Officials

NOTE: ALL LICENSES EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31 OF THE YEAR ISSUED.

No person(s) consuming or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol shall be permitted to work the event.

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Appointment of Officials

  • At least seven (7) days before any Professional Boxing, Professional Mixed Martial Arts, or Amateur Mixed Martial Arts event, the Executive Director shall appoint a Chief Inspector. The Chief Inspector shall appoint two (2) or more referees, two (2) timekeepers (a minimum of one (1) for Mixed Martial Arts) and three (3) or more judges, unless the Commission approves fewer.
  • All officials shall notify the Executive Director of transportation plans for the accurate calculation of mileage and per diem due to the promoter. This will be due 6 days before an event. Not providing this information to the Executive Director may result in travel expenses not being reimbursed. Misleading information may result in a ban from officiating Commission events.
  • All appointments shall be emailed to the promoter with travel expenses included with base pay at least 5 days before an event.
  • All officials must be licensed before being considered for appointment.
  • It shall be the Executive Director and Chief Inspector’s responsibility to ensure all officials are not under suspension or dismissal by any state commission or organization.

Attire

  • Boxing referees shall wear a black bow tie and a light blue colored shirt with dark pants and black shoes. Mixed Martial Arts Referees shall wear a black polo style shirt (provided by the AAC), black pants, and black shoes.
  • Male Judges, Timekeepers, and Chief Inspectors shall wear dress clothes including a sport jacket or blazer and slacks. A sport coat shall be optional in summer months if venue is not air conditioned. Female Judges, Timekeepers, and Chief Inspectors shall wear a blouse and blazer and slacks or a skirt.
  • Corner Inspectors, Door Wardens, and Locker Room Inspectors shall wear red sports coats supplied by the Commission.

Performance

  • Officials may not consume any amount of alcoholic beverages or other substance that may impair their judgment prior to or during an event they are scheduled to officiate.
  • Officials may not eat while working a bout.
  • Officials may not visit with one another while working a bout.
  • Officials may not criticize other officials, the Commission or members thereof.
  • Officials may not discuss official decisions or grant interviews to the media without consent from the Executive Director.
  • Officials may request to be assigned to a specific bout; however, assignments are at the Chief Inspector’s discretion. All Officials must follow the Chief Inspector’s instructions and accept Commission decisions.
  • Officials may not request free or discounted tickets from the Promoter.
  • Officials may not request passes for spouses, relatives, or friends.

All applicants for an Officials Position with the AAC shall provide an approved form of photo ID along with their application.
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Judges

A minimum of three judges are required at all professional boxing and/or professional and amateur MMA events. Judges shall be assigned to events by the Chief Inspector designated to run a particular event.  

Judge’s Duties:
  • Each judge shall determine the outcome of each contest, match, or exhibition in this state that does not end in knockout, TKO, or disqualification.
  • The judges shall score the contest, match, or exhibition according to the rules and regulations of the Commission.
  • The judges shall score the contest, match, or exhibition fairly.
  • The judges shall deduct points as directed by the referee.

Judges applying for licensure shall meet the following requirements:
  • An applicant shall demonstrate to the Commission that he or she has experience in judging, and shall produce a list of all professional matches that he or she has served as official judge, the referees who refereed the matches, and the results of the matches. The applicant may be required to provide a list of amateur matches that he or she has served as official judge, the referees who refereed the matches, and the results of the matches.
  • The Commission may contact the persons listed to determine the whether the applicant is qualified for licensure.

*It is highly recommended that the applicant have received formal training for the license they are applying. This can be done through training courses provided by the ABC and/or other state commissions.

Click here for a Judge's Application.


Referees

A minimum of one referee is required at all professional boxing and/or professional and amateur MMA events. Referees for wrestling events shall be licensed as competitors/participants.

The referee is the chief official of the contest and has general supervision over the contest, match, or exhibition. Referees shall be assigned to events by the Chief Inspector designated to run a particular event.  

Referee’s Duties:
  • Before the contest, the referee shall ask the name of each contestant’s chief second and shall hold that chief second responsible for the conduct of the contestant during the contest.
  • Before each bout the referee shall call the contestants and their chief second together for final instructions. Referees must then instruct boxing contestants that wrestling and rough tactics will not be tolerated, and instruct the boxers to protect themselves at all times. The contestants, after receiving final instructions, shall touch gloves and retire to their corners.
  • Any referee or judge assigned to a match who becomes unable to officiate shall notify the chief inspector twelve (12) hours before the start of the contest.
Referees applying for licensure shall meet the following requirements:
  • An applicant shall demonstrate to the Commission that he or she has experience in refereeing, and shall produce a list of all professional matches that he or she has served as referee, the judges who scored the matches, and the results of the matches. The applicant may be required to provide a list of amateur matches that he or she has served as referee, the judges who scored the matches, and the results of the matches.
  • The Commission may contact the persons listed to determine whether applicant is qualified for licensure.

*It is highly recommended that the applicant have received formal training for the license they are applying. This can be done through training courses provided by the ABC and/or other state commissions.

Click here for a Referee's Application.
Click here for a Referee Training Form.

Timekeeper

A minimum of two timekeepers are required at all professional boxing and/or professional and amateur MMA events: a Clock Timekeeper who keeps time of the match, and a Countdown Timer who starts the official count once a boxer is knocked down.  

Clock Timekeeper’s duties:
  • The timekeeper starts the clock and rings the bell at the beginning of each round. Ten (10) seconds before the end of the round, the Clock Timekeeper shall alert the referee to the impending end of the round.
Countdown Timekeeper’s duties:
  • The Countdown Timekeeper keeps official count when a boxer is knocked down until the referee picks up the count.
Timekeepers applying for licensure shall meet the following requirements:
  • An applicant shall demonstrate to the Commission that he or she has experience in timekeeping, and shall produce a list of all professional matches that he or she has served as official timekeeper, the referees who refereed the matches, and the results of the matches. The applicant may be required to provide a list of amateur matches that he or she has served as official timekeeper, the referees who refereed the matches, and the results of the matches.
  • The Commission may contact the persons listed to determine whether the applicant is qualified for licensure.

Click here for a Timekeeper's Application.

Chief Inspector

One Chief Inspector shall be assigned to all professional boxing and/or professional and amateur MMA events. The Chief Inspector shall be assigned by the Executive Director of the AAC and shall have complete authority over each professional contest, match, or exhibition in this state.

Chief Inspector’s Duties:
  • The Chief Inspector shall attend the weigh-in and contest, match, or exhibition.
  • The Chief Inspector shall ensure that all rules and regulations of the Commission and the Alabama Boxing, Wrestling, and Mixed Martial Arts Act are strictly followed and enforced.
  • The Chief Inspector shall appoint all judges, referees, timekeepers, and inspectors for the events he is supervising.

Click here for a Chief Inspector's Application.



Inspector(s)


Inspectors, corner and locker room, are required at all professional boxing and/or professional and amateur MMA events. All inspectors shall be licensed through the AAC and appointed by the Chief Inspector.

An Inspector shall be assigned to the red corner and an Inspector shall be assigned to the blue corner to observe the fighters assigned to the corresponding corners before, during, and after each match.

 

Inspector’s Duties:
  • Inspectors shall observe fighters in dressing room while wrapping hands, securing gloves, and warming up.
  • Inspectors shall observe fighters, trainers, and seconds, before, during and between rounds.
  • Inspectors shall be responsible for identifying and reporting all rules violations to the chief official and referee.

Click here for an Corner Inspector's or Door Warden's Application.

Physicians

Physicians for professional boxing and/or professional and amateur MMA shall be categorized as either Ringside or Non-Ringside. A minimum of one ringside physician shall work each boxing and/or MMA event.

Physician’s Duties:
  • Conduct pre-fight physicals
  • Review fighter’s blood work
  • Work with the Ringside Paramedic to provide immediate in ring medical services
  • Provide the Referee with the physician’s medical opinion with regards to continuing or stopping the bout, due to injury
  • Conduct post-fight examinations and provide the AAC with recommendations on medical suspensions, mandatory or voluntary

Ringside Physicians:

A ringside physician shall be present at all events. A Commission designated ringside physician must be at ringside each bout. A Commission designated ringside physician shall be either a M.D. or D.O. All physicians serving ring or cage side shall obtain ARP/ACSM Certified Ringside Physician (CRP) certification no later than December 31, 2016.

Non-Ringside Physicians:

Non-Ringside physicians shall be any licensed physician who has yet to meet the requirements to obtain the ARP/ACSM CRP Certification. These physicians shall be allowed to conduct pre and post-fight examinations of the competitors, but not work ringside.

Click here for a Physician's Application.


EMTs and Paramedics

An EMT is required to attend all events sanctioned by the AAC. This includes boxing, MMA, wrestling, and Toughman.

Boxing and MMA:

The promoter shall provide continuous ambulance service with a state-certified EMT attendant and state certified paramedic, who shall provide a resuscitator, stretcher, backboard, oxygen, and such other medical equipment reasonably expected for immediate trauma care, and who shall be present before the start of each contest and shall remain on site until the end of the program. The chief referee and/or Commission appointed supervisor shall meet with the EMT prior to the beginning of the match, contest, or exhibition. During such meeting the chief referee or Commission supervisor will instruct the EMT concerning the match, contest, or exhibition, placement of the stretcher and any other information necessary to ensure prompt and appropriate immediate care. An ambulance shall be able and available to immediately transport any severely injured boxer to an appropriate medical facility. No other scheduled contest or exhibition may proceed until there is an ambulance and paramedic at the facility, that has met with the chief referee and/or the Commission appointed supervisor as proscribed above.

In addition to the above mentioned ambulance, a paramedic, licensed by the State of Alabama, shall be present at ringside with the ringside physician. The paramedic shall possess advanced life support equipment necessary to resuscitate a fighter and package them for transport to the hospital. The paramedic is in addition to any EMT’s or paramedics that are hired for the safety of the crowd and shall not leave ringside while a fight is taking place and shall be in direct communication with the ringside physician at all times. The ringside paramedic shall only leave ringside to attend to a spectator or other person in the event of an emergency and when no other paramedic is available.

All paramedics serving at ring or cage side shall complete the Association of Ringside Physicians approved course for Paramedics by December 31, 2016.

Wrestling:

It shall be the responsibility of the promoter to have a state-certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at all shows.

Toughman:

The promoter shall provide continuous ambulance service with a state-certified EMT attendant and state certified paramedic, who shall provide a resuscitator, stretcher, backboard, oxygen, and such other medical equipment reasonably expected for immediate trauma care, and who shall be present before the start of each contest and shall remain on site until the end of the program. The chief referee and/or Commission appointed supervisor shall meet with the EMT prior to the beginning of the match, contest, or exhibition. During such meeting the chief referee or Commission supervisor will instruct the EMT concerning the match, contest, or exhibition, placement of the stretcher and any other information necessary to ensure prompt and appropriate immediate care. An ambulance shall be able and available to immediately transport any severely injured boxer to an appropriate medical facility. No other scheduled contest or exhibition may proceed until there is an ambulance and paramedic at the facility, that has met with the chief referee and/or the Commission appointed supervisor as proscribed above.



Training Links

Association of Ringside Physicians
American College of Sports Medicine
ACSM/ARP Certified Ringside Physician
National Association of Sports Officials