201 KAR 27:060. Referees.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 229.190, 229.200, 229.991

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 229.081(5), 229.091(1), 229.180(1)

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 229.180(1) authorizes the authority to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to implement KRS Chapter 229. KRS 229.081 provides for the licensing of a referee for professional matches and bouts. KRS 229.091(1) provides that every licensee shall be subject to the administrative regulations the authority promulgates. This administrative regulation establishes the rules of conduct for referees.

 

      Section 1. The referee shall be the chief official of the show, shall be in the ring, and shall have general supervision over each contestant, manager, and second during the entire show.

 

      Section 2. (1) The referee shall be licensed by the authority and shall be governed by KRS Chapter 229 and 201 KAR Chapter 27 concerning boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and elimination events, and shall be responsible for their enforcement during the entire period of a show.

      (2) An applicant shall file a completed application and pay the license fee established in 201 KAR 27:008, Sections 2 and 3.

 

      Section 3. The referee shall, before starting a bout or match, ascertain from each contestant the name of the contestant's chief second. The referee shall hold the chief second responsible for the conduct of the chief second's assistants during the progress of the bout or match.

 

      Section 4. The referee shall call the contestants together in the ring immediately preceding a bout or match for final instructions. During the instructional meeting, each contestant shall be accompanied in the ring by the contestant's chief second only.

 

      Section 5. The referee shall inspect the person, attire, and equipment of each contestant and make certain that no foreign substances which are prohibited by KRS Chapter 229 or 201 KAR Chapter 27 have been applied or used by a contestant.

 

      Section 6. The referee shall have the authority to stop a bout or match at any time if the referee has reasonable grounds to believe:

      (1) The bout or match is too one-sided;

      (2) Either of the contestants is unable to protect himself from possible injury;

      (3) A contestant is not competing in earnest; or

      (4) Collusion exists between the contestants affecting the results of the contest.

 

      Section 7. The referee shall have the authority to disqualify a contestant who commits a foul and award the decision to his opponent. The referee shall immediately disqualify a contestant who commits an intentional or deliberate foul which incapacitates an opponent.

 

      Section 8. The referee may take one (1) or more points away from a contestant who commits and accidental foul, and the referee may permit a rest period for the contestant who was fouled not exceeding three (3) minutes.

 

      Section 9. The referee shall not touch a contestant during the bout or match except upon failure of a contestant to obey the referee's orders.

 

      Section 10. In order to become licensed, a referee shall attend a training class on KRS Chapter 229 and 201 KAR Chapter 27. The class shall be provided by the authority.

 

      Section 11. The referee shall decide all questions arising during a bout or match which are not otherwise specifically covered by KRS Chapter 229 or 201 KAR Chapter 27.

 

      Section 12. If the inspector has reason to believe that the referee has committed a violation of KRS Chapter 229 or 201 KAR Chapter 27, the inspector may take one (1) or more of the following actions:

      (1) Issuance of a cease and desist order to the referee;

      (2) Issuance of a notice of violation to the referee; or

      (3) Ejection of the referee from a show.

 

      Section 13. Upon the finding of a violation of KRS Chapter 29 or 201 KAR Chapter 27 by a referee, the authority may impose one (1) or more of the following penalties:

      (1) Suspension of the license of the referee pursuant to KRS 229.200;

      (2) Revocation of the license of the referee pursuant to KRS 229.200;

      (3) Reprimand of the referee pursuant to KRS 229.200; or

      (4) Assessment of a fine pursuant to KRS 229.991(5). (5 Ky.R. 1108; eff. 11-7-79; Am. 20 Ky.R. 1048; eff. 1-10-94; 32 Ky.R. 1760; 2265; eff. 7-7-2006.)