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Want to be part of the game and umpire?

The recruitment of new umpires generally takes place in the winter months and begins with the Cricket Victoria Winter Classes program.

Most competitions are in demand for umpires, therefore it isn't too difficult getting started. Introductions with umpiring groups can also be arranged through Cricket Victoria if required. For further information contact the CV Umpiring Department on (03) 9653 1141.

Cricket Victoria Umpire training is best broken down into the following sections:

EDUCATION

Umpire Accreditation.

The National Umpiring Accreditation Scheme is conducted under the auspices of Cricket Australia, which is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of cricket match official accreditation. The scheme is based on Officiating Principles developed by the Australian Sports Commission.

Community Officiating

Cricket Australia's Community Officiating Accreditation Program replaces the old Level One Umpire Accreditation course. It is an entry level course designed for:

  • Those interested in becoming cricket umpires on a regular paid basis for the first time.
  • Parents who, from time to time, are required to officiate in junior competitions.
  • Teachers who supervise and officiate in school competitions; and
  • Anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of the game.

The accreditation program is conducted in two parts:

  • Part One - a knowledge based section completed on-line; and
  • Part Two - a practical section covering on-field technique and application of the knowledge gained in Part One followed by on-field assessment in a match environment.

The cost of the program is expected to be $40 which will include access to the on-line section of the course as well as additional resources required to complete the course.

Details of this course can be located on the following website:

http://community.cricket.com.au/umpire#

Representative Officiating (Level Two Accreditation)

Cricket Australia's Representative Officiating Accreditation Program which replaces the old Level Two Umpire Accreditation course.  It has been developed to meet the training and education needs of umpires who officiate in competitions affiliated with State Cricket Associations.  These umpires may be:

  • Community Officiating umpires seeking advancement,
  • First year umpires seeking formal accreditation, or
  • Experienced umpires wishing to update.

It aims to provide umpires officiating at all levels below first class with an appropriate level of competency. The program has a theoretical component, a series of workshops designed to explore the skills and competencies required by match officials and finally an on field assessment of the applicant's ability to apply the theoretical and practical material under match conditions. This course is being redesigned in order bring the material into line with the current Laws of Cricket and ensure application these Laws and techniques are appropriate to the modern game.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be recognised through the awarding of a certificate and ID card, and your name will be registered on the Cricket Australia and the Australian Sports Commission data bases of accredited umpires.

The Representative Officiating program is offered to umpires who are currently umpiring in an official competition affiliated to a State Cricket Association at an all up cost expected to be in area of $100.

The current course is book based course and is self-paced.  The redesigned course will be a mixture of on-line learning, practical techniques enhanced by video, demonstrations and role plays as well as some book based learning.

The competency based component of this program is assessed by an Accreditation Supervisor appointed by the local State Umpire Manager.

Winter Classes

Cricket Victoria (CV) also conducts a series of lectures, "The Winter Classes", during the off-season in June/July each year. The structure and delivery of the Winter Classes program has been reviewed with a view to making it more appropriate to the umpiring/playing experience of participants.

In outline the course is as follows:

  • The 2015 program will run each Tuesday for six weeks commencing in early June.  There will be a pause over the July School Holidays with the program finishing in late July.  The first five weeks will cover the Laws of Cricket followed by a non-compulsory exam held on Week 6. 
  • The classes will be divided based on umpiring experience as follows:
    • Little or no Umpiring Experience.  
      (Cricket Victoria Offices - 86 Jolimont St., Jolimont, Vic, 3002).
      Note: These classes are for those with little or no previous umpiring experience and/or who have not previously attended the CV Winter Classes.
    • Significant Umpiring Experience.
      (Holmesglen TAFE - Cnr of Warrigal and Batesford Roads, Holmesglen, Vic, 3148).
      Note: These classes are for those who have or are currently umpiring in a CV affiliated cricket competition and have previously attended the CV Winter Classes
  • Be predominately theory based.
  • Conducted by Richard Patterson the CV Umpire Manager and Senior CV Umpires.

Cricket Victoria generally recruits for the Premier Cricket Umpire Panel from this program. Completion of the exam on Week 6 is a hurdle requirement for selection to the CV Panel.

During the course we provide introductions and contact details for "local associations" for prospective umpires who are just starting out and/or are looking for a new home.

Registration for this course is essential and the cost is $40 for the whole course.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2015 WINTER CLASSES HAVE CLOSED.

In the meantime you may wish to have a look at the Lords/MCC website where the current, up-to-date Laws can be browsed, searched and read on the right hand side of this page, along with some "entertaining" animations of selected Laws.

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