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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Boxing and Full-contact Martial Arts Act is
5amended by changing Section 1 and by adding Section 6.5 as
7    (225 ILCS 105/1)  (from Ch. 111, par. 5001)
8    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
9    Sec. 1. Short title and definitions.
10    (a) This Act may be cited as the Boxing and Full-contact
11Martial Arts Act.
12    (b) As used in this Act:
13        "Department" means the Department of Financial and
14    Professional Regulation.
15        "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and
16    Professional Regulation.
17        "Board" means the State of Illinois Athletic Board
18    established pursuant to this Act.
19        "License" means the license issued for promoters,
20    professionals, or officials in accordance with this Act.
21        "Professional contest" means a boxing or full-contact
22    martial arts competition in which all of the participants
23    competing against one another are professionals and where



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1    the public is able to attend or a fee is charged.
2        "Permit" means the authorization from the Department
3    to a promoter to conduct professional or amateur contests,
4    or a combination of both.
5        "Promoter" means a person who is licensed and who holds
6    a permit to conduct professional or amateur contests, or a
7    combination of both.
8        Unless the context indicates otherwise, "person"
9    includes, but is not limited to, an individual,
10    association, organization, business entity, gymnasium, or
11    club.
12        "Judge" means a person licensed by the Department who
13    is located at ringside or adjacent to the fighting area
14    during a professional contest and who has the
15    responsibility of scoring the performance of the
16    participants in that professional contest.
17        "Referee" means a person licensed by the Department who
18    has the general supervision of and is present inside of the
19    ring or fighting area during a professional contest.
20        "Amateur" means a person registered by the Department
21    who is not competing for, and has never received or
22    competed for, any purse or other article of value, directly
23    or indirectly, either for participating in any contest or
24    for the expenses of training therefor, other than a
25    non-monetary prize that does not exceed $50 in value.
26        "Professional" means a person licensed by the



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1    Department who competes for a money prize, purse, or other
2    type of compensation in a professional contest held in
3    Illinois.
4        "Second" means a person licensed by the Department who
5    is present at any professional contest to provide
6    assistance or advice to a professional during the contest.
7        "Matchmaker" means a person licensed by the Department
8    who brings together professionals to compete in contests.
9        "Manager" means a person licensed by the Department who
10    is not a promoter and who, under contract, agreement, or
11    other arrangement, undertakes to, directly or indirectly,
12    control or administer the affairs of professionals.
13        "Timekeeper" means a person licensed by the Department
14    who is the official timer of the length of rounds and the
15    intervals between the rounds.
16        "Purse" means the financial guarantee or any other
17    remuneration for which contestants are participating in a
18    professional contest.
19        "Physician" means a person licensed to practice
20    medicine in all its branches under the Medical Practice Act
21    of 1987.
22        "Martial arts" means a discipline or combination of
23    different disciplines that utilizes sparring techniques
24    without the intent to injure, disable, or incapacitate
25    one's opponent, such as, but not limited to, Karate, Kung
26    Fu, Judo, Jujutsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Kyuki-Do.



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1        "Full-contact martial arts" means the use of a singular
2    discipline or a combination of techniques from different
3    disciplines of the martial arts, including, without
4    limitation, full-force grappling, kicking, and striking
5    with the intent to injure, disable, or incapacitate one's
6    opponent.
7        "Amateur contest" means a boxing or full-contact
8    martial arts competition in which all of the participants
9    competing against one another are amateurs and where the
10    public is able to attend or a fee is charged.
11        "Contestant" means a person who competes in either a
12    boxing or full-contact martial arts contest.
13        "Address of record" means the designated address
14    recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's
15    application file, license file, or registration file as
16    maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
17    It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the
18    Department of any change of address and those changes must
19    be made either through the Department's website or by
20    contacting the Department.
21        "Bout" means one match between 2 contestants.
22        "Sanctioning body" means an organization approved by
23    the Department under the requirements and standards stated
24    in this Act and the rules adopted under this Act to act as
25    a governing body that sanctions professional or amateur
26    contests.



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1        "Elimination tournament" means a combative sports
2    contest in which the contestants compete in a series of
3    matches until not more than one contestant remains in any
4    weight category.
5(Source: P.A. 96-663, eff. 8-25-09; 97-119, eff. 7-14-11;
697-1123, eff. 8-27-12.)
7    (225 ILCS 105/6.5 new)
8    Sec. 6.5. Elimination tournaments.
9    (a) All elimination tournaments conducted in this State
10must be conducted in accordance with this Section.
11    (b) Before the start of any elimination tournament, the
12Department shall check all promoters, professionals, and
13officials associated with the elimination tournament for
14licenses issued by the Department. Any individual without a
15current license registered or issued by the Commission shall
16not participate in the event.
17    (c) The promoter of an elimination tournament must:
18        (1) complete an application provided by the
19    Department;
20        (2) provide a surety bond, cash, certificate of
21    deposit, or other form of security acceptable to the
22    Department in the amount of $5,000; the Department may
23    increase the security as circumstances warrant;
24        (3) provide medical insurance in the amount of at least
25    $10,000 for each participant; and



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1        (4) submit a $50 permit fee.
2    In addition, the promoter of an elimination tournament
4        (A) arrange for an ambulance to be on site at each
5    event with emergency medical personnel and proper
6    resuscitation equipment;
7        (B) provide 16-ounce boxing gloves that shall be worn
8    by all participants;
9        (C) provide headgear that shall be worn by all
10    participants;
11        (D) provide adequate security at each event; and
12        (E) arrange spectator seating at least 6 feet away from
13    the ring apron.
14    The promoter of an elimination tournament may act as a
15matchmaker for the purposes of arranging bouts.
16    Promoters of elimination tournaments may request the
17Department to not accept any participant due to conduct or
18safety. Upon approval of the request by the Department, the
19participant in question shall be banned from participating in
20the event.
21    (d) Elimination tournaments shall consist of 3 one-minute
22rounds with a one-minute rest period between each round. Each
23round shall be judged on a 10-point must system.
24    Elimination tournaments shall be single-elimination
25events. An elimination participant who has lost a bout may not
26participate in the same program of bouts.



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1    If a participant is knocked down 3 times in a round, that
2participant shall be declared the loser of the bout.
3    If a bout is declared a draw, the judges shall reevaluate
4their scorecards and select a winner.
5    The referee or the ringside physician may stop a bout if,
6in the judgment of either, allowing the bout to continue may
7jeopardize the health or the safety of a participant.
8    Elimination tournaments may be one-night or 2-night
9events. Elimination tournament participants may not
10participate in more than one match during the first night of a
112-night elimination tournament.
12    An elimination tournament participant may participate in
13any number of bouts the second night of a 2-night elimination
15    Competing for or winning a prize in an elimination
16tournament shall not make the participant a professional within
17the scope of this Act unless all other participants in the
18tournament are professionals.
19    Bouts between male and female participants shall not be
21    (e) Participants in elimination tournaments shall:
22        (1) be at least 18 years of age;
23        (2) provide the Department with one form of photo
24    identification with date of birth;
25        (3) complete an application form provided by the
26    Department;



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1        (4) submit the required license fee of $20; and
2        (5) provide 2 photographs of himself or herself.
3    An individual may not participate in elimination
4tournaments if he or she (i) has been a competitor in a
5professional boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts
6competition or (ii) has been a winner of more than 5 of any
7combination of amateur boxing, kickboxing, or elimination
8tournament events in the past 5 years or more than 3 of any
9combination of amateur boxing, kickboxing, or elimination
10tournament events in the past 12 months, unless the event is
11restricted to winners of previous events.
12    A participant shall not wear any type of body piercing,
13hard contact lenses, dentures, or removable dental work during
14a bout. A participant with dental braces may compete if the
15participant wears a fitted mouthpiece covering the entire
17    Male participants must wear a groin protector and a
18mouthpiece during all bouts.
19    Female participants shall provide a negative pregnancy
20test that shall be verified by the ringside physician or they
21shall not be permitted to compete.
22    (f) Each participant shall submit to and complete a
23pre-bout medical examination performed by a
24Department-appointed ringside physician before the elimination
25tournament begins. The physicals shall be performed at the
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1by the Department. The ringside physician shall be a physician
2licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or doctor of
3osteopathy. The examination shall cover the following, with the
4results written on a form provided by the Department: blood
5pressure, head, eyes, ears, nose, throat, lungs, chest, heart,
6and abdomen.
7    No participant shall be allowed to participate in an
8elimination tournament if he or she is under the influence of
9alcohol or drugs. The Department may require elimination
10tournament participants to submit to an alcohol breathalyzer
11test at any time.
12    If the ringside physician determines a participant is unfit
13to compete for any reason, that participant shall not
14participate in the elimination tournament. The ringside
15physician shall remain at ringside at all times during an
16elimination tournament bout and shall perform post-bout
17medical evaluations of all participants. The Department shall
18provide forms for the ringside physician to complete.
19    (g) The promoter shall provide all of the following
20ringside at the elimination tournament:
21        (1) a sufficient number of buckets for use by the
22    participants;
23        (2) stools for use by seconds;
24        (3) rubber gloves for use by the referees, seconds,
25    ringside physicians, and inspectors;
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1    including a seat near the steps into the ring for the
2    physician;
3        (5) scales for weigh-ins, which the Department may
4    require to be certified;
5        (6) a bell;
6        (7) a public address system;
7        (8) a separate dressing room for both genders, if
8    participants of each gender are participating;
9        (9) a separate room for physical examinations; and
10        (10) a separate dressing room for officials, unless the
11    physical arrangements of the contest site make an
12    additional dressing room impossible.
13    (h) Elimination tournaments shall consist of the following
144 weight classes for male and female participants:
15        (1) The lightweight class shall consist of
16    participants of at least 140 but less than 160 pounds in
17    weight.
18        (2) The light heavyweight class shall consist of
19    participants of at least 160 but less than 185 pounds in
20    weight.
21        (3) The heavyweight class shall consist of
22    participants of at least 185 but less than 205 pounds in
23    weight.
24        (3) The super heavyweight class shall consist of
25    participants of at least 205 pounds in weight.
26    The promoter may add additional weight classes to the



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1program of bouts if participants in other categories apply to
2compete upon approval by the Department.
3    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
4becoming law.