We have had many enquiries recently regarding the amount of tape used to wrap fighters hands. The current taping guidelines for MMA for the Province of BC were adopted from the New Jersey State Athletic Unified Rules of Conduct and are as follows:
13:46-24A.5 Specifications for bandages on mixed martial artist’s hands
In all weight classes, the bandages on each contestant’s hand shall be restricted to soft gauze cloth not more than 13 yards in length and two inches in width, held in place by not more than 10 feet of surgeon’s tape, one inch in width, for each hand.
Are other commissions using this guideline? If so, how is the rule enforced?
In Wyoming, our rules are very similar except, we only allow ten yards of gauze. That usually isn’t a problem, because most fighters wouldn’t want more than 10 yards of gauze anyways.
It’s the finer points of hand wrapping that should be checked. We also require a finger width between the point of the knuckle and the edge of the tape on the back of the hand. That prevents tape build up across the knuckles. We also only allow one pass of tape between the fingers.
This is all done under the monitoring of our inspectors and that allows us to enforce the rules.
We copied our rules from Colorado and I know they have similar standards.
In North Dakota, we allow up to 15 yards of 2in wide gauze and 6 feet of 1.5in wide athletic tape per hand. Like Jeremy said, it’s rare to see a fighter use the full 15 yards of gauze. All handwraps are directly supervised and signed by an inspector, who also rechecks the wraps prior to the gloves being put on to make sure nothing was added or tampered with.