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We’ve created a Club Umpires Challenge in partnership with 1st Central.

If you’re missing cricket as much as we are here’s something which will hopefully engage you and your club’s competitive spirit!

The ECB recently released a free online version of the Stage 1 Umpiring course and we thought we would set your club a challenge to see who can get the most members signed up and through the course over the coming weeks.


To get involved all you need to do is:

1. Sign up for the course here

2. Ensure you select your club when prompted in the registration page

3. Complete the course once you receive the access to the e-Learning portal (the course takes 3-4 hours to complete and can be done in bite-sized chunks!)

4. Encourage your team mates and fellow club members to do the same! 


For the club that gets the most sign ups by 31st July 2020 you'll win a signed bat.

For the club that gets the most course completions by 31st August 2020 1st Central will offer a prize of 18 cricket balls.



Occasional Umpire

Are you required to umpire for 5 or 10 overs at the weekend? Are you confident in the white coat? If not this resource is for you…

The ‘Occasional Umpire’ contains the umpiring basics ranging from the key Laws to basic field craft. Use this resource as you wish, view it once or return frequently to refresh your knowledge. This resource is free for you to improve the game day experience for yourselves, your teammates and your opposition!



ECB ACO Stage 1 Umpiring Course

This 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.

Upcoming courses:



ECB ACO Stage 2 Umpiring Course

This course is designed to give you further knowledge and skills sufficient to enable you to become a member of a league panel and is available to anyone who has attended the Stage One. It will complement that course by looking beyond the basic laws, build on field craft and match management techniques and introduce the concept of working, as a team, with a colleague.

Upcoming courses:



ECB ACO Stage 3 Umpiring Course

This course is designed for experienced umpires who aspire to stand at the highest level of league cricket and is available to anyone who has attended the Stage One and Two courses or equivalent. As well as the interpretation and application of Law it also covers the management of the match, the field and the players on it. Man management and other practical aspects are also covered. The course will be suitable for those umpires who, although not aspiring to Premier league cricket, still want to develop their skills to be the best umpire they can be.

Upcoming courses:



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:



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



Club Scorer

How to record a cricket match.

The course for anyone wanting scoring on a regular basis and is the only one to comprehensively teach you how to score. This course is suitable for complete beginners and existing scorers who want to fine tune their skills.

Upcoming courses:


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: Nigel Smith -