At Copa NOVA BJJ, we take safety serious and consider it PRIORITY 1. Referees are responsible with the task of officiating in a dynamic and complex set of circumstances. All this while keeping track of points and following the Copa NOVA rule set. With this in mind, referees have the final word and there is no exception to this policy. Please be respectful to our officials as it directly affects the quality of our tournament.


LEGAL / ILLEGAL MOVES CHART

“Like any sport, please read, study, and understand the rules prior to competing. They can be used to your advantage!“

SCORING

A match can be won in several ways.  The referee and scorekeeper keep track of points, advantages, and penalties during a match.  The hierarchy for winning a match is as follows:

Disqualification / Submission:  An athlete is disqualified (for an illegal move in example) or the athlete submits the other athlete.

Points:  No submission occurred during the match, so the referee awards the win to the athlete with the most points earned during the match.

Advantages:  No submission occurred and the points between athletes are equal.  The referee awards the win to the athlete with the most advantages.  

Penalties:  No submission occurred, points are equal, and advantages are equal between athletes. The referee awards the win to the athlete with the least amount of penalties against him/her.

Referee’s Decision:  No submission occurred, points are equal, advantages are equal, and penalties are equal between athletes.  The referee awards the win at his/her discretion. To determine the winner, the referee should take note of which athlete displayed greater offense during the match and came closest to achieving possible point or submission scoring positions.

DISQUALIFICATION

A competitor can be disqualified from a match, resulting in an immediate loss.  Disqualifications are at the referees discretion and can result from infractions by the use of illegal techniques, poor sportsmanship, poor hygiene, illegal uniform/clothing, as well as others.  Please refer to the chart above (legal & illegal move chart) and study the complete rules set forth by the IBJJF to fully understand the requirements and your obligations for competing.

SUBMISSIONS

Competitors can win the match by submitting the opponent.  Submissions are legal techniques that are applied causing the opponent to “tap out” or to cause the referee to stop the fight based on the submission applied.    Please refer to the chart above (legal & illegal move chart) and study the complete rules set forth by the IBJJF to fully understand submission techniques available to you.

POINTS

The referee shall award athletes points according to positions achieved, as shown in the table below.

4 POINTS3 POINTS2 POINTS
MOUNTGUARD PASSTAKE DOWN
BACK MOUNT SWEEP
BACK CONTROL KNEE ON BELLY

ADVANTAGES

The referee shall award athletes ADVANTAGES at their discretion.  Advantages are Takedowns, Sweeps, Guard Passes, Positions, and Submissions where points (or a submission) are almost achieved but not completed fully.  An example would be;  The top side athlete is performing a guard pass and the bottom side athlete turns on “all fours” before the 3 second requirement for the guard pass points are met.

When there is a draw in the number of points, the athlete with the most advantage points shall be declared the winner.

PENALTIES

The referee shall assess athletes PENALTIES at their discretion.  Penalties are technical or disciplinary actions that may occur before, during, or after a match.

When there is a draw in the number of points as well as the number of advantages, the athlete with the LEAST amount of PENALTIES shall be declared the winner.

RULES LINK

COPA NOVA BJJ closely follows the rules set forth by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).  Follow this link to view the entire IBJJF rule set.

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