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 the very basics to advanced techniques. Here is an overview of the courses available and how they all fit together:-
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.
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.
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 Total Cricket Scorer. The choice of software is under review and this may change. To benefit from this module, scorers will need to purchase 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.