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Officiating FAQ

Q: Who can become an official?
A: Advanced level and Black Belt/Grade Martial Artists are eligible to become an official. Advanced level and Black Belt/Grade Martial Arts aged 14-17 years can apply to join the Junior League of Officials.
Q: What equipment and uniform do I need as an Official?
A: A whistle and the official’s uniform. The uniform consists of a white long sleeved shirt, black trousers, black socks, black shoes and the official tie. The tie can be purchased through your national WMAC directors.
Q: Who can become a table official?
A: Competitors, instructors, coaches and supporters can all apply to be table officials to help with scorekeeping and timekeeping. Training is provided and no martial arts experience is necessary.
Q: Are there different grades of officials?
A: Yes. The AMAC Officials scale ranges from Class E to Class A, where Class A is the highest level - International Referee. Class E is entry level - either a Junior League official or an adult official who has just started training as an official. All new officials will start at Class E (regardless of previous experience elsewhere) until they have demonstrated (and been examined for) their skill at officiating and knowledge of the rules.