S.D. Admin. R. 20:81:03:07 - Terms and conditions of registration - Referees

All referees are subject to the following terms and conditions:

(1) All referees designated by the Commission must be registered with the Commission;
(2) An applicant for registration must demonstrate knowledge of boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts and safety measures sufficient to oversee a bout or contest;
(3) A referee may not officiate more than thirty-five scheduled rounds m any one scheduled contest;
(4) The referee must have a physical examination within one hundred and eighty days before acting in a referee's capacity. The physical examination may be done at either the official weigh-in or before the contest begins by the ringside physician. A The ringside physician's approval must be given to the Commission prior to the referee entering the ring;
(5) The referee shall exercise immediate authority, direction, and control over the bout for which the referee has been designated, and it is the referee's responsibility to enforce all rules;
(6) Before starting a contest, the referee shall ascertain from each contestant the name of the contestant's chief second, and shall gather them together for final instructions;
(7) Pursuant to the Commission's rules, the referee may stop the bout and make a decision during any stage of the bout, if the referee determines that the contestants have become partial, or if a contestant is in such condition that if such contestant continues fighting, the contestant is likely to suffer serious injury;
(8) If a contestant suffers a cut or wound that is considered dangerous, the referee has the authority to stop the fight. In these cases, the referee shall consult the head physician appointed to attend the fight regarding the necessity of stopping the fight;
(9) The referee is responsible for deciding whether an injury has been done by a legal or illegal blow, intentional or accidental, and must notify the judges immediately;
(10) When, for whatever reason, a contestant loses a mouthpiece, the referee will proceed to return the mouthpiece when there is a lull in the action. The referee will exercise full authority to avoid a contestant ejecting the mouthpiece intentionally by deducting a point as a result of this behavior or disqualifying the contestant;
(11) A referee is prohibited from using alcoholic beverages twelve hours prior to the fight and until the referee's assigned duties are completed;
(12) If a referee becomes incapacitated and is unable to complete the entire contest, a time out shall be called by the Commission, or its designee, shall immediately assign an alternate referee to assume the duties; and
(13) A referee must inform the Commission, or its designee, how a fight was stopped.

The Commission is under no obligation to designate a registered referee to act as an official for a bout or contest.


S.D. Admin. R. 20:81:03:07
41 SDR 7, effective July 28, 2014; 42 SDR 101, effective 1/7/2016

General Authority: SDCL 4242-10.

Law Implemented: SDCL 42-12-10.

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