Referees are volunteers who give up their time to support competitions and gradings. They are found centre stage and ensure that the game is played fairly and safely.


What does the role involve?

There are various levels of referee and depending on their award they are able to referee at different levels of event.
[For further information please see the Tournament Handbook.]


Refereeing duties include:

  • Corner Judge: – responsible for advising on line decisions and acts as a support mechanism to the referee.
  • Referee: – responsible for ensuring that the game is played fairly and safely. They observe the action and award appropriate scores and penalties.
  • Referee in Charge: – responsible for coordinating and supporting the referees at the events. They field any questions that referees, coaches, players or spectators may have regarding the refereeing at the competition.


Who does the role suit?

Refereeing roles suit anyone, with existing or prior judo experience, who is willing to give up their time to support events particularly those who enjoy taking control of contests, making decisions and wish to develop a better understanding of the precise technicalities of the sport.


What skills are required?

Common skills that referees require:

  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Good ability to make decisions
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team


Why should you get involved?

Referees are an integral part of the competition set-up and without whom competitions would not run. Reasons to get involved include:

  • To gain a better understanding of the sport
  • To make new friends
  • To be a part of a successful event
  • To help keep the sport running
  • To see all the action up close and personal
  • To put your matside refereeing skills to the test!


How do you get involved?

If you want to get involved in Refereeing you will need to be either a current judoka or have some prior judo experience.

You will need to attend a course to develop your understanding of the rules and scoring criteria and complete a theory exam.  You will then be invited to complete a practical assessment to gain your award.  In the meantime you will be able to practice your Refereeing under the supervision of a fully fledged Referee.


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