Umpiring

Role - levels - nomination process

Umpiring

London 2012 Olympic Games

Umpiring

Irish Para-Badminton International 2015

Umpires

Role of the Umpire

The umpire has authority over a particular match and is in charge of the court and its immediate surrounds. The umpire ensures the match is conducted in accordance with the Laws of Badminton, the rules and regulations of the BWF and any other regulations pertinent to the specific competition.

The umpire makes calls regarding service faults and other player faults or lets. The umpire keeps the match score which he or she announces after each point. The Umpire also keeps a record of any incidents of misconduct and reports them to the referee. The umpires jurisdiction shall exist from the time the players enter the court before the match until they leave the court after the match. The umpire reports to and acts under the authority of the referee.


Levels of BWF Umpires

The BWF has two levels of umpires  – BWF Accredited and BWF Certificated, which is the highest level in umpiring.

Umpire Nomination Process

The BWF appoints BWF Certificated Umpires for the Olympic Games, Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, Sudirman Cup and Super Series Finals. For other events, the BWF may appoint BWF Accredited Umpires and Continental levcel Certificated Umpires or National level Certificated Umpires normally from the Continent or Member Association where the BWF event is being held.

The host country appoints umpires for Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix tournaments and tournaments at International Challenge, International Series and Future Series.

Stages of the nomination process for BWF Events:

  • The BWF Office and Events Committee Chair agree on the number of umpires to be selected based on the competition format and other considerations such as financial resources;
  • The quota for BWF major events is agreed by the Events Committee and Council;
  • The BWF invites the Continental Confederations to recommend the umpires as per the agreed quota, together with a few reserves;
  • The Nomination List is provided to the BWF by the Confederations in priority order;
  • The referee may be consulted on the nomination of the umpires;
  • The Events Committee finalises the Nomination List;
  • The Council approves the Nomination List;
  • The BWF issues invitations based on the lists and copies in Continental Confederations and Member Associations.

The aim of the Events Committee in making selections is to ensure a high standard of umpiring and service judging at BWF events as well as a balance between appropriate practical experience for the more experienced umpires as well as the less experienced. In this regard, umpires from Continents where BWF events are rarely played, shall be given particular attention.

The BWF Office keeps a record of invitations to BWF and other major events and a record of umpiring work carried out by BWF umpires.

 

Umpire Training, Assessment, Appraisals and Mentoring

National Badminton Associations train, develop and assess umpires to the highest national level for their top national tournaments. Umpires who are at a sufficient level and experience may then be assessed to become internationally (BWF or  Continental) Accredited or Certificated.

Training and development opportunities and assessment are provided at the Confederation level. The BWF and/or Continental Confederations run umpire training courses and seminars to ensure umpires have the requisite knowledge to officiate at international events and the Continental and World levels.

BWF Umpire Assessors are responsible for the assessment of umpires to reach the BWF Accredited and Certificated levels for each role, the appraisals of current BWF Umpires, as well as helping lead the respective education and mentorship programs.

 

Resources and Downloads

The following resources can be downloaded  – see the downloads section above.

  • BWF Umpire and Service Judge Instructions – January 2017
  • BWF Umpire Live Score Instruction Manual

 

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  • Umpires' Assessment Panel
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