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Here at the ECB, we're looking into the recruitment, development and progression of umpires in England and Wales, from grassroots to first class.
We'd like to try and ascertain how many umpires we currently have officiating at all recreational levels and get their feedback on their experience of the game.
If you have umpired over the last twelve months, it would be great if you could take 5 minutes to complete the survey below. Please also feel free to forward this on to anyone you know has worked as an umpire; the more responses the better to help give us the broadest range of experience possible. This includes parents who may have stood in as an umpire for the occasional junior game - but doesn't include a player who stood in for a short time whilst playing.
Thanks for your help
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Following the announcement of enhanced cooperation between the Northern Premier Cricket League and the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield, the umpires organisations that serve both leagues have been considering the best way for them to support both leagues going forward
At a meeting on Wednesday 11th October the new North West Association of Cricket Officials (NWACO) was formed and has been granted the sole right to appoint umpires to both leagues with effect from the 2018 season.
Bob Veitch was elected Chairman with Alf Dunn Secretary/Treasurer and Rob Hales Umpires Appointments Secretary in which role he will serve on the Executive of both leagues subject to ratification at the league AGMs.
One of the first tasks is to organise training in the new MCC Laws of cricket for its members and the players and officials of clubs in both leagues, more details will be announced in the next couple of months with training likely to take place in the new year.
Speaking at the inaugural meeting Bob Veitch, Chairman said " We now look forward to serving both the Northern Premier Cricket League and Moore and Smalley Palace Shield and improving the standards of all of our members as the two leagues enter a new and exciting future".
The first new Code of the Laws of Cricket since 2000 will take effect around the world from 1 October 2017.
The significant changes to the 42 Laws are as follows:
- Now written in language applying to all persons, regardless of gender.
- The Handled the ball Law has been deleted, with its contents merged into Obstructing the field.
- The Lost ball Law has been deleted and is now covered under Dead ball.
- Limits placed on the thickness of the edges and the overall depth of the bat.
- Injuries hoped to be prevented in a new Law which allow mechanisms tethering the bails to the stumps.
- Bowling of deliberate front foot No balls to be treated in same way as deliberate full-tosses.
- A new Law of the game, Players’ conduct, is introduced, giving an in-match consequence for poor on-field behaviour.
- The Law regarding running out the non-striker has been altered.
- 'Bouncing bat’ Law changed, substitutes now allowed to keep wicket and concept of penalty time amended.
The summary changes to the Laws of Cricket 2017 Code can be viewed here.Read more...
After every game team captains mark the panel umpires performance in five different categories, total marks available 25. At the end of each season, the umpire with the highest average mark is awarded the Nompere Trophy. This trophy is named after the late Brian Costin.
This year the trophy is awarded to Dave Jenkins who averaged 23.97/25 or 95.88% second was Geoff Sheard with 95.38% and third Martin Burke with 95.2%.
Congratulations to Dave on this well-deserved award and well done to Geoff and Martin for an excellent season.
All marks are fed back to the umpires together with captains comments so that we can continue to improve standards.Read more...
Are you required to umpire for 5 or 10 overs at the weekend? Are you confident in the white coat? If not the ECB Association of Cricket Officials can help…
Designed to help you during your 10 over stint of umpiring on game day, ECB ACO's ‘Occasional Umpire’ resource contains the umpiring basics ranging from the key Laws to basic field craft. 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!
Link to access the resource -> ECB ACO's ‘Occasional Umpire’ resource