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58 Pa. Code § 21.13. Timekeepers.

§ 21.13. Timekeepers.

 (a)  Timekeepers shall be licensed by the Commission and shall be appointed by the Executive Director to serve at professional contests and exhibitions.

 (b)  The timekeeper shall keep time by means of an accurate stop clock or stopwatch, and it shall be his responsibility to assure that the instrument is in good working order when it is to be used. The timekeeper shall sound the gong to begin and to end each round, and shall count for knockdowns by striking the floor of the ring or a suitable strikingboard with a hammer or wooden mallet. The timekeeper shall give warning to seconds of boxers to leave the ring between rounds by sounding a whistle signal 10 seconds before the end of the rest period, and shall give warning of the end of a round by striking a hammer on a strikingboard 10 seconds before striking the gong. The timekeeper may give no other signal or other information on the progress of a round.

 (c)  If a boxer falls to the floor of the ring or leaves the ring during the progress of a round, the timekeeper shall immediately begin the official count as set forth in subsection (a) and shall continue to the count of ten at the rate of one stroke per second unless the referee rules no knockdown and directs that the count be suspended.

 (d)  If a boxing bout terminates before completion of the final scheduled round, the timekeeper shall record the exact time of termination and shall inform the announcer and shall report to the Commission the exact duration of the bout.

 (e)  If a boxing bout terminates between rounds by direction of the referee or at the request of the chief second of one of the boxers, the timekeeper shall strike the gong to begin the succeeding round and the bout shall be ruled to have ended in the succeeding round by any decision the referee made.


   The provisions of this §  21.13 amended under the Athletic Code, 5 Pa.C.S. §  103(b)(1).


   The provisions of this §  21.13 adopted March 11, 1946; amended through November 1, 1966; amended May 17, 2002, effective May 18, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2443. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (242860) to (242861).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  23.8 (relating to timekeepers).

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