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The Rules

IX. Individual Ranks

At the start of the season, each fighter is given one of six ranks based on their past performance and experience in the league:

Trainee (TR) [0 fancy/feint moves]
Flyweight (FY) [2 fancy/feint moves]
Middleweight (MI) [3 fancy/feint moves*]
Heavyweight (HV) [4 fancy/feint moves*]
Powerhouse (PO) [5 fancy/feint moves*]
Kiowa Belt Winner (KBW) [6 fancy/feint moves*]

*Fighters are restricted to two more fancy/feint moves than their opponent.

Only fighters who did not compete in the previous season and who have minimal experience in seasons prior will be ranked as Trainee. A Trainee is eligible for the rank of Flyweight immediately following his or her first official win. The fighter or manager may submit a rank-increase request to the league office once the win has been posted.

During the season, any fighter is eligible for a rank increase upon earning a minimum number of wins, which number will be specified at the beginning of each season. The minimum number of wins for increase in rank will be equal to one less than half of the total number of weeks in the regular season, rounded up (eg: in a 7 week season, the number would be 3, since half rounded up is 4, less 1). The fighter or manager may submit a rank-increase request to the league office once the minimum number of wins has been posted.

Determining ranks between seasons: Fighters are ordered from best PDPB to worst from their regular season performance (post season numbers do not count). The minimum number of fights to qualify will be half of the possible fights divided by two, rounded down. (eg: 3 for a 7 week season, 4 for an 8 week season, etc.). Fighters who do not achieve the minimum fight level will have a 5-1 Push bout loss added to their record as an adjustment, for each fight they lack. Fighters with only a single bout or two bouts but no wins will be ranked as Trainees. The winner of the PowerHouse Party tournament will be awarded the Kiowa Belt. Everyone left will be ranked as follows:

  • PowerHouse: Top 15% of fighters.
  • HeavyWeight: Next 35% of fighters
  • MiddleWeight: Next 35% of fighters
  • FlyWeight: Bottom 15% of fighters.

Fighers who are new to the league will begin as Trainee, unless they have previous experience in the Outback and have earned a rank of Ruby or higher, in which case they will be ranked FlyWeight.

XI. No-Show Policy

Iron Fists adheres to a "second chance" policy in regards to no-shows.

A fighter is considered a no-show if they do not arrive within twenty minutes of the time they agreed on with their opponent in email. A fighter may also be reported as a no-show if he or she has not contacted his or her opponent by Friday of the scheduled week, or within 48 hours of their last correspondence, whichever comes later.

To report a no-show, the opposing fighter or captain must forward a copy of the email showing the agreed-upon time and state that their opponent did not arrive to the league office.

When a no-show is reported, the captain of the teams whose fighter failed to appear has three options:

  1. They may ask for the no-show fighter to attempt to reschedule the bout.
  2. They may ask for the substitute fighter to schedule the bout.
  3. They may ask the IFL Commissioner to select a free agent and schedule the match for them.

If the manager or captain chooses (1) or (2) and a repeat no-show occurs, a forfeit is recorded against the team. A forfeit is scored as a regular shutout for the scheduled bout class. (5-0 in 6 rounds).

If a second no-show occurs, but the substitute is there (or the originally scheduled fighter, if the captain elected to have the sub take over this duel), the opposing fighter may agree to fight the present duelist rather than take the forfeit, but is not obligated to.

If a manager or captain continues to schedule a fighter who is known to no-show, the scheduled bout may (and most likely will) be subject to immediate forfeit with the initial no-show, depending on the circumstances of the prior no-show occurrences.

The IFL Commissioner must be copied on all emails involving rescheduling as a result of a no-show.

NOTE: If you show up for the default and your opponent does not, this does NOT count as a no-show unless your opponent agreed to meet you at the default beforehand in email. All fighters are encouraged to email their opponents prior to the default.

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