S.D. Admin. R. 20:81:03:03 - Terms and conditions of registration - Mixed martial artists

All mixed martial artists applying for registration with the commission are subject to the following terms and conditions:

(1) All mixed martial artists participating in a bout or contest must be registered with the commission, unless specifically exempted;
(2) The applicant must provide a complete record of competitions;
(3) The applicant must provide acceptable photo identification;
(4) The applicant must provide proof of a national mixed martial arts identification or make application for a national mixed martial arts identification at the time of application;
(5) The applicant must disclose whether the applicant is, or has been, under suspension in any jurisdiction in the preceding twelve months;
(6) The applicant must submit verification of a physical within three hundred sixty-five days prior to a bout from a physician licensed as a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner;
(7) The applicant must submit verification of a dilated eye exam within three hundred sixty-five days prior to bout from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist;
(8) The applicant must provide proof the applicant has been administered a test by a laboratory in the United States that possesses a certificate number under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act ( 42 U.S.C. 263a ) to detect the presence of HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and other blood borne pathogens as identified by the Commission, within one hundred eighty days prior to a bout and that the results are negative;
(9) The applicant must disclose any serious bodily injuries, any serious head injuries, any surgeries, a cerebral hemorrhage of any kind, and whether the applicant is taking any medications;
(10) If the commission determines that a question exists as to the medical condition of an applicant, the commission may require the applicant to complete a physical by a physician approved by the commission. Upon completion of the physical, the physician shall submit the report of the results directly to the commission. The report must affirmatively state the physician's opinion as to the advisability of the applicant fighting. The physical performed must address the question raised about the applicant's health and include such testing as a prudent physician would perform to determine the health and fitness of an individual to engage in the sport of mixed martial arts. The results of all required examinations must be made a part of the applicant's permanent medical record maintained by the commission. The costs of all examinations required by this section shall be paid by the applicant; and
(11) The applicant must demonstrate financial responsibility, experience, character, and general fitness of the applicant are such that the participation of such applicant are consistent with the public interest, convenience, or necessity and the safety of contestants and with the best interests of the sport, generally.

Failure to meet any of these terms or conditions may result in the denial of the application for registration.

A mixed martial artist registered with the commission has an ongoing obligation to meet the requirements of registration and is subject to disciplinary action for failing to maintain any of these requirements following registration. For the first infraction of any provisions of this rule, the commission may issue a verbal warning. Following a second violation of any provision of this rule, a written warning may be issued. Following a third infraction of any provision of this rule, the mixed martial artist may be suspended for up to six months. The commission may suspend any mixed martial artist for any period of time for any serious violation of this rule without warning.


S.D. Admin. R. 20:81:03:03
41 SDR 7, effective July 28, 2014; 42 SDR 101, effective 1/7/2016; 44 SDR 102, effective 12/18/2017

General Authority: SDCL 42-12-10(2).

Law Implemented: SDCL 42-12-10(2).

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