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