American Top Team
Taylor "The Terror" Guerra
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- Do I need to be a member of NAGA to compete?
- Does NAGA have a division for me?
- Is NAGA single or double elimination?
- What is Sandbagging?
- Do I need to be a member of a team to compete?
- When I get to the tournament what do I do?
- What forms of payment does NAGA accept?
- What happens if I pre-register but are unable to compete?
- Do I receive anything through the mail when I pre-register?
- What time will my division begin?
- Absolute Divisions
- If I weigh-in the night before do I have to weigh-in again?
- On the registration form I checked off Welterweight, but cannot make that weight. Can I still compete?
- Day of Event: Registration Cards & Weigh-in
- Where is my division?
- What happens when my division is called?
- What color gi can I wear?
- How long is my match?
- I have wrestled, what division should I be in?
- Who can compete in the Adult Novice division?
- How do I add a video to the site?
- How do I get a photo from an event?
- What Divisions or Skill Levels are There?
- How do I Become a NAGA Referee?
- I would like to work for NAGA.
- Must I weigh-in with my gi on?
- In the results, what is that number next to my name?
- I registered for the wrong division or weight class. What can I do?
- Two Division Guarantee for Children
- Where is Ranked?
- Who can win a NAGA championship belt?
1. Do I need to be a member of NAGA to compete?
You do not have to be a member of NAGA to compete. Joining NAGA will get you on the NAGA email list which will inform you of the latest NAGA news (and is only sent out once a month), and the NAGA mailing list where you will receive information for tournaments coming to your region.
2. Does NAGA have a division for me?
Yes we do. NAGA has divisions for all ages and all skill levels. NAGA has had Expert level 6 years old compete and Novice level 50 year olds compete. We have a division for everyone. For more information, click the red DIVISIONS tab located on the page of the event you are interested in.
3. Is NAGA single or double elimination?
NAGA events are single elimination up until the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals go on and compete for 1st place, the losers of the semi-final matches compete for 3rd place.
4. What is Sandbagging?
We work diligently to prevent "sandbagging", the practice of fighting down skill levels to ensure one takes home an award. NAGA tracks past results from our events and has a list of winners from past events on hand at each event. Sandbagging is grounds for disqualification.
5. Do I need to be a member of a team to compete?
NAGA does not require you to be on a team in order to compete. In fact, about 25% of our fighters are unaffiliated. NAGA events are open to all styles: Wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Sambo, Jeet Kune Do, etc. There are no restrictions on what form of grappling you practice. We have divisions for children and adults of all ages and of all skill levels, in both gi and no-gi competition. Please note that NAGA gi divisions do mostly follow IBJJF rules (with some NAGA alterations).
6. When I get to the tournament what do I do?
If you pre-registered: You will go to the pre-registration desk. Here you will receive your registration cards, any spectator passes you may have purchased, and sign the event waiver. Your next step will be the referee interview. Once that is completed you will be sent to weigh-in.
If you are registering at the event on Friday: NAGA offers the option to register and weigh-in the night before the event. When you arrive you will need to complete a registration form and sign the waiver on the back of the form (you can printout the form, complete it and bring it with you). You wil then need to pay the registration fee at the cashier desk. You can purchase spectator passes at this time. You will then go to the referee interview to have your registration cards completed. Once that is completed you will be sent to weigh-in.
If you are registering at the event on Saturday: The steps for registering on Saturday are the same as Friday except: If you are registering on Saturday, you need to be registered and weighed-in by 12:00 PM. Registration will be shutdown after 12:00 PM. Please note that children/teen competitors and sometimes for two-day events, women competitors are required to be at the event before 12:00 PM. Please consult the event schedule for the tournament you are competing in for further details.
Adults, after weighing-in, you will wait for your division to be called to the bracketing area. Once your division is called to the bracketing area, you will be able to view your bracket and find out what ring it will be taking place.
Children/teen competitors will report to their assigned ring as listed on the bracketing handout given at the event.
Please always consult the event schedule that is posted on the event page and handed out at the event. The online version often changes from that which was originally posted. Please view it the days leading up to the event for the latest version.
7. What forms of payment does NAGA accept?
The day of the event NAGA accepts: cash or credit/debit card. Please note that credit/debit cards are charged a $5 transaction fee. At times the credit card machine malfunctions, cannot get signal, etc. and we are unable to accept cards. This is a rare occurence. Checks are not accepted.
8. What happens if I pre-register but are unable to compete?
Grappling is a contact sport where unintentional injury can occur. If a competitor pre-registers and is unable to compete, their entry fee is not forfeited. We do not offer refunds. We will give a credit that can be used to register for another event that takes place within a year of the event date of the tournament you are being issued the credit. You will need to contact the NAGA office before the event to notify them that you are not competing. Please repsond to your confirmation email, message us through the NAGA Contact page, or call the office at 860-295-0403 to set up the credit.
9. Do I receive anything through the mail when I pre-register?
You do not receive anything through the mail when you pre-register. You will pick up your t-shirt the day of event. When you get to the event, go to the pre-registration desk, give them your name, and you will be processed at this time. You do not need to bring any paperwork with you but it is suggested that you have your order ID available in case there is a discrepancy that we need to investigate.
10. What time will my division begin?
Estimated division start times are posted under the red SCHEDULE tab located on each tournament page. These times are update leading up to the event, please check them regularly. The event schedule will be available as a handout at the event.
11. Absolute Divisions
NAGA currently does not do Absolute (open weight) divisions.
12. If I weigh-in the night before do I have to weigh-in again?
Once you weigh-in and approve your weight, it will be documented on your registration card and becomes official.
13. On the registration form I checked off Welterweight, but cannot make that weight. Can I still compete?
The weight classes listed on the registration form are there for your information Your weight will not be determined until you step on the scale and officially weigh-in.
14. Day of Event: Registration Cards & Weigh-in
When you register you will get a registration card for each division you are competing in that day. If you enter more than one division, you will receive a card for each division. After registering you will take your registration card(s) and proceed to the weigh-in station to weigh-in. If you do not make the weight you desire, you can weigh-in again. Once you accept your weight, you will be put into the appropriate bracket. You cannot weigh-in again once your card is turned in to bracketing.
Please look over your registration card to make sure of the folllowing:
Your name is spelled correctly.
Your team name is correct.
The correct age category is circled.
The correct gender is circled on the card.
Your age is correct.
15. Where is my division?
NAGA uses 8-16 Rings running continuously throughout the day. When you register, you will be given a sheet indicating what ring your division is in or when your division is estimated to begin. Adult division rings are assigned after they are called to the bracketing area.
16. What happens when my division is called?
Children/Teens: Need to be at their assigned ring at the time listed on the event schedule (normally 9:00 or 10:00 AM). For an estimate of when your division will begin, you can consult the referee who is running that ring.
Adults: Your division will be called to the bracketing area. At this time the ring you are competing in will be given to you. Once your division is called and you check-in with the NAGA official who calls your name, you will proceed to your assigned ring.
17. What color gi can I wear?
All gi colors are allowed (white, blue, black, red, pink, etc.). Please remember that your gi needs to be clean, and meet the IBJJF gi length and material requirements. These requirements can be found HERE. Please only refer to the material and fitment sections of this page.
You do not need to weigh-in with your gi on.
18. How long is my match?
Here are the time limits for NAGA matches:
Kids & Teens Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced - 3 minutes
Kids & Teens Expert - 4 minutes
All Masters, Directors, Executives - 4 minutes
Adult Mens & Womens No-Gi Novice - 4 minutes
Adult Mens & Womens No-Gi Beginner, Gi white belt - 4 minutes
Adult Mens & Womens No-Gi Intermediate, Gi blue belt - 5 minutes
Adult Mens & Womens No-Gi Expert, Gi purple, brown, black belt - 6 minutes
19. I have wrestled, what division should I be in?
Wrestlers are some of the hardest grapplers to put into a division. They have great takedowns and positioning but sometimes lack the submission skills of a jiu-jitsu or judo player. But wrestlers are tremendous athletes who usually possess incomparable cardio.
The training timeframes listed on the registration form are loose guidelines that are sometimes interpreted only as time trained in arts which have submissions. This is not the case. The time guidelines encompass all the time the competitor has spent on the mat.
If you have wrestled even one half of a season (even if it was 20 years ago), you do not belong in and cannot enter the Novice division.
Wrestlers generally belong in the Adult or Kids/Teens Intermediate or Advanced/Expert divisions. During the fighter registration interview that occurs at hte tournament we can determine if you belong in a lower division (Beginner).
20. Who can compete in the Adult Novice division?
The Novice division is for adults (men, women, masters, etc.) who have up to six months of grappling experience. Exceptions to this are; those who have wrestled, those who hold any belt color other than white (in any discipline), those who have competed in Novice and won (in some cases those who placed 2nd or 3rd are moved up).
Novice is reserved for the newest of the new competitors. If you are a white belt who has been training for 5 months and are close to getting your blue belt, do Beginner and test yourself. NAGA has disqualified numerous competitors after finding out they have more experience then they divulged during the interview process (i.e. Sandbagging).
21. How do I add a video to the site?
If you have a video of you competing in a NAGA event we want to see it and share it with the NAGA community. All you need to do is upload it to YouTube (www.youtube.com) then email us via the NAGA Contact page, the link to the video along with your name, which tournament, and what division.
22. How do I get a photo from an event?
If you would like to get the high resolution version of a photo on the NAGA site please do the following:
Right-click the photo
Email us (from the Contact NAGA page) the image name or URL.
23. What Divisions or Skill Levels are There?
If you would like to see what weight classes and skill elvels a tournament has all you need to do is click the red DIVISIONS tab located on the tournament page you are competing in.
Get a printable version of Adult Divisions HERE.
Get a printable version of Childre/Teen Divisions HERE.
24. How do I Become a NAGA Referee?
NAGA is looking looking for qualified individuals to join our referee team. If you are interested in becoming a NAGA referee, and are at least a purple belt in BJJ, please email Renny Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your:
Any previous referee experience:
25. I would like to work for NAGA.
NAGA has multiple jobs that we need to staff at each event: ring coordinators, award assistants, weigh-ins, and more. If you are interested in working a NAGA event, please email Renny Gonzalez at email@example.com.
Please note that if you are working the event you will not be able to compete.
26. Must I weigh-in with my gi on?
NAGA does not require competitors to weigh-in with their gi on.
27. In the results, what is that number next to my name?
The numbers listed are the points you earned for your team. The points are tabulated to determine team champions. First through third placed finishers are awarded points based on this sliding scale.
1st - 50
2nd - 30
3rd - 20
1st - 70
2nd - 50
3rd - 30
1st - 90
2nd - 70
3rd - 50
1st - 120
2nd - 90
3rd - 70
1st - 50
2nd - 30
3rd - 20
1st - 70
2nd - 50
3rd - 30
1st - 90
2nd - 70
3rd - 50
1st - 120
2nd - 90
3rd - 70
28. I registered for the wrong division or weight class. What can I do?
At NAGA events, you will be interviewed by a NAGA Staff member who will help place you into the correct division. Whatever division you selected when registering can be changed at the event (up or down skill levels). There is no need to call or email NAGA to request a change, this will all be handled at the event.
NAGA does not require you to enter a weight when registering. Your weight is determined when you step on the scale at the event. You are not locked into a weight class until you weigh-in at the event. Please remember that you do not weigh-in with your gi on, and if you are registering the night before the event, you only weigh-in that one time.
29. Two Division Guarantee for Children
NAGA understands that mat time is important to our younger competitors. Many schools only compete in or allow their younger competitors to compete in either gi or no-gi. Those children competitors that are only competing in either gi or no-gi will be given two separate matches. Please note that if a competitor is competing in gi and no-gi, that is considered two matches (at least one match in each style). There has been confusion concerning the two match guarantee. The competitor is guaranteed two matches per tournament, not per division.
30. Where is Ranked?
NAGA and Ranked have been together for many years. Due to issues with the Ranked database and needed improvements, the site and service were discontinued for the 2015 season. Ranke dhad hoped to be back up for the 2016 season but that will not be happening.
NAGA is making changes in our tournament technology the second half of 2016. We hope to integrate Ranked into that technology and help to introduce a new and improved Ranked for 2017.
31. Who can win a NAGA championship belt?
Expert or purple/brown/black belt division winners will win a NAGA championship belt. One belt can be won per tournament.
Non-expert children winners receive a sword (one per event).
Non-expert and white/blue belts adult winners receive a gold medal.