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`BJA NORTHERN AREANEWSLETTER JULY 09 The Northern Area Judo Trials are to take place British Judo Association. – Northern Area. ---------------------------------------------------- Northern Area Closed Trials Championships. 2009. --------------------------------------------------------------- Date. Sunday 13th September 2009. Venue. Newburn Leisure Centre. Grange Road, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE15. 8ND. Tel. 0191 2640014. Competition. B.J.A. 2 Star event. B.J.A. Contest Rules apply. Players must hold a current B.J.A. or Associated Licence.with the Northern Area as the specified Area. Top 4 players in each category will form the Northern Area selections for the British Championships to be held in Sheffield on the 10th/11th October 2009. Format. Pools system throughout. Categories may be amalgamated but results will be calculated in categories of their original entry. Age Bands and Weight Categories. Band “B”. (Born1996 – 1997.incl.) Minimum Grade. 10th Mon. Green. Boys. U30k. U34k. U38k. U42k. U46k. U50k. U55k. U60k. U66k. O66k. Girls. U32k. U36k. U40k. U44k. U48k. U52k. U57k. U63k. O63k. Shime-waza and Kansetsu-waza not allowed. Contest duration 3mins. Band “C”. (Born 1994 – 1995.incl.) Minimum Grade. 10th Mon. Green. Boys. U38k. U42k. U46k. U50k. U55k. U60k. U66k. U73k. U81k, U90. O90k. Girls. U40k. U44k. U48k. U52k. U57k. U63k. U70k. O70k. Shime-waza allowed in any category. Kansetsu-waza NOT allowed. Contest duration. 3 mins. Band “D”. (Born 1991 – 1993 incl.). Minimum Grade. 13th Mon. Blue. Boys. U55k. U60k. U66k. U73k. U81k. U90k. U100k. O100k. Girls. U44k. U48k. U52k. U57k. U63k. U70k. U78k. O78k. Shime-waza & Kansetsu-waza allowed. Contest duration. 4 mins. Booking in &Weighing in. Bands “B” and “C”. 8.30.a.m. – 9.30.a.m. Band “D”. 9.30.a.m. – 10.30.a.m. Boys. .05k. allowance. Girls. ..06k. allowance. Entry Fee. £12.00. Closing Date. Monday 7th September 2009. P.O.s & Cheques. To be made out to B.J.A. Northern Area. Entries to ;- Mr. M. Bradshaw. 24, Victoria Street, Dunston, Gateshead. NE11. 9AX. Tel. 0191 4606709. E-mail. email@example.com Spectators. Admission £2.00. U16.s and accredited Coaches Free. Players provide their own blue and white belts. The Northern Area Secretary attended the National Competition Representatives Meeting over the weekend 26th July 09 to find out the "proposed " changes to the way competitions are to be run in the future. Competitions are to be organised into "levels" in the future and the old star system is to be removed. These proposed new levels will be from level 1/ to level 5/ depending upon the age and ability of the competitors. There will also be guidance on the way a tournament license is to be applied for in order to ensure that events are run for the right players in the right manner. Tournament Directors are to be encouraged to improve the minimum requirements where possible in order to enhance the event. The " National Tournament Licensing Scheme" is mandatory for all tournaments with one exception. WHERE A TOURNAMENT IS ORGANISED BY A CLUB FOR "MEMBERS OF THAT CLUB" with less than 50 competitors, it may be run as a Judo Festival. Concessions for any tournament that cannot comply with the minimum requirements may be authorised by the BJA on a case by case basis before the license is granted. Sixteen weeks notice should be given prior to the event if this situation arises. A Tournament Director should firstly plan the size and level of the Event based upon the minimum requirements before filling out the Tournament License Application form (down load via BJA web site or from BJA Head Office) and sending it to the Area Secretary who will sign it and post it off to the Competition Coordinator at Head Office. Tournament Directors are strongly advised to contact BJA Head Office to discuss dates for events before submitting an application as preference for events will be given to IJF/EJU/BJA/ Home County/Area events. Any application should be submitted asap and for level 1 to 3 events need 12 weeks notice should be given, whilst level 4 events and above six months notice should be given. The level of the event can be decided upon by studying the National competition Framework model below. Any event must have its license displayed in a prominent position above head height. Any application must have state what stage the Long Term Player Development the event is targeted at. The cost of running level 1 and 2 events will be £20.00 and level 3 and above will be £30.00 However the license fee will be wavered if the organizers agree to pay the BJA trust 50 pence per player for juniors or £1.00 per player for seniors. Late applications will be granted at the discretion of the BJA Any literature appertaining to the event should have the words "British Judo Association National Competition Framework Level...1, 2, 3, 4 or 5" clearly displayed. After the competition and within 7 days the Tournament Director should have the license correctly filled in and returned to the Competition Coordinator at BJA Head Office. This will state that the competition was run in compliance with the relevant standards and information was supplied with regard to Injuries, Complaints, Irregularities, Numbers of competitors, Referees and Officials in attendance, Results (ideally sent via electronically), Start time of first and last contest, Points scoring sheets and any other general information. It is against BJA rules to organise an event in which you cannot meet the minimum requirements. If the event is a senior points scoring event, copies of all score sheets in categories with potential to score must be included with the license. Points can only be scored where full contest rules apply. For level 4 and 5 events copies of all score sheets MUST be sent to Head Office for the information of the National Squad Managers. 1.1 NATIONAL COMPETITION FRAMEWORK - SHOWING TYPICAL EXAMPLES WITH OVER LAPPING FLEXIBILITY IN ALL ASPECTS 8 TO 19 YEARS Level Age Grade/Belt L.T.P.D. Examples 1 8 to 15 years Red/Yellow FUNdamentals Club Cham Inter-Club C School Spo Champions County Spo Games 2 8 to 15 years Red Learning to Train County Cha Yellow And Regional C Orange FUNdamentals 3 10 to 17 years Orange Training to Train Regional Green And Multi-Regio Blue Learning to Train Brown 4 12 to 17 years Green Training to Train National Pr Blue National Ca Brown British Junio Black British Cade Club/Intern National Ca National Op 5 14 to 19 years Blue/Brown/Black Training to Compete European Y European C UK School World Junio European J EJ.U./I.J.F. 1.1.1 NATIONAL COMPETITION FRAMEWORK - SHOWING TYPICAL EXAMPLES WITH OVER LAPPING FLEXIBILITY IN ALL ASPECTS OPEN AGE Level Age. Grade/Belt. L.T.P.D. Events 1 14 years Red FUNdamentals Club Championships plus Yellow Inter-Club Championships Lower Kyu Grade Championships. Universities 2 14 years Yellow Learning to Train Regional Closed Championships plus Orange County Closed Championships Green. Middle Kvu Grade Championships 3 14 years Green Training to Train British Masters Championships plus Blue Open Masters Championships Brown Regional Open and Closed Champi Black Upper Kvu Grade Championships. 4 16 years Brown Training to Compete International B Tournaments plus Black Senior British Championships Junior World Cups. Under 20 years British Championsh Home Nations Open Senior and Jun World and European Masters 5 20 years Black Training to Win Olympic/Paralympics Games. plus Senior World Championships. Senior European Championships Senior World Cups WEIGH-INS Good Practice at Children's weigh-in A person is regarded as a child if they are under 18 years old and/or in full time education up to year 12 or equivalent. The following recommendations are for when a tournament is for entirely under 18 year olds. Weigh-ins should be conducted in an open environment where the scales, children/officials/parents can be openly seen. There is a need to keep the weigh-in area controlled and kept clear but this should be done in such a way, which does not obscure the view of the scales area. One responsible adult should be allowed to approach the scales area with the player should the player request this. Boys must weigh-in wearing competition acceptable judogi trousers and receive a O.5kg weight allowance. Girls must weigh-in wearing competition acceptable judogi trousers and at-shirt and will be given an O.6kg allowance. Players must not under any circumstances get changed into their judogi trousers and/or Tee-Shirts in the weigh-in area; they must use the changing rooms. The BJA recommend that weigh-ins do not take place before 0800hrs. Mixed Events There may be some events where children under 18 years may be competing with adults over the age of 18; the British Senior Closed is an example. For these events the weigh-ins must be in a closed environment due to the adults weighing in without clothes on. In these cases a screen should be used to allow the scales area to be private so that adults can remove all clothing to weigh in. When players under the age of 18 years old weigh in with the scales behind a privacy screen they must do so wearing judogis trousers and t-shlrt as appropriate and be given the appropriate weight allowance. If scales are behind a privacy screen two officials must be present whilst an under 18 year player weighs in. An under 18 year old player can have an advocate e.g. coach or parent present whilst they weigh in should they wish. At no stage should any official be on their own with a player under 18 years old. Mobile Phones Please note it is best practice that the use of mobile phones is completely prohibited at any weigh-in, whether adult or child. However for children's weigh-ins mobile phones must not be used in at all. Except by officials. Reporting and Weighing-in Competitors must acquaint themselves with the Weighing-in/Booking-in procedure in operation at the event, and must weigh-in and register to the satisfaction of the Officials. Each competitor will be weighed to assess the category into which he/she will be entered (upper and lower limits of the category MUST be satisfied). Any competitor unable to satisfy the limits of his/her desired category will be given until the closing time for weighing-in to attempt to comply with these limits. No weight allowance should, under normal circumstances be allowed, with the exception of under 18years. After weighing-in the competitor must leave their Weigh-in card with the Weigh-in Official, exchanging it for a Competitor Ticket, where applicable. Competitors who fail to leave their weighing-in card with the Weigh-in Official will not be included in the Draw. Evidence of eligibility (according to Rule 2 above) must be produced on the day when booking-in. Any competitor from Great Britain unable to produce evidence of a current British Judo Association Membership or affiliates for whatever reason may not compete. Non-British Judo Association or affiliates competitors must produce proof of membership of the Official Federation to which they belong (International Judo Federation or Continental Union, e.g. European Judo Union). Any foreign competitor whose membership is for a Country other than that of his/her passport must also bring a letter of authority from the International Judo Federation Member federation of the Country that issued the passport. For weighing-in and booking-in times, see information sheet for the event. If a competitor is unavoidably delayed en-route, and contacts the Tournament Director, they may be allowed to participate at the Tournament Directors discretion. Guidelines for Tournament Directors, Directors and Event Manager in section 3 of this Manual. 2.5 RECQMMENDED MAT AREA SIZES Level of Event Contest Area Metres Safety Area Adjoining Square One Four Three Three Two Four Three Three Three Five Three Three Four Six Four Four Five Seven Five Five WAITING TIMES AFTER THE WEIGH-IN HAS CLOSED Competitors should start their contests by the time period below for the various Levels of tournaments, Level 1 = within two hours Level 2 = within two hours Level 3 = within three hours Level 4 = within four hours. The BJA strongly recommends staggered/rolling weigh-ins to prevent players having to wait too long before competing. Competition Manual Snippets 1. LEVEL OF COMPETITIONS BJA competitions are categorised into "Levels". The five Levels are detailed below: For details of all levels of events refer to the Competition Pathway Framework and Minimum Requirements. Level 1 - FUNdamental Events: These events are purely development ones where the emphasis is very much about 'FUN' and 'HAVE A GO' where winning and losing is not important. There are to introduce players to the contest environment and get familiar with the rules, etiquette etc. Level 2 - FUNdamental/Learning to Train Events: These events are designed for players who have had experience at level one. The emphasis is learning about competition environment and building on experiences gained. Level 3 - Learning To Train/Training to Train Events: These events are for players who have gained substantial experience at level 2. They provide more contest opportunities for recreational players but also allow for development of aspiring elite players. Emphasis on winning starts to be a factor at this level, but of course, performance and attitude would remain crucial. Level 4 - Training To Train/Training to Compete: These events would involve players who are taking the sport seriously and have ambitions to compete for their Country and participate in major international events. Levels - Training To Compete/Training to Win: These are major international events for elite players who will have been selected to represent their country. e.g. UK School Games through to the Olympic/Para Olympic games. The Technical Specification for these events is very high and they would be run by National and/or International Federations. . 5. 4. TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS The teams which are medalists at the previous year's corresponding tournament will be seeded. The draw will be at random. "Geographical" separation may be carried out where there are "A" and "B" teams entered, as in above. Where first round pools are used the finalists from last year's Championships' are seeded to head the four pools as follows: l Gold from previous year , Pool One/Position One Silver from previous year Pool Two/Position Two Bronze from previous year losing to Silver Pool Three/Position Three Bronze from previous year losing to Gold Pool Four/Position Four It is a recommendation that the Team Managers/Captains are invited to the draw. Weight Categories In team competition only, players are permitted to fight within their own weight category or one weight category higher. For this reason, at the weigh-in, the official should enter a player's exact weight against each name as well as the category they have entered in. BJA recommendation that players under 18 only fight in their weight category. Teams are usually composed of one competitor per weight category plus the option of 1 Reserve. Variations to the composition of the team may be permitted for individual team events. Should a competitor be substituted by the reserve during the competition, the original team member cannot return to the team at a later stage. Where more than one team member per Area/Club is entered, members from one team cannot act as a reserve for another team. Reporting and Weighing-in Team Managers must have booked and weighed in their team and reserves at the booking-in desk by the time stated on the information sheet for the event. Team Managers should deposit a copy of the Entry Form at the booking-in desk for certification. At National Events, two copies should be deposited. Any competitors unable to produce evidence of current BJA Membership or affiliates, for whatever reason, may not compete. The 90-day Area Rule applies In points scoring events, points cards should be left with the official conducting the booking-in. Please ensure that these are fully completed with, Name, Address, Date of Birth, etc. point's cards must be collected at the end of the event. Point's cards that are not collected will be sent to BJA head office. Fusen Gachi When a player fails to appear for a contest for whatever reason that position in the team will remain vacant for the rest of the tournament in senior events. In junior events the Tournament Director may use their discretion to allow the offending player to continue or to allow a replacement. Fighting Order In all events the fighting order should be from the lowest weight category upwards. Team Matches Individual contests within a team match will run as a normal contest including golden score then hantei. Winning team The winning team is the team with the most number of individual contest wins. Should there be an equal number of individual contest wins then the team with the highest number of points is the winning team. If the number of points is also equal, then if the match is in the pool stage of the event, the team match will be declared a draw. In the event that a team match ends in a draw without a drawn contest and a winner is required the fighting positions (including any fusengachi positions but excluding any position in which neither team had a player) are allocated numbers and the numbers placed in a container. The number drawn out will indicate the competitors who shall fight off to decide the winning team. Team competitions are recommended to have an odd number of players within the team. Use of Reserves At Team events a player is permitted to fight at his/her own weight or one weight above. For this reason the actual weight of all players should be recorded on the weighing-in sheet at the time of the weigh-in, this is to ensure that the Tournament Director is aware in which weight categories each individual player is permitted to fight. Once a reserve has competed in a match he/she must continue to compete for that team at that weight. The original team member is not permitted to return to the team at a later stage, nor is the reserve able to compete in a different weight category at a later stage, even though he/she was originally entered to cover both weights. Having once appeared on the mat for a team, a player cannot be used as a substitute for another team in the same tournament. A player who is 'temporarily injured' may on production of a confirming note from the Medical Officer for the tournament, step on the mat, bow, and then forfeit the match (Kiken-Gachi) in order to keep the place open for future rounds of the competition. The new format with the various sections is as follows, 1 / Senior Men, -66, -73, -81, -90 and plus 90 kgs 2/ Senior Women -52, -57, -63, -70 and plus 70 kgs 3/ 12 to 15 yrs boys -38, -42, -50, -60, -66, -73 and plus 73. No strangles or arm locks, year born. 4/ 12 to 15 yrs girls -36, -40, -48, -57, -63, -70 and plus 70 kgs 5/ 14 to 19 yrs male -55, -66, -73, -81 and plus 81, year born 6/ 14 to 19 yrs female -44, -52, -63, -70 and plus 70 kgs, year born 7/ Masters men -73, -90 and plus 90 kgs, O 35 yrs 8/ Masters Women Open weight team of three, lightest to heaviest, O 30 yrs The BJA will not demand that all of the above sections are catered for but would encourage as many different groups as possible. Before making any submission to the BJA please consider the following, 1. The event must be held on one day, ~. 2. The venue should be able to cater for four mats areas, of which two could have 7 x 7 metre contest areas with 3 metre safety area. 3. No player may fight in more than one team. 4. Only same day weigh-ins will be permitted, however these can be staggered. 5. Each Area/Home Nation must bring a minimum of one suitably qualified Referee with their teams and more if possible or pay for a referee to attend on their behalf 6. All other Team Championship rules will be as the New Competition Manual which is currently on the BJA website. 7. Support will be available from the BJA Technical Competition Officials Commission. If your Area/Home Nation is interested in hosting this event please contact James Sills at Head Office. BRITISH JUDO ASSOCIATION GUIDE FOR COMPETITION CONTROLLERS AND SENIOR EXAMINERS. REPORTING INCIDENTS AT COMPETITIONS AND GRADINGS. These guidance notes are prepared to help Competition Controllers and Senior Examiners in the adequate reporting of injuries to the Association's insurers. When a competitor at a grading or competition is injured and has to be referred to a hospital A&E department or is advised to see their GP as a precaution, it must be reported. This is particularly relevant where a minor is the injured party. It is recognised that few reported incidents result in a claim under the Association's Personal Accident policy and thankfully, even fewer with a Civil Liability claim but our insurers require this information for their risk profile of the sport. It is to our benefit if we are able to report incidents that do not result in a claim. REPORTING The collection of information of a reportable incident should be carried out whilst those involved, including witnesses, still have a clear idea of the circumstances and the INCIDENT NOTIFICATION ADVICE form (INA) is completed. For a serious injury, that in the opinion of those present might result in a Civil Liability claim, it is advisable to have a full report. The INA is primarily designed for club incidents in all sports but our insurers require us to use it for our gradings and competitions as well as incidents that occur in clubs at randori etc. so that the following will help in understanding how to complete the form. - Insured Member - this should record the name of the Competition Controller or for gradings, the Senior Examiner in charge. This does not imply responsibility for the incident but is a reference and records who was in charge of the event. Property Damage - this section is irrelevant. - Circumstances & Responsibility & legal action. - these sections are only occasionally relevant as most injuries occur as part of the "normal" sporting activity of judo. If however it is felt that blame lies with one party then it should be declared and certainly if legal action is mentioned by the injured party it should be reported. Witnesses- it is very important that a witness(s) is named. This requirement is best covered by naming the referee in charge of the contest and/or a table official if the incident was clear. Claims have arisen some time after the event and this causes problems because of the difficulty in recalling who was involved etc. Although not specifically stated on the form, the insurers often ask for details of the opponent of the injured party. If in a grading, the grade and weight of both players is required. As you will know, since 1 January 2004, clubs and venues like leisure centres must by law keep an Accident Book. Any accident that results in injury must be recorded therein and a copy of that entry should accompany the INA from as the insurers invariably ask for it even if a claim is not filed It is emphasised that the information is for the protection of the officials and if incidents are not reported or greatly delayed, then our insurers may be obliged to admit liability and pay the claim which will in the end harm the Association and lead to higher insurance premiums. DEFINITION OF INJURY. An injury for these purposes is defined as: - Any head injury that requires medical treatment - Any fracture or suspected fracture other than to fingers, thumbs or toes Dislocation or suspected dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine. Unconsciousness. For minors, injuries can be difficult to define but if the parent is advised by an official or coach to see a doctor, it should be reported so as to cover our responsibility. PERSONAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS. There are specific injuries that allow a licence holder to claim for compensation under our Personal Accident policy. At present these injuries include: Broken arm Fractured collar bone Broken leg - And more serious injuries like permanent loss of sight or hearing Hospitalisation is also covered after 24hrs for all injuries at £25/day It should be understood that a claim can only be made by the individual injured (or Parent/guardian) and the INA is the main corroborating evidence. If a claim is to be made, a form will be sent from Head Office to the individual's home or his/her club. This information can be accessed on the BJA website. DMS. July 2009.
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