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USTA Northern
1001 W. 98th Street, Ste. 101
Bloomington, Minn. 55431
(952) 887-5001

Getting Started in Officiating

Want to Become a Tennis Official?
Begin by taking the provisional test.  The test has been written from the Rules of Tennis (or Appendixes), The Code, and USTA Tournament Regulations. It is an OPEN BOOK test. Take as much time as is needed. The purpose is to be instructional. The test is 75 questions. You can print the test and access Friend at Court online by going to www.usta.com and selecting the tab labeled About USTA and then selecting officials.  Here you will find the provisional test and an electronic copy of Friend at Court.  Once you have completed the test on paper you can then go in to record your answers online.  The results will be automatically emailed to you. 

Once the exam has been taken and passed, officials are required to complete the following activities before becoming a fully certified and paid official.   

A.        Send results of test to Kristi Bushinski at bushinski@northern.usta.com         

B.        You will then be required to attend one of several chair clinics (You may attend more than one clinic).  The clinics are typically held in the Minneapolis area, but we will accommodate new officials in the North and South Dakota areas and hold clinics in those areas when needed.  There are generally 6-8 clinics held throughout the year.  You may check our website www.northern.usta.com on dates these clinics are held or contact  Kristi Bushinski to sign up.

C.        Complete practice chairs and get evaluated by a trainer who provides feedback (chair training is not paid).  Once a passing evaluation is provided you will be able to begin roving training.

D.        Court roving training may be completed via any combination of roving clinics, one on one training, and/or mentor training.  This training is not  paid.  Set up these opportunities through Kristi Bushinski.

E.         Upon passing chair and roving training, your name and email will be provided to the Assignor, Kristi Bushinski.  She will send you the following:

  • Set up in Arbitersports.com and welcome message to log in (assigning program)
  • Criminal Background check Information
  • W-2
  • Independent Contractor Agreement (see attached)

F.         Officials also need to create a Nucula account by registering

G.        You will then begin receiving emails from the Assignor, Kristi Bushinski about assigning opportunities.

H.        If there is interest in ITA (collegiate) work, you may now begin training. Complete and pass the ITA test (ITA class and exam may have been completed earlier in the process, but additional training is required for ITA assignments).

I.          Attend an ITA class for umpires.  Complete at least two ITA Chairs unpaid) and at least two duels roving with a mentor or trainer.  The trainer or mentor will provide feedback and inform you when you are ready for ITA assignments.


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