The Umpiring Project 2021

As we prepare to return to cricket, research shows that good umpiring enhances our enjoyment ten-fold.  Two free online courses have been set up in an exciting joint venture.

Basics of Umpiring

This course is aimed at club umpires who just need to know the key laws and basic field craft and those players who umpire 5 or 10 overs at the weekend.  The course lasts about an hour.

Stage 1 Umpiring

This course is designed to give an overview of the basic laws of the game and how to apply them, introducing the principles of field craft and match management.  This course is ideal for new club umpires, as a refresher for existing umpires or as the first step for those who want to umpire at higher levels.  The course takes 3 hours max (less for the fast fingered).

Increase your own and your team mates' enjoyment of cricket
Increase your knowledge of the game

Jeff Levick MBE (chair, Hampshire Association of Cricket Officials)

Your club has been entered into a competition with prizes

This is how it works.  For your entry to be registered into the competition you will need to:

  •   Check the tick box “I want to receive” information from your county ACO when registering
  •   Email your name, email address and club to on both registration and completion (Basics of Umpiring only, the process is automated for Stage 1 Umpiring)

Each entrant on either course will count towards your club's total.  

Courses must be completed no later than 31 March 2021.  We will provide fun and interesting follow up to help reinforce course content so you can add to your and your opponents’ enjoyment when we return to cricket.

To ensure a level playing field, positions will be calculated by dividing the number of entrants who have completed courses by the number of teams per club (women's teams are included in the same part of the competition as the club's Southern or Hampshire League first team).

Follow the hashtags #HantsACO #UmpiringProject #ItsYourCall #MatchReady21


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