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OFFICIATING

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), by which officials (16 years and over) can progress. Table Tennis Queensland coordinates and organises the Association, State and National Umpiring Courses as required throughout Queensland. All of the higher level courses are coordinated and organised through Table Tennis Australia (TTA) and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Officiating provides the opportunity to be involved in the conduct of Table Tennis competitions at many levels including 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 four levels of umpires and these are Association Umpire, State Umpire, National Umpire and International Umpire. And there are currently three levels of referees and these are State Referee, National Referee and International Referee.

In order to be recognised as an accredited official through Table Tennis Queensland and Table Tennis Australia all officials must complete the appropriate officiating course, practical requirements and the accompanying paperwork for the appropriate accreditation level including all essential requirements indicated below.

It is an important and essential requirement that individuals hold a Current Queensland Blue Card and a Current Table Tennis Queensland Membership prior to applying for any accreditation. It is the individuals responsibility to ensure these essential prerequisites remain current at all times to guarantee your accreditation status is valid at all times.

Accreditations have a three year expiry date (considering the above mentioned conditions) and will need to be updated or upgraded prior to your accreditations expiration date to maintain your qualification.

Officiating Accreditation Information

For all more information on how to become an official please click on the link provided below.