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.