FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 2009 U.S. OPEN – LAS VEGAS, NV EVENT REGISTRATION: GENERAL QUESTIONS Q: How can I register for USA Taekwondo Events? A: Preferred registration method is on-line through the Hang-A-Star system (www.usat.hangastar.com) using your USAT member number. Once you are logged in click the EVENTS tab and find the event you would like to register for. However, one can also register by the paper registration packet found at www.usa-taekwondo.us. Q: How do I get a USA Taekwondo membership/member number? A: Visit www.usa-taekwondo.us and click on “Become a member today” on the right hand side of the home page Q: Does my “PENDING” event registration status mean I can not compete? A: Event registration status has no bearing on if you are able to compete in the event. “Pending” status means the athlete/coach still needs to provide documents to complete their registration, “Confirmed” means all documents have been received and/or verified by a USA Taekwondo representative Q: How do I find out what documents are missing from my event registration if my status says “pending”? A: Log into the Hang-A-Star system (www.usat.hangastar.com) using your USAT membership number and click on “Event Registration Status” on the left hand side of the HOME tab. Under the “status” column, all boxes left unchecked contain the documents that have not been received to date. Q: How do I go back and update/provide my “HOTEL” or “INSURANCE” information if I skipped it during on-line registration process? A: Log into the Hang-A-Star system (www.usat.hangastar.com) using your USAT membership number and click on “Event Registration Status” on the left hand side of the HOME tab. This will bring up a web page with links “Change Hotel Information” and “Change Insurance Information”. Click those and update the needed information. Q: If I have provided “HOTEL” and “INSURANCE”, why does is not show as provided under the status column? A: An USAT representative must manually go into the system and update and verify the information. Please allow time for this to happen. Q: I need to provide my Black Belt Certificate to complete my registration, how can I do this? A: Athletes should upload their Black Belt certificate into their USAT membership profile. Once this has been done a USAT representative will go into the system to verify the information. Please allow time for this to happen. Q: I need to provide a personal photo to complete my registration, how can I do this? A: Athletes should upload a personal photo (head shot) into their USAT membership profile. Once this has been done a USAT representative will go into the system to verify the information. Please allow time for this to happen. Q: How do I make a payment if I skipped it during the registration process? A: Log into the Hang-A-Star system (www.usat.hangastar.com) using your USAT membership number and click on “Event Registration Status” on the left hand side of the HOME tab. This will bring up a web page with a link “Make a Payment” click this and follow the steps to pay with a credit card. Q: How can I see who is registered in my division/weight category or how many are registered in my division/weight category? A: Log into the Hang-A-Star system (www.usat.hangastar.com) using your USAT membership number and click on “Event Registration Status” on the left hand side of the HOME tab. This will bring up a web page with a link “View Weight Divisions”. Click this and then find your division/weight category. Q: How do I print my confirmation if I did not do it during the registration process? A: Log into the Hang-A-Star system (www.usat.hangastar.com) using your USAT membership number and click on “Event Registration Status. Under DETAILS you will see a blue button. Click this to print your confirmation form. Q: Who needs to send in the confirmation form? Where do I send my confirmation form? A: Athletes under the age of 18 must have their parents/guardian sign the confirmation form. Confirmation forms should be sent back to: USA Taekwondo Attn: (Event Name), 1 Olympic Plaza 104C, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: What information/documents should I bring to credential pick-up? A: Athletes/Coaches should bring a picture ID (birth certificate can replace a picture ID) and any pending items from their on-line registration status. Documents may include; Insurance, Hotel, Confirmation, Payment, Black Belt Certificate. 2009 U.S. OPEN QUESTIONS Q: Who can compete at the U.S. Open? A: Eligible participants are those who are 10 years of age or older by 12/31/2009, have achieved the rank of BLACK BELT, and are current USA Taekwondo members. Q: Do I need to have a Kukkiwon Certificate/Number to compete? A: Yes, International athletes MUST have a Kukkiwon Certificate/Number A: No, United States of America athletes can show/provide any black belt certificate Q: What if I have applied for a Kukkiwon, but have not received it yet, may I still register/participate? A: Yes, during the registration process you will be asked for this number. In the space provided type “Pending” or “Applied”. Q: What are the requirements to coach at the U.S. Open? A: To coach at the U.S. Open, one must be a current USA Taekwondo member and register for the event as a coach. Q: What is the venue that will be used for the 2009 U.S. OPEN? A: The 2009 U.S. Open will take place at the Tropicana Las Vegas Pavilion. 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. So. Las Vegas, NV 89109. Q: What is the Headquarters hotel for the event? A: Tropicana Las Vegas. Participants can call and make reservations at (800) 634-4000, use the Group code SUSO209 Q: When do athletes have to weigh-in? A: Athletes can only weigh-in the day before their competition day. Please see the schedule for weigh-in times and what athletes should weigh-in on what days. Q: Where can I find the competition schedule? A: To find the competition schedule, please visit www.usa-taekwondo.us. Q: I am competing in FORMS only, do I still need to weigh-in? A: Yes, all competitors must weigh-in no matter what division they are competing in. Q: If I don’t make my registered weight what happens? (Non-Senior Sparring Divisions) A: Athletes have two (2) attempts to make their registered weight. If they do not make it after the second attempt they will be placed into their new weight category automatically. Q: If I don’t make my registered weight what happens? (Senior Sparring Divisions) A: Athletes have two (2) attempts to make their registered weight. If they do not make it after the second attempt they will be disqualified and removed from the brackets. Q: What rules will be used at the 2009 U.S. OPEN? A: Current WTF Competition Rules will be followed for the 14-17 and Senior Sparring Divisions A: Current USAT Competition Rules will govern the 10-11, 12-13 & Ultra Sparring divisions along with all Forms divisions. Q: Where can I find the Current USAT Competition Rules? A: To view USAT Competition Rules click here or visit www.usa-taekwondo.us Q: What type of competitions will take place? A: Sparring (SINGLE ELIMANATION) A: Forms (DOUBLE ELIMANATION) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: Is the Technical Meeting mandatory? A: No, the coaches Technical Meetings are not mandatory. These meetings are a place for coaches to ask any questions they have and/or address the referee chairs and event staff. Q: I heard the 2009 U.S. Open will have a live broadcast over the internet, is this true? A: No, however there will be an internet broadcast/show produced at the event and aired at a later date. Q: What equipment can I wear at the U.S. Open? A: All participants shall wear their hogu, head protector, groin guard, forearm guards, shin guards, gloves, and a mouthpiece before entering the contest area. The groin guard, forearm guards, and shin guards shall be worn beneath the Taekwondo uniform. The contestant shall bring this WTF-approved protective equipment, as well as gloves and the mouthpiece, for his/her personal use. Wearing any item on the head other than the head protector shall not be permitted. Q: I heard that Electronic Body Protectors (EBPs) will be used, is this true? A: Yes, The 14-17 and Senior Sparring divisions will use Electronic Body Protectors for all matches. All other Sparring age divisions will use their own hogus. Q: What type of EBPs will be used? Can an athlete bring their own EBP? A: EBPs will be provided by USA Taekwondo in conjunction with La Just Sports. Athletes must wear the EBP that is provided. No personal EBPs will be allowed on the competition floor. Q: What type of instep protection can athletes wear? A. Instep protectors are required and must be made of foam, cloth, or vinyl products. Foot gloves will NOT be allowed. If a participant chooses to tape an instep pad on their foot they can not use more than two (2) layers of tape and it must cover the area from the base of the toes. Q: Will event medical personnel tape participants’ ankles or instep pads? A: No, event medical personnel are there for athlete injury care. Injury prevention, i.e. taping ankles or instep pads, must be done by the athlete and/or his/her coach. Q: Can I have a patches/embroidery on my dobok? A: Patches, embroidery, logos, Team Names, Country Names, Athlete names, and stripes are permitted on uniform; they can be up to 12” x 4” on each extremity (leg or arm) for a total of four. Logos or names on the back of the dobok and patches on the chest area of the uniform are also allowed. No tape will be allowed on any part of the dobok. USA Taekwondo reserves the right to disallow any dobok or equipment if it is found to be offensive or degrading in any fashion.
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