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Umpire & Scoring

With more Cricket being played throughout the county, the demand for Umpires and Scorers has never been higher. Kent Cricket aim to run both Umpire and Scoring courses throughout the county in the winter months. Courses are delivered by the Kent Association of Cricket Officials at various venues within Kent and are tutored by qualified tutors. All tutors are currently active Umpires and/or Scorers.

Cricket Umpiring Courses

Taking a course will provide you with a rewarding opportunity to engage with the sport through learning the skills of umpiring and acquiring an understanding of The Laws of Cricket. Umpiring is a great way to contribute to the health of the game and it guarantees “the best seat in the house” for all cricket lovers.

Kent ACO extends a very warm welcome to those starting their journeys to becoming officials in the game. We trust you will enjoy the programme and that it will encourage you to support your local club, or local league, as a trained umpire.

You will find all the information you need to become a member of ECB ACO by clicking this link although membership is not a requirement for enrolling on any of our courses.

For further information, please contact Stuart Chilmaid or Richard Harvey

Occasional Umpire

Are you required to umpire for 5 or 10 overs at the weekend?  Are you confident in the white coat?  If not, we can help…  Designed to help you during your 10 over stint of umpiring on game day, the ‘Occasional Umpire’ on line resource contains the umpiring basics ranging from the key Laws to basic field craft.  Click here and use this resource as you wish. View it once or return frequently throughout the season to refresh your knowledge.  This resource is free for you to improve the game day experience for yourselves, your teammates and your opposition!

Young Leaders

This element is currently under review – details to follow

Stage One (“U1”)

This 7.5 to 8 hours course is designed to give an overview of the basic Laws of the game and how to apply them and to introduce the principles of field craft and match management.  It gives the tools to enable a person to umpire matches at the basic recreational level where no independent umpires are appointed.

There are no requirements for attending Stage One, such as age limitations or membership of ECB ACO, but it would be very beneficial if candidates were to click here to familiarise themselves with the Laws of Cricket through the excellent, interactive MCC e-learning resource.  A certificate of attendance will follow a Stage One course.

Any existing umpire may enrol on any course as a “refresher”.  Membership of ECB ACO is not a prerequisite.

Dates and venues: to be advised.

Stage Two (“U2”)

This 7.5 to 8 hours course is designed to give participants additional knowledge and skills to enable them to become members of league panels and is available to anyone who has attended Stage One or equivalent. This course complements Stage One by looking beyond the basic laws, building on field craft and match management techniques and introducing the concept of working, as a team, with a colleague.

Participants, who must have attended Stage One or its equivalent, can either progress to Stage Two immediately after completing Stage One or wait until the next training season.  However, a discount will be given if a participant elects to undertake Stage Two directly after Stage One at the time of booking.

A certificate of attendance will follow a Stage Two course but a Certificate of Achievement will only be supplied to ECB ACO Members on completion and submission of an ECB ACO Participant Accreditation & Certification Form completed by an ECB ACO Verifier.

Any existing umpire may enrol on any course as a “refresher”.  Membership of ECB ACO is not a prerequisite.

Dates and venues: to be advised.

Stage Three (“U3”)

This course lasts for 8 to 10 hours and is delivered over two days.  It is designed for experienced umpires who aspire to stand at the highest level of league cricket and will be available to anyone who has attended Stage Two or equivalent.  The course will be suitable also for those umpires (having attended Stage One and Stage Two or their equivalents) who, although not aspiring to officiating in Premier League cricket, nevertheless want to develop their skills in order to be the best umpire they can be.  As well as the interpretation and application of Law this course will also cover additional field craft, the management of the match, the field and the players on it.

A certificate of attendance will follow a Stage Three course but a Certificate of Achievement will only be supplied to ECB ACO Members on completion and submission of an ECB ACO Participant Accreditation & Certification Form completed by an ECB ACO Verifier.

Any existing umpire may enrol on any course as a “refresher”.  Membership of ECB ACO is not a prerequisite.

Dates and venues: to be advised.

Stage Four (“U4”)

This course, covering multi-day matches, working with a professional colleague, managing the expectations of professional and aspiring professional players and coaches, is envisaged as a series of online, stand-alone modules which can also be used as CPD by any member of ECB ACO.  Participants must have attended Stage One, Stage Two and Stage Three or be at an equivalent standard.

A certificate of participation will follow a Stage Four course but a Certificate of Achievement will only be supplied to ECB ACO Members on completion and submission of an ECB ACO Participant Accreditation & Certification Form completed by an ECB ACO Verifier.

Any existing umpire may enrol on any course as a “refresher”.  Membership of ECB ACO is not a prerequisite.

As soon as arrangements are made to run any, or all, of the above courses, full details will be published here.

Scorer Courses

Scorer Courses

The KCB ACO can offer all those that would like to take the first step on the Scoring Qualification Pathway the following courses this winter (2015/2016): 

  • Introduction to Scoring

This introductory course provides a basic overview of how to score a match. No prior knowledge for attendees is required. This short course (maximum of 3 hours) is suitable for all club volunteers including players, parents and coaches.

  • ECB ACO Level 1
This course covers the elementary aspects of cricket scoring.  The course will equip you with enough knowledge and practice to score colts, school and club cricket. You will also learn the laws of cricket. 

Details of scoring courses will be advertised over the coming months. For enquiries and to express an interest please contact Heidi Coleman

Course funding

Both the Kent League and Kent Regional Cricket League provide some funding for both Umpire and Scoring courses. For further information on Kent League funding contact Tony Bentley and Keith Hemstalk for Kent Regional Cricket League funding.

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