ITA Umpire Course Eastern Region Report

ITA Umpire Course Eastern Region Report

The ITA National Umpire Course held on September 26th in Rivervalley Taekwon-Do Club was a great success. 37 participants who ranged all the way up to 7th Dan black belt participated in the course, which was conducted by ITA Umpire Chairperson, Mr. Stephen Ryan, 5th Dan. The course covered all aspects of umpiring at ITA and ITF tournaments in a combination of presentation and practical modules. The course was designed to be as role specific as possible so that participants could get as much practice throughout the day training in a specific ring council position. See Photos

 

More experienced participants spent the main portion of the day sharpening their skills as Centre Referees and Jury Presidents, whereas those on the course for the first time focused mainly on jury member and corner referee duties. Each practical session was preceded by a powerpoint presentation on the event with in depth information on the key points to scoring, the rules and the specific roles of each member of the ring council. Large emphasis was placed in the morning presentation on umpire attitude, consistency, and fairness in refereeing. To allow participants to get the most out of the course the format allowed for participants to share roles throughout the practical sessions. For example two corner referee would sit in each corner for a match. This allowed for interesting feedback and discussion following each match as participants could compare perspectives on scoring in more detail. This was also done for the pattern section where referees scored the match from different perspectives and discussed scores after each match to compare the scores on the different criteria of technical content, balance, rhythm, power and breath control. Mr. Ryan was able to share his experiences as an umpire but also as an experienced international competitor and to clarify any doubts about the rules where necessary. Congratulations to all participants on completing the course, certificates will be sent to instructors within the next couple of weeks.


Participants

Name

Grade

Club

Patrick O’Rourke

6th Dan

Wexford

Declan McMullen

4th Dan

Greystones

David Clancy

1st Dan

Greystones

Niall Corrigan

1st Dan

Greystones

Aine Moroney

2nd Kup

Donabate

Rachael Drysdale

4th Kup

Donabate

Kenneth Wheatley

7th Dan

Greystones

Gerard O’Rourke

3rd Dan

Blanchardstown

Brian Barrett

1st Dan

Blanchardstown

Sean Clarke

4th Kup

Blanchardstown

Alan McDonagh

4th Dan

Rivervalley

Dylan Connolly

2nd Dan

Rivervalley

Alan Donnelly

1st Kup

Rivervalley

Tom Purcell

5th Kup

Greystones

Niall Galloway

5th Kup

Greystones

Siofra Murphy

4th Kup

Donabate

Stephen Kinsella

1st Kup

Greystones

Gavin Crosbie

1st Dan

Ballybough

Dean Lynch

4th Kup

Blanchardstown

Shane O’Rurke

2nd Dan

Rivervalley

Robert Sullivan

2nd Dan

Milford

Una Byrne

4th Dan

Rivervalley

Ozzie Belazi

1st Kup

Rivervalley

Richard Aboud

1st Kup

Rivervalley

Nicola Torsney

1st Dan

Rivervalley

Seamus Lehane

1st Kup

I.M.A.A.

Marc McDonald

1st Kup

Rivervalley

Derek Hanlon

3rd Dan

Donabate

Karl Hynes

1st Dan

Rivervalley

Ann Curran

4th Dan

Rivervalley

Laura Cullen

3rd Dan

Quin

Helen McHugh

1st Dan

Rivervalley

Sabina Mason 2nd Dan Rivervalley

Seamus Lehane

2nd Dan

I.M.A.A.

Conor Hanlon 1st Kup Donabate
Luke Lehane 2nd Kup I.M.A.A.
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