The tournament rules will be accordingly to the International Taekwon-Do Federation but modified to an opened tournament. Sunshine State ITF will try to give the competitor more opportunities to compete, this is why we will use different competition formats. For a complete overview and details of the rules please download the Tournament Handbook.

General Rules

Guest Guidelines

This is a professional tournament and rules should be followed at all times.

  • Courtesy & Respect – Be courteous, respectful, kind and practice good sportsmanship.
  • Cleanup - Please remember to pick up your trash, water bottles, papers etc.
  • Language – No cursing or inappropriate language is allowed. Competitors can receive point deductions or be disqualified for cursing, using inappropriate language, trash talking and/or poor sportsmanship.
  • NO Smoking – The location is a NO SMOKING venue. There is no smoking on venue grounds or parking lots including electronic cigarettes.
  • Alcoholic Beverages – Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at the tournament or on the venue grounds.
  • No eating inside the Gym – There will be a designated area for eating.
  • Competition Area – The competition area includes the competition rings and surround space where athletes compete or wait to compete. Only authorized personnel are permitted in this area. Anyone in this area is required to have appropriate credentials.
  • Practice & Warmups – The competition area will be available for practice and stretching before the competition begins. All practice and warmups before, during and after the tournament must be conducted in a safe manner. Please be careful and cautious of others around you.
  • Injury - In case of an Injury we will have the EMT Rescue Unit on premises.

Coach Behavior

This is a professional tournament and rules should be followed at all times.

  • Coaches are expected to present themselves in a manner that is consistent with the spirit of Taekwon-Do and good sportsmanship.
  • Attire that is considered to be offensive or derogatory will not be allowed.
  • Is up to the referee to ensure that coaches are representing Taekwon-Do properly.
  • Coaches that are in violation of the tournament standards will be asked to leave the coaching chair.
  • Coaches must be calmly remaining seated during the match.
  • Coaches may not use video cameras, cell phones, earphones, etc. while sitting in a coach's chair.
  • Coaches may calmly direct comments to their own player only.
  • Comments considered to be too excited or directed towards the referees which are intended to either influence their decision or protest scores and penalties will result in penalties being issued.
  • All Coaches must attend the Official meeting before the tournament.

Coaches - Only registered coaches will be allowed on the competition floor. Coaches can be Master, Instructor, Assistant Instructor, or a Registered Black Belt. Coaches are required to upload a picture (only Headshot) to their profile.

Dress Code

Uniform (Dobok) - A dobok (any color) with a belt representing their rank should be worn at all times. Students with only t-shirts will not be allowed to compete. A t-shirt under the dobok is required for female competitors and optional for male competitors.

Sparring Gear - All competitors must have the following mandatory gear to compete in the Sparring Division:

  • Foot (covering feet and toes, with no external damage)
  • Hand (covering knuckles and fingers, with no external damage)
  • Head (protecting the front, back and side of the head, with no external damage)
  • Face shields will be allowed ONLY for competitors 9 years old and under.
  • Mouthpiece (Single or Double)
  • Groin Cup (for boys is mandatory)
  • Shin Guards (optional)

Tournament Rules

Bracketing Strategy

Geographically Balanced - We will keep competitors from the same School, City or Country on different sides of the draw (when possible.)

Tournament Format – The format will be based on the number of competitors per bracket, we will try to keep groups sizes no larger than 10 competitors per division.

  • Single Elimination – 2 Competitors (Competitors are eliminated after their first loss.)
  • Round Robin – 3 and 4 Competitors (Everyone competes once, against everyone else.)
  • Repechage – 5 to 10 Competitors (After their first loss, the competitor is moved to a repechage Competitors in the repechage bracket can finish third at best.)

Divisions

  • Obstacle Course category will be prepared for 3 to 5 years old.
  • Pattern’s category will be divided by Age, Rank and Gender.
  • Board Breaking category will be divided by Age, Rank and Gender (10 to 17 years old)
  • Sparring category will be divided by Age, Rank, Gender and Height (6 to 12 years old) and by Age, Rank, Gender and Weight (13 years old and older)
  • Divisions will be merge, if necessary, to give the student more opportunities to participate.
AgeRankGenders
3 - 5 years oldAll RanksBoth Gender
6 - 7 years old10 gup to 1 gupMaleFemale
8 - 9 years old10 gup to 1st danMaleFemale
10 - 12 years old10 gup to 1st danMaleFemale
13 - 14 years old10 gup to 3rd danMaleFemale
15 - 17 years old10 gup to 3rd danMaleFemale
18 - 35 years old10 gup to 1st dan & higherMaleFemale
36 - 45 years old10 geup to 1st dan & higherMaleFemale
46+ years old10 gup to 1st dan & higherMaleFemale