What is Combative Sports Entertainment?

Combative Sports Entertainment means a display of skill for the purpose of entertaining an audience, consisting of choreographed or simulated combat in which the participants employ techniques commonly used in combative sports. The participants do not exert their best effort, and the winner is determined prior to the match (28 Del. C. §102 (6)).

As defined above, Combative Sports Entertainment

  • includes, but is not limited to, "celebrity boxing,” "entertainment boxing" and all such similar terms or names
  • does not include amateur or professional boxing nor amateur or professional mixed martial arts.

When to Apply

Obtain a Combative Sports Entertainment Permit for a specific combative sports entertainment event before advertising, holding, conducting, or exhibiting the event . A Permit is valid only for the single event for which it was issued.

  • Submit the Application for Combative Sports Entertainment Permit at least 15 full working days before the event .
  • Before applying for a Permit, obtain a Delaware business license from the Division of Revenue.

Advertising the Event

All advertisements for an event must prominently display the event’s Permit number. If the advertisement is not in writing (e.g., a radio spot), the Permit number must be verbally announced in the advertisement. See 28 Del. C. §106 (a).

Applying for a Permit

  • Submit completed, signed and notarized application form.
    • Contestants must be at least 18 years old. List all contestants and alternates. Any contestant or alternate not identified on the application is not approved to participate.
    • Examples of information to include in the SAFETY EQUIPMENT section include:
      • Protective gear worn by combatants
      • Precautionary measures on hand in the event of fire accident
      • Props construction (e.g., “plastic bats painted to look like metal”)
  • Enclose non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Send the application, fee and any supporting documentation to the attention of Combative Sports at the address above.

Additional Requirements

  • The promoter must hire at least two emergency medical technicians and an ambulance ( 28 Del. C. §106A (a)).
  • The promoter must arrange for adequate security personnel to maintain order and provide safety during and after the event ( 28 Del. C. §106A (a)).