Officiating, rules and refereeing


The most recent edition of the rules was published by the World Gateball Union in 2019. A Q & A Guide is also available for these rules.

A summary of fouls and their consequences can be downloaded here in landscape or portrait view. 

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 examine candidates for Level 1 accreditation

Level 1

Senior level – allows the referee to examine 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 has been included the ACA’s processes for referee accreditation and reaccreditation. In turn, this process is compliant with requirements of the Australian Sports Commission/Sports Australia

Gateball Referee Reaccreditation Cards are  available here.   Print the pages back to back 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 website

The following lists of referees are provided to Gateball Australia by State Coordinators or State Coordinators of Refereeing. If there are any errors please contact your relevant state personnel.

Referees become “inactive ” if they have not completed reaccreditation processes. Contact your relevant state personnel if you wish to become active again.

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:  Ros Crowe, Keith Chur-Hansen, Lyn Christiansen, Lynne Farry, Jill Gwynne, Kathleen Hayes, Margaret Dickenson, Mary Jones, Geoff Morris, Jennifer Morris, Sandra Reynolds, Adele Stokes, Ron Stokes, Julia Tai, Frances Wregg and Julia Vickers.

Inactive: John Angus, Herman Becker, Carol Clayton, May Feddersen, Greg Fetherstone, Jill Gwynne, Ethel Hughes, Don O Doherty, Geoff Percival, Maggi Harmen, Philip Rowland, John Turner, Beryl Turner.

VIC – State Coordinator, Philip Brown.

International: Gilon Smith

Level 1: Philip Brown

Level 2: Tim Stagg, Anthony Dask.

Inactive: Catherine Doherty, Chris Langford, Sue Leitinger, 

NSW & ACT- State Coordinator, Judy Tier


Level 1:  Manuel Gutierrez.

Level 2: Helen Chalmers, Adrienne Fazekas, Peter Freer, Glenda Gutierrez, Robyn Hayes,  John Park, Penny Park, Ken Poole, Judy Squelch, Kerrie Sutherland,

Inactive: Claus Jehne, Glen Whitehead, 

South Australia   

Level 1: Geoff Crook

Western Australia

No qualified referees.

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 can be found here

Tournament Referee

A description of the role of a Tournament referee is available form this link

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