PRIMAL GAMES RULES - KIDS & TEENS

Safety is our main priority

Therefore the Primal Games rules are adapted for kids & teens. Make sure you know the kids & teens rules if your child or student is competing in the Primal Games.

GRAPPLING & BJJ RULES

Below you will find the grappling and Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) rules and regulations. Please read carefully as you will probably find some noticeable features in both divisions unique to the Primal Games.

Weight classes

Boys

  • - 25 kg
  • - 30 kg
  • - 35 kg
  • - 40 kg
  • - 45 kg
  • - 50 kg
  • - 55 kg
  • - 60 kg
  • + 60 kg

Girls

  • - 25 kg
  • - 30 kg
  • - 35 kg
  • - 40 kg
  • - 45 kg
  • - 50 kg
  • - 55 kg
  • - 60 kg
  • + 60 kg
The weight of kids and teens participating in the BJJ divisions will be measured without the gi, in the same manner as our grappling divisions.

Divisions

Check the grappling and BJJ divisions we apply for our kids and teens:

  • Chimps: 7 - 9 Years (boys and girls combined)
  • Baboons: 10 - 12 Years (boys and girls combined)
  • Gorillas: 13 - 15 Years (boys and girls separated)

Uniforms and hygiene

Hygiene:

  • Take care of your personal hygiene.
  • Make sure your nails are clipped.

Allowed protection:

  • Mouthguard.
  • Ear guards (containing no hard parts).
  • Groin protector (no steel cups).
  • Knee pads.

Grappling uniform:

  • Shorts or grappling spats are allowed.
  • T-shirt or a rash guard is allowed.
  • No kimono or gi wear.
  • No kimono or gi pants.

BJJ uniform:

  • BJJ gi or judo kimono.
  • Keep your gi or kimono clean.
  • Patches may only be located as prescribed on the picture below.
  • No rash guard or t-shirt underneath the gi (boys only).
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The use of (athletic) tape is permitted. Braces and materials used to support, for example injuries, other than (athletic) tape are not allowed.

Allowed techniques

Regarding both grappling and BJJ

Chimps (7 - 9 years):

  • No submissions allowed

Baboons & Gorillas (10 - 12 and 13 - 15 years):

  • Straight armbar
  • Triangle choke
  • Arm triangle choke
  • Rear naked choke

Regarding only BJJ

Baboons & Gorillas (10 - 12 and 13 - 15 years):

  • All chokes with usage of the gi. 
  • Straight armbar
  • Triangle choke
  • Arm triangle choke
  • Rear naked choke

All the above mentioned techniques must be applied with control to prevent injuries.

Illegal techniques and actions

DQ = Disqualification

Chimps (7 - 9 years):

  • No submissions are allowed

Baboons & Gorillas (10 - 12 and 13 - 15 years):

Only 4 submissions are allowed:

  • Straight armbar
  • Triangle choke
  • Arm triangle choke
  • Rear naked choke
  • All chokes with usage of the gi (BJJ only)

All other submissions then the one mentioned above are illegal

All divisions regarding both grappling and BJJ:

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct (warning or DQ, depending of severity)
  • Purposely squeezing the legs together to submit opponent from the guard DQ
  • Head-butting and all other striking- and kicking techniques DQ
  • Fingers in eyes, ears or mouth DQ
  • Scratching and pinching DQ
  • Biting and hair pulling DQ
  • Putting pressure with the point of the elbow or knee in the face of an opponent DQ
  • Jumping Guard (the act of physically jumping off the ground with both feet to attain a guard position on his/her opponent) DQ
  • Throwing the opponent on the head DQ
  • Scissors Takedown DQ
  • Slamming DQ
  • Squeezing Windpipe (closed hand pressure on trachea) DQ
  • Using slippery substances like oil, vaseline or similar substances

Regarding only BJJ

  • Grabbing inside the sleeve or pants of the opponent. 

Time

  • Chimps (7 - 9 Years): 2,5 minutes
  • Baboons (10 - 12 Years): 3 minutes
  • Gorillas (13 - 15 Years): 3 minutes

Winning

Each match can be won by:

Chimps (7 - 9 years):

  • By points
  • By DQ of opponent
  • By referee decision

Baboons & Gorillas (10 - 12 and 13 - 15 years):

  • By submission
  • By points
  • By DQ of opponent
  • By referee decision

 

Draw

In case of a draw, there will be no overtime and the referee will decide who wins. The referee decision will be based upon:

  • The amount of throws that almost succeeded
  • The amount of submissions that almost succeeded
  • The activity of both competitors
  • The ratio of activity and passivity between both competitors

Pointsystem

The pointsystem is based on rewarding control and dominance in a grappling match.

  • Throw / Takedown = 2 points
  • Half mount = 1 point
  • Side mount, north-south = 2 points
  • Mount = 3 points
  • Back mount = 4 points
  • Lack of combativeness (stalling) follows the penalty system (see below)

Remarks in account to the point system

  • Points for a throw or takedown will only be given to the competitor who ends up on top and controls the opponent for 3 seconds.
  • Points will only be given when a competitor controls the opponent for 3 seconds. When a competitor makes a throw or takedown, the opponent has to be controlled on the ground regardless of the position. Note that if the opponent lands in the turtle position, no points will be given.
  • If an opponent lands in the turtle positon after a takedown, no points will be given. Points for the takedown will eventually be given to the athlete that ends on top and controls the position for 3 seconds. For example, this could be guard, side mount or any of the other positions named in the aforementioned point system.
  • No points will be given for a catch, sweep or reversal. Again, it is all about control and dominance. If you make a sweep or reversal then you should be happy that you have ended on top. In case of a catch; an almost successful submission is simply not a submission.
  • When a competitor moves to a better position then he or she will gain points for this position.
    Example: from side mount to mount = 2 points + 3 points. This makes a total of 5 points.
  • When a competitor moves to a lesser position no points will be given.
    Example: from side mount to half mount = 2 points + 0 points. Total of 2 points.
    If the competitor in this example from half mount moves back to side mount he/she gets 2 points again.
    Example: from side mount to half mount to side mount = 2 points + 0 points + 2 points. Total of 4 points.
  • Points for back mount are only rewarded when:
    • Both hooks are in or when a body triangle is established.
    • The chest of the attacker is pressed up against the opponents back.
    • The opponent is controlled (as described in the previous points) for 3 seconds.