Kan. Admin. Regs. § 128-4-7 - Referee

(a) A referee shall be present at each contest to make determinations as required by the act and these regulations regarding the conduct of each bout in the contest and the conduct of the contestants and the contestants' seconds while the contestants or seconds are in the ring. An alternate referee shall be present at each contest.
(b) The referee shall have general supervision of each bout. If the chief inspector determines that the referee is not properly enforcing the contest rules established by these regulations, the chief inspector may overrule the referee.
(c) Any licensee who believes that the referee improperly interpreted or applied the act or these regulations, or both, may request that the chief inspector provide an interpretation or application of the act or these regulations, or both, with respect to the disputed issue.
(d) If there are no regulations in effect that address a particular set of circumstances during a contest, the chief inspector assigned to the contest shall decide how the contest is to be conducted under those circumstances. The chief inspector shall advise the referee of the inspector's decision, and the referee shall carry out the referee's duties in accordance with the chief inspector's decision. The decision of the chief inspector shall be final.
(e) A referee shall not wear eyeglasses while refereeing.
(f) The referee for each bout of a contest shall be selected by the boxing commissioner and approved by the commission.
(g) The referee and the alternate referee assigned to officiate at an event shall undergo a precontest physical examination by the physician assigned to the event before the commencement of the first bout. The physician shall examine the referee and the alternate referee, including the heart, lungs, pulse, blood pressure, and eyes. After the examination, the referee and the alternate referee shall be allowed to officiate only if cleared by the physician.
(h) Before starting each bout, the referee shall check with each judge and the timekeeper to determine if each individual is ready. The referee shall also verify that the physician is present at the ringside.
(i) Before starting each bout, the referee shall ascertain from each contestant the name of the contestant's chief second and shall hold the chief second responsible for the conduct of the assistant seconds throughout the contest or exhibition. The referee may call contestants together before each contest or exhibition for final instructions.
(j) The referee shall ensure that no foreign substances detrimental to an opponent have been applied to the body of any contestant.
(k) The referee shall decide whether or not to wear rubber or plastic gloves during the bout.
(1) The referee shall stop any bout under either of the following circumstances:
(A) The referee determines that one of the contestants is clearly less experienced or skilled than the contestant's opponent, to the extent that allowing the bout to continue would pose a substantial risk of serious harm or injury to the less experienced or less skilled contestant.
(B) The referee decides that a contestant is not making the contestant's best effort.
(2) If a contestant receives a cut or other injury, the referee may consult the physician to determine whether the bout will be stopped or whether the bout can continue. If the physician is consulted, the final authority to determine whether to continue the bout shall rest with the physician.
(3) If serious cuts or injuries occur to either contestant, the referee shall summon the physician, who shall aid the contestant and decide if the bout will be stopped. If the physician determines before the fourth round that a contestant who is cut or injured by legal blows cannot continue, the referee shall announce that the contestant loses by a technical knockout. If the physician determines during or after the fourth round that a contestant who is cut or injured by legal blows cannot continue, the referee shall use the scorecards to determine the winner.
(m) Each referee, when assessing any foul, shall assess how damaging the foul is to the contestant against whom the foul was committed. If the referee assesses a foul on one of the contestants, the referee shall instruct each judge to deduct one point from that contestant's score for that round.
(n) At the conclusion of each round, the referee shall pick up the scorecard from each judge. When picking up the scorecards from the judges, the referee shall ensure that each scorecard shows each contestant's name and score for that round and the name of the judge. If this information has not been recorded, the judges shall be instructed to complete the scorecards correctly. The referee shall then deliver the official scorecards to the chief inspector.
(o) The referee may request that the attending physician examine a contestant during a bout. The physician may order the referee to stop the bout. The referee shall then render the decision regarding the outcome of the bout.
(p) Before the referee requests the physician to aid or examine a contestant, the referee shall direct the timekeeper to stop the clock until otherwise directed by the referee.
(q) The referee shall ensure that each bout proceeds in a regulated and timely manner. Each contestant who employs delaying or avoidance tactics shall be subject to scoring penalties or disqualification.


Kan. Admin. Regs. § 128-4-7
Authorized by K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 74-50,187; implementing K.S.A. 2012 Supp. 74-50,186, 74-50,187, and 74-50,193; effective April 4, 2008; amended Dec. 20, 2013.

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