Have you ever considered becoming a qualified umpire?
The experience of most table tennis players with regard to umpiring is probably in local league matches where the primary function is to merely call out the score. But is this really what being an umpire is all about? Can umpiring really be a fulfilling and enjoyable experience?
The course looks at the role of an umpire. How to prepare a court for the match, check players equipment and clothing, how to do match procedures, the service laws, decide each rally as a point or a let; call and show the score correctly and learn the hand signals. Umpires need to know, understand and apply the rules and regulations consistently.
How would you like to have the best seat in the house? Just imagine what it would feel like to be the umpire for a final at a National Championships or better still, to umpire the top world players and on television too! Yes, this really could be you!! So, how do you become an umpire.
The career progression for an umpire is:-
COUNTY UMPIRE → NATIONAL UMPIRE → INTERNATIONAL UMPIRE
You can start your umpiring career by booking a place; completing pre-course learning material/test paper and attending a course to train to be a County Umpire. During the day you will have an opportunity to be assessed as an umpire and take the written test paper using reference materials. To qualify you will then need to satisfactorily complete match assessments at another approved event(s).
Qualified umpires in our area are as follows:
National Referee: Aubrey Drapkin | International Umpire: Aubrey Drapkin
Steve Ralph, Adrian Barnes, Ken Brown, Nigel Coe, Jimmy Scope, Bernie McCardle.
David Graham, Alan Hedley, Peter Yeung, Adam Curran.