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League launches incentive scheme to recruit more umpires

League launches incentive scheme to recruit more umpires

Author: Alan Birkinshaw

The Management Board has launched a new initiative aimed at recruiting more umpires to join the league panel.

Ninety-six match officials are needed every Saturday to staff fixtures in its eight divisions and in 2019 the league had to increasingly count on the support of club umpires.

There are currently 80 panel umpires but not all of them are available every week, so now the league wants to boost that number before the new season.

League chairman David Young said: "The lshortage of umpires is most keenly felt by the clubs with second teams in divisions one, two and three, but it is a problem everybody has to address.

"Clubs playing in the top divisions are fortunate that they regularly have panel umpires at their game, but it is just as important that they endeavour to help in recruiting more people onto the panel.

"Getting more umpires is a huge priority for the league and I hope that clubs at all levels will play their part."

If a club puts forward an individual who is prepared to undergo ECBACO Level One and Two training and they do 11 matches as a member of the panel in 2020, their club will receive £100 at the end of the season.

They can earn a further £50 bonus for their club by standing in a similar amount of games as a panel umpire in 2021.

The costs of ECBACO training will be borne by the league provided the individual joins the panel and officiates in the required number of games.

Newly-qualified umpires will also benefit from free ECBACO membership for a year which includes personal insurance cover.

There is an ECBACO Level One and Two Course being held on February 22 and 29 at Pudsey Congs and it is hoped that recruits put forward by their clubs will take up the available places.

The lack of umpires is most keenly felt by the clubs with second teams in divisions one, two and three., but it is a problem everybody has to address.

Umpiring is something that can appeal to both men and women, young and old, and is particularly suited to former players or those coming to the end of their careers.

The newly-formed Bradford Premier League Match Officials Association is prepared to put on additional training courses during the 2020 season when clubs have parents attending junior matches, club followers and old players about.

In-season training will be a new initiative but will have the benefit of providing candidates with immediate access to match situations.

To qualify for the incentive scheme clubs must

1 Nominate individuals not currently on the league panel to undertake ECBACO Level One and Two training.

2 That the individual umpires 11 games as a panel member this season for the club to earn £100

3 That the individual umpires 11 games as a panel member in the 2021 season for the club to earn a further £50.

To nominate an individual contact: Alan Birkinshaw editor@bradfordcl.com

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