Referee Training



Calling all Pickleball players who are interested in referee training!

   There will be several tournaments this year where you can exercise your refereeing skills. The first is the Earth Day Tournament April 22-24th.  If you can assist, it would be greatly appreciated, and thanks to those who have already volunteered. For the Earth Day Tournament, we are paying $5.00/match ($7.00 if you are certified). Please email Gary at ( if you can volunteer.  Please let us know: 1.If you prefer to referee only the beginner-3.0 matches; 2. Are open to refereeing all categories 3. the times you are available.  If you want a refresher or practice prior to the tournament, go to:

a.  Laura Smart Refresher Course on April 21 from 12 to 2 at Manzano Mesa. This is an excellent course on procedures and practice  refereeing.  Please send an email to Gary at if you can make the course.  If you are, or become interested in being a certified referee, Laura has the information and is able to evaluate you and do award Level 1 certification.  If interested, contact Laura Smart at

b.  Where can I practice refereeing before the tournament:
         Manzano Mesa at the ABQ Pickleball Club managed courts: 8-11 AM Mondays thru Saturdays.

         Ventana Ranch:  Joe Martellaro is offering to conduct referee training prior to the tournament, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00-11:00 at Ventana Ranch. 

If you would like to begin the process to referee certification, or if you just want to be able to referee for rec. play, please prepare first by taking the 3 referee tests (player, line judge, & referee) online @ You will need to be a member of USA Pickleball & then log in. Go to the referee tests.

When you have passed all 3 tests, you are set for the training I’ll do August 19th @ Manzano Mesa. There is also a referee tutorial that will prepare you as well for the hands-on training.

When you have completed these criteria, please contact me & email me your passing grade for each test. I will know you are a serious candidate at this point!

I’ll arrange a training on August 19th with details following later.

Becoming a referee makes you a better player and it’s also great for your mind & focus!

Laura Smart 425-233-9082



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