Umpire Accreditation 2020 season

ECB ACO has announced that there will be no umpire accreditation at both U2A and U3A levels in 2020. This is simply due to the circumstances arising from Covid-19 and the issues of trying to ensure a level playing field across the country where some leagues will start cricket but others have already cancelled their season. It would also be unfair to try to observe and assess umpires in an environment where they will need to make adjustments to match management and fieldcraft to comply with ECB guidance on resuming cricket safely. Any outstanding accreditations from last season will be carried forward to 2021.

Also a reminder that current umpire gradings will remain the same for 2021. No adjustments will be made as a result of the shortened 2020 season in which some colleagues may not wish to stand. They will be not be penalised in any way in terms of grading going into 2021.

David Johnson

County Development Officer.

Congratulations to our newly accredited umpires

Congratulations are in order to a number of our umpires who on the basis of their performance in the 2019 season have gained accredited status with ECB ACO. We had a good number of candidates at two levels including two new umpires in their first season as Warwickshire County Cricket League umpires. Well done to the following :-

Umpire 3A level : Lewis Coyne, Kevin Edgar, Rob Evans, John Liggins, Ian Murrie, Bob Noon, Martyn Rawbone and Mark Waters

Umpire 2A level: James Cole and James Gratrix

Accredited status is awarded following evidence that the candidates have kept match planning diaries, have self assessed their own performance and established learning objectives to follow through in subsequent matches. They are also subject to two assessments undertaken by an observer umpire as well as taking part in a post season review of their season with an assessor. The above candidates are to be commended on the hard work they have all put in as part of their desire to become the best umpire they can possibly be.

David Johnson, County Development Officer

Edgbaston Stage 1 & 2 Umpire Course Pictures

Our recent Stage 1 Umpire course members pictured with the course tutors at the conclusion of a very successful day at Edgbaston
” No, you cannot make the ball into a wide by stepping back to the leg side !” Sue Redfern and David Johnson discuss wide balls with course members
David Bird, County and West Midlands Regional Chairman talks to course members about the benefits of becoming an ECB ACO member

Umpire Education Courses can now be booked

Want to try your hand at umpiring a cricket match? Many will say that it is the best seat in the house!

We can help you get there and also support you if you want to become an umpire at any level of the game from junior cricket at your local club , senior cricket in local leagues or for those with unlimited ambition the start of the pathway to professional cricket and even the international panel of elite umpires. Your journey starts with us wherever you want to go . We can help you whatever level you want to contribute to the game.

All backgrounds are welcome on our courses and we cater for both junior and senior cricket for boys/men & girls/women. There are no barriers if you want to join our informative and enjoyable courses.

For more information on courses and how to book a place please go to our Umpires pages on this website (use the tab at the top of this page to navigate there.

We look forward to seeing you at a course in the near future.