The Table Tennis Officiating Scheme is coordinated through Table Tennis Queensland and Table Tennis Australia and has 4 levels accredited through the Table Tennis Australia Officiating Scheme (TTAOS), through which umpires (16 years and over) can progress. Table Tennis Queensland runs the Association, State and National Umpiring Course. All of the higher level accreditation are accredited and verified through Table Tennis Australia and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Officiating provides the opportunity to be involved in the conduct of Table Tennis competitions at many levels – club, regional, state, national and international, including World Championships, Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Table Tennis officiating can be divided into two sections including Refereeing and Umpiring. Referees control the conduct of tournaments and 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 have a good knowledge and understanding of the rules as a player but also to have some knowledge of umpiring procedures and duties. Currently in Australia, there are two levels of referees and four levels of umpires. These are Association Umpire; State Umpire; National Umpire; International Umpire; National Referee; International Referee.
In order to be recognised as with an Officiating Accreditation, umpires must meet minimum requirements. Table Tennis Australia accredits members who wish to become Association Umpires, State and National Umpires and National Referees. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is responsible for accrediting International Umpires and International Referees.
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure you hold a current blue card and a current membership prior to applying of an accreditation. It is important that requirements are current at all times to ensure your accreditation validity.
A current blue card and a current membership is required prior to applying for all accreditations and it is essential these remain current at all times to ensure your accreditations validity. Officiating accreditations have a three year expiry date and need to be updated prior to expiry to maintain your accreditation.