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- Any instructor of a competitor may protest any infraction of the rules. He may not protest or question the call or failure to call a point or decision of the judges. An official’s decision may be protested only if it is against an AOK rule.
- All protests must be presented to the Head Official at the time of the infraction of the rules.
- No protest will be considered after the conclusion of a match in Sparring or the conclusion of a division in Kata.
- All protests must be submitted in a sportsmanlike manner.
- A Black Belt competitor involved in a protest may present his/her own protest in a sportsmanlike manner.
- A competitor or instructor may request the replacement of an official before a match begins. The producer or the arbitrator may or may not replace the official, as he or she chooses.
- In the event of a protest over an incorrect score, the score recorded by the scorekeeper in Kata and the visible scorecards in sparring shall stand unless a single different score can be confirmed by a majority of judges in that ring.
- In the event of a stalemate or lack of relevant information during a protest situation, the Head Official should request the assistance of the arbitrator.
- A minimum of 2 Executive committee members shall be designated as arbitrators before competition begins. If only one, or no, Exec. Committee member is present, then an alternate arbitrator approved by the Executive Committee may be an alternate arbitrator for that event.
- Arbitrators shall disqualify themselves from any arbitration if the outcome would affect their students in any way.
- The first eligible arbitrator to report to the ring shall be the primary arbitrator. That arbitrator’s decision shall be final and binding and may not be appealed to another arbitrator or tournament official. Protests over Arbitration may be submitted in writing to the AOK Exec. Committee.
- Before announcing a decision, the primary Arbitrator shall clear the ring and confer in private with the officials in that ring, and may also confer with the secondary arbitrator and/or tournament officials in cases involving anything other than routine enforcement or clarification of AOK Rules.