Technical Officials (TOs) are a critical part of the game and the BWF is committed to developing and maintaining skilled and well qualified TOs for its signature events and for the sport at the international level.
The BWF is also committed to developing training materials / guidelines for referees, umpires and line judges and ensuring fair and transparent processes of assessment,nomination for BWF major tournaments.
The coordination and management of TOs for the BWF is the responsibility of the Sport Committee, supported by the Technical Officials Commission and the staff in the Sport Department.
Role of Techincal officials
The Referee shall be in overall charge of the tournament. They shall ensue that the tournament is conducted in accordance with the Laws of Badminton, the Rules and Regulations of the BWF and any other regulations pertinent to the specific competition. They should ensure that the players are given facilities and playing conditions of an adequate standard and safety, approval of the programme of play and practice schedule and overall control of and ensure that there is an adequate panel of technical officials of requisite ability and appropriate international representation
The Umpire has authority over a particular match and shall be in charge of the court and its immediate surrounds. The Umpire shall ensure the match is conducted in accordance with the Laws of Badminton, the Rules and Regulations of the BWF and any other regulations pertinent to the specific competition. The Umpire makes rule calls regarding service faults and other player faults or lets. The Umpire keeps the match score which he or she announces after each point. The Umpire also keeps a record of any incidents of misconduct and reports them to the Referee. The Umpires jurisdiction shall exist from entering the court before the match until leaving the court after the match and they shall report to and act under the authority of the Referee.
The linejudge is responsible for a service, side or baseline during a particular match and decides whether the shuttle has landed in or out of court. Linejudges call the shuttle ‘in’ or ‘out’ using the appropriate verbal call and hand signals. If they are unsighted they signal to this effect and the Umpire shall make the decision or if no decision can be given a let shall be called.
Technical Officials Levels
The BWF has two levels of Referees and Umpires together with an Assessment Panel for each.
There is currently no Accredited / Certificated categories for Line Judges. All invitations for Line Judges are sent to Member Associations, who then nominate Line Judges for BWF events, copying in their respective Continental Confederation. These nominations are forwarded to the Events Committee who make appointments for the events.
Key Staff Contact
Noridah Jamil, Events Executive:firstname.lastname@example.org