GROUND WARRIOR SUBMISSION CHALLENGE

2017 Ground Warrior Submission Challenge: Saturday, January 21

Salem Armory Auditorium – Salem, Oregon

Start the new year off right – compete! The Ground Warrior Submission Challenge, sponsored by the Oregon National Guard, is a stand-alone event that follows Sub League’s classic rules and round robin format. Matches are won by submissions, not points. And round robin means you get to compete against everyone in your pool (no one is eliminated after losing a match).

This year, we are taking the Ground Warrior to the Salem Armory Auditorium. This is an excellent venue that spectators will love. Please join us for this fun event… it’s the perfect way to kick off a year of great Jiu Jitsu!

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

REGISTRATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Competitor Registration

Register early and save

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

By Friday, December 16: $55 Gi or No-gi; $85 Both

After Friday, December 16: $65 Gi or No-gi; $95 Both

After Monday, January 9: $75 Gi or No-gi; $105 Both

All competitors who register by Friday, December 30, will receive a free event shirt.

Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Spectator Tickets

Buy tickets before the event or at the door

BUY SPECTATOR TICKETS

Online or at the door: $10

Children 9 and younger: Free

Coach Registration

Pre-register for free entry (see limitations*)

REGISTER AS A COACH

*Each team is allowed one free coach entry for every five athletes competing. Each eligible coach must pre-register online before the deadline in order to receive free entry. Please visit the Coaches page for full details.

Check Your Registration Now

CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION NOW

Thank you for registering to compete in the 2017 Ground Warrior Submission Challenge this Saturday! We are getting ready for a great event. To help ensure things run smoothly, please take a moment and review your registration information today (January 17) and the reminders that are sent to you this week.

All corrections to your registration information must be completed by 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, January 17, 2017). See instructions on the link above.

Schedule

The final schedule was posted at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.  Please review the updated schedule now. Thank you for being a part of this fun event!

Competitors: Remind your coach to pre-register by Thursday, January 19

Each team is allowed one (1) free coach entry for every five (5) athletes competing. Each eligible coach must pre-register online before the deadline in order to receive free entry.

The Ground Warrior Submission Challenge coach registration deadline is 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 19. Additional coaches, or those registering after the deadline, can purchase spectator tickets for $10 online or at the door.

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ABOUT THE GROUND WARRIOR SUBMISSION CHALLENGE

The Ground Warrior Submission Challenge will feature both Gi and No-Gi competition. There will be no points counted within each match — the only way to win a match is by submission (some exceptions may apply, such as with division tie-breakers). If there is no submission, the match is considered a draw. This format showcases submission wrestling at its best. It doesn’t favor the takedown specialist or the control wrestler or the positional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor. Instead, it plays to the athlete that can complete submissions against an uncooperative opponent in a defined amount of time.

The event will operate in a round-robin pool format. Divisions of athletes will be divided into pools of up to seven competitors. All athletes within the same pool will compete against one another. This format, as opposed an elimination tournament (where competitors are eliminated at a set number of losses), typically allows for more matches for each athlete.

The Ground Warrior Submission Challenge is a stand-alone event – it is not a qualifier event for the Sub League Championship.

Benefits of the Sub League™ Format

  1. Athletes get many opportunities to compete (2 – 6 matches an event). More matches may occur in the case of a tie breaker.
  2. There is less controversy because there is minimal judging during a match—either an athlete gets a submission, gets submitted, or it’s a draw. Points don’t count within a match.
  3. The format allows an event to move quickly. Typically 200 competitors can get through their pools (each athlete getting 2 – 6 matches) in under four hours time… which, compared to any tournament standard, is quick.

LOCATION AND LODGING

Next Event

Ground Warrior Submission Challenge
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Salem Armory Auditorium
2320 17th Street NE
Salem, OR 97309
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Lodging

Red Lion Hotel Salem
3301 Market Street NE, Salem, OR 97307

We have a special room rate reserved for our group:
Single King Room: $79/night
Double Queen Room: $89/night

Book Your Stay Now
Or call 503-370-7888. Mention our group – Ground Warrior Submission Challenge – and ask for the group rates listed above when making your reservation.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Final Schedule

Posted at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Competitors are expected to report to the bullpen and be ready to compete at the times listed here. Competitors not present for weigh-ins will be disqualified. Times listed are the earliest a division will be called. These times do not necessarily reflect the actual start time.

Doors Open at 8:00 am

Gi Divisions

9:00 am: Adult & Masters, White Belt

11:30 am: Adult & Masters, Blue Belt

12:30 pm: Adult & Masters, Purple, Brown & Black Belts

1:30 pm: Youth (5-13), White Belts (lightest weight divisions typically start first)

2:30 pm: Youth (5-13), Grey Belts

3:40 pm: Youth (5-13), Yellow, Orange & Green Belts

4:00 pm: Junior (14-17), All Belt Divisions

No-gi Divisions

4:20 pm: Adult & Masters, Beginner

5:20 pm: Adult & Masters, Advanced & Elite

6:00 pm: Youth (5-13), All Divisions

6:45 pm: Junior (14-17), All Divisions

7:05 pm: Adult & Masters, Intermediate

GI COMPETITION DIVISIONS

Gi Skill Levels for Youth & Juniors

Youth (5-13 years) & Juniors (14-17 years)
If your academy follows a unique belt hierarchy, or if you are unsure what belt level your child should compete at, please consult your child’s coach and/or reference the IBJJF’s Belt Graduation System.

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Gi Skill Levels for Men & Women

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Gi Weight Classes

IMPORTANT NOTE: Competitors weigh-in WITH gi uniform on. These are maximum weights and include the gi weight. Competitors will have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday before the tournament to update registration information. To avoid disqualification, we recommend that all competitors double check their weight before to this date – especially youth and junior competitors as sudden growth spurts can happen.

Youth Gi Weight Divisions

(ages 5-13)
Youth competitors will be asked to provide actual age and weight when registering. Please be accurate and double check weight with gi uniform on, as these actual numbers will help us to form the best divisions possible.

  • Up to 40.0 lbs.
  • 40.1 – 50.0 lbs.
  • 50.1 – 60.0 lbs.
  • 60.1 – 70.0 lbs.
  • 70.1 – 80.0 lbs.
  • 80.1 – 90.0 lbs.
  • 90.1 – 100.0 lbs.
  • 100.1 – 110.0 lbs.
  • 110.1 – 122.5 lbs.
  • 122.6 – 135.0 lbs.
  • 135.1 – 150.0 lbs.
  • 150.1 lbs. and above (may move to Junior division)

Junior Gi Weight Divisions

(ages 14-17)
Junior competitors will be asked to provide actual age and weight when registering. Please be accurate and double check weight with Gi uniform on, as these actual numbers will help us to form the best divisions possible.

  • Rooster: up – 118.0 lbs.
  • Light Feather: 118.1 – 129.0 lbs.
  • Feather: 129.1 – 141.5 lbs.
  • Light: 141.6 – 152.5 lbs.
  • Middle: 152.6 – 163.5 lbs.
  • Medium Heavy: 163.6 – 175.0 lbs.
  • Heavy: 175.1 – 186.0 lbs.
  • Super Heavy: 186.1 – 197.0 lbs.
  • Ultra Heavy: no maximum weight

Men’s Gi Weight Divisions

Adult (under age 30), Master 1 (30 and older), Master 2 (40 and older)

  • Rooster: up to 127.0 lbs.
  • Light Feather: 127.1 – 141.5 lbs.
  • Feather: 141.6 – 154.5 lbs.
  • Light: 154.6 – 168.0 lbs.
  • Middle: 168.1 – 181.5 lbs.
  • Medium Heavy: 181.6 – 195.0 lbs.
  • Heavy: 195.1 – 208.0lbs.
  • Super Heavy: 208.1 – 222.0 lbs.
  • Ultra Heavy: no maximum weight

Women’s Gi Weight Divisions

Adult (under age 30), Master 1 (30 and older), Master 2 (40 and older)

  • Super Feather: 118.0 lbs. and below
  • Feather: 118.1 – 129.0 lbs.
  • Light: 129.1 – 141.0 lbs.
  • Middle: 141.1 – 152.0 lbs.
  • Medium Heavy: 152.1 – 163.0 lbs.
  • Heavy: 163.1 – 175.0 lbs.
  • Super Heavy: 175.1 lbs. and above

NO-GI COMPETITION DIVISIONS

No-gi Skill Levels for Youth & Juniors

Youth (5-13 years) & Juniors (14-17 years)

  • Beginner: Less than 12 months of training in submission wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, and/or wrestling
  • Intermediate: 12-24 months experience
  • Advanced: 2 years or more experience

No-gi Skill Levels for Men

Adult (under age 30), Master 1 (30 and older), Master 2 (40 and older)

  • Beginner: Less than 18 months of training in submission wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, and/or wrestling
  • Intermediate: 18 to 36 months experience
  • Advanced: 3 years or more experience
  • Elite: Expert (see Allowed/Disallowed Holds and Takedowns in Competition Rules section)

No-gi Skill Levels for Women

Adult (under age 30), Master 1 (30 and older), Master 2 (40 and older)

  • Beginner: Less than 18 months of training in submission wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, and/or wrestling
  • Intermediate: 18 to 36 months experience
  • Advanced: 3 years or more experience

No-gi Weight Classes

IMPORTANT NOTE: Competitors weigh-in WITH no-gi uniform on. These are maximum weights. Competitors will have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday before the tournament to update registration information. To avoid disqualification, we recommend that all competitors double check their weight before to this date – especially youth and junior competitors as sudden growth spurts can happen.

Youth No-gi Weight Divisions

(5-13 years)
Youth competitors will be asked to provide actual age and weight when registering. Please be accurate and double check weight with no-gi clothing on, as these actual numbers will help us to form the best divisions possible.

  • Up to 40.0 lbs.
  • 40.1 – 50.0 lbs.
  • 50.1 – 60.0 lbs.
  • 60.1 – 70.0 lbs.
  • 70.1 – 80.0 lbs.
  • 80.1 – 90.0 lbs.
  • 90.1 – 100.0 lbs.
  • 100.1 – 110.0 lbs.
  • 110.1 – 122.5 lbs.
  • 122.6 – 135.0 lbs.
  • 135.1 – 150.0 lbs.
  • 150.1 lbs. and above (may move to Junior division)

Junior No-gi Weight Divisions

(14-17 years)
Junior competitors will be asked to provide actual age and weight when registering. Please be accurate and double check weight with no-gi clothing on, as these actual numbers will help us to form the best divisions possible.

  • Rooster: up to 114.0 lbs.
  • Light Feather: 114.1 – 125.0 lbs.
  • Feather: 125.1 – 136.0 lbs.
  • Light: 136.1 – 147.0 lbs.
  • Middle: 147.1 – 158.0 lbs.
  • Medium Heavy: 158.1 – 169.0 lbs.
  • Heavy: 169.1 – 180.0 lbs.
  • Super Heavy: 180.1 – 191.0 lbs.
  • Ultra Heavy: no maximum weight

Men’s No-gi Weight Divisions

Adult (under age 30), Master 1 (30 and older), Master 2 (40 and older)

  • Rooster: up to 122.5 lbs.
  • Light Feather: 122.6 – 136.0 lbs.
  • Feather: 136.1 – 149.0 lbs.
  • Light: 149.1 – 162.5 lbs.
  • Middle: 162.6 – 175.5 lbs.
  • Medium Heavy: 175.6 – 188.5 lbs.
  • Heavy: 188.6 – 202.0 lbs.
  • Super-Heavy: 202.1 – 215.0 lbs.
  • Ultra Heavy: no maximum weight

Women’s No-gi Weight Divisions

Adult (under age 30), Master 1 (30 and older), Master 2 (40 and older)

  • Light Feather: Up to 114 lbs.
  • Feather: 114.1 to 125.0 lbs.
  • Light: 125.1 to 136.0 lbs.
  • Middle: 136.1 to 147.0 lbs.
  • Medium Heavy: 147.1 to 158.0 lbs.
  • Heavy: 158.1 to 169.0 lbs.
  • Super Heavy: No maximum weight

COMPETITION RULES

Matches take place on an 18’ by 18’ mat ring. Matches start from standing. Competitors who move onto or outside the ring border when standing can (at the discretion of the referee) be restarted standing in the center of the mat. If competitors move outside the ring while engaged on the ground, the action may be frozen and moved back to the center of the mat, in position. Deliberately or repeatedly moving outside the area will be considered stalling and penalized accordingly.

Ways to Win

  1. Submission (physical and verbal)
  2. Referee stoppage (medical or rule infringement)
  3. Corner/coach stops fight

Allowed and Disallowed Holds and Takedowns

Submissions and takedowns depend on age and skill level. Please see the complete listing of allowed and disallowed holds and takedowns for each division below.

Adult Gi

Adult No-gi

Youth & Junior Gi

Youth & Junior No-gi

Illegal Techniques – All Divisions

Illegal unless explicitly stated for that division (see Allowed and Disallowed Holds and Takedowns):

  • No twisting leg locks or reaping. Exception: Heel hooks and reaping are allowed in elite no-gi divisions.
  • No neck cranks
  • No “Full Nelson”, no “Crucifix”
  • No twister body locks / spinal cranks
  • No muscle destruction submissions. Exception: Calf and bicep cutters are allowed in brown-black belt and advanced-elite no-gi divisions.
  • No striking of any kind
  • No deliberate slamming of an opponent
  • No spiking an opponent onto their head
  • No eye gouging or fish hooking
  • No grabbing the ears
  • No hair pulling
  • No finger or toe holds
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching or pinching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No touching the groin area
  • No knees or elbows on face
  • No slippery substances allowed on body or clothing
  • No use of shirt/rashguard in the applying of a submission
  • No passivity or fleeing the mat: deliberately or repeatedly moving outside the designated mat area, stalling or refusing to engage with an opponent are considered a foul. Committing three (3) fouls in a match results in an automatic disqualification.
  • Good sportsmanship is expected at all times: no spitting, swearing, or disobeying of a referee’s verbal commands.
  • The referee has FULL discretion to disqualify a competitor immediately after a serious, dangerous, or deliberate foul.

Leg Locks

Leg Locks are ILLEGAL in all Youth and Junior divisions with the following exceptions – straight ankle locks are legal for junior blue belts (ages 16-17). Straight ankle locks are legal for all adult belt levels and no-gi divisions. Straight knee bars are legal for brown-black belts and intermediate-advanced-elite no-gi divisions only. Figure 4 toe holds are legal for brown-black belts and advanced-elite no-gi divisions only. Heel hooks are legal for elite no-gi divisions only. Note: Reaping (crossing your leg from outside in over your opponent’s hip or thigh while attacking a foot) is illegal in all divisions (with the exception of elite no-gi divisions).

Youth & Junior: Choke Safety, Guard Restrictions, Crying Rules, and More

  • No hitting or crushing the larynx with hand or forearm. No crushing or squeezing neck with hands or forearm from bottom (guard) or top position.
  • No pulling on head to finish Triangle choke (straining the neck).
  • Where Guillotines are allowed: No standing Guillotine chokes. Must not try to finish choke standing. Attacking athlete must sit back to the ground in a safe manner. No throws while holding Guillotine (must have head and arm for throws).
  • No lock inside closed guard with legs compressing kidneys or ribs. No jumping guard.
  • For safety reasons, once a correct position for an arm lock or choke has been achieved, the referee may immediately stop the fight without waiting for the lock to be applied fully. This allows young competitors to learn the basics of submission grappling and Jiu Jitsu in a safe environment.
  • If a youth or junior competitor is crying, tears will be considered a tap. Additionally, yelling out may be considered a verbal tap (in all divisions).

Time Limit

  • No-gi matches consist of one 4-minute round with the exception of Youth (ages 5-13) novice and beginner, where matches are 3-minutes.
  • Youth and Junior gi matches consist of one 4-minute round.
  • Adult white and blue belt gi matches consist of one 5-minute round.
  • Adult purple, brown, and black belt gi matches consist of one 6-minute round.

The number of matches in a day that an athlete will have is determined by the number of competitors in the entire division and how that breaks down into pools. It is our goal to get an athlete three to five matches in a day.

Out of Bounds

  • Stopping a match when out of bounds is at the discretion of the referee – considering safety of position, interference of other matches, etc.
  • Competitors who move onto or outside the ring border when standing can (at the discretion of the referee) be restarted standing in the center of the mat.
  • If competitors move outside the ring while in an established ground position, the action may be frozen and moved back to the center of the mat, in position.
  • If competitors move outside the ring area, while in a scramble, the athletes will be brought to the center of the ring and restarted standing.
  • If a take down or throw occurs with throwing athlete having both feet in bounds the take down will be relocated to center of the ring.
  • If any part of the throwing athlete’s feet or foot are outside of ring during throw then athletes may be restarted standing.
  • Deliberately or repeatedly moving outside the ring area will be considered stalling and penalized accordingly. Athletes will not escape submission by fleeing the ring.

Competition Attire and Hygiene

No-Gi Attire: 

  • Lower body — board shorts, fight shorts, tights/spats, singlet, or gi pants are required. Attire must be intended as outerwear; no shorts or tights designed as underwear are allowed unless covered.
  • Upper body — must be covered by tight fitting rashguard/compression shirt. Tank tops, t-shirts and other loose fitting shirts are not allowed.
  • Sub League highly recommends that all competitors wear protective mouth guards. Wrestling shoes, metal knee braces, and groin protector cups are not allowed.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Attire: 

  • A clean solid-colored uniform (white, blue, or black for men and additionally pink for women) is required to compete in the gi divisions.
  • Uniform jacket must have a four-finger space at cuff and sleeves within 3 inches of wrist.
  • Pants must be within 3 inches of ankles.
  • Adult male competitors are not allowed to wear clothing under the gi jacket.
  • Underwear must be worn under gi pants.
  • Sub League highly recommends that all competitors wear protective mouth guards. Wrestling shoes, metal knee braces, and groin protector cups are not allowed.

Hygiene:

  • At weigh-ins, all competitors will be checked for communicable diseases, not limited to but including ring-worm, staph, herpes, and impetigo. If a competitor is deemed to have a communicable disease, they will be disqualified.
  • Shoes must be worn AT ALL TIMES, except when on competition mat. Competitors found barefoot in restrooms may be disqualified. Disqualification is non-refundable.

Blood Stoppage

Two minutes will be allowed for a cut to stop bleeding. Medical staff can stop a fight immediately if the injury is determined to be too serious.

Referees

The referee can stop or restart a match at any time if he or she considers it necessary for safety reasons. The referee’s decision is final and non-negotiable.

Scoring System

The Ground Warrior Submission Challenge runs in a pool format — competitors will face every athlete in his/her pool. There are no points awarded within a match. Points are only awarded based on the outcome of a match.

Points awarded after match as follows:

  • 3 points for a win (submission)
  • 1 point for a draw (1 point goes to each competitor)
  • 0 (zero) for a loss

At the end of the competition, the “per match average points” are tallied for each competitor. An athlete must compete in more than 50 percent of his or her matches for a Per Match Average (PMA) to be calculated and count for placement in a division.

Scoring of No-Contest (NC) Due to Injury

A No-Contest (NC) is recorded when an athlete is physically unable to continue competition. If an athlete is in a pool of 5 competitors, is supposed to compete in 4 matches for the day, wins his first 2 matches, but gets injured to the point where he can’t compete in his last 2 matches, he is disqualified from placing. His day’s performance will be calculated as follows:

  • Match 1: 3 Points
  • Match 2: 3 Points
  • Match 3: NC
  • Match 4: NC
  • PMA: 0 (zero)

Same situation, but the athlete wins his first 3 matches, then is injured to the point where he can’t compete in his last match, his day’s performance will be calculated as follows:

  • Match 1: 3 Points
  • Match 2: 3 Points
  • Match 3: 3 Points
  • Match 4: NC
  • PMA: 9/3=3 Points

Note that if an athlete must discontinue a match due to an unintentional, non-negligent injury incurred during said match, that match is scored as a loss (zero) and counts towards his or her Per Match Average.

Scoring of Forfeitures and Disqualifications

If an athlete chooses not to compete, that is not considered a No-Contest (NC). That is a forfeit and is recorded as a zero (0). If an athlete is disqualified during a match (i.e. for committing foul(s)), they also receive a zero (0). For example, the athlete wins his first 3 matches, then either chooses not to compete in his last match or is disqualified during his last match, his day’s performance will be calculated as follows:

  • Match 1: 3 Points
  • Match 2: 3 Points
  • Match 3: 3 Points
  • Match 4: 0 Points
  • PMA: 9/4=2.25 Points

Coaches

Coaches must pre-register by the Wednesday before the event in order to receive free admission. See the Coaches page to register and for more details.

Competitor & Team Prizes

Competitor Medals

All first, second and third place finishers receive custom die-cast gold, silver and bronze medals. Additionally, all youth and junior competitors placing fourth and above receive participation medals.

Team Competition

The first, second and third place teams will be awarded trophies after the tournament. Team Champions are decided based on their athletes’ cumulative performance. Athletes will earn team points for their academy/team under the following system:

  • 1 point for each submission earned (excluding submissions earned in tie-breaker or bonus rounds)
  • 2 points per athlete earning a 2nd place finish in his or her division
  • 3 points per athlete earning a 1st place win in his or her division

No points are awarded in single competitor divisions or bonus rounds. Points are awarded in absolute divisions, when offered. Competitors are responsible for registering under the correct team name. Similar but different team names will be considered two different teams. Competitors listing more than one team name will receive points for the first team name listed only. For instructions on updating your team name, see the Questions and Answers section below.

Common Questions & Answers

How can I make corrections to my registration information (i.e. weight class, belt level, team, etc.)?

Registered competitors can update their information online up until 8 p.m. on Tuesday before the tournament by following these instructions:

  1. Log into your Eventbrite Attendee account by going to http://www.eventbrite.com/login and entering your email address and password and clicking Log in. (If you haven’t yet set a password in Eventbrite, click Forgot Password? above the Email box. On the next screen, input your email address and click Reset Password. An email with a link to reset your password, along with instructions, will be sent to the email address that you entered.)
  2. Click the My Tickets tab at the top of the page.
  3. Click View Order on the Ground Warrior listing.
  4. Click Edit next to your ticket.
  5. Make the necessary updates to your information, then click the Save button.

When are weigh-ins?

Weigh-ins will take place in the bullpen just prior to competing. Competitors should allow time to check in and warm up before their scheduled bullpen time. We recommend arriving at least one hour before bullpen time.

Do I have to wear my gi or no-gi uniform/clothing when weighing-in?

Yes. Gi division weights take into account your gi. The gi (in its entirety) needs to be worn during weigh-ins. Same with no-gi attire.

Do I have to weigh-in twice if I’m doing Gi and No-gi?

Yes. Again, please check the tournament schedule to know what time you need to report to the bullpen.

If I don’t make weight, can I just go up to the next division?

No. Competitors will have only one opportunity to make weight. If you do not make weight, you will be disqualified. Disqualification is non-refundable. It is the athlete’s responsibility to make the weight that they reported on their registration. If in doubt, shoot high and play it safe.

What if there are no other competitors in my division?

We reserve the right to subdivide or combine divisions, weight classes, or age classes to provide matches to participants. If you are the only competitor in your division when pools are formed, we will attempt to combine you with the closest division based on size and skill. Men’s Masters (30+) divisions with only one competitor will be combined with either Adult division or closest Masters division (based on size and skill).

Do I need to accompany my child to the tournament?

All competitors under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or authorized coach. Furthermore, all participants under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian complete and sign the Competitor Release Form.