Badminton Oceania is looking for enthusiastic people from the Pacific Islands who are interested in becoming umpires.
The Umpire is an essential role in the badminton world. They have authority over a particular match and is in charge of the court and its immediate surroundings. It is the responsibility of the umpire to ensure that the matches assigned to them abide by the laws, code of conducts and rules and regulations of the BWF.
The role also involves keeping track of the score and announcing in between each point, along with making calls on service faults, other player faults and lets. Any incidents must also be noted by the umpire and reported to the referee. The umpires jurisdiction exists from the time that players enter the court before starting to the match until the time that they leave once the match is complete. The umpire reports to and acts under the authority of the referee.
Currently, there are over 30 Umpires from Oceania with varying levels of experiences and accreditations. For Pacific Islanders, there are Pacific Accredited and Pacific Certificated Umpire routes, before progressing as an Oceania Accredited/Certificated and BWF Accredited/Certificated Umpire.
One of the most recent success stories from the Pacific Islands came in the form of Samoan brother-and-sister duo, Joel and Cherish Reti. They took part in Badminton Oceania’s and Samoa Badminton Federation’s joint national technical official development course in January 2019, before going on to Umpire at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games, where there professionalism and enthusiasm was noted by experienced technical officials – leading to an invite to officiate at this year’s VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020. The Reti siblings are now Pacific Accredited Umpires and at the start of a very exciting development pathway.
In October, one of Oceania’s Certificated Umpires (former BWF Certificated Umpire) and London 2012 Olympic Games Umpire, David Turner, will be leading the free weekly sessions for those who would like to become badminton umpires:
- 8 x 1 hour weekly ONLINE sessions
- Monday’s at 6pm (New Zealand time)
- Commencing Monday 12th October 2020
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Photo Credit: Samoa 2019 Pacific Games News Service – Trina Edwards