In Middlesex our Association helps to underpin the national ECB Official Pathway for the development of Umpires. The beginning of the process is to encourage an understanding of the basic laws such as lbw, and no ball through introductory short courses for parents and helpers at clubs and schools. We then provide the appropriate courses and facilitation for anyone who wishes to progress further along the pathway to highest level.
ECB ACO LEVEL 1 UMPIRING COURSE
This is the first step on the pathway and involves learning the Laws in some detail. Our level 1 courses are run from a variety of locations between January and March. In 2017 candidates will have a choice of a traditional 'one evening a week' course or a more intensive course run over three Sundays. Level 1 courses cover the basics of umpiring by teaching the relevant laws of cricket needed to officiate in Club matches.
For those who have passed Level 1 Umpiring and who wish to progress further, the next step is the Level 1A Umpires' Qualification Course. This course refreshes the Laws taught at Level 1 and also goes into them in more depth. Other laws of cricket are also introduced.
The 1A Course also concentrates on field matters such as man management, umpire co-operation and the other essential skills needed by an umpire when officiating a match.
The Level 1A qualification is awarded once:-
- The candidate has attended the complete course, participated in the classroom exercises and completed the course work.
- Assessments of the umpire’s ability during matches has been completed usually by a colleague or boundary assessor during the season.
- The candidate has attended a discussion with an ECB ACO Assessor once the assessments above have taken place.
On the successful completion of the three components Level 1A qualification will be awarded.
ECB ACO LEVEL 2 UMPIRING COURSE
Although at the moment in Middlesex it is not strictly necessary for Umpires to achieve Level 2 status to Umpire 1st XI Premier League cricket, in The Middlesex County League, preference is given to those who have achieved this level. The Level 2 qualification usually takes one or two seasons to complete.
It consists of the following:-
- An initial two day course focussing on the practical applications of the Laws - sessions in the classroom, practical’s and on the field exercises.
- Keeping a log of matches officiated and completing self-assessment performance appraisals.
- A minimum of two games will be observed by an Assessor with the prior knowledge of the candidate umpire.
- The completion of a workbook, which includes a section on each Law, requires the candidate to answer questions to demonstratehis/her understanding of the Laws.
Once the above has been completed the umpire will be invited to attend a Professional Discussion with an assessor. The discussion will reflect on the candidate’s workbook and assessments and once the official has been deemed satisfactory he/she will be recommended for the Level 2 qualification.