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About Us

Who we are

 PAF (Powerhouse Arm Wrestling Federation) could also be called the people's Arm Wrestling Foundation. Anthony Letterio, the owner and face of PAF, is a well known icon in the Arm Wrestling arena. He brings his love of the sport and his outgoing nature to every event he hosts. He has surrounded himself with the best athletes, referees and support staff in the industry; Making PAF the premiere, go to Arm Sports League. 

Rules

General Guidelines

 

  • General Guidelines
  • * 5.2.1 Contestants for each weight class will be announced and they will come to the stage to be verified against the draw sheet.
  • * 5.2.2 Contestants’ names will be called and they have 60 seconds to come to the table. Failure to appear in 60 seconds, they will be given a loss. They will approach the table, shake hands with their opponent, and then take a grip. (2015)
  • * 5.2.3 Anyone with long hair will have to have their hair restrained in some fashion. Head bands are permitted but not hats.
  • * 5.2.4 Referees are not there to use force or wrestle with you. A referee will lightly touch competitor hands and wrists to see that they are properly aligned, wrists straight and arm centered to the table top, failure to comply will result in the competitor getting warnings.
  • * 5.2.5 No breaks in contest during or between matches, unless there is equipment failure, draw sheet mistake or authorized by officials.
  • * 5.2.6 No competitor will be matched twice against the same opponent unless for place standing.
  • * 5.2.7 The referee’s may give a disabled puller some allowances for his handicap.
  • * 5.2.8 You can only pin your opponent on the winning side of the table

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  • * 5.3.1 The grip is palm to palm, grip at thumb, thumb knuckle must be visible. Gripped hands should be level on a plain at the forefingers. Free hand will grip the hand peg provided at the table edge. This arm may or may not touch the table top. Finger nails should be trimmed so as not to injure your opponent. Stickum/rosin/chalk are permitted.
  • * 5.3.2 Back pressure to the extent that it pulls your opponents arm across the marked center of the table will not be allowed. This infraction will be deemed the same as a false start.
  • * 5.2.3 Shoulders will be kept square to the table. They may slope to either side before the start.
  • * 5.2.4 There will be a hand width between the shoulder and forearm of each competitor as well as between the chin and hand prior to the start..
  • * 5.3.1 The signal given by the Head Referee is “Ready...Go!” in an unspecified cadence. At the end of the match the referee will say “Stop” and indicate the winner by raising his arm towards him/her. All effort must be made by the referee that the competitors are aware the match is stopped.
  • * 5.3.2 A pin is when any part of the natural wrist line to finger tips, touches or goes below the pin pad.
  • * 5.3.3 Competitor’s legs can be wrapped around the table leg or braced against an opposite table leg prior to the start of the match, providing they are not interfering with their opponent. Feet can be off the ground during competition and legs can be moved in any fashion as long as they don’t interfere with their opponent.
  • * 5.3.4 In the event of an injury during competition, the competitor’s name will continue to be brought forward until he/she has fulfilled the two loss commitment. The match that a competitor was injured in will be regarded as a loss.
  • * 5.3.5 There is no time limit during an actual bout. However, if in the estimation of the Head Referee or a WAF authorized physician, that a competitor is deemed unfit to continue, the match will be stopped.
  • 5.3.6. Competitors can start a match in strap or in referee’s grip or in referee’s grip in the strap if both agree to do this.

Dangerous Position

 

  • * Any early movement with shoulders, arm, hand or fingers will be a warning unless competitors are in a referee’s grip. Then it would be a foul.
  • * 7.2 If one competitor is causing a delay “locking up” the referee will give the offender a warning.
  • * 7.3 Letting go of the peg will result in a warning being called to the offender, without
stopping the match. If an advantage is gained prior to re-gripping the peg, the match will be stopped and the offender will be given a foul. Contact with the peg must be above the table. One armed or one hand persons do not have to grip the peg.

Warnings

 

  • * 7.1 Any early movement with shoulders, arm, hand or fingers will be a warning unless competitors are in a referee’s grip. Then it would be a foul.
  • * 7.2 If one competitor is causing a delay “locking up” the referee will give the offender a warning.
  • * 7.3 Letting go of the peg will result in a warning being called to the offender, without
stopping the match. If an advantage is gained prior to re-gripping the peg, the match will be stopped and the offender will be given a foul. Contact with the peg must be above the table. One armed or one hand persons do not have to grip the peg.

Referee Grip

 

  • * 8.2.1 Competitors have 30 seconds to “Grip Up”. If in that time, they have not gripped up, they will be given a “referee’s grip”. A referees’ grip consists of the following procedure. (2013)
  • * 8.2.2 Competitors’ hands are placed palm to palm by the referee, the thumbs are pushed down by the referee, the fingers are wrapped by the referee, first one competitor, then the other. As they are wrapped referee asks competitor if he/she wants their thumb covered or not. Thumb knuckles will be showing, forefingers level, wrists straight and arms centered. Competitors are not to move from this set up.
  • * 8.2.3 Examples of movement are fingers re-gripping, back pressure, bending wrists, early start or elbow lifting off the pad.
  • * 8.2.4 Any movement by any competitor will result in a foul being given against the one that moves.

Elbow Fouls

 

  • * 8.3.1 A foul will be given when a competitor’s elbow loses contact with the elbow pad. A competitor is considered to lose contact with the pad when
  • * 8.3.2 The elbow lifts vertically off the pad, no matter how insignificant, as long as there is clearance between the pad and the elbow. It is not considered an elbow foul if the elbow has lifted off the pad, but the competitor still has contact with the elbow pad with their triceps or their forearm.
  • * 8.3.3 An elbow foul will be called if the competitor is riding on their triceps or forearms and the elbow extends beyond any side of the elbow pad.
  • * 8.3.4 Any foul that occurs simultaneously with a foul by your opponent will be considered coincidental, the march will be stopped and restarted and no foul will be given.

Slip Outs

 

  • The referee will call one foul for “causing a slip out” when:
  • * 8.4.1 You lift your fingers off your opponent’s hand prior to a slippage
  • * 8.4.2 You close your fingers as to make a fist inside your opponent’s hand
  • * 8.4.3 You’re in break wrist position and you pull your fingers inside your opponents hand, therefore you are unable to hold your grip.

Straps

 

  • * 8.5.1 Straps will be used when any match ends by way of a slip-out not resulting in a foul. A slip-out occurs when both competitors have lost complete contact with one another. The official must be certain of the circumstances preceding the actual slip out before calling a foul. If the official is uncertain as to who caused the slippage or it was caused by the actions of both competitors, then straps will be used and no foul will be given.
  • * 8.5.2 When straps are employed, the officials will ask competitors to place their elbows to the center of their respective elbow pads, place their hands palm to palm, fingers extended and thumbs up. Opposite hand will grip hand peg. In this position the strap can be quickly installed. Only the official can adjust the strap. Competitors may ask to loosen it or move it if it’s uncomfortable. The strap cannot be lower than 1" below the natural wrist line. The new fairer wrap will be used. The referee will always wrap the buckle side wrist first. When going around the last wrist the strap will be threaded above the strap on that wrist. (2015)
  • * 8.5.3 After the strap is installed, competitors may take their grip and place their elbow to their choice of position.
  • * 8.5.4 If a competitor intentionally slips out during the match in a losing position (losing position is determined by being more than 2/3rd of the way down to the pin pad), the competitor will lose that particular match. Any intentional slip is an automatic FOUL.

One More Thing

 PAF tournaments will always be double elimination. All contestants must lose twice. No seeding prior to tournaments. Contestants are placed on draw sheet by luck of the draw. Team members from the same country will not be matched against each other on the first round if possible.