Tips on Service Judging
Following are some of the most important abilities for service judges. They must be able to:
- Accurately analyse the complete service action for each serve in a match.
- Judge each serve independently, only calling faults that occur, and not calling a fault on a legal serve because…
- an actual fault was not called previously,
- they have decided to fault every flick serve,
- they think calling a fault early in the match lets the players know they mean business,
- the receiver has complained that the server is fault serving,
- the server has complained that the opposition is fault serving, and this is an easy way to punish him/her,
- they have heard that “X” player always faults
- they suppose that “X” player never faults
- or for any other reason other than a genuine fault according to the Laws of Badminton!
- Discern what is part of a player’s preparation to serve versus the service itself.
- Ignore all outside influences, such as the server’s opponents, the coaches, the spectators, and photographers or TV cameras close to them, etc.
- Make consistently correct decisions throughout the match, from the very first serve to the very last one.
- Work closely with the umpire, and be available to assist the umpire at all times.
Here are a few tips for a service judging technique that will project professionalism and inspire confidence:
- Always look interested and involved in the match.
- Sit upright in your chair, with your hands comfortably on your legs, palms down.
- Do not cross your legs (although it is acceptable for female service judges wearing skirts to cross their ankles).
- Shift position slightly when the service changes from one side to the other so that it looks like your focus is now on the new server.
- Look at each serve from the moment the server takes up position, and be aware when the receiver is ready.
- Concentrate on all service aspects until after the serve is delivered.
- Looking at the big picture may help you analyse the different aspects (height, angle, stroke, feet, etc.).