PNZ Code of Umpiring


1.        Umpire Eligibility

To be an umpire, you must:

a.         Be a member of Petanque New Zealand;

b.         Be physically fit with excellent eyesight

c.         Have passed the relevant umpire’s exam, giving the following ranking as appropriate:

Level 1           Club Umpire (after an active 12 months, four tournaments, may apply for Level 20

Level 2           Regional Umpire (after an active 12 months and two Regional tournaments may apply for Level 3)

Level 3           National Umpire (after an active 24 months at all levels including two National Tournaments may apply for Level 4)

Level 4           Confederation Umpire (Confederation exam)

Level 5           International umpire (FIPJP exam)


2.        Umpire’s Rules

An umpire is the representative of Petanque New Zealand and must implement its rules and interpretations.

 An umpire

a.         Must be thoroughly conversant with the rules and be sufficiently authoritative and diplomatic to carry out the role.

b.         Be familiar with Petanque New Zealand’s Tournament Conditions, Tournament Protocols, and Player Code of Conduct

c.         Must visibly wear his/her umpire’s uniform.

d.         Must have all the instruments necessary for the exercise of his/her functions. See Umpires Kit in Umpires Training manual on

            PNZ website under Umpiring.           

e.         Must, the day prior to  the start of the tournament, inspect the lanes (boundaries, obstacles etc) and if necessary make any changes required.

f.          Must be present before the start of the competition to make sure that the starting time, format etc are respected.

g.         Must inform players of any changes made.

h.         May not act as an umpire in a non-controlled or FIPJP tournament in which he/she is competing.

3.        Tournament Duties

a.         The umpire must ensure that all players are eligible to enter the competition, in accordance with the requirements of Petanque New Zealand.

b.         The umpire is to ensure that the draw is carried out in accordance with the specified tournament format.

c.          The umpire is not to run or supervise the control/results table.

d.         Prior to the event, verify that a Risk Management Plan is in place covering the safety of all individuals. Enunciate the any possible danger areas

           perceived. Flying stones behind the head, tent restrainers which could be a tripping hazard etc.

e.         Prior to the start of play prepare notes for a briefing with your other Umpire. Cover rules that need adherence but do not issue it as a blanket

           warning but as something you will be focusing on.

d.         During the competition the umpire must make sure that:

1.         Players comply with Petanque New Zealand’s Player Code of Conduct.

2.         Rules are adhered to (the Rules of the Sport of Petanque, the Tournament Conditions, and any local administration rules for the tournament).

3.         No incident develops that will impugn the integrity of the umpire.

4.         In case of rain, the tournament is stopped only if he/she is certain that the rain will make the ground unplayable.

e.         After the competition:

1.         Regional and National  Umpires submit through the PNZ website electronically the umpire’s report. In the case of

            National Tournaments the costs to be reimbursed are to be entered. Send reimbursement receipts to the Treasurer Petanque New Zealand,

            both within 7 days of the tournament.

2.         During the distribution of trophies and prizes, mix and socialise with players and officials.

3.         During the competition Umpires, if more than one, to advise each other of any warnings given and to whom. Discuss difficult rulings with

            other umpires; this will promote consistent outcomes.

4.        Umpire Code of Conduct

 a.         Never get involved in an argument with players during a tournament under your control. Once a decision is taken, walk away without discussion

b.         While measuring, do not hesitate to measure a few times if necessary before making a decision.

c.         Do not enter a game to re-measure a point already measured by another umpire, or re-assess a situation where another umpire has already

           made a ruling.

d.         Never criticise publicly any decisions made by another umpire

e.         Be circumspect in advising players of rule infringements. Do not unnecessarily interrupt the flow of a game or take up time in timed games.

 f.          Act with authority. The umpire is the only judge on the terrain. If necessary in difficult situations, call on the Disputes Committee for the event.

             The Disputes Committee is made up of the Umpire/s, Tournament Organiser and an Executive member of the host Club.

 g.         Be conscious of the importance of your duties. The authority, surety and correctness of your decisions will give confidence to the players and

             will avoid problems.

 h.         You must show no bias, preference or favour to any team or player, nor show any discrimination or malice to any team or player for any reason.

 i.          In the case of a disagreement over the state of play in a game in which you are participating as a player, you must not dictate the state of play

             by using such phrases as “I know the rules I am an Umpire!”  nor use your status of a qualified umpire to coerce an opponent into complying with

             a decision

 j.          Be fair and reasonable but firm at all times and always remember you are there for the sport of petanque. You are charged with the responsibility

             and authority to make decisions and recommendations for further action.


                                        January 2019





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