Umpiring



Table Tennis Officiating can be divided into two sections - Refereeing and Umpiring.

Referees control the conduct of tournaments, while umpires control the conduct of matches.

Both sets of officials have their own responsibilities, with the referee in overall control while umpires have their own powers in relation to their match duties.

At a major tournament there will be one referee and a varying number of deputy referees, and a group of umpires. However, at lower levels of tournaments and club competition, players are often required to umpire matches for other competitors.

Therefore it is not only useful to know the rules as a player but also to have some knowledge of umpiring procedures. Currently there are two levels of referees and four levels of umpires. These are:

* Level One Umpire

* Level Two Umpire

* Level Three Umpire

* Level Four Umpire

* National Referee

* International Referee


Table Tennis is a member of the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS), which is run by the Australian Sports Commission.

The NOAS ensures that all officials receive appropriate training, abide by a code of ethics and have a minimum standard of umpiring skill.

In order to be recognised through the NOAS umpires must meet minimum requirements. Table Tennis Australia is consulting with NOAS staff to update the courses for umpires and referees to ensure Table tennis officials meet the requirements of the NOAS.

* Upon accreditation with NOAS the official receives:

* NOAS identification card;

* Discount voucher;

* Discounts for resources purchased from ACC;

* 1 Update log book;

* Copy of updating policy for table tennis; and

* Umpires badge.





LEVEL 1 UMPIRE

To become a Level One Table Tennis Umpire you must:

1. Complete 20 hours of match umpiring prior to attending a Level 1 Course;

2. Attend a Level 1 Umpiring Course of (approximately one-hour), conducted by an authorised Level 2 or higher Umpire;

3. Pass a written test on the rules of Table Tennis (approximately 10 minutes);

4. Complete one hour of match umpiring under the supervision of a mentor who is a Level 2 or higher Umpire;

5. Sign an Officials Code of Ethics and submit to the TTQ office with a cheque for $16.20 for NOAS accreditation. Registration with the NOAS is valid for four years from the date of registration. In order to re-register with the NOAS after this period elapses the umpire must demonstrate sufficient table tennis activity and umpire education has been undertaken. To reaccredit, the umpire must provide to the State Umpiring Director his/her logbook providing evidence of umpiring practice and education, and a cheque for $10.00 (Table Tennis Australia) registration with NOAS.


LEVEL 2 UMPIRE

To become a Level Two Table Tennis coach you must:

1. Possess a Level 1 Umpires qualifications or demonstrated a high level of player experience;

2. Attend a Level 2 Umpiring course (approximately 6 hours), conducted by an authorised umpire;

3. Pass a written open book test on the rules of table tennis (approximately 2 hours);

4. Pass on oral test on the rules of table tennis (approximately 30 minutes);

5. Complete 18 hours of unsupervised umpiring practice, which may be undertaken at club or tournament competitions;

6. Complete 2 hours of supervised umpiring practice with an authorised mentor at either club or tournament competitions;

7. Be assessed by an authorised person by umpiring at least four matches of varying types (eg. singles, doubles, junior, senior) at a regional tournament or higher;

8. Sign an Officials Code of Ethics and submit to the TTQ office with a cheque for $10.00 (Table Tennis Australia) for NOAS accreditation.


LEVEL 3 UMPIRE

This course is currently being reviewed by Table Tennis Australia staff and new requirements will be updated when the review is complete.

To become a Level Three Table Tennis umpire you must:

1. Possess a Level 2 Umpires qualification for at least two years, with demonstrated regular attendance in umpiring capacity at regional and higher tournaments;

2. Pass a written closed book exam on the rules of table tennis (approximately 3 hours);

3. Pass an oral test on the rules of table tennis (approximately 30 minutes);

4. Complete several hours of match umpiring at National or International level under the supervision of a Level 4 Umpire or National or International Referee.


LEVEL 4 UMPIRE

To become a Level Four Table Tennis Umpire you must:

1. Possess Level 3 Umpiring qualifications for at least two years;

2. Demonstrate consistent attendance and a satisfactory level of umpiring skill at State and National tournaments;

3. Be invited by the Table Tennis Australia Officiating Committee to sit the International Umpires exam (approximately 50 minutes) which are held every two years;

4. Pass the exam.


NATIONAL REFEREE

This course is currently being reviewed by Table Tennis Australia staff and new requirements will be updated when the review is complete.

To become a National Table Tennis Referee you must:

1. Possess Level 3 or higher Umpiring qualifications;

2. Complete a written assignment on tournament conduct;

3. Attend a National or International Tournament as Deputy Referee under the supervision of an International Referee.


INTERNATIONAL REFEREE

To become a International Table Tennis Referee you must:

1. Possess Level 4 Umpiring and National Referee qualifications;

2. Demonstrate expertise as a National Referee;

3. Attend an International Table Tennis Federation International Referee course and pass the exam;

4. Attend an International Tournament as a Deputy Referee under the supervision of an International Referee.