REFEREES

REFEREES

Become an Ontario Referee

Level Requirements Roles and Responsibilities
CO

Computer Operator

1 – Be a member in good standing of Taekwondo Ontario and having paid membership fees for the current season;

2 – Attend a provincial referee course recognized by Taekwondo Ontario.

Note: There is no specific age requirement or belt requirement for this level.

  • Operate computer for poomsae and/or sparring electronic equipment
  • Assist with athlete management under the guidance of the Ring Captain
  • Keep track of match results
P3

Provincial 3rd Class Referee

1 – Be a member in good standing of Taekwondo Ontario and having paid membership fees for the current season;

2 – Be at least 14 years old on December 31 of the year of the seminar and minimum holder of black stripe belt (1st keup) in WT Taekwondo OR be at least 18 years old at the time of the referee seminar and minimum holder of at least red belt (2nd keup) in WT Taekwondo;

3 – Attend a provincial referee seminar recognized by Taekwondo Ontario and pass written and practical evaluation

Minimum overall pass score: 70%

4 – Must attend a refresher course in current competition rules every two (2) years.

  • Operate computer for poomsae and/or sparring electronic equipment
  • Assist with athlete management
  • Keep track of match results
  • Corner judge
  • Centre referee at local tournaments up to their age and belt level, but not High Performance
  • Weigh-in with a more experienced referee
  • Inspection
  • Technical assistant under supervision of Ring Captain
P2

Provincial 2nd Class Referee

1 – Be a member in good standing of Taekwondo Ontario and having paid membership fees for the current season;

2 – Be at least 16 years old on December 31 of the year of promotion to P2 and minimum holder of Kukkiwon 1st Dan/Poom;

3 – Having participated in at least eight (8) tournaments as a P3 referee in the last two (2) seasons, including two (2) High Performance black belt events and two (2) provincial games;

4 – Attend a second provincial referee seminar recognized by Taekwondo Ontario and pass written and practical evaluation

Minimum overall pass score: 75%

5 – Must attend a refresher course in current competition rules every two (2) years.

  • Operate computer for poomsae and/or sparring electronic equipment
  • Assist with athlete management
  • Keep track of match results
  • Corner judge
  • Centre referee at local tournaments up to their age and belt level, as well as High Performance
  • Centre referee at provincial tournament for preliminary matches
  • Weigh-in with a more experienced referee
  • Inspection
  • Technical assistant
  • Vice-Ring Captain
P1

Provincial 1st Class Referee

1 – Being a member in good standing of Taekwondo Ontario and having paid membership fees for the current season;

2 – Being at least 18 years old on December 31 of the year of promotion to P1 and minimum holder of Kukkiwon 2nd Dan/Poom;

3 – Having participated in at least twelve (12) sanctioned events as a P2 referee in the last two (2) seasons, including four (4) High Performance black belt events and three (3) provincial games;

4 – Attend a third provincial referee seminar recognized by Taekwondo Ontario and pass written and practical evaluation

Minimum overall pass score: 80%

5 – Must attend a refresher course in current competition rules every two (2) years;

6 – Eligible to receive recommendation from Referee Chair to attend Taekwondo Canada National Referee Seminar

  • Operate computer for poomsae and/or sparring electronic equipment
  • Assist with athlete management
  • Keep track of match results
  • Corner judge
  • Centre referee at local tournaments up to their age and belt level as well as High Performance
  • Centre referee at provincial tournaments
  • Weigh-in
  • Inspection
  • Technical assistant
  • Ring Captain
  • Video Juror under the supervision of a National Referee

Become an Ontario Referee

Level: CO Computer Operator

Requirements: 

  1. Be a member in good standing of Taekwondo Ontario and having paid membership fees for the current season;
  2. Attend a provincial referee course recognized by Taekwondo Ontario.

Note: There is no specific age requirement or belt requirement for this level.

Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Operate computer for poomsae and/or sparring electronic equipment
  • Assist with athlete management under the guidance of the Ring Captain
  • Keep track of match results

Level: P3 Provincial 3rd Class Referee

  1. Be a member in good standing of Taekwondo Ontario and having paid membership fees for the current season;
  2. Be at least 14 years old on December 31 of the year of the seminar and minimum holder of black stripe belt (1st keup) in WT Taekwondo OR be at least 18 years old at the time of the referee seminar and minimum holder of at least red belt (2nd keup) in WT Taekwondo;
  3. Attend a provincial referee seminar recognized by Taekwondo Ontario and pass written and practical evaluation; Minimum overall pass score: 70%
  4. Must attend a refresher course in current competition rules every two (2) years.

Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Operate computer for poomsae and/or sparring electronic equipment
  • Assist with athlete management
  • Keep track of match results
  • Corner judge
  • Centre referee at local tournaments up to their age and belt level, but not High Performance
  • Weigh-in with a more experienced referee
  • Inspection
  • Technical assistant under supervision of Ring Captain

Level: P2 Provincial 2nd Class Referee

  1. Be a member in good standing of Taekwondo Ontario and having paid membership fees for the current season;
  2. Be at least 16 years old on December 31 of the year of promotion to P2 and minimum holder of Kukkiwon 1st Dan/Poom;
  3. Having participated in at least eight (8) tournaments as a P3 referee in the last two (2) seasons, including two (2) High Performance black belt events and two (2) provincial games;
  4. Attend a second provincial referee seminar recognized by Taekwondo Ontario and pass written and practical evaluation
  5. Minimum overall pass score: 75%
  6. Must attend a refresher course in current competition rules every two (2) years.

Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Operate computer for poomsae and/or sparring electronic equipment
  • Assist with athlete management
  • Keep track of match results
  • Corner judge
  • Centre referee at local tournaments up to their age and belt level, as well as High Performance
  • Centre referee at provincial tournament for preliminary matches
  • Weigh-in with a more experienced referee
  • Inspection
  • Technical assistant
  • Vice-Ring Captain

Level: P1 Provincial 1st Class Referee

Requirements: 

  1. Being a member in good standing of Taekwondo Ontario and having paid membership fees for the current season;
  2. Being at least 18 years old on December 31 of the year of promotion to P1 and minimum holder of Kukkiwon 2nd Dan/Poom;
  3. Having participated in at least twelve (12) sanctioned events as a P2 referee in the last two (2) seasons, including four (4) High Performance black belt events and three (3) provincial games;
  4. Attend a third provincial referee seminar recognized by Taekwondo Ontario and pass written and practical evaluation; Minimum overall pass score: 80%
  5. Must attend a refresher course in current competition rules every two (2) years;
  6. Eligible to receive recommendation from Referee Chair to attend Taekwondo Canada National Referee Seminar

Roles and Responsibilties: 

  • Operate computer for poomsae and/or sparring electronic equipment
  • Assist with athlete management
  • Keep track of match results
  • Corner judge
  • Centre referee at local tournaments up to their age and belt level as well as High Performance
  • Centre referee at provincial tournaments
  • Weigh-in
  • Inspection
  • Technical assistant
  • Ring Captain
  • Video Juror under the supervision of a National Referee

Why become a Provincial Referee

  1. Aside from being a competitor or coach, it is a way to “stay in the game”.
  2. A vision of ensuring that both players in any given match have an equal chance to win.
  3. Ensuring the players’ safety and fair play.
  4. Better understand the rules of competition and become better competitor or coach
  5. Meeting like-minded people who will become life-long friends.

Characteristics of a Provincial Referee

  1. 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.
  2. Courage of Conviction: the referee must be able to stand behind a decision made, not sway or be swayed.
  3. Knowledge of the rules and have the ability to make a decision within a split second.
  4. Good communication skills: The ability to communicate is a must.  English is the official language of taekwondo.
  5. Enjoyment and motivation:  The referee must enjoy the art/sport/game.

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