by Young-Sam Ma, Chair ITTF Umpires and Referees Committee
National associations may nominate:
1. One International Umpire who has achieved Blue Badge status, or, alternatively, has attended a certified Advanced Umpire Training (AUT) course and passed the Advanced Rules Exam (ARE) and
2. One International Umpire (White Badge) who has been active internationally for at least two years but has not yet attended an AUT course. Any nominee in this category should be one of the best newer umpires, capable of achieving Blue Badge status within two years.
It is ITTF policy to encourage female participation whenever possible, so please encourage female umpires seriously to consider applying for this prestigious assignment. As an incentive, if one of the umpires nominated in no.1 or no.2 above is female, an association may also nominate one extra umpire (a third nomination) in the Blue Badge or Blue Badge in progress category.
Hospitality starts from lunch on Saturday 25th November and continues until breakfast on Monday 4th December.
Umpires need to arrive no later than Saturday 25th November and attend the Referee Orientation planned for the evening.
An Advanced Umpire Training Course (AUT) will also be conducted on Saturday 25th November from 8.30am to 6.00pm thus arrivals are expected on Friday 24th November for those attending the AUT course. All qualified White Badge Umpires selected for this event must attend this course.
Participants (or their associations) will be responsible for the course and Advanced Rules Examination fee of US$50, plus the additional night’s accommodation. Certified URC Trainers will conduct field of play evaluations for umpires working at the Championships.
Nominees, or their associations, are responsible for all related travel and insurance costs. Please note that by submitting a nomination, the association confirms its responsibility to ensure the nominee has sufficient financial support for airfare, an additional night’s accommodation, the course and examination fees.
Please complete the online nomination form by no later than Wednesday 6th September. All nominations must be submitted by the candidates’ national associations. Late submissions will not be considered.
It is an open invitation; unfortunately many umpires nominated may not be selected. The selection will be based on geographic boundaries and an approximately equal division between Blue Badge, Blue Badge in progress and White Badge umpires. The URC will confirm the selection no later than Thursday 14th September. An announcement will be made on the ITTF website.
In preparation for the announcement of selections, please ensure a copy of a nominee’s passport is provided; this will be required for visa purposes.
Nominations are submitted by an online nomination form; the link is exclusively for national associations’ representatives, not for individuals.
2017 World Junior Championships: online nomination form