Cricket Umpiring Courses

It’s Your Call!

Welcome to It’s Your Call – the ECB ACO programme of umpire training courses.

If you would like to host a course please contact Webmaster  who will pass on your request to those planning 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.

SACO 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 following this link to their ECB ACO website, although membership is not a requirement for enrolling on any of our courses.

ECB ACO has worked very hard to remove as many barriers to learning as possible, by reducing the length and cost of most of its courses and locating them in comfortable venues that are easily accessible around the county.

The courses below DO NOT cover the laws of cricket in details, it is assumed that trainees will have learnt them seperately.  Consequently use of the MCC on line Laws resource is highly recommended to anyone intending to undertake any of SACO’s face-to-face training courses.

Basics of Umpiring

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 ‘Basics of Umpiring’ 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!
 
Introduction to Umpiring

This 2.5 hours tutor-led workshop, covering the basics of how to umpire, is aimed at players, parents of junior players, schools and complete beginners.  There will be no form of assessment but a certificate of attendance will follow. The workshop costs £5 per person, with the fee payable on the night at the beginning of the workshop.   In return for the fee each attendee will receive an ECB ACO ball/overs counter and bowler’s marker.

Stage One

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 one of the links 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 enroll on any course as a “refresher”.  Membership of ECB ACO is not a prerequisite.

Surrey ACO are pleased to announce the return of face to face courses in 2022.

We are running four face to face Stage One courses across Surrey ahead of the 2022 season and these are all available for booking.  Click on the links below to book your place on one of these courses:

Frensham Cricket Club – Wednesday evenings 16 Feb, 23 Feb and 2 Mar (7.30 PM to 10.00PM)

Sutton Cricket Club – Sunday mornings 20 and 27 Feb (9.30 AM to 1.30PM)

Guildford Cricket Centre – Saturday mornings 26 Feb and 5 Mar (9.30 AM to 1.30PM)

Ashtead Cricket Club – Sunday afternoons 6 and 13 Mar (1.00 PM to 5.00PM)

The ECB ACO have also created a free online Stage One Course:

Please use this link to register: Stage One Online Course

Stage Two

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 enroll on any course as a “refresher”.  Membership of ECB ACO is not a prerequisite.

We will be running four face to face Stage Two courses across Surrey ahead of the 2022 season and these are all available for booking.  Click on the links below to book your place on one of these courses:

Sutton Cricket Club – Sunday mornings 13 and 20 March (9.30AM to 1.30PM) – this course has reached capacity so is closed for new bookings.  If you are interested in attending a Stage Two course please book onto one of our other courses or if you are interested in going onto a waiting list should there be any cancellations please email our Education Officer, David Brown Education@surreycricketofficials.org.uk

Guildford Cricket Centre – Saturday mornings 19 and 26 Mar (9.30 AM to 1.30PM)

Frensham Cricket Club – Wednesday evenings 23 Mar, 30 Mar and 6 Apr (7.30 PM to 10.00PM)

Ashtead Cricket Club – Sunday afternoons 27 Mar and 3 Apr (1.00 PM to 5.00PM)

Stage Three

This course 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 officiate 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 fieldcraft, 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.

We are running a Stage Three in-conjunction with Kent ACO in Spring 2022 which is now fully sibscribed.

If you are interested in going onto a waiting list should there be any cancellations please email our Education Officer, David Brown Education@surreycricketofficials.org.uk

Please note to attend a Stage Three course you need to have completed Stage One and Two courses or their equivalent and also to be a member of ECB ACO.

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

Stage Four

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.

Currently it is not expected that a Stage 4 course will be offered before 2023.

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