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. Find out more on our Technical Officials Page.
In October, one of Oceania’s Certificated Umpires (former BWF Certificated Umpire) and London 2012 Olympic Games Umpire, David Turner, will be leading the weekly sessions:
- 8 x 1 hour weekly sessions
- Monday’s at 6pm (New Zealand time)
- Commencing 12th October
Funding is available for data costs on application.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most recent success stories from the Pacific Islands came in the form of Joel and Cherish Reti, who took part in Badminton Oceania’s and Samoa Badminton Federation’s joint national technical official development course in January 2019. The brother-and-sister combo went 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.