Cricket Umpiring 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: ECB ACO Application Form 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 separately.  Consequently, the 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.

Occasional Umpire

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 ‘Occasional Umpire’ online resource contains the umpiring basics ranging from the key Laws to basic fieldcraft.
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.

Our 2020 Introduction courses were cancelled due to the government restrictions on gatherings were introduced.

We will list details of our next courses in the autumn of 2020 assuming the restrictions on gatherings have been lifted.

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 fieldcraft and match management.  It gives them 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 online 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 enrol on any course as a “refresher”.  Membership of ECB ACO is not a prerequisite.

All of our 2020 Stage One courses were completed before the government restrictions on gatherings were introduced.

We will list details of our next courses in the autumn of 2020 assuming the restrictions on gatherings have been lifted.

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

Only one of our 2020 Stage Two courses was completed before the government restrictions on gatherings were introduced, with the remaining 3 courses all cancelled.

We will list details of our next courses in the autumn of 2020 assuming the restrictions on gatherings have been lifted.

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.

The Stage Three course we were running in 2020 completed its first day but we had to postpone the second day due to the government restrictions on gatherings being introduced.  We will look to reschedule the second day once restrictions on gatherings have been lifted.

Any existing umpire may enrol 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 2020.

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