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Lancashire Cricket Board - Course for Umpires run at Warton CC
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Course for Umpires run at Warton CC

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The ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ECBACO) is the representative organisation that supports the recruitment, education, development and retention of officials; umpires and scorers in cricket.

There is a pathway for umpires to reach the very top in officiating cricket. The Lancashire Cricket Board ACO (LCBACO) run courses in order to educate umpires and assist by mentoring and guiding those who wish to reach the highest level. Courses are run for beginners, league umpires, premier leagues & multi day officials.

Level 1A is for those umpires who have umpired for at least a year and are seeking to progress. A course at this level was run at Warton Cricket Club in February led by Peter Robinson, Jeremy Rowe and John Smith. Fifteen umpires from a multitude of Leagues attended the course over two Sundays.  Apart from covering some Laws of the game the umpires had the opportunity to take part in some 20 exercises aimed at testing and developing their skill & knowledge. They will now be assessed and monitored throughout the coming season prior to gaining their certificates.

If you are someone keen on cricket and want to get involved as an official either umpiring or scoring then visit our Umpires and Scorers courses section on the website:


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ted 02/03/2012 06:50:35
As an umpire of nearly 40 years standing and I applaude the LCBACO in their efforts to improve standards in umpiring and scoring. Well done everyone.

When I look around the umpires panels of different league in Lancashire I find that most of us are ageing rapidly. There are plenty of umpires aged around 40 years of age but not so many 20 to 30 years olds. Encouragement to join the umpiring ranks in the younger age categories is now important but their must be incentives and the clear pathway to the top is the best advert that can be given.

It is a long hard road to the top but if youngsters are not given chances then they will be lost.

One idea I would like to suggest is that all the major leagues in Lancashire create an umpires accademy where young umpires are placed with senior colleagues whose duty is to encourage and train these youngsters, much like the apprentiship schemes in industry. These young umpires should also be encouraged to officiate youth cricket within the league structures to give them experience, over seen by LCBACO.

There are many youngsters playing cricket at youth levels who will never make first team cricket as players. The next best thing is umpiring, being at the centre of the game. Is this an area that LCBACO should tap into?

I am an umpire in the Ribbledale Cricket League and I am also Secretary of the Ribbledale Youth Cricket League and my contact details are published on the RCL Play-cricket web site.

Ted Holden
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