The roles of the officials are among the most important in cricket, where umpiring requires a keen eye for detail and a reputation for fairness, and scoring requires great concentration.

New umpires and scorers are always required at recreational level, so if giving something back to cricket in this way appeals to you, this page has the details of courses that will allow you to learn either of those roles.

In Essex, we run a number of courses for umpires and scorers to help people understand more about the roles, in addition to the ECB-run courses that provide opportunities to move on to higher levels.

Read on for how you can qualify yourself for the best seat in the house…

Use the links below to book onto an Umpiring or Scoring Course

Please contact [email protected] should you have any queries or concerns.

ECB Umpiring Courses

Learning with the ECB Association of Cricket Officials is for people who are interested in umpiring at higher levels, and has a defined pathway that clearly sets out the opportunities for you to progress up the ranks in either role.

The below courses are designed to give new umpires the key skills, knowledge and confidence to stand as an umpire in cricket, and no prior experience of umpiring in cricket is required before attending any of the courses.

The only pre-requisite to attending any of the below courses is being a minimum of 14 years old.

Candidates will gain ECB accreditation and free membership of ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ECB ACO) for a year, with the benefit of insurance when umpiring and access to up to date information on umpiring and scoring.

Additionally, when joining the ECB ACO, people will automatically become a member of the Essex ACO which will give access to further training and support.

Course Date Location Time Booking Details
Sunday 14 January 2024 Moulsham High School,
Brian Close, Chelmsford, CM2 9ES
09:30 – 16:00
Sunday 11 February 2024 Leyton Cricket Club,
Crawley Road, London, E10 6RJ
10:00 – 16:30
Saturday 16 March 2024 Colchester Northern Gateway,
Cuckoo Farm Way, CO4 5YX
10:30 – 17:00


Essex Certified Umpiring Courses

In addition to the ECB courses, the Essex ACO also runs local courses for those more interested in gaining a grounding to umpire matches within the local community.

The Part 1 Introduction Course is aimed at beginners and will provide the skills needed to umpire Junior School Age softball cricket. It covers:
• Standing at Bowler’s and Striker’s End
• Wides
• No Balls (front foot, over waist height, over head height)
• Common Signals (4, 6, out, wide, no ball, bye, leg bye)
• Main Methods of Dismissal (bowled, caught, run out, stumped, hit wicket)

The Part 2 Intermediate Course develops the skills from Part 1, so that people are confident to umpire teenage hard ball cricket. It covers:
• Signalling (a recap of those learned on Part 1, plus short run, revoking the last signal, penalty runs, and dead ball)
• Umpire’s Equipment
• ECD Directives (age-related restrictions)
• The toss
• No balls (recap, plus ball bouncing more than once, ball rolling, ball coming to rest, limitation of leg side fielders, bowler breaking wicket in delivery stride, and fielder encroaching or intercepting delivery)
• Wides (recap, plus changes to the law regarding batter’s movement)
• Scoring runs (batter’s glove, byes, leg byes, and when runs can be scored)
• Methods of dismissal (recap, plus LBW and Mankad)
• Counting balls in the over and signals to colleague around this

You are able to attend the Part 2 course without having attended Part 1.

Please use the [email protected] email address if you are interested in attending any of these courses or belong to a club who would like to host a course.

ECB Scoring Course

The below course is an ECB ACO Level 2 course, for ACO members who are accredited level 1 scorers and are thinking about scoring matches for multiple clubs, in new and longer formats of the game.

It doesn’t contain any more details on how to score but focuses on the planning and preparation required when scoring away from your own club and some of the additional duties that a scorer could perform.

Having attended this course, scorers will need to score a minimum of 10 matches, putting into practice the topics covered in the course. They will need to build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate this and when ready, apply for professional discussion and accreditation.

Course Date Location Time Booking Details
Sunday 11 February 2024 The Studio, Leyton Hub,
Crawley Road, Leyton, E10 6RJ
09:30 – 17:00