The Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League has launched a new initiative aimed at tackling the shortage of umpires on the league panel.
The Management Board have revealed they give clubs a £100 for every new panel umpire they recruit who goes on to umpire 12 games during the 2022 season as well as refunding tuition fees.
New recruits will be required to secure the ECB ACO Stage 1 and Stage 2 accreditation which will require them to attend training sessions on successive weekends.
The league has arranged for courses to be held in January and March and is now wanting clubs to encourage candidates to come forward.
Clubs repeatedly tell the league officials that they want neutral umpires but at the present time it will only be possible to allocate panel umpires for first eleven cricket,
Our numbers have reduced considerably over the last few years, due to the pandemic and the aging profile of the membership.
Until the league is in a position to appoint umpires to every game, the Management Board will require all clubs to always have a club umpire available.
New recruits to the panel could be a club umpire who would now like to become qualified and enjoy the support and benefits of becoming ECB ACO qualified.
All umpires on the panel are members of the Match Officials Organisation and new recruits will also be required to join the ECB ACO with membership free in the first year. ECB ACO membership provides umpires with insurance against injury while officiating in England & Wales, they receive regular newsletters and access to quality clothing.
The League Management Board are currently exploring opportunities to develop links with local schools, colleges and universities to attract recruits from a younger and more diverse source.
Our league is not alone in facing a shortage of umpires. This is a major issue for the game as a whole and it is important that everybody involved plays their part in trying to find a solution.
In the past we have always looked at players coming to the end of his playing days, or a club follower who wanted to become more involved as potential recruits. Now we need to look wider than that as we seek to both expand the pool of umpires and reduce the age profile at the same time.
Other sports have been successful in attracting youngsters to officiate and there will be players who have played junior cricket who may not be good enough to make it in the senior game who could be encouraged to become umpires and continue to be involved in cricket.
There are two courses which will run on successive weeks, Umpire Stage 1 followed by Umpire Stage 2 which will prepare an umpire for league cricket.
WHEN: Stage 1 Saturday January 8th 2022, 10am – 5.00pm
Stage 2 Saturday January 15th 2022, 10am – 5.00pm
These courses will then be replicated on March 5th / March 12th (if you are not able to attend the earlier courses)
All of the courses will be held at New Farnley Cricket Club, Lawns Lane, Leeds, LS12 5EZ and refreshments will be provided.
COST: The Stage One Course is Free, The Stage Two course is £30 per candidate
HOW TO REGISTER FOR A COURSE
Click the course you wish to attend to book a place
Stage 1 Saturday January 8th 2022
Stage 2 Saturday January 15th 2022
Stage 1 Saturday March 5th 2022
Stage 2 Saturday March 12th 2022
If anyone require any further details then please contact
Philip Radcliffe email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 07740 853047
or Nigel Thornton (Match Officials Association Administrator) email email@example.com