Rules & Regulations

Match Lengths

Age Divisions

Weight Classes


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Rules & Regulations

We follow International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Rules for ALL divisions.

We use Version 4 of the IBJJF Rulebook

The IBJJF has recently updated their rulebook to Version 5. However, until further notice all 2019 Tap Cancer Out tournaments we will be using Version 4, which has been the standard for the last few years.

You can download Version 4 here.

Legal and Illegal Submissions:

We follow IBJJF’s list of legal and illegal submissions. This means there ARE legal submissions at ALL ages.

Please click on the thumbnail below to see the full PDF of Technical Fouls and Illegal Moves per the IBJJF

Download the full PDF of IBJJF Legal and Illegal Submissions here

Uniform & Protective Gear

The *only* variation from the IBJJF ruleset is in the color Gi you can wear. We do not require any specific Gi color, however, the Gi top and bottom MUST match.

Rashguards/spats may ONLY be worn by women and competitors under 16 years old. Adult and Masters men may not wear rashguards.

Only fabric-based protective gear (ex: knee brace) may be worn. They may not contain any metal or plastic pieces. This means no cups/groin protectors for men.

Division Formats

For Adult divisions, we always use single-elimination. We do offer third-place matches, however we reserve the right to award double-bronze if the size of a tournament deems it necessary.

  • Divisions with three (3) competitors will use an IBJJF comeback bracket.
  • Divisions with two (2) competitors will be best two-out-of-three.

For Kids/Teens (4-15) divisions, we use a variety of formats to ensure that our kids are getting enough matches without giving them too many. It’s a fine line we have to walk to ensure that parents and coaches feel their kids are getting enough experience without wearing them out. Tournaments and divisions can vary greatly in size, so we reserve the right to use whichever format we feel is most prudent. It’s not a perfect science, but please understand we are doing our best.

  • Divisions with six (6) or more children will use multiple different formats including split round-robin, split round-robin with a semi-finals and/or finals, or a double elimination format—multiple factors go into determining which format will be used including (but not limited to) age, experience level, and tournament size
  • Divisions with three (3) – five (5) children will use a round-robin format
  • Divisions with two (2) children will be best two-out-of-three

Whichever the format, the ring coordinator will make it clear (to the best of their ability) which type is being used prior to the start of the division. We urge competitors NOT to leave the ring area until they have checked in with the ring coordinator to ensure they’re done.

When a child is alone in their division, we will move them to another division to ensure they get matches. Any movement will be discussed with a parent and/or coach. We will never move a child without a parent or coach’s consent.

Round-Robin Tie-Breakers

An inevitability of round-robin is that there will be varied records. Sometimes it will be simple, with first place going undefeated, second place having one loss, etc. However, there are many times where that’s not the case, so we have to break the ties in records in some manner. This is the way we have chosen.

On the right is the hierarchy of tie-breakers to determine the results in a pool of competitors (which is only relevant to 4-15 year old divisions).

  • Overall record
  • Head-to-head record
  • # of wins by forfeit
  • # of wins by submission
  • # of wins by points
  • # of wins by advantages
  • # of wins by referee decision
  • # of wins by opponent disqualification

We will award multiple third-place medals for competitors under 16-years old (as many as those who tie for third in terms of record). These tie-breakers will be used to specifically have one first-place and one second-place competitor.