TIMEKEEPERS (Tokei Gakari)
The timekeeper's job is extremely important to the integrity of each and every match. The time limit for the match and each overtime will be determined before each tournament but may change from one to the next (this is most noticeable when changing from children's to juniors or seniors matches).
1. Start and stop the time only at the start and stop of the match as
called out by the one head court judge (Shushin). The head court judge will
raise one or both flags, this is when time should be stopped.
2. When the clock is stopped, hold the yellow triangular flag up.
3. At the end of a match, do not reset the clock until both
participants have stepped out of the court.
4. When the match time runs out, stand up, hold the yellow flag up and yell "TIME!" immediately.
SCORE KEEPING (Kiroku Gakari)
Scorekeepers have the responsibility of keeping an accurate record of each match.
1. Points will be marked as follows:
2. The first point scored in a match will be marked with a circle around it
(i.e. ,,, etc.)
3. In the event a point is granted and then taken away by the judges, it
will be recorded as the point with a single slash through it.
(i.e. ,,,, etc.)
4. If match time runs out, and:
a. the score is 1 to 0, write beside the match "Ippon gachi."
b. there is no winner by points, write beside the match "Encho" until a
winning point scored.
5. Two warnings for the same thing, or chui ( ), constitute a 1/2 of a
point or hansoku (). Two 1/2 points of hansoku () against a
competitor constitute a full point for his/her opponent , recorded as
( H ) hansoku.
Remember, score keeping gives a record of the matches, but it is not that
critical. In other words, don't worry about minor mistakes.
Persons putting on and taking off ribbons have the following responsibilities:
1. Putting the ribbons on the next two or three persons to compete. You must find
these persons either by sight or calling their names out loudly. Persons not
responding to 3 loud calls will be considered forfeit.
As soon as the person is done competing, take off his/her ribbon. You may leave it
on if that person is to fight again soon (within 1 or 2 matches) and will be the same
2. For team matches, put ribbons of the appropriate colors on each team member
before the team bows in. When putting ribbons on, make the tails hang at even
lengths. Generally, the head court judge's (shushin) right hand is always the red ribbon side. On the score sheet, the top person in a bracket will be red and the bottom person white.
Each ribbon person should have a roster of the competitors' lineup. If you do not have
one, ask the court coordinator for one.
Your job is very important to the smooth and efficient operation of the taikai. Persons
not ready to compete because they did not know they were next or they did not have a
ribbon can be alleviated by following the guidelines on this sheet.
SCORE / COLOR CARDS OR LIGHT BOXES:
Generally, the table scorekeepers will use flip cards or operate light boxes, flip over (expose to shinpan) one card or turn on one light of the appropriate color for each full point awarded by the head court judge. Remember to flip back all cards or turn off all lights before the beginning of each new match.
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