Age of competitors:
This section will arouse many questions, however the facts are that among many peers, concussion in younger persons is of a major concern as they get older. Doctors are now recognizing this factor, especially in physical sports such as football, la Croix, baseball, basketball and other contact sports buried within the school system. Boxing and other contact martial arts are under scrutiny for competitors at a young age. The association has been dealing with this question among the directors and are working on the draft for the age and protection of young athletes competing in this contact sport of Muay Thai.
It is agreed upon that the age should be defined as such:
Children under the age of 8 should not compete in competition, but with parental guidance and with the observance of officials be allowed to demonstrate the art.
Children from the age of 9 -11 may compete in demonstration and exhibitions of the art, but with protection, unless displaying the original forms of Muay Boran Muay Chaiya and Muay Caat Cherk for cultural service.
Children above the age of 12 -16 may compete in amateur competition, with protection and guidance under the standard regulations of the association for Junior rankings. Competitors above the age of 16 - 20 may compete in amateur and professional competition, with protection and guidance under the standard regulations of the association.
Competitors above the age of 20 - 40 may compete in amateur and professional competition, with protection and guidance (where needed) under the standard regulations of the association.
All competitors must be registered and have association identification for either MMA or Muay Thai. The re-registration will begin in January 2016 and continue through the year. Fighters may receive notification of pending registration fee via mail or email notification. Payments can be made via paypal, check or money order to the USMTA.
Sanction fee increase pending Jan 2016
There will be an increase in the sanction fees beginning in January, The association has rarely increased its sanction fees for many years, however to keep with the times and to fit in with the latest figures, we unfortunately have to. Your service to an event will not diminish, but will increase to make sure event is properly covered. Fees will increase to $1725. Coverage is full.
Mandatory Emergency Fighter Insurance
All future USMTA events will only be sanctioned with a true copy of an insurance certificate, issued by a known insurance broker. The USMTA is obliged to follow up with the insurance issuer of the certificate pertaining to its legality for the protection of the promoter, the association and or its members. Promoters not following the guidelines of insurance coverage, will be dealt with according to State regulations, in regards to insurance coverage of events.
The wearing on Spandex shorts worn in place of Muay Thai shorts will no longer be tolerated at Muay Thai events. You may wear short spandex short under your Thai shorts to hold cup/protection in place. Fighters and coaches may receive disciplinary action which may become a monetary fine if spandex is worn. It is the responsibility of the fighter and the coach to prepare his fighter(s) in the proper fashion for Muay Thai. For MMA events Spandex is legal.
Fighters not coming on weight.
Following Thailand and Europe, the weight limits will now be set at 2lb allowance .Only a 1lb allowance is given for MMA. However in Championship bouts fighters should come in on the scale at the weight of the intended bout.
Disciplinary action may be taken on the fighter and the coach that infringes the weight. In professional bouts, If a fighter Cannot make the weight in preceding bouts, action will be taken with up to but not more than 60 days and a fine of no less than $200.00+
Licensing of coachers and corner men
Beginning in 2016, all Coaches an Corner men will be required to license themselves with the USMTA. License Form can be downloaded at the USMTA website at “sanctioning” button
Licensing of Promoters
Beginning in 2016, all promoters will be required to register and license themselves with the USMTA. License Form can be downloaded at the USMTA website at “sanctioning” button
Licensed Physicians Assistant
Licensed Doctor or physicians Assistant must be present for fights br