Badminton Scotland Court Officials welcome you to the Best Seat in the House!

On behalf of the entire team of Badminton Scotland Court Officials (BSCO), we would like to welcome you to our Technical Officials Page where you will find information and access to all of the benefits that being a part of this very special team allows.

Technical Officials are central to controlling the game of badminton on-court and ensuring fair match play which follows the Laws of Badminton and the various competition regulations.

Badminton Scotland Court Officials can sign up here for a free membership.

BSCO are recruiting!

If you are interested in joining one of our training sessions or finding out more, please fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

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Badminton Scotland Court Officials Mission Statement

Badminton Scotland Court Officials strive to uphold all of the guidelines and governance that are issued by BWF, Badminton Europe and Badminton Scotland, to help competition and play proceed fairly and impartially, by ensuring all of the rules and laws set forth in the Laws of Badminton by BWF are adhered to.

As a team of volunteer Officials, we strive to perform all of our duties on and off court with the highest level of integrity and professionalism we can achieve.

It is our commitment, to all badminton governing bodies and the sport of badminton itself, to provide mentoring, training, leadership and impartiality, to all of our officials, whether inexperienced or seasoned, by providing them with the confidence and skill needed to perform all their duties both nationally and internationally.

We are committed to hosting training courses and workshops around Scotland throughout the year, with the goal of introducing prospective officials to the “on court experience”, or providing experienced officials with a chance to further their skills and furnish them with the support needed to attend events abroad.

Who We Are | Court Officials | Badminton Scotland

We are a diverse and fun group of people, coming from near and far, that have all joined together here in Scotland to provide the badminton and Para-badminton communities with the highest level of Court Officiating.

As a team, consisting of Umpires and Line Judges, we have many decades of experience. Some of our Officials are invited and travel to the top International badminton events in the world, including the Olympics, Youth Olympics, Paralympics, Junior and Senior World Championships, World Tour Finals, Thomas and Uber Cups, The All England, The Denmark Open, German Open and Swiss Open and many others tournaments throughout Europe.

However, you don’t have to travel far to achieve International level, as our whole team plays a major role in hosting the annual Scottish Open right here in Scotland each year, which sees player entries from all over the world and is the third oldest event in badminton world history.

Nationally, we are on court all through the junior and adult competitions from U11 events through all the age events, to the Scottish Nationals and a select number of Para-badminton competitions.

If you are new to badminton, or new to being a Court Official, our members will provide you with all the tools needed including on-court mentorship and in-depth training, to give you the confidence and experience to follow your dreams to attend any one of the major events throughout Europe and beyond.

If you are an experienced Official already but have found yourself in Scotland, we would welcome your skill, expertise and experience to join us, in what is truly a “family” of Officials.

We work to a very high, professional standard, but have lots of fun, we support each other at all times on and off the court.

Badminton Scotland Court Officials Group Committee 2023/24

Vice President: Jim Grassie | Email: jimgrassie@ymail.comJim is Umpire Coordinator and should be contacted for all things pertaining to Umpires.

Treasurer: Jennifer Murray | Email:

Umpire Training and Development: Elaine Bankier | Email:

Secretary and Line Judge Coordinator: Marisa Baird | Email:

Committee members

Gary McLernon | Email:

Tak Yan Yau | Email:


  • April 2023 newsletter here
  • September 2022 newsletter here
  • April 2020 newsletter here
  • January 2020 newsletter here
Marisa Experience | Court Officials | Badminton Scotland
  • Read about Marisa’s experience line judging at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics here! 
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If you would would like to know more, or have questions about any of the above points, please contact Coordinator of Line Judge’s Marisa Baird or simply stop by one of the many local events we are at and say hello in person.

  • How can I join us for an upcoming Umpire or Lines Person training course?
  • What are the progression pathways and guidelines to become a BE, BWF or International Official?
  • What are the upcoming events and tournaments both locally and internationally that our team of officials will participate in?
  • Information on membership and how to join BSCO

To contact Marisa Baird, please fill out this form: