Berkshire Cricket Officials Association (BCOA)
Committed to the Development and Support of Umpires & Scorers in Berkshire
BCOA - Umpires Training
The Umpires Training and Accreditation programme has undergone a major face lift for the 2018 season.
Details of our courses can be found on the courses page of this website or by following this link.
The diagram below shows the programme in outline.
General enquiries, or requests for advice, may be sent to our County Development Officer.
Welcome to It’s Your Call – the ECB ACO programme of umpire training courses.
Taking a course will provide you with a rewarding opportunity to engage with the sport through learning the skills of umpiring and acquiring an understanding of The Laws of Cricket.
Umpiring is a great way to contribute to the health of the game and it guarantees “the best seat in the house” for all cricket lovers.
We extend a very warm welcome to those starting their journeys to becoming officials in the game and trust you will enjoy the programme and that it will encourage you to support your local club, or local league, as a trained umpire.
Are you required to umpire for 5 or 10 overs at the weekend? Are you confident in the white coat? If not we can help…
Designed to help you during your 10 over stint of umpiring on game day, the ‘Occasional Umpire’ resource contains the umpiring basics ranging from the key Laws to basic field craft. Click here and 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!
Introduction to Umpiring
This 2.5 hours tutor-led workshop, covering the basics of how to umpire, is aimed at players, parents of junior players, schools and complete beginners. There will be no form of assessment but a certificate of attendance will follow.
Contact Gail,our Administration Officer for more details
It’s Your Call Stage One
This is typically an one course that is designed to give an overview of the basic Laws of the game and how to apply them and to introduce the principles of field craft and match management. It gives the tools to enable a person to umpire matches at the basic recreational level where no independent umpires are appointed.
There are no requirements for attending Stage One, such as age limitations or membership of ECB ACO, but it would be very beneficial if candidates were to click here to familiarise themselves with the Laws of Cricket through the excellent, interactive MCC e-learning programme. A Certificate of Attendance will follow a Stage One course.
Details of our course can be found here.
It’s Your Call Stage Two
This one day course is designed to give participants additional knowledge and skills to enable them to become members of league panels and is available to anyone who has attended Stage One or equivalent. This course complements Stage One by looking beyond the basic laws, building on field craft and match management techniques and introducing the concept of working, as a team, with a colleague.
Participants, who must have attended Stage One or its equivalent, can either progress to Stage Two immediately after completing Stage One or wait until the next training season. However, a discount will be given if a participant elects to undertake Stage Two directly after Stage One at the time of booking.
A Certificate of Attendance will follow a Stage Two course. Once completed any candidate can become accredited by enrolling in the ECB ACO Supported Development programme" on successful completion be qualified as Umpire U2A, which is a requirement for most League Panels.
It’s Your Call Stage Three
This course lasts for 8 to 10 hours and is delivered over two days. It is designed for experienced umpires who aspire to stand at the highest level of league cricket and will be available to anyone who has attended Stage Two or equivalent. The course will be suitable also for those umpires (having attended Stage One and Stage Two or their equivalents) who, although not aspiring to officiating in Premier League cricket, nevertheless want to develop their skills in order to be the best umpire they can be. As well as the interpretation and application of Law this course will also cover additional field craft, the management of the match, the field and the players on it.
A Certificate of Attendance will follow a Stage Three course. Once completed any candidate can become accredited by enrolling in the ECB ACO Supported Development programme" on successful completion be qualified as Umpire U3A, which is a requirement for most Premier League Panels.
Dates and venues: to be advised.
Details of the accreditation scheme can be found here.
Umpire Accreditation is now separate from Umpire Education and is available following the completion of Stages 2 and 3 of the education programme.
The requirements of accreditation are as follows:-
The above process will be managed by your County Development Officer.
For members of BCOA we have augmented the ECB ACO Education Scheme with extra workshops and working with our experienced team of mentors during the accreditation period.