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Umpire and Scorer Training in Surrey

Every district association within Surrey offers training for new and developing umpires and scorers. Full details of dates, venues and prices can be found here. The courses themselves are described in greater detail below.

SCB ACO Introduction to Umpiring Course

For groups interested in learning a little more about umpiring and dipping their toes in the water, we offer a 2.5 hour one-evening Introduction to Umpiring Course that deals with Laws such as No Ball, LBW and others as suits the audience. Not every association offers this course, but everywhere in the county is still covered, as those that do are prepared to send tutors beyond their normal catchment area. The evenings are organised on an ad hoc basis, as and when the groups wishing to undertake the course request them.

More details about the Introduction to Umpiring Course syllabus can be found here.

ECB ACO Level 1 Umpiring Course

For individuals wishing to take the first step on the qualification ladder and learning the Laws in more detail, each association runs the ECB ACO Level 1 Umpires' Qualification Course. It is not necessary to have attended an Introduction course to take Level 1. Some associations teach this course over several evenings on a weekly basis; others run it in a more concentrated format over two consecutive Saturdays. An optional examination follows the course.

Course schedules and contact details can be found here.

More details about the Level 1 Umpiring Course syllabus can be found here.

ECB ACO Level 1A Umpiring Course

For those who have passed ECB ACO Level 1 Umpiring and wish to progress (or just wish to revise their knowledge) the next step is the ECB ACO Level 1A Umpires' Qualification Course, which studies the Laws taught at Level 1 in more depth and also introduces others. A significant part of the Level 1A Course deals with field-craft and man management issues, essential skills for an umpire when officiating in a match. The Level 1A qualification will be awarded upon successful completion of 3 components:

• Attendance at, and participation in, the classroom exercises (to which those just wishing to revise are welcome) and the completion of the course workbook.

• An Assessment of the umpire’s ability during a match. This is done either by a colleague or boundary assessor and will take place during the season following the classroom exercises.

• A Professional Discussion with an ECB ACO Assessor. This will take place at the end of the season during which the above Assessment takes place.

Provided that these 3 components are completed successfully, the umpire will be awarded the Level 1A qualification. Should any of the above not be up to the standard required, the umpire will be deferred until the relevant component(s) have been successfully negotiated.

Course schedules and contact details can be found here.

ECB ACO Level 2 Umpiring Course

Umpires successful at Levels 1 & 1A and looking to officiate in 1st XI Premier Division cricket can progress to Level 2. The Level 2 qualification should take one, possibly two, further seasons to complete and consists of the following:

• An initial two day course focussing on the practical applications of the Laws - sessions in the classroom, practicals in the sportshall and an exercise on the field.

• Having kick-started the process the participants (candidates) then complete a season's umpiring within the Surrey Championship 1st XI competition (the Surrey Championship is an ECB Premier League), during which they have to keep a log of all the games they umpire. There are forms to complete in preparation for each match and self assessment forms to reflect on how the match went.

• At least two games during the season will be observed by an Assessor. These will be pre-arranged between the umpire and assessor and consist of a pre-match discussion, a more detailed boundary assessment, and post-match feedback from the assessor who will write a report for the candidate. If two boundary assessments cannot be arranged, one boundary assessment and two colleague assessments may be accepted instead.

• The completion of a workbook, which includes a section on each Law, requires the candidate to answer questions to demonstrate their understanding of the Laws and awareness of the umpires' role in managing the game within the Spirit of Cricket. The workbook is then forwarded to the County Performance Officer for checking and feedback.

At the end of the season, candidates who have successfully completed all the above will be invited to attend a Professional Discussion with different assessors. This will cover the workbook and assessment reports and, if satisfactory, the candidate's name will be passed to an external Verifier with a recommendation for accreditation as Level 2. If the candidate has struggled in any area, the Assessors may recommend that a second season be completed before accreditation.

There are two years allowed from registration to complete Level 2. The courses are run at a regional level, and Level 1A umpires interested in taking the course should contact the Training Officer of their local district association in the first instance. Greater detail about the criteria candidates need to fulfil to be considered for the course can be found here.

SCB ACO Introduction to Scoring Course

For groups interested in brushing up their scoring skills, we offer a 2.5 hour one-evening Introduction to Scoring Course that deals with symbols used in the book, umpires signals, relevant Laws and a fun 5-overs innings to record! Not every association offers this course, but everywhere in the county is still covered, as those that do are prepared to send tutors beyond their normal catchment area. The evenings are organised on an ad hoc basis, as and when the groups wishing to undertake the course request them.

ECB ACO Level 1 Scoring Course

The Level 1 Scoring classroom course assumes no prior knowledge of scoring nor of the Laws of the game. It provides instruction on the box (standard scorebook) method of scoring through a series of animated exercises, as well as signalling and general teamwork advice with umpiring colleagues.

Following the classroom course, students are asked to score at least ten games before arranging for a Professional Discussion during which their scoring records will be assessed. It's at this point that the award of Level 1 qualification is made.

Course schedules and contact details can be found here.

A schematic of the Scorer Pathway can be found here (.pdf).

The Level 1 Scoring course is also available by Correspondence. Further detail is available on the Scorer Courses page of the ECB ACO website and also from the principal contact for the Correspondence Course, Lynn Allen, at lynn.allen@btinternet.com.