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58 Pa. Code § 21.3. Ring and ring equipment.

§ 21.3. Ring and ring equipment.

 (a)  The boxing ring may not be less than 16 feet square nor more than 24 feet square within the ring ropes except with the written consent of the Commission. The ring floor or apron shall extend beyond the ring ropes on all sides for at least 2 feet, unless alternative satisfactory safety precautions are taken and approved by the Commission.

   (1)  The ring floor shall be elevated no more than 4 feet, be completely padded both inside and outside the ropes to the thickness of at least 2 inches with soft felt, foam rubber, felt matting or other soft material approved by the Commission and shall be covered over the padding with canvas stretched taut and laced tightly to the ring platform.

   (2)  The ring posts shall be four in number, shall extend above the ring floor no more than 5 feet, and shall be at least 18 inches distant from the ring ropes, which shall be attached to the posts by means of adjustable turnbuckles.

   (3)  Post tops and turnbuckles shall be suitably padded.

   (4)  Steps shall lead to the ring floor at two diagonally opposite corners of the ring platform.

   (5)  The ring ropes shall be four in number, may not be less than 1 inch in diameter, and shall be either covered with smooth plastic or wrapped with soft material.

   (6)  The ropes shall be readily adjustable and shall be kept at a proper and safe degree of tautness.

   (7)  The ring shall be amply illuminated by overhead lights, which shall be arranged so that shadow is eliminated and discomfort from heat and glare minimized for persons in and near the ring, if needed, as determined by a commissioner or the Executive Director.

 (b)  It is the responsibility of the promoter to have an attendant available at all times during the event capable of making any type of emergency repairs, corrections and adjustments to the ring, the lights and other necessary fixtures. The promoter shall supply the following items, which shall be available on the premises for use as needed:

   (1)  A public address system in good working order.

   (2)  Chairs for Commission personnel, officials and Commission credential holders. Chairs for judges shall be elevated sufficiently to assure an unobstructed view of the ring and the ring floor.

   (3)  A gong or bell of size and resonance sufficient to be clearly audible by participants, officials and spectators when struck by the hammer of the timekeeper.

   (4)  A stool or chair, a clean water bucket and clean water bottle for the corner of each boxer.

   (5)  A complete set of numbered round cards clearly legible from all parts of the arena containing no advertising or other printed matter unless approved by the Commission.

   (6)  An ambulance, together with emergency equipment.

   (7)  A portable resuscitator with oxygen and appropriate endotracheal tubes and a qualified operator.


   The provisions of this §  21.3 amended under the Athletic Code, 5 Pa.C.S. §  103(b)(1).


   The provisions of this §  21.3 adopted March 11, 1946; amended through November 1, 1966; amended November 10, 1978, effective November 11, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 3094; amended May 17, 2002, effective May 18, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2443. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (242843) to (242844).

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