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BUCS Championships Series General Entry Information

Entry process summary

  1. Student-athletes enter individually via BUCSPlay
    • Each individual student-athlete competitor must submit their discipline entries via the BUCS Play website for each championships, by the entry deadline.
  2. Volunteers & coaches are submitted together via BSTF entry portal
    • An Institution Administrators or Club Committee member must submit a single coach and volunteer registration list via the BSTF entry portal for each championships, by the entry deadline.

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Key concepts summary

  1. BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series entries:
    • Every participant – student-athletes, head-coach, assistant coaches (i.e., any team member who will sit in the coaches chair for teammates) and volunteers – must hold a BSTF account, have selected the correct BSTF pass type and received their BSTF ID code in advance of entry.
    • Each individual student-athlete must login to the BUCS Play system and submit their BSTF ID code every time they register for a BUCS Championships event.
    • An Institution Administrator or Club Committee member must submit their team’s volunteers, head-coach and assistant coaches – being sure to register sufficient volunteers to meet your team quota – via the BSTF entry portal. This step is still required if some or all of your volunteers are also competing and have registered as competitors via the BUCS Play system.
  2. Participants require a BSTF Pass and ID number to enter:
    • Please note that new Pass registrations must be manually reviewed and approved by an BSTF administrator before a BSTF ID code is generated. Therefore, ID codes will take some time to populate (typically 24-72 hours) after registering your details for the first time. Please ensure that all of your student-athletes, coaches and volunteers are registered well in advance of an event entry to ensure their ID codes are available.
    • Championships entries submitted without a valid BSTF ID code will not be accepted.
    • Individual account holders may find their BSTF ID code via the Manage Your Account page.
    • If you login using an Institution Administrator or Club Committee account you will find an additional Team tab on the Manage Your Account page which shows a full list of currently verified members’ accounts from your institution, including their BSTF ID codes. Institution Administrators and Club Committee members can access their accounts via the respective Portals pages.
  3. Pass Types Required
    • Volunteers and coaches require a (free) Basic Pass or higher.
    • Competitors must have a Student-athlete Pass and this must be of the correct grade class for each student-athlete: A (Class-C), (Class-B) or (Class-A) Pass to enter any C, B or A class divisions, respectively.
    • When a student-athlete completes a grading and changes class they must login to the manage your account page and upgrade their pass (C->B or B->A), using the “upgrade” button on the Account tab, completing this before submitting their next event entry.
    • Institution Administrators and Club Captains can also upgrade their team members’ accounts from (free) Basic passes to (paid) Student-athlete passes in bulk. Please visit the Institution Administrator portal or Club Committee portal respectively.
    • For more detailed information about Pass Types see our Registration Guide, Fees & FAQ page.
  4. Your team’s volunteer quota is proportional to sparring entries
    • Teams are required to provide a quota of volunteers for each individual day of competition attended. The quota number is a function of your total team WT rules sparring entries and ITF rules sparring entries on that day (each discipline’s quota is calculated separately) with one volunteer per five student-athletes in each sparring discipline required.
    • For example, a team entering 14 student-athletes in ITF rules sparring and 18 student-athletes in WT rules sparring on the first day of a tournament would need to submit a minimum of two ITF rules certified volunteers and three WT rules certified volunteers that day.
    • Volunteers may be student-athletes competing in patterns events on the same day of the event, or those sparring on a different day of a multi-day event. However, student-athletes entered into any sparring event on the same day may not be submitted as volunteers.
    • We recommend clubs organise as many current student, alumni and other potential volunteers as possible complete the required L5 online exam – making them eligible to volunteer- to maximise your spare capacity. Failing to provide the full quota of volunteers will result in a club fine(s). Please see the University Umpires section for more information about volunteer quotas and free umpire training courses available.
    • L5 certification exams are available online on demand, free for all BSTF pass holders. Please login to the Manage Your Account section and navigate to the Exams tab to complete your L5 certification exam. Submission will not be accepted from individuals who have not completed the L5 exam in advance of their volunteer submission.
  5. Student-athlete eligibility
    • Competitors must meet full BUCS eligibility criteria, being current full time students internally registered at an institution of higher or further education, on courses equivalent to at least 60 credits per year (e.g., MSc, Degree or HND).
    • Participants must be 18 or over.
  6. Class divisions
    • Class divisions are determined by a competitor’s grade: C-class for 10th Kup – 7th Kup, B-class for 6th Kup – 3rd Kup, and A-class 2nd Kup+ (including all Dan grades).
    • 10th Kup students are eligible to enter any C-class patterns disciplines, but are not eligible to enter any sparring disciplines.
  7. BUCS Points
    • Team BUCS points and Individual BUCS points may be won in all disciplines and divisions, see the BUCS website for further information.
    • The top eight institutions by combined individual scores in all disciplines, classes (A, B and C) and divisions, across all three championships are awarded BUCS points
    • BUCS individual placements (1st – 4th) and points are awarded to the top four student-athletes in each A-class sparring and individual patterns division based on their final score across the series. Each student-athlete’s best two of three championships’ results are counted towards their final score, except to break a tie, where all three championships’ results are compared.
    • EUSA European Championships and Games qualification is based on an individual’s BUCS placement at the end of the series, not on the final tournament result alone as in previous years.
  8. BUCS entry phases and deadlines
    • Student-athlete entries submitted via BUCS Play site before the phase 1 deadline are charged at the standard rate by BUCS.
    • Student-athlete entries submitted after the stage 1 deadline but before the stage 2 deadline are subject to an additional 20% fee by BUCS.
    • Student-athlete entries submitted after the stage 2 deadline will not be accepted in any circumstances by BUCS.
  9. Accreditation & weigh-in
    • Your team must arrive together during the advertised accreditation & weigh-in session.
    • Teams will be weighed-in in the order they arrive at accreditation & weigh-in.
    • There are two types of accreditation area:
      • Registration desk location(s) (typically in main hall, see signage)
      • Accreditation and weigh-in location(s) (typically in changing rooms, see signage)
    • All student-athletes and alumni-athletes must attend accreditation and weigh-in and show their photo ID (e.g., driving licence) and student ID card (photo ID but not student ID is required for alumnus-alumni athletes). Student-athletes and alumni-athletes only need to attend accreditation and weigh-in once per competition, however, those student-athletes and alumni-athletes competing on one day and volunteering on other day(s) must also attend the registration desk to sign-in on each day they volunteer.
    • All head-coaches, volunteers and umpires must attend the registration desk on each day they are coaching/ volunteering/ umpiring (i.e., both mornings of a 2 day championships) and show their photo ID (e.g., driving licence).
    • There will be a maximum -/+200 g allowance for players being under/over their weight division at the weigh-in which will be strictly applied.
      • Sparring competitors who fail to meet their weight may change weight divisions at the cost of a £20 fee. We encourage club captains to monitor their team members’ weights in advance to ensure the correct division is selected by each student-athlete.
    • Volunteers must attend their advertised  morning briefing session.
    • Umpires must attend their advertised morning briefing session.
    • Club captains must attend their advertised morning briefing session.
  10. Insurance and T&Cs
    • BSTF events are independently insured and there are no requirements for additional 3rd party insurance (such as any policies(s) included with a 3rd party membership) in order to enter BSTF events.
    • In submitting an entry all participants agree to the BSTF’s terms and conditions, including code of conduct, as well as all BUCS rules and regulations.
  11. Team captains: please read all rules & regulations
    • Familiarise yourself with all the competition information, including but not limited to the: entry process; entry deadlines; player eligibility; the participant code of conduct; corner judges exams and quotas; weigh-in and accreditation information; and weight and class (grade) divisions in each discipline.

Student-athlete eligibility

Student-athletes competitors entering BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series events must meet current BUCS eligibility criteria on the date of the event i.e., be current students internally registered at an institution of Higher or Further Education, be registered on a credit rated course (e.g. MSc, Degree or HND), and be undertaking a study programme equivalent to at least 60 credits per year, or in the case of a postgraduate student be undertaking a study programme of no less than 50% of the full time student programme.

All competitors must be members of their university’s students’ union and be in good standing with them. All competitors must be aged 18 or over.

Guest-athlete eligibility

Following the unprecedented circumstances which necessitated the cancellation of last year’s events, we are permitting alumni competitor entries in this year’s BUCS Championships Series. Guest entry is limited to full time students from the Republic of Ireland and recent graduates (those graduating Nov 2020 – Aug 2021) only.

Guest entries via the BUCS Play app as usual, selecting your discipline(s) & division(s) and inputting your BSTF ID code. Guest-athletes may be required pay for their BUCS entries via the BUCS app/ website at the point of entry (depending on when this feature is enabled by BUCS), and not have their fees included the university club’s single team payment made for their student competitors.

Alumnus-athlete entries are only accepted when student-athlete entries have not exceeded the divisional event registration limit (64 /division) or the event is already fully subscribed. Alumnus-athletes and Irish universities student-athletes may compete in the Championships Series events alongside current student-athletes. In line with BUCS policy no ranking points won by alumni athletes may be counted towards their former university’s BUCS points scores, they represent the ‘alumni-team’ within the competition.

Grade Division Boundaries

  • 10th* – 7th Kup (Novice, C-Class)
  • 6th – 3rd Kup (Mid, B-Class)
  • 2nd Kup + including Dan grades (Senior, A-Class)

*10th Kup (ungraded/ white belt) competitors may compete in the C-class patterns disciplines but are not eligible for sparring disciplines which are restricted to 9th Kup+.

Competitor Experience Levels

The BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series competition grade divisions i.e., C, B, and A classes are intended for participants with approximately <1.5, <2.5, >2.5 years of experience respectively. If a competitor’s Taekwondo grade does not match their actual level of experience (e.g., having prior martial art/ combat sport experience) you must bring this to the organiser’s attention when submitting your entries.

It is required competitors enter any discipline only after having received appropriate training in that discipline from a qualified coach. By submitting an entry the competitor thereby confirms they have received suitable prior training experience in the discipline(s) they are entering. 10th Kup (ungraded/white belt) students are not eligible to enter BUCS Taekwondo Championship Series sparring events, but may enter patterns competitions.

Competitors must compete in a same class division (A, B or C) in every discipline entered. If a competitor holds different taekwondo grades with different taekwondo organisations they must enter at their highest grade. Competitors must never enter a division lower than that of their highest taekwondo grade awarded.

Your team may request that a competitor be allowed to enter at a higher class division than their current grade in cases where their ability level is such they can effectively and more appropriately compete in the higher division. Competitors cannot be downgraded in future competitions once they have been promoted to a higher division. To do so the club’s contracted coach must endorse the division change to us via email, copying in your sport development officer/ principal union staff member.

Individual Membership Passes

Each individual participant must hold a British Student Taekwondo Federation (BSTF) membership pass to compete in BUCS Taekwondo competitions.

Individual membership passes are available online, including new memberships and renewals for student-athletes, volunteers and coaches.

  • Volunteers and assistant coaches should select a Basic pass
  • Student-athletes must obtain a Student-athlete pass which matches their level of competition entry (A, B or C-class pass) in order to enter Championships Series events.

Your BSTF ID code is required for entries on BUCS Play – this can be found on the Manage My Account page after registration. New pass registrations must be approved by a BSTF administrator before an ID code is generated and so ID codes will take some time to populate (typically 24-72 hours) after registering your details. Please ensure that all of your student-athletes, coaches and volunteers are registered well in advance of an event entry to ensure their ID codes are available.

Upgrading passes mid-season

Changing type: You can upgrade a Basic pass to a Student-athlete pass at any time by logging to the manage your account page and following instructions via the “upgrade” button on the Account tab.

Changing class: When a student-athlete completes a grading and changes class they must login to the manage your account page and upgrade their pass (C->B or B->A) using the “upgrade” button on the Account tab, always completing this before submitting an event entry.

Student-athletes from universities without taekwondo clubs

Student-athletes from universities without an existing taekwondo club are also eligible to enter BSTF events. These student-athletes should create an individual account as usual and then create a ‘Club Committee’ account for their ‘team of 1’ to receive important club captain email updates.

Competition entry applications

Entry Process:

  1. Student-athletes, volunteers and coaches register for a membership pass on the BSTF website and record their BSTF ID code. Student-athletes must obtain a membership pass which matches their level of competition entry (A, B or C-class).
  2. Student-athletes each submit their competition application on BUCS Play, inputting their BSTF ID code* as indicated during registration.
  3. A team captain or institution administrator must submit their team’s head-coach, assistant coaches and volunteers (registering sufficient volunteers to meet your team quota**) by selecting the event via the BSTF entry portal and completing the coach & volunteer registrations (this is required whether or not the same coaches and volunteer have already registered as competitors via the BUCS Play system).
  4. Club captains and institution administrators may then review entries via the BUCS Play website; Institution administrator approves/denies entries.
  5. BUCS approves/denies entry into competition and publishes confirmed entry list.

*Your BSTF ID code can be found by logging in to manage your account (codes are generated ca. 24-72 hours after a new account is created and verified). Once your student-athletes, coaches and volunteers are registered your club captains and institution administrators may review a current list of their institution’s members, their pass types and BSTF ID codes via the captain’s portal and administrator’s portal respectively.

**The number of certified volunteers submitted must meet the quota detailed in the entry information.

Entry Fees

Once the institution administrator has approved each entry submitted and the confirmed entry list has been published by BUCS, an invoice will be created by BUCS addressed to the institution union/ sports department for payment. Individual student-athletes will not be asked to pay for their entries during the BUCS Play event registration process.

Stage 1 entry fees are as listed in the registration guide fees tables.

Should the competition allow more entries, a stage two entry window will open. Priority will be given to the entries received before the stage one entry closing date. Entries received in the stage two window and accepted into the competition will be charged an additional 20% fee per entry.

Entry Deadlines

BUCS Taekwondo Championships Stage 1 entry window Stage 2 entry window
Autumn Championships 26th Oct – 16th Nov 2021 19th Nov – 23 Nov 2021
Winter Championships TBA TBA
Spring Championships TBA TBA

Withdrawals and changes

Competitor withdrawals must be made by a Institutional Administrators by emailing BUCS Play App Support.

  • Withdrawals before the stage 1 entry deadline will not be charged.
  • Withdrawals after the stage 1 entry deadline will still be charged the entry fee.

About Student-athlete entries using BUCS Play + Coach & Volunteer entries via BSTF Portal

Every student-athlete entering taekwondo disciplines in a BUCS Taekwondo Championships event will need to use to the BUCS Play website or mobile app to enter

It is possible for each student-athlete to continue to add, remove or change weight divisions of their own entries by logging in to BUCS Play and selecting their existing entries up until the entry deadline or when their Institution Administrator has approved them (if approved before the entry deadline).

Following the registration deadline there is a two working-day period in which Institution Administrators may approve/ reject and make final amendments to their team members’ entry details before submission to BUCS. If you require any changes during this period you must contact your Students’ Union/ Sports Department and speak with your Institution Administrator for taekwondo.

Queries relating to tournament operations may be directed to the BSTF. Queries regarding the BUCS Play student-athlete entry system should be directly to BUCS. BSTF staff and volunteers do not have access to the registration system – entry change requests should be made via your Institution Administrators/ Captains.

Unlike individual athlete entries, all of the club’s coaches and volunteers are submitted together by either the club’s committee or your institution administrator via the Club Committee portal or Institution Administrator portal, respectively.

Making Individual Entries via BUCS Play

Using BUCS Play Mobile App

1. Download BUCS Play from the App Store or Google Play Store and Login/Register.

2. Find the Taekwondo Community by going to More > My Communities > Find a new Community.

3. Once you have joined your Sport Community, you will find a number of features.

4. Scroll down to the Events section.

5. Select your BUCS Taekwondo event: either the Autumn, Winter or Spring Championships. There are a number of events displayed automatically and a See All Events button beneath which you may need to click to find your event (if you cannot find your event, entries may not yet be open. To find the full list of events and entry information Click Here).

6. Find the relevant Competition/Discipline (e.g. Men’s Chang-Hon Patterns) and click Join/Apply.

7. Add each additional discipline in the same way one at a time (e.g., Men’s ITF rules sparring & weight division; Men’s WT rules sparring & weight division etc.,)

8. Select your Institution (you may need to click Other to find this), Click Join.

9. Fill in all the relevant information and then click Check Eligibility (ensure it ticks all the boxes), and then Apply.

10. Once you have successfully applied, you will enter the event entry approval process (where your institution administrator approves your entries)

Learn more about BUCS Play

Here are some useful links if you have questions about using the BUCS Play system:

Coach Registration

Each individual participant (student-athletes, coaches and volunteers) must hold a BSTF account, have selected the correct pass type and received their BSTF ID code prior to registration for a BUCS Championships.

A team captain or institution administrator must submit their team’s head-coach, assistant coaches and volunteers for each BUCS Championships (registering sufficient volunteers to meet your team quota) via the BSTF entry portal (this is required whether or not the same coaches and volunteer have already registered as competitors via the BUCS Play system).

Club captains or institution administrators may submit a maximum of one head-coach (maximum 1 per club); there is no cap on the number of participants who may be added as assistant coaches. All student-athletes must have a head/ assistant coach in their corner during their matches. Only head/ assistant coaches listed are permitted to coach student-athletes during the competition.

Coaches may be employees of their university, player coaches, or other experienced practitioners. Coaches must wear sports clothing and trainers; player coaches must cover their doboks with sports jackets and wear trainers. Coaches are expected to set an example to their teams and are required to remain composed and demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times. Only a player’s coach may launch an official protest via the post-match protest mechanism provided. Coaches must not leave their coaching seat during the match, nor coach loudly or excessively.

Volunteer Registration and Quotas

Each individual participant (student-athletes, coaches and volunteers) must first hold a BSTF account, have selected the correct pass type and received their BSTF ID code.

A team captain or institution administrator must submit their team’s head-coach, assistant coaches and volunteers (registering sufficient volunteers to meet your team quota) by selecting the event via the BSTF entry portal and completing the coach & volunteer registrations (this is required whether or not the same coaches and volunteer have already registered as competitors via the BUCS Play system).

Attire for volunteers is sport shoes and black trousers; an officials t-shirt/ vest will be loaned to volunteers and must be worn during the event.

Quota at a glance

  • Provide 1 volunteer (L5/L4/L3 certified) for each 5 WT rules sparring competitors entered
  • Provide 1 volunteer (L5/L4/L3 certified ) for each 5 ITF rules sparring competitors entered
  • All members can gain L5 certification by completing a straightforward online exam; simply login to you account and select the Exam tab
  • Volunteers can be (and often are) morning patterns competitors who are not sparring that afternoon
  • Submit volunteers and coach entries via the BSTF entry portal

Quota in detail

Each institution’s quota number is a function of your team’s WT rules sparring entries and ITF rules sparring entries on that day. Each discipline’s quota calculated separately for each discipline and day, with one volunteer assistant judge (L5, L4 or L3 qualified) volunteer per five student-athletes sparring entries required, hence your volunteer quota may be different for each day of a multi-day championships.

For a teams entering 15 or more student-athletes on any single day, one or more of their volunteer quota must also hold at least a L4 trainee certification level (i.e., have completed the online exam and attended an online umpiring course).

  • Example: A team entering 14 student-athletes in ITF rules sparring and 18 student-athletes in WT rules sparring on the first day of a tournament would need to submit two or more ITF rules L5 trained volunteers and three or more WT rules trained volunteers (two WT rules L5 trained volunteers + one WT rules L4 trained volunteer) that day.
    • 34 entries in total = 5 volunteers required
    • 1 volunteer is required for every 5 full ITF rules sparing entries, we received 14 entries, therefore 2 volunteers required
    • 1 volunteer is required for every 5 full WT rules sparing entries, we received 18 entries, therefore 3 volunteers required

Who is eligible

  • Volunteer assistant judges submitted must have passed the online exam (for their L5 certification)
  • Volunteers may be student-athletes competing in patterns events (but not sparring) on the same day of the event
  • Volunteers may be student-athletes who are sparring on a different day of a multi-day event
  • L5 volunteers may be current students, alumni members, or members of your wider taekwondo group(s).

L5 Online Exams

To be eligible volunteers must hold a minimum L5 umpiring certification level.

All members can gain L5 certification by completing a straightforward online exam; simply login to Manage My Account and go to the Exams tab to begin.

Penalties

All volunteers must be available for the full duration that day’s events, including attendance of the briefing session(s) listed in the itinerary. Teams will be penalised £75 for each infraction if a nominated volunteer assistant judge or trainee referee from your team’s quota is absent, late, indolent, or behaves in an unprofessional or unsportsmanlike manner.

More information

For further information about university umpires, training levels – L5, L4, L3, (volunteers) and L2, L1 (umpires) – and our online training seminars and weekend training courses, please visit the university umpires page.

We highly recommend all clubs encourage as many current student, alumni and other potential volunteers complete the online test as far in advance of tournaments as possible to give your club lots more options and more flexibility.

Umpires

All national and international umpires  – centre referees (L2 / L1) and patterns judges (L2 / L1) – are kindly directed to nominate themselves for BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series umpire/ referee roles via the online Umpire Registration Portal. Umpires must be available for the full duration that day’s events, including attendance of the briefing session(s) listed in the itinerary. Attire for umpires is sport shoes, black trousers, white shirt, dark tie and optional blazer.

Umpire registration does not apply to L5/ L4/ L3 club volunteer being entered towards your volunteer quota. Volunteer entries must submitted by their team captain/ institution administrator via the BSTF Entry Portal and not via the Umpire Registration Portal. Please see the volunteering page for further information.

Section update pending

All itinerary are subject to change, check back here for live updates up to and including on event day(s).

We recommend building in plenty of contingency time for travel, and having a back-up travel option for smaller groups of student-athletes/ coaches in case they need to depart later than the bulk of your team.

Section update pending, including para patterns divisions information

Each discipline is separated by sex, grade (C-class is 10th Kup – 7th Kup, B-class is 6th Kup – 3rd Kup, and A-class is 2nd Kup+), and also weight divisions for sparring disciplines. *10th Kup (ungraded/ white belt) competitors may compete in the C-class patterns disciplines but are not eligible for sparring disciplines which are restricted to 9th Kup+..

There is no limit on the number of disciplines an individual student-athlete may enter at each event – providing they confirm and doing so by entering – that they have received the requisite training in those disciplines.

If two or more disciplines are scheduled to take place during the the same period the organisers may, at their discretion and where the event is running ahead of schedule, make efforts to reschedule individual matches. The organisers do not guarantee any schedule modifications, changes to match orders or other adaptations to accommodate for competitors entering those concurrently scheduled disciplines, and student-athletes enter such disciplines at the risk of scheduling conflicts resulting in round/ match/ competition walkovers.

Kukkiwon Individual Patterns

Competitors are divided into 3 grade divisions A, B and C classes, each with male and female sub-divisions.

Either a white dobok or a poomsae dobok may be worn. Competitors may only use flexible tape to affix clothing rather than pins and must not wear nail varnish or jewellery, including any kind of piercings jewellery. The organisers and their officials may disallow any equipment at their discretion.

Competitors will be given an overall score out of 10.0 by each judge based on five criteria: accuracy of pattern; basic movements and balance; speed and power; strength and rhythm; expression of energy. Scoring begins as soon as competitors enter the competition area. The average score of the judges is recorded for each pattern. Scores are reset after each match/ round you progress through (i.e., your score is not aggregated across matches/ rounds). In the event of a tie competitors will be asked perform their last pattern again until the tie is broken.

Double elimination system: Competitors are matched in elimination brackets and with competitors from the same institution separated in the first round where possible. Matched competitors each perform their pattern, either individually or simultaneously as instructed. The competitor with the higher score progresses to the next match in the upper bracket towards the gold medal match. The competitor with the lower score drops down into the lower bracket at the point they were eliminated and may continue to progress towards the bronze medal match. C-class competitors should know the two patterns indicated, B-class competitors should know the 3 patterns indicated and A-class competitors should know the 4 patterns indicated. If a student athlete does not know a required pattern then they may perform another pattern of their choice, but will receive a -1.5 point deduction from their final score (out of 10.0) in each instance. Both competitors perform the same pattern, which is chosen based on which round of the bracket has been reached, see examples below.

Examples:

  • Match number “6-3” refers to Court 6, Match 3 – this match takes place in Round 1 of 3 of the upper bracket and so the pattern indicated for Round 1 will be performed by both competitors.
  • Match number “6-5” refers to Court 6, Match 5 – this match takes place in Round 2 of 3 of the upper bracket and so the pattern indicated for Round 2 will be performed by both competitors.
  • Match number “6-10” refers to Court 6, Match 10 – this match takes place in round Repechage 2 of 3, the second round of the repechage (lower) bracket and so the pattern indicated for Round 2 will be performed by both competitors.
  • Match number “6-14” refers to Court 6, Match 14 – this match takes place in Repechage Final, the final round of the repechage (lower) bracket, and so the pattern indicated for Final (medal) rounds will be performed by both competitors.

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Example Bracket:

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Kukkiwon Patterns Table

Round ↓ Division → C-class, 10th – 7th Kup B-class, 6th – 3rd Kup A-class, 2nd Kup +
Rounds 1, 4, 7 of x Il Jang (1) Ee Jang (2) Pal Jang (8)
Rounds 2, 5, 8 of x Ee Jang (2) Sam Jang (3) Chil Jang (7)
Rounds 3, 6, 9 of x Il Jang (1) Sa Jang (4) Keumgang
Final (medal) rounds Ee Jang (2) Sa Jang (4) Koryo

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Kukkiwon Pairs Patterns

Kukkiwon Pairs Patterns events are identical to the Individual Patterns event described above except for the following specific rules:

  • For the pairs event you must enter 2 athletes (one male and one female) per pair.
  • Both athletes must be of the same grade class.
  • Both athletes must be registered at the same institution
  • All athletes may only be a member of a single patterns pair per discipline, per competition.
  • Pairs competitors are scored by the additional criteria of harmony (synchronisation) of movements, timing, and strength.
  • Pairs competitors must enter and exit the competition area together.
  • Each team’s student-athlete’s must co-ordinate to select the matching pairs when selecting their respective entries e.g., for the first pair each selecting Team_1’s_Player(1of2), and Team_1’s_Player(2of2) respectively and so on.

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Kukkiwon Team Patterns

Kukkiwon Team Patterns events are identical to the Individual Patterns event described above except for the following specific rules:

  • For the team patterns event you must enter three student-athletes per team.
  • All three student-athletes must be of the same grade class.
  • All three student-athletes must be registered at the same institution
  • All three student-athletes may only be a member of a single patterns-team per discipline, per competition.
  • Team Patterns competitors are scored by the additional criteria of harmony (synchronisation) of movements, timing, and strength.
  • Team Patterns competitors must enter and exit the competition area together.
  • Each team’s student-athlete’s must co-ordinate to select the matching pairs when selecting their respective entries e.g., for the first patterns-team each selecting Team_1’s_Player(1of3), Team_1’s_Player(2of3) and Team_1’s_Player(3of3) etc.

Chang-Hon Individual Patterns

Competitors are divided into 3 grade divisions A, B and C classes, each with male and female sub-divisions.

A white dobok must be worn. Competitors may only use flexible tape to affix clothing rather than pins and must not wear nail varnish or jewellery, including any kind of piercings jewellery. The organisers and their officials may disallow any equipment at their discretion.

Competitors will be given an overall score out of 10.0 by each judge based on five criteria: accuracy of pattern; basic movements and balance; speed and power; strength and rhythm; expression of energy. Scoring begins as soon as competitors enter the competition area. The average score of the judges is recorded for each pattern. Scores are reset after each match/ round you progress through (i.e., your score is not aggregated across matches/ rounds). In the event of a tie competitors will be asked perform their last pattern again until the tie is broken.

Double elimination system: Competitors are matched in elimination brackets and with competitors from the same institution separated in the first round where possible. Matched competitors each perform their pattern, either individually or simultaneously as instructed. The competitor with the higher score progresses to the next match in the upper bracket towards the gold medal match. The competitor with the lower score drops down into the lower bracket at the point they were eliminated and may continue to progress towards the bronze medal match. C-class competitors should know the two patterns indicated, B-class competitors should know the 3 patterns indicated and A-class competitors should know the 4 patterns indicated. If a student athlete does not know a required pattern then they may perform another pattern of their choice, but will receive a -1.5 point deduction from their final score (out of 10.0) in each instance. Both competitors perform the same pattern, which is chosen based on which round of the bracket has been reached, see examples below.

Examples:

  • Match number “6-3” refers to Court 6, Match 3 – this match takes place in Round 1 of 3 of the upper bracket and so the pattern indicated for Round 1 will be performed by both competitors.
  • Match number “6-5” refers to Court 6, Match 5 – this match takes place in Round 2 of 3 of the upper bracket and so the pattern indicated for Round 2 will be performed by both competitors.
  • Match number “6-10” refers to Court 6, Match 10 – this match takes place in round Repechage 2 of 3, the second round of the repechage (lower) bracket and so the pattern indicated for Round 2 will be performed by both competitors.
  • Match number “6-14” refers to Court 6, Match 14 – this match takes place in Repechage Final, the final round of the repechage (lower) bracket, and so the pattern indicated for Final (medal) rounds will be performed by both competitors.

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Example Bracket:

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Chang-Hon Patterns Table

Round ↓ Division → C-class, 10th – 7th Kup B-class, 6th – 3rd Kup A-class, 2nd Kup +
Rounds 1, 4, 7 of x Chon-Ji (1) Dan-Gun (2) Joong-Gun (6)
Rounds 2, 5, 8 of x Dan-Gun (2) Do-San (3) Toi-Gye (7)
Rounds 3, 6, 9 of x Chon-Ji (1) Won-Hyo (4) Hwa-Rang (8)
Final (medal) rounds Dan-Gun (2) Won-Hyo (4) Choong-Moo (9)

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Chang-Hon Pairs Patterns

Chang-Hon Pairs Patterns events are identical to the Individual Patterns event described above except for the following specific rules:

  • For the pairs event you must enter 2 athletes (one male and one female) per pair.
  • Both athletes must be of the same grade class.
  • Both athletes must be registered at the same institution
  • All athletes may only be a member of a single patterns pair per discipline, per competition.
  • Pairs competitors are scored by the additional criteria of harmony (synchronisation) of movements, timing, and strength.
  • Pairs competitors must enter and exit the competition area together.
  • Each team’s student-athlete’s must co-ordinate to select the matching pairs when selecting their respective entries e.g., for the first pair each selecting Team_1’s_Player(1of2), and Team_1’s_Player(2of2) respectively and so on.

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Chang-Hon Team Patterns

Chang-Hon Team Patterns events are identical to the Individual Patterns event described above except for the following specific rules:

  • For the team patterns event you must enter three student-athletes per team.
  • All three student-athletes must be of the same grade class.
  • All three student-athletes must be registered at the same institution
  • All three student-athletes may only be a member of a single patterns-team per discipline, per competition.
  • Team Patterns competitors are scored by the additional criteria of harmony (synchronisation) of movements, timing, and strength.
  • Team Patterns competitors must enter and exit the competition area together.
  • Each team’s student-athlete’s must co-ordinate to select the matching pairs when selecting their respective entries e.g., for the first patterns-team each selecting Team_1’s_Player(1of3), Team_1’s_Player(2of3) and Team_1’s_Player(3of3) etc.

Freestyle patterns

Freestyle patterns are dynamic, complex, and gymnastic routines of Taekwondo techniques set to music. The routine’s design and music selection are chosen by and unique to each competitor.

In freestyle patterns competitors must reach both the required medal position and achieve a minimum qualification average score of 5.250 in order to qualify for EUSA Championships and Games.

Competitors must email their music to us in an mp3 format at least two weeks in advance of every tournament entered.

A white dobok of any type or poomsae dobok may be worn. Competitors may only use flexible tape to affix clothing rather than pins and must not wear nail varnish or jewellery, including any kind of piercings jewellery. The organisers and their officials may disallow any equipment at their discretion.

The full Freestyle patterns rules published by World Taekwondo are available online.

Scoring

Your performance must be a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 70 seconds, with deduction criteria set according to current WT freestyle patterns rules. Each performance is scored based on the various technical skills and presentation categories. The patterns must include a number of mandatory elements, which include stances (Hakdari Seogi {crane stance}, Beom Seogi {cat stance}, Dwitkubi {back stance}), and the following techniques must be worked into the routine and appear in this order: (1st) jumping side-kick, (2nd) jumping multiple front-kick, (3rd) spinning kick, (4th) 3-5 consecutive sparring kicks and (5th) acrobatic actions.

Jump kick scoring (1.0 Points): Depending on the balance, accuracy of execution and the height of the jumping sidekicks in comparison to body, face or over face, it is scored to 0.1 and 0.9 points. The middle of the height of the kick foot and the lowest part of the body are taken as a height of jump for the scoring. Only yopchagis with at least 80% knee extension are considered for the scoring. There is no scoring for kicks below belt height.

Number of kicks in a single jump – jumping front kicks (1.0 Points): 3 apchagis (0.1 – 0.3), 4 apchagis (0.4 – 0.6), 5 apchagis (0.7 – 0.9). There is no scoring for kicks below belt height. The apchagis can be performed body or face level, but a higher apchagi execution (over face level) has effect in terms of evaluation for higher presentation score. Only apchagis with at least 80% knee extension are considered for scoring.

Degrees of spinning kick (1.0 Points): 360° up to 540° (0.1 – 0.3), 540° up to 720° (0.4 – 0.6), 720° and over (0.7 – 0.9) No scoring for spin kicks of less than 360°. Spinning-Kicks can be performed body or face level, but a higher spinning-kick execution (over face level) are evaluated for a higher presentation score.

Performance level of the consecutive sparring kicks (1.0 Points): The Kicks should be performed in sparring style and represent a sparring competition. The main criteria are the quality and level of performance of the consecutive kicks. The numbers of consecutive sparring kicks are between 3 and 5. Scoring of the kicks is independent of their number (no matter whether these are 3, 4 or 5 kicks). No scoring for less than 3 consecutive kicks. It is mandatory to bounce 3 to 5 times before execution of consecutive sparring kicks. 0.1 Points deduction for additional bouncing up to 3 times (6 – 8) 0.3 Points deduction for additional bouncing more than 3 times (>8).

Acrobatic actions (1.0 Points): All acrobat actions must be performed with a TKD kick e.g., apchagi executions begin with bended knee). The kicks are performed in air and can be executed with swing or jumping leg. Depending upon degree of difficulty and accuracy of the execution up to 0.9 points are assigned. Performance of acrobatic actions without a taekwondo kick is not scored. Acrobatics actions are for example: Easy (0.1 – 0.3) aerial cartwheel, handspring forwards; Moderate (0.4 – 0.6) standing salto backwards, combination of the roundoff and salto backwards; Difficult (0.7 – 0.9) salto forwards, salto forwards with 180° (1/2) turning around the body longitudinal axis.

Other general scoring categories: Basic Movements and Practicability (1.0 Points); Creativity (1.0 Points); Harmony (1.0 Points); Expression of energy (1.0 Points); Music & Choreography (1.0 Points).

Specific deductions

For the execution of mandatory foot techniques (jumping side-kicks, jumping front kicks, spinning kicks and kicks with acrobatic action) contestants may run at most up to 5 steps. For every additional step 0.1 points are subtracted.

Mandatory stances are (1) Hakdari Seogi, (2) Beom Seogi, (3) Dwitkubi. 0.3 points deduction for each missed mandatory stances during performance.

Crossing the boundary line with both feet. 0.3 points deduction for each crossing of the boundary.

Restart Deduction for the restart is 0.6 Points (2*0.3= 0.6 as for recognised poomsae)

The duration of contest in all divisions is between 60 and 70 seconds. Deduction for performances outside of the allowed time is 0.3 points.

Competition progression

Double elimination system: Competitors are matched in elimination brackets and with competitors from the same institution separated in the first round where possible. Matched competitors each perform their pattern sequentially. The competitor with the higher score progresses to the next match in the upper bracket towards the gold medal match. The competitor with the lower score drops down into the lower bracket at the point they were eliminated and may continue to progress towards the bronze medal match.

Examples:

  • Match number “6-3” refers to Court 6, Match 3 – this match takes place in Round 1 of 3 of the upper bracket and so the pattern indicated for Round 1 will be performed by both competitors.
  • Match number “6-5” refers to Court 6, Match 5 – this match takes place in Round 2 of 3 of the upper bracket and so the pattern indicated for Round 2 will be performed by both competitors.
  • Match number “6-10” refers to Court 6, Match 10 – this match takes place in round Repechage 2 of 3, the second round of the repechage (lower) bracket and so the pattern indicated for Round 2 will be performed by both competitors.
  • Match number “6-14” refers to Court 6, Match 14 – this match takes place in Repechage Final, the final round of the repechage (lower) bracket, and so the pattern indicated for Final (medal) rounds will be performed by both competitors.

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Example Bracket:

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WT rules sparring

Competitors are divided into 3 grade divisions A, B and C classes, each with male and female sub-divisions and up to 8 weight divisions within each sub-division. Note that 10th Kup students are not eligible to enter sparring events. The events will apply the pertinent WT (Olympic) rules sparring rule-set, with modifications advertised during the team captains’ meeting. Matches will be contested on jigsaw matted rings.

The scoring system is:

  • One (1) point for a valid punch to the trunk protector
  • Two (2) points for a valid kick to the trunk protector
  • Three (3) points for a valid kick to the head
  • Four (4) points for a valid turning kick to the trunk protector
  • Five (5) points for a valid turning kick to the head

All WT rules sparring A-class divisions of the BUCS Championships Series competition will utilise KP&P Protector Scoring System (PSS) including chest protectors and e-headguards. The BSTF will provide PSS  systems, while A-class competitors must bring their own KP&P sensor socks.

The following personal protective equipment is mandatory for all sparring competitors: body protector (red/blue); arm guards; shin guards; head guard (red/blue or white); groin guard; gloves; and mouth guard which is clear or white only with no exceptions to ensure referees can easily spot any signs of blood. All applicable protective equipment must be worn beneath the dobok. Competitors may only use flexible tape to affix clothing rather than pins and must not wear nail varnish or jewellery, including any kind of piercings jewellery. The organisers and their officials may disallow any equipment at their discretion.

Sparring competitors must be accompanied to their matches by a coach. Coaches must have be entered and accredited as a head-coach or assistant coach (typically they will be from your institution, but may be a coach from another team providing they are correctly entered and accredited). Competitors may also be registered as assistant coaches i.e., competitor-coaches. Coaches must stay seated during the match, bring a towel for their athlete, wear appropriate sportswear (sports jackets covering doboks for competitor-coaches), and respect all other competition rules and regulations.

Competitors must be above the minimum weight and below the maximum limit specified to achieve the required weight. Competitors who fail to meet their weight may have two further attempts within the scheduled period, or may change weight division; a category change fee will be applied. There will be a maximum -/+200 g allowance for athletes being under or over their weight at the weigh-in and this will be strictly applied (see accreditation and weigh-in rules for full details). The organisers may adjust weight and grade divisions where required. Adjacent or ante adjacent weight categories will be combined if there are less than four competitors in a division. Athletes may only enter in 1 weight division for each discipline (but may enter more than one discipline).

Weight divisions

Male Female
-54 kg -46 kg
-58 kg -49 kg
-63 kg -53 kg
-68 kg -57 kg
-74 kg -62 kg
-80 kg -67 kg
-87 kg -73 kg
+87 kg +73 kg

Competition progression

Double elimination system: Competitors are matched in elimination brackets and with competitors from the same institution separated in the first round where possible.  The match winner progresses to the next match in the upper bracket towards the gold medal match. The loser drops down into the lower bracket at the point they were eliminated and may continue to progress towards the bronze medal match.

Example Bracket:

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ITF rules sparring

ITF Rules Sparring events use double elimination brackets. Competitors are divided into 3 grade divisions A, B and C classes, each with male and female sub-divisions and each with multiple weight divisions. Note that 10th Kup students are not eligible to enter sparring events. The events will apply the pertinent ITF rules sparring rule-set, with modifications advertised during the team captains’ meeting. Matches will comprise of continuous, semi-contact sparring bouts contested on jigsaw matted rings.

The scoring system is:

  • One (1) point: any valid hand technique to a target area, or foot technique to the mid-section area
  • Two (2) points: any valid jumping hand technique to the high-section area, jumping foot technique to the mid-section area, or foot technique to the high-section area
  • Three (3) points: any valid jumping foot technique to the high-section area
  • Scores will be recorded by each judge by ‘clicker’ and the majority judge’s decision based on final scores being revealed at the end of the match. Penalties are applied for fouls, including the use of excessive force or uncontrolled striking at the point of contact, and for combining more than 3 hand techniques without a valid follow up technique.

The following personal protective equipment is mandatory for all sparring competitors: ITF type foam hand and feet protectors (of any matching colour, though the organising committee recommends competitors wear all blue or all red protective equipment when assigned blue or red respectively in order to provide maximum clarity to the judges scoring the match); head guard (of any matching colour); mouth guard (clear or white only – no exceptions, this is to ensure referees can easily spot any sign of blood); and groin guard (male divisions only). The following protective equipment is optional: foam shin and forearm guards (male and female divisions), female breast protector and female groin guard (female divisions only). All applicable protective equipment must be worn beneath the dobok. Competitors may only use flexible tape to affix clothing rather than pins and must not wear nail varnish or jewellery, including any kind of piercings jewellery. Protective equipment colour choice is at the competitor’s discretion but matching colours are recommended*. Faux leather covered sponge protectors, rather than dipped foam pieces are recommended*. Competitors’ doboks must be white. The organisers and their officials may disallow any equipment at their discretion.

*From 2025-26 we intend to phase out the use of dipped foam type hand and foot protectors, with all competitors using 10 ounce PU gloves and PU foot protectors only. We encourage clubs to accrue matching sets of red and blue protective equipment over the intervening years so their teams may compete in matching coloured hand, foot and head protective equipment, enhancing clarity for umpires and spectators.

Sparring competitors must be accompanied to their matches by a coach. Coaches must have be entered and accredited as a head-coach or assistant coach (typically they will be from your institution, but may be a coach from another team providing they are correctly entered and accredited). Competitors may also be registered as assistant coaches i.e., competitor-coaches. Coaches must stay seated during the match, bring a towel for their athlete, wear appropriate sportswear (sports jackets covering doboks for competitor-coaches), and respect all other competition rules and regulations.

Competitors must be above the minimum weight and below the maximum limit specified to achieve the required weight. Competitors who fail to meet their weight may have two further attempts within the scheduled period, or may change weight division; a category change fee will be applied. There will be a maximum -/+200 g allowance for athletes being under or over their weight at the weigh-in and this will be strictly applied (see accreditation and weigh-in rules for full details). The organisers may adjust weight and grade divisions where required. Adjacent or ante adjacent weight categories will be combined if there are less than four competitors in a division. Athletes may only enter in 1 weight division for each discipline (but may enter more than one discipline).

Weight divisions

Male Female
-52 kg -47 kg
-58 kg -52 kg
-64 kg -57 kg
-71 kg -62 kg
-78 kg -67 kg
-85 kg -72 kg
-92 kg -77 kg
+92 kg +77 kg

Competition progression

Double elimination system: Competitors are matched in elimination brackets and with competitors from the same institution separated in the first round where possible.  The match winner progresses to the next match in the upper bracket towards the gold medal match. The loser drops down into the lower bracket at the point they were eliminated and may continue to progress towards the bronze medal match.

Example Bracket:

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Double elimination

BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series competition disciplines utilise double elimination brackets when possible, providing more matches for competitors and more avenues to medal success.

Advantages of double elimination

Two for one entries – it’s akin to two single elimination tournament entries for the price of one, staffing twice as many courts so we may run double the number of matches at each student championships!

Lower overall entry costs – by moving to double elimination vs. dual brackets we have been able to reduce the average total entry costs for the majority of competitors!

Reduced travel costs for competitors and administration for committees – so that each time your team travels it’s to attend much larger scale tournaments, with more opportunities to gain experience and secure medals and ranking points.

All student-athletes gain more match experience and progresses faster – with double elimination all competitors will have at least two matches and three quarters will play three matches or more; in a single-elimination tournament half of the competitors are eliminated after their first match, often those who might have benefited most from extra experience.

May the best player win – with single-elimination brackets, even seeded ones, it was common for two of the strongest players to meet in an early round and see one eliminated at that stage, reducing the team points a team could build and having talented student-athletes miss out on EUSA qualification; double-elimination greatly reduces result variance, helping both developing players to get more experience and high performance athletes to meet in medal matches.

Closer match-ups and better finals – double-elimination brackets tend towards self-sorting, with student-athletes closer in ability clustered into the upper and lower brackets as each round progresses, culminating in the best performing student-athletes meeting most often in the medal matches.

Our current double elimination format in detail

A double elimination format will utilised where court capacity permits and providing a valid bracket can be created from entries. Tournament brackets are generated randomly, with competitors from the same institution separated in the first round.

A double elimination bracket splits competitors into two sets of brackets: the upper bracket (where everyone starts) and the lower bracket (also known as the repechage). The upper bracket is conducted in the same manner as a typical single-elimination tournament draw, except that the losers of each round “drop down” into the lower bracket at the point they were eliminated.

There are several variations of double elimination bracket rules. In our current double elimination format the upper bracket winner will take gold directly, the loser of the upper bracket final taking silver, while the lower bracket competitors progress through the bracket to contest the single bronze medal (and third highest total individual and team points won). Once a player drops into the lower bracket they will exit the competition after the next match they lose, regardless of opponent and/or previous results. There are no further matches in any division’s bracket after the medal matches are completed.

For more information please review the double elimination instructional video. Note: this video includes an upper and lower bracket winners’ final, which may not be applied under our latest championships format.

Example of our double elimination format

European University Sports Association (EUSA) events are for universities that qualify from their domestic university competitions, and allow the top universities in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) competitions to compete against the best universities in Europe.

Please note that qualification is restricted to the BUCS Series overall individual champion medallists for specific disciplines, while  the number of qualifiers permitted is determined by a division’s average player population. Please visit the Qualification for European Universities Games page for further information.

BUCS Taekwondo Points

For further information regarding BUCS points attribution please visit the BUCS website.

The BUCS Taekwondo Championship Series (the Series) awards institutions BUCS Team Points for top 8 placement, and BUCS Individual Champion’s Points for top 4 placements in eligible divisions. Team and individual accrue ranking points across championships towards overall Series placements, with BUCS points awarded at the end of the Series and not per championship.

The categories listed here are subject to change. Class/ weight divisions may be uncontested or merged based on the number of accredited entries.

BUCS Team Points

Each institution’s overall team placement is determined by sum of the total ranking points won by their registered student-athletes across the Series, including all classes, disciplines and divisions.

BUCS Team Points Scoring Disciplines:

  • WT rules sparring (A, B and C class)
  •  ITF rules sparring (A, B and C class)
  • Kukkiwon Individual Patterns (A, B and C class
  • Chang-Hon Individual Patterns (A, B and C class)
  • Kukkiwon Pairs Patterns (A, B and C class)
  • Chang-Hon Pairs Patterns (A, B and C class)
  • Kukkiwon Teams (3s) Patterns (A, B and C class)
  • Chang-Hon Teams (3s) Patterns (A, B and C class)
  • Freestyle Individual Patterns (A, B and C class)

The top 8 placing institutions are awarded BUCS Team Points as follows:

  • 1st place: 20 points
  • 2nd place: 14 points
  • 3rd place: 10 points
  • 4th place: 7 points
  • 5th place: 5 points
  • 6th place: 3 points
  • 7th place: 2 points
  • 8th place: 1 point

If there is a tie the result is shared. Individuals’ ranking points are weighted by a coefficient for each class of: x0.1 C-class, x0.2 B-class and x0.4 A-class for team ranking calculations. If required patterns and sparring results are normalised for team ranking calculations.

BUCS Individual Champion Points

Student-athletes may accrue ranking points in disciplines and divisions contested at one or more Series championship, and the sum of up to their best 2 sets of ranking points for separate division(s) across the Series determine their overall BUCS Individual Champion placement(s). Only individual, A-class disciplines are eligible for BUCS Individual Champion placement.

BUCS Individual Champion Points Scoring Disciplines:

  • WT – WT rule sparring (A-class) {Olympic rules}
  • ITF – ITF rules sparring (A-class) {Semi-contact rules}
  • KW – Kukkiwon Individual Patterns (A-class)
  • CH – Chang-Hon Individual Patterns (A-class)
  • FS – Freestyle Individual Patterns (A-class)

The institutions of the top 4 placing student-athletes in the eligible divisions are awarded BUCS Individual Champion Points as follows:

  • 1st place: 12 points
  • 2nd place: 8 points
  • 3rd place: 6 points
  • 4th place: 4 points

BUCS Individual Champion 1st-4th placement ties are broken by comparing the overall head-to-head match(es) won between tied competitors. If a tie remains then the result is shared.

Where a student-athlete makes weight at accreditation and their division of entry is merged, any ranking points they accrue are fully attributed to their original division of entry. Where a student-athlete fails to make weight and changes division at accreditation, any ranking points they accrue are fully attributed to the weight division they have changed to compete in (even if that division is itself later merged). Ranking points are not transferable between disciplines or weight divisions. Student-athletes may only compete in one weight division per discipline per championship. Student-athlete may enter different weight divisions at different championships, but will accrue ranking points towards separate division rankings in that case, subject to the above division merger rules.

More populated divisions have higher potential individual ranking point totals, rewarding competitors who progress furthest in the most competitive championship divisions. The table below lists division population versus round progression/ final placement to the ranking points accrued in a typical double elimination bracket. All disciplines are contested in a double elimination bracket format (in exceptional circumstances a single elimination format may be used, in which case points for placement will be converted to their double elimination equivalent). Competitors are awarded 1 point for successful weigh-in & registration, plus the following ranking points for final placement in their division(s):

Double elimination ranking points

Double elimination ranking points (as above, and add one point for completing accreditation)

Men’s Individual BUCS Points

BUCS Mens Individual Divisions 2019-20

Women’s Individual BUCS Points

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Student Taekwondo Indomitable Team Trophy

The Indomitable Team Trophy is a special award for clubs of any size to strive for. Overall Indomitable Team placements are calculated from the sum each team’s competitors ranking points, accrued in the same way as BUCS Team Points, but with no class modifiers and with average ranking points per player entered (for each club entering 5 or more athletes) determining the overall placement, allowing teams large and small to compete together on a level playing field for the Indomitable Team title!

The Indomitable Team Trophy does not award BUCS points.

Individual Championship Medals and BUCS Individual Champion Medals

At each championship the top three placed student-athletes in every discipline and division are awarded 1 bronze, 1 silver and 1 gold BSTF medal.

At the conclusion of the BUCS Taekwondo Championship Series the top three placed BUCS Individual Champions in each individual, A-class discipline, are awarded 1 bronze, 1 silver and 1 gold BUCS medal.

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Weight-making practices in combat sports

Taekwondo is a weight segmented combat sport, and the reduction of body mass is considered an important aspect in order to gain advantages over opponents in terms of limb length and power to mass ratio [1].

There are numerous associated negative effects on both health and performance from reducing body mass. Chronic periods of calorie restriction which induce losses of body fat and muscle tissue can lead to a whole host of issues including those on immune function, bone structure and menstrual function in females [2]. This can also lead to eating related disorders including anorexia nervosa [3] whilst negatively effecting performance by not having enough available energy to compete despite a period of refeeding.

Dehydration (caused by exercise, saunas, diuretics etc.) can display negative effects through losses of as little as 2% of body mass which can decrease cognitive function [4], with losses of over 5% body mass effecting cardiovascular, liver and kidney function potentially leading to cardiac events and renal failure [5]. It should be noted that there have been associated deaths in combat sports over recent years and very recently in Taekwondo [6]. Were this to occur under a coaches supervision they may be legally culpable and this could lead to criminal prosecution.

Given the dangers associated with varying methods of reducing body mass in all instances student athletes should seek professional guidance from either a registered dietician or SENr registered sport nutritionist where possible. Coaches and athletes are highly encouraged to attend our Strength and Conditioning for Taekwondo Athletes Course which includes an athlete nutrition and weight-making module, where guidance is provided by our course leader Carl Langan-Evans, a researcher in the field of safe and effective body mass loss for combat sport athletes [7].

In all cases we recommend coaches and athletes adopt an evidence based approach, monitor their athletes’ weight over time and plan for competition well in advance. Penalty fees for weight division changes are in place at BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series events to encourage forward planning and discourage incautious weight division entries. It is our desire that club committees and contracted coaches improve weight monitoring and selection such that no division changes at weigh-in need occur.

[1] da Silva Santos JF, Takito MY, Artioli GG, Franchini E. Weight loss practices in Taekwondo athletes of different competitive levels. Journal of exercise rehabilitation. 2016;12(3):202-8. Epub 2016/07/16. PubMed PMID: 27419116; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc4934965. [2] Mountjoy M, Sundgot-Borgen JK, Burke LM, Ackerman KE, Blauwet C, Constantini N, et al. IOC consensus statement on relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S): 2018 update. Br J Sports Med. 2018;52(11):687-97. Epub 2018/05/19. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099193. PubMed PMID: 29773536. [3] Joy E, De Souza MJ, Nattiv A, Misra M, Williams NI, Mallinson RJ, et al. 2014 female athlete triad coalition consensus statement on treatment and return to play of the female athlete triad. Current sports medicine reports. 2014;13(4):219-32. Epub 2014/07/12. doi: 10.1249/jsr.0000000000000077. [4] Wittbrodt MT, Millard-Stafford M. Dehydration Impairs Cognitive Performance: A Meta-analysis. Medicine and science in sports and exercise. 2018. Epub 2018/06/23. doi: 10.1249/mss.0000000000001682. PubMed PMID: 29933347. [5] Kasper AM, Crighton B, Langan-Evans C, Riley P, Sharma A, Close GL, et al. Case Study: Extreme Weight Making Causes Relative Energy Deficiency, Dehydration and Acute Kidney Injury in a Male Mixed Martial Arts Athlete. International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism. 2018:1-20. Epub 2018/07/11. doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.2018-0029. PubMed PMID: 29989458. [6] Forsyth L. Schoolboy collapses and dies during taekwondo fight as opponent celebrates ‘victory’ until he realises what’s happened. Daily Mirror. 2018. PubMed PMID: 25014387. [7] Langan-Evans C, Close GL, Morton JP. Making Weight in Combat Sports. Strength & Conditioning Journal. 2011;33(6):25-39. doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318231bb64. PubMed PMID: 00126548-201112000-00005.

Risk Management

Like any contact sport, taekwondo presents a risk of injury which must be managed. Our policies have been designed to meet the specific needs of taekwondo competition, iterated across three decades of BSTF tournament delivery, and developed in consultation with emergency physicians and specialist medical providers.

Research suggests taekwondo holds no greater average risk of injury than other popular sports [1,2], that the most common injury type is haematoma and that injuries occur predominantly to the lower limb [3]. Since matches are substantially shorter than that of most full contact team sport competition in length and lower in frequency, the total annual-injury-exposure risk is proportionally reduced. However, all weight segmented combat sports present specific risks, particularly that contact is an objective within the competition rules and potentially harmful weight making practices.

A martial art or combat sport tournament’s health and safety protocols, and the fidelity of their implementation, are critical to risk management. Inadequate provision of trained medical staff and equipment may endanger athletes’ health and well-being. Institutions’ sport managers and club captains should be aware that the policies and provision of third party tournament organisers in the UK (including, but not limited to individuals and small associations) may vary significantly. The protocols described here cannot be taken for granted outside of BSTF events, hence, we recommend that university sport officers and club captains implement a process to review and confirm an event’s protocols satisfy your institution’s requirements whenever student-athletes enter any martial art or combat sport tournament. A checklist of essential provisions is included in the last section here for reference.

BSTF Tournament Insurance

BSTF events are independently insured under our own bespoke martial arts activities policy, ensuring coverage of all participants at our events.

Note, university club members may or may not already hold a third party insurance policy with one of a variety of different providers (such member to member policies might be purchased to cover training activities within a university club where this is not already provided for by your institution’s own activities insurance policy), however, member to member policies from a particular third party organisations are typically provide no cover at events where other participants hold different policies. Furthermore, it is not sufficient to rely on students to have obtained individual insurance policies, because:

  • The various participants’ insurance may not be equivalent or sufficient for the activities
  • Their policies may have expired between entry being submitted and their attending the event

See the Event Procedures section for information regarding insurance claims.

BSTF Tournament Medical Provision

Provisions for the safety of participants are paramount to the organisation of combat sport and martial art competition. Typical coverage at a BSTF tournament includes a member of medical staff (FPoSi/ Paramedic / Advanced Emergency Aid and Trauma Management in Sport qualified), supported by multiple first aiders (Emergency First Aiders in Sport qualified) court-side, and with a dedicated treatment area and trauma equipment available.

Our summary policy requirements are listed in more detail in the next section, including requirements for: rules and regulations; risk assessments; medical and first aid staffing; head injury assessment protocols; medical equipment; tournament safety equipment; weight divisions; and athlete experience level divisions.

Assessment Protocols

The BSTF implements a head injury assessment protocol for the safety of student-athletes. This protocol is complimented by accreditation mechanisms which allow us to gatekeep student-athletes between matches and ensure they have been reviewed and either cleared to compete or withdrawn on advice of the medical team.

The BSTF also deliver athlete and coach development courses to raise standards in other aspects of athlete health and safety including: strength and conditioning training; nutrition and weight management; the dangers associated with weight cutting and dehydration; anti-doping and testing; and other topics.

Taekwondo Tournament Health and Safety Provision Checklist

Outside of BSTF Student National Taekwondo Championships Series events there exist a variety of third party taekwondo events large and small which a university club’s members might also attend during the year. If your club plans to attend any taekwondo competition we recommend that sport department staff and club captains always discuss whether the following checklist of provisions are in place, indicative of responsible health and safety policy by an organiser.

All of the provisions described in the following checklist are in place at BSTF Student National Taekwondo Championships Series tournaments:

  1. That an event’s risk assessment is available on request.
  2. That competition rules and regulations are published in advance, are readily available and comprehensive.
  3. That all participants are insured by a bespoke martial arts policy for any tournament open to all university clubs, and that the policy details are available on request.
  4. That qualified and equipped medic(s) staff sparring tournaments.  
    1. The BSTF require as standard for sparring tournaments one or more Emergency Medicine Practitioner / Paramedic / FPoSi / Advanced Emergency Aid trained (lead) medics in attendance.
  5. That qualified and equipped first-aider(s) staff sparring tournaments.
    1. The BSTF require as standard for sparring tournaments more than one first-aider for every two courts, in addition to and not including one or more lead medics for the court averaged staffing requirement calculation.
    2. The BSTF policy is that it may never be considered sufficient to rely on attending umpires or a venue’s general staff (regardless of their first aid qualifications) to provide first aid support for taekwondo sparring competition, and these staff may not be included in the number of medically trained staff in attendance; all first-aiders listed must be engaged solely in that role during a sparring tournament. 
  6. That the necessary equipment for trauma treatment is available in case ever required, at that this include: O2, Entonox, airway management kit, automated external defibrillator, spinal board and full set of emergency drugs.
  7. That a dedicated treatment area is available court-side for medics and first-aiders.
  8. That a head injury assessment protocol is in place, where medical staff hold the independent authority to assess and withdraw an athlete’s accreditation at their discretion. Additionally, that processes are in place to track athletes between matches who have been invited for a follow-up assessment prior to any accreditation reinstatement decision being made by the medical staff.
    1. Athletes have no right to appeal an accreditation withdrawal decision made by the medical staff under any circumstances.
  9. That jigsaw matting is utilised for all competition areas to reduce the risk of injury from falls and that the total area per court be no smaller than 8×8 m.
  10. That no ungraded (“10th kup”) students are permitted to take part in sparring disciplines.
  11. That suitable weight and grade (experience) divisions are in place.
  12. That competitions are run according to the rules of an established international federation to ensure that the health and safety role of referees is clearly defined, and that legal scoring techniques and penalties and  are applied consistently.
  13. That only trained umpires referee matches. 
  14. That competition areas and spectator areas are separated, and that entry and exit between these areas is strictly managed.
  15. That athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers receive an accreditation (ID card) on registration which determines their access to competition area(s).
  16. That processes are in place to check athlete and coach accreditation, both on entry to a competition area and prior to the start of a match.
  17. That sports department and club captains must nominate their head coach and secondary coaches during the entry process, and that only those accredited individuals may coach athletes at the event.

We also recommend that coaches attend the Strength and Conditioning for Taekwondo Athletes course which includes information about anti-doping and random testing, nutrition and weight management, and the health risks associated with rapid weight loss and dehydration.

[1] Boxing, Wrestling, and Martial Arts Related Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments in the United States, 2002-2005, J Sports Sci Med. 2007 Oct; 6(CSSI-2): 58–61. [2] Australian sports injury hospitalisations 2011-12 (full publication; 21 oct 2014 edition) (AIHW). [3] Lystad, Reidar. (2015). Epidemiology of injuries in full-contact combat sports. Australasian Epidemiologist. 22. 14-18.

Accreditation

There are two types of accreditation area:

  • (i) Umpire, Volunteer and Coach Accreditation desk (typically in main hall, see signage)
  • (ii) Athlete Accreditation & Weigh-in desk (typically in changing rooms, see signage)

(i) Umpire, Volunteer and Coach Accreditation station

All head-coaches, volunteers and umpires must attend the Umpire, Volunteer and Coach Accreditation desk on each day they are coaching/ volunteering/ umpiring (i.e., both mornings of a 2 day championships) and show their photo ID (e.g., driving licence).

BUCS Series Championships competition days are labelled day 1 and day 2 (day 2 is only applicable for events with two competition days), and day 0 (zero) refers to the preceding day.

  • Typically there will be an accreditation station open for all umpires, volunteers and coaches on the morning of both day 1 and day 2 of a two day long championships event.
  • If you are an umpire recruited for both days at the event, or volunteering on both days at the event, you must attend to register at accreditation on both days or you may be marked as absent.
  • The location(s), opening and closing times of accreditation sessions may change; always check the event itinerary leading up to an event and watch out for any changes to the number and periods(s) of the accreditation session(s)

(ii) Athlete Accreditation & Weigh-in

All student-athletes and alumni-athletes must attend the Athlete Accreditation & Weigh-in desk and show their photo ID (e.g., driving licence) and student ID card (photo ID but not student ID is required for alumnus-alumni athletes). Student-athletes and alumni-athletes only need to attend accreditation and weigh-in once per competition, however, those student-athletes and alumni-athletes competing on one day and volunteering on other day(s) must also attend the registration desk to sign-in on each day they volunteer.

Teams will be accredited and weighed-in together in the order the teams arrived. Check the notice boards at the venue to determine which accreditation room to attend, as this will vary by university and gender.

All adult competitors shall weigh-in wearing only underwear (men – underpants; women – underpants and bra; may alternatively be nude if requested by the athlete). To protect the privacy of the competitors, weigh-ins will be conducted in closed rooms, and supervisors and assistants shall be of the same sex as the competitors. An additional privacy screen will be made available whenever possible to speed up the accreditation and weigh-in process. If privacy screens are unavailable a competitor may request the weigh-in room be emptied of all personnel except themselves and the weigh-in supervisors and assistants before completing their weigh-in. Competitors must not remove their clothing until they are in the weigh-in room; sports clothing, boxing style dressing gowns or similar may be worn while waiting for weigh-in but shall be removed before stepping on the scales. The scales may not be moved from their set position for any reason. The event organisers reserve the right to modify the weigh-in protocol for all competitors only if it is deemed necessary, for example, due to extreme time constraints, with any event day change communicated to the team captains at the earliest opportunity.

Student-athletes may attempt to make weight an unlimited number of times during the registration period(s), but must re-join the queue for the weigh-in room each time. There will be a maximum -/+200 g variance allowance for players being under/over their weight division at the weigh-in which will be strictly applied. Sparring competitors who fail to meet their weight may change weight division at the cost of a £20 fee per discipline changed at registration.

BUCS Series Championships competition days are labelled day 1 and day 2 (day 2 is only applicable for events with two competition days), and day 0 (zero) refers to the preceding day.

  • Typically there will be a single accreditation and weigh-in period for all competitors on the morning of day 1 only of a one day or a two day long championships events.
  • If you are both competing and volunteering in different sessions at an event (e.g., competing in patterns in the morning, volunteering during sparring) you must attend both the (i) Umpire, Volunteer and Coach Accreditation and the (ii) Athlete Accreditation & Weigh-in station or you may be marked as absent.
  • The location(s), opening and closing times of accreditation and weigh-in sessions may change; always check the event itinerary leading up to an event and watch out for any changes to the number and periods(s) of the accreditation and weigh-in session(s)

Important

  • [1] If you are both competing and volunteering in different sessions at an event (e.g., competing in patterns in the morning, volunteering during sparring) you must attend both the (i) Umpire, Volunteer and Coach Accreditation and the (ii) Athlete Accreditation & Weigh-in station or you may be marked as absent.
  • [2] If you are an umpire recruited for both days at the event, or volunteering on both days at the event, you must attend to register at accreditation on both days or you may be marked as absent.

Essential Briefings

Check the event itinerary for times and meeting locations for the following briefing sessions.

  • Volunteer Briefing Session for L5 /L4 / L3 quota volunteers (this includes registration and accreditation for volunteers)
  • Umpire Briefing Session for L2 / L1 centre referees and patterns judges (includes registration and accreditation for umpires)
  • Captain Briefing Session (to be attended by two people per team: your team captain or club president and your head-coach)

Modifications to international rule-sets may be employed at the discretion of the organisers as listed on this website and/or announced at event’s team captain’s briefing session e.g., changes to the event schedule; changes to round lengths.

Volunteers failing to attend the briefing session will be marked as absent and their club fined according to the absent quota rules.

If you are attending the event in multiple roles then you must attend all associated briefing sessions.

Accessing Competition Area

All participants, competitors, coaches, volunteers and officials may only enter and exit the competition area via the check-in area. Competitors must present themselves to the check-in area 2 full matches in advance of each scheduled sparring bout or scheduled patterns round.

Your accreditation card must be presented every time when passing through check-in and to the court desk prior to each bout. Players must wait in the designated waiting areas at court-side. Only one sparring coach (required) and up to one physiotherapist or team doctor (optional) may accompany each player. Players and coaches must enter and then exit the competition area by the same route directly after their match is concluded.

Competition brackets will be displayed in the venue following registration. Live match numbers are shown on the court tables, the first digits indicating the court number and the second digits the match number e.g., 2-8 is the eighth match on court number two. Where a double elimination or dual tournament format is employed, the lower bracket/ second bracket will begin immediately after the completion of the first without any break.

Athletes and coaches must listen for announcements and track match numbers displayed on the courts throughout the day. Matches may be rescheduled to other courts during the event. When an individual athlete is called for over the PA system this indicate they have not arrived for their scheduled match and have 60 seconds remaining to arrive at their court, after which the match may be awarded immediately to their opponent.

The organising committee have an overriding duty to the health and safety of all participants and strive to complete tournaments by the scheduled finish time so that many hundreds of athletes’, coaches’, volunteers’ and officials’ can perform at their best and minimise the risk that teams’ travel plans may be adversely affected. Every delay has knock on effects, and it is necessary to apply exactly the same rules for every athlete and every team at every point during the event. Hence, athletes and coaches are strictly responsible for arriving to their designated matches on time, with no allowance given for late arrivals, delays caused by forgetting mandatory equipment at check-in, missing announcements, being occupied by ongoing matches if entering concurrent divisions, receiving medical treatment, their coaches being unavailable, or for any other reason.

Withdrawals during the competition

If an player withdraws from their competition bracket a team coach must arrive to the court before the start of the scheduled match to confirm to the court desk that the athlete has withdrawn. Time lost on courts waiting for athletes can cause considerable delays for many hundreds of other participants, therefore, the competition organisers may penalise a team’s points if their coaches fail to advise a court desk of a player’s withdrawal in a timely manner.

Protests

When no video replay service is in place no protests by a coach during the course of a match are permitted. No judgement(s) made by officials during a match, including scoring of points and application of penalties, may be protested by a coach during the course of a match. Coaches must abide by the competition rules at all times and may be subject to disciplinary action if we believe they have breached these rules.

When a video replay service is available on a court protests may only be made according to the competition rules governing the IVR protest system.

A competitor’s coach is permitted to launch a formal protest directly after the conclusion of a match if they believe an uncorrected technical error occurred that would have definitively reversed the final result of a match at the point it concluded. No other grounds for protest will be considered. A protest must be made immediately following the end of the contest to the head table, with a deposit of £75 must be paid in cash only for each protest, refundable only if the protest is upheld. Only written submissions made as instructed by the organisers will be accepted and no other form of communication or media will be accepted without the express instruction of the organisers. The organisers may investigate by any means they deem appropriate, within whatever time frame they choose. The organisers decision is final.

Spectators and minors

Spectators attendance may be either permitted or restricted depending on the Event, particularly regarding any government advice regarding events at that time. Please see the event calendar for Event specific information.

When events are open to spectators they are are welcome at no charge, but must stay in the spectator areas only and not enter the competition areas or official’s areas.

No under 18s may compete in BSTF events. Any under 18s attending the event must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout, and their care and well-being are the sole responsibility of those parents and guardians.

Injuries and insurance claims

All injuries must be reported to the medical staff and first aiders employed at the event. In the event of an insurance claim following an injury we require name of the claimant and the time of the incident to draw these records from our medical providers. Participants must contact the BSTF as soon as possible, and within a maximum of 7 days in all cases where they intend to initiate an insurance claim. Be aware, in the event of an injury or incident requiring investigation that a participants’ declaration forms will be submitted in evidence to all necessary authorities.

Participation declaration

By submitting an entry to a BSTF event all participants, thereby agree to abide by our terms and conditions, and the BSTF code of conduct.

BSTF Tournament Entry Information