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(225 ILCS 105/1)
(from Ch. 111, par. 5001)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
Short title and definitions.
(a) This Act may be cited as the
Boxing and Full-contact Martial Arts Act.
(b) As used in this Act:
"Department" means the Department of Financial and
"Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and
Professional Regulation or a person authorized by the Secretary to act in the Secretary's stead.
"Board" means the State of Illinois Athletic Board.
"License" means the license issued for promoters,
professionals, amateurs, or officials in accordance with this Act.
"Contest" means a boxing or full-contact martial
arts competition in which all of the participants competing against one another are professionals or amateurs and where the public is able to attend or a fee is charged.
"Permit" means the authorization from the Department
to a promoter to conduct professional or amateur contests, or a combination of both.
"Promoter" means a person who is licensed and who
holds a permit to conduct professional or amateur contests, or a combination of both.
Unless the context indicates otherwise, "person"
includes, but is not limited to, an individual, association, organization, business entity, gymnasium, or club.
"Judge" means a person licensed by the Department who
is located at ringside or adjacent to the fighting area during a contest and who has the responsibility of scoring the performance of the participants in that professional or amateur contest.
"Referee" means a person licensed by the Department
who has the general supervision of and is present inside of the ring or fighting area during a professional or amateur contest.
"Amateur" means a person licensed by the Department
who is not competing for, and has never received or competed for, any purse or other article of value, directly or indirectly, either for participating in any contest or for the expenses of training therefor, other than a non-monetary prize that does not exceed $50 in value.
"Professional" means a person licensed by the
Department who competes for a money prize, purse, or other type of compensation in a professional contest held in Illinois.
"Second" means a person licensed by the Department
who is present at any professional or amateur contest to provide assistance or advice to a professional during the contest.
"Matchmaker" means a person licensed by the
Department who brings together professionals or amateurs to compete in contests.
"Manager" means a person licensed by the Department
who is not a promoter and who, under contract, agreement, or other arrangement, undertakes to, directly or indirectly, control or administer the affairs of contestants.
"Timekeeper" means a person licensed by the
Department who is the official timer of the length of rounds and the intervals between the rounds.
"Purse" means the financial guarantee or any other
remuneration for which contestants are participating in a professional contest.
"Physician" means a person licensed to practice
medicine in all its branches under the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
"Martial arts" means a discipline or combination of
different disciplines that utilizes sparring techniques without the intent to injure, disable, or incapacitate one's opponent, such as, but not limited to, Karate, Kung Fu, Jujutsu, and Tae Kwon Do.
"Full-contact martial arts" means the use of a
singular discipline or a combination of techniques from different disciplines of the martial arts, including, without limitation, full-force grappling, kicking, and striking with the intent to injure, disable, or incapacitate one's opponent.
"Contestant" means a person who competes in either a
boxing or full-contact martial arts contest.
"Address of record" means the designated address
recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
"Bout" means one match between 2 contestants.
"Sanctioning body" means an organization approved by
the Department under the requirements and standards stated in this Act and the rules adopted under this Act to act as a governing body that sanctions professional or amateur full-contact martial arts contests.
"Email address of record" means the designated email
address recorded by the Department in the applicant's application file or the licensee's license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
(Source: P.A. 102-20, eff. 1-1-22