Officiating and Scorekeeping
When we think about karate tournaments, we normally think of the competitor. But really, what is a karate tournament without Officials, Coaches and Timekeepers/Scorekeepers?
Learn Tournaments From Both Sides!
If you’re already competing in tournaments, you know what the experience is like from the competitor side. Sometimes it’s confusing, and sometimes it seems unfair.
In order to “round out” your learning, Charleswood Karate encourages students and competitors to take part in tournaments not only as an athlete, but also as an Official or a Timekeeper/Scorekeeper.
Taking part in training clinics that are offered periodically throughout the year (generally before tournaments) is a great way to learn what is REALLY going on in the rings during competitions.
The Inter-dojo Shotokan League of Manitoba is often hosted at the Charleswood dojo, giving students an excellent opportunity to both compete and volunteer as a timekeeper/scorekeeper or ring official.
Stonewall Karate has a yearly tournament that is also a low-pressure place to jump in and learn, before higher pressure tournaments like Provincials and Nationals.
Karate Manitoba holds a Provincial Tournament in the spring of each year, where junior officials can learn a great deal by watching the more senior officials in their ring.
Looking For More Information?
Volunteering as a timekeeper or scorekeeper at tournaments can be done at any level – even your family and friends can help us out there. Best seat in the house, and a great place to get started.
Volunteering as a tournament Official requires a rank of 3rd kyu or higher (brown belt and above) and age may be restricted to 16 and above.
Talk to Sensei Ron for more information!