Why become a Provincial Referee
- Aside from being a competitor or coach, it is a way to “stay in the game”.
- A vision of ensuring that both players in any given match have an equal chance to win.
- Ensuring the players’ safety and fair play.
- Better understand the rules of competition and become better competitor or coach
- Meeting like-minded people who will become life-long friends.
Characteristics of a Provincial Referee
- Mental fortitude: Often the relationship between the coach/fighter and the referee can be strained and is sometimes combative. The referee must have thick skin and broad shoulders. Fortunately, use of electronic scoring systems and recent rule changes have significantly reduced the combative nature between coaches and referees.
- Courage of Conviction: the referee must be able to stand behind a decision made, not sway or be swayed.
- Knowledge of the rules and have the ability to make a decision within a split second.
- Good communication skills: The ability to communicate is a must. English is the official language of taekwondo.
- Enjoyment and motivation: The referee must enjoy the art/sport/game.