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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.

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

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.

The cost of a Stage One Course is just £30, to include a first-year’s subscription to ECB ACO with all its member-benefits. Booking and payment is an on-line process, via a link contained in course details detailed below. When your booking is acknowledged, you will receive a discount code to use, should you choose to do so, when booking yourself onto a Stage Two Course during the same year. Use of the code will reduce the cost of a Stage Two Course from £30 to just £10.

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: 

Blean. Sunday 10th February 2019. 09:30 to 18:00. Blean Village Hall. Course Reference Number: UES1/000177 To apply, please use the following linkhttp://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/cbqmbk

Wateringbury. 3 consecutive Thursday evenings commencing 31st January 2019. 19:30 to 21:30. Wateringbury Village Hall. Course Reference Number: UES1/000151 To apply, please use the following link: http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/dgqh0j

New Eltham. 3 consecutive Thursday evenings commencing 7th February 2019. 20:00 to 22:00. Metrogas ASA. Course Reference Number: UES1/000176 To apply, please use the following link: http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/cbqmgw

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, as stated above, 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:

Blean. Saturday 16th February 2019. 09:30 to 18:00. Blean Village Hall. Course Reference Number: UES2/000150 To apply, please use the following link: http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/gbqmbx

Wateringbury. 3 consecutive Thursday evenings commencing 21st February 2019. 19:30 to 21:30. Wateringbury Village Hall. Course Reference Number: UES2/000126 To apply, please use the following link: http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/bgqh0l

New Eltham. 3 consecutive Thursday evenings commencing 28th February 2019. 20:00 to 22:00. Metrogas ASA. Course Reference Number: UES2/000149 To apply, please use the following link: http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/ybqmgc

Stage Three (“U3”)

This course is being 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: Beckenham. Two consecutive Saturdays (16th and 23rd March 2019). 10:00 to 16:00. The County Ground, Beckenham. Course Reference Number: UES3/000026 To apply, please use the following link: http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/mbqqx3

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

There are a number of skills required to become a scorer in cricket and we are here to help you get to grips with all of them, from basics to advanced scoring.  Here is an overview of the courses available and how they all fit together: -

Introductory course

The aim of this course is to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to record a cricket match.  It won’t teach you everything you need to know, but it will give you the tools and confidence to get started.

Topics covered include:

  • Completing a scoring record
  • Recognising, and responding to, umpires’ signals
  • Standard scoring symbols

Club Scorer – how to record a cricket match

Club Scorer is the course for anyone wanting to score on a regular basis and is the only one to comprehensively teach you how to score.  This course is suitable for complete beginners and existing scorers who want to improve their skills.  On completion of the course you will receive an ECB ACO Club Scorer Certificate.

Complete our online form for access to the e-learning course. Alternatively, search for a face-to-face course here.

If you would like to progress past Club Scorer on the pathway, you will need to become a member of ECB ACO.

ECB ACO Scorer Level 1 – scoring the game

Level 1 is open to any member of ECB ACO who has completed the Club Scorer course.  Not a taught course, this award is gained by scoring a minimum of 10 matches and getting some colleague feedback to go in your scoring portfolio.  When you are ready, bring your portfolio for professional discussion with an ECB ACO Assessor.  Successful candidates will receive an ECB ACO Scorer Level 1 Certificate.

ECB ACO Scorer Level 2 – planning and preparation

Designed for experienced club scorers to hone their skills and progress to different formats of the game, this course covers some advanced areas of scoring and focuses on planning and preparation.  After attending, you will need to score another 10 matches and attend a “Duckworth Lewis Stern” continuous professional development (CPD) module.  When you are ready, bring your portfolio for a professional discussion with an ECB ACO Assessor. Successful candidates will receive an ECB ACO Scorer Level 2 Certificate.

CPD Modules

To advance along the scorers’ pathway, there are CPD modules for linear scoring, electronic scoring and “Duckworth Lewis Stern” calculations.  These are available to anyone from Level 1 onwards and all result in ECB ACO certificates of attendance.

Duckworth Lewis Stern CPD module

This module is designed to explain the DLS method of setting a revised target when there has been a suspension in play in a one-day match.  It takes a brief look at the history of DLS and considers the difference between DLS formats.  It includes practical sessions for both DLS Professional (computer programme) and DLS Standard (manual calculations).  Scorers attending this module will need to bring their own laptops but the DLS professional software will be provided on the day.  Attendance will result in the receipt of an ECB ACO Duckworth Lewis Stern Certificate.

Linear CPD module

This module teaches existing scorers how to complete a linear score sheet, an alternative layout to the conventional box style scoring record.  The course contains a large practical element of scoring a recorded match, after becoming familiar with the new layout of score sheet.  Linear score sheets make a good back-up system when scoring electronically.  When completed, you’ll receive an ECB ACO Linear Scoring Certificate.

Electronic scoring CPD module

This module currently teaches existing scorers to use a scoring software package called Play Cricket.  To benefit from this module, scorers will need to download a licence for the appropriate software and bring their own laptops with the software pre-installed.  The course is a hands-on practical workshop covering setting up and scoring a match, editing entries, printing, importing/exporting and uploading results to the Play-Cricket website. When completed you will receive an ECB ACO Electronic Scoring Certificate.

ECB ACO Scorer Level 3 – advanced scorer

Designed for those scorers who have reached level 2, attended the CPD module in linear scoring and who aspire to score in the higher levels of the game, including multi-day cricket.  After attending, you will need to gain multi-day match experience.  You will also be required to obtain regular feedback and at least two match observations of your scoring at a higher level to be placed in your portfolio.  When you are ready, you will undertake a professional discussion with an ECB ACO Assessor and bring your portfolio for review.  Successful candidates will be accredited at Scorer Level 3 and issued with a certificate.

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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