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American Taekwondo Association Tournament Rules 2014-2015

Contents

TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AND THEIR DUTIES

International Chairman of Tournaments
National Tournament Director
Regional Tournament Team Leader
Assistant Regional Tournament Team Leader
Tournament Arbitrators
Tournament Secretary / ATA Records

DUTIES OF ATA SENIOR INSTRUCTORS AND JUDGES

General Responsiblities
Black Belt Meeting and Attendance
Dress Code for Arriving and Departing an ATA Tournament

JUDGING LEVELS and CERTIFICATIONS

Judging Certification Levels
Obtaining Judging Certifications
Responsibilities of the Judges
Judging Ethics

UNIFORMS, SAFETY EQUIPMENT & WEAPONS

Unifroms
Safety Gear
General Weapon Specifications

COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES

Tournament Classifications
Aspects of Competition

COMPETITION DIVISIONS AND RING ASSIGNMENTS

Permission/Eligibility to Compete
Competition Rank
Competition Age
General Procedure for Creating Divisions

Black Belt Divisions

Color Belt Divisions

Novice Division Guidelines
Competition Division Guidelines

TOURNAMENT STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

Ring Size
Order of Events
Tournament Registration
Arrival and Competition Times
Traditional Ring Procedures
Groin Protector Check Procedures
Weapons Inspection
Awards for Competition
Correctable Errors
NO Coaching Rule
Injuries
Competitor's Attitude

TRADITIONAL FORM COMPETITION

Admissible Competition Forms
Judges Area of Concentration
Traditional Form Competition Procedures
Determining and Administering a Score
Resolving Ties

TRADITIONAL WEAPONS COMPETITION

Color Belt Rules and Guidelines
Black Belt Rules and Guidelines
Traditional Weapons Form Competition Procedures
Determining and Administering a Score

TRADITIONAL POINT SPARRING / ONE-STEP COMPETITION

Position of the Judges
Bye System
Traditional One-Step Sparring Competition
Traditional Point Sparring Competition

COMBAT WEAPONS SPARRING COMPETITION

Introduction
Eligibility Requirements
Equipment
Combat Weapons Sparring Procedures
Legal Target Areas
Points
Dropped & Broken Weapons
Warnings and Penalty Points

ATA-CREATIVE COMPETITION

Eligibility Requirements for Creative Competition
General Rules & Guidelines for Creative Forms & Weapons Competition
ATA Creative Form Composition Guidelines
Approved ATA Creative Weapons
ATA Creative Weapons Form Composition Guidelines
ATA Creative Forms & Weapons Competition Procedures
ATA Creative Divisions

ATA-XTREME COMPETITION

Eligibility Requirements for ATA Xtreme Competition
General Rules & Guidelines for ATA Xtreme Forms & Weapons Competition
ATA Xtreme Form Composition Guidelines
Approved ATA Xtreme Weapons
ATA Xtreme Weapons Form Composition Guidelines
ATA Xtreme Forms & Weapons Competition Procedures
ATA-Xtreme Divisions

ATA TIGER COMPETITION

Establishing Our Goal
Tiger Age and Rank Guidelines
Tiger Division Breakdowns
Tiger Ring Staff
Tiger Traditional Form / Traditional One-Step Knowledge
Tiger Judging Criteria / Scoring Format
Categories of Tiger Awards

SPECIAL ABILITIES COMPETITION

Introduction
Special Abilities Competitor Eligibility
Definitions of Permanent Physical Limitations / Impaired Mental Acuity
Special Abilities Eligibility Procedures
Special Abilities Divisions
Special Abilities Rule Adjustments
Traditional Forms / Traditional Weapons Competition
Traditional Point Sparring Competition

CHAMPION PROGRAMS

Introduction
Tournament Year
Competitive Events
Proper Division Placement
Competition Age
Rank Placement
Class “C” Tournaments
Class “B” Tournaments|
Class “A” Tournaments
Class “AA” Tournaments
Class “AAA” Tournaments
Point Structure and Maximum Points
Top Ten Standings

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM

Introduction
State Championship Eligibility Requirements
State Championship Program Procedures
Divisions for the State Championship Program
Awarding the Title of State Champion

DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM

Introduction
District Championship Eligibilty Requirements
Additional Guidelines and Exceptions applying to District Competition Only
Competitor Qualifies in two Different Divisions
District Tournament Procedures
District Tournament Awards

WORLD CHAMPION PROGRAM

Introduction
World Champion Eligibility Requirements
Divisions for World Champion Program
Qualifying for the Tournament of Champions (TOC)
Tournament of Champions
Tournament of Champions Awards

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

Opening Ceremony Agenda
Judges’ Oath
Competitors’ Oath

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