UC Berkeley’s Annual Chinese Martial Arts Tournament (CMAT) is entirely student-run and depends on having a large staff of volunteers to run efficiently. We are always in need of more people and will be running volunteers in four-hour shifts for all three days. During each shift, volunteers will be called for tasks lasting around 30 minutes before being relieved. Tasks include the following:
Setup – Help to set up the venue (field house in the RSF) on the Friday before the tournament. This includes transporting the heavy nandu carpets, laying down tarp and puzzle mats, and preparing all the rings for competition.
Security – Watch the hallways and restricted areas. Make sure that competitors (especially children) do not practice or run around in the hallways. CMAT is only allowed access to certain areas of the gym, so competitors cannot simply wander around. You must be prepared to firmly say no, even to adults much older than yourself, and to sit in one place for an extended period of time (you may bring homework or other material to keep yourself occupied).
Timekeeping – Time competitors’ forms with the provided stopwatch. This is a fairly simple and non-absorbing task, so sometimes you will be asked to help the scorer or take over both duties if we are short on volunteers.
Scorekeeping – Operate the main computer at each ring, entering scores and typing chat messages.
Running – Find competitors and make sure they are in the warmup area or near the ring for the start of their event.
Ringleading – Run the ring you are assigned to. This includes coordinating with judges, ensuring there are constantly competitors lined up for the next events, calling out competitor names and scores, and shuffling event orders as necessary. Ringleader is one of the most important roles at CMAT and should be handled by an experienced and authoritative individual.
Takedown – Take down all competition equipment and leave the gym looking as if CMAT had never taken place. We must be clear of the venue by 11:00 pm on Sunday.
Hospitality – All volunteers and judges will have two reserved break rooms available for their use. Each will be staffed by one volunteer, who will help maintain the rooms, stock supplies, and keep watch over belongings. Hospitality volunteers will also help run supplies to and from the competition floor as well, as any other tasks needed to keep the event enjoyable for our staff.
Admissions Table – Admissions volunteers will staff the admissions table at the entrance of the venue for the duration of the event. Here, competitors can check in and hand in waivers, judges can check in/out, and spectators can pay for admissions. Admissions volunteers will assist in these general admissions, as well as provide directions and welcome guests.