.03 Referee.

A. General. The referee shall have the authority to:

(1) Supervise, generally, a boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts contest;

(2) Decide all matters arising during a boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts contest that are not specified in these regulations.

B. Referee's Authority.

(1) The referee may stop a boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts contest during or between rounds for any of the following reasons:

(a) Injury to a contestant;

(b) Poor physical conditioning of a contestant;

(c) Disqualification of a contestant for not participating in earnest; or

(d) Unsafe ring or fenced area conditions.

(2) The referee shall give a contestant sufficient time to recuperate when the contestant is incapacitated by a low blow or other fouling tactic.

C. Referee's Duties.

(1) A referee may touch a contestant only if the contestant fails to obey a command to break.

(2) In addition to the knockdown procedure described in COMAR, the referee shall:

(a) Begin a knockdown count for any contestant who leaves the ring or fenced area during the 1-minute rest period between rounds and does not resume participation when the bell signals the beginning of a round;

(b) Begin a knockdown count for any contestant who is knocked out or falls out of the ring or fenced area during a round and fails to return immediately to the ring or fenced area; and

(c) Remove the mouthpiece of a contestant after the knockdown count.

(3) A referee shall warn a contestant and the contestant's manager or chief second in a clear and distinct manner that persistent fouling will result in a penalty before a referee assesses a penalty point.

D. Medical Standards for Referees.

(1) A referee annually shall submit to the Commission certification of the following medical examinations:

(a) A comprehensive physical;

(b) An ophthalmological evaluation as defined in COMAR; and

(c) A neurological test as defined in COMAR which is performed by a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

(2) A referee may not officiate in a contest if any of the following physical conditions are found:

(a) Conditions specified in COMAR—(8) and (10)—(11);

(b) Uncorrected visual acuity that is less than 20/40;

(c) Peripheral vision that is less than 100 percent; or

(d) Abnormalities suggestive of acute, subacute, or chronic nervous system abnormalities.