An ITF International Umpire Course took place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th December in Treviso northern Italy. Mr. Pat Barry represented the ITA and Ireland at the course. Despite the adverse weather conditions and disruption to travel arrangements fifty six people participated in the course representing 16 countries: Belgium (2), England (2), Finland (2), Greece (6), Ireland (1), Israel (1), Italy (20), Norway (1), Poland (2), Puerto Rico (1), Russia (5), Scotland (3), Slovenia (1), Spain (1), Sweden (2), Ukraine (3) and USA (3). The Umpire Course was hosted and organised by Grand Master Bos and was conducted by Master Alberto Katz chairman of the Umpire Committee & Master Coos Van De Heuvel chairman of the Tournament Committee, together with Master Sundy Dunbar, Master Giovanni Cecconato and Mr. Kurt Ottesen. We were also privileged to have Grand Master Hector Marano Chairman of the Technical Committee in attendance. Click "more" to read the full report.
After registration the course was opened by Grand Mater Bos and began with Master Katz giving a PowerPoint presentation and explanation on the ITF Tournament & Umpire Rules. An open discussion with a question and answer session rounded off the first session. The day was rounded off with a relaxed dinner and a chance to catch up with Taekwon-Do friends and exchange stories from events throughout the year.
The second day of the course began with an early start for breakfast and a transfer to the training hall where the practical part of the course was to take place. All participants were requested to wear Doboks and/or tracksuits for this part of the course. The group was then split into six ring councils and a detailed session began with a seminar and practical session on patterns competition including
• knowing technical pattern matters
• how to judge pattern competition
• how to officiate as an Umpire in pattern competition
• how to use the electronic pattern system
Mr. Barry was selected as the Jury President for his ring council and received invaluable tuition and time on the electronic scoring system by Mr. Ottesen. During the morning session Grand Master Marano went through the technical requirements of pattern competitions with a practical demonstration and explanation which kept all participants engrossed with his knowledge and analysis. The morning session had run over schedule and finished with a well deserved but shorter lunch break. The afternoon and evening sessions began with Grand Master Bos explaining the requirements of Pre Arranged Sparring competition followed by Master Katz and Master Cecconato on sparring competition and Mr. Ottesen on power and special technique competition.
All competition sections were thoroughly explained and discussed by the committee members’ including knowing the different situations in competition sections, how to officiate and judge and how to use the electronic and scoring system. There was a plentiful supply of questions by the participants and all queries were answered by the committee members with suggestions and new ideas being welcomed.
At 7.30 pm Master Katz and Grand Master Bos closed the Umpires Course and thanked everyone for their efforts in attending the course and for their input and participation and explained how important it is for the ITF to have umpires and officials that are qualified, with up to date knowledge together with ongoing training.
The committee members wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The Italian Open took place on the Sunday and allowed some participants that were on the course an opportunity to utilise their up to date knowledge.
Overall the course was very enjoyable, it was a great opportunity to learn and also to have an input into the way competitions are being run and also to suggest some ideas that may assist the committees with future competitions.
Mr. Barry also used the opportunity to promote the forthcoming IIC in Ireland to his ITF colleagues from other countries.
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