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Vale: State and International umpire John (Jack) Collins
Umpires 21 Jun 2021

Vale: State and International umpire John (Jack) Collins

Cricket Victoria expresses its condolences to the family and friends of former State and International umpire John Richard (Jack) Collins who passed away on Friday 18 June 2021 at the age of 88.

Victorian John Ward retires from professional umpiring
Umpires 17 Apr 2020

Victorian John Ward retires from professional umpiring

Cricket Victoria congratulates umpire John Ward, who is retiring from professional umpiring after 19 seasons at the elite level.

Female umpires falling in love with game again
Umpires 27 Jun 2017

Female umpires falling in love with game again

With more females picking up the bat and ball each year across Victoria, many are also taking part from a different angle.

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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 Cricket Victoria on 03 9085 4000.

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

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:

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.

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