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May 14, 2012 01:16 PM
Are you wanting to get more involved locally or looking for a fun job that is rewarding and helps give back to the sport of tennis? Then officiating might be for you. 

Certified officials are involved in the game of tennis in a variety of roles, ranging from overseeing local junior, adult or senior tournaments to collegiate events to officiating on court at professional tournaments like the US Open.

The USTA and the USTA Southwest Section offer an ongoing program for the recruitment and training of new officials throughout the year. We are always on the lookout for new candidates to help out and become new officials. 

To become a certified umpire, individuals must attend an annual training course and pass an annual written test appropriate to the type of officiating you plan to pursue.

The entry-level official is termed a Provisional Umpire. You will want to be certified as a Provisional Official as soon as possible.
Official_VladProvisional Umpire is the only certification that does not require prior attendance at a USTA training course.

To become a Provisional Umpire, you must be a USTA member, pass the Provisional Umpire’s test (which can be found here), pass a criminal back ground check, and attend the training session in your area.
Click here for more informaton regarding the training process USTA Officials go through.
If you are interested in becoming a certified tennis official, please contact your area's representative from the list below for more information on how to get started. 


USTA Southwest Officials Chair
Dorothy Delaine

(505) 577-0689

Regional Chairman of Officials
Bob Capron
USTA Central Arizona Officials Chair

Brian Bingham
USTA Northern New Mexico Officials Chair

Ed Osnowitz
USTA Southern Arizona Officials Chair

Scott Weber
USTA Northern Arizona Officials Chair

Annie Moncada
USTA Greater El Paso Officials Chair