What is Officiating?


Written by  Monday, 16 April 2012 07:24

Technical Officials oversee the running of badminton events. Badminton Australia (BA) is committed to the development and growth of line judges, umpires and referees in Australia. Technical officials are central to controlling the game of badminton on-court and ensuring fair match play which follows the Laws of Badminton and the various competition regulations. Ensuring a high standard of officiating at in competitions is a key goal. Training and development of technical officials is an important part of maintaining consistently high standards of officiating.

The sport has a development pathway from national to continental and world level. The sport qualifies line judges, referees, and umpires at two levels – Accredited and Certificated. Badminton Australia (BA), Badminton Oceania (Oceania) and the Badminton World Federation (BWF) educate, appoint, assess, and reassess court officials at two levels. They are accredited and certified level.

BA, Oceania and BWF work together to:

  • Support the training and development technical officials;
  • Regularly assess and review performance of officials at competitions; and
  • Manage the qualification and certification system through the ‘record of work’ system to ensure technical officials meet the minimum number of hours of work annually to retain their credentials.

A Technical Official who is working in a paid or voluntary capacity around any players, volunteers or event organisers under 18 years must have an in-date working with children check and/or police approval check verified by the organiser or employer before undertaking any duties. They are encouraged to be a qualified first aider with a current first aid qualification.