A range of umpiring courses are available through the Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO).
In 2019 there will be Introductory, Stage 1 and Stage 2 courses in Gloucestershire.
Introductory Courses 2019
“An Introduction to Cricket Umpiring,” it aimed at supporting players, coaches, parents who get asked to help out and anyone who just wants to know more about the key role umpires play in our great summer game.
The 3 hour session covers the important (and contentious) laws, the role of umpires and captains in maintaining the spirit of the game, and the duty of care to all players, but especially those under 18.
GACUS is running three normal courses in 2019 plus a special course for 14-18-year-olds.
- Wednesday April 3 at Cirencester CC, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
- Monday April 8 at Cinderford St.John CC, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
- Friday April 12 at Dean Close School, 10am-1pm*
- Monday April 29 at Upton St. Leonards CC, 6.30pm-9.30pm
*For full details of the young persons course please CLICK HERE
The cost of the course is £10**, including MCC Law Book and ECBACO certificate of attendance. Both the Gloucestershire County Cricket League and Cotswold District Cricket Association will pay this cost for 2 people for each team in their leagues.
**Young persons course is £5.
To book or for more information please email GACUS secretary Peter Sawyer at email@example.com or on 01452 812 911. The deadline for booking is Friday March 31.
Stage 1 & 2 Courses 2019
The two Stage One courses will be held at the Brightside Ground, Bristol on February 10, 2019 and at Hatherley and Reddings CC on March 3. Both days run from 9am-6pm 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.
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 and with a colleague.
To book onto any of the courses above please go to https://www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/officials/find-a-course
Candidates will receive an ECB workbook, an MCC official on-field Law booklet, a Tom Smiths law book, a CRB check and Insurances.
Find out more
For more information 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: 01761 470682, 07752 306117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ECB-ACO-Membership-Form-2018-AUG
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.