FAQs

AZBJJL Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the next steps after registration closes?

What if I am alone in my division?

How do I change my weight division?

How do I cancel for a full refund?

When are brackets released?

What are the uniform requirements?

What is the ruleset for the tournament?

How do I know where to go on tournament day?

What time should I arrive to the venue?

Where can I buy spectator tickets?

Is there a rough schedule before brackets are released?

When can I weigh in?

What if I miss weight?

What if my child loses their first match? (exhibition mat)

Can I compete in the open weight?

 

 

What are the next steps after registration closes?

After registration closes there is a two-day change/cancel window.  During this window you can move divisions (up in weight or down in age for Masters).  A common reason for moving division is that a competitor is alone in their bracket.  You can also cancel for a full refund during this window. No changes, cancels, or refunds after the deadline which is specified on the Smoothcomp event page. You can change or cancel yourself using Smoothcomp.  Here is an article explaining how to do it:  https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/89-how-to-change-weightclass-or-cancel  Also, here is a video explainer  https://fb.watch/5LNJaELiau/

 

If you have issues and need assistance you can email support@azbjjl.com

 

What if I am alone in my division?

If you are alone in your division, you can move to a division with other competitors (up in weight or down in age for masters if available). You can check to see if other competitors are in your division on the Smoothcomp event page. If there is nowhere to move, you can cancel for a full refund BEFORE the change/cancel deadline which is specified on the Smoothcomp event page.

 

You can change or cancel yourself using Smoothcomp any time BEFORE the change/cancel deadline which is on the Smoothcomp event page.  No changes, cancels, or refunds after this deadline  Here is an article explaining how to do it:  https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/89-how-to-change-weightclass-or-cancel  Also, here is a video explainer  https://fb.watch/5LNJaELiau/

 

If you have issues and need assistance, you can email support@azbjjl.com

 

 

How do I change my weight division?

You can change or cancel yourself using Smoothcomp any time BEFORE the change/cancel deadline which is on the Smoothcomp event page.  No changes, cancels, or refunds after this deadline.  Here is an article explaining how to do it:  https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/89-how-to-change-weightclass-or-cancel  Also, here is a video explainer  https://fb.watch/5LNJaELiau/

 

If you have issues and need assistance, you can email support@azbjjl.com

 

 

How do I cancel for a full refund?

You can change or cancel yourself using Smoothcomp any time BEFORE the change/cancel deadline which is on the Smoothcomp event page.  No changes, cancels, or refunds after this deadline.  Here is an article explaining how to do it:  https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/89-how-to-change-weightclass-or-cancel  Also, here is a video explainer  https://fb.watch/5LNJaELiau/

 

If you have issues and need assistance, you can email support@azbjjl.com

 

 

When are brackets released?

Brackets are typically released the Thursday before the tournament.  We communicate the bracket release via email and our social media channels.  Brackets and schedule can be viewed on the Smoothcomp event page.

 

What are the uniform requirements?

The AZBJJL follows the pre-2024 IBJJF uniform requirements.  The IBJJF implemented a few additional requirements for the 2024 world championships that we will not be requiring.  The uniform requirements that the AZBJJL will be requiring can be found here:  https://ibjjf.com/uniform

 

For clarity the following NEW 2024 IBJJF uniform requirements that the AZBJJL will not be requiring can be found here

 

What is the ruleset for the tournament?

AZBJJL follows the IBBJJF ruleset.  The rulebook can be found here: https://ibjjf.com/books-videos

 

How do I know where to go on tournament day?

AZBJJL conducts our events at Arizona Athletic Grounds (formerly Legacy Park).  We are either in Fieldhouse C or Fieldhouse A depending on the event.  You can check which mat you will be competing on in Smoothcomp event page prior to event day once brackets are published.  This will inform you which mat you will be competing on.  Once you arrive to the venue and check-in at the front desk you can locate your mat number by large numbered flags that will be position in each bullpen.  These flags will indicate which bullpen you should proceed to once it is time to check in.

 

What time should I arrive to the venue?

We suggest being at the venue 90 minutes before your first match.  We suggest being near the bullpen area approximately 30 minutes before your first match.  Once you see you name in the upcoming matches on the television screens you can proceed to checkin with the gi checker and weigh-in table.

 

Where can I buy spectator tickets?

Spector tickets can be purchased at the door on event day or online ahead of the event.  We publish the online ticket purchase link via our social media and via email when brackets are released.

 

Is there a rough schedule before brackets are released?

The schedule varies from event to event due to a number of factors but we are often asked for a rough schedule for family planning purposes.  Our schedule is typically structured as follows

 

              The events run roughly from 9am to 6pm

              Kids in the morning with white belts first youngest to oldest followed by colored belts youngest to olds.  Kids divisions usually finish around 1pm or so.

              The afternoon session is juvenile and adult divisions.  We start with juvenile blue belts and then run adult and masters belts in the following order youngest to oldest: black, blue, purple, brown, and white

 

When can I weigh in?

You will weigh-in just a few minutes before your first scheduled match.  You can check the time of your first scheduled match on the Smoothcomp event page once brackets are released.  There are television screen in the bullpen with upcoming matches listed.  Once you see your name in the upcoming matches list you can proceed to the gi checker to check in. If you do not see your name on the television screen it is not time to check in.  You cannot check in early.  There are also mat coordinators calling names of competitors.  If you hear your name called, you can proceed to the check in.

 

There is a test scale in the bullpen area.  You can use the test scale as many times as you would like to check your weight.  There is only one chance to make the official weigh in once you are called.  In order to keep it fair for all competitors there is a zero-tolerance policy for missed weight.  Please ensure that you are registered for the correct weight division prior to event day. 

 

 

What if I miss weight?

For kids competitors if you miss weight, you will not be able to compete in the normal bracket.  In order to keep it fair for all competitors there is a zero-tolerance policy for missed weight.  For kids we do offer an exhibition mat.  Exhibitions matches do not count towards team point or medals.  However, we do offer this perk to get kids some additional experience.  If a kids competitor misses weight you can proceed to the exhibition mat to try and get an exhibition.

 

For adult competitors if you miss weight, you will not be able to compete and there are no refunds for missed weight.  Please ensure you are registered for the appropriate weight class prior to event day.

 

 

What if my child loses their first match? (exhibition mat)

We run one mat for exhibitions as we always try to get the kids at least 2 matches (one in their division and one exhibition).  Kids wanting additional matches will go to the exhibition check in table and provide age/belt/weight.  We try to find matchups as close in age/belt/weight as possible.  However, there is no guarantee as we are at the mercy of what kids want exhibitions and what matchups are accepted.  These exhibitions do not count towards team points or medals.

 

Can I compete in the open weight?

Open weight division are available to juvenile, adult, and masters colored belt competitors.  You have to place in your division in order to register for the open weight.  Masters competitors can only compete in the open weight division in the age of your weight bracket.