National Team

Training dates and selection process Euros 2017 and Worlds 2017

To be selected must be an active member in good standing of an ITF Ireland club

For Euros 2017 the winner of the ITA Irish Cup 2016 in UL Arena will be the automatic 1st choice selection 

Those going for selection for Euros 2017 should write to the national team coaches and managers (itfireland@gmail.com) through their instructors stating which divisions which they wish to contest. This must be sent by October 30th i.e. 2 weeks prior to the Irish Cup “ ITA National Championships”. 

In the case that a division is won by a non-eligible competitor (e.g. International or non ITF Ireland) the coaches will choose the 1st person under the same criteria as the additional places in that division i.e. tournament performances and national team training/performance/attendance

This applies to patterns and sparring but not other disciplines as the heights for special technique and boards for breaking are usually modified and lower than Euros/World requirements

Applies to divisions with 2 or more people eligible for selection

Does not apply to merged divisions

Competitors must compete in the divisions in which they are going for selection. However coaches may choose to offer places to competitors in a different category. 

1kg allowance applies for sparring divisions

Anyone who intends to grade in the December 2016 black belt tests should make this known to the national team coaches when writing about the divisions they are contesting

Those selected must pay deposit (amount tbc) to the national team account to confirm their place

Those selected must give dobok, tracksuit and sparring gear sizes to team managers as soon as selected so all equipment can be ordered early. 

To confirm selection they must also have completed the competitor agreement form and registration form and sent it to the team managers (itfireland@gmail.com)

Those selected must give email address and phone number to managers on selection. Junior must also supply email and phone number of parent/guardian. 

Q&A sessions will be built into squad training at end of sessions to allow parents/guardians and personal coaches of competitors (especially juniors) to communicate directly with managers about logistics of trip, costs, ordering equipment and with coaches about training, progress etc. 

Selections for other places will be based on performance in competitions and attendance/performance at national team training

Selection & Training dates national team Euros 2017 campaign:

 

Irish Cup UL Arena Nov 12th & 13th 2016  - Euros selection event

National Team Winter Training & Selection camp Jan 7th & 8th – venue TBC – main body of remaining selections to be determined at this camp

National Team training 15th January – mixed sparring & technical – Cork 

Open Dutch Jan 29th (not part of selection but may be used as part of prep)

National Team training February 12th – mixed sparring & technical – Dublin

ITA Cork Open 18th & 19th February 

National Team Training, March 5th, Dublin

National Team Training, March 19th - Cork

ITA Dublin Open for cadets & seniors – March 25th – National Basketball Arena (World Championships selection event)

National Team Training (technical) April 2nd – Cork

National Team Training – April 8th – Dublin

ITA Dublin Open Juniors (13 and under) – national squad to officiate

Euros April 20th - Bulgaria

 

World Championships Selection

 

For World Championships 2017 the winner of the ITA Dublin Open for cadets and seniors 2017 will be the automatic 1st choice selection 

Those going for selection for World Championships 2017 should write to the national team coaches and managers (itfireland@gmail.com) through their instructors stating which divisions which they wish to contest. This must be sent by March 11th i.e. 2 weeks prior to the ITA Dublin Open for cadets and Seniors “Selection Tournament”.

 

In the case that a division is won by a non-eligible competitor (e.g. International or non ITF Ireland) the coaches will choose the 1st person under the same criteria as the additional places in that division i.e. tournament performances and national team training/performance/attendance

 

To be selected must be an active member in good standing of an ITF Ireland club

 

This applies to patterns and sparring but not other disciplines as the heights for special technique and boards for breaking are usually modified and lower than Euros/World requirements

Applies to divisions with 2 or more people eligible for selection

Does not apply to merged divisions

Competitors must compete in the divisions in which they are going for selection.  However coaches may choose to offer places to competitors in a different category. 

1kg allowance applies for sparring divisions

 

Those selected must pay deposit (amount tbc) to the national team account to confirm their place

Those selected must give dobok, tracksuit and sparring gear sizes to team managers as soon as selected to all equipment can be ordered early

Those selecte must give email adress and phone number to managers on selection. Junior must also supply email and phone number of parent/guardian. 

Q&A sessions will be built into squad training at end of sessions to allow parents/guardians and personal coaches of competitors (especially juniors) to communicate directly with coaches and managers about logistics of trip, costs, ordering equipment, training progress etc. 

 

July 14th to 16th ITA Summer Camp

July 21 to 25th National team training and selection camp – main body of selections to be completed at this event

August 13th national team training

August 27th national team training

September 9th & 10th national team training

September 22nd – International team event – Basketball arena (tbc)

September 30th & October 1st national team training

October 8th to 16th ITF World Championships – Citywest – Dublin

Additional Notes on selection:

Current Coaching & Management Team

Master Mark Buckley VII - National Team Director

Mr. Jack Sheehan III - Manager

Master Tim Forde VII - Assistant Manager

Master Stephen Cooley VII - Coach

Mr. Adrian Byrne VI - Coach

Mr. Stephen Ryan VI - Coach

Mr. Niall Jones VI - Coach

Mr. Darren Smith V - Coach

Mr. Luke Laffan III - Coach

Mr. Paul King I - Coach

 

The national team coaching and management team can be contacted at the following address:itfireland@gmail.com

 

All those who wish to be considered for national team selections must have the following in their possession:

·      A valid ITF black belt certificate and ID card (must be IRE to represent Ireland). If you do not, please contact the ISecretary General of your association, as appropriate, regarding ratification or replacements.

·      A valid passport

·      Travel insurance

·      Personal insurance

·      Full set of ITF approved equipment (It is recommended that you have a set of red and blue gear)

 

Fees and payments

All those wishing to be considered for selection must:

·      Pay the appropriate deposit by the given deadline

·      Pay instalments by the given deadlines

·      Pay 10 Euro per squad training session to help cover the costs of renting the facilities, hiring vans to transport mats etc.

 

At the start of each campaign all competitors must follow the following procedure to be considered eligible:

·      Write to the ITF Ireland national coaching and management team (itfireland@gmail.com) by the given deadline to confirm their intention to be considered for selection 

The fully completed competitor agreement form and registration form must be emailed to the managers as part of confirming selection. The application form must contain all the required personal information and the events that they wish to be considered for.

·      The competitor’s instructor must sign the application form.

·      In the case of juniors, a parent must sign the form.

·      If a competitor does not contact the coaching and management team by the given deadline it will be assumed that they do not wish to be considered for selection.

Pay the deposit by the given deadline

During squad training all competitors are expected to follow the following procedure:

·      Be punctual and arrive early for sessions in order to set up (put down mats etc)

·      Pay the appropriate training fees at the start of each session

·      Start each session by formally bowing and following the ITF Taekwon-Do protocol

·      Give full effort in every session

·      Show an ability and willingness to listen to instruction and feedback and show progression from session to session

·      Keep a training diary and a notebook for feedback

When selections are being made the following procedure will be followed:

·      The competitor’s instructor will be contacted. The instructor must give their written consent for their student to be part of the national team

·      In the case of juniors parents will be contacted and their written consent must be given for their son/daughter to be part of the national team

·      The competitor will be contacted and they must confirm if they are accepting or declining their place(s) in writing by the given deadline and by transferring the deposit (the amount will be outlined in the letter offering the competitors their place on the national team).

Instructors

·      All instructors are asked to communicate on a regular basis with the coaches to keep them up to date on the week-to-week training of their competitor(s), their progress. If an instructor has any concerns regarding their competitor they must contact the coaches and management team at their earliest convenience

·      All instructors are welcome to attend national team training so that coaches and management can discuss their competitor’s progress and training in person

·      All instructors must give their written consent for their competitor(s) to try out for national team selections and when being offered a place also give their consent for the place to be accepted