While the game of badminton is on, both the service judge and the Line judges and thechair umpire work in tandem to realse a point in either of the opponents favour. Unlike a service judge there are also line judges for the back lines and side lines.
There are certain responsibilities assigned to a line judge like a service and the Chair Umpire. They are as follows.
A line judge should be seated 2.5-3.5m from the line and his main duty is to judge whether a shuttlecock lands “in” or “out”, of the outer lines deciding whether a player has scored a point.
There are three most common hand signals, they are
1. The shuttlecock lands out the line:
If the shuttlecock lands out of the line, then the judge must loudly and quickly shout “Out” so that both players and spectators hear, and will stretch their arms out to the side level with each other while looking at the umpire with a fixed stare to ensure the umpire is clear about the decision.
2. The shuttlecock lands inside the line:
If the shuttlecock lands inside the outer line or border, then the line judge will stretch their hand in front angling slightly down just point their right hand at the line.
3. If the line judge does not see:
If the line judge can’t see the shuttlecock clearly (because their view is blocked by a player’s body or other unavoidable situation), as they were unable to see whether the shuttlecock landed in or out they should cover the eyes with their hands to let the umpire know.
Every one can become line judges by carefully reading or watching and practising the required skills. But most of them are undoubtfully common sense.