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2022 Sub League Season

The 16th annual Sub League Season is culminating with the Championship on June 4.

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED

*You Must Qualify for the Championship

Only athletes who place 1st through 5th at this season’s Qualifier 1 and/or Qualifier 2 will be eligible to compete in the season Championship. Please double check that your name appears on at least one of the Qualifier Results listed below before registering.

Qualifier 1

April 2-3, 2022

CHECK QUALIFIER 1 RESULTS

Qualifier 2

April 30-May 1, 2022

CHECK QUALIFIER 2 RESULTS

Championship*

June 4, 2022

CHECK CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

ABOUT THE SUBMISSION WRESTLING LEAGUE (SUB LEAGUE™)

Sub League to Celebrate its 16th Season

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 submission-only format keeps the matches moving, making this a fun event for spectators and athletes alike.

SUB LEAGUE REGISTRATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMPETITORS:

*Championship registration is open, for eligible competitors only. By registering, you attest that you placed 1st through 5th in the same division(s) at the 2022 Sub League Qualifier 1 or Qualifier 2.

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED

By 5/13/22: $65 Gi or No-gi; $95 Both

From 5/14/22 to 5/20/22: $75 Gi or No-gi; $105 Both

From 5/21/22 to 5/29/22: $85 Gi or No-gi; $115 Both

Note: Free shirts are only offered at Qualifier 1.

Registration closes on SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2022.

SPECTATORS:

Tickets will be available at the door.

$10 (one day)

Parent Note: Unlike the Qualifiers, the Championship is a 1-day event. All athletes will compete on Saturday, June 4. Each youth competitor will receive one free parent entry at time of check-in. Spectators ages 9 and younger are free.

COACHES:

Pre-register for free admission*

REGISTER AS A COACH

*Past coach registrations do NOT carry over. You must register separately for each event. Each team is allowed one free coach entry for every five athletes competing. Each eligible coach must pre-register online before the deadline (11:59 p.m. Thursday before the event) in order to receive free entry. Please visit the Coaches page for full details.

Preliminary Divisions

As of Thursday, June 2 (7:55 p.m.)

Below is a link to a list of competitors displayed by division. This is a static list that was last updated at 7:55 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 (changes that have taken place after that are not reflected).

Yellow Highlights: Expect a call or email from Bracketing Manager Andy Wong (andrew@subleague.com).
Orange Highlights: Bracketing Manager Andy Wong has sent you a message and is waiting for you to get back to him (andrew@subleague.com).

Get Ready for a Great Event: Scroll through this page to review the final schedule, tournament location, rules (including competition clothing requirements), and other important details to make sure you are prepared.

SEE PRELIMINARY DIVISIONS

Are You New to Sub League Tournaments?

Click the link below to learn what to expect. The document is written to parents, but the same format applies to adult and master competitors as well.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Has Your Coach Registered Yet?

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. Coaches must register for each subleague.com event separately (previous registration does not transfer to future events).

The complimentary coach registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday before the event. Additional coaches, or those registering after the deadline, can register for $10 at the door ($15 for a 2-day pass).

SEE PRE-REGISISTERED COACHES
REGISTER AS A COACH

2022 Season Updates

Please join our email list to stay up-to-date.

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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

2022 Sub League Championship Dates & Location

One Day: Saturday, June 4, 2022

Camp Withycombe AFRC
15300 SE Industrial Way, Clackamas, OR 97015

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EVENT SCHEDULE

2022 Sub League Championship Schedule

Competitors are expected to report to the bullpen and be ready to weigh-in and compete at the times listed on the final schedule. Competitors will weigh-in right before competing; those not present for weigh-ins will be disqualified. Times listed are the earliest a division will start. These times do not necessarily reflect the actual start time. Some brackets may start 30-45 minutes past the stated start time of the division; however, all competitors must be present in the warm up area BEFORE the stated start time. 

Doors Open at 8:00 am Competition Starts at 9:00 am

One Day Event – Saturday, June 4 – Camp Withycombe, Clackamas

Final schedule (below) was posted at 4:35 pm on Wednesday, June 1, 2022

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

9:00 am (Ready at 8:45 am) – Youth Gi (ages 5-13) – White Belts (up to 80 lbs)
9:45 am – Youth Gi (ages 5-13) – White Belts (80.1 lbs and up)
10:30 am – Youth Gi (ages 5-13) – Grey Belts (up to 80 lbs)
11:15 am – Youth Gi (ages 5-13) – Grey Belts (80.1 lbs and up)
11:45 am – Youth Gi (ages 5-13) – Yellow, Orange & Green Belts
12:00 pm – Junior Gi (ages 14-17) – All Belts
12:30 pm – Adult & Masters Gi – Purple, Brown & Black Belts
1:00 pm – Youth No-gi (ages 5-13) – Beginner
1:30 pm – Youth No-gi (ages 5-13) – Intermediate
2:15 pm – Youth No-gi (ages 5-13) – Advanced
2:15 pm – Junior No-gi (ages 14-17) – All Divisions
2:30 pm – Adult & Masters Gi – FEMALE – White Belts
2:45 pm – Adult & Masters Gi – MALE – White Belts (Rooster, Light Feather, Feather, Light, and Middle Weight Divisions)
3:00 pm – Adult & Masters Gi – MALE – White Belts (Medium Heavy, Heavy, Super Heavy, and Ultra Heavy Weight Divisions)
3:30 pm – Adult & Masters Gi – FEMALE – Blue Belts
3:45 pm – Adult & Masters Gi – MALE – Blue Belts (Rooster, Light Feather, Feather, Light, and Middle Weight Divisions)
4:15 pm – Adult & Masters Gi – MALE – Blue Belts (Medium Heavy, Heavy, Super Heavy, and Ultra Heavy Weight Divisions)
4:30 pm – Adult & Masters No-gi – Beginner
5:00 pm – Adult & Masters No-gi – Advanced & Elite
5:30 pm – Adult & Masters No-gi – Intermediate

GI COMPETITION DIVISIONS

Gi Skill Levels for Youth & Juniors

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.

Gi Skill Levels for Men & Women


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 Monday 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.

Junior Male 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

Junior Female 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 – 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: no maximum weight

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)

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)

  • 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 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 Jiu Jitsu experience
  • Advanced: 2 years or more Jiu Jitsu 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 Jiu Jitsu experience
  • Advanced: 3 years or more Jiu Jitsu experience
  • 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 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 Jiu Jitsu experience
  • Advanced: 3 years or more Jiu Jitsu experience
  • 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 weigh-in WITH no-gi uniform on. These are maximum weights. Competitors will have until 8 p.m. on Monday 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.

Junior Male 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

Junior Female 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 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: No maximum weight

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)

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

Illegal 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
  • Applying illegal technique
  • 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 & Junior: 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.
  • Junior 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 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 & 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 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

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.

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 Monday before the tournament by following these instructions:

  1. If you haven’t already, claim your RegFox account, and/or log into your account at https://subleague.account.webconnex.com/.
  2. Select Registrations.
  3. Select the event, then click Edit for the registrant you want to make changes for.
  4. 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.

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. We ask them to stay in the same weight class that they qualified in, and the same age division. In certain situations competitors may be moved into different divisions for more matches or for other reasons.
  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 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.

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.