17 Sep 2018

A two day Club Coaches Course concluded in the Caribbean island of St Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday 28th August; next on the agenda for Ramon Oretga Montes, the ITTF Continental Development Officer, always known as Moncho, was a Basic Umpire Courses.

Supported by Olympic Solidarity, organised under the auspices of ITTF High Performance and Development, in liaison with the Latin American Table Tennis Union; likewise, administered over a two day period, proceedings commenced on Monday 3rd September.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Notably the itinerary followed a pilot format of less accent being on the Laws of Table Tennis, more directed towards practical work,

Six students, of whom three were female attended, four members having been present for the preceding Club Coach Course; a laws module is planned for coaches to improve their knowledge of the rules.

“The idea of this course is that it will be mainly practical, finishing with the participants knowing how to umpire in practice and also knowing the Laws of Table Tennis. Also another new item is that the pass mark is fixed in 57 per cent, thus 20 correct answers out of the 35 questions gains success.” Ramon Ortega Montes.

New innovations, there is also a practical assessment.

Changes to tradition but one factor remained as is the norm; there was a positive response from the students.

“For a long time I have been reading the rules and also attending all the courses run in Saint Kitts and Nevis in the last two years, so I´m glad that I was able to pass the written examination.” Urban Freeman

“Now I have time, so I will be able to practise more, gain confidence and later teach others how to umpire”. Powel Muriel

“Shifton and myself attended the coaches course, we are from Nevis and we want first to teach table tennis, we have already begun; also we want to teach how to umpire,” Curtis Morton

“I attended a course long time ago; I wanted to repeat and study to be able to better know the laws.” “Amelia Freeman

“I want to know better the laws but also how to umpire correctly, so I will be more confident when umpiring”. Shanella Harris

A very successful course was completed one that now can be repeated worldwide.

St Kitts and Nevis - 2018 ITTF Basic Umpires Course

High Performance and Development Ramon Ortega Montes