Project Description

Umpire Courses

University Umpires

Volunteer umpires are the cornerstone of university sport, and training as an umpire (assistant, judge or referee) is one of the very best ways you can support the next generation of university taekwondo practitioners. We run a number of courses each year for students and alumni looking to hone their corner judging and refereeing skills, with free training courses available for university club members.

Institution’s clubs are required to submit a volunteer quota of L4/L3 trained members to support each tournament attended, proportional the number of student-athlete entries submitted by the institution. The largest clubs are required to nominate one individual to our centre referee trianing programme each academic year.

We utilise a novel programme of home study, online theory tests, practical training courses, and supervised tournament training for the certification of umpires. Separate courses are available in the latest rule-sets for both ITF rules sparring and WTF rules sparring, with certification available for Assistant Judges (level 4), Corner Judges (level 3) and Centre Referees (level 2).

Club Quotas

Assistant Judge (L4) &/or Corner Judge (L3) Volunteer Quota

Each university taekwondo club is required to submit one L4 certified volunteer assistant judge or L3 certified corner judge for every five student-athletes competing from your institution the same day of a given championships (your volunteer quota may therefore be different for each day of a multi-day championships). To offer the greatest opportunities for engagement and development, and to best complete events in a timely manner, we encourage all clubs to submit more than the minimum quota of volunteers wherever possible. All volunteer assistant judges provided by clubs towards their quota for BSTF tournaments must have completed and passed the online (L4) exam before you may register them as a volunteer:

  • Volunteers may be student-athletes competing in a patterns event on the same day, but must not be sparring the same day
  • Volunteers may be student-athletes who are sparring on a different day of the event
  • Volunteers may be current students, alumni members, or members of your wider taekwondo group(s)*
  • Volunteers may not coach athletes on the same day of the event they are nominated as volunteers

*L2 umpires i.e., centre referees and patterns judges, are recruited seperately (not via BUCS Play like student-athletes, coaches and your L4/L3 volunteers) and paid an allowance to attend events. The certified L2 umpires we recruit do not count towards a university’s L4/L3 volunteer quota. If your institution has reached the player-enteries threshold to require he nomination of a trainee L2 referee their attendance does count towards your volunteer quota while they attend events as a trainee.

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. All participants, first time competitors and seasoned student-athletes alike, will benefit from refreshing their knowledge of the latest competition rule updates and gaining familiarity with the event processes.

Centre Referee (L2) Trainee Quota

Each institution entering __ or more unique players in the previous academic year will be required to submit one individual to join our 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 at least 3 days of this academic year’s BSTF Championships as an L2 trainee

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. Trainee L2 centre referee are also paid 50% of the standard centre referee allowance during their training (>£30 /day) and the full allowance at each event once they have sucessfully completed their training (>£60 /day).

Umpire course types

Online / Practical courses

Fees

BSTF student/ alumni pass holders

Fees

External/ non-university club participants

Assistant Judge Certification (L4)

Online test; rulesets: WT or ITF

£ free

£10.50

Corner judging course (L3)

Half day course (4hr); rulesets: WT or ITF

£ free

£30.00

Centre refereeing course (L2)

Full day course (8hr); rulesets: WT or ITF

£ free

£65.00

Assistant Judge Certification (L4)

Separate courses are available for both WTF rules sparring and ITF rules sparring disciplines. To gain assistant judge (L4) certification you must complete the online theory test, achieving the required pass mark. All volunteer provided by clubs towards their quota for BSTF tournaments must have passed the online exam before they registering as a volunteer.

Assistant Judge (L4) volunteers register for events in the same way as student-athletes and coaches, via the BUCS Play registration page.

The test is time limited open book multiple choice test. Questions are selected from a question bank and answer orders are randomised. Once you begin the test you are not able to pause the timer or return to the test later, so be sure you have set aside the time required. We recommend using a PC or laptop with a stable internet connection rather than a mobile device when taking the test. The pass mark for this test is 70.0%.

Individuals can review their current qualifications by logging in to their profile and looking under the Account Tab. Club captains can review each team member’s current qualifications by logging in and looking under their Team Tab.

Corner Judge Certification (L3)

Separate courses are available for both WTF rules sparring and ITF rules sparring disciplines. Candidates for the corner judge (L3) course must first complete their (L4) certification, before attending a one-day corner judging course. Once the course has been completed events attended as a volunteer are counted towards your L3 certification.

Corner judge trainees and certified corner judges (L3) continue to register for events in the same way as student-athletes and coaches, via the BUCS Play registration page.

As places are limited, priority will be strictly given to students who commit in advance to volunteer at upcoming events in the annual tournament series.

Centre Referee Certification (L2)

Separate courses are available for both WTF rules sparring and ITF rules sparring disciplines. Candidates for the centre referee (L2) course must first complete all parts of their corner judge (L3) certification before attending a one-day training course centre referee course.

Centre referees and trainee centre referees do not register for events via BUCS Play, instead they register via the Umpire Registration Portal. If you have not used the portal to register for events before please contact us for further information.

A limited number of Centre Referee places are available on each training course.

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. Trainee L2 centre referee are also paid 50% of the standard centre referee allowance during their training (>£32 /day) and the full allowance at each event once they have sucessfully completed their training (>£64 /day).

For the most skilled and dedicated umpires, typically with scores of events under their belt, there are opportunities to progress as an international (level 1) official and beyond.

Umpires