WAF Rules of Armwrestling
Sitdown and Standing
Originated Sept. 1994
Revised Oct. 28, 1995; April 1996;
.October. 1998; Dec 2, 1999
Nov 2000, Nov 2001, Nov 2002 Dec 2005
November 2006, October 2007
Must be composed of Nationals of Nation represented. If required, a team
member or individual may have to produce any document demanded by WAF to
establish his/her bonafides to so represent his/her nation. The term “team”
for all intents and purpose, will mean all of the categories presented, both
left and right arm, both female and male. A team trophy will be awarded,
based only on total points accumulated for all categories in both genders.
Teams can be broken down to determine points by gender, only to establish
ranking of female and male teams from each country. Teams can be further
broken down to left and right arm categories, again by gender to further
establish rankings. Trophies will only be awarded in these categories if the
host country wishes, but only with written permission from WAF.
NUMBER IN A
to two competitors, per nation in each right arm and left arm categories.
This includes “masters, grand masters, disabled and youth” division.
A) RIGHT ARM & LEFT ARM
Men: Up to 55kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg, 90kg, 100kg, 110kg,
& 110+ kg.
Women: Up to 50kg, 55kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 80kg, and 80+kg.
B) MASTERS WEIGHT CLASSES:
RIGHT AND LEFT ARM
Men: Up to 70kg, 80kg, 90kg, 100kg, and
Women: Up to 60kg, 70kg, 80kg, and 80+kg.
C) GRAND MASTERS 50+ WEIGHT CLASSES:
RIGHT HAND ONLY
75kg, 90kg, & 90+kg
D) YOUTH CLASSES:
INSERT EAF CLASSES
E) WEIGH INS
There is no clothing allowance, therefore weigh ins will be done in the nude
if an athlete wishes to qualify for a certain weight class. (Weight has to
register to zero, i.e: if 70kg class it will have to zero to 70.0kg). Without
prejudice or bias, if an athlete has artificial limbs or limb, they must
weigh in with them on if they wish to compete with them on.
F) There will be no dispute regarding procedure during weigh-ins.
Weigh-ins will follow registration roster by numerical order, ie: first team
to register with WAF General Secretary, will be the first team weighed and so
on. The WAF will have the right to disallow entry to any country not meeting
WAF requirements or which creates disorder.
G) All weigh-ins to be done on WAF approved scales. Weigh-in will be
done no sooner that 24 to 30 hours before the first day of competition start
H) During weigh-in, an athlete may be accompanied by a team official of
their own country.
I) More than one official weigh-in scale may be used.
J) The Director of Weigh-ins is the final authority on all weigh-in
K) A competitor may weigh-in to their normal weight or jump one weight
SAME FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN
Sub Junior - 12 years and under
Junior - 18 years and under
Senior - any age above 18 years
Masters - 40 & above
– 50+ & above
Note: If so required by WAF, proof of age will
have to be given by producing a bona fide passport or medical certificate.
If so required by WAF, proof of gender may be
required under qualified medical supervision by WAF appointed physicians.
10pts., second = 7pts., third = 5 pts., fourth = 4pts., fifth = 3pts., sixth
= 2pts., seventh = 1pt.
officials are responsible for team point tabulation and break down of
rankings in all categories.
a) Table: Sit down: 28" from floor to top of
Stand-up: 40" from floor to top of table.
All other specifications are identical for both sit down and stand-up table
b) Table top: 36" across and 26" deep.
c) Elbow Pads:
7"x 7" square shape. 2" thick, made of heavy high quality foam material,
covered with a vinyl/rexin type cover. The foam and covering can be attached
to a 1/8" metal sheet, 7"x 7" with two threaded bolts 1/4" diameter x 1 3/4"
long, welded to the bottom to be able and attach your elbow pads to the table
line, either painted, upholstered or taped from hand grip to hand grip to
establish center of the table will always be used at WAF tournaments.
d) Touch Pads:
14" long x 4" high. Made of good quality Touch Pad
Elbow pads should be set 2" from their respective edge. They should overlap
each other by 1/2 to the right of center for a right arm table and overlap
each other by 1/2 to the left of center for a left arm table.
Pads: Should be on an angle, 5" out from the inside corner of the
elbow pad to the inside corner of the pad and 1/2" from its respective edge
measured to the outside corner of the pad. Running at an angle towards the
hand peg it should measure 2 3/4" from the hand peg to the outside corner of
the touch pad.
it’s for a right arm table, these measurements should be made on the left
side of the elbow pad and reversed if it’s a left arm table.
g) Hand Pegs:
Should be placed midway at 13" on each edge of the table, 1" in from the
edge. The peg itself should be 1" in diameter and 6" high form the table
They should be 18" square and 18" from floor surface to seat top surface.
The front edge should be exactly in line with the table edge.
seat and table should be secured to a platform or floor.
The best material to use
is square tubing although tubular steel, flat iron or angle iron may be used,
but not more than 2" in diameters or width. The table top and seat top are
normally made of 3/4" thick plywood.
table top and seat may have a thin sheet of foam, covered with vinyl/rexin
type material to add a comfortable finished look.
plexi-glass or reflective tape is to be used on the table top or seats.
stand suitable for chalk/rosin or stickum should be placed on either side of
the table but at a suitable distance away so as not to bother referees or
minor officials with the dust floating in the air or with competitors
preparing for a match.
raised staging is used, hosts are responsible for supplying or installing
protective railing around the perimeter, to prevent competitors from
accidentally falling off.
Stages should also be planned with the intent to keep non-participants away
from the competition table and draw sheet table.
Riser platforms can be used by competitors who have a height disadvantage.
Riser platforms can be used in combination with platform shoes or multiple
platforms, to raise the competitor, to at least bring their waist to the
table top. Competitors can use a personal riser with prior permission of the
Head Referee before the start of contest.
consistency and ease of handling reasons, riser platforms will be built of
1/2" thick plywood, 4" high x 36" wide x 32" deep. They will be notched at
the top part, as to fit the table legs on each their respective side, to
prevent them form slipping out during competition. Approximately 3" from the
top, the notches, on either side will be located.
hand slot will be cut in the center to facilitate the removal and
installation of the riser platform.
When used, they will be of a standard 1” style with a plastic or metal buckle
and not of velcro.
participants, including athletes and officials, must be familiar with and
adhere to the WAF costume code. Each country must be identifiable and each
competitor identifiable to its country.
Only short sleeve or sleeveless shirts & sport pants (no jeans) allowed
during competition. Very limited advertising is allowed on shirts only.
Shoes are required as part of the uniform and to compete in the tournament.
competitor may compete out of uniform, no competitor may receive their award
out of uniform. If a competitor comes on stage to compete out of uniform
they will forfeit that bout. A country without uniform may request in writing
before the start of the competition to the Executive Committee for a solution
a) Director of
· is responsible for referee assignments at and during WAF competition.
· is responsible to supervise the referees
during the competition and issue a performance report card at the end of the
tournament to each participating referee.
· is responsible to remove any referee that
is deemed irresponsible or technically unfit to referee a WAF tournament.
is responsible to bring to the attention of the
WAF executive, documented proof of a referee who is to be disciplined for
unwarranted behavior or blatant misconduct.
is responsible to make certain referees conform
to WAF referee dress code at WAF tournaments.
b) Director of
· is responsible to assure assigned referees
are competent both physically and technical, to referee a WAF tournament.
· is responsible to implement a short but
comprehensive referee clinic with assigned referees prior to the competition.
· is responsible to oversee a worldwide
referee training program, implement the program and to keep current to any
changes in rules.
· is responsible to wear proper WAF dress
code for referees which is short sleeve black and white striped shirt, with
stripes being 1" wide, black pants, socks and shoes. Individuals name and
ranking may be printed on their back. Ranking to appear on right shoulder
sleeves, 1" up from cuff.
· is responsible to know WAF rules thoroughly
and to make certain to attend WAF clinics prior to tournaments.
· is responsible to conduct themselves in an
unbiased and professional manner. Referees are not to congratulate
individual competitors; they may congratulate both competitors on a match
· a qualified referee will be allowed to
referee on day that they are not pulling.
STAND UP STYLE
Two table top referees will be used:
a) The referee starting the match will be
deemed Head referee of that particular match. Assistant referee will watch
for elbow fouls at start of match and assist in assuring a fair start. After
the match has started, the two referees will watch each their side for fouls
or a pin.
b) Once a referee is set at a table, he/she
cannot be removed, unless for lack of competence or technical knowledge.
a) Right and left arm events will be held on
b) Individuals (unless authorized by the Head
referee at a table), may not approach a table to within 20 feet. Strict
penalty may be enforced.
c) Points will be deducted from a country’s
team for breach of discipline or poor sportsmanship.
d) Each weight class will be called to the
stage when it comes to their turn to compete. They will be accounted for as
per draw sheet. Then the matches will begin. Standby competitors will be
called and given a place to wait until they are called to the table.
e) Wrist wraps, straps, elbow bandages/supports
or cups, protective wraps, rings or bangles are not permitted on arms. *An
arm is defined as that portion of the body starting from the shoulder and
continuing on and ending at the finger tips.
f) Drug testing will be allowed in all World,
International, Continental and National Championships, provided they are WAF
sanctioned. Complainant will have to deposit required fees in U.S. dollars
along with an official letter to be submitted to WAF chairman or standing
committee on discipline.
g) Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated and
it could lead up to and including being barred from the tournament.
h) No challenge matches allowed during or
immediately proceeding the competition. No disruption of scheduled
i) Mobile phones that are switched on during
competition or in Congress meetings will be charged a $10 fine. The Host of
the event will be given an exception
j) Any unauthorized competitor or official who
come on stage during the event will be charged a $50 fine.
k) A fee of $50 will be charged to hear a
protest, if your protest is up held the $50 is returned to the country, if
the protest is denied the country looses the $50.
l) A fine will be charged to competitors,
coaches and spectators who use bad language
towards the referee’s.
6 month suspension for any
m) The World Championships will always be held
form the middle of November to the
1st week of December.
WAF championships will always be double elimination. All contestants must
lose twice. No seeding prior to championships. Contestants are placed on
draw sheet by luck of the draw. Team members from the same country will not
be matched against each other on the first round if possible.
Contestants for each weight class will be announced and they will come to the
stage to be verified against the draw sheet.
Contestants’ names will be called and they have 60 seconds to come to the
table. Failure to appear in 60 seconds, they will be given a loss. They
will approach the table, shake hands with their opponent, and then take a
The grip is palm to palm, grip at thumb, thumb knuckle must be visible.
Gripped hands should be level on a plain at the forefingers. Free hand will
grip the hand peg provided at the table edge. This arm may or may not touch
the table top. Finger nails should be trimmed so as not to injure your
opponent. Stickum/rosin/chalk are permitted.
Back pressure to the extent that it pulls your opponents arm across the
marked center of the table will not be allowed. This infraction will be
deemed the same as a false start.
Anyone with long hair will have to have their hair restrained in some
fashion. Head bands are permitted but not hats.
Shoulders will be kept square to the table. They may slope to either side
before the start.
There will be a hand width between the shoulder and forearm of each
competitor as well as between the chin and hand prior to the start.
Referees are not there to use force or wrestle with you. A referee will
lightly touch competitors hands to see that they are properly aligned, wrists
straight and arms centered to the table top.
The signal given by the Head Referee is “Ready...Go!” in an unspecified
cadence. At the end of the match the referee will say “Stop” and indicate
the winner by raising his arm towards him/her. All effort must be made by
the referee that the competitors are aware the match is stopped.
A pin is when
any part of the natural wristline to finger tips, touches or goes below the
Competitor’s legs can be wrapped around the table leg or braced against an
opposite table leg prior to the start of the match, providing they are not
interfering with their opponent. Feet can be off the ground during
competition and legs can be moved in any fashion as long as they don’t
interfere with their opponent.
the event of an injury during competition, the competitor’s name will
continue to be brought forward until he/she has fulfilled the two loss
commitment. The match that a competitor was injured in will be regarded as a
There is no time limit during an actual bout. However, if in the estimation
of the Head Referee or a WAF authorized physician, that a competitor is
deemed unfit to continue, the match will be stopped.
breaks in contest during or between matches, unless there is equipment
failure, draw sheet mistake or authorized by officials.
competitor will be matched twice against the same opponent unless for place
referee’s may give a disabled puller some allowances for his handicap.
You can only
pin your opponent on the winning side of the table
should know the following words.
Ready go Knuckles Elbows down
Stop Warning Winner
Referees Grip Back Thumb
Down Don’t move
Center Dangerous position Grip Strap Foul Over Under
Note: Two warnings will equal one foul.
Two fouls, competitor will lose that particular match.
competitors fail to come to the table in the 60 seconds allotted they will be
given a loss. Their name will be dropped to its proper slot, the same as a
loss in an actual bout. If they already have a loss they would drop out of
the tournament for that particular weight class.
Competitors have one minute to “Grip Up”. If in that time, they have not
gripped up, they will be given a “referee’s grip”. A referees’ grip consists
of the following procedure;
Competitors’ hands are placed palm to palm by the referee, the thumbs are
pushed down by the referee, the fingers are wrapped by the referee, first one
competitor, then the other. As they are wrapped referee asks competitor if
he/she wants their thumb covered or not. Thumb knuckles will be showing,
forefingers level, wrists straight and arms centered. Competitors are not to
move from this set up.
Examples of movement are fingers re-gripping, back pressure, bending wrists,
early start or elbow lifting off the pad.
Any movement by any competitor will result in a
foul being given against the one that moves.
foul will be given when a competitor’s elbow loses contact with the
elbow pad. A competitor is considered to lose contact with the pad when:
a) The elbow lifts vertically off the pad, no
matter how insignificant, as long as there is clearance between the pad and
the elbow. It is not considered an elbow foul if the elbow has lifted
off the pad, but the competitor still has contact with the elbow pad with
their triceps or their forearm.
b) An elbow foul will be called if the
competitor is riding on their triceps or forearms and the elbow extends
beyond any side of the elbow pad.
c) Any foul that occurs simultaneously with a
foul by your opponent will be considered
coincidental, the match will be stopped and
restarted and no fouls will be given.
The referee will call one foul for “causing a slip out” when:
a) you lift your fingers off your opponent’s
hand prior to a slippage
b) you close your fingers as to make a fist inside your opponent’s hand
c) you’re in break wrist position and you pull
your fingers inside your opponents hand, therefore you are unable to hold
d) Straps will be used when any match ends by
way of a slip-out not resulting in a foul. A slip-out occurs when
both competitors have lost complete contact with one another. The official
must be certain of the circumstances preceding the actual slip out before
calling a foul. If the official is uncertain as to who caused the slippage
or it was caused by the actions of both competitors, then straps will be used
and no foul will be given.
e) When straps are employed, the officials will
ask competitors to place their elbows to the back of their respective elbow
pads, place their hands palm to palm, fingers extended and thumbs up.
Opposite hand will grip hand peg. In this position the strap can be quickly
installed. Only the official can adjust the strap. Competitors may ask to
loosen it or move it if it’s uncomfortable. The strap cannot be lower than
1" below the natural wrist line.
f) After the strap is installed, competitors
may take their grip and place their elbow to their choice of position.
g) If a competitor intentionally slips out
during the match in a losing position (losing position is determined by being
more than 2/3 rd of the way down to the pin pad), the competitor will lose
that particular match. Any intentional slip is an automatic FOUL.
a) Any early movement with shoulders, arm, hand
or fingers will be a warning unless competitors are in a referee’s
grip. Then it would be a foul.
b) If one competitor is causing a delay
“locking up” the referee will give the offender a warning.
c) Letting go of the peg will result in a
warning being called to the offender, without stopping the match. If an
advantage is gained prior to re-gripping the peg, the match will be stopped
and the offender will be given a foul. Contact with the peg must be
above the table. One armed or one hand persons do not have to grip the peg.
a) Competitor’s shoulder
must not cross the “centerline” between pegs during competition. This will be
b) Competitor cannot use any other part of the
body to pin their opponent such as chin, shoulder or head. A FOUL will
c) Intentionally pushing of your own hand into
an opponents shoulder will result in you getting a FOUL.
When a competitor
starts to put themselves in a “break arm” or “dangerous position”, the referee
will caution the competitor loudly so that the competitor understands the
caution. Referee will instruct the competitor to face their competitive arm,
so as to keep the hand, arm and shoulder in a straight line. Competitors must
never force their shoulder inwards, ahead of their arm or hand, towards the
drop the competing shoulder below the level of the elbow pad when in an
neutral or losing position. This will be considered a dangerous position.
Any obviously intentional action that
causes your opponent to get a foul will result in no foul for the opponent and
you receiving the foul instead. Example obviously intentionally pushing your
opponent off the back of the elbow pad.
second rest is permitted after a FOUL.
Foul language, poor sportsmanship or abuse towards an official will result in
a FOUL. If it continues, competitor or official will be barred from the