Section I (T1 through T13)

SECTION I – GENERAL


T 1. PURPOSE
The purpose of these rules is to elevate the quality of Taekwon-Do by scoring every aspect and to provide an equal opportunity for all participants to show the ultimate of their abilities in friendly competition with one another.
T 2. APPLICATION
These are to be applied at every International and National Taekwon-Do competition for degree holders. They apply to male and female except where stated otherwise.
T 3. OFFICIALS
The Juries, Referees and Judges, will be selected according to the rules of certified Umpires.
T 4. DUTIES
a. One (1) Jury President will be seated at the Jury table, and will be responsible for decisions as written in the Umpire rules.
b. One (1) Center Referee will be in the square to control the match.
c. Five (5) Judges for pattern and pre arranged free sparring will be seated in a line facing the competition.
d. Four (4) Judges for sparring will be seated at the four corners of the square. They will give points in accordance with their judgement.
e. One (1) Jury member will be seated at the Jury table to check time and indicate the beginning, end and continuation of each match.
f. One (1) Jury member will be seated at the Jury table to keep match records.

T 5 . COMPETITORS
a. JUNIOR COMPETITORS
Junior competitors must be 14 to 17 years old and shall compete in the divisions laid down in the following rules, but all competitors must be I, II or III degree rank and must be holders of current I.T.F. certificate and
b. SENIOR COMPETITORS
Senior competitors must be 18 years old or above and shall compete in the divisions laid down in the following rules, but all competitors must be I, II, III, IV, V or VI degree rank and must be holders of a current I.T.F certificate and membership card. Competitors in all divisions must be healthy and registered with their National associations.
T 6. DRESS
a. Officials will wear the dress requirements as laid down in the I.T.F Umpires rules.
b. Competitors, while competing must wear the “official approved” TKD dobok with badges officially approved by the I.T.F. The black belt must be of the official dimensions and must indicate the competitor’s degree. The country name must be worn on the back part of the dobok above belt level at all times. Female competitors may wear a white T-shirt under the dobok jacket.
c. Competitors are allowed, when not performing, to wear normal sportswear such as track suits, dressing gowns, training shoes, etc. however it is at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. For opening and closing ceremonies countries may wear the official ITF dobok or the official country training suit, but all team members should be dressed the same. No participant in the parade is permitted to carry cameras, flags, banners, etc… other than those authorised, on the field during the opening and closing ceremonies. Any participant committing a breach of the above regulations will be liable to sanctions.
d. Drinking of alcoholic beverages or smoking whilst wearing the dobok is prohibited.
e. Sponsorship is allowed on the right or left sleeve measuring 5 x 8 cm
T 7. SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND PROTECTIVE WEAR
a. Competitors must be in possession of, and wear:
– Red or blue coloured hand and feet safety equipment of an approved model, as certified by the I.T.F. Tournament and Umpire Committee, of an I.T.F. approved supplier as Certified by the Board of Directors.
– Groin guards must be worn inside the dobok trousers – male only.
b. Competitors may, optionally, wear the following:
– Shin protectors.
– Breast protectors (must be worn INSIDE the dobok jacket – female only).
– Mouth guards.
– Head guards.
– Groin guards must be worn inside the dobok trousers – female only
c. These all (With the exception of groin guards and mouth guards) being of an approved type consisting of elasticised material with sponge or rubber type padding and containing no metal, bone or hard plastic or similar hard material whatsoever, nor involving the use of zip, lace or stud fasteners.
d. Groin Guards and Mouth Guards must be made of a plastic or rubber material designed to absorb impact, and must not contain any metal whatsoever, nor involve the use of zip, lace or stud fasteners.
e. No other protective or safety equipment may be worn, except in special circumstances with the approval of the Tournament Committee.
f. All competitors with injuries which require bandaging or strapping of any kind must satisfy the Tournament doctor of their need, and obtain approval of type before performing i.e. no pins or hard material can be worn, neither can bandaging give extra support so that it constitutes an advantage to that competitor.
g. No jewellery, watches or other adornments may be worn, hair may be kept in place using a material of a soft elastic nature only, no grips, or slides are allowed.


T 8. MEDICAL ATTENTION
All tournaments must have a Doctor(s), qualified First Aid personnel and ambulance in attendance. Doctor’s recommendations, with regard to competitors’ further participation, following injury, must be adhered to.
T 9. INJURY LIABILITY AND INSURANCE – COMPETITORS
All competitors must be in possession of Insurance coverage as the host is not responsible for any eventuality and/or injury.
T 10. INSURANCE – FOR EVENT
All hosts must ensure that the event booked has all the necessary public liability insurance, fire certificates and Government licences that are all required to host such events.
T 11. SQUARE
An approved competition floor will be provided for each ring area. Approved competition floors shall consist of:
a. Square size will be 9 meters by 9 metres floor space.
b. A jig saw – padding floor must be used at all times.
c. When the square is elevated then the elevations must be at least two (2) metres enlarged and greater in size than the square. Elevations may be from 50 cm to 100 cm.
d. Lighting must not be lower than five (5) metres above the ground.
e. The official Jury table is in front of the square.

The Organizing Committee may optionally apply, in writing, to the I.T.F. Tournament and Umpire Committee, for formal permission to alter the size of the competition floor, for sparring events only, to a size of not less than 8 by 8 meters. Upon application, the I.T.F. Tournament and Umpire Committee shall review said request and return a written decision to the tournament host, within 30 days of their receipt of said application.

T 12. RESULT RECORDING
All tournaments will have several forms of visual display of results for the benefit of participants and audience. Results should generally be shown as often as possible so as to enable the competitors to follow the course of the event whilst it is in progress.

T 13. DELEGATES
A delegate of the individual or team may be any person authorised by the National Governing Body. A delegate registers the competitors, submits the documents, lodges complaints and co-operates with the other officials at the competition.