Officials Development

Manitoba Badminton Umpire Program

 

The MBA offers certification at the Regional and Provincial levels.  Each level is attained by the completion of the theory, practical, and technical requirements as follows:

 

Regional Umpires Certification Requirements

Theory: must attend a Regional Umpires Clinic.  The theory course stresses the interpretation of the Laws of Badminton, correct terminology for umpiring, testing shuttles, duties of officials, preparation for a match and umpiring a match.  A thorough knowledge of the basic Laws of Badminton prior to attendance at this clinic would be to the participant's benefit.  The theory comprises of a 3-hour course followed by some on-court training.

Practical: having completed the theory requirement, a provisional Regional Umpire may proceed to complete the practical component of certification.  A provisional Regional Umpire must umpire and service judge a minimum of 10 matches at regional level tournaments before attempting the technical evaluation.  These matches may be junior or senior, and must include a minimum of 3 doubles matches.

Technical: with the practical requirements completed, a provisional Regional Umpire must successfully pass the standardized technical evaluation.  Upon successful completion of the Technical Evaluation, the individual is then fully certified at the Regional Level and may pursue Provincial Umpires Certification.

 

Provincial Umpires Certification Requirements

Theory: must attend a Provincial Umpires Clinic.  The theory course places emphasis on the more difficult Laws of Badminton and their interpretations, as well as case situations and basics of referee responsibilities.

Practical: having completed the theory requirement, a provisional Provincial Umpire will be expected to:

  • Umpire a minimum of 10 matches from the quarter-finals onwards
  • Service judge a minimum of 5 matches from the quarter-finals onwards

At least 2 of the competitions chosen must be "A" level tournaments.

Technical: with the practical requirements completed, a provisional Provincial Umpire may attempt the Technical Evaluation, which includes a written test and on-court evaluation.  The Technical Evaluation must be completed in the quarter-finals or higher at an "A" level tournament.  Upon successful completion of the Technical Evaluation, the individual is then fully certified at the Provincial Level and may begin Referee Training.

Provincial Umpire Jason Athayde

 

Further Certification

Higher certification levels may be attained as follows through the appropriate governing bodies:

  • National Accredited
  • National Certified
  • Pan Am Accredited
  • Pan Am Certified
  • BWF Accredited
  • BWF Certified

National Officials Marj Niemi & Simon Liew as umpire and service judge

 

"Inactive" Umpires

In order to remain on the list of active MBA umpires, an umpire (Regional or Provincial) will be expected to umpire and/or service judge at least 10 matches per 2 seasons.  For an inactive official to regain active status, he or she must successfully complete the on-court technical evaluation.