The Commission’s vision is to create a healthier and safer combat sports community.
The objectives of the Commission are to:
The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Minister for Sport and Recreation.
The Contestant Preparation Standards and Guidelines is a comprehensive resource for contestants and industry participants addressing:
A new registrant must provide the Commission with a completed registration form and associated registration documents, a certificate of fitness and a current clear serology (blood test) report.
Please be aware:
Contestants will not be able to compete unless all these documents are current with the Commission within the required timeframes.
When applying for registration, you need to disclose whether you have ever been convicted at court, or are currently charged with any criminal offence.
Any contestant whose principal place of residence is in Western Australia must be registered no later than five days before the date of the proposed contest.
What is the length of registration with the Commission?
A Certificate of Fitness is current for one year.
For how long is a serology report (blood test) valid?
When applying for registration, do you need to disclose whether you have even been convicted at court, or are currently charged with any criminal offence?
This information is required by the Commission, and Section 53 of the Act provides for a maximum penalty of $12,000 for providing information that is false or misleading.
When a local (WA) contestant is placed on a card, how many days prior to the contest must they submit a completed registration to the Commission?
Under Section 7(2)(a) of the Regulations, a contestant must be registered no later than five days before the date of the contest.
Individuals registered with the Commission are subject to conditions of registration. These conditions include:
The Code of Conduct outlines the standard of behaviour required of all contestants and industry participants registered with the Commission and forms part of the conditions of registration.
All registrants are required to abide by the Code during combat sports events and in public.
Your actions and behaviour must be ethical, fair and honest at all times, and you must respect the principles of combat sports and their traditions.
Unethical behaviour can result in your registration being suspended or cancelled.
The Commission’s Code of Conduct outlines the expected behaviours of registrants.
The Commission has several policies which apply to combat sports. Some examples of matters dealt with in the various Commission policies include:
The Commission has developed other policies covering a range of topics from pregnancy testing, to dual roles and children participating in promotions.
View all the policies.
A contestant with a sensory (hearing) impairment can compete in combat sports.
Under the Commission’s Sensory Impairment and Disability in Sport policy, the Commission, head referee and officials must be made aware of the sensory impairment so that processes can be put into place to ensure the contestant’s safety.
More information about Commission polices is available on the Commission’s website.
Read the Commission's policies.
The Commission produces many fact sheets to guide the combat sports industry. Topics covered in the fact sheets include:
Contestants must present their contestant record book to the Commission representative or medical practitioner before they can compete in a contest.
A matchmaker is required to provide the Commission with a contestant’s complete record regardless of discipline or whether they are professional or amateur.
A promoter must ensure that international contestants are scheduled to arrive in Perth no less than 48 hours prior to the relevant promotion.
A matchmaker is required to provide a contestant’s full fight record (professional and amateur) for all disciplines when making matches
Could a contestant compete without presenting their contestant record book to the Commission representative or medical practitioner?
Contestants must present at their pre-contest medical in a fit and healthy state. Which of the following would be a reason that a medical practitioner may declare a contestant unfit to compete?
Is it an offence under the Act to provide false or misleading information to the medical practitioner or Commission staff at the pre-contest medical?
Section 53 of the Act provides for a maximum penalty of $12,000 for providing information that is false or misleading.
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Weight cutting is an extremely dangerous practice often inappropriately undertaken in combat sports. This is where contestants rapidly decrease their body weight before weigh-ins through excessive dehydration for the purpose of gaining an advantage by
competing in a weight class artificially below what could be achieved through diet and training. This increases the risk of injury and can kill you.
Weight cutting can lead to physical or mental symptoms such as:
Which of the following are dangers associated with weight cutting?
Drinking excessive water to lose weight (water loading) can cause health problems?
Water loading can dilute blood and salts in the body which can cause significant injury and/or death.
Are the use of intravenous (IV) drips without a medical reason a contravention of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code?
The use of IV drips may result in contestants being banned from competition. Contestants must obtain a therapeutic use exemption in order to use IV drips.
Concussion is a significant head injury caused by trauma to the head. It is important that people with concussion rest and that their recovery is monitored.
Concussion signs and symptoms may include:
Contestants who have been knocked out must be examined by the medical practitioner at the contest venue.
Following a knockout, the following compulsory medical suspensions apply, that is, no sparring or contests should be entered into for the following periods:
Following the mandatory medical suspension, contestants who have been knocked out on three consecutive occasions must provide the Commission with a new Certificate of Fitness and be cleared by the Commission before resuming contests.
Which of the following are signs of concussion?
Are contestants allowed to compete while under medical suspension?
Anyone who competes while under medical suspension is subject to suspension of registration and/or a maximum fine of $1000 under the Combat Sports Act 1987.
Under section 62A of the Act, all combat sports contests must be held in accordance with rules approved by the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Commission rules apply to all contests in Western Australia unless the Commission approves the use of the rules of a sanctioning body.
Rules can cover ring requirements, dress codes, conduct of contests, official requirements and duties. For example:
Commission contest rules.
A contest must be conducted in accordance with the Commission approved rules for that contest.
It is mandatory for contestants to wear a mouth guard?
A judge is allowed to leave ringside before the verdict of the contest has been announced.
Section s47(1) of the Act provides ’A person must not conduct a contest unless a permit has been issued under this part for a contest. Penalty: a fine of $12,000.’
Permits are required for all contests in Western Australia regardless of the amateur or professional status of contestants.
Part One of the ‘Application for a Promotion Permit’ must be lodged with the Commission not less than 42 days prior to the promotion.
Part Two of the ‘Application for a Promotion Permit’ must be lodged with the Commission not less than 21 days prior to the promotion.
All changes to the fight card must be submitted to the Commission in writing and no changes to the fight card will be accepted after the weigh-in.
The Commission may issue a permit for a contest subject to any terms, conditions and restrictions the Commission thinks fit. These are known as permit conditions.
For example: Under permit conditions, an intermission between bouts must not exceed 15 minutes.
A Part 1 promotion permit application should be lodged with the Commission not less than 42 days before the date of the contest.
The Commission may issue a permit for a contest subject to any terms, conditions and restrictions the Commission thinks fit.
What is the maximum permissible length of an intermission between bouts?
Under the permit conditions, an intermission must not exceed 15 minutes.
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