The Recommendations to Technical Officials have been renamed to Instructions to Technical Officials and greatly expanded. They now include a lot of information for referees. On the BWF homepage, they can now be found under statues (unfortunately, the old URL /regulations/ is broken). Interesting points (emphasizes mine): Huh? I thought the times where discrimination was official ended with the unification of scoring systems across Men's and Women's singles. Or are male players just pickier on average? Interesting order of play, given that in Germany we basically always play level doubles before singles before mixed doubles. This is a fix for the problem that when playing an entry from the same country, resigning forfeits all BWF points for that tournament. In my opinion, this is very good precautionary regulation to avoid feigned injuries. This is also stressed at multiple points before: In case of umpire error, referees should come onto court without the umpire requesting them. As a German, I'm also very surprised about the gendering (his instead of their, or switching between his and her every paragraph). In theory, this could be a recipe for disaster. I hope referees are exceptionally conservative in overruling umpires this way. Great to have that written down! By starting when the umpire sits, conveniently the umpire software's clock can be used . I think it's very surprising that this has not been adapted to the actual practice of calling fault only when necessary, for instance omitting the call in many cases of §13.3.9. This is already standard practice with electronic scoresheets; great to have it written down. Of course, any good software will archive the scoresheets nevertheless, it's not like they need a lot of storage space. Many umpires had already handled it this way, and this is a great fix for the lack of "In" in the vocabulary. Again, this codifies current practice. I think it's very good to have that written down. I'm eager to see how this is handled in practice, for example with Carolina Marin. In other words, coaching between points remains allowed, but should be limited. Probably not a problem at high international levels with professional coaches, but this could generate some conflict at lower levels. At national (youth) tournaments, I often see coaches fiddling with cellphones. Also, any electronic device would include pacemakers and hearing aids. In my opinion, both of them should be allowed for coaches. At international levels: Sure, that sounds like a good idea. At national levels, this would be complete chaos; it's not uncommon for tipping to be decided differently for every shuttle or at least for every court. Again, I'm eager about how the national translations will look. Great, this finally avoids the possibility of having to disqualify players for a tiny cut or nosebleed. While this regulation makes sense, I'd bet this wording will trip up some umpires. In particular, how will the electronic scoresheet look in these cases? So the rumors were true: We're getting a lot of new vocabulary! Unfortunately, the vocabulary is not publicly available yet. A very sensible change. Previously, the call was just "[name of player], faulted", and not spelled out in detail. Finally! A good service judge was always working as a team with the umpire, but allowing the umpire to change the decision upon service judge makes it much easier to smooth over umpiring mistakes. Does this really need to be written down? Apparently so. Excellent to have that extremely common practice written down! All in all, I welcome these changes, and the increased level of detail. Especially the referee parts are now very particular to BWF tournaments and will need significant adaptions when translated to the national regulations. What do you think? Did I miss any interesting changes?