RUNNING SMOOTH TOURNAMENTS
by Shihan Andy Rodda
that it is harder than ever to get students to attend Tournaments
these days and yet tournaments can be great tools in teaching.
While adults usually have their reasons for training, sometimes
kids or young adults do not. Training for an event can bring
your students to class. How many times have you had 15 to 20
people signed up for a tournament and when you arrived, you only
had one or two? If you are an instructor, this isn't too bad,
however, if you are the promoter, it can be disastrous.
is the most prevalent reason most people go to a tournament?
FUN! A tournament should be fun. If you go to a tournament that
is poorly run, you could be there from 10:00 AM in the morning
until 3:00 AM the next morning. I have seen this happen. There
is no need for ANY tournament to go past 6:00 PM of the same
day the tournament started.
tournaments should start on time, not 5 minutes late, not 10
or 15 minutes late. ON TIME. That means that all contestants
should be signed up, ready to go and in the ring waiting for
the judges. The Black Belt meeting should only take 10 or 15
minutes, but schedule 30 just in case. One of the best things
is to have a Black Belt meeting the night before, you won't get
everybody, but you will get some key people. The next day you
can have the regular meeting. You are going to hear me say this
a lot, DO NOT ARGUE!!! State how YOU want things to run. When
others have their tournament, they can run things their way.
the tournament is over the promoter should thank people for coming,
especially the Black Belt judges. There would be no tournament
without their help.
enjoys a well run tournament. In the next section of this series
I will cover tournament set-up and offer some of our best ideas
on running a smooth tournament. I will also show the forms we
use and show you how we set up the rings. Stay tuned!