free certified badminton umpire training details

umpz2dawumpzBecoming a Regional Certified Umpire has some potential benefits.  If you can get to an event that needs umpires you will usually be given room, meals and a $35.00/day per diem.  At some events you will also be allowed to play for free and you may have your travel expenses reimbursed as well.  If you go on to higher classifications you may get to travel out of the country.
OK.  The schedule for training is Friday Jan. 24 at 6:00PM at the Student Rec Center, then Friday January 31 at 6:00PM at the Udall Rec Center The first meeting is to go over the official rules of the game.  The second is to go over how to umpire and keep score.
Anyone who is able should try and spend part of Saturday and/or Sunday Feb. 1&2 umpiring at the Tucson Senior Olympics Badminton event.  It will be held at the Udall Rec Center from 9:00AM-6:00PM on Saturday and 9:00AM- 2:00PM on Sunday.
On February 28th David Carton will be at the Udall Rec Center at 6:00PM to answer any last minute questions and to administer the certification test.  He will also observe the umpires in action on March 1st 9:00AM – 6:00PM at Udall for the first Day of the AZ Senior Olympics Badminton event.  Umpires are encouraged to also work the next day which begins at 9:00AM and goes through 2:00PM.
All this leads to as many umpires as possible being available March 20-22 for the USAB Masters Tournament.  This will be held at the U of A Student Rec Center South Gym.  Hours Thur. March 20 8:00AM-10:00PM, Friday March 21 8:00AM-6:00PM and Saturday March 22 8:00AM – 10:00PM.
NOTE:  No one is expected to be available all the time.  Anytime you can give is appreciated.
We hope you all consider becoming trained, it’s really a great opportunity!

free umpire training!

umpz2dawumpzTucson Badminton Club, Tucson Sports, and UA Badminton Sports Club will be hosting the USA Badminton Masters Tournament during Spring Break (March 19th – 23rd 2014). Nationally ranked players will be competing, and it is going to be an exciting week!

We will need many certified badminton umpires to help officiate this tournament, and Richard Alexander, President of Tucson Badminton Club, will be running a few training sessions for anyone who would like the opportunity to become an official badminton umpire (as certified umpires- you would also be able to officiate any national games).

The training sessions will consist of the following:

Session 1 (1 hour) – go over all the badminton rules. Booklets will be distributed.

Session 2 (1 hour) – scoring sheets, the way to officiate a game.

There are two tournaments coming up, Tucson Senior Games (2/1-2/2014) and Arizona State Senior Games (3/1-2/2014). These will be great opportunities to practice with officiating badminton games.

Tucson Badminton Club is working with Dave Carlton, the USA badminton umpire technical officier, to arrange a trip. He will be here in Tucson, usually just before the Arizona State Senior Games, to administer the written exam for the certification.

Because of the two tournaments, and the fact that UA school starts on 1/15/2014, these training sessions will most likely be on 1/17/2014 and 1/24/2014.

Another email will be sent out closer to the training dates once details have been finalized.

USA Badminton Tournament Volunteers

Don Fry (a badminton instructor and organizer here in Tucson), needs some volunteers to aid with facilites management of the upcoming USA Badminton Senior Nationals which will be held here in Tucson. See this link to read more about it. This could be a good way for you to watch some badminton and get involved with the game from a logistical point of view.
He says:

The process of securing volunteers to help with the USABadminton Senior Nationals has gone well. I am almost complete with the project. I have a few hours that need to be filled to be completely done. If you can help me with these time slots I would be eternally grateful.

I need a floor sweeper for
Thursday May 17th from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and11:45 to 2: 45 p.m.
Friday May 18th from 11:45 to 2: 45 p.m.

The hospitality room is completely scheduled except for the following times:
Thursday May 17th  Two people from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday May 18th one person from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sat. May 19th, I will need two people from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If you are a player or a spectator who  plans to be in the gym during that time and think you could spare an hour according to the above times please email me: don.jackie(at)  NOTE: replace (at) with @

Many thanks to all those who have already  committed to volunteer to help out with this event.

want a badminton job?

I stumbled upon this on the BWF’s website. Not really local, but it might appeal to someone from Tucson who fancies working in Malaysia with an international staff!

Friday, February 10, 2012 – Badminton World Federation

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) are on a search for talented and dynamic individuals with a passion for the sport to fill three vacancies at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The BWF headquarters is situated at the heart of the shopping and entertainment district in Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang. The successful applicants will join a multi-cultural team of staff from Canada, Denmark, England, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

With the rapid commercial growth and grassroots development of the sport, challenging opportunities in the Events, Development and Communications departments at the BWF are available for candidates with suitable skills set, relentless dedication and a positive can-do attitude.

The job specifications of these vacancies are available on this page, do note the application deadlines for each position.

A small number of internship positions are also available from time to time throughout the year in these departments for those aspiring to work in sports management and administration, and in search of some relevant experience and exposure. Typically, shared accommodation and a monthly stipend will be available for selected interns.

Do contact the relevant departments below for details of the intern specifications and potential intern projects:

Events – Mr Darren Parks (

Development – Mr Stuart Borrie (

Communications – Ms Jan Lin (