New competition Judges
Pictured above (l to r) are Peter O'Brien, Celine Brennan, Eleanore Coates and Mark Maguire
Following a restructuring of the Referees and Judges Courses, four candidates sucessfully passed the Judges' exam in October 2010 and were presented with their certificates at the most recent Referee and Judges Course last weekend. The exam consisted of both a theory and a practical aspect, and the candidates who passed performed extremely well in both parts. Congratulations to all four.
A new Referee and Judges' Technical Committee has been set up comprising Sensei Michael Sherlock (Chairman). Sensei David Royle, Sensei Jennifer Madden and Sensei Bernard Gaffney (Secretary). This committee aims to continuously improve standards of competition officiating throughout the USKFI. The courses are now split in to two parts: Part I (Theory) is a continual study of the Competition Rules as well as working though various possible competition scenarios. The Part II (Practical) comprises both practice at the courses as well as continual assessment at competitions throughout the year. Potential candidates must attend at least one Part I and one Part II before they can sit their Judges' examination, and must attend for further year after that before they are eligible to sit their Referees' examination.
Last weekend saw a very successful Part I held in the Corduff Sports Centre where approximately 15 attended. Aside from the presentation of certificates, the recent Youth Championships was discussed and various theoretical scenarios were given to the attendees before aspects of the Rules were studied in fine detail. The feedback was of a very successful and useful course and the Committee will be meeting again shortly with an aim to further improve standards at competitions in the USKFI.
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