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ABOUT THE SUB LEAGUE FORMAT

Since 2005, Sub League has been offering its original submission-only, round-robin tournaments to the Northwest Jiu Jitsu community. 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.

Sub League tournaments offer both Gi and No-Gi competition to competitors ages 5 and older. Starting in 2023, all Sub League tournaments are stand-alone, open events.

Submission-only, no-point format: 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.

Round-robin bracketing: 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 to an elimination tournament (where competitors are eliminated at a set number of losses), typically allows for more matches for each athlete.

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Benefits of the Sub League™ Format

  1. Athletes get many opportunities to compete; in most cases between 2 and 6 matches per 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 submission-only format keeps the matches moving, making this a fun event for spectators and athletes alike.

COMPETITION RULES

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.

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.

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 a Match

  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.

Note the shift in ages for the Youth Divisions (now ages 5-12) and Teen Divisions (now ages 13-17). Previously ages 5-13 and 14-17, respectively.

Adult and Masters Gi
Adult and Masters No-gi
Youth and Teen Gi
Youth and Teen No-gi

Forbidden Actions

Disallowed unless explicitly stated for that division:

  • No twisting leg locks (heel hooks or toe locks). Exception: Heel hooks and reaping are allowed in elite no-gi divisions.
  • No reaping
  • No neck cranks
  • No “Full Nelson”
  • 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
  • ZERO tolerance on slamming. Slamming to escape the guard and various submissions from the guard may result in competitor being immediately disqualified. Note: Takedowns are not considered slamming, unless intent to injure is determined by the referee. It is the competitor’s responsibility to deliver opponent safely to the mat.
  • 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 inserting of fingers inside pat cuffs or sleeves for grip. Additionally, no inserting of foot into opponent’s belt to hold, push, or lift opponent.
  • No use of rash guard/shirt in applying 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 four (4) 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.

Immediate Disqualification

The following will result in immediate disqualification:

  • Slamming opponent
  • Egregious application of forbidden action
  • Fleeing mat to avoid submission
  • Arguing with the referee
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct against other competitors, referee, coach, or public

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 and junior advanced no-gi. 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 and Teen: Choke Safety, Guard Restrictions, Crying Rules, and More

  • In no-gi, no crushing or squeezing neck with hands or forearm. In gi, no crushing or squeezing neck with hands or forearm without choke (grip on gi required).
  • No pulling on head to finish Triangle choke (straining the neck) except in junior blue belt.
  • 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.
  • The third stoppage for crying in the same match will be treated the same as a medical stoppage. Additionally, yelling out may be considered a verbal tap (in all divisions).

Time Limits

Regulation Match Times:

  • Youth gi and no-gi matches consist of one 3-minute round.
  • Teen gi and no-gi matches consist of one 4-minute round.
  • Adult/Master white and blue belt gi matches consist of one 5-minute round.
  • Adult/Master purple, brown, and black belt gi matches consist of one 6-minute round.
  • Adult/Master beginner and intermediate matches consist of one 4-minute round.
  • Adult/Master advanced and elite 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.

Tie-breaker Match Times:

In the case of a division tie, when two or more athletes’ per match averages tie for first place, the “tied” athletes may compete in additional matches. These matches will be half the length of the division’s regulation match time. Additionally, Sub League reserves the right to either tie-break, or not tie-break, second and third place ties.

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

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.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Attire:

A clean solid-colored Jiu Jitsu uniform (white, royal blue, black or pink) is required to compete in the Gi divisions. Pants and jacket must be same color. 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. Athletes must wear undergarments: The use of thong-type undergarments is not permitted; only brief-type undergarments may be worn (immediate disqualification will occur if it is discovered that competitor is not wearing proper undergarments during a match). Wrestling shoes, metal knee braces, and groin protector cups are not allowed. Protective mouth guards are highly recommended for all competitors.

No-gi Attire:

Board shorts/fight shorts that are above the knee (with no pockets or with pockets entirely stitched shut) or tights are required lower body attire (gi pants are not allowed). No buttons, zippers, drawstrings or anything that could scratch opponent allowed. Upper body must be covered by rash guard (tight fitting compression shirt). Athletes must wear undergarments: The use of thong-type undergarments is not permitted; only brief-type undergarments may be worn (immediate disqualification will occur if it is discovered that competitor is not wearing proper undergarments during a match). Tank tops, t-shirts, wrestling shoes, metal knee braces, and groin protector cups are not allowed. Protective mouth guards are highly recommended for all competitors.

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 and 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

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

Scores awarded after REGULATION matches are as follows:

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

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

Division Tie-breakers

In the case of a division tie, when two or more athletes’ per match averages tie for first place, the “tied” athletes may compete in additional “tie-breaker” matches. During the tie-breaker matches, if no submission is acheived, the referee(s) will decide the outcome of the match (no longer recognizing draws). The referee(s) decision is based on the competitors’ legitimate submission attempts, positional dominance, and overall match control.

Scores awarded after TIE-BREAKER matches are as follows:

  • 5 for a win (by submission)
  • 3 for a win (by referee’s decision)
  • 0 (zero) for a loss

Sub League reserves the right to either tie-break, or not tie-break, second and third place ties.

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

Small Divisions

Divisions with only two people will compete best two out of three matches.

In a 3-person division, if one competitor is injured during the first round and cannot continue, the two remaining competitors will restart the division in a best two out of three matches format.

Coaches

Coaches must pre-register by the Thursday before the event in order to receive free admission (one free coach entry for every five athletes competing). See the Coaches page to register and for more details.

Transgender Policy

In the pursuit of safety and fairness, in all female-designated divisions, athletes must register and compete in the division that aligns with their sex assigned at birth.

GI COMPETITION DIVISIONS

Gi Skill Levels for Youth & Teens

Youth (5-12 years) / Teens (13-17 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.

Gi Skill Levels for Men & Women

Gi Weight Classes

IMPORTANT NOTE: Competitors will step on the scale right before they compete, dressed in their full gi uniform. If they compete in gi and no-gi, they will weigh-in separately for each, wearing their competition attire. Competitors will have only one opportunity to make weight. There is no weight allowance. If the competitor weighs more than the maximum weight listed, they will be disqualified. Disqualification is nonrefundable.

Absolutely no changes will be made the day of the event. Competitors will have until 8 p.m. on Monday before the tournament to update their weight division and other registration information. Sub League does not want children cutting weight or skipping breakfast. If your child is at risk of not making weight, move them to the higher weight division so that you can all relax and enjoy a positive competition experience (weighing less than the weight range listed is okay).

Youth Gi Weight Divisions

Boys and Girls (ages 5-12)
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 – 165.0 lbs.
  • 165.1 lbs. and more (may move to Teen division)

Teen Male Gi Weight Divisions

(ages 13-17)
Teen 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: 197.1 lbs. and more

Teen Female Gi Weight Divisions

(ages 13-17)
Teen 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 – 98.0 lbs.
  • Light Feather: 98.1 – 106.5 lbs.
  • Feather: 106.6 – 116.0 lbs.
  • Light: 116.1 – 125.0 lbs.
  • Middle: 125.1 – 133.5 lbs.
  • Medium Heavy: 133.6 – 143.5 lbs.
  • Heavy: 143.6 – 152.0 lbs.
  • Super Heavy: 152.1 lbs. – 165.0 lbs.
  • Ultra Heavy: 165.1 lbs. and more

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: 222.1 lbs. and more

Women’s Gi Weight Divisions

Adult (under age 30), Master 1 (30 and older), Master 2 (40 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: 175.1 – 195.0 lbs.
  • Ultra Heavy: 195.1 lbs. and more

NO-GI COMPETITION DIVISIONS

No-gi Skill Levels for Youth & Teens

Youth (5-12 years) / Teens (13-17 years)

  • Beginner: White belt or equivalent (or less than 12 months experience)
  • Intermediate: Grey belt or equivalent (or less than 24 months experience)
  • Advanced: Yellow belt and higher (or 2+ years experience)

No-gi Skill Levels for Men

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

  • Beginner: White belt or equivalent (or less than 18 months experience with any style of grappling/wrestling)
  • Intermediate: Blue belt or equivalent
  • Advanced: Purple, brown, black belt or equivalent (see rule set difference from Elite)
  • Elite: Same as Advanced but with preference for expanded rule set (see Allowed/Disallowed Holds and Takedowns in Competition Rules section)

No-gi Skill Levels for Men

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

  • Beginner: White belt or equivalent (or less than 18 months experience with any style of grappling/wrestling)
  • Intermediate: Blue belt or equivalent
  • Advanced: Purple, brown, black belt or equivalent (see rule set difference from Elite)
  • Elite: Same as Advanced but with preference for expanded rule set (see Allowed/Disallowed Holds and Takedowns in Competition Rules section)

No-gi Weight Classes

IMPORTANT NOTE: Competitors will step on the scale right before they compete, dressed in their full no-gi uniform. If they compete in gi and no-gi, they will weigh-in separately for each, wearing their competition attire. Competitors will have only one opportunity to make weight. There is no weight allowance. If the competitor weighs more than the maximum weight listed, they will be disqualified. Disqualification is nonrefundable.

Absolutely no changes will be made the day of the event. Competitors will have until 8 p.m. on Monday before the tournament to update their weight division and other registration information. Sub League does not want children cutting weight or skipping breakfast. If your child is at risk of not making weight, move them to the higher weight division so that you can all relax and enjoy a positive competition experience (weighing less than the weight range listed is okay).

Youth No-gi Weight Divisions

Boys and Girls (5-12 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 – 165.0 lbs.
  • 165.1 lbs. and more (may move to Teen division)

Teen Male No-gi Weight Divisions

(13-17 years)
Teen 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: 191.1 lbs. and more

Teen Female No-gi Weight Divisions

(13-17 years)
Teen 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 94.0 lbs.
  • Light Feather: 94.1 – 103.0 lbs.
  • Feather: 103.1 – 111.5 lbs.
  • Light: 111.6 – 120.5 lbs.
  • Middle: 120.6 – 129.0 lbs.
  • Medium Heavy: 129.1 – 138.0 lbs.
  • Heavy: 138.1 – 147.0 lbs.
  • Super Heavy: 147.1 – 160.0 lbs.
  • Ultra Heavy: 160.1 lbs. and more

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: 215.1 lbs. and more

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: 169.1 to 189.0 lbs.
  • Ultra Heavy: 189.1 lbs. and more

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 Monday before the tournament by following these instructions:

  • If you haven’t already, claim your RegFox account: At the bottom of your competitor registration confirmation email, click on the “Set Up Account Now” link. Next, click on “Claim My Account”. Once submitted, you will be emailed the link to activate your account. You will only have to do this once.
  • Login to your RegFox account.
  • Select Registrations.
  • Select the current event, then click Edit for the registrant you want to make changes for.

Note: The Edit feature will only be available until 8 p.m. on Monday before the tournament. After that time, you can only view your registration.

Manage My Account

Need help? Visit the RegFox Registrant Guide.

Where can I find a list of registered competitors?

You can view a current list of registered competitors at https://www.subleague.com/registered-competitors/.

Competitors will be sorted into preliminary divisions starting on Tuesday before the event. You will find links to those lists on the current event’s page.

When will the schedule be available?

The final event schedule will be posted on the event page by Thursday before the event. Up until that time, a preliminary order of events will be available in its place.

When are weigh-ins?

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

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

Yes. Competitors will weigh in for gi and no-gi separately. They will wear their full gi uniform for the gi weigh-in and their full no-gi competition attire for the no-gi weigh-in. There is no weight allowance.

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?

In single-competitor divisions, we will attempt to move the athlete to the next age, weight or skill division, based on the athlete’s preferences as indicated on their registration. If an athlete in a single-competitor division indicates they do not wish to move divisions, or we do not have any options, they will be given the choice of a credit or refund.

Do I need to accompany my child to the tournament?

All competitors under age 18 must be accompanied at the tournament by a parent, guardian, or authorized coach. Furthermore, all participants under 18 years of age must be registered by their parent or guardian; their parent/guardian is responsible for completing the competitor release and waiver of liability at the time of registration.

Can teenagers compete in the adult divisions?

Yes, but only with parent and coach recommendation and permission.

What are the cancellation policies?

All cancellation requests must be emailed to tracy@subleague.com.

  • Requests received before registration closes on Sunday before the event are eligible for your choice of either a refund or credit to a future subleague.com event.
  • Requests received by 11:59 pm on Monday before the event due to injury or illness are eligible for a credit to a future event.
  • Note that your cancellation will likely affect other competitors’ travel plans, weight cutting decisions, and even coach and extended family travel plans. Therefore, no refunds or credits are available for last minute cancellation requests received after 11:59 pm on Monday before the event.

Competitor & Team Prizes

Competitor Medals

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

Team Competition

The first, second and third place teams will receive awards 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.