MAJOR CHANGES & IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Sparring - The Cadet (12-14) Black Belts will be the only division that have both Grassroots and World Class Divisions. Grassroots Divisions will use Junior Safety rules and the World Class Divisions will use Adult Rules. Athletes qualifying in the Grassroots Divisions at the State Championship may NOT compete in the World Class division. Cadet athletes qualifying in the World Class divisions may not compete in the Grassroots division.

The 2016 National Championships will serve as a qualifier to the Junior World Team Trials. To view the selection procedures, click on this link: http://www.teamusa.org/usa-taekwondo/v2-national-teams/athlete-team-selection-procedures

Poomsae - The 2016 National Championships will serve as the qualifier to the Poomsae World Teams Trials for all divisions except Freestyle Poomsae divisions. The 2016 National Championships will serve Team Trials selection for Freestyle divisions only. To view the selection procedures for this event, click on this link: http://www.teamusa.org/usa-taekwondo/v2-national-teams/athlete-team-selection-procedures

The designated poomsae for blue belts and red belts will be selected from the following compulsory poomsae:

  • Blue belt will do Taeguek #3 - #6
  • Red belt will do Taeguek #4 - #8.

Breaking - USAT will be using the new breaking rules. http://www.teamusa.org/usa-taekwondo/v2-resources/referee-information

Demonstration Team – The rules for the Demonstration teams has changed, please see Demonstration Team information on page10 for the updated rules.

Coaches - Coaches must be a Level 1 Certified Coach or higher to coach in the World Class Cadet Sparring, Junior Sparring, Senior Sparring and 12 & older World Class black belt poomsae divisions. For all other divisions, the coach must be a certified Associate Coach.

Qualification - In order to compete at the 2016 USAT National Championships, one must have participated** in a 2016 State Championship, NCTA Collegiate Championships or Armed Forces Championships. **The word participating means athletes must have officially weighed-in at the event scales and/or participated on the competition mats in front of the event referees and received a place within the division. ** The only exception to this will be in the Para sparring and poomsae, board breaking, freestyle poomsae and demonstration team divisions. These divisions are “Open”.

All color belt athletes will be able to compete in the National Championships at the current belt in which they hold. For example, an athlete competed at a State Championship as a green belt but has since tested and received their blue belt. This athlete may now compete at the USAT National Championships as a blue belt. EXCEPTION: If an athlete competed at a State Championship as a red belt and has since been promoted to black belt, the athlete MAY NOT compete in any black belt divisions. You can change belt division through the final registration deadline at no additional fee. Any belt changes after the final registration deadline and/or at the event will incur a $50.00 administrative fee. Participants may make changes directly through their membership profile in Hangastar until they are confirmed and then will need to contact the events department in writing at events@usa-taekwondo.us to change their belt. After the final registration deadline (June 15, 2016), all belt changes must be submitted in writing and the administrative fee paid before the belt division will be changed.

Weight Requirements - All Grass Roots qualified participants will be allowed to move weight categories from the weight category they qualified in at the USAT State Championships if needed. It is encouraged that athletes make the “qualified” weight, but USAT understands children are going to grow. You can change weight categories through the final athlete registration deadline at no additional fee. Any weight changes after the final registration deadline and/or at the event will incur a $50.00 administrative fee. Participants may make changes directly through their registration in Hangastar until they are confirmed and then will need to contact the events department in writing at events@usa-taekwondo.us to change the weight. After the final registration date (June 15, 2016), all weight changes must be submitted in writing and the administrative fee paid before the weight category will be changed.

Cadet (12-14), Junior (15-17) & Senior (17-32) World Class qualified participants WILL NOT be allowed to move weight categories or move into the Grass Roots divisions.

Safe Sport – Background Check - Safe Sport is an initiative that is mandatory for all USOC National Governing Bodies to develop and to implement. USA Taekwondo has done so, and it is now a requirement that people in supervisory positions with our Taekwondo athletes must undergo and successfully complete a background check. Of course, the emphasis here is on the safety of our athletes and the strong motivation to keep them safe from all kinds of abuse, to include harassment, bullying and improper touching. USA Taekwondo has begun our implementation of Safe Sport by partnering with Verified Volunteers for our vetting purposes. Verified Volunteers is a reputable organization which also provides this same service for several other USOC National Governing Bodies.

Some points of information for our membership:

* Members whose sole membership category is 'athlete' will not be required to complete a background check.

* If you indicate more than one membership category in your registration (i.e. athlete, coach, referee, instructor and/or club owner) you MUST complete the background check before you will be allowed to register for any tournament or seminar under any membership category.

* Background checks will be required every two years and should be updated annually.

* Life Members of USA Taekwondo are required to go to Hang-A-Star log into their USAT membership profile and pay to complete the background check.

* Completion of a background check will take a minimum of 24 hours to get the results back. For those coaches, referees, instructors, etc., who have an event that is coming up soon, you must allow yourself time to have a completed background check so that your participation in that event will not be denied, pending the results of your background check.

* The burden is on each individual to complete their background check in plenty of time to participate in any event or seminar of their choice. There are no 'RUSH' background checks to make up for poor planning on the part of an individual.

* The expense of the background check is the responsibility of each individual. Payment for the background check must be made before one is allowed to register for membership, events or seminars. Please visit the USAT website for instructions on completing your background check. http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Taekwondo/Resources/Safe-Sport

Event Credentials - All participants will receive an event credential when they arrive to the event check-in and weigh-ins. All participants must provide a valid ID to pick-up credential and to weigh-in. There will be no exception to this policy. Valid ID is the following: School ID, State Issued ID, GAL or Passport. If the athlete is a minor and does not have a valid ID then the parent/legal guardian must provide a copy of their birth certificate. All coaches’ credentials will have a photo on the credential. This credential is NONTRANSFERABLE and will be confiscated if misused. The participant’s credentials are not valid for an adult, parent or sibling of that participant. Lost credentials are subject to a $25.00 reprint fee. Participants may only receive a one replacement credential at $25.00; if a second credential needs to be replaced there will be a fee of $40.00.