Guide for Busy Karate Parents: What Happens at a Tournament?

Guide for Busy Karate Parents: What Happens at a Tournament?

I’m working on a short guide for our karate parents. It will be a little primer covering what to expect, what to bring and how much all this is going to cost them. As I’m working on it, I’ll be putting portions of it here to test it out in front of a friendly audience. Please, let me know what you think.

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Of course there are a lot of variations, depending on the size of the tournament and who is hosting/promoting the event.  A large tournament taking place over two or more days won’t have the exact  same structure as a local tournament that only takes 4 hours from beginning to end. This is based on my experience at what I call “medium” tournaments — those which are rated AA or AAA tournaments by their sanctioning bodies.

1. Registration

When you arrive at the event location, it’s time to register or, if you registered in advance, check in.  Small tournaments, many of which don’t have pre-registration, will have one line. Larger tournaments usually have at least two: one for competitors who registered in advance and one for competitors registering at the door.

It is typically to your advantage to register in advance. There is almost always a discount for preregistering. Often, there is also a competitive advantage. Those who register first, may get to compete last: a clear advantage if your child is in a large division. The preregistration line also moves more quickly. The drawback is that promoters will not return your money if you later learn you can’t attend the tournament. If the tournament is canceled, you should receive a refund. But, if you are the one who can’t attend, you will not get your money back.

When you register, you (and your competitor) will either get a stamp on your hand or a Tyvek wrist  band.  Help your competitor put hers on.
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Upcoming Tournament: Oct. 13 at Turners Club, Aurora IL

Upcoming Tournament: Oct. 13 at Turners Club, Aurora IL

The Illinois State Martial Arts Tournament Circuit will hold a tournament on Oct. 13, 2013, at the Aurora Turners Club Sports Facility 1335 Mitchell Rd., Aurora, IL. Registration is from 11 a.m. to noon. Tournament starts at noon.

Small tournaments that meet frequently. Event moves very quickly. Fee for competitors is $40 for one or more divisions. Adult spectators pay $5; kids under 12 pay $3 to watch. Portion of proceeds donated to the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

For information, call Shihan Mark Nixon, 815-919-7540, or Shihan Mike Peura, 630-553-8378. View flyer.

Check out the Facebook photos from the last Circuit Tournament (September 2013) held in Sugar Grove, IL.

Upcoming Tournament: Sept. 8 in Sugar Grove

Rocky’s Dojo and Gym Open Martial Arts Tournament, Sept. 8, 2013, Sugar Grove Community House, Sugar Grove, IL

$35 Registration (walk-in only) for one or more events

$5 adult spectators/$3 for kids under 12

Registration is at 10 a.m. and bow in is at noon. Small tournament with a good group of judges. The Troutmans have been hosting 4 tournaments a year for the past 30-35 years. So, it runs very smoothly. Large facility, ample parking.

Download the flyer at Rocky’s Web site: http://www.rockysdojo.com.

The Illinois State Martial Arts Tournament Circuit Review

The Illinois State Martial Arts Tournament Circuit Review

June 2 marked another tournament in the new-ish Illinois State Martial Arts Tournament Circuit. It was a drizzly, dreary day in the Chicago area and attendance was down compared to the last two circuit tourneys. Even the promise of 6′ trophies could not get waterlogged surbanites out of their flooded basements for the afternoon. Still, organizers seem optimistic and competitors that usually attend either Rocky’s or Turner’s club tournament are starting to attend both tournaments. On the whole, the tournaments are growing, while parents and coaches are learning what to expect.

Organizers are posting lists with circuit results on http://www.quietdragons.com/ (look for the ISMATC link in the menu on the left). Competitors get one point for competing, 2 for third place, 3 for second and 4 points for getting first.

Printed copies of the circuit points have been brought to each tournament so far this year. The transparency is welcome, particularly since the circuit is still experiencing some bumps and bruises as they go. So far, the biggest issue has been illegible or incomplete names on the tournament forms. There are tournaments where a few competitors are currently only identified by their first or last name.

(Note for coaches:  keeping track of circuit points is a good job to assign to your team mom.)

 

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Rocky’s Tournament April 21 in Sugar Grove

Rocky’s Dojo and Gym Open Martial Arts Tournament, April 21, 2013, Sugar Grove Community House, Sugar Grove, IL

$35 Registration (walk-in only) for one or more events

$5 adult spectators/$3 for kids under 12

Registration is at 10 a.m. and bow in is at noon. Small tournament with a good group of judges. The Troutmans have been hosting 4 tournaments a year for the past 30-35 years. So, it runs very smoothly. Large facility, ample parking.

Download the flyer at Rocky’s Web site: http://www.rockysdojo.com.