Quota of L4 / L3 trainee umpires
Each club’s quota number is a proportional to your total WT rules sparring entries and ITF rules sparring entries from the previous academic year. This method allow us to share precise numbers of trainee umpires in advance, allowing BSTF and university clubs alike to plan around these known numbers of individuals.
Each club’s quota calculated on a per discipline and level basis for WT (L4), ITF (L4), WT (L3) and ITF (L3) trained members. We recommend you ask your trainee umpires reserve the event dates in their calendars well in advance and that you encourage more than the minimum quota number to complete the training, as this will aid finding a replacement if an entered trainee umpire must drop out at short notice.
You can locate and print your club’s quota for this academic year by logging in to the Club Committee Portal (club committee account holders) or the Institution Administrator Portal (institution/SU staff member account holders) and selecting the ClubTraineeUmpireQuota option.
To offer the greatest opportunities for engagement and development, and complete the events very efficiently, we encourage all clubs to enter more than the minimum quota of trainee umpire wherever possible!
All BSTF account holders are able to access their L4 tests online on demand – login to Manage My Account and go to the Exams tab to begin.
A team captain or institution administrator must submit their team’s head-coach, assistant coaches and volunteers 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).
It is not possible to register as a volunteer on the same day you are competing in a sparring event, but patterns competitors, student-athletes sparring on a different day of a multi-day event, alumni members, affiliates, and club members who do not wish to compete are all eligible:
Trainee umpires provided by clubs towards your L4 quota must have completed and passed the BSTF online (L4) exam before they may be registered for this role
Trainee umpires provided by clubs towards your L3 quota must have attended an in-person (L3) BSTF training course before they may be registered for this role
Trainee umpires may be student-athletes competing in one or more patterns events only on the same day of the event
Trainee umpires may be student-athletes who are sparring on a different day of a multi-day event
Trainee umpires may be current students, alumni members, or members of your wider taekwondo networks whom you trust to represent your club
Trainee umpires may not be student-athletes entered into any sparring event on the same day
Trainee umpires may not coach sparring athletes on the same day of the event they are submitted as trainee umpires
Certified L2 umpires are paid a healthy allowance to attend events
If a registered trainee umpire becomes unavailable you may replace them with another trainee umpire of the same certification level. To do this you must email us in advance of a withdrawal. We cannot guarantee this will be possible if a substitution is requested at accreditation on the day. It is not permitted to substitute a registered trainee umpire with anyone who has not completed the requisite BSTF training for that certification level.
Clubs only need to provide their quota for the Championships Series events they enter. If you enter no athletes in a give Championships Series event you will not be required to fulfil the listed quota. If your institution enters athletes you must also enter the listed quota of certified trainee umpires. Clubs that do not submitted the requisite number of trainee umpires for an event, or who’s representative(s) is absent for all or part of an event, will be subject to a penalty fine of £45 per absent L4 trainee umpire and £90 per absent L3 trainee umpire.
We recommend clubs encourage as many current student, alumni and other potential trainee umpires complete the online test as far in advance of tournaments as possible to give themselves maximum flexibility in this regard. All participants will benefit from refreshing their knowledge of the latest competition rule updates and gaining familiarity with the event processes using these tools, too.
Progressing your club’s trainee umpires up to an L2 umpire certification is a fantastic way to develop as a taekwondo practitioner and to stay engaged with student taekwondo after you graduate.