Role of the Umpire

The umpire has the authority over a particular match and is in charge of the court and its immediate surrounds. The umpire ensures the match is conducted in accordance with the Laws of Badminton, the rules and regulations of the BWF and any other regulations pertinent to the specific tournament.

The umpire makes calls regarding service faults and other player faults or lets. The umpire keeps the match score which he or she announces after each point. The umpire also keeps a record of any incidents of misconduct and reports them to the referee. The umpire’s jurisdiction shall exist from the time the players enter the court before the match until they leave the court after the match. The umpire reports to and acts under the authority of the referee.

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