The training of referee Padel like JAP2 has never been easier. The FFT has since set up November 1, 2020, an online training that will allow all candidates to become a referee of padel in France.

Eric Hamon, the President of the Federal Arbitration Commission explained himself toAmandine Reymond of the FFT. He explains that 200 candidates have already participated. A great step forward for the padel.

Referee training Padel : JAP

Since September 1, the JAT (tennis referee) can no longer officiate for tournaments padel. He must obtain his qualification dedicated to padel : the JAP.

The JAP is a diploma specific to padel. This training is independent of tennis.

How to access the JAP2 training?

JAP 2 training therefore takes place entirely online. It is managed by the leagues.

This training is accessible by tennis referees (JAT), licensees, but also all players who practice padel.

To participate in this training:

  1. Contact leagues
  2. Then head to the FFT Training Institute (LIFT) with its access codes
  3. Finally, follow the JAP2 training directly on the net

JAP2 operating mode

The JAP2 training is done as follows:

  1. There are modules.
  2. With online tests
  3. All modules must be validated

It lasts between 7h and 15h depending on his skills.

JAP2, for what?

The JAP2 will therefore be necessary to officiate in the majority of padel.

  • For JAP 1: Only P25.
  • For JAP2: Tournaments P25 to P1000
  • For JAP 3: Tests P25 to P2000.

The qualification of JAP3 will perhaps be possible from 2021. It depends on the health crisis.

Our comment

This qualification is long overdue. This is very good news for the world of padel.

Online training is also a good thing even more today with this health crisis.

However, we could perhaps have thought of more simplicity concerning the JAP strata (1, 2 and 3). A single qualification could have been more than sufficient. Eric Hamon's words are interesting, especially when he expresses this independence of padel compared to tennis.

It would have been interesting for the FFT to push this reasoning to this qualification by simplifying its life and that of the candidates.

This is obviously still good news for the padel in France.

Next step in teaching padel specific from 2021.

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.