Umpire Courses 2019/20

(provisional venues and dates)

The Middlesex ACO run a number of courses for umpires over the close season. Below are details of the courses with provisional venues and dates. Once both the venues and dates are confirmed we shall post guidance on how to book each course.

Umpire Introductory

This short 4 hour standalone course will give any cricket enthusiast curious about becoming an umpire a taste for what the role entails, and outline what lies ahead if you would like to pursue your interest.

Provisional venue:

Middlesex Indoor School at Finchley, 47-49 East End Road, London N3 2TA

Provisional dates:

October 2019 (tba)
February/March 2020 (tba)

Cost:

Free

How to book

Details to follow in July 2019

Umpire Stage One

This course lasting two full days or five evenings is designed to give you an overview of the basic Laws of the game and how to apply them and introduce the principles of field craft and match management. It will give you the tools to enable you to umpire matches at the basic recreational level where there are no independent umpires appointed.

If you have already been umpiring matches or are an experienced player who has a reasonably sound knowledge of the game and aspire to umpire in the lower leagues you may want to also do the Stage Two Course, and this may be booked at the same time. The Stage Two course normally costs £30, but your Stage One confirmation email will contain a discount code for a £20 discount.

However, if you want to get out and about umpiring quickly without committing any further you can book Stage One and take Stage Two at a later time once you have gained some umpiring experience and if and when you decide you want to progress. The £20 discount will apply whether you take the Stage Two course immediately or wait until next year.

You are strongly advised to do the MCC eLearning Laws Course and basic exam in advance of the course starting.

Provisional venues:

Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8QN
Ealing Cricket Club, Corfton Rd, Hanger Hill, London W5 2HS
Harrow Cricket Club, Wood End Rd, Harrow HA1 3PP

Provisional dates:

Lord’s – 3rd and 10th November 2019 (9:15 am to 4:45 pm)
Lord’s – 24th November and 1st December 2019 (9:15 am to 4:45 pm)
Ealing – 14th, 21st, 28th January 2020 and 4th, 11th February 2020 (07:15 pm to 9:30 pm)
Harrow – 19th and 26th January 2020 (9:00 pm to 4:30 pm)

Cost:

The Course costs £30 and includes membership of ECB ACO for the first year (normally £30) with the full range of benefits, including insurance, that come with this.

How to book

Details to follow in July 2019

Umpire Stage Two

This three day course is designed to give you further knowledge and skills sufficient to enable you to become a member of a league panel and is available to anyone who has attended the Stage One course. It will complement that course by looking beyond the basic laws, build on field craft and match management techniques and introduce the concept of working, as a team, with a colleague.

You are strongly advised to do the MCC eLearning Laws Course and basic exam in advance of the Course starting.

When the course finishes you may optionally seek accreditation (there is an additional fee of approx. £40). There is no obligation to seek accreditation but the Saturday leagues in Middlesex are likely to require it if you wish to umpire at that level. Those seeking accreditation will be appointed a mentor, an experienced umpire who will help you reach the required standard. Once he/she is happy with your performance you will be formally assessed.

Accreditation will be explained in more detail during the course. You do not need to make a decision as to whether to seek accreditation until after the course has finished. If you so wish, you may also defer your decision until a later season.

Provisional venues:

Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood, London NW8 8QN
Ealing Cricket Club, Corfton Rd, Hanger Hill, London W5 2HS

Provisional dates:

Lord’s 2nd, 9th, 16th February 2020 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Ealing 23rd February and 1st, 8th March 2020 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Cost:

£30 (or £10 if you also have booked Stage One)

How to book

Details to follow in July 2019

Umpire Stage Three

This two day course is designed for experienced umpires who aspire to stand at the highest level of league cricket and is available to anyone who has attended the Stage One and Two courses or equivalent. As well as the interpretation and application of Law it also covers the management of the match, the field and the players on it. Man management and other practical aspects are also covered. The course will be suitable for those umpires who, although not aspiring to Premier league cricket, still want to develop their skills to be the best umpire they can be.

You are encouraged to do the MCC eLearning Laws Course and intermediate exam in advance of the course starting.

When the course finishes you may optionally seek accreditation (there is an additional fee of approx. £60). There is no obligation to seek accreditation but the Saturday leagues in Middlesex are likely to require it if you wish to umpire at the higher level. Those seeking accreditation will be appointed a mentor, an experienced umpire who will help you reach the required standard. Once he/she is happy with your performance you will be formally assessed.

Accreditation will be explained in more detail during the course. You do not need to make a decision as to whether to seek accreditation until after the course has finished. If you so wish, you may also defer your decision until a later season.

Provisional venues:

Middlesex Indoor School at Finchley, 47-49 East End Road, London N3 2TA

Provisional dates:

29th February and 14th March 2020 (9:00 am to 5:30 pm)

Cost:

£30

How to book

Details to follow in July 2019