by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Overall, the aim is to increase the number of umpires, eventually Blue Badge Umpires, and International Referees for whom the Advanced Rules Examination is necessary.
Any national association wishing to host one or more of the meetings is requested to give at least four months’ notice.
Priority will be given to Continental Championships and Continental Games. Also Advanced Umpires Training will no longer be held at the World Championships but will continue at the World Junior Championships.
In order to assist with preparation, potential hosts are ask to name the programmes in which they are interested, assess estimated numbers and advise as to whether they can contribute to costs. An Advanced Umpires Training Course is conducted in English, in order to qualify as a Blue Badge Umpire the candidate must be conversant in English.
Fees for candidates to attend the Advanced Umpires Training include attending the course, the field of play and subsequent evaluations. However, if a candidate fails the Advanced Rules written examination, no further field of play evaluations will be conducted until the examination is retaken.
Norman Tang, Deputy Chair (Umpires) ITTF Umpires and Referees Committee
Cyril Sen ITTF Umpires and Referees Committee Trainers’ Coordinator
ITTF Umpires and Referees Committee: Official letter of invitation to host 2018 courses (Wednesday 20th September)