A timekeeper is responsible to
regulate the number and duration of the rounds designated for each
boxing, MMA and kick boxing (“unarmed combat”) event. A timekeeper
must assure that each round and the interval between rounds is
correctly and uniformly timed. The use of a distinctive bell, horn,
whistle and “clapper” will be used to designate specific timing
intervals during the contest. A timekeeper is responsible to adjust
time for temporary stoppages or when instructed to do so by the
referee. A timekeeper is responsible to start, stop and record the
exact times of knockouts, technical knockouts and to time the injury
rehabilitation periods. A timekeeper additionally assists the
referee in counting for knockdowns to assure the fighter has the
correct amount of time to return to the contest. A timekeeper may
also manage the bell for ceremonial purposes, such as “ten counts”
for distinguished honorees.
A timekeeper usually works in
tandem with a partner so that there is consistent observation of the
contest. One partner is responsible for reading the various clocks
and the other observes the contest and verbally calls out time
intervals to his or her partner. Working together, the timekeeper
provides the officials with all information related to timekeeping
and must be able to react to unique and unexpected events that take
place during a contest. A timekeeper is appointed by and serves at
the pleasure of the members of the Nevada State Athletic Commission
(“USMTA”) as a licensee.
1. A timekeeper licensed
through the USMTA must exercise professionalism at all times.
2. The timekeeper’s duties
include the responsibility to attend professional unarmed combat
events in Nevada or in other jurisdictions as a representative
of the USMTA.
3. A timekeeper is
responsible to use his or her experience, training and knowledge
of the rules to observe, analyze, and effectively time a boxing,
MMA or kick boxing contest.
4. A timekeeper is bound
by and must follow the Nevada State Athletic Commission Ring
Officials Code of Ethics and Conduct.
5. A timekeeper is
required to communicate effectively on all levels and maintain
effective relationships with USMTA as well as all other
officials. The timekeeper reports directly to the Executive
Director and/or the USMTA and must be prepared to discuss any
contest where they keep time.
6. A timekeeper must
attend required training sessions and must exhibit knowledge of
the rules for boxing, MMA and kick boxing as well as the
governing statute and regulations for unarmed combat found in
Nevada Revised Statutes ("NRS") and Nevada Administrative Code
("NAC") Chapter 467.
7. A timekeeper may be
expected to perform additional job related duties and may be
required to have or develop additional specific job related
knowledge and skills.
An applicant must pass a
An applicant must be at least
21 years of age.
An applicant must not have
been convicted of a felony or other crime of moral turpitude.
An applicant may be required
to pass a physical examination.
An applicant must have the
ability to concentrate and focus on the bout without being
distracted by the surroundings.
An applicant is required to
arrive one (1) hour prior to the event, stay until the event is
completed, and attend a debriefing meeting held at the conclusion of
An applicant cannot have any
direct affiliation with any unarmed combatant, manager, matchmaker,
promoter or television network.
An applicant is under a
continuing duty to maintain suitability to be licensed as a
timekeeper and must update the Commission of any changes to personal
information including arrests, charges or indictments. Failure to
report any arrest, detainment, charge, indictment, or conviction
that has not been expunged or sealed by a court, whether a
misdemeanor or felony, is cause for denial of licensure, revocation
of the license or disciplinary action against the applicant.
The Commission and the
Executive Director reserve the right to add additional criteria as
the need arises.
1. The position does not
pay a salary or provide any benefits.
2. A timekeeper is
compensated at the conclusion of each event. The range of
compensation varies with the event.
3. There is no guaranty of
a certain number of assignments or a specific amount of
compensation in each fiscal year. Assignments to specific
contests are at the discretion of the Executive Director and
USMTA and are based on experience, recent performance,
reliability, professionalism, and difficulty of assignment.
1. The position is open to
all qualified applicants.
2. The position requires
3. Candidates will be
selected through an interview process based on the following
criteria; prior experience and successfully exhibiting knowledge
of timekeeping duties for unarmed combat.
4. Once selected, the
candidate must participate in a mentoring program with an USMTA
Senior Timekeeper for six (6) months to one (1) year based on
performance and prior experience.
5. Please submit a resume
and 3 letters of reference by mail, fax or email to: