Officiating, rules and refereeing


The most recent edition of the rules was published by the World Gateball Union in 2015. A Q & A Guide is also available for these rules.

The rules are currently undergoing review and an updated version is expected in 2019

A summary of fouls and their consequences can be downloaded here in landscape or portrait view. In addition to these rules.

If you have queries about the rules, there is a now a Q&A forum where you can ask questions or answer those from other people. Click here for the Q&A forum

This simple summary of the rules has been produced by John Swabey of the European Gateball League.

Becoming a referee and maintaining accreditation

Gateball Referees can attain accreditation to three levels:


Accredited by the World Gateball Union – allows the referee to exam candidates for Level 1 accreditation

Level 1

Senior level – allows the referee to exam candidates for Level 2 accreditation

Level 2

Basic accreditation

A summary of the steps to become a referee or being accredited at a higher level are available here

These steps are all part of Gateball Australia’s procedure for referee accreditation and reaccreditation and are available for download. Please note that this document is  being included the ACA’s processes for referee accreditation and reaccreditation. In turn, this process is compliant with requirements of the Australian Sports Commission

Gateball Referee Reaccreditation Cards are also available here.  Print the pages back to bak to obtain 3 cards. Existing referees need to complete these every year to maintain their currency. When they have been completed, they should be passed to state coordinators of refereeing.

Click here for notes on what to do to complete your annual Reaccredtation Card

Gateball referees are also asked to acknowledge their acceptance of the ACA Officials’ Code of Behaviour. The source of this document is the ACA member protection policy which is available through the ACA websiteZ

The following people are gateball referees:

QLD – State Director of Gateball Refereeing, Margaret Barnard

International: Margaret Barnard, Bruce McAlister, Keith McLeod, Glenda Windust

Level 1: Barbara Northcott, Jim Northcott,

Level 2:  John Angus, Herman Bekker, Carol Clayton, Ros Crowe, Keith Chur-Hansen, Sherill Dennerley, Lynne Farry, May Feddersen, Greg Fetherstone, Jill Gwynne, Ethel Hughes, Maggi Harmen, David Hughes, Gareth Hughes, Claus Jehne, Mary Jones, Geoff Morris, Jennifer Morris, Don O’Doherty, Geoff Percival, Sandra Reynolds, Philip Rowland, Coral Schintler, Les Smedley, Adele Stokes, Ron Stokes, Jocelyn Sweeney, Julia Tai, John Turner, Beryl Turner, Frances Wregg, Diana Wright, Julia Vickers.


VIC – State Coordinator, Philip Brown.


Level 1: Gilon Smith

Level 2: Philip Brown, Lowen Clarke, Catherine Doherty, Chris Langford, Sue Leitenger, Adrian Masterman-Smith, Tim Stagg.


NSW & ACT- State Coordinator of Refereeing, Manuel Gutierrez.


Level 1: Glen Whitehead, Manuel Gutierrez.

Level 2: Helen Chalmers, Adrienne Fazekas, Peter Freer, Tim Goodland, Glenda Gutierrez, Robyn Hayes, Bryan Johnson, Alex Park, John Park, Penny Park, Ken Poole, Judy Squelch, Kerrie Sutherland, Josh Willsher.


South Australia   

Level 2: Geoff Crook

Rules for Singles, Doubles and Triples

Gateball Australia has agreed the following rules for playing with less than five members on each team.

Clubs often vary these in the special circumstances for their own club based competitions.

Forfeiting Games

If a team forfeits a game, then Gateball Australia accepts the following process. Tournament referees and managers may adopt an alternative provided participants are advised of this before a tournament begins.

Record Sheet for recording the progress of games

Available under downloads

Tournament Referee

A description of the role of a Tournament referee can be found under downloads

Setting courts accurately

Court dimensions are to be found in the rules, but great care needs to be taken when setting courts for competitions. The two links below assist with accurate court setting.

Gatesetter. Instructions on how to make and use a gatesetter and a plan with the required dimensions is available here.

Jamberoo’s system for accurately painting court lines was posted as a news item on this website and is available here

Deciding the winner when the points are tied

A handy information pamphlet is also available for download.

Deciding the winner when points are tied