The AJP (Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Professional Tour) has announced that a new scoring system will be adopted on Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour events starting on January 1st, 2020.
The changes will also be valid for the 2020 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, scheduled April 11-18.
The new scoring system replaces advantages and penalties with points.
From now on, athletes will be awarded 1 (one) point whenever they reach a position previously considered worth an advantage.
In case of penalties, every time an athlete is penalized by the referee, their opponent will be awarded 1 (one) point.
The occasions in which advantages and penalties are signaled remain unaltered according to the AJP Rules Book.
The new style of scoring was first tested in the 2019/2020 season of the AJP Tour, on November 2, at the Abu Dhabi King of Mats super matches in Rio de Janeiro.
At that time, fans, athletes and officials gave an overwhelmingly positive feedback to the new scoring system, which allowed much more movement in the scoreboard and made matches much more active and thrilling.
The AJP also announced changes in match durations and match result decisions.
Starting January 1st 2020, all matches before the finals will be 5 (five) minutes long. Finals will be 8 (eight) minutes long.
Regarding match results, there will be no longer referee decisions.
Matches that end in a tie will have an extra minute with golden point (athlete who scores first wins).
In case of a tie after the extra minute, the athlete who scored last will be declared the winner.
The AJP will also allow coaches to request one review of score or movement per match using the Falcon Eye video system.
All changes apply to purple belt, brown belt and black belt divisions. Click here to know more.