Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

2016 ABC Conference – July 30-Aug 3 – Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, NV

2016 Annual Conference

Officials Training: July 30th and 31st
Association Meeting: August 1st – 4th
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

The reservation link is posted below. The room rate, even after INCLUDING the Business Fee of $20 for Sunday through Wednesday, August 3 is still at the published CONUS rate. Room rate for 7/30 & 7/31 will be $120.00 per night. Please note, if you make reservations in any other way besides the link published below, you will be subject to the higher business fee of $33.50 per day. Make plans to attend and obtain approval for your travel as soon as possible since the number of rooms confirmed is the same as in San Diego and the Las Vegas Conference is sure to be the largest in some time.



Weight Summit, California 12/17/15

With steep weight cutting being one of the most dangerous elements in combative sports, several options were recently discussed in a Weight Summit hosted by the California State Athletic Commission.  Over 50 people took part in the event, from doctors, to promoters, Commissioners, to top tier fighters and trainers took part.

SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 26:  Referee John McCarthy signals the start of round four between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the SAP Center on July 26, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***John McCarthy

Why do so few people understand MMA’s judging criteria?

Following a controversial decision in the main event of UFC 195, MMAFighting.com’s Marc Raimondi took a deeper look at the misconceptions of judging criteria, speaking to a few prominent figures on the regulation side of the sport including John McCarthy and Andy Foster:

Whenever we get a disputed decision like this, we hear words like “volume” and “aggression” and “Octagon control” bandied about. Those are all secondary methods of scoring rounds, at best. Yet we still hear fans and fighters alike using those terms as well as phrases like “that takedown stole the round.”

John McCarthy, the godfather of MMA officials and a man who helped pen the unified rules of the sport, teaches in his seminars that judging rounds is done by the following criteria, in descending order: effective striking and effective grappling, ring or cage control, and then effective aggressiveness. Only if the striking and grappling are equal do you then even consider the latter two items.

What defines effective striking? There’s another misconception. Yes, it is damage. The “d” word is never written specifically in the unified rules, because at the time leaders were afraid state athletic commissions would shy away from the sport because of the raw terminology. Effective grappling is defined by significant submission attempts more than position. And if a fighter gets a takedown and does absolutely nothing with it, it’s not supposed to count for anything unless it’s a slam with notable amplitude.

“What is effective striking?” McCarthy said. “Well, effective striking is strikes that cause damage to the opponent in a way where they are limited in their ability to adjust to, limited in their ability to be offensive off of it and it is affecting their ability to fight effectively against their opponent. That’s what a damaging strike is or effective strike. To sit there and say a fighter is not trying to damage their opponent, it’s not being honest.”

All of these things seem fairly straightforward. So why do so few fighters know how judges are taught to score fights? You better believe everyone in the NFL knows a touchdown is six points and a field goal is three.

The fault, to me, lies mostly with the athletic commissions. They’re the ones regulating the proceedings and enforcing the rules. They’re the ones installing judges and referees. They should be way more proactive about informing fighters and coaches how scoring is done.

“I’m gonna try to do a better job of that in 2016, on how these things are scored in California,” California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster said. “Probably that’s a failure on our part to not get that out to the public.”

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Giving Back to the Community – Undisputed Champions

Sometimes it’s the serendipitous things thrown in our paths that touch us the most deeply. I was asked to volunteer at Schott’s Boxing Gym in Albany yesterday. A class of young people was coming in and local pros Javy Martinez and Sarah Kuhn needed help showing the kids a few things. I had done this once before and knew it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

The students are from the Capital Region’s Wildwood School, a service agency for youth with autism and learning disabilities. “Undisputed Champions” is the brainchild of Tom Schreck, the School’s Director of Communications and a professional boxing judge, Physical Education Teacher Rachel McDermott, and Martinez. They know that beyond boxing’s thin stereotypes are valuable lessons it can teach any youth, no matter who they are, lessons about discipline, respect, sportsmanship, and the power of believing in yourself.

If you don’t already know, Wildwood is a remarkable program. You should take a Schreck-led tour of the facility some time. The kids will touch your heart and the gifted, highly skilled staff will make you believers, but let’s get to the Undisputed Champions:

They come to Schott’s Gym ready, you’d better believe, and while they don’t actually box, they sure do everything else. But hold on, you say. Just how good an idea is it to remove young people from a program tailored to their special needs and thrust them into the demanding world of a boxing gym? Wouldn’t it be smarter to take them bowling, or to the park?

“Because of what we know about our kids,” said Schreck, “we guard against setting the bar too low and teaching to their level of disability. Every once in a while, it’s good to raise the bar. We can’t be afraid to get creative.”

So Schreck and Martinez talked and handed the idea to McDermott who, Schreck noted, “could organize the Normandy Invasion.” Any doubt as to whether it was going to work disappeared the moment the van arrived. Eyes lit up and young faces settled into a look of determination. A challenge was being placed before them and they were going to meet it, damn the torpedoes.

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