Are you interested in joining our judging team to make this a great tournament?

Are you ready to test your judging skills in an international setting? Are you interested in seeing the fight from a different perspective? Would you like to work in an international team of passionate, dedicated and highly skilled people? Do you want to show the world that the Netherlands not only has talented fighters, but also experienced and professional judges?

If any of the above applies to you, we’d love to welcome you to our judging team!

Or perhaps you’d rather work behind the scenes to make sure everything's running smoothly and everyone is having the time of their lives, then click here to go to our crew page.


We are always looking to improve and this year we will be taking a fresh look at our ruleset. We cannot tell anything more at this point because we first want to test it during judge trainings, but we will keep you posted of definitive changes through this page or our facebook!


Whether you have zero judging experience or are an absolute expert, we’re happy to welcome you. We’ll be organizing a few judging trainings leading up to the Dutch Lions Cup, including two practice tournaments! Here, you can work on your judging skills and gain lots of hands-on experience. This way, you can rest assured that you will know exactly what to do by the time the Dutch Lions Cup comes around. If you intend to help out our judging team, it is advisable that you are present at as many of these training sessions as possible. They are all organized in Zwaard & Steen's training hall in Nieuwegein or in HVN's training hall in Oegstgeest. The dates are the following:



Dutch Lions Cub #1 Location TBA

The first full practice day. Here we will test everything in regards to the event. Including rules, judges, crew, logistics, TM and more...



Dutch Lions Cub #2 Location TBA

The second full practice day. Here we will test everything in regards to the event. Including rules, judges, crew, logistics, TM and more...

We have invited some of the best referees to come join our judging team, giving our team a chance to work with some of the great names of the H.E.M.A. world. Because of this, we will not need any extra referees during the tournament. However, if you’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to step into the fray armed only with a big stick, be sure to visit our training sessions! You will have the opportunity to do so there.

Staying over

If you're coming from a long way you might want to stay over for one or more nights. We do not provide these facilities ourselves, but to help you along we have made a comprehensive list with suggestions. The Dutch Lions Cup does not offer any discounts or arrange your stay. You must arrange your stay with the accommodation yourself. Do not wait too long! The event takes place during the summer vacation, so it will be busy.


To show our appreciation, all members of both the crew and the judging team will receive the following:

  • Paid travel expenses
  • Free lunch
  • Free dinner
  • A fantastic learning opportunity that comes with monthly trainings and a chance to work with an experienced, international team
  • Our eternal gratitude!

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