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.

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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:

    * The method of using a simple box-type scoring record whilst ensuring that all runs recorded can be balanced. See Tom Smith's Cricket Umpiring and Scoring, part three, page 288.
    * The role that the scorer plays within the match and the essential duties and equipment that are necessary for any scorer to fulfil this role.
    * All signals that are used by the umpire throughout the match and the consequential actions that are required from the scorer in response to these signals.
    * The scoring system in terms of the runs given for different occurrences.
    * Identifying delivery counts and knowing when the over is finished.
    * Balancing runs achieved throughout the match both on the batting section of the scoring record and on the bowling section.
    * The disparity between the Laws of cricket and specific regulations that are put into place.
    * The basic understanding of all Laws relating to cricket, in particular scoring, and the impact and potential restrictions that could affect the entries within the scoring record.

To complete Level 1 scorers should also have a basic knowledge of:

    *Which umpire has control over the dismissal of a batsman under Laws 30-39?
    *Which dismissals the bowler receives credit for?
    *Is the dismissal possible if a no ball or wide is called?
    *How many runs are accrued and what is the correct method of completing the scorebook?
    *When the ball is in play and is dead and the impacts of this on the score sheet.
    *Byes and leg byes and what is meant by them and the implications that they have on the score sheet.
    *The meaning of a completed innings.
    *Where there are cases of unfair play and how this may result in the award of penalty runs.

To enroll on a course, you can download an application from the ECB ACO website

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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.
Pre-requisites: ECB Umpire Level 1 and Level 1A

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.
Pre-requisites: ECB Umpire Level 2 and Recommendation from County Board.

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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