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Online Courses

We hope you are all doing well at this strange time. At this time with no cricket being played, when perhaps you are looking for things to do, ECB ACO have now added an online version of the Stage 1 Umpires Course to the existing “Basics of Umpiring” and “Basics of Scoring” online courses. Here are the details of these courses and who they are principally aimed at. Click on the relevant course title to access the course. These courses are all free, so please free to let others who may be interested in officiating know about them.

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.

Umpire Stage One - This course is designed to give an overview of the basic Laws of the game and how to apply them and introduce the principles of field craft and match management. This course is an ideal introduction for new club umpires, a refresher for existing umpires and the first step for those who aspire to umpire at higher levels.

Basics of Scoring - This course is designed to provide all the skills needed to start scoring. 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.

David Gower, WACO Chairman
27th April 2020

2020 Appointments

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have as much idea as you about the forthcoming season. We will continue to appoint and we will have to take each day as it comes – hoping we get some cricket. We expect cancellations of matches to be announced in light of the ECB guidance that all recreational cricket must be suspended for now. We will keep WtU as it is until we are notified. However, if umpires in at risk groups wish to decline previously accepted matches, then they must contact Appointments Officer Chris Bryant as soon as possible.

Rod Lane, WACO Treasurer
18th March 2020

Annual Refresher Course Cancelled

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is with regret that WACO must cancel all the refresher training for this year – so the dates of 28 March and the 4 April are cancelled.

In light of this, a couple of items that were intended to be covered were Laws 41 and Law 42. Within Law 42 there is a Discipline Code Flow Chart which should always be taken onto the field together with the Bowling Directives. With Law 41 guidance, you should know how these work and you should be very familiar with how these laws should be applied, particularly within the League Cricket environment.

Last season, I had to sit on a number of discipline panels, and so I was privy to a number of discipline reports. Some of the reports were very good and clear liaison had taken place between colleagues who were working together. Other reports were not so, NO discipline report should be submitted to any league discipline body without agreement over the issues and a firm agreement from each colleague, under no circumstances should separate reports be submitted. It may be that one of you takes the initiate but the other must agree before it is submitted (email) but try and write it before you leave the venue or go somewhere else to chat it through. There are a number of us on the committee who can help. It is not a weakness to ask for help - it is good practice and sensible.

David Gower, WACO Chairman
18th March 2020


The whole of the DBS system is now online and works through emails - so if your DBS is running out, you should get a notification approximately 2 months before expiry and provided you have not been through the online system (your last application was done on paper), you need to contact David Thurbon, David Gower, Nick Andrew or Dennis Pyke. They will initiate a new application which will result in you receiving an email and a link for which you will have to create a user name and password access, complete the application online and submit to the system. Suggest you use Passport, Driving Licence and a favourite is birth certificate plus your National Insurance No. Once submitted, your documents have to be verified online by one of the four or this can be done by any of the coaching team on floor 2 at New Road. Once verified, it takes about 14 working days to come through. Once you are on the system, you will get an annual email and provided nothing has changed, your DBS will roll on by a year, so you will not get the hard copy again.

David Gower, WACO Chairman
8th December 2019

WACO Umpires on the National Stage

Two WACO Umpires - Chris Bryant and Dennis Pyke - were appointed to prestigious national competition finals.

Dennis umpired at the ECB 50+ County Championship on Sunday 8th September 2019 at Kibworth, Leicestershire

Chris umpired at The Cricketer National Village Cup Final on Sunday 15th September 2019 at Lord's

David Gower, WACO Chairman
26th September 2019

Umpire Education - Stage Three

ECB ACO West Midlands region will be running this course on 21 March 2020 and 5 April 2020 from 10am to 4:30pm at Edgbaston cricket ground.

Please click here for further details and to book a place.

David Gower, WACO Chairman
26th September 2019

Annual Refresher Training

WACO will hold its annual refresher course for umpires at The View, New Road on Saturday 28th March 2020 from 9am to 1pm and it will be repeated on Saturday 4th April 2020 from 9am to 1pm at The View, New Road. Parking available in the rough ground behind the hotel car park.

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, and will also be passed to the various county leagues.

David Gower, WACO Chairman
18th September 2019

Umpire Education - Stage One and Stage Two

Umpire's Training has changed. 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. Coffee, tea and parking will be available.

Stage One - Sat 25-Jan-2020 and Sun 26-Jan-2020 from 9am to 1pm

Stage Two - Sat 1-Feb-2020 and Sun 2-Feb-2020 from 9am to 1pm

If you book both together, then you will get a discount of £20 on the second course, so it will be £40 in total. You will need both qualifications to officiate in League Cricket.

David Gower, WACO Chairman
18th September 2019

WACO 2019 Annual Dinner and Presentation

The dinner will take place on Friday 1st November 2019 (7pm for 8pm) at Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Ombersley WR9 0LE. As in previous years, it is expected to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening and will include a presentation of the Ryan Bowler award and the Tim Granger award.

Dinner will be a three-course meal @ £19 £12 per person (£7 subsidy from Association funds). Please contact Howard Burley on 01562 60734 by Saturday 19th October to reserve a seat and pick your menu choices.

David Pearson, WACO Secretary
19th August 2019

Annual General Meeting notice

The 48th Annual General Meeting of the Worcestershire Association of Cricket Officials will be held on Thursday 24th October 2019 at 7:30pm at The View, County Ground, New Road, Kidderminster, WR2 4QQ. Agenda and papers will be available from the Meetings page.

David Pearson, WACO Secretary
19th August 2019

Malvern Festival

Many of you are already involved in umpiring in the Malvern Festival. And those of you who are not, I would strongly encourage you to do so, especially given the glorious summer that we have had!

Mark Burgess and I umpired Kent U13 v Wales U13 last Saturday. The game finished in the 31st over, but we carried on in the spirit of the festival to give the girls more game time. The final over was bowled by Mark with me keeping wickets and around 70 fielders! Several photos were taken and Wales tweeted all about it, including this lovely photo at the end of both teams and Mark and I.

David Pearson, WACO Secretary
16th August 2018

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

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 2018

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.

Umpires Scorers
Qualified only
Worcester County and Rapids U10 - U13 £30*
Worcester County, Rapids and Academy DoE U14 - U15 £40* £30*
Worcester County U16 - Adult £50*

U16-U19 £30*

Adult female £40*

Adult male £50*

WCB 20/20 U11-U19 £25* per match £25*
WCB 50+, 60+ and 70+ £40* £30*
(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 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-U14 £30
U15-U16 £35
U17-U19 £40
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

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