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.

ECB ACO Update

For those of you who missed the Prime Minister’s press conference earlier this evening, I am delighted to inform you that the UK Government has given the green light for recreational cricket in England to return from Saturday July 11. The latest update from the UK Government signals progression from step 3 to step 4 of ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game, meaning competitive cricket matches in England with adjustments to respect hygiene and social distancing will be permitted.

ECB has maintained a constant dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) throughout this process and the UK Government have stated that COVID-secure guidance will be published in the coming days.

Guidelines are already prepared for the return of recreational cricket and following the Prime Minister’s comments, will now be finalised and shared early next week including specific guidance for umpires and scorers.

Martin Gentle
Interim Head of ACO & Membership Service Manager

Return to Recreational Cricket

ECB ACO Update

We have received the below update:

Following continued work with the Department of Digital, Culture, Music and Sport, the ECB are waiting for government approval before we can provide any further update on the return of recreational cricket. We remain optimistic of cricket being the first team sport to return to play, and anticipate more news shortly. We are continuing to work hard behind the scenes to make this happen and will keep you informed as things progress.

In the event of a return, the ECB will be producing guidelines on what a “return to cricket” looks like and that will include top line guidance for officials. It is anticipated that following the release of those guidelines, the ACO will work with the leagues and publish more detailed guidelines specifically for umpires and scorers. These will be distributed via an Over and Out email to all ACO members and via the leagues to their clubs. A definitive statement regarding insurance will also be published at the same time. 

Martin Gentle
Interim Head of ACO & Membership Service Manager (ECBACO)