ECB ACO Level 1 Umpiring Course

This is the first step on the pathway and involves learning the Laws in some detail. Our level 1 courses are run from four locations between January and March. Level 1 courses cover the basics of umpiring by teaching the relevant laws of cricket needed to officiate in Club matches.

For those who have passed Level 1 Umpiring and who wish to progress further, the next step is the Level 1A Umpires' Qualification Course. This course refreshes the Laws taught at Level 1 and also goes into them in more depth. Other laws of circket are also introduced.
The 1A Course also concentrates on on field matters such as man management, umpire co-operation and the other essential skills needed by an umpire when officiating a match.
The Level 1A qualification is awarded once:-

• The candidate has attended the complete course, participated in the classroom exercises and completed the course work.

• Assessments of the umpire’s ability during matches has been completed usually by a colleague or boundary assessor during the season.

 • The candidate has attended a discussion with an ECB ACO Assessor once the assessments above have taken place.

On the successful completion of the three components Level 1A qualification will be awarded.

ECB ACO Level 2 Umpiring Course

Although at the moment in Middlesex it is not strictly necessary for Umpires to achieve Level 2 status to Umpire 1st XI Premier League cricket, in The Middlesex County League, preference is given to those who have achieved this level. The Level 2 qualification usually takes one or two seasons to complete.

It consists of the following:-

• An initial two day course focussing on the practical applications of the Laws - sessions in the classroom, practicals and on the field exercises.

• Keeping a log of matches officiated and completing self assessment performance appraisals.

• A minimum of two games will be observed by an Assessor with the prior knowledge of the candidate umpire.

• The completion of a workbook, which includes a section on each Law, requires the candidate to answer questions to demonstrate
his/her understanding of the Laws.

Once the above has been completed the umpire will be invited to attend a Professional Discussion with an assessor. The discussion will reflect on the candidates workbook and assessments and once the official has been deemed satisfactory he/she will be recommended for the Level 2 qualification.