Your Questions About Tournament

John asks…

BassMaster tournament???

I was wondering if i entered a tournament, how would it go, like whats the process in a tournament, and explain like how they decide the winner and stuff!

admin answers:

First of all you have to join B.A.S.S. Bass Anglers Sportmens Society. Second of all you should find a local club in your area that is affiliated to BASS. You can fish with the club and usually they will send the top 6 fishermen to a stae tournament, then regionals, then to a big BASS tournament.

Also, you can fish in an „open“ BASS tournament they have them all over.

The way you win is to catch the highest weight in fish. Like if you caught 5 fish for a total of 13 pounds and I caught 4 fish for a total of 15 pounds I would win. There is also almost always a side pot for the biggest fish of the tournament. The person with the heaviest fish takes that pot.

I’ve included the web site for BASS which is operated by ESPN but there are other big clubs such as FLW, ABA, FOM, and NAFC. I’ll throw some of those websites on there for ya.

Betty asks…

Best Tournament???

What do you think is a best tournament? The prestige of The Masters or the demanding US Open?

admin answers:

I have had this argument with my friends many times, both as a golf fan, and a „supposed“ pro.

The Masters- Obviously the best to watch as a fan, since the course is so prolific, and the venue never changes (well, you know). Plus it is the first major of the season, and it seems like the one tournament most pros covet most. Somehow, Masters champion has more kick to it than the others.

US Open- The Open definitely brings out the best in the players, but what the hell is with the no-names winning this tournament (IE: Micheal Campbell, Geoff Ogilvy)? Plus, the courses are set up so freaking difficult, that it gets boring to watch guys scramble for par (and be happy to get it!).

British Open- Fun, but pretentious of Britain to claim it as „The Open Championship“. Besides, when was the last time a Brit won the thing? Paul Lawrie (’99), and he’s from Scotland. And Talk about no-names! Also, the weather is too much of a factor.

The rest of the tournaments are pretty much the same, even the PGA Championship, etc. But this year will be different with the Fed Ex Championship at the end of the season. Ten million bucks on the line? I dunno.

Sandy asks…

Paintball tournaments?

I am going to start a paintball team and i need to know where are some yearly tournaments. And that you win money and go to state tournaments, if they exist.

admin answers:

Tournaments are held at various sites through out the year. Check the fields in your area for their schedule of tournaments.

And no, cash prizes are pretty much unheard of. Trophies and paintball gear are the normal prizes.

All tournament incormation is available online.

Richard asks…

Taekwondo tournaments vs karate tournaments?

What are your general experiences with taekwondo and karate tournaments?
which do you prefer? what have you had better experiences with? Do you like the point sparring at karate tournaments or the Olympic style taekwondo sparring?

admin answers:

I’ve never visited a Karate tournament, but I’ve competed in and officiated in many taekwondo tournaments. They vary wildly in quality and in rules. So comparing them to karate would be futile, I think. Here’s a common format:

there are competitions for sparring, forms, breaking, and sometimes weapons (taekwondo is strictly weaponless, but with open tournaments, some will allow them).

Usually, competitors are grouped first by age bracket, then by skill. The younger competitors compete co-ed, but starting with younger teens and older, they also group by gender.

Many tournaments are nothing but money makers for the sponsors, which are usually individual schools that have experience setting up tournaments. These kinds are the worst kind, because favoritism as far as judging is concerned is rampant. There are usually very few competent judges, albeit they are usually well-intentioned. Open tournaments are all victim to favoritism, because a judge in one school may not like how a performer of a different school does things, even though both performers do equally well (or even the outside performer did better) .

But the better ones are sanctioned by WTF, which usually means the judges are certified. There’s a lot less favoritism, and the quality of judging is usually better.

As in any tournament, there will be people who go home and gripe about the judging – that is far and away the biggest complaint people have of tournaments. The other is the award system. With sanctioned WTF events, this is less a problem, but with local tournaments, it sort of goes like this:

A competitor can get a score of 1 – 10. But, no judge is allowed to give a score below a 6 or higher than an 8.

Kids almost always go home with a trophy, deserved or not. That’s because they divide up tournaments so that groups of 3 or 4 compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd (and even 4th) places. If there are more kids, they have more 3-4 person competitions.

Cute kids always get benefit of doubt. Girls should always have pigtails, or if their hair is long, a long pony tail. Either should have bows.

Kids who show aggressive initiative also get a lot of points, particularly in forms and breaking: a kid can fumble every single move of a form, but if the mistakes are just the wrong techniques done correctly, it’s not unusual for that kid to get 1st place.

Conversely, kids who look down, hunch the shoulders, appear timid, who correct mistakes in their form, who freak out on a missed break, cry during sparring – they get lower placement.

Adults don’t always get extended the „everyone gets a trophy“ or „cuteness always wins“, but they will get docked for doing the same problems that kids do. Here, confidence counts more than anything. I’ve seen competitors race through their forms a mile-a-minute and do everything correctly, against a competitor who is slow, thoughtful, and deliberate (but who makes mistakes) – the one who is slow and deliberate often scores higher.

I always advise people who compete in local tournaments to compete just to have fun. If you compete to win, you could be sorely disappointed – and usually it’s because of the judging. Do it for the experience, because the more well-organized tournaments can be scary affairs: large gymnasiums, electronic scoring, huge crowds cheering for someone – that’s tough to do well your first time.

Formalities: Koreans tend not to be so rigid in formalities. Whatever you do in your dojang, do the same at the tournament. Because people are moving here and there quickly, you can probably do away with most of the bowing (except in more personal settings), just be verbally respectful. Be especially respectful to the host and to any judges and referees you meet. Be respectful to people you don’t know, you never know if that person is a local reporter and could reflect negatively on your school. And be respectful to your competitors. (ok… That’s pretty much everyone…) You can get away with high-fiving or hand-shaking your competitors, even your own instructor if that is what is offered to you.

In TKD it is customary for the competitor and his/her coach to walk over and congratulate the competing player and coach immediately after a match, this is usually done with a bow and handshake (the players can high-five or handshake). This is done regardless of who wins. The more conservative instructors/coaches will take great offense if the other coach fails to do this and leaves to do something else.

Also in TKD, the pinnacle of tournaments is usually the sparring. Forms and breaking are usually done before sparring. Sparring is usually a tiered competition, ending with quarter-, semi-, finals, and grand finals. Take the opportunity if you can to watch the competitors you may be sparring against. Learn how they spar and what your strategy should be.

In TKD tournaments, we don’t like a lot of shouting like you see in XMA. Your kihaps (kiais) need to be loud and short, and only what’s required in the forms. TKD judges get annoyed when half the form has screams everywhere.

In TKD, it is customary, before you perform your form or break, to announce to the judges your name, school, and what you’ll be doing (name of form, or breaking details); and finally to ask permission to begin. Some tournaments do this, others don’t. If unsure that’s your coach/instructor’s fault, but, do it anyway. You don’t want the judges to wonder what you’re doing.

Paul asks…

Use wushu in karate tournament?

I’m going to compete in a karate tournament next week. I also train wushu. So can I use wushu in the karate tournament or is it against the rules?

admin answers:

Wushu maens different things to different people. It varies from sensible techniques to acrobatic showy impractical technique. Assuming you are referring to technique that is of a practical nature you might be able to compete in an open Karate tournament. Best to find out the rules that will be used. All Karate tournaments are not using the same set of rules. Bottom line here is if someone is using the showy impractical Wushu, they would do better not to enter a Karate tournament.

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