JCC Youth BJJ/Ground Fighting Rules
1. All contestants are required to wear a mouthpiece during competition.
Competitors with a medical mouth apparatus (e.g. Braces, retainers, etc.) are
required to remove the apparatus if removable, or wear a mouth guard that fully
covers the apparatus.
2. If the mouthpiece is involuntarily dislodged during competition, the referee
shall call time and allow the competitor to reinsert the mouthpiece at the first
opportune moment, without interfering with the immediate action.
3. Males-cup and supporter are optional.
4. Females-Sport bra are required.
Note: Taping of hands, wrists or feet are not allowed
No Gi Events
1. Each contestant shall wear grappling shorts, biking type shorts, or kick-boxing
2. Gi, Kimono or shirt is prohibited during competition.
3. Rash guard (long or short sleeve) must be worn, no skin only.
4. Wrestling/Martial Arts shoes are allowed in the no gi divisions but NOT in the
Note: Contestants MAY NOT attack using their own or the opponent’s cloth.
1. A Judo or jujitsu approved uniform with sleeves, constructed of cotton or
2. The uniform cannot be so tight or so loose as to give an “unfair advantage” to
the wearer of the Gi.
3. The sleeves of the competitor’s uniform must extend past the elbow to
approximately center between the elbow and the wrist, but shall not cover the
wrist. The pants of the competitor’s uniform must extend below the knee covering
most of the shin, but must be at least one inch above the mat.
4. Sleeves or pants shall not be rolled-up or cuffed-up on the competitor’s
uniform during a match.
5. Athletes are not permitted to compete with a torn or bloody uniform, sleeves or
pants that are not of proper length or with t-shirts underneath (except in the
Note: Contestants MAY attack using their own or the opponent’s cloth.
Youth- (0-12 yrs) 3 minutes
Teen- (13-17 yrs) 4 minutes
Takedown = 2 Points
Sweep = 2 Points
Passing Guard = 3 Points
Mount Position = 4 Points
Rear Mount = 4 Points
Simulated Submission (5 yrs – 12 yrs of age) = 4 Points
Knee on Stomach (Teen Divisions ONLY) = 2 Points
NOTE: All positions must be held in control for a 3 second count by the referee.
Takedown: 2 points are awarded for all complete, well executed, takedowns
where the competitor’s feet leave the ground. If the takedown demonstrates less
than perfect technique or the feet of the competitor do not leave the ground then
1 point will be awarded. If the takedown is incomplete or the competitor executing
the takedown has both knees on the mat, than an advantage will be awarded. In
determining a takedown a referee will look for the competitor who initiates control
of an opponent from a takedown attempt. A takedown will not be awarded for
aggressively pulling guard.
Sweep from the guard: 2 points are awarded for a sweep from the guard where
a competitor, from the bottom position advances their position into any top
Pass the Guard to Side or Top Position: 3 points are awarded for a guard
pass where a competitor reverses a dominant position and places himself/herself
into a dominant position.
Mount Position: 4 points are awarded to a competitor for positioning into a
dominant top mount position.
Rear Mount: 4 points are awarded for controlling a competitor’s back from a rear
mount position. A competitor can be awarded points for controlling in this position
without the use of hooking the legs for youth 0-12. All teen and adult divisions
must have proper hooks in.
Simulated Submission (Youth = 0 to 12 years only): 4 points are awarded for
the competitor who attempts a submission. The referee will stop the match
before possible injury, award 4 points and then restart both competitors on their
Legal Simulated Submissions: include all variations of arm, shoulder
locks, as well as chokes. (No wrist locks for youth). Ground Only Submissions.
Knee on Stomach Position: 2 Points are awarded for a competitor placing their
rear knee to the chest or stomach of the opponent with the forward leg extended.
This is not a legal position in youth’s divisions.
Advantage: The referee may determine advantage as a competitor who
controls an opponent but does not receive points. Advantage only affects the
outcome of a tie match.
Example: Controlling an opponent in side control but not receiving points from
defending an attempted takedown.
15 Point Advantage: When a competitor scores 15 points more than his/her
opponent the match shall be stopped and that competitor declared the winner.
Tie: In the event of a tie at the end of the specified timed match the winner will be
determined by the competitor with the most number of Advantages. If the number
of advantages for both competitors is equal, the match shall be started with both
competitors on their feet. The match will end with the winner determined by
whoever scores the first points (sudden death).
Playing For Points
If a competitor simply transitions between various dominant positions with no
earnest attempt at submission, but rather adding points by repeating prior
positions, no additional points will be awarded.
NOTE: No points will be awarded to a competitor who is attaining a position while
in a submission. Points will be awarded after the submission attempt has been
ALSO, If a competitor is about to get POINTS for a position and the referee
starts to count the 3 seconds for control and the match time runs out, the referee
will give the competitor an ADVANTAGE only.
Submission: Only in Teen divisions can a match end in submission
A submission is defined as when a competitor admits loss to an opponent by
physically tapping hand or foot. “Tapping out” can include verbally admitting loss.
The legal submissions would include all variations of arm, shoulder and wristlocks,
as well as chokes. Leg locks are restricted by division and further
discussed in next section.
Attacks Below the Waist
Beginner- No attacks below the waist (i.e. toe holds, knee bars, ankle locks)
Intermediate- Only straight knee bars and straight ankle locks are allowed (no
Advanced Divisions- see table below.
Youth 12 & under
Knee on Stomach/Belly
Attacks below the Waist
Lower Body Twisting Techniques
Teens 13-17 yrs Beginner
Attacks below the Waist
Lower Body Twisting Techniques
Teens 13-17 yrs Intermediate
Lower Body Twisting Techniques
Teens 13-17 yrs Advanced
Necks Cranks are Not allowed in any division. In addition, placing the opponent
in a headlock and twisting the neck to force a takedown or submission may
cause spinal damage and is not allowed. Also, excessive squeezing or pressure
on the back of the neck or base of the head is Not allowed. Applying a Neck
Crank or a Squeezing technique is “grounds” for Immediate Disqualification.
There shall be no attacks to the eyes of the competitor.
Intentional contact to the groin is not allowed.
No biting or fish hooking (fingers in mouth) is allowed.
Placing your fingers in any orifice is not allowed.
No small joint manipulations.
No strikes of any kind
An uncontrolled throw
No head or neck cranks
Biting- gouging or pulling hair
The above techniques can be deemed un-sportsmanlike conduct and can result
in disqualification from the tournament.
Defined as any act considered to be a physical display of disrespect to an official,
other competitor or spectator. This includes but is not limited to arguing with an
official, profanity, vulgarity, throwing of equipment, speaking in a loud or
disrespectful manner. These results in one or all of the following: warning to the
competitor, points awarded to the opponent, disqualification of the competitor
from the match and or disqualification from the tournament.
It is the referee’ responsibility to ensure the safety of each competitor.
The referee has the ability to stop a match. If a referee determines that a
competitor’s safety is at risk he/she can end the match. This is a non-disputable
Coaches must remain in the chairs provided beside the scoring table. They are
not permitted to enter the mat area unless asked to do so by the referee. Only
the designated coach should be directing the competitor. Excessive shouting
from multiple spectators only serves to confuse the competitors. No calling out of
points. A Coach can stop the match by indicating to the referee that he does not
want his competitor to continue. This will be considered a disqualification. No
Negative Coaching as defined (Section 9C)
Legal Protest / Arbitration
A legal or formal protest can only be lodged for a noncompliance of the rules and
can only be introduced by a designated coach, the tournament director, or his
designate. A legal protest to be acted upon during a match must be lodged with
the timekeeper, who will immediately notify the center referee. The center referee
will then call a time out to deal with the protest. Process:
1. Coach must raise hand. The center referee will acknowledge, stop time, confer
with the coach.
2. Coach must state arbitration issue in a respectful manner.
3. Once resolved, match will continue.
4. If not in a respectful manner, coach may be asked to leave the ring, or the
event, and possible disqualification of his competitor.
1. The referee assigns points for valid techniques using designated hand signals.
2. The referee is charged with supervision of the contest.
3. He/she administers and controls the tempo of the contest, enforces the rules,
and ensures fair play.
4. To this end, he/she starts and stops the fight, calls and enforces all penalties.
5. The referee shall communicate clearly with the scorekeeper and timekeeper,
as well as announce the winner of each match. The referee shall announce in a
loud clear voice all official decisions, and shall indicate with voice and gestures
the player affected by his/her decisions.
6. The referee is the only person who can call for and administer a penalty.
7. The referee is encouraged to give verbal commands throughout the
competition where a penalty has not been called, such as "watch the contact, or,
stay in bounds, etc."
8. Only the referee may call time out. He/she must do so for the following
A. To allow equipment adjustments.
B. To assess penalties, administer warnings.
C. To attend to an injured competitor.
D. To hear a legal protest.