Referee Application

All potential referees MUST complete the online application in order to be considered to serve as an official referee.

Referee Application

Due to the overwhelming interest from referees across the world to serve as an official referee at the 11th Annual U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang (July 25-29, 2019), the Organizing Committee is now accepting online applications.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:  You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to Colorado Springs, CO.  You should arrive no later than 12:00 PM on Thursday, July 25, 2019 to check-in at Hotel Elegante.  You can depart on Sunday, July 28, 2019. (Please Note: If you fly into Denver International Airport, you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the airport.)

HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS:  Your hotel room will be provided with another referee (2 referees per room) at Hotel Elegante from Thursday, July 25 through Saturday, July 27.   If you would like to arrive earlier or stay later, the Organizing Committee can assist you in reserving a hotel room at the group rate.  However, the cost of the hotel will be your own responsibility.

MEALS: You will be provided dinner on Thursday, July 25.  You will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday July 26 and  Saturday, July 27.  All other meals are the referees’ personal responsibility.

PER DIEM:  The U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang is not financially supported by any National or International Governing body and operates on a limited budget.  Each referee will be provided a $25/day per diem for each day that a person referees.  The per diem will be the same at $25/day regardless of the referee class certification/experience.

FORMAL DINNER BANQUET:  You will be invited to the VIP Formal Dinner Banquet on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Headquarters Hotel, Hotel Elegante. It is a formal-plated dinner at $50 per person. Referees do not have to pay. There will also be a cash bar available.  This event is formal attire.  Gentlemen must wear a jacket and tie.  Women must wear gowns or cocktail dress.  Referees can invite guests but the meal ticket will have to be purchased.  To purchase an additional ticket, please click here.

REFEREE TRAINING: Attendance is MANDATORY for the Referee  Course on Thursday, July 25 scheduled from 1:00-5:00 PM at the World Arena (room to be announced). Please wear a uniform (dobok).  In preparation, please review all of the Hanmadang Rules and Training Videos on this website.

SAFESPORT: The Organizing Committee is committed to provided a physically and emotionally safe environment for all athletes, parents, guests, Grandmasters, and Masters.  Upon appointment as an official referee, each referee will be required to take an abbreviated Safesport training.  Each referee does have the option to take the full Safesport course/certification at the sole cost of the Organizing Committee. If you have previously received Safesport certification you can email a copy of your current certification to avoid taking the Safesport certification.


  1. Black Slacks
  2. Black Suit Jacket (Kukkiwon International Certified Referees may wear their light blue IR suit jacket)
  3. White Button Up Shirt (Short-Sleeve or Long-Sleeve)
  4. White Taekwondo Shoes
  5. An official U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang necktie will be provided.


Upon notification of appointment as an official referee for the U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang, the appointed referee must email their confirmed travel arrangements to [email protected] no later than Friday, May 31, 2019.

If the travel confirmation deadline passes, the appointed referee will forfeit the opportunity to referee, and a different referee will be selected.

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Application Deadline

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:59 Pacific Time


No previous hanmadang​ experience is required. 

All referees will receive ​​training prior to the event.