Officials Pathway

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

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: 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.


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 as a thorough knowledge of the basic laws of Badminton is essential prior to becoming a referee.

Theory: Candidates must attend a four part course consisting of the following modules: Module 1 - Roles and Responsibilities of a Referee, Module 2 - Draw Making, Module 3 - Timing of a Tournament, Module 4 - Tournament Software Program. It takes approximately 3 hours to complete each module.

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. 

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


"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.



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