Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find a few frequently asked questions. If you do not find what you are looking for here or need special assistance or request, feel free to contact us at WAGOVCUP@GMAIL.COM
Where can I see a copy of the rules and regulations?
When will registration packets be mailed out?
We plan to mail out information packets to dojangs and have online registration open in August. To be put on a contact list or have promotion material mailed to you please email us at WAGOVCUP@GMAIL.COM. We will not have any participant registration at the door (this includes coach and competitor passes).
What are the competition divisions?
We plan to have to the following divisions:
– Color Belt Sparring
– World Class Black Belt Sparring
– Individual Poomsae
– World Class Black Belt Individual Poomsae
– Team/Pairs Poomsae
– Creative Board Breaking
What division are considered World Class?
Black Belt World Class Poomsae division include: 10-11, 12-14, 15-17 and 18-35. They will use USAT Competition Style Format. Black Belt poomsae competitors will have option to pick either World Class or traditional Black Belt Poomsae Divisions Only.
All Black Belt Sparring for 10-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-32 will be considered World Class and use Daedo Electronic Chest Guard System and Electronic Head Gear. Athletes will need to provide their own Electronic Foot Protector and Heel Sensor (Gen 1 and not Gen 2). Black Belt sparring in these divisions will only be available in World Class Division for this year’s event.
What guidelines will be used for judging?
All judging will follow Washington State Governor’s Cup Rules and Regulations. USAT rules will be used for 10-11, 12-14, 15-17 and 18-35 year old black belt sparring divisions. Copy of rules and regulations can be found at: https://wagovcup.wordpress.com/resources/
What is the required uniform to participate?
Any Taekwondo V-Neck Uniform in any color is acceptable for color belts. For black belt 10-11, 12-14, 15-17 and 18-35 sparring competitors white uniform with black v-neck is required. For black belt 10-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-35 world class poomsae competitors appropriate WTF assigned poomsae uniform is required. No offensive material allowed. Tournament Committee reserves right to ask competitor to change. Must have proper working and undamaged gear.
What is coach / master / VIP dress code?
No offensive material allowed. No hats, No shorts, No flip flops, No ripped/torn jeans or article of clothing, no sleeveless shirts. Tournament Committee reserves right to ask competitor to change .
Can participants wear shoes?
Shoes are NOT allowed for any events. However, if shoes are medically required, please bring a written doctor’s note that states shoes are required for participation. This note will need to be submitted to the Holding Area Manager prior to your event. Board holders will be allowed to wear mat/ taekwondo approved shoes only.
What are the age divisions and participant gender specifications?
5 yrs and under
6 & 7 yrs
8 & 9 yrs
10 & 11 yrs
12 – 14 yrs
15 – 17 yrs
Adult 18-32 yrs
Adult 32-40 yrs
Adult 41 & up
All events will be separated into MALE and FEMALE with the exception of Team Forms Divisions.
What are the age divisions for breaking divisions?
Creative Breaking – All age groups
How many participants will be in each division?
The Organizing Committee will determine divisions based on rank, age, weight class (sparring) that athlete registers. Exhibition matches maybe requested (see tournament director for details and request forms). To be as fair as possible for all participants with the discretion to create divisions outside these guidelines, if necessary. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and two 3rd place (exception with single 3rd place team in team forms divisions and single 3rd place in breaking divisions).
Is there a maximum number of events for each participant?
Four is maximum number of events a person can participate in. However, a person cannot register for the same event more than once. (For example, a participant CANNOT be in 2 Team Forms or 2 Breaking Divisions) The more events a person participates in, the more likely the chance of scheduling conflicts. The Organizing Committee will work hard to ensure participants will not be scheduled to perform in 2 separate events at the same time.
How is my belt ranked?
Belt rank will be divided between Beginners, Intermediate, Advance and Black Belt Rank divisions. Please see your instructor to determine which ranking you should be listed in. Typical ranking we have seen but my vary from school-to-school:
Black (Highest Rank)
What are the weight classes for 10-11, 12-14, 15-17 and 18-35 year old black belt sparring divisions?
Weight classes will be same as USAT Designated weight category.
Who will use electronic chest guard (E-Hogu) and need to provide their own Electronic socks?
10-11 Youth, 12-14 Cadet, 15-17 Junior and 18-32 Senior Black Belt Sparring Divisions. Competitors must provide their own compatible E-Foot Protectors and Heel Sesnors. Event will provide the E-Hogu and E-Headgear only. Small limited supply of e-foot guard and sizes will be available onsite for purchase.
What type of forms can I perform?
We will allow competitors to perform Taeguk and WTF Black Belt poomsae for individual forms competition.
White Belt: Chunji / White Belt Form
Yellow Belt: Taegeuk 1-3
Green Belt: Taegeuk 1-4
Blue Belt: Taegeuk 3-6
Red Belt: Taegeuk 4-8
Traditional Black Belts: Koryo– Hansu
World Class Black Belts: Designated Poomsae List TBD
The 10-11, 12-14, 15-17 and 18-32 World Class Black Belt division will be assigned designated poomsae. Designated poomsae list will be posted the week of the event online.
My Team Traditional Forms Team has participants with different ranks. What Form do we need to perform?
Your team should perform the form for the LOWEST belt rank. For example, the team has 3 members: two are 1st Dan Black Belts, and the third member is a red belt. The entire team should perform Taegeuk Pal Jang (8), NOT Koryo.
Teams will be divided up into pairs division, teams and family poomsae divison.
Pairs Poomsae: Two Team Members same rank
Team Poomsae: Three Team Members same rank
Family Team Poomsae: Minimum two members and up to five members performing lowest belt rank.
Can I use props or play music during creative team forms or creative breaking division?
No. Props must be approved by tournament committee before use. Music/ Sound system will not be provided.
What types of breaking divisions will you have?
Creative breaking division.
Required Board Count:
White Belts: 3 Boards
Yellow Belt: 3 Boards
Green Belt: 5 Boards
Blue Belt: 5 Boards
Red Belt: 7 Boards
Black Belts: 10 Boards.
Is there a Hotel with special deals?
We work with Ramada Inn in Lacey area. See: https://wagovcup.wordpress.com/accomidations/
When will schools received free coaching pass for 10 or more early registered competitors?
We will be emailing all qualified clubs/ dojangs after October 9th’s Early Registration Deadline.
Where can I obtain spectator tickets?
Competitors and coaches do NOT have to pay spectator fees with valid credentials. However, all NON-participants must purchase a ticket for admission to enter St. Martin University Pavilion. If you need special assistance due to medical reason please contact tournament committee.
Ticket Prices: Children 4 and under are FREE only if they will be sitting on someone’s lap. If they require a seat, you will need to pay for an additional ticket. There is NO price difference for Adult and Child tickets.
Tickets can only be purchased at the door. $10 each and Cash Only. There is an ATM Located on site in front of the entrance.
Is there a fee to park at St. Martin University?
Free Parking onsite at St. Martin University Pavilion
What do I need to bring to Participant Check-In?
Upon completion of your online registration, you will receive an email confirmation with all your events. You MUST bring the email confirmation and completed participation waiver with you to pick up your participant badge.
I am interested in volunteering, becoming a vendor, sponsorship or am a certified referee/judge in taekwondo how can I get involved?
Please contact us with your request to email@example.com or call (360) 459-3661.
Can someone else pick up my badge?
It is highly DISCOURAGED to have someone pick up your badge. Upon pick up, you will be requested to sign a document verifying all events are correct and CANNOT be changed. (Changes will ONLY be made if there was an error by the Organizing Committee.) Anyone who signs on your behalf will be acknowledging all event registrations are correct and CANNOT be changed. If a Coach picks up badges for participants, the coach MUST bring the email confirmation page and sign the document that all event registrations are correct. Upon completion of your online registration, you will receive an email confirmation with all your events. You MUST bring the email with you to pick up your participant badge. You will not be allowed to enter without your participant badge and will have to make arrangement with your coach or whoever picks up your credentials or will be forced to purchase spectator ticket.
What happens if I lose my badge?
Badges can be re-printed at the Participant Check-In area for a $5 re-print fee.
Can I take pictures during the competition and at the award podium?
Cameras and camcorders are STRICTLY PROHIBITED from the competition area, holding area and private areas. Any cameras, camera phones or camcorders in this area are subject to confiscation. Pictures CAN be taken from any spectator area and designated approved areas. Pictures on the award podium are allowed (see staff for details). NO additional photographers can take pictures of participants while on the award podium during Event Photography. Any flash photography will interfere with the official event photographer, disturb the official records and slow down the process. Please contact tournament committee for details. See rules and regulations.
Are food and drinks allowed?
NO food or drink is allowed in the St. Martin University Pavilion. Sport water bottles ARE acceptable for water but MUST be EMPTY upon admission.
No coolers allowed. If you need to bring in small personal cooler for medical reason please contact tournament committee for approval at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
What is the schedule?
A tentative schedule of events will be available on this website. The final schedule will be released after the registration deadline. Listen for announcements on the main competition floor for current competitor staging times.
What is there to do in Olympia, WA?
Olympia area is a great family friendly destination. The Capital Campus, Famers Market, and the Hands On Children Museum are just some of the great attractions the city has to offer. For more information, please visit www.visitolympia.com.