1:1 Premier Suite – The University of Bolton Stadium, De Havilland Way, Bolton, BL6 6SF
2:1 Competitors, coaches and officials must arrive by 4pm. Late attendance can result in not being able to compete.
2:2 Guest arrival 6pm.
3:1 Changing rooms are available.
3:2 Food and drinks will be available for wrestlers and coaches throughout the evening.
3:4 Warm up mats will be available for preparation.
4:1 At the end of the matches there will be an awards presentation and all competitors will receive an award for their participation.
4:2 Belts will be distributed to the winners of each weight class for photography purposes only.
4:3 In order to keep the belt, a competitor must have won the weight class for 3 consecutive years.
5:1:1 Competitors must be over 18 years of age
5:2:2 Competitors are responsible for obtaining their own insurance.
5:3:1 Entry forms must be submitted by the 30th April 2022.
5:3:2 Entry forms and payment can be completed on the Snake Pit website.
5:3:3 Snake Pit will liaise directly with your named head coach where required.
5:3:4 Coaches must be made aware that by cornering the wrestler that they are vouching for the information provided on the entry form by them.
5:3:5 Coaches and wrestlers are expected to represent themselves, their club and their country well. A decent standard of behaviour is expected in accordance with general good practice of all attending.
5:3:6 One coach per team is permitted free of charge. (If that coach is also competing, then the event entry fee is still required).
5:4:1 It is the responsibility of the wrestler to appraise their coach of all event details.
5:4:2 Weights must be submitted in advance (with the entry form) and there is no weight allowance.
5:4:3 All weigh- in’s to be completed by 8pm on 3rd June.
5:4:4 Weigh- in’s can also be done by submitting a video with proof of accuracy of scales (eg: dumbbell) and sight in the video of a copy of that days newspaper.
5:4:5 Random spot checks for weight can be done on the day of the event prior to commencement.
5:4:6 Failure to meet the weight will lead to competitor withdrawal.
Fly weight 8 stone 9 lbs 121 lbs 55kg
Bantam weight 9 stone 4 lbs 130 lbs 59 kg
Feather weight 10 stone 140 lbs 63 kg
Light weight 10 stone 10 lbs 150 lbs 68 kg
Welter weight 11 stone 9 lbs 163 lbs 74 kg
Middle weight 12 stone 12 lbs 180 lbs 82 kg
Light heavy weight 14 stone 2 lbs 198 lbs 90 kg
Heavy weight 15 stone 10 lbs 220 lbs 100 kg
Super heavy weight* 15 stone 10 lbs+ 220 lbs+ 100 kg+
*Please note there is a maximum weight of 125kg.
The aim of Catch wrestling is to gain control over your opponent in order to :
7:1:1 Put their opponent on their back to pin them. A pin is when you have put your opponent on their back. This is with any part of both shoulders or both shoulder blades of your opponent in contact with the mat at the same time.
7:1:2 When the opponent is pinned, a win will instantly be given by the referee.
7:1:3 Please note that it is irrelevant if you were going for a submission at the time, the rule is to remain off your back at all times.
7:2:1 It is expected that all wrestlers will be responsible when applying pressure on their opponent. A steady pressure should be applied allowing the opponent the opportunity to submit to prevent unnecessary injury.
7:3:1 On signal from the referee to confirm the pin or submission, the wrestlers must immediately release the hold. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
7:3:2 Any serious breach of rules will result in instant disqualification.
Punching or slapping
Choking, strangling, force applied to the throat area that restricts your opponents air supply
Individual finger locks (minimum three fingers)
3/4 Nelson, illegal only if the leg is blocked or there is restriction to the pin, otherwise it is acceptable
Fingers must not be bent back at any time
No grabbing clothes
There must be no talking to your opponent during a match
Any breach will result in either a warning or disqualification
9:1:1 Wrestlers must attend at 4 pm and be available for weight checks prior to the matches commencing.
9:2:1 Wrestlers must be available and compliant for all pre-match medical checks.
9:3:1 Wrestlers must ensure nails are short and ensure to disclose any skin concerns such as ringworm.
9:4:1 Wrestlers must ensure that they are wearing the appropriate attire and that jewellery has
9:5:1 There is an expectation that wrestlers co-operate with all Snake Pit officials.
9:6:1 Wrestlers will be asked to wear a band to identify their corner colour.
9:7:1 Wrestlers must be warmed up and ready for their match. Once their name has been called, they will have a one minute window to come to the mat. It is their responsibility to be ready and failing to do so will lead to immediate disqualification.
9:8:1 Information regarding when you are wrestling will be available from the pairing table.
9:9:1 Historically, there were no set guidelines regarding time scales. Matches would go on until one of the wrestlers won with a pin or a submission. We have had to put time restrictions on the matches for the event to ensure that it runs smoothly. This will be confirmed once all entries are received and the evening schedule planned.
9:10:1 Once the match commences, there will be no break or rest periods (except in the case of injury time or where the referee may call time to address an issue).
9:11:1 The wrestlers are not permitted to ingest any fluid or food during the duration of the match.
10:1:1 The matches will take place on safe, approved mats.
10:1:2 If during the match, either wrestler leaves the wrestling area in a position of disadvantage, the referee will stop the match and bring both wrestlers to the centre of the mat. The match will be restarted with the losing wrestler in either a kneeling position or a flat stomach position or in the position that the wrestler was in when the match was stopped. The bout will then be restarted from the central position of the mat in those positions.
10:1:3 If neither wrestler was in a clear dominant position when the bout was stopped, both wrestlers are brought to the centre of the mat and restarted in the standing position.
10:2:1 The referee or medical representative has the right to call injury time when they feel appropriate.
10:2:2 Dependent on the injury, this can lead to a decision to terminate the match. For example, in the case of excessive bleeding that cannot be stopped within a reasonable timescale, the match can be terminated by the referee.
10:3:1 In the event of no pin or submission, the referee will make a decision based on who has been a more dominant wrestler throughout the match.
11:1 The event manager is responsible for the overall event.
11:2:1 The central referee has overall say before, during and after the match. He is responsible for ensuring that nails, skin, attire, head guards, protective guards and such standards are met by the wrestlers. This can also include asking wrestlers to remove jewellery that is a risk to themselves or their opponent.
11:2:2 It is the responsibility of the central referee to apply the rules and cease the wrestling in the event of a pin/ fall or submission.
11:2:3 Should the match run the full time, the referee decides and declares a winner based on the overall dominance of either wrestler.
11:2:4 There are no points to be scored in Catch wrestling.
11:2:5 The peripheral referee is there to support the central referee and advise in case of query. They do not have overall say but will support and work with the central referee to aid with decision making.
11:3:1 It is the responsibility of the timekeeper to ensure that the clock is accurate and paused should injury time be called or if the referee calls for ‘time’ during the match.
11:4:1 It is the responsibility of the doctor / medical representative to ensure the safety of the wrestler as much as possible and work alongside the referee to this effect.
11:5:1 Coaches must be approved by The Snake Pit and must be able to share their credentials and ability to coach and manage their wrestler
11:6:1 Each wrestler is allowed one minimum / two maximum people in his corner to coach and manage him. The corners must both have the sufficient competency to be in this position and The Snake Pit may ask in advance for their details.
12:1 We wish to make you aware that the event will have official photographers and media teams working throughout.
13:1:1 Close fitting shorts, full leg tight fitting bottoms, short or long tight sleeve tops / rashguards and spats are permitted.
13:1:2 No tracksuit bottoms, hoodies, t shirts or loose shorts will be permitted.
13:1:3 Clothing must not be grabbed and so it is the responsibility of the wrestler to ensure that clothing worn cannot be held onto.
13:1:4 In the event that officials feel any competitor shows signs of excessive sweating or excessively oily skin, they may insist the competitor wears rashguards or spats.
13:2:1 Wrestling boots or bare feet permitted. Trainers or any outdoor footwear is not allowed.
13:4:1 Headguards or protective guards are at the discretion of the referee as to whether or not they are to be allowed. The referee has the right to refuse the wearing of a head guard or knee guard if he feels that it can be used detrimentally against the opponent. For example, where metal framing forms part of the guard. An example of acceptable attire would be a soft knee guard used to protect the knee needing additional support.