PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION
54-406. Duties of commission — Sanctioning permits — Licensing — Exemptions — Medical certification. (1) The commission shall have power, and it shall be its duty, to direct, supervise and control all amateur and professional contests and exhibitions within the state and no such contest or exhibition shall be held or given within this state except in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. The commission has authority to adopt rules to implement the provisions of this chapter and to implement each of the duties and responsibilities conferred upon the commission including, but not limited to:
(a) Development of an ethical code of conduct for commissioners, commission staff and commission officials;
(b) Facility and safety requirements relating to the ring, floor plan and apron seating, emergency medical equipment and services, and other equipment and services necessary for the conduct of a program of matches;
(c) Requirements regarding a participant’s apparel, bandages, handwraps, gloves, mouthpiece and appearance during a match;
(d) Requirements relating to a manager’s participation, presence and conduct during a match;
(e) Duties and responsibilities of all licensees under this chapter;
(f) Procedures for hearings and resolution of disputes, including the commission’s recovery of its costs and fees incurred from an unsuccessful challenger of a contest decision as well as a deposit in an amount determined by the commission;
(g) Qualifications for appointment of referees and judges;
(h) Designation and duties of a knockdown timekeeper;
(i) Setting fee and reimbursement schedules for referees and other officials appointed by the commission or the representative of the commission;
(j) Establishment of criteria for approval, disapproval, suspension of approval and revocation of approval of amateur sanctioning organizations for amateur contests and exhibitions held in this state including, but not limited to, the health and safety standards the organizations use before, during and after the matches to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the amateur combatants participating in the matches, including the qualifications and numbers of health care personnel required to be present, the qualifications required for referees, and other requirements relating to the health, safety and well-being of the amateur combatants participating in the matches. The commission may adopt by rule, or incorporate by reference into rule, the health and safety standards of United States amateur boxing, inc., as the minimum health and safety standards for an amateur boxing sanctioning organization, and the health and safety standards of the international amateur kickboxing sport association as the minimum health and safety standards for an amateur kickboxing sanctioning organization; and
(k) Establish fees to be paid by an amateur athletic sanctioning organization that is approved pursuant to subsection (3)(b)(ii) of this section, which fees shall include:
(i) Initial and annual application processing fees of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) and not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000); and
(ii) Initial and annual approval fees of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) and not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(2) The commission may, in its discretion, issue or refuse to issue and for cause immediately revoke any sanctioning permit whether or not an admission fee is charged by any person, organization, association or fraternal society. The commission may also, in its discretion, issue or refuse to issue and for cause immediately revoke, suspend or otherwise discipline licenses for participants of sanctioned contests and exhibitions. The commission may recover the costs and fees incurred in the investigation and prosecution of a licensee or permit holder who is found in violation of the provisions of this chapter or the commission’s rules.
(3) Specifically exempt from the provisions of this chapter are all contests or exhibitions that:
(a) Are contests or exhibitions conducted by any secondary school, college or university, whether public or private, where all the participating contestants are bona fide students enrolled in any secondary school, college or university, within or without this state;
(b) Are entirely contests or exhibitions in which all combatants are amateurs and which have been sanctioned as amateur athletic contests or exhibitions by any of the following associations:
(i) United States amateur boxing, inc., also known as USA boxing, inc., the amateur athletic union of the United States, inc., also known as the national amateur athletic union, the amateur athletic union and the AAU or any similar nationally recognized entity approved by the commission; or
(ii) Any other entity that the commission approves to be an amateur athletic sanctioning organization, which approval shall be subject to annual review for purposes of renewal. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the promoter of any contest or exhibition sanctioned by an organization approved pursuant to this subparagraph shall comply with sections 54-408, 54-411, 54-413, 54-417, 54-419, 54-421 and 54-422, Idaho Code, and the promoter and each participant in such contest or exhibition are subject to sections 54-416, 54-418 and 54-420, Idaho Code, unless specifically exempted by commission rule;
(c) Are contests or exhibitions held under the auspices or sanction of an established nonprofit secondary school activities organization or of its public or nonprofit accredited secondary school members, or held under the auspices or sanction of an established college or university activities organization or its public or not-for-profit accredited college or university members; or
(d) Are contests or exhibitions conducted by any military installation or branch of the United States armed forces, or the state national guard, where the participants are employed by the military installation, are members of the branch of the armed forces, or the state national guard unit conducting the contest or exhibition.
(4) Provided further that every combatant in any contest or exhibition exempt under the provisions of this chapter, prior to engaging in and conducting such contest or exhibition, shall be examined by a licensed physician at least once in each calendar year, or where such contest is conducted by a secondary school, college or university or organization as further described in this section, once in each academic year in which instance the physician shall also designate the maximum and minimum weights at which the combatant shall be medically certified to participate. Provided further that no combatant shall be permitted to participate in any such contest or exhibition in any weight classification other than that or those for which he is certificated. Provided further that the exempted organizations shall be governed by the provisions of section 54-414, Idaho Code, as that section applies to contests or exhibitions conducted by persons exempted in this section from the general provisions of this chapter. No contest or exhibition shall be conducted within this state except pursuant to a license issued in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and the rules of the commission except as hereinabove provided.
[54-406, added 1992, ch. 229, sec. 2, p. 681; am. 2004, ch. 385, sec. 6, p. 1152; am. 2007, ch. 149, sec. 6, p. 449; am. 2009, ch. 93, sec. 3, p. 273; am. 2010, ch. 311, sec. 2, p. 833; am. 2013, ch. 345, sec. 1, p. 929.]