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June 16, 2018

WestWorld of Scottsdale
Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
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The World’s Greatest Arm Wrestler Offers The Nation’s Largest Purses
the country’s richest national arm wrestling competition.

Think you have what it takes to go up against the world's best professional arm wrestlers? Click the "how do I qualify" button below to learn how you can join their ranks!

HOW DO I QUALIFY?

QUALIFYING

It will cost you $50 to register to arm wrestle for each hand, or $100 total. Participation in ANY qualifier tournament gives the chance to square off in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 16th in the National Arm Wrestling League’s competitions for a $50 registration fee that day. Click here to view the complete prize breakouts.

To find the qualifying tournament closest to you, click here. Or to organize a tournament, click here. Think you've got what it takes? Looking for the current brackets? Click here! For all rules, regulations, and prize information click here.

WIN


Participate in your weight in one of the many Official Travis Bagent Qualifiers.
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TRAVIS BAGENT NAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN TOURNAMENT EVENTS

Join the ranks of the best arm wrestlers in the world in the fight for the biggest arm wrestling prize in the world. Click the dates below to view the event flyer.  It all starts here!

TRAVIS BAGENT NAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS PRIZE BREAKOUTS

Men's

ArmPlace

Prize

Left1st

$850.00

Left2nd

$300.00

Right1st

$850.00

Right2nd

$300.00

(prizes in each weight class)

Women's

ArmPlace

Prize

Left1st

$850.00

Left2nd

$300.00

Right1st

$850.00

Right2nd

$300.00

(prizes in each weight class)

TRAVIS BAGENT NAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorship information coming soon!

TRAVIS BAGENT NAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BRACKETS
Left Hand Competitors 
Right Hand Competitors 
TRAVIS BAGENT NAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN TOURNAMENT RULES

The following apply to both men and women competitors.

ELIGIBILITY: Competitors must be at least 18 years old to compete at NAL events.

MASTERS & AMATEURS: Masters & amateurs go by the same rules and weight classes, but no cash awards will be given this season.2018 National Amateurs Champions no longer eligible to compete in Amateur events, and must progress to the open/pro class in the following year.

To qualify for the Travis Bagent NAL National Championships for the $25,000, you need to win 1st place at a Travis Bagent qualifier during the 2017/2018 season or been a past or present WAL Hammer holder.To qualify for the NAL National Championship on June 16, 2018 in Scottsdale, you need to participate in at least one Travis Bagent NAL National Championships qualifier.

COMPETITION

General Competition

  1. Competitors have 60 seconds to report to the table when called or will forfeit that match.
  2. Nothing shall be worn on the competing arm, on the hand, wrist or arm on the elbow or below during competition, nor any substance applied to the hand or wrist, except chalk. Any violation can be grounds for disqualification.
  3. In the event of a bleeding injury, a competitor MUST stop the bleeding to the referee’s satisfaction.Use of a Band-Aid or a piece of tape the size of a Band-Aid on the wound is allowed.
  4. Any competitor exhibiting impairment due to alcohol, drugs or otherwise, may be disqualified from competition.

Weights & Weigh-Ins

  1. Weight classes R & L;

a) Men (Pro, AM & Masters) – 0-165, 165.1-187, 187.1-220, 220.1+;
b) Women (Pro & AM)– 0-132, 132.1-154, 154.1-176, 176.1+
c) Alternate weigh classes for the qualifiers 171, 171.1-209, 209.1+
d) You may use any combination above but no more than 4 divisions per class.
e) You may substitute an “Open” weight class for Women & Masters for low turnout.

  1. Competitors can only weigh-in during posted times.
  2. There is NO clothing allowance
  3. If a competitor does not make weight of their intended class, they can join the next class up.
  4. Any individual(s) attempting to alter their weight will be disqualified.

The Grip

  1. Competitors must keep non-pulling hand in contact with the peg.
  2. Competitors must follow all commands of the referee.
  3. Competitors must set their competing elbow on the elbow pad, square their shoulders, and present an open hand.
  4. The angle of the competing arm must result in the fingers pointing at their opponent.
  5. The referee will center the hands on the table. The webbing between the thumb and index finger of the hand of each competitor will be level, close and tightly set.
  6. Competitors’ hands must be palm-to-palm, flat together and with no separation, to the satisfaction of the referee.
  7. The referee will hold the competitor’s fingers while he gives the command “Close your thumbs.”
  8. The referee will command the competitors to “Close your hands”
  9. Competitor’s must keep their wrist straight when closing their thumbs and hands.
  10. The referee will give the command ”GO” to start the match.
  11. When closing your hand, the referee must see your opponent’s thumb knuckle.

SLIP

  1. All slips deemed intentional by the referee will be put back in set grip (No strap).
  2. All slips deemed unintentional by the referee will go the straps.

FOULS

  1. A competitor receiving any 3 fouls will result in a LOSS.
  2. After the command “Close your hands” and prior to “GO,” any movement of the hand/wrist/arm, including a False Start.
  3. Touching any part of their body such as chin, shoulder or head to the competing hands.
  4. The tip of elbow losing contact with the top of elbow pad at any time during the match.
  5. If a competitor attempts to delay a match by not staying at the table.
  6. Poor sportsmanship may result in a foul. If the conduct continues it can result in removal from the event and/or forfeit of any placements and awards.
  7. Losing contact with the peg with non-competing hand.
  8. Intentionally moving your opponent off center after “Close your Hands” – example: Back Pressure.
  9.  Competitors cannot drop the competing shoulder below the level of the ELBOW PAD when in a neutral or losing position.
  10. A slip deemed intentional by the referee in a losing position will be deemed a LOSS.
  11. A slip deemed unintentional by the referee in a losing position will go to the strap.
  12. Any simultaneous fouls by both competitors will result in Stop/Restart with NO fouls.

RUNNING FOUL SYSTEM

IMPORTANT: NEVER STOP ARM WRESTLING UNTIL A REFEREE STOPS THE MATCH

  1. Fouls will be announced during the match, but DO NOT STOP ARM WRESTLING.
  2. If competitor “A” commits a foul then competitor “A” pins their opponent it will result in a restart and competitor “A” will still have one foul.
  3. If competitor “A” commits a foul then competitor “B” pins their opponent it will result in a Win for “B.”
  4. If both men commit fouls and the match is reset due to a slip or for safety reasons, both men will still have one foul.
  5. Once any foul is called, that competitor must correct the foul immediately or they will continue to accrue fouls until they reach 3, resulting in a loss.

PIN

  1. Competitors must touch to the pin pad any portion of the wrist to fingertips of their opponent for a win.
  2. A parallel pin will occur when any portion of their opponent's wrist to fingertips breaks the pin line.

We reserve the right to make changes, as we see fit on any rules or regulations set forth, at our discretion.We also reserve the right to refuse any person/s from the Travis Bagent NAL National Championships Qualifiers or Championships due to violations of our rules.

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