The Youth Development League (YDL) is a national organization, unified under the USMF, that books, promotes and leads the country in youth olympic style Muaythai. In order to ensure that each event is safe, fair and handled correctly, all YDLs are overseen, officiated and run by national and regional USMF directors along side YDL founder, Patrick Valor Rivera.
The YDL is a safe and organized youth Muaythai scrimmage without head contact. In order to compete in a YDL, all athletes must register with the USMF and with the MSSEast. The registration is in the right-hand column. All athletes are broken down in weight, age, experience and our "Aggression Rating" categories. These classification will allow for the best and safest bouts.
For a full break down of the YDL rules go to:
- No head contact is permitted.
- E-Class (education class) DOES NOT declare a winner/loser. Athletes with 0-5 YDLs or combat sports competition are considered "e-class".
- C/D-Class (Competition and Decision Class) DOES declare a winner/loser. Athletes with 5+ YDLs or combat sports competition are considered "C/D-class".
- Ages 4-17 are considered youth athletes.
- All athlete wear headgear, chest protectors, mouthpieces, groin protection, 6-12oz gloves (depending on weight) and shin pads.
- All athletes must weigh-in on the day of the event.
- If the ref feels as if an athlete is too aggressive or one athlete is out classing the other, the bout will be stopped.
- Youth bouts are 3 one-minute rounds with one-minute breaks.
- No Bloodwork or Physical form is needed to compete.