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The SJJIF utilizes uniform requirement to help make competition fair and safe for all athletes.
The SJJIF regulations on uniforms can be found in the SJJIF Rulebook: Rules & Regulation Article 34.1-34.12
If a competitor does not meet any of the standards for equipment or uniform, he/she will be given 5 minutes to change. If the competitor cannot meet the equipment and uniform standards within those 5 minutes, they will be disqualified.
The competitor must wear under garments under shorts or pants, due to the risk that the suit might become torn or undone. In the case that pants are torn, the competitor will be given 5 minutes to find another pair of pants to wear. If the competitor cannot change within 5 minutes, he/she will be immediately disqualified.
When the competitor has any part of the uniform ripped during the competition, the referee will allow 5 minutes for that competitor to get changed. The competitor must be cleared by the uniform inspector prior to returning to the mat area. If the competitor cannot change within 5 minutes, he/she will be immediately disqualified.
Competitors must compete in the uniform they wore when they weighed in. Should the competitor weigh in with one uniform and then change into another before their first competition or between their competitions, he/she will be disqualified.
Wrestling shoes, or any shoes, socks, cups and headgear will not be permitted. Any brace or piece of protective equipment that may alter the outcome of the match may not be worn. This includes, but is not limited to, braces with metal parts and supports that provide extra grip against the mat.
It is required that all competitors wear shoes, sandals, or slippers when off the competition area to avoid feet injury and/or germs on the mat area.
In order to standardize uniforms in competition, general guidelines are as follows:
Female athlete are permitted to cover their heads. The Head Cover requirements are as follows:
Uniform regulations for Gi competition are as follows:
Patches and embroidery may be securely affixed only in prescribed areas on the gi that does not impede regular gripping of the gi. Any patches with unfixed edges or tears must be removed. Patch Regulations for the Gi are as follows:
Uniform regulations for all No Gi competition are as follows:
**Additional uniform regulations for Juvenile, Adult, Master, and Senior divisions during No Gi competition for SJJIF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship: The rash guard (Lycra shirt) must be white or black with at least 10% of the color of the athlete's belt rank. Rash guards that are 100% the color of the belt rank of the athlete are also acceptable.**
Competitors must meet the following regulations or they may be disqualified. Their uniform must be washed, dry, and free of unpleasant odor.
Competitors' toenails and fingernails must be kept short, clean and free from sharp edges or jaggedness.
Individuals with long hair must secure it so that it will not interfere with their performance or that of their opponent during a match.
Competitors may not use makeup, hair spray/dye, or any other substance that will come off onto their own gi, the mats or onto their opponent.
Any individual with a transmittable disease, viral, bacterial or fungal, will not be allowed to compete. An individual with an uncovered cut, sore, rash, wound or lesion will not be allowed to compete. Individuals with cuts, sores, rashes, wounds or lesions that are bandaged may be allowed to compete at the discretion of the medic and tournament officials.