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Umpire Education - Stage One and Stage Two

Umpire's Training is changing. All prospective umpires must first complete the online Laws of Cricket course available at laws.lords.org. This is totally free and must be completed before progressing to the next stage. WACO is offering Stage One (Club Umpire) and Stage Two (League Panel Umpire) training.

Both courses will be run at Worcestershire County Cricket Club at New Road, Worcester in the Players' Dining Room on the third floor of the Graeme Hick Pavilion. Coffee, tea and parking will be available.

Stage One - Sat 17-Feb-2018 and Sun 18-Feb-2018 from 9am to 1pm

Stage Two - Sat 24-Feb-2018 and Sun 25-Feb-2018 from 9am to 1pm

If you book both together, then you will save £20

David Gower, WACO Chairman
19th October 2017

Annual Refresher Course

WACO will hold its annual refresher course for umpires in The View, New Road on Saturday 17th March 2018 from 9am to 1pm and it will be repeated on Saturday 24th March 2018 from 9am to 1pm

Topics will include the new laws, new playing regulations, Worcester County League and Birmingham League

Attendance is compulsory for all umpires to maintain their county "W" grade which applies to appointments made by WACO

David Gower, WACO Chairman
19th October 2017

Dawn Pugh passes away

Dawn Pugh, scorer for the Worcestershire County Cricket Club first team and WACO member, sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer. The Worcestershire Association of Cricket Officials, on behalf of all its members, passes on condolences to her family.

Dawn's funeral will be held on Monday 6th November 2017 at 11:30am at Lower Broadheath Church, Church Lane, Lower Broadheath, Worcester WR2 6QY

After the service, there will be a gathering in the Graeme Hick Pavilion at Worcestershire County Cricket Club on New Road

David Gower, WACO Chairman
17th October 2017

WACO 2017 Annual Dinner and Presentation

The WACO Annual Dinner and Presentation will be held at Ombersley Golf Club on Friday November 3rd. Three course meal for £12 per person. This is a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and it would be great to see as many of you there as possible!!

Please find menu and reply slip here. Please contact Howard Burley by Friday 21 October with your menu choices and pay to the WACO bank account by bank transfer.

David Pearson, WACO Secretary
24th September 2017

Annual Membership Subs

2017-2018 WACO Membership Subscriptions are now due. Still only £10 for the year. Those of you who have not got a standing order set up to pay this, can you please transfer your £10 to Worcestershire ACO, sort code 30-62-61, account number 64104960 as soon as possible.

Rod Lane, WACO Treasurer
13th September 2017

ECB Non First Class Playing Regulations

Playing conditions for second eleven matches are available online at


David Gower, WACO Chairman
5th June 2017

WACO Match Expenses 2017

After a successful renegotiation with the Worcester County Board and Worcestershire County Cricket Club the WACO Committee are please to confirm the following as the Umpire Match Expenses for the coming Season. Please also note early negotiations with the County Festival means that the 2018 Season will see an uplift of £5 to the basic expenses for all three age ranges.

Umpires Scorers
Qualified / Non qualified
Worcester County and Rapids U10 - U13 £30* £20/£15*
Worcester County, Rapids and Academy DoE U14 - U15 £40* £20/£15*
Worcester County U16 - Adult £50* £20/£15*
WCB 20/20 U11-U19 £25* per match £20/£15*
WCB 50+, 60+ and 70+ £40* £20/£15*
(If mileage payments are requested, this must be agreed with the manager prior to the day)
WCB Day Rate £50*
WCB County Cup (2 umpires) £20 + County pass
20/20 Sunday Premier League (1 umpire)

£25 if 20/20

£40 if 40/40

(*) indicates MEO BACS payment
Worcester £45
Schools & Colleges
Malvern College, Bromsgrove, RGS, Kings, HCS 70-100 over matches £40
40-60 over matches £30
Other Tournaments or multi match days Fees by arrangement
County Festivals
U10-U12 £25 (£30 from 2018) £25
U13-U15 £30 (£35 from 2018) £25
U16-U19 £35 (£40 from 2018) £25
Plus single of combination of supplements £5 extra for weekend fixtures
£10 extra 'Day Rate' for all three umpires in a T20 round robin
£15 extra for standing both ends
Birmingham League 2nd XI £40 (+ 50% for both ends)

Level 1 Umpire Course in 2017

The following 15 people successfully completed the ECB ACO Level 1 Course on 25th February 2017
Macer NASH
Lance Jon OHREN
Jonathan Allen STICKLER
James William TOPP
Jack Andrew WALDIS
Neil Robert WEBLEY

2017 Match Expenses

This is important information ahead of the forthcoming season regarding claims for umpire and scorer expenses for Worcestershire County Board and associated fixtures.

Geoff Gilbert, who has been receiving and collating all your claims in previous years for me to pay, has stepped down from this role to concentrate on other matters.

So for the coming Season all claims need to be forwarded by email directly to me for payment. My workload will obviously increase so I may not be as prompt with payments as previously, so please be patient. Also I will not be chasing anyone who forgets to claim so do keep adequate records and send me your claims as soon as possible after the relevant match.

I would be very grateful as well that, if you have a match which is cancelled, you inform me straight away of the fact so that I avoid spurious payments and inaccuracies.

The email address that you need to use for claims this year is meoclaim@icloud.com – this new email will allow me to keep all claims separate from any other WACO or private mail and, hopefully, help me to be as efficient in this undertaking as possible.

Rod Lane, WACO Treasurer and Match Expenses Officer
26th January 2017

DBS Certificate Update

If any members have recently updated their DBS certificate, then please contact me by email (treasurer@worcumpires.org.uk) with your certificate number and issue date so that I can update Who's the Umpire with the correct expiry date.

Rod Lane, WACO Treasurer
26th January 2017

ECB Guidance Note: Safety measures for helmets within recreational cricket

The ECB has recently announced new helmet safety measures, which are being introduced with a view to reducing the risk of head and facial injuries within the game. The purpose of this brief note is to assist Leagues and Clubs at the recreational level to understand the key elements of these changes and what they mean.

Players over the age of 18

The ECB strongly recommends that all adult recreational cricketers should wear helmets for certain activities, preferably which meet the most recent British Safety Standard (see below). This recommendation applies to batting against all types of bowling, wicket-keepers standing up to the wicket (who may as an alternative wear face protectors) and fielders fielding closer than eight yards from the batsman's middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side.

Under 18s

The position in relation to u18s currently remains unchanged, and is governed by the 'ECB Guidance on the Wearing of Cricket Helmets by Young Players' (www.ecb.co.uk/youngplayershelmetguidance). In essence, batsmen and wicket-keepers standing up to the stumps must wear head protection when playing or practising. That Guidance should be referred to in full for the position in relation to u18s.

British Safety Standard

The latest British Safety Standard is BS7928:2013 (for both adults and juniors). The full list of helmets meeting this standard is available at www.ecb.co.uk/helmets. For wicket-keeping face protectors the relevant British Safety Standard is BS7929-2:2009 (again, for both adults and juniors).

The ECB understands that there is currently no specific women's helmet and as a consequence no specific standard for women's cricket helmets. As the size of the standard women's cricket ball is between the standard men and junior balls, it is recommended that women use helmets that have been tested against both the men's and junior sized ball, or at least against the junior size ball (as that could potentially get through the gap above the face guard on a men's helmet).

What do Leagues and Clubs need to do?

Whilst it is strongly recommended that all adult recreational cricketers wear helmets in the on-field circumstances detailed above, it is not mandatory for them to do so. For the avoidance of doubt, Leagues or Clubs do not need to go above and beyond the ECB's recommendation by forcing their cricketers to wear helmets.

However, Leagues and Clubs in recreational cricket should ensure that their cricketers are made aware of the ECB's above recommendation in relation to helmets, including the need to check that any newly purchased helmets meet the latest British Safety Standard. The ECB recommends that Leagues and Clubs bring the link above (i.e. www.ecb.co.uk/helmets) to the attention of their cricketers and encourage all cricketers to carefully consider their own health and safety regarding helmet use.

Leagues and Clubs should always ensure that they have adequate public liability insurance.

February 2016

Why should you be a WACO Member?

In a recent court case, two ECB Association of Cricket Officials members from the Midlands were subject to a claim for damages following an injury to a player. Bartlett v ECB Association of Cricket Officials has been concluded with the judgement in favour of the umpires and the ACO.

The claimant was captain of a cricket team who wanted to call off a match as he considered the conditions to be dangerous due to heavy rainfall. The opposition disagreed. The umpires inspected the pitch and outfield on a number of occasions before declaring both fit for play. Just after the start of the match, the claimant performed a ‘sliding stop’ and injured his knee and subsequently blamed the umpires for allowing play in unfit and dangerous conditions. The umpires, who are members of the ACO, were supported throughout the hearing by the ACO, the insurers and the appointed legal team.

The court found that while umpires owed a duty of care to the players to enforce the rules so as to minimise inherent dangers of injury, the umpires had carried out a thorough and careful inspections of the ground before reaching their decision. The fact that the grass was wet did not mean that conditions were dangerous.

Insurance is one of the benefits of ACO membership and all members in Worcestershire know that if things go wrong on the field or when travelling to and from their match they have comprehensive insurance cover. There are many others umpiring cricket across the county who are not members of the ACO. Clubs and leagues should ensure that everyone umpiring on the field of play has adequate insurance cover. There is no requirement to attend an ACO course to become a member although DBS clearance, which is done at no cost to applicants, is mandatory.

David Gower, WACO Chairman
22nd December 2015

PS. Thanks to the Lancashire Cricket Board ACO who posted the original news article on which this is based

Level 1 Umpire Course in 2015

The following 9 people successfully completed the ECB ACO Level 1 Umpire Course on 5th December 2015
Christian BASTABLE
Amelia KITE

Level 1A Umpire Course in 2015

The following 16 people successfully completed the ECB ACO Level 1A Umpire Course on 12th December 2015
Geoffrey GILBERT
Richard HOPE
Nilesh JAIN
Anthony KIDD
Roderick LANE
Jonathan POLE
Anthony WILKS
Anthony WRIGHT

Level 2C Umpire Course in 2015

The following successfully completed the ECB ACO Level 2C Umpire Course on 29th November 2015