The department has now completed rewriting the pathway plan for officials and have had that process approved by the British Taekwondo board. It is my great privilege to inform you all that becoming a referee has been much simplified. If the holder of a black belt over the age of 18, athlete or coach with reasonable experience wishes to become a referee, then they can apply to become a class 2.0 centre referee straight away without the need to become a corner judge first. Of course, they will be required to complete the class 3.0 materials, but we will train them on corner judging as they begin refereeing. We will vet everyone individually, but in a nutshell you can fast track to centre refereeing and perhaps even class 1 should you be a higher dan holder, possessing the necessary skillset. Refereeing is all about skillset, not time served. Although there is an intrinsic link between ability and activity.
All referees will be assigned a personal mentor and will be assisted in their journey to wherever their goal in refereeing terms is placed, be it domestically and to Nationals, internationally on the G1/2 and ETU circuit or even the WT elite referee pool, Grand Prix’s, World Championships and Olympic Games. Our sole intention is to help you reach your full potential, wherever that lies.
The Event Policy now in its second draft and due out soon, continually improves the event calendar for us and we are getting closer to a document that works for everyone, event hosts, coaches and athletes alike.
We have undertaken a full review of the existing Daedo PSS equipment and will be changing the entire process of cost, hiring and replacement to ensure we have a sustainable asset for use at events in the future, when the current bank of equipment comes to the end of its workable life.
After consultation with event hosts and recognition that there is no alternative but to ensure this remains a viable resource going forward (the alternative being to hire from abroad at a cost of around £5k per event), we will be charging differently, in order to ensure we can replace it every 2/3 years.
The department is close to finalising the new figure and we will publish it as soon as it is approved. This cost will include the hiring of the PSS technician and any associated costs such as, travel and overnight accommodation. Apologies, as I was hoping to bring it to you in this blog update, but as I hope you will appreciate it has to be appropriate.
REMINDER: All our officials are required to take the free online concussion training – it takes less than 15 minutes to complete and is absolutely essential. Although we can monitor who has taken the training, please inform us when you have done so, so we may issue the correct certificate.
Thank you for taking the time to read the blog.
Chair, Sport Referee Dept.