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. This second document is a supplement to the official rules. It is presented in a question and answer format and covers issues that could occur in a game but cannot be fully covered by the Rules.
If you have queries about the rules, there is a Q&A forum where you can ask questions or answer those from other people. Click here for the Q&A forum
Rules available from the WGU do not cover all aspects of officiating in Australia. The Gateball Australia Referee Committee (GARC) makes decisions on these matters which are communicated by state coordinators. Relevant documents endorsed by the GARC are available through links at the bottom of this page. Referees and players should be aware of and implement these processes.
BECOMING A REFEREE AND MAINTAINING ACCREDITATION
Gateball Australia’s document that specifies its procedure for referee accreditation and reaccreditation and is available for download. The document parallels the ACA’s processes for referee accreditation and reaccreditation for all codes and forms an appendix to that document. In turn, this process is compliant with requirements of the Australian Sports Commission/Sports Australia. All referees should be aware of its contents and other documents on this page.
ACA Gateball Referees can attain accreditation to three levels:
Accredited by the World Gateball Union – allows the referee to examine candidates for Level 1 accreditation
Senior level – allows the referee to examine candidates for Level 2 accreditation
A summary of the steps to become a referee or being accredited at a higher level are available here
Players who wish to become a Gateball Referee are expected to undertake courses:
1 Community Officiatiing General Principles. A requirement of the ACA and Sports Australia is to complete the online Community Officiating General Principles online course.
2 Training Courses. More specific courses about the rules and practical refereeing are sometimes available through State Coordinators. Contact your State Coordinator and ask.
Online materials also available for those who cannot attend courses or where numbers and the location of gateballers do not allow this to happen. Anthony Dask, a Victorian Gateballer, has produced many hours of videos which are available through Youtube. These take players through the different sections of the rule book and also refer to sections of the Q&A book. These links take you directly to topics that correspond with the rule book:
Those who would like to have a copy of a workbook can access one here. If you wish to obtain a word copy so you can type into it, email email@example.com to ask for one.
Referees also need to be aware of the Guide for Referees which is published with the Rules and describes other topics of importance when carrying out the role of an official. It describes hand signals, the role and positioning for referees and other officials. Two more of Anthony’s videos are useful here: Referee Calls and Referee Positioning. Two Korean videos usefully outline hand signals and procedures that officials are expected to follow at the beginning and end of a game
ACA Officials Code of Behaviour. Referees are also asked to acknowledge their understanding and acceptance of the ACA Officials’ Code of Behaviour. The source of this document is the ACA Member Protection Policy and is available through the ACA website
Annual Reaccreditation Cards. All qualified referees are expected to complete an annual reaccreditation card. Click here for a current annual reaccreditation card. 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.
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: Ros Crowe, Keith Chur-Hansen, Barbara Northcott, Jim Northcott,
Level 2: Fran Buckle, Lyn Christiansen, Warren Douse, Lynne Farry, Jill Gwynne, Kathleen Hayes, Margaret Dickenson, Kathie Grant, Mary Jones, Cheryl Kele, Chris Kele, Emma Mauceri, Brian Mullins, Sandra Reynolds, Christine Roose, Robert Roose, Nancy Scamp, Max Stringer, Dianne Sweet, Peter Sweet, Julia Tai, Mary-Ann Waters, Tony Waters, Frances Wregg and Julia Vickers.
Inactive: John Angus, Greg Fetherstone, Philip Rowland, John Turner, Beryl Turner.
VIC – State Coordinator, Philip Brown.
International: Gilon Smith
Level 1: Philip Brown, Anthony Dask.
Level 2: Tim Stagg,
Inactive: Catherine Doherty, Chris Langford, Sue Leitinger,
NSW & ACT- State Coordinator, Judy Tier
Level 1: Manuel Gutierrez, Glen Whitehead
Level 2: Helen Chalmers, Andrew Davies, Marion Davies, Adrienne Fazekas, Alan Gray, Peter Freer, Glenda Gutierrez, Robyn Hayes, Robyn Irwin, John Park, Penny Park, Petula Shun, Judy Squelch
Level 1: Geoff Crook
Western Australia & Tasmania
No qualified referees.
GATEBALL AUSTRALIA REFEREE COMMITTEE: ADVICE, CLARIFICATIONS AND USEFUL INFORMATION
Rules for Singles, Doubles and Triples
Gateball Australia has agreed the following rules for playing with less than five members on each team.
- Rules for singles matches played in Australia.
- Rules for gateball doubles matches played in Australia.
- Rules for triples matches played in Australia.
Pointing with a stick and disagreeing with a referee
Gateball Australia has clarified these two issues after some discussion in late 2020. See Gateball Information Pamphlets: Indicating where to stroke or spark a ball and Disagreeing with a referee decision.
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 from 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.
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