The Drakes Cricket League Umpires Association has launched a drive to recruit new umpires for the 2020 season.
Two training courses have been organised and the association is appealing to former players and cricket followers to become match officials.
The recruitment of new umpires is the top priority for the association. We need to recruit and train new umpires because numbers have dwindled in recent years as umpires have retired and recruitment hasn't kept pace with this.
We would ideally like to be able to staff every match with two panel umpires, but last season showed we are well short of achieving that goal. At the recent League AGM Clubs voted to provide Club Umpires at all Home & Away 2nd XI Competition League fixtures.
A Stage One course will be held on Saturday 15 February 2020 and a Stage Two course on Saturday 22 February 2020, both courses will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Broad Oak Cricket Club, 184 Gillroyd Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5SS.
The courses will be staffed by ECB ACO tutors and will prepare candidates for the challenge of umpiring in the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League.
The league is offering to pay half the course fees for all candidates who go on to become members of the Huddersfield Cricket League Umpires Association & stand in half of the season’s fixtures in the 2020 season.
Details of the courses can be found on the YCB website via this link: https://www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/officials/find-a-course/Umpiring-courses.
If you would prefer to become a Pool Umpire & umpire when you are available rather than commit to umpiring every week & not attend the Courses, visit the Umpire Pool page. You can register your interest there.
Umpires Association Chairman
Umpires Association Secretary
Complete the form below to register your interest in the courses or joining the umpires pool for occasional officating.