David Scrapneck calling lines at the 2012 Manshield Tennis
Futures, Sargent Park Tennis Garden in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Tennis Canada Officiating Clinic
Dates: May 24-25, 2013
Fee: $25
Registration: tc.tournamentsoftware.com

Tennis Manitoba in coordination with Tennis Canada, is offering an Officials training course focused on line umpiring. Officials are an integral part of competitive tennis at all levels, both on-court and off. Qualified Officials are essential to the credible functioning of all competitive tennis events in Canada; without the presence of appropriately certified Officials, the respective professional and international governing bodies (ATP, WTA and ITF) would not sanction tournaments held in Canada.

Tennis Manitoba/Canada Officials share a passion for tennis. Officials are paid for their work in professional tournaments, and for their work in national, provincial and local tournaments.

The primary goal of the Officiating Department is to train more and better officials and to build a system that provides ample opportunity to pursue Officiating as both a pastime and a profession, thus creating a complete Officiating pathway from grass roots to high performance levels. Secondary goals include promoting an awareness of the role of Officiating both within the tennis community and among the general public, introducing the use of Officials into all levels of competitive tennis, and improving the conditions of all Officials working in Canada.

Line Umpire

The Line Umpire’s primary role, as a member of the on-court officiating team, is to assist the Chair Umpire in determining if a ball falls within or outside of the boundaries of the court. In addition, a Line Umpire calls foot-faults and net serves (in the case of a Net Umpire), and assists by performing other duties that are assigned by the Chair Umpire (for example, escorting players to the toilet during the course of a match and preparing and performing ball changes). As an assistant to the Chair Umpire, a Line Umpire will thus never work on-court in a match that is not officiated by a Chair Umpire.

In order to become a Tennis Canada certified Official, a person must first attend an Introduction to Officiating Clinic, the entry-level training clinic, designed for novices to Tennis Officiating. The objective of this clinic, which is generally organized by the individual Provincial Tennis Associations using Tennis Canada training materials and Tennis Canada certified instructors, is to introduce new Officials to the Rules of Tennis, the Code of Conduct, and the basic techniques and procedures of Officiating. The clinic specifically presents an introduction to the basic elements of three Officiating roles: the Line Umpire, the Chair Umpire, and the Roving Umpire.

After successfully completing the introductory clinic and after having acquired some practical experience, new Officials can progress in officiating by attending more advanced clinics where their abilities and knowledge will be further developed. Many Officials choose to work mainly as Line Umpires for several years before deciding to undertake more specialized roles (e.g., Chair Umpire, Roving Umpire, and Referee).

Local Certification: Attend Introductory clinic, work for 2 days or 4 matches, and receive 1 satisfactory evaluation.

Provincial: Work for 5 days or 10 matches, receive 1 satisfactory evaluation.

National: Work for 10 Days Or 20 Matches Receive 2 Satisfactory evaluations.

International: Rating of 2.0 or below Classification of: I1- Top Level I2 I3 

See also Tennis Canada Officiating Program