Badminton Australia

Officials

Technical Officials are integral to the success of badminton. There are three key roles for smooth competition in badminton, the line judge, the referee and the umpire.

Line judges are charged with ensuring that when the shuttle hits the floor during play that an impartial and accurate decision is made on whether the shuttle is ‘in’ or ‘out’. Line Judges are often charged with watching a single path of a line upon the court, e.g. the baseline or sideline, the length of the line will change dependant upon how many judges are available.

The education pathway of a Line Judge is quite clear and once a certain level is attained the line judge will then be required to hold that accreditation for a period of time before being able to move to the next level. An important note is that organisation where the accreditation comes from, Badminton Australia, Badminton Oceania or the Badminton World Federation and therefore the level of competition that a Line Judge may officiate at will improve with their accreditation level.

If you would like to become a Line judge please get in touch with your State/Territory Association Court Official Committee who will be able to work with you to start your journey as a Line Judge! You can find your nearest Associations here. Alternatively email the Badminton Australia Officials Committee and we’ll try to help you out.

BWF Line Judge Manual 

Line Judge Pathway

National BATOC Officials Processes

Umpires in badminton are the authority for the match, they are in charge of the court and the immediate surroundings. Umpires must ensure that the match they are officiating is conducted in accordance with the ‘Laws of badminton’, the rules and regulations of the Badminton World federation (BWF) and any other regulations that apply to the specific competition.

Information and calls that an umpire would need to make during a match could be any of the following:

  • Keep a tally of the score which is announced after each point
  • Keep a tally of the games during the match
  • Call on faults or lets
  • Make note of any misconduct to report them to the referee

An Umpire will be in charge of the court area from the time that the players and umpire enter the court till the time that they leave after the conclusion of the match. The Umpire reports to and acts under the authority of the Referee.

The education pathway of an Umpire is quite clear and once a certain level is attained the Umpire will then be required to hold that accreditation for a period of time before being able to move to the next level. An important note is that organisation where the accreditation comes from, Badminton Australia, Badminton Oceania or the Badminton World Federation and therefore the level of competition that an Umpire may officiate at will improve with their accreditation level.

If you would like to become an Umpire please get in touch with your State/Territory Association Court Official Committee who will be able to work with you to start your journey as a Line Judge! You can find your nearest Associations here. Alternatively email the Badminton Australia Officials Committee and we’ll try to help you out.

Badminton Umpire Pathway

BWF Umpire Manual

National BATOC Umpire Certification Process

BWF Umpire Manual Level 2

National BATOC Umpire Accreditation Process

The Referee oversees the entire tournament/competition and must ensure that the tournament is conducted within the Laws of Badminton, the rules and regulations of the Badminton World Federation and any other specific regulations that apply to the specific competition.

The referee ensures that the players are given facilities (including practice facilities) and playing conditions of an appropriate standard and safety, approval of the programme of play and practice schedule, ensuring the transport setup will meet the needs of the events and the overall monitoring of matters related to the fair and proper conduct the tournament for the players.

The referee shall also ensure that there is an adequate panel of technical officials of requisite ability and appropriate international representation.

The education pathway of a Referee is quite clear and once a certain level is attained the Referee will then be required to hold that accreditation for a period of time before being able to move to the next level. An important note is that organisation where the accreditation comes from, Badminton Australia, Badminton Oceania or the Badminton World Federation and therefore the level of competition that a Referee may officiate at will improve with their accreditation level.

If you would like to become a Referee please get in touch with your State/Territory Association Court Official Committee who will be able to work with you to start your journey as a Line Judge! You can find your nearest Associations here. Alternatively email the Badminton Australia Officials Committee and we’ll try to help you out

Referee Pathway

BWF Referee Manual

National BATOC Referee Certification

BWF Referee Level 2 Manual

National BATOC Referee Accreditation Process

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