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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?
- What is the Absolute division and who can enter it?
- 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?
- Registration: Prereg or at the Door?
- Day of Event: Index 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 fights 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?
- How do I Become a NAGA Ring Coordinator?
- What DIVISIONS and WEIGHT CLASSES does NAGA use?
- Must I weigh-in with my gi on?
- What weight classes do the Director and Executive divisions use?
- In the results, what is that number next to my name?
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 registration info for tournaments coming to your area.
2. Does NAGA have a division for me?
Yes we do. NAGA has divisions for all ages and all skill levels. NAGA has had Advanced level 6 years old compete and Novice level 50 year olds compete. We have a division for everyone. Please check the registration form for the tournament you are interested in for more details.
3. Is NAGA single or double elimination?
NAGA events are single elimination up till the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals go on and compete for 1st place, the losers compete for 3rd place.
4. What is Sandbagging?
We work diligently to prevent "sandbagging", or the practice of fighting down skill levels to ensure one takes home an award. The NAGA has been working with RANKED to track all fighters and ranked grappling events to produce true "national standings." A by-product of these standings is our knowledge of who has competed, and at which level. At all NAGA tournaments, front door personnel will use RANKED data to determine whether or not individuals who have fought in past events belong in a higher skill level (i.e. placed 1st at a prior NAGA event for that skill level).
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.
6. When I get to the tournament what do I do?
Your first step will be to either go to the pre-registration line if you pre-registered through the mail or online, or fill out a registration form and head to the "Day Of" registration line. You will first pay your registration fee, then you will proceed to get your registration cards. Once you get your cards you will then need to go to weigh-ins. Once you weigh-in you need to listen up for when your division is called, hand in your registration card for that division, and then get ready to grapple.
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. Checks are not accepted the day of the event (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday).
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 gets injured or has an issue where they cannot compete, their entry fee is not forfeited. We offer that competitor the option of using the unused registration fee towards another event. The fee can be put towards any event and does not expire. You will need to contact the NAGA office to notify them of you not competing so the necessary paperwork can be completed.
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 pre-reg t-shirt the day of event, and you just need to give your name at the door to have your pre-reg processed.
10. What time will my division begin?
NAGA runs both one and two day tournaments. For one day tournaments, Children/Teens go first followed by Adult No-Gi, and finally Adult Gi. For two day events, on Saturday, Teens No-Gi and Gi go first followed by Adult No-Gi then Adult Gi. Children 13 & under No-Gi and Gi compete on Sunday. As a general statement, get there early and be prepared to stay late.
11. What is the Absolute division and who can enter it?
**Revised** Absolute divisions are open weight Adult divisions open to all competitors in a given skill level. There are Absolute divisions for; Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced/Expert competitors.
Awards for these divisions vary from tournament to tournament.
For registration purposes, this division would count as a second division.
Check the divisions of the tournament you are interested in. Not all tournaments have Absolute 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 you are all set.
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 just there as information and estimates of your weight. Your true weight will not be determined until you step on the scale and officially weigh-in.
14. Registration: Prereg or at the Door?
All competitors must register. This can be done at the door the morning of, the night before the event, or you can pre-register by filling out and returning the enclosed form along with the entry fee. All pre-registered competitors get a FREE t-shirt and the use of a special expedited line at the door. Athletes choosing to register at the door on event day do not get the shirt and will have a longer wait due to the time necessary to process paper work. Note: registering the night before does not get you a free competition t-shirt.
15. Day of Event: Index Cards & Weigh-in
When you register you will get an index 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 proceed to the weigh-in station to weigh-in. If you do not make you intended weight, you can enter a heavier division or you can cut weight and weigh-in again. The scales are open all day!
16. Where is my division?
NAGA uses 10-16 Rings running continuously throughout the day. When you register, you will be given a sheet indicating what ring your division is in and the order of divisions in each ring. This information is also posted at each ring, and at the weigh-in station.
17. What happens when my division is called?
When your division is called, you will bring your index card for that division to the ring and give it to the ring coordinator at the ring table. The coordinator will verify the competitor is in the division that was called. The competitors will be separated by weight and school. Byes will be given based on ranking or weight. When the draw is completed, the first two fighters will be called onto the mat, whereupon they will shake hands and the referee will start the match. At the end of the contest, the referee will raise the winner's hand (decided either by Tap out or Referee's Decision). When you win, go to the Coordinator to ensure that you are properly advanced to the next round. The winning competitor will take a seat and wait to be called back to fight again. This process continues until there is a single winner! As we award 3rd place, you may be asked to fight again, even if you lost your prior match.
18. 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 that you do not need to weigh-in with your gi on.
19. How long is my match?
Here are the time limits for NAGA matches:
Kids & Teens Novice, Beginner, Intermediate - 3 minutes
Kids & Teens Advanced/Expert - 4 minutes
Masters, Directors, Executives - 4 minutes
Mens & Womens No-Gi Novice - 4 minutes
Mens & Womens No-Gi Beginner, Gi white belt - 4 minutes
Mens & Womens No-Gi Intermediate, Gi blue belt - 5 minutes
Mens & Womens No-Gi Advanced/Expert,No-Gi Absolute, Gi purple, brown, black belt - 6 minutes
20. 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).
21. Who fights 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.
22. 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 the link to the video along with your: name, which tournament, and what division.
23. 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.
24. 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 DIVISIONS tab for the tournament you are interested in.
Not all tournaments have information available. If the tournament you are interested in is one of these, no worries. You can visit another tournament which has information and view that tournaments divisions. this will give you a basic idea of what divisions and weight classes are available.
25. How do I Become a NAGA Referee?
NAGA is always looking for qualified individuals to join our referee team. If you are interested in becoming a NAGA referee click HERE and follow the instructions.
26. How do I Become a NAGA Ring Coordinator?
NAGA Ring Coordinators are responsible for bracketing divisions, keeping score and time keeping, and helping the referee keep the ring moving smoothly. If you are interested in becoming a NAGA Ring Coordinator click HERE and follow the instructions.
27. What DIVISIONS and WEIGHT CLASSES does NAGA use?
To view the weight classes and divisions for an active (pre-reg is open) event; click that event's link on the homepage to get to the tournament's website. Click the DIVISIONS tab. The divisions and weight classes used for that event are listed there.
If the event is not active (pre-reg is not yet available), you can click on an active tournament's DIVISIONS tab to get an idea of what weight classes and divisions are offered for that tournament. Most tournaments use the same divisions/weight class structure. Some vary a bit and feature extra weight classes.
28. Must I weigh-in with my gi on?
NAGA does not require competitors to weigh-in with their gi on.
29. What weight classes do the Director and Executive divisions use?
Due to the smaller number of competitors these divisions attract, NAGA determined that it would be best to bracket these divisions once all competitor cards are turned in. These divisions do not follow the structured weight classes like those used by the Adult and Masters classes. NAGA will break up the competitors by skill level and weight as fairly as possible. We will work with the competitors to make sure they are pleased with the brackets.
30. 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