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Refereeing is one of the ways to be involved in competition and a referee is the person who is responsible for supervising all players at a competition to ensure they follow the rules of tennis. A qualified referee is needed at Grade 5 competitions and above as these count for British Tennis Ratings and Nike British Tennis Rankings.
Details of the steps to becoming a qualified referee are as follows:
The existing Basic Referee and Full Referee courses have been re-developed to become a two day course from winter 2014. Details of the Referee Course schedule for late 2014/early 2015 are available here
There will be a pre-requirement to have attended the Competition Organiser course, together with some pre-course online learning, after applying for the course.
After completing Day one, you can apply online to become an LTA Licensed Official and Officials require an LTA DBS check in order to apply for an Officials Licence. Find out more about the Officials Licence Scheme here
Day one and day two of the course will be scheduled for approximately 6 weeks apart, thereby enabling candidates to gain practical experience, shadowing qualified referees at competitions, before attending day two.
The course will include:
The two day course will be pass / fail and the criteria will include assessment during the course, completion of the Workbook and passing the exam
Please check back here in October 2014 to check the schedule and book your place on a course near you.
After passing the course and becoming a Licensed Official you can apply to organise and referee Grade 5, Grade 6 and 7 competitions locally, such as Mini Tennis and Matchplays at your local Place to Play or local Open tournaments.
You would also be eligible to be selected to referee at Grade 4 tournaments and could be selected as a Court Supervisor at higher graded tournaments.
Officials that do not become Licensed will be able to organise and referee Grade 6 and Grade 7 competitions.
The role of officiating in tennis is unique to other sports as it often involves regular contact and a supervisory role of children, young people and adults at risk during tournaments. For these reasons, Accredited Officials will require an LTA DBS disclosure.
After you have completed the requirements and passed the course, you will then receive Calendars from LTA Officiating three times per year, asking for availability to officiate at competitions. It is also a good idea to make contact with your local LTA County Office, to advise them that you are newly qualified and looking to gain more refereeing experience.
Please contact Officiating.Feedback@LTA.org.uk for further information.
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