AMAC Referee & Tournament Administration Conference - May 17-18, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Attendees with 2008 Taekwondo Olympic Team Member Charlotte Craig and her Coach Master Jimmy Kim

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AMAC Referee Team with 2008 Taekwondo Olympic Team Member Charlotte Craig and her Coach Master Jimmy Kim

Our first ever AMAC Referee & Tournament Conference was very successful. The Conference actually started for several on Friday. Master Jack L. Amsell, Dr. Gregory S. Kailian, Master Jay Ferguson, Master Lisa S. Amsell, Master Ronald Marlow, Master Karin Hoff, and Master Masoud Emamy met up for a late dinner to go over last minute preparations for the Conference. Saturday morning started with NCTA Referee of the Year: Teresa Langford SBN checking in attendees. Lisa SBN updated the 2nd Edition Handbook fo those that needed it. Master Amsell started the Conference with an introduction to the AMAC Referee Training Program. Master Jimmy Y. Kim (1998 Olympic Gold Medalist) came to do a Keynote Speech. As a surprise guest, 2008 Taekwondo Olympic Team Member Charlotte Craig SBN came to send out her deepest appreciation to the hard work that all of the referees do. In return, several referees and presenters made donations (buying a Team Charlotte t-shirt) to help Charlotte SBN's parent go to Beijing to watch their daughter compete.

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Attendees
We then went right into Kyorugi Competition Rules presented by Dr. Kailian. This training was strongly focused on the most recent USAT Certification Program in which Dr. Kailian has just received USAT Instructor Certification. We certified several new as well as experienced USAT referees at this event.
This segment covered: Philosophy of Officiating (Mindset/The Process), Roles and Responsibilities, Coaching, Terminology, Rules of Competition, Basics, Standard Equipment, Expanded Discussions (Special Actions), Ring Management, Decisions. Masoud SBN covered the hand signals.

Ron and Karin SBN covered the NEW Poomsae Competition Rules. The areas covered were: Critical Points, Format, Required Poomsae, Scoring Concepts. Master Amsell discussed the old method of scoring Poomsae Competition.

Prof. Robert W. Zambetti covered Match Organization and Match Numbering System (MNS). He spoke of the most important aspect of the tournament to the least important. He also described the MNS and how it worked and why it worked.

Jay SBN covered the RingMaster Training including: Point Capture, Multiple Scoring Windows, RM Considerations, and an Introduction to Tournament Master.

That concluded Day One and everyone met at A'Roma Ristorante for dinner and a chance to get to know everyone better.

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Jimmy & Charlotte SBN enter
Day Two was a more practical day. Dr. Kailian covered Ring Administrative Procedures including: Job Descriptions, Team Relationships, Roles, Ring Entry, Ring Rotation, and his Ring Management Matrix. Lisa SBN followed with the Scenarios that were done in groups. From there, every had a chance to practice starting and ending a match using hand signals. Jay SBN then covered how to set up RingMaster and even gave some little known secrets on how to get the most out of RingMaster. He covered: Tournament set-up, Setting up a match, How to run a match, Troubleshooting. RingMaster Practical Training (Poomsae/Kyorugi) followed which included simulated matches. Jay SBN then went into a more expanded explanation of TournamentMaster.

Day Two concluded with closing remarks from all the presenters as well as some of the attendees. Most attendees went directly home, Master Amsell took Jay SBN to the airport, and Masoud and Lisa SBN had a dinner to close out their day. Instead of giving all of my thoughts on the event, I thought I would let one of the attendees speak instead (below). Don't forget to vote in our new poll (left) -LSA

"You and Master Amsell did a great job in every aspect of the training conference. It's apparent that you both are held in high regard to have been able to pull together the esteemed lineup of instructors and participants, some traveling great distances and sacrificing much for the good of the TKD community. I really enjoyed the knowledge transfer, the sharing of experiences and the many questions that were raised which showed an interest in learning and provided an opportunity for teaching. it was a great environment particularly for new or inexperienced participants who could use the opportunity to get through some of their nervousness in that setting and benefit from a host of qualified instructors who could give immediate feedback on any questions or make corrections on their physical referee "poomsae". This setting took some of the edge off as compared to what you might feel in a setting of 100 people who had never spent any time interacting with each other. The training also highlighted all the things that go into the split-second decision making and responsibilities of being a referee. This can be intimidating! But it does show how seriously one must take all of the training and highlights the need to build up competence through actually participating."


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Jimmy SBN's speech
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Charlotte SBN's speech















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Charlotte & Jimmy SBN
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Dr. Kailian lectures















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Hand Signals
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Karin & Ron SBN cover Poomsae











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Prof. Zambetti talks about the Tournament Experience
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Dr. Kailian, John SBN, et al @ dinner












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What Jay SBN does when called for Tech Support
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Scenarios















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Dr. Kailian gives Jeannene feedback
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Jay SBN teaches RingMaster














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The Presenters
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The Exclusive Broken Toe Club















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