Pathway For Officials
We would not be able to run any of our tournaments without Officials. These are the volunteers who give their time to organize or referee events, or umpire matches, ensuring they are run smoothly and within the laws of table tennis.
Umpires: There are 3 categories of umpires as follows:
- County Umpire: When qualified the County Umpire is able to umpire at events up to and including the national championships.
- National Umpire: After experience and proven ability as a County Umpire a member may take the examination to qualify for the national umpire category.
- International Umpire: Examinations for this category are conducted every 2 years by the national association on behalf of the International Table Tennis Federation. Qualification for this category enable those qualified to umpire at international events at home and abroad.
- Referees: There are 2 categories of referee as follows:
- National Referee: Examinations for this category are conducted by an external tutor and examiner. Qualified national referees are able to act as referee to events within Ireland.
- International Referee: As with the international umpire category above candidates for this category of international referee must pass an examination organized by the International Federation (organized every 2 years) to be permitted to referee events outside Ireland.
A young umpire from Co. Down has been named as the first winner of Young Technical Official of the Year, a new category at the Sport NI Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards.
Adam Brown, from Darragh Cross, started his umpiring career at the age of the 15 in local competitions. Although, he did not play table tennis, he developed an appetite for officiating and quickly went on to achieve the County Level Umpire qualification.