The Catch Wrestling World Championship will take place in just a few days, this Saturday in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, USA. A preview of the competitors has already been published, but what rules will they be wrestling under?
I reached out to Coach Joel Bane of Snake Pit U.S.A. to get the rule set, and asked to clarify a couple of points.
CATCH AS CATCH CAN WRESTLING UNIFIED RULES 2018,
NO HOLDS BARRED!
Snake Pit U.S.A. & Legit Pro Wrestling’s (U.S.A. & U.K ruleset)
1.) ALL MATCHES ARE BEST OF THREE FALLS WITH THREE ROUNDS (2 OUT OF 3 MUST BE WON).
2.) EACH ROUND IS 5 MINUTES IN LENGTH WITH ONE MINUTE REST BETWEEN FALLS OR THE SIGNALING OF THE END OF THE ROUND.
3.) FALLS MAY BE WON VIA A THREE SECOND PIN (BOTH SHOULDER BLADES MUST BE TOUCHING FOR THE FULL THREE COUNT), OR VIA A SUBMISSION.
4.) ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE LEGAL, THIS IS A LEGITIMATE NO HOLDS BARRED EVENT.
5.) NO POINTS ARE PLAYED FOR, WINNERS MUST WIN ON THEIR OWN ACCORD BY THE ESTABLISHED GUIDELINES. THIS IS NOT BOXING OR MMA AND THERE ARE NO JUDGES!
6.) MATCHES WILL TAKE PLACE ON A MATTED AREA. IF WRESTLERS LEAVE THE AREA THE REFEREE WILL RESTART THE ATHLETES AT THE CENTER OF THE MAT FROM THE SAME POSITION. WHICH COULD BE EITHER GROUNDED OR STANDING.
7.) NO STRIKING, EYE GOUGING, BITING, OIL CHECKING, HAIR PULLING OR SPITTING. THESE ACTIONS WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION.
8.) ANY WRESTLER OILED UP WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
9.) WRESTLERS MAY HAVE ONE CORNERMAN WHO MUST REMAIN SEATED AT ALL TIMES DURING THE MATCH.
10.) ALSO, CORNERMAN MAY COACH FROM THEIR CHAIRS ONLY. IF A COACH LEAVES HIS SEAT FOR ANY REASON, IT WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION OF THE ATHLETE BEING REPRESENTED.
11.) WRESTLERS MUST WEAR SHORTS, OR SPATS AND EITHER BE BARE CHESTED OR WEAR A REFEREE APPROVED RASH GUARD.
12.) WRESTLING SHOES OR BARE FEET ARE PERMITTED.
I did ask Coach Bane about Rule #7 and noted it did not address fouls to the groin. Coach Bane informs me he’ll be sure to mention the groin tactic being illegal in the fighters meeting with all competitors and the ref beforehand.
Of greater interest I asked Coach Bane if there would be an unlimited number of rounds until 2 falls had been awarded to a wrestler in each match, as there are no judges. As it stands 3 x 5 minute rounds has been set to achieve 2 falls in per match.
Coach Bane informs me if it comes to it the wrestlers will compete for 5 rounds total – the last 2 rounds will be considered over time. If 2 falls have not been awarded to one wrestler in this time, takedowns will be used as a decider.
To avoid passivity and running out the clock, Coach Bane tells me the offending wrestler will get 2 warnings, and on the third infraction the wrestler will be put into bottom referee (turtle) position. In Coach Bane’s experience that has helped avoid undeclared victories in the past.
For more information on the Catch Wrestling World Championship event, please visit the SnakePitUSA.com official page.