The purpose of this study is to examine the phsyical assult attempts, verbal and physical offense acts that the karate referees have been subjected to in terms of the age, sex, educational status, profession and classification of the referee. Just as any other branch of sports, in karate-do, which has the sportsmanship as its philosophy, the desire to win triggers unsportsmanlike conducts in the athlete, trainer and the public. In the identification and punishment of unsportsmanlike conducts, the referees carry a great responsibility. In this study scan pattern and purpose sampling techniques has been used. The subjects are 112 karate referees with 2017 visas. “Personal Information Form” and “Unsportsmanlike Conducts Questionnaire” has been used as data gathering tools. Percentage and frequency methods has been used to determine the demographic characteristics of the referees, and Kolmogorov-Smirnov normality test has been executed to determine the data distribution. Following the confirmation of the data’s relevance to the non-parametric test, Mann Whitney U and Kruskal Wallis tests has been executed to determine the significant difference. The significant differences between the referees demographic characteristics and the unsportsmanlike conducts has been detected (p<0.05). The conclusuion that has been determined is that the kinds of unsportsmanlike conducts stated in this context, has shown variety depending on the demographic characteristics of the karate referees.
Sport, Karate, Sportsmanship, Referee, Unsportsmanlike Conducts