Umpire Courses 2022/23

Last updated 22 November 2022

Course dates for Stage One now available.

More course dates for Stage Two to be announced shortly.

Basics of Umpiring
This free online course is aimed at umpires who simply want to learn the fundamental laws and basic field craft and at those players who umpire 5 or 10 overs at the weekend. Book now, here.

Umpire Stage One Online
Stage One is designed to give 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 provides the tools to enable someone to umpire matches at the basic recreational level where there are no independent umpires appointed. Umpires at this level are often referred to as “Club Umpires”. This term is not to be confused with terms such as “Registered” or “Approved” club umpire often provided for within league regulations.

Middlesex ACO will run the Stage One course on the following dates and venues:

BOOKING NOW OPEN

Thursday 12 January 2023 7 pm to 8 pm – Introductory Zoom Session
Tuesday 17 January 2023 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm – Ealing CC
Tuesday 24 January 2023 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm – Ealing CC
Tuesday 31 January 2023 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm – Ealing CC
Wednesday 8 February 2023 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm – Ealing CC
Wednesday 15 February 2023 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm – Ealing CC

You must attend the Zoom meeting and all five evening sessions to complete the course and receive your certificate of attendance.

The course cost £30 and may be paid by credit or debit card.

To book your place on the Stage One course you should use the following link:
https://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/flqmd8

Umpire Stage Two
Stage Two is designed to give further knowledge and skills sufficient to enable someone to become a member of a league panel. Stage Two 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. The Stage Two course is followed by an optional accreditation programme during which a candidate is allocated a mentor and will be observed during their first year as an umpire (though it may take longer in some cases). League panels would normally look for an umpire to be accredited at Stage Two before being eligible to apply to join the panel. This course has an optional third day which focusses more on fieldcraft and ‘how’ to umpire – most course participants will attend this third day.

Some people decide to remain a Stage One educated club umpire and do not proceed to Stage Two. Some decide to wait for a year or two before developing further. Those seasoned ex-players who have decided to take up umpiring are well placed to attend both Stage One and Stage Two in the same close season.

Middlesex ACO will run the Stage Two course on the following dates and venues:
Wednesday 1 February 2023 7pm to 8 pm – Introductory Zoom Session
Sunday 5 February 2023 9:15 am to 4:45 pm – Lord’s Cricket Ground
Sunday 12 February 2023 9:15 am to 4:45 pm – Lord’s Cricket Ground
Sunday 26 February 2023 9:15 am to 4:45 pm – Lord’s Cricket Ground (this date is optional)

This course is now full. Details of further courses will be posted here at a later date.

You must attend the Zoom meeting and both the first two Sundays to complete the course and receive your certificate of attendance.

The course normally cost £30 but you will be, or will have been, offered (by email) a £20 discount code if you register for, or have previously attended, the Stage One face-to-face course. So, if you wish to book both courses, register firstly for Stage One, wait for the confirmation email for the discount code, and then register for Stage Two. That discount will be carried forward should you wish to delay taking Stage Two for a year or two. Note that this discount does not apply if you attended the free online Stage One course.

You cannot attend Stage Two until you have completed the Stage One course. If you decide to book both courses at the same time you should show on the Stage Two application form that you are attending Stage One at Middlesex in November 2022. However, you need not book Stage Two immediately and can defer the booking until a later date. However, places are limited and if the Stage Two course becomes full you may have to wait for Stage Two until spring 2024.

The accreditation programme is a further optional programme whereby you are appointed a mentor to help you develop further and achieve the standard expected of panel umpires in the county leagues. This will be explained in detail during the Stage Two course.

YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED STAGE ONE BEFORE APPLYING FOR STAGE TWO.

Umpire Stage Three

This course is designed for experienced umpires who aspire to achieve a standard enabling them to stand in Premier league cricket. It is, therefore, only available to those who have a good working knowledge of the Laws of Cricket and who have ideally stood as a panel umpire for at least two full seasons. Previous attendance at the Stage One and Two courses or equivalent is required and candidates are unlikely to be invited to Stage Three unless they have successfully completed the Stage Two Accreditation Programme. As well as the interpretation and application of Law, the course also covers the management of the match, the field and the players on it with man management and other practical aspects being covered.

If you wish to be considered for this course please email Ned Wilsher, County Education Officer.

Middlesex Continuing Professional Development

Middlesex ACO members are invited to attend periodic CPD webinars. These webinars are recorded and are available here:

Further resources

More materials can be found as prepared and kindly shared by South Central Region ACO.

Even more materials can be found as prepared and kindly shared by Lancashire ACO.

If you have any questions about umpiring courses in Middlesex or require any other information please do email Ned Wilsher, County Education Officer..