IAB Event Representatives
to make sure all these rules are abided to at the events they oversee.
- WHO IS REQUIRED OR ALLOWED AT THE
- REQUIRED - MANDATORY
- Event Officials and Event Personnel ONLY are allowed to sit at the
Ringside Tables. This is NOT a Spectator Area and NO GUESTS of
Officials will be allowed to sit at Ringside. All at ringside must be 18 years
of age or older. The event Officials shall include;
- IAB EVENT REPRESENTATIVE
- IAB SCOREKEEPER
- There must be a minimum of "2 FEET OR 1 CHAIR WIDTH"
between each Judge and anyone else.
- Judges CAN NOT Talk to anyone other than the Referee or IAB Representative during the duration of the bout
which includes the round breaks.
- IAB REFEREE(S)
- IAB TIMEKEEPER
- RINGSIDE PHYSICIANS &
- Additional Individuals allowed at Ringside must be approved by the IAB Event Representative ONLY!
- As approved by the IAB Event
- NO Flash Photography at Ringside or within 10 feet of the edge of
the fighting ring. Flashes can temporarily blind a fighter which could lead to
serious injury of the blinded fighter.
- Photographers must STAY in the area of the ring as informed by the IAB Representative!!!
- Photographers: DO NOT Stand straight up in front of the event crowd when at
Ringside. Keep down so you do not block others views.
- Stay out of the Ring and off the ring apron while the entirety of the bout
is ongoing (Inc Round Breaks)
- You may enter the Ring (With Approval of the IAB
Event Representative FOR EACH BOUT) at the end of a bout.
- VIDEO CREW
- Cameramen filming a ring shall have their filming location confirmed by and
"MUTUALLY" agreed upon by the IAB
Event Representative and the Event Promoter PRIOR to the beginning of the event.
- ALL Video Crew used on an IAB
Sanctioned event can only be approved by the IAB
- During a Bout, Cameramen can ONLY shoot from the SQUARE of the Neutral
Corner - Ask Event Representative of this location OR:
- On a cameraman stand or platform, as long as the location has been "MUTUALLY"
agreed upon by the IAB Event
Representative and the Event Promoter.
- They may NOT wonder outside the SQUARE of the Corner during the fighting
round, but may do so during round breaks.
- May move towards a fighters corner during round breaks but MUST abide by
the timekeepers "SECONDS OUT" warning to RETURN to the Square of the
ANNOUNCER - MC - COMING SOON
WHILE THEIR FIGHTER'S BOUT IS IN PROGRESS
- RING GIRLS & ASSISTANTS
- Best to be kept in seats between the first audience row and the ring itself
instead of at the ringside tables.
- NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY
- NO Flash Photography at Ringside or within 10 feet of the edge of the
- Flashes can temporarily blind a fighter which could lead to serious injury
of the blinded fighter.
- NO CHEERING
- No "CHEERING" by those sitting at the ringside tables.
- Those seated at the ringside tables are suppose to be "Event
Officials" who are suppose to be neutral to each and every fighter.
- For this reason, Cheering of a fighter while sitting at a ringside table is
- SHARP OBJECTS
- No Sharp Objects are allowed at Ringside that point upward such as
trophies. These items may cause serious injury if a fighter falls out of a ring.
- N0 ALCOHOL!
- No ALCOHOLIC Beverages of ANY kind are allowed at ANY of the Ringside
- Can only be in a paper or plastic container.
- All drinks must be in an enclosed bottle or, if an open cup, be placed
under the table at all times.
- This avoids any drinks splashing or spilling on important paperwork if a
fighter falls out or steps out of the ring onto a ringside table.
- Also to avoid any fluids splashing in the drinks. (Blood for example)
- NO GLASS
- Glass Containers, drink containers, plates, trays etc. at all are allowed
- If a fighter were to slip out of the ring he/she could fall on a glass
container. plate etc. and get cut. ending the bout.
- ALL FOOD, if any, at or on any of the ringside tables must be covered when
a bout is in progress to avoid any fluids splashing on the food. (Blood for
- FIRST CROWD ROW TO BACK OF OFFICIALS
- There must be a minimum of "5 Feet"
from the edge of each ringside table to the edge of the first spectator chair at
ringside so event officials can move freely around the ring during an event.
- It is BEST if the promoter places a restrictive barrier between the
first row of ringside seats and the event officials area.
- This prevents the crowd from confronting any event official and also keeps
the crowd away from the ring to avoid any incidents or safety issues with the
officials as well as the fighters and trainers.
- JUDGES SEPARATION
- There must be a minimum of 2 feet or 1 chair width on each side of each
event judge to allow his/her privacy of judging each bout.
- NO ONE may sit by an event judge while a bout is taking place
UNLESS one judge is training another as approved by the IAB Event Representative.
- RING ACCESS
- Promoter must have a MINIMUM of TWO Staircases up into the ring.
- One in the Red Corner and one in the Blue Corner.
- A Third Staircase works best for access of ring announcer, ring girls and
- Ring must be well lighted with NO SHADOWS cast from any lighting.
- IAB Representative and IAB Referee(s) shall check the ring lighting prior
to the event.
- Ring mat must be TIGHT.
- There must not be ANY holes, dips or gaps in the ring padding under the
- RING ANNOUNCERS & DJ'S
- No "VOICED COMMENTATING" with a microphone to the
event audience by ANYONE when a bout is in progress. Commentating for TV is of
- For rules of the FIGHTING RING, please go to the
Fighting Ring Page.
- For Detailed Duties of all Mandatory Officials
EVENT RINGSIDE RULES
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