a round, can be suspended from his function in the competition in course.
- A coach or a second who violates the rules may receive a warning or be disqualified by the referee for bad behavior.
Video footage is not applicable to HBIO events. Video footage may not be used to resolve any queries, protest, complaints or points of clarification.
Procedure after KO, RSC, RSC-H, Injury
- The protest may be submitted because of the rough violation of the Rules during the officiating of the bout or when unordinary situation occurs.
- The procedure to submit a protest is as follows:
- verbal protest is submitted to the Chief official by the team representative directly in the course of the bout stating the article and point of the Rules that was violated;
- after the end of the bout the written protest shall be submitted;
- the protest concerning some unordinary situation (breaking of Regulations, order of weigh-in and pairing, misinformation / Ringing on the part of the official persons, and so on) shall be submitted immediately after it happens in the written form, so that the Board of Officials will be able to make the decision with the minimum harm for the course and results of the competitions;
- the protest shall be accompanied by the sum of money set by HBIO (for national competitions – set by the National Hapkido Boxing Organization).
- Consideration of Protests
- in case the protest deals with the breaking of the Rules while officiating the bout it is considered by the Chief official and the three officials of the bout in question and also the representatives of the concerned parties (with no right to discuss the protest);
- Considering the protest dealing with an unordinary situation, the persons involved in the violation of the Rules shall b e present.
- The decisions on the protest are taken:
- concerning the bout – immediately after the discussion by the Chief official, the bout is resumed after that;
- concerning other reasons – during the time that makes it possible to correct the mistakes with the minimum damage for the course and results of the competitions;
- the Chief Official makes the final decision and the persons involved shall be informed about it;
- In case the protest is upheld the accompanied sum of money shall be returned to the person submitted the protest.
- Irregular protests
- Irregular protests regarding disagreements of decisions, where fighters protests by delaying further program in the ring, such as sitting down in the ring, decided by himself or stimulated by his coach to do so, will be reacted on by the Referee Committee or by the Executive Committee directly. The consequence can be that the total team of the discipline can be excluded. If security staff has to intervene and in case of conflict due to this action, can lead to immediately disqualification of the whole national team.
- A protest will only be handled in a written letter and a protest will not be handled if actions mentioned above are in place.
- Regular Protest
- If a team wants to protest of a result, the Chief Referee must receive this in written form within 15 minutes after the fight. The written protest must describe clearly the problem. The Chief Referee must deliver the protest to the Appeal Board/Referee Committee who will also consider the problem. The protest will be handled immediately.
- A protest cost of 100 dollar and must be paid up-front. If the protest is successful the money will be refunded.
If a fighter gets injured in a fight the doctor are the only person that can evaluate the circumstances. If a player remains unconscious, only the referee and the doctor in charge will be allowed to stay in the ring, unless the doctor needs extra help.
Procedure if KO, RSC, RSC-H, Injury
Procedure if injuries in general
- A player who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing, will be examined by a doctor immediately afterwards, and accompanied to hospital by the ambulance on duty or to any other adequate place.
- A player who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing, will not be allowed to take part in another competition or bout for a period of at least 4 weeks after the KO.
- A player who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing, two times in a period of 3 months, will not be allowed to take part in another competition or bout for a period of at least 3 months after the second KO or RSC-H.
- A player who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing three consecutive times in a period of 12 months, will not be allowed to take part in a competition or a bout for a period of one year after the third KO or RSC-H.
- To above mentioned quarantine periods the doctor at place can extend the quarantine period if necessary. Also doctors at hospital due to tests/scan of head can further on extend the quarantine period.
- A quarantine period means that a player cannot take part in no competition in player no matter what the discipline are. The quarantine periods are "minimum period" and cannot be overruled even though a head scan shows no visible injuries.
- The referee will tell the Jury and Judges to mark KO or RSC-H or RSC on their score sheets, when he or referee has stopped the bout due to the player's inability to resume the fight because of head blows. The same has to be reported by the Chief referee on duty in that ring on the fighter's HBIO SPORT PASS. This is also the official result of the fight and it cannot be overruled.
- Before resuming player after a ban, as described in the above paragraphs, a player will, after a special medical examination, have to be declared fit to take part in competition by a sports doctor.
- When registered a KO or RSC-H a player must get a CT scan of the head.
- In case of injuries besides KO or RSC-H the doctor can give a minimum of quarantine period and recommend treatment at hospital.
- A doctor can require immediately treatment at hospital
- If a player or delegates from players nation denies doctors medical advice, the doctor report in written form immediately to chief referee or to a HBIO delegate that all medical responsibility are denied and are in the hands of the player and his team. However the official result and a quarantine given are valid.
A refreshment area shall be provided for the use of the Referee's Judges and Table Officials. It should have a minimum of tea, coffee and soft drinks. The promoter will be responsible for sending the national HBIO Presidents all relevant information concerning the locations, dates, lists of Hotels and prices, airport transportation and a complete schedule of events. The Promoter shall have Transportation.
Coordinator assigned at the Airport of the Tournament city to assist the Competitors upon their arrival.
The National Presidents are responsible for providing their flight times to the Promoter. The Promoter shall be responsible for the providing of all personal and equipment necessary to conduct and administer the Tournament.