I'd like to also bring their rules for the kids division. From the site:
Length of bout depends on age and ability (see chart below). For safety reasons once a correct position for an armlock or strangle has been achieved, the referee will immediately stop the fight without waiting for the lock to be applied fully. This allows young competitors to learn the basics of submission grappling in a safe environment.The rules also change the list of legal techniques for every couple years older they get. For example, the youngest (4-7) has this rule:
Positional dominance (15 seconds in a dominant positions earns 1 point)Then from 8-12, it changes to:
Beginners: arm locksBy 16-17, the only difference from adult rules is the length of the rounds.
Intermediate: arm locks and chokes
I can see some coaches getting huffy and puffy over refs stopping a fight before a kid taps, but I know Omega said that SoCal Pankration had the same rule with a "love it or shove it" attitude during the rules meeting, and no problems arose. The 15 seconds/1 point rule looks like a great one for that age group, and I agree with the submissions they decided to disallow for the different youth age groups.