Assistant Judge (L4) &/or Corner Judge (L3) Volunteer Quota
The quota number is a function of your total team WT rules sparring entries and ITF rules sparring entries that day, each discipline’s quota calculated separately, with one L4 or L3 qualified volunteer per five student-athletes sparring that day required (your volunteer quota may therefore be different for each day of a multi-day championships). For example, a team entering 14 student-athletes in ITF rules sparring and 19 student-athletes in WT rules sparring on the first day of a tournament would need to submit a minimum of two ITF-L4 trained volunteers and three WT-L4 trained volunteers that day.
To offer the greatest opportunities for engagement and development, and complete events in a timely manner, we highly encourage all clubs to submit more than the minimum quota of volunteers wherever possible.
All BSTF account holders are able to access L4 tests online – 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, club members who do not wish to compete, alumni members and so on are all eligible:
Volunteer assistant judges provided by clubs towards their quota for BSTF tournaments must have completed and passed the online (L4) exam before they may register themselves as a volunteer
Volunteers may be student-athletes competing in patterns events only on the same day of the event
Volunteers may be student-athletes who are sparring on a different day of a multi-day event
Volunteers may be current students, alumni members, or members of your wider taekwondo group(s)
The total number of volunteers required is not increased for clubs nominating a trainee centre referee, as they count towards your overall quota during training*
Volunteers may not be student-athletes entered into any sparring event on the same day
Volunteers may not coach sparring athletes on the same day of the event they are submitted as volunteers
*If your institution has reached the player-entery threshold requiring the nomination of a centre referee trainee then their attendance counts towards your volunteer quota during events attended as a trainee. Certified L2 umpires recruited individually by the charity do not count towards a university’s L4/L3 volunteer quota, even if they graduated from your institution. Certified L2 umpires are paid an allowance to attend events.
Clubs which do not submitted the requisite number of volunteers for an event, do not provide a nominee for the centre referee programme where required, or where a registered volunteer is absent for all or part of an event, will each be subject to a penalty fine applied via BUCS of £75 per infringement. 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 clubs maximum flexibility in this regard. All participants can will benefit from refreshing their knowledge of the latest competition rule updates and gaining familiarity with the event processes using these tools.
Centre Referee (L2) Trainee Quota
Each institution entering 24 or more unique players in the previous academic year, or the ten university clubs submitting the most unique athletes in the previous academic year, will be required to nominate one individual to join the referee training programme. The nominee must:
Have passed the online L4 certification test
Have corner judged a minimum of 3 times at university taekwondo championships
Attend our free one day (L2) referee training course
Attend 2 or more tournaments during this academic year’s series as an L2 trainee
L2 centre referees – including trainee centre referees – and patterns judges must register via the BSTF Umpire Registration Portal, unlike student-athlete competitors, coaches or L4/L3 quota volunteers.
Progressing up to a centre referee (level 2) certification is a fantastic way to develop as a taekwondo practitioner and stay engaged with student taekwondo after you graduate.