Workforce development and improved opportunities for umpires and scorers are key objectives for the county. We are committed to improving the standard of umpiring and scoring throughout the county and want to see a decrease in the number of Gloucestershire youth and senior matches being managed by unqualified officials.
To ensure that the GCB work with the ECB on meeting targets for the improvement of the game we have formed a Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO). This is a fully constituted body that becomes a working arm of the GCB and they are primed with the delivery of courses, the assessment of our current umpires and the organisation of appointment panels both with the West of England Premier League, the Gloucestershire County Cricket League and the Bristol & District Cricket League. With GACO formed we believe that there will be a dramatic improvement in the officiating at all club games.
Umpire Courses 2018
A range of umpiring courses are available through the Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO).
In 2018 there are Stage 1 and Stage 2 courses in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
The two Stage One courses will be held at the Brightside Ground, Bristol on February 11, 2018 and at Hatherley and Reddings CC on March 4. Both days run from 9.30am-5pm and will provide an overview of the basic Laws of the game and introduce the principles of field craft and match management. The qualification will give candidates the tools to umpire matches at a basic recreational level.
To book on to the Bristol Stage One course go to the Booking Page
To book on to the Hatherley and Reddings Stage One go to the Booking Page
The two Stage Two courses will take place at the Brightside Ground, Bristol on February 18 and Hatherley and Reddings CC on March 11 (both 9.30am-5pm).
This Stage 2 course is designed to give you further knowledge and skills to enable you to become a member of a league panel. All candidates need to be have attended the Stage One course. It will complement that course by looking beyond the basic laws, building on field craft, match management techniques and introducing the concept of working as a team, with a colleague.
To book on to the Bristol Stage Two course go to the Booking Page
To book on to the Hatherley and Reddings Stage Two go to the Booking Page
Both courses have been updated to include the new MCC Laws which will come into play in 2018. Candidates will receive an ECB workbook, an MCC official on-field Law booklet, a Tom Smiths law book, a CRB check and Insurances.
The official ECBACO (ECB Association of Cricket Officials) courses are the only way to progress up the ECB officials pathway. There are also courses in Wiltshire and Somerset.
For more information on training and the ECB pathway, please visit the ECB Officials Website at – http://www.ecb.co.uk/ecb/ecb-association-of-cricket-officials/ or contact GACO County Education Officer Bob Hampshire (see below).
GACO – County Education Officer
Tel : 01761 470682
Mob: 07752 306117
Applications for Membership
The ECB is inviting applications for membership from umpires and scorers who wish to join the ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ACO). In joining the ECB ACO you automatically become a member of GACO.
Membership is open to all umpires and scorers including those outside England and Wales. If you would like to obtain an application form for membership to the ECB ACO please download one here together with a direct debit form.
Want to Stand?
If you are an umpire who is available and keen to get involved in umpiring throughout the county then please contact the secretary of GACO John Harper.
Gloucestershire is always on the lookout for new umpires and we would be delighted to welcome new members.