METHOD OF COMPETITION:

Sparring:
Single Elimination tournament with seeding system will be applied; the seeding will be as follows:
  • WTF World Rankings
  • Random computer draw
Poomsae: The WTF Cut off competition system will be used.

Contestants shall perform one (1) assigned compulsory Poomsae in the preliminary and semi-final rounds and two (2) assigned compulsory Poomsae in the final round. All contestants will compete in the preliminary round. The highest 50% scores from the preliminary round will advance to the semifinals. At the end of the semi-final round the highest eight (8) scoring contestants will advance to the final round. The highest score in four (4) contestants will be awarded medals (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd) based on scores
  • Divisions with fewer than 20 contestants will start with the semi-final round.
  • Divisions with fewer than 9 contestants will start with the final round.
Competition Rules:
Sparring: Cadet (12-14), Junior (15-17), Senior (17-32) and Ultras (33+) competitors will use current WTF competition rules. To download the WTF competition CLICK HERE.

Youth (10-11) competitors will use USA Taekwondo Junior Safety rules. To download these rules CLICK HERE.

Poomsae: Divisions for ages 12 and older will use current WTF poomsae rules. To download the rules CLICK HERE. 

Division for Youth (10-11) competitors will use USA Taekwondo poomsae rules. To download these rules CLICK HERE.

Participants, coaches, team officials are subject to and must obey ALL rules, regulations and policies of the WTF and USA Taekwondo herein or otherwise written.

Dobok & Equipment Standards
Uniform for contestants: Official Uniform (Dobok)  http://www.worldtaekwondofederation.net/recognized 

Sparring: Contestants must wear a white Taekwondo V-neck WTF approved uniform (Dobok) in good condition. Black belts must wear black-collared uniforms. Patches, embroidery, logos, team names, country names, athlete names and stripes are permitted on the uniform; They can be up to 12” x 4” on each extremity (leg or arm) for a total of 4 (four). Logos or names on the back of the uniform and patches on the chest are of the uniform are also allowed.

Poomsae: Contestants must wear WTF designated Y-neck competition poomsae uniform as outlined in the WTF Notice from April 4, 2012. Contestants must comply with WTF guidelines concerning uniforms designated by rank. WTF Y-neck uniforms may have a national flag patch and country code displayed on the uniform consistent with WTF guidelines.

*NO TAPE WILL BE ALLOWED ON ANY PART OF THE UNIFORM

Protective Equipment

Contestants shall wear an approved trunk protector, headgear (white, or red for Hong and blue for Chung), groin guard, gloves (see below), forearm protector, shin protectors, sensing socks and a mouth guard before entering the contest area. The head protector must be firmly tucked under the left arm when entering the competition area, and shall be put on the head following instructions of the referee before the start of the contest. The groin, forearm, and shin-instep protectors must be worn inside the Taekwondo uniform. Wearing of any other items on the head other than head protector shall not be permitted. A previously approved religious item shall be worn beneath the head protector and inside the Dobok and shall not cause harm or obstruct the opposing contestant.

Personal Requirements 
All competitors shall keep their nails cut short and shall not wear any articles that may injure or endanger an opponent. Any competitor whose hair, in the opinion of the referee, is so long as to risk causing inconvenience to other competitors shall be required to tie it back securely.

a. Metallic Articles
Contestants are not allowed to wear any kind of metallic articles or hard objects, such as rings, eyeglasses (including prescribed safety eyeglasses or eye goggles), necklaces, watches, bracelets, earrings, etc.

b. Personal Hygiene
All competitors must maintain the highest standard of personal hygiene, keep their nails cut short, and groom their hair neatly. 
Any violators of Sections A & B above will be required to correct the violation within one minute, or face disqualification.

c. Tape
A maximum of two (2) layers of tape are allowed, except in the case of an injury. For an injury, the minimum amount of tape that will protect the area should be used. If there is a question, the referee should have the wrapping examined and approved by the Tournament Medical Staff. Under no circumstances will a hard splint or cast—no matter how small—be allowed.

Equipment Standards

Gloves – Cadet (12-14), Junior (15-17 year old) and Senior (17+) Black belts are required to wear taekwondo gloves. Gloves may be red, blue, or white. If the competitor chooses to wear red or blue gloves, they must correspond with the chest protector.  For all other divisions, gloves are optional and must comply with the above rule. 

Mouth Guard – All athletes are REQUIRED to use a mouth guard.  A mouth cover may be used for those with braces if an orthodontist’s note is provided prior to the beginning of competition.  ALL divisions are required by WTF to use only white or transparent mouth guards.
Properly fitting Headgear – All Cadet, Junior and Senior participants must provide their own red and blue headgear with no markings other than corporate logos.  Cracks or defects in the headgear will not be allowed.  Youth and Ultra participants may wear red, blue or white headgear with no markings other than corporate logos.

Protective Cup
– All male athletes are REQUIRED to wear a protective cup inside the pants during competition.  All female athletes are REQUIRED to wear a protective cup as well. This is because of the WTF sanction and rules. 
Shin protection – Shin protectors are REQUIRED and they must be made of foam, cloth or vinyl products. 

Forearm guard
– Forearm guards are REQUIRED and it is mandatory that athletes get foam, cloth, or vinyl products.  
Please Note: USA Taekwondo reserves the right to disallow any uniform or equipment if it is found to be offensive or degrading in any fashion. The 2014 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships will follow the WTF equipment guidelines for all Cadet, Junior and Senior divisions.

To view a complete list of approved WTF equipment please CLICK HERE.