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Thursday, March 22, 2012
On March 15, 2012, the Indiana Gaming Commission approved an updated version of emergency rules for professional boxing, professional mixed martial arts, and amateur mixed martial arts. Both rule packages included several technical changes and a few substantive changes. The new versions of both rules can be found on the 'Statutes & Rules' link on the Athletic Division's front page. Below are some of the key changes in the new versions:
- Referees and judges for both professional boxing and professional mixed martial arts must now be actively certified from the Association of Boxing Commissions to be licensed and assigned to events. Individuals who are actively licensed and either are not ABC certified or have an expired ABC certification will not be assigned to events.
- The Athletic Division's requirements for the rules and regulations of sanctioning bodies have been cleaned up to better reflect which language from the Amateur Unified Rules is pertinent. As opposed to requiring sanctioning bodies to uniformly adopt the complete set of Amateur Unified Rules as we did back on October 1, 2011, the exact items we will require to be enforced from the Amateur Unified Rules (as well as other Athletic Division minimum requirements) are clearly listed in SECTION 5.
- Sanctioning bodies will also now be required to submit its policies and internal controls that are used to enforce a select item of rules. Our hope is that this extra step will be extremely telling in determining whether a company is suitable to take on the responsibilities of being a sanctioning body. For example, it is easy to write a rule that says a fighter must have an annual physical conducted by a licensed physician. However, we are interested in seeing the steps a sanctioning body takes in ensuring that this requirement is upheld. Is the physical legitimate? Was the fighter actually only seen by a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant? The sanctioning body's policies and internal controls should break down the exact detailed process for how these specific rules will be enforced. The full list can be found in SECTION 6. It is important to note that this information submitted to the Athletic Division will not be posted to the website and will be kept as confidential trade secret information.
Lastly, we are approaching the final stages of completing the Final Rules for boxing and mixed martial arts that will go into the Indiana Administrative Code. As part of the process, the proposed rule will be posted to our website and there will be a public hearing so the IGC can receive questions, comments, and suggestions. Please continue to check our website for updates.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
On September 29, 2011, the Indiana Gaming Commission approved an updated version of emergency rules for professional boxing, professional mixed martial arts, and amateur mixed martial arts. Both rule packages included several technical changes and a handful of substantive changes. The new versions of both rules can be found on the 'Statutes & Rules' link on the Athletic Division's front page. Below are some of the key changes in the new versions:
- The professional rules now specifically state that there is a 48 hour deadline for all medical documents. This will allow Athletic Division staff ample time to verify the validity of all documents. If we have not received the required documents by the 48 hour deadline, the fighter will be pulled from the card.
- The ABC Amateur MMA Unified Rules adopted this summer at the annual convention will now be required to be enforced by all sanctioning bodies in Indiana. Some of the key changes to these rules that will have an impact on amateur MMA in Indiana are: unified weight classes, a requirement that all gloves are at least 6 ounces in weight, all rounds being 3x3 (even title fights), and Novice & Advanced divisions.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Notice of Intent to Adopt a Rule #11-385
This document serves as notice to the public that the Commission intends to adopt a formal administrative rule regarding boxing and unarmed combat (i.e. mixed martial arts & pankration). As part of this rule adoption process (which can be found at IC 4-22-2-23), the Commission will hold a public hearing during which it will receive comments from the public regarding the rule. Notice of that hearing will be posted on this website.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
On June 18, 2011, licensed second David Maldonado will be conducting an instructional course for all current or potential corner men at the Colosseum Combat event in Kokomo, Indiana. The program will start at 3:00 PM at the event venue, the Kokomo Event Center.
Further details can be found here or at his website: http://www.completecutman.com/.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
On March 17, 2011, the Indiana Gaming Commission approved an updated version of emergency rules for professional boxing, professional unarmed combat, and amateur unarmed combat. Both rule packages included several technical changes, a handful of substantive changes, and will be effective upon filing with the Indiana Register. The new versions of both rules can be found on the 'Statutes & Rules' link on the Athletic Division's front page. Below are some of the key changes in the new versions:
- Unarmed Combat will now be universally referred to as Mixed Martial Arts. Athletic Division staff will begin making changes to the website, forms, applications, etc. to reflect this change.
- Pankration rules have now been passed. If a promoter wants to put on a traditional Pankration (amateur or professional) event in the state of Indiana, they must at the very minimum follow the rules laid out.
- There are now requirements Athletic Division staff will consider before issuing a professional license to a boxer or mixed martial artist. Those requirements can be found at the bottom of SECTION 10 in the professional rule package.
- The annual physicals needed by amateur mixed martial artists to compete at an event must be performed by a licensed physician at his/her office. The pre-bout physicals that are conducted 2 hours before an event are not acceptable to satisfy this requirement.
- The promoter is now required to submit all ticket stubs and unsold tickets (or electronic ticket audit if the tickets were scanned) to the Commission five (5) business days after the conclusion of the event.
- The fighting area and fighting area seating must now, by rule, be separated with a partition or barricade from the ticketed seating area by a distance of no less than six (6) feet.
Monday, January 3, 2011
As of January 1, 2011, the Athletic Division no longer has the capabilities to do online license applications. Because of this inconvenience, we will begin allowing certain aspects of the licensure process to be done on-site at the event venue for corners and fighters. This includes the state and National ID applications (and respective fees), copies of ID, and digital photo. All medical documents, contracts, and Federal ID applications (including the fee) must continue to be submitted to the office ahead of time.
Although this change will result in a small adjustment period, we hope this new process will be a welcome convenience for our licensees. We still request that all documents be sent to our office as far in advance as possible so that our staff can focus on the details of the respective event at hand when we are on-site.
*Please note that this only applies to events (professional and pro-ams) where the Commission’s presence is required. The Commission will take National ID applications for amateur fighters at pro-am events but still ask that they get taken care of in advance.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
On October 13, 2010, there were two important forms approved that will be very beneficial for both professional boxers and professional unarmed competitors going forward. These forms can also be found on the 'Application & Forms' link on the Athletic Division's front page under Professional Boxing & Unarmed Combat.
Medical Information Release - This form is completely voluntary. However, it must be filled out if a fighter wants his or her medical information sent to other Commissions when trying to get licensed in those states, countries, or tribal nations. This will save the fighter the burden of locating old copies and then mailing/faxing/emailing that information to sometimes several other jurisdictions. The Athletic Division will send the information immediately upon being contacted by another Commission without ever having to get in touch with the fighter. It is important to note that this release only applies to other Commissions affiliated with the Association of Boxing Commissions. The IGC will not release any medical documentation without the fighter's consent or to any other third party.
Physical Examination Report for Boxer or Unarmed Competitor - This form is to be used for each fighter's annual physical. As of October 13, 2010, only this physical and other Commission's (affiliated with the ABC) physicals will be accepted by the Athletic Division to satisfy this requirement for licensure as a professional boxer or professional unarmed competitor.