What does the SA Chess Arbiter Association do?

SACAA has a Constitution, formally accepted in 2001, and amended a few times to keep up with the times. SACAA is affiliated to CHESSA.

SACAA has held AGM’s and open elections for the Executive Committee every year since its establishment.

A grant from CHESSA made it possible to publish and distribute to all chess unions in SA copies of the SACAA Manual and to donate copies for development purposes when required.  Some years ago CHESSA also funded the printing of the FIDE Laws and hundreds of copies were then distributed for a nominal fee.

SACAA is a national body and liaises with Provincial Arbiter Associations established in some provinces of SA which interact and communicate with the arbiters in that province on a personal level. In provinces where no arbiter committee is present the SACCA executive members deal directly with the individual arbiter(s).

SACAA has produced numerous newsletters in the past – which also serve as training – and in 2007 alone has produced five newsletters (4-6 pages each) in ten months. (No other CHESSA affiliate, including CHESSA has this record)
SACAA has produced and distributed a Manual for Chess Arbiters of about 100 pages that serve as a syllabus, guidance and training document. Each newsletter is an update on this document.

SACAA sets examinations for interested candidates twice a year (July and December) and more often if requested. 
These examinations basically test three levels of skill :
(a) the Chess Tournament Supervisor’s (TS) examination aimed at teachers and adults that need to supervise at school league matches and perhaps assist at school tournaments.
(b) the Provincial Arbiter (PA) examination which requires a thorough theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the Laws of Chess and standard practices for chess competitions.
(c) the National Arbiter(NA) examination which requires the successful completion of the PA Exam as well as practical experience in the application of the Laws in a rated tournament environment as well as some experience on national rated events.

SACAA issues certificates under the auspices of CHESSA to successful candidates.

SACAA assists CHESSA with the selection, evaluation and if necessary retraining of arbiters and maintains a database of active arbiters.

SACAA assists Provincial arbiter bodies with the training of arbiters if and when they require it. The policy is that for the actual training of individuals the Unions and Provincial Arbiter Associations are responsible.

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NEWSLETTER

The SACAA Newsletter is distributed a few times a year to members in good standing
and persons that recently wrote any of the arbiter examinations.

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SACAA MANUAL
The Arbiters Manual can be bought for R80 from SACAA. It contains the syllabus for the various arbiter and event manager certificates, the Laws of Chess, some typical questions and answers. Postage is optional and will be charged for extra. Latest FIDE Laws (1.7.2009) – if requested a copy will be e-mailed free of charge.

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