• Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board

    The Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board offers guidance to the DPOR Director for regulation of promoters and events involving boxing, martial arts, and professional wrestling. The Advisory Board is composed of representatives of each discipline and two citizen members. 

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    Amateur Sanctioning Organization application process remains open to ALL qualified organizations 

    • Go here for list of current approved sanctioning organizations
    • Learn more about eligibility requirements and approval process. 
    • Read about new law regulating amateur boxing and martial arts, effective Oct. 1, 2015.  
    Telephone  (804) 367-0186
    FAX  (877) 264-8691
    Email  boxing@dpor.virginia.gov 
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  • FORMS & APPLICATIONS


    Applicants must read and understand the Regulations (PDF). Application fees are not refundable. 

    DPOR Boards only accept the most recent versions of the applications provided below. DPOR Boards are not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement.

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    Amateur Event Forms

    For Sanctioning Organizations

    FAQs about the application and approval process. 

    Professional Event Forms 

    For Contestants and Other Event Participants

     

    For Promoters

    Laws & Regulations

    Sign up for email notification of regulatory action and meetings by registering here.
    Pending regulatory action (proposed changes, public hearings, etc.) 

    Meetings & Minutes

    Sign up for email notification of regulatory action and meetings by registering here. 

    The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's past meeting minutes.

    NOTE: DPOR Advisory Boards (Boxing/Wrestling/Martial Arts and Polygraph Examiners) are grouped under one listing on the Town Hall website.

    Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=70&display=meetings.  

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    GO HERE for list of Approved Amateur Sanctioning Organizations 
    UPDATED! Amateur Boxing & MMA FAQsAnswers about new law effective Oct. 1, 2015 
    1. How do I contact the Board office? 
    2. When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member? 
    3. What are the qualifications for licensure? 
    4. When does my license expire? 
    5. How do I renew my license? 

    How do I contact the Board office?

    You may reach the Board office by phone at 804-367-0186, by FAX at (877) 264-8691, or by e-mail at boxing@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Board, please send it to:
    Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive
    Richmond, VA 23233

    When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with the Director or a Board member?

    No. The Advisory Board members do not work in the agency office. They come into the DPOR offices for meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis.

    Program staff can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Advisory Board office. Please do not contact Advisory Board members directly.

    What are the qualifications for licensure?

    All applicants must disclose information about prior disciplinary actions or criminal convictions. (Criminal history is not a barrier to licensure, but must be considered in accordance with Section 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.) More detailed information for each type of license follows:

    Promoter and Event

    Applicants for licensure as a promoter must submit a complete application and required fees. In addition, each event must be licensed. The event application must include a card of the contests to be exhibited; the date, location, and time of the event; evidence of a surety bond in an amount equal to the sum of the total gate fee required plus the total amount due to all boxers, martial artists, and wrestlers; a copy of the contract by the promoter for the sale of rights to distribute the event by video, telephonic, or other electronic means; and a statement that the applicant has read and understands the laws and regulations.

    In addition, boxing/MMA event applications must include evidence that all boxers and martial artists are covered by a health insurance policy with minimum coverage amounts of $50,000 for medical expenses and $50,000 for accidental death benefits, as well as an acknowledgement that the promoter will provide a copy of the contract between the promoter and each licensed boxer and martial artist at weigh-in. THE PROMOTER MUST APPLY FOR AN EVENT LICENSE AT LEAST 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT AND MAY NOT ADVERTISE THE EVENT UNTIL THE LICENSE HAS BEEN ISSUED.

    Professional Boxer and Martial Artist

    Applicants must submit the fee and application, including a satisfactory record of professional boxing and a list of all ring names. In addition, a boxer must obtain a federal ID.

    Professional Wrestler

    Applicants must submit the fee and application.

    Manager

    Applicants must submit the application and fee.

    Matchmaker

    Applicants must submit the fee and application, including a statement that the applicant does not employ and does not otherwise have a financial interest in, or commercial connection to, any wrestler, boxer, martial artist, manager, trainer, or second, except that which may be necessary to arrange a fighter's participation in a specific event.

    Trainer, Second, or Cutman

    Applicants must submit the fee and application, including a statement evidencing knowledge of the laws and regulations; the treatment of injuries; physical conditioning, health care nutrition, training, first aid, and the effects of alcohol as it relates to boxing; and the bandaging of a boxer's hand.

    When does my license expire?

    Event licenses are valid only for the duration of the event. All other licenses expire on December 31 of the year in which the license was issued; however, licenses issued during the last 45 days of any calendar year shall expire on December 31 of the following year.

    How do I renew my license?

    The renewal process is the same as the application process.

    Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board

    Board Executive Director

    Kathleen (Kate) R. Nosbisch

    Program Administrator

    David Holland 

    Advisory Board Member Roster

    James Alberston
    Citizen Member
    First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2019
    Mark D'Attilio
    Representative of the Sport of Boxing
    First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2018
    Brian Costello
    Representative of the Sport of Martial Arts
    First Four-Year Term Expires June 30, 2018
    Dr. Daniel M. Hardy
    Citizen Member
    First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2020
    David McCloud
    Representative of the Sport of Wrestling
    First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2019
    VACANCY
    Representative of the Sport of Martial Arts
    Delvis O. McCadden
    Representative of the Sport of Boxing
    First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2019
     

    Advisory Board members are appointed by the DPOR Director. 

    Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Program

    Approved Amateur Sanctioning Organizations

    as of May 3, 2016 

    Global Combat Alliance
    (GCA)

     

    United Combat Arts
    (UCA)

     

    Virginia Combat Sports Sanction
    (VCSS) 

     
    Contact Information:
    www.gcafights.com 
    Contact Information: 
    www.unitedcombatfights.com 
    Contact Information: 
    https://www.facebook.com/VCSS-Virginia-Combat-Sports-Sanctioning-180829048641317 

    Standards & Operations 
    governing all persons and events conducted under the authority of the Amateur Sanctioning Organization 

    Standards & Operations 
    governing all persons and events conducted under the authority of the Amateur Sanctioning Organization 

    Standards & Operations
    governing all persons and events conducted under the authority of the Amateur Sanctioning Organization 

    Competition Rules:

    Styles of competition listed are the only types approved to be conducted.

     
    Competition Rules:

    Styles of competition listed are the only types approved to be conducted.

     
    Competition Rules:

      

    Styles of competition listed are the only types approved to be conducted.

     

    Promoters, fighters, and other event participants in amateur MMA must work through an approved Amateur Sanctioning Organization and comply with its standards and operations. 

    Learn more about the requirements under the new law.

    Military and Veterans Services

    DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

    Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served outside the U.S., as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

    Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF). A temporary, non-renewable six-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements may also be an option. 

    For honorably discharged veterans, “substantially equivalent” military training, education, or experience may be credited toward certain license requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-118).In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse veterans for the cost of license or certification exams. See the VA Pamphlet 22-02-1 for more information.