If you think umpiring a table tennis match is just about keeping score, then think again!
It’s a challenging, rewarding and enormously enjoyable role – and Table Tennis Wales is looking for new and highly motivated umpires to join this rapidly developing sport.
An umpire is responsible for everything from the correct set-up of the playing area to enforcing the rules and adjudicating over such things as net cord services and edge balls. And yes, you’ll also have to call and display the score!
The rules are simple, so it’s not the most exhaustive list of umpiring duties, but they are vitally important nonetheless. Plus an umpire gets to view proceedings from the best seat in the house!
Table Tennis Wales will guide you through the process of becoming an umpire.
There are three categories – County Umpire, National Umpire and International Umpire – and to begin with you will be required to pass a written test (taken in the comfort of your own home) and successfully complete a practical assessment.
Once qualified, you’ll have the opportunity to officiate at various tournaments around the country – and having gained good experience, you can be nominated to sit for the National Umpire qualification.
This section contains more details on becoming an umpire. Enjoy discovering the delights of becoming involved in such a wonderful game – and if you’d like more information, please contact the Table Tennis Wales team.
The Role of an Umpire is:
Ensuring players are correctly equipped for matches
Ensuring the correct observance of the service laws
Ensuring compliance with the regulations concerning behaviour
Ensuring correct order of service for each player or pair of players
Preparing the playing area for the match
Deciding each rally as a point or let
Ensuring continuity of play at all times
Calling & displaying the score, & indicating service changes
To be alert to changes in the playing conditions & to react appropriately
Observing net cord services and edge balls & adjudicate appropriately
To know, understand & apply the rules & regulations of table tennis
If you need any further information, please get in touch via our contact page.