SUSSEX CRICKET LEAGUE UMPIRES' WELCOME PACKAGE
to the umpires' panel of the Parker Building Supplies East Sussex Cricket League.
is a senior cricket league played in a very competitive manner by the member clubs,
so it is expected that having taken your course you also have some previous umpiring
experience at club level.
is hoped that the following information will assist in making your introduction
easier. It is expected that panel umpires will turn out in a regulatory manner
of attire such as black or dark blue trousers, white footwear, white shirt, blouson
or coat and hat. Both umpires should be similarly dressed with or without a tie.
will be provided with a copy of the league's directory and you can access all
necessary information by going to http://www.escl.org.uk
where you will find:
1. the league and club officials
2. playing conditions
3. location of grounds
4. ECB guidelines for juniors playing
in adult games
recent years, we have achieved the establishment of independent umpires in Divisions
1 and 2 and it is to be hoped that as members increase in number, we shall be
able to supply these to lower divisions. We will however continue to encourage
and recruit members to the panel and provide a pathway for all those who wish
to develop their skills and move up the ladder and achieve the ultimate ambition.
"Application and Availability" document is available on request by contacting
the coordinator. This is also sent to all panel members annually in order to keep
our records updated. Appointments are sent out in three batches of six weeks each
and the final two weeks to those available and selected on an individual basis,
two weeks before they are due to stand.
system of Universal Assessment was introduced in 2010
- where all umpires standing in Divisions 1 and 2 will
be marked by the team captains independently, and these
marked cards will be forwarded to reach the league by
the Tuesday following the game. This system will enable
the league committee to monitor standards and implement
support systems aimed at keeping our standards high.
new umpires will be appointed a mentor who will help them to settle in, and who
will be available to discuss and help to resolve any issues and to give support
or clarify any of the Laws, which may require explanation.
leaving home, you are advised to check the match starting time from your league
directory or from the website if you do not already have one, and ensure you have
all the relevant documents and items you need with you. Allow sufficient time
to travel bearing in mind travel conditions and location of the ground. Aim to
arrive 45 minutes before the start, which will give you time to become familiar
with the ground, its facilities or any local rules or restrictions. You should
also meet with your colleague to view the play area, boundary markings etc to
ensure that all is in order well in advance. The captain of the team to which
you have been allocated is responsible for paying your fee (currently £25)
a new match ball, and fully completed team sheets. The team sheet must show details
of junior players and their age group, and you should use this to follow the ECB
guidelines on open age cricket, fielding regulations, fast bowling directives
and the use of helmets and face protectors. The team sheets must also be signed
on the back by the captains.
should aim to be available when the toss is taken to discuss all of these points
with the captains and to answer any questions they may have.
home club is responsible for supplying spare balls to reduce the likelihood of
time being wasted looking for balls lost around the ground.
the end of the innings check with your colleague and scorers and agree the score.
Try to ensure that the scoreboard is updated regularly, generally every over and
in the last five overs when every run is scored. Before leaving the ground remember
to thank the other members of your team (the scorers) and to complete the match
report card with your colleague, and forward it to reach the secretary before
the Friday after the game is played.
the league is competitive, we hope that all players play in a fair manner in accordance
with the Spirit of Cricket as set out in the Preamble to the Laws. Largely we
believe this is so, but occasionally there may be instances of bad behaviour.
If there is an incident of poor discipline, consult with your colleague discussed
with the captain who is responsible for team discipline, and if necessary sending
a report to the league secretary for disciplinary action. Please also inform the
coordinator of the incident via an e-mail. (See Code of Conduct Appendix B). We
hope that you will enjoy your time with us and if you have any questions or want
further information, or indeed have any suggestions to make please contact me
or the Hon Secretary. We value your views and opinions and of course your services
on the field of play.
10 Lavant Road
Stone Cross BN24 5EZ
Telephone (01323) 469003
mobile (07745) 586 957