Officials are volunteers who give up their time to support competitions. They are mainly seen behind the tables and their role is to keep track of the contest action and make sure everything runs smoothly.
There are various levels of official and depending on their award they are able to take on different roles at different events.
Officiating duties include:
Officiating roles suit anyone who is willing to give up their time to support events particularly those who may not like to be in the spotlight.
Common skills that officials need:
Officials are an integral part of the competition set-up and without them competitions would not run. Reasons to get involved include:
There are two main ways that you can start your career as an official:
WJA Technical Officials who do not step foot onto a judo mat do not need to pay for WJA membership but still need to register with the WJA; in order to be included in the Officiating database, be insured to work at WJA competitions and have the opportunity to be invited to work at events across the country. Anyone in this position can register for free associate membership.
There are no benefits associated with the Associate Membership. Individuals, who are not judoka, but who are just starting out as Officials will be asked to complete an Associate Membership Form when sitting their Timekeeper paper.
Current Officials, who would like to transfer their membership to assocaite status can do so by logging onto the members portal and selecting associate member in the membership tile.
Refunds on any membership costs already incurred are not possible, therefore we recommend doing this only when your current membership is due to expire.
Please note that any Official who participates in Judo either recreationally or competitively must still purchase a full WJA membership. The Associate Membership will only insure individuals to Officiate at events not to step foot onto a judo mat.
This policy supersedes any previous requirements and will be implemented from the moment this information is circulated.
Keith Eldridge, the British Judo Association’s newly appointed Safeguarding Officer has advised that going forward we will no longer ask our Referees and Technical Officials to complete CRB checks. Please see below for the reasoning behind this decision.
The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 came into force in September 2012 and changed some of the requirements for CRB checks. As the result of these changes, there is no longer a requirement for Referees or Technical Officials to complete CRB checks unless they are an approved tutor of the British Judo Association’s Refereeing or Officiating Qualifications or are involved in another capacity at a club level.
In response to this change, CRB information will no longer be displayed on photo ID badges printed for Referees and Technical Officials. After the removal of this information, photo ID badges now contain only the same information as the Record Card and as such will not be printed unless specifically requested and on receipt of a recent passport photograph. The cost of having a photo ID badge will be set at £2.50 and since these are not mandatory we would ask that Tournament Directors / Referees in-charge do not specifically ask to see these at events.
Should Referees in-charge or Tournament Directors wish to check up on the validity of the Referees / Technical Officials they are inviting to their events, this can be done using the member search tool on the BJA website. Membership revalidation dates and Referees / Technical Officials grades can be viewed using this search tool. If you don’t currently have access to this area of the website please contact Stefan Newbury to request access.
Please note there are no changes to the requirements for Coaches, Instructors and volunteers at club level to complete CRB checks
This policy supersedes any previous requirements and will be implemented from the moment this information is
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