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Upcoming Courses

Courses are designed to give new umpires the key skills, knowledge and confidence to stand as an umpire in cricket. No prior experience of umpiring in cricket is required before attending the course.

Whether you plan to support Junior Softball cricket through to adult cricket, this course will cover the following topics:

- Understanding the role of the umpire
- Gain a basic understanding of umpiring the game
- Answering appeals and the common methods of dismissal
- How to communicate effectively with all stakeholders in the game
- Judging whether or not it is safe to play

The course is split into classroom and practical learning, so we recommend learners to come dressed appropriately.

Learners will be asked to complete some e-learning prior to attending the course, which will take no more than 90 minutes to complete in total. Pre-learning can be completed via multiple visits or in one go.

Learners must be 14 years of age at the time of the course.

Cost £70.00

Next Courses

East Grinstead Sports Centre

Sunday 11th February 2024

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Robertsbridge Community College

Sunday 10th March 2024

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ECB ACO 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.



ECB ACO Stage 1 (It's Your Call) Umpiring Course - Online

This online course is designed to give you an overview of the basic Laws of the game and how to apply them and introduce the principles of field craft and match management. It will give you the tools to enable you to umpire matches at the basic recreational level where there are no independent umpires appointed.

This free course is completely online and once registered you should receive your e-learning log in details within two working days. 




Introductory Course

The aim of this course is to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to record a cricket match. It won’t teach you everything you need to know, but it will give you the tools and confidence to get started.

Upcoming Courses:

Details and Dates for Umpire Courses in 2024 will be announced in due course. It is planned to run courses for those who wish to score electronically (phone/tablet or laptop) or by score book.

Basic Scoring (Online Course)

This free entry level course is designed to provide you with all the skills needed to start scoring You don’t need any prior knowledge of scoring to participate.

The course covers the basics of scoring a game of cricket such as scoring symbols, umpire signals, dismissals and gives a helpful overview of the Laws of the game


If you have any questions regarding scoring or require further knowledge/help about either electronic or paper scoring please do contact Rod Cole on

Sussex Association of Cricket Officials (SACO)

The aim of the SACO is to support, train and retain members encouraging them to continue umpiring and scoring within the game.

President: Martin Bodenham -

Chairman: Alasdair Shaikh -

Vice-Chair: Roger Garland -

Secretary: Matt French - 

Education: Ian Morris -

Performance: Terry Burstow -

Appointments; Ian Farrell -

Scoring: Rod Cole -  

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