Forthcoming training courses
ESCUSA are running separate ECB Level 1 Umpire and Scorer training courses in 2014. The Scorers course is being held at Ashtead CC over two days on Saturday the 18th and 25th January and the Umpires course over two days on Saturday 1st and 8th March (venue tbc). If you would like to apply for a place on either course, please complete and return the relevant registration forms to to our Secretary, John Flatley. Download the Level 1 Umpire registration form here and the Level 1 Scorer registration form here.
ECB ACO scorer training: Level 1 Correspondence Course
This new course is intended to demonstrate the fundamental information needed for any scorer to progress. The two key objectives all students will need to have a comprehensive understanding of are the Laws of Cricket and how these laws affect the score sheet entries.
For students to gain an understanding of the integral factors that affect scorers, Level 1 will require the student to be capable of scoring at a club or school level with confidence and efficiency.
Scoring at this level will require scorers to be familiar with:
To complete Level 1 scorers should also have a basic knowledge of:
To enroll on a course, you can download an application from the ECB ACO website
Training for umpires and scorers
ESCUSA arranges training courses for both umpires and scorers. These are run outside the cricket season on an annual basis.
In the past we ran courses led by qualified instructors under the auspices of the national Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers (ACU&S). The ACU&S had a long history of training cricket umpires and scorers to a high standard. For the future, training will be under the control of the ECB ACO with each county looking to provide training to meet local needs. Accordingly we will be working with the Surrey Cricket Board ACO to provide training for umpires in East Surrey.
ECB ACO umpire training
The ECB ACO has the following pathway through which umpires can progress.
ECB Umpire Level 1
This level is available to all volunteer personnel and is specifically geared to anybody who wishes to gain a good basic understanding of the fundamentals of umpiring before taking to the field. This level is open to everyone with no pre-requisites and would be suitable for all ages and abilities.
ECB Umpire Level 1A
This level is for those who have passed ECB Level 1 Umpiring and wish to progress (or just wish to revise their knowledge). It 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: a) attendance at, and participation in, the classroom exercises (to which those just wishing to revise are welcome) and the completion of the course workbook; b) 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; and c) 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. Pre-requisites: ECB Umpire Level 1
ECB Umpire Level 2
This level is aimed at those individuals who are registered with member associations who wish to make a further commitment to umpiring and will be involved in club cricket. It would be recommended that all umpires involved in 1st X1 and some 2nd X1 league cricket should be at least working towards this level. The content of the course will include all of the Laws of Cricket but the emphasis of the assessment will be on one day matches only.
ECB Umpire Level 3
This level is aimed at those Level 2 umpires who are looking to or are already involved in matches involving counties and multiple day cricket matches. This level could be used as an update course for any Level 2 umpires who wish to update their knowledge as well as those who are keen to progress further as an umpire.
Training for Levels 1 and 1A are provided locally under the control of the County Cricket Boards. Levels 2 and 3 are organised on a regional/national basis under the control of the Regional/National ACO.
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