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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 have minimal experience 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.

Fighters may only advance 1 rank in this manner during the course of the season unless they began the season as a Trainee. Trainees may advance 2 ranks, up to MiddleWeight, by satisfying both advancement criteria. (eg: 1 win to make FlyWeight, plus the seasonal criteria mentioned above. So a total of 4 wins in a 7 week season.)

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. Fighters returning to the league after a season or more of absense will also begin at the rank of FlyWeight provided they have achieved two or more league wins in their career. (And subject to increase based on the below LifeTime rules.)

LifeTime Rankings

Introduced in 2015, the lifetime rankings clause allows fighters with IFL experience to receive a bump up from the baselines rankings set out above. LifeTime Rankings work as follows:

  • Fighters with 20+ IFL duels, or who have won the Kiowa Belt, and a career PDPB between -2.00 and 0.00 will have a minimum rank of MiddleWeight.
  • Fighters with 20+ IFL duels, or who have won the Kiowa Belt, and a career PDPB better than 0.00 will have a minimum rank of HeavyWeight.

Career Records can be found in the IFL Archives and will serve only as an increase to a fighter's rank at start of season.

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.

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, the substitue shall step in if available or a forfeit shall be ruled if not. A forfeit is scored as a regular shutout for the scheduled bout class (5-0 in 6 rounds).

In all no-show situations, whether league intervention is required or not, the event should be reported for tracking. 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.

XII. Bout Scheduling

When arranging matchups a default date and time shall be submitted. This is not mandatory, nor shall it be the assumed date and time for all bouts, but rather as a suggested best time. All fighters scheduled for the week are required to make contact with their opponents to arrange their individual bout times.

Fighters should be in contact with each other by no later than the third day of the fighting week (typically Wednesday) and firmly scheduled by the fourth (typically Thursday). If by day five the fighters have not resolved a specific day and time for their bout, team managers or captains must step in to mediate or assign their substitute to the bout if necessary.

If, by the end of day six, the bout remains unscheduled, the league administration must be notified and shall take over the scheduling process at that time. All relevant correspondence should be forwarded to the league office who will do their best to achieve a fair resolution; giving preference to those who have made the most obvious attempts to communicate and cooperate with the process. Ultimately, however, the interest of the league is in getting the duel fought. As such, free-agents or substitues may be assigned at the league's discretion.

Lastly, when making initial contact with your opponents, please supply at least two specific dates and times that you are available to fight the bout. General statements to the effect of "I'm available whenever" or "maybe sometime this weekend" are not much help in moving along the process. Add them to your communications (when appropriate) because they will notify your opponent that you are not married to those options, but giving specific choices can significantly help in accelerating things.

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