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Wannabe Umpires in Droves

by Filipe

Once again, a GCTTA hosted League Umpire’s course managed to attract wannabe Umpires from across Gauteng. That was the mood on the 9 May at the Boskruin centre when aspirant Umpires, from as far a field as Randfontein and Sedibeng, drove in their droves to attend a League Umpires course facilitated by a Blue Badge Umpire, Moegamad Isaacs.

The course kicked off with introductions and a short outline of what the day held in store. It was refreshing to notice that the participative audience consisted mostly of students rather than the usual end-of-career table tennis players.

As the day unfolded, it was clear that the facilitator was in for a hard time as the questions from the floor were delivered with insight and gusto.

The League Umpire’s Course is a tough course to assimilate for the content is made up mainly of laws and regulations; practical demonstrations remain far and few in between. Yet, at the conclusion of the presentation, all present were eager to complete the open book exam and attain the hard-to-reach 80% pass mark.

With the number of accredited umpires growing enormously on a yearly basis around Gauteng, the future of Table Tennis officialdom look bright indeed.