SUB LEAGUE

ABOUT THE SUBMISSION WRESTLING LEAGUE (SUB LEAGUE™)

14th Annual Season: Sub League is gearing up for its biggest and best series of competitions yet in the Spring of 2018.

Sub League is an annual series of tournaments consisting of two Qualifiers and a Championship. All athletes must qualify in order to compete in the season Championship. Athletes can choose to compete in one or both Qualifiers – many compete in both.

This classic submission series follows Sub League’s unique rules and features both Gi and No-Gi competition. There are 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.

Each Sub League 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.

A typical subleague.com tournament draws more than 1,500 fans and competitors under one roof, while running eight competition rings, and serving up around 1,000 matches throughout the day.

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.

2018 Season Updates

Below are details from the 2017 Sub League Season. The dates and locations for our 2018 season are still in the works. Please check back for more details in early 2018, and join our email list to stay up-to-date.

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2017 Sub League Season

Presented by Datsusara

COMPLETED:

Qualifier 1

April 8, 2017

Liberty High School
Hillsboro, Oregon

VIEW QUALIFIER 1 RESULTS

COMPLETED:

Qualifier 2

May 13, 2017

Liberty High School
Hillsboro, Oregon

VIEW QUALIFIER 2 RESULTS

COMPLETED:

Championship

June 24, 2017

PCC Rock Creek
Portland, Oregon

VIEW CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

2017 SUB LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMPETITORS:

Register early and save

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Register Early & Save

By May 31: $55 Gi or No-gi; $85 Both

June 1 to June 12: $65 Gi or No-gi; $95 Both

June 13 to June 19: $75 Gi or No-gi; $105 Both

SPECTATORS:

Buy tickets online or at the door

TICKET SALES CLOSED

Tickets: $10

Children 9 and younger: Free

Parents of Youth and Junior competitors: Note that when you check your child in at the tournament, you will receive ONE free parent pass for the tournament.

COACHES:

Pre-register for free admission*

COACH REGISTRATION CLOSED

*Each team is allowed one free coach entry for every five athletes competing. Each eligible coach must pre-register online before the deadline (8 p.m. Thursday before the event) in order to receive free entry. Please visit the Coaches page for full details.

DOUBLE GOLD CHAMPIONSHIP DISCOUNT:

All competitors placing 1st at both Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2 (in the same division) will be awarded FREE registration in that division at the season Championship!

To be eligible to compete in the Championship, all competitors must place 1st-5th in one or both Qualifiers (no exceptions).

LOCATION AND LODGING

Last Event

Sub League Championship
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Portland Community College
Rock Creek Campus – Building 5 (Gymnasium)
17705 NW Springville Road
Portland, OR 97229

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Lodging Recommendations

Courtyard by Marriott
3050 NW Stucki Place
Hillsboro, OR, 97124
503-690-1800

EVENT SCHEDULE

2017 Championship Schedule

Posted at 8 a.m., Thursday, June 22
Sub League Championship
June 24, 2017
Doors open at 8:00am

Competitors are expected to report to the bullpen and be ready to compete at the times listed on the final schedule. 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. Some divisions may start 30-45 minutes after times listed.

Plan to arrive at least one hour before your estimated start time to allow for parking, check-in and warm up.

Gi Divisions – Estimated Start Times

Male and female divisions will run on the same schedule, according to belt level.

9:00 am: Adult & Masters, White Belt

10:15 am: Adult & Masters, Blue Belt

11:00 am: Adult & Masters, Purple, Brown & Black Belts

11:20 am: Youth (5-13), White Belts (lightest weight divisions typically start first)

11:50 am: Youth (5-13), Grey Belts

1:15 pm: Youth (5-13), Yellow, Orange & Green Belts

1:35 pm: Junior (14-17), All Belt Divisions

No-Gi Divisions – Estimated Start Times

Male and female divisions will run on the same schedule, according to skill level.

2:00 pm: Adult & Masters, Beginner

2:25 pm: Adult & Masters, Advanced & Elite

2:55 pm: Youth (5-13), All Divisions

3:40 pm: Junior (14-17), All Divisions

4:05 pm: Adult & Masters, Intermediate

GI COMPETITION DIVISIONS

Gi Skill Levels for Youth

(5-13 years) & Juniors (14-17 years)
Many teams follow unique belting hierarchies and colors for their younger Jiu Jitsu athletes. We ask all teams and parents, regardless of their academy’s internal youth belt system, to follow the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) belt system at ibjjf.org/info/graduation-system when registering youth and junior athletes for subleague.com events. If you are unsure what belt level your child should compete at, please consult your child’s instructor 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 (30 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 – 208.0 lbs.
  • Super Heavy: 208.1 – 222.0 lbs.
  • Ultra Heavy: No maximum weight

Women’s Gi Weight Divisions

Adult (under age 30) & Master (30 and older)

  • Light Feather: 118.0 lbs. and below
  • Feather: 118.1 – 129.0 lbs.
  • Light: 129.1 – 141.5 lbs.
  • Middle: 141.6 – 152.5 lbs.
  • Medium Heavy: 152.6 – 163.5 lbs.
  • Heavy: 163.6 – 175.0 lbs.
  • Super Heavy: No maximum weight

NO-GI COMPETITION DIVISIONS

No-gi Skill Levels for 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 (30 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 Skill Levels for Women

Adult (under age 30) & Master (30 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 (30 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 (30 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.

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Adult No-Gi

Youth & Junior Gi

Youth & Junior No-Gi

Illegal Techniques – All Divisions

Illegal unless explicitly stated for that division:

  • No twisting leg locks (heel hooks or toe locks)
  • No reaping
  • No neck cranks
  • No “Full Nelson”, no “Crucifix”
  • No twister body locks / spinal cranks
  • No muscle destruction submissions – calf cutters and bicep cutters
  • 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 T-Shirt 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 Division Safety Precautions

  • 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 Clothing

Sub League highly recommends that all competitors wear protective mouth guards. Wrestling shoes, metal knee braces, and groin protector cups are not allowed.

Athletes MUST wear footwear at ALL TIMES when not on mat competing. Athletes MUST keep Gi jacket/kimino/rashguard on while in competition area.

No-Gi Attire: 

  • Lower body — board shorts, fight shorts, tights, singlet, or gi pants are required.
  • Upper body — must be covered by tight fitting rashguard/compression shirt. Tank tops, t-shirts and other loose fitting shirts 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.

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 & Commands

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.

The referee will call you to the mat. Wait at edge of mat until directed by referee.
You may only talk to the referee for Medical or Uniform issue; such as my pants are
coming off, or I am bleeding.

The referee will use four main Portuguese commands that each competitor needs to know:

  1. COMBATE (com-ba-tchee)
    This is the start/restart of match.
  2. PAROU (pa-row)
    This means stop. When referee gives this command, athletes should hold their
    position and maintain all grips until directed by the referee to move. Failure to
    comply may result in a penalty.
  3. LUTE (lu-tchee)
    This means that one or both athletes have been called for stalling and are being given a penalty. Referee will point at you or touch your shoulder if you cannot see the referee. DO NOT STOP the match when you hear this word. It is simply a notification that you have been given a penalty for a stalling.
  4. FALTA (fal-tah)
    This means an athlete has been called for a penalty for doing something illegal that does not warrant a disqualification. Referee will point at you or touch your shoulder if you cannot see the referee. DO NOT STOP the match when you hear this word. It is simply a notification that you have been given a penalty for a rule infraction.

Scoring System

Sub League 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 at the Qualifier tournaments. Additionally, all youth and junior competitors placing fourth and above receive participation medals.

Team Competition

Each season, Sub League awards trophies to the first, second and third place teams. Team Champions are decided based on their athletes’ cumulative performance over the whole season. 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 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

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, 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 appropriate tournament listing.
  4. Click Edit Details next to your ticket.
  5. Make the necessary updates to your information, then click the Save button.

Can I move to a different division in the Championship than the division I qualified in?

The answer to this is no, but with the following exceptions:

  1. Adult competitors (men and women) who are promoted to a new belt rank (between the time of Qualifier and the Championship), must compete in the new belt rank at the Championship. They must stay in the same weight class that they qualified in, and the same age division.
  2. Youth and Junior division competitors are allowed to move up in weight class if they grow between the time of Qualifier and the Championship.
  3. Youth and Junior competitors who are promoted to a new belt rank (between the time of Qualifier and the Championship), must compete in the new belt rank at the Championship.
  4. Youth competitors who turn 14 between the time of Qualifier and Championship must move to the Junior division for the Championship. Please review list of allowed/disallowed holds and takedowns for changes (link below).
  5. Junior competitors who turn 18 between the time of Qualifier and Championship must move to the Adult division for the Championship. Please review list of allowed/disallowed holds and takedowns for changes (link below).

Youth & Junior Gi

Youth & Junior No-Gi

Adult Gi

Adult No-Gi

If I did not compete at a Qualifier, can I still compete at the Championship?

No. You have to place at one of the Qualifier tournaments in order to compete in the Sub League Season Championship. No exceptions.

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.

Does Sub League watch for sandbaggers?

Yes. However, it is impossible for us to track all competitors. We rely on the inherent honesty and integrity of the Northwest’s Jiu Jitsu competitors, coaches, parents and teams to register athletes in the correct divisions. If you notice a competitor has registered in the wrong division (i.e. white belt when they are a blue belt), we ask that you bring this to our attention before the event.

There was a child wearing an orange belt in my child’s white and grey belt division. Why is that okay?

Many teams follow unique belting hierarchies and colors for their younger Jiu Jitsu athletes. Sub League does not govern these teams or ask them to change their internal belting systems. Sub League asks all teams and parents to follow the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) belt system at ibjjf.org/info/graduation-system when registering their child for a subleague.com event. This is why you may see a child wearing a belt in a different color than the division they are competing in.