Regional Umpire Certification Requirements
Theory: Regional Umpire Clinic attendance is mandatory and comprises a 3-hour course followed by on-court training. Thorough knowledge of the Basic Laws of Badminton prior to attendance would be to the participant's benefit. The course stresses the importance of:
- Laws of Badminton interpretation
- Correct umpiring terminology
- Shuttle testing
- Match preparation
- Officials' duties
Practical: Upon theory completion, 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
- Attempt the Technical Evaluation.
Matches may be junior or senior and must include a minimum of 3 doubles matches.
Technical: Upon practical completion, 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
Practical: 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: Upon practical completion, a provisional Provincial Umpire may attempt the Technical Evaluation:
- Includes a written test and on-court 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.
Referee Provincial Certification Requirements
In the past, umpire training was required to become a referee. Although this is no longer the case, it is still recommended since thorough knowledge regarding the basic laws of badminton is essential prior to becoming a referee.
Theory: Candidates must attend a four-part course. Each module takes approximately 3 hours to complete.
- Module 1 - Roles and Responsibilities of a Referee
- Module 2 - Draw Making
- Module 3 - Timing of a Tournament
- Module 4 - Tournament Software Program.
Practical: After completing the theory courses, the candidate will serve as a deputy referee at MBA tournaments and is considered a Referee in Training.
Technical: When the candidate is ready there is an on-court evaluation. This evaluation consists of the ability to prepare the draws and do the timing of a tournament along with an evaluation of how situations are handled during a tournament.
When the technical evaluation is completed the candidate is considered a Provincial Referee.