TWO workshops were held in Tamworth on Sunday by Cricket NSW in order to increase the skill and knowledge of administrators and umpires in preparation for the upcoming season.
State director of umpiring Darren Goodger had 10 local administrators and coaches at Cricket House talking about the role of the umpire and administrators and the application of cricket laws.
At West Diggers, Cricket NSW’s Muhammad Qureshi and Laurie Borg were training six new umpires and providing a refresher course for seven existing local umpires at a two-day course.
The umpiring information session focused on the spirit of cricket and the management of a match from different perspectives.
“We are increasing awareness of umpiring decisions and acceptable forms of behaviour and inquiry from players, coaches and others,” Goodger said.
The workshop was looking at footage of international incidents, of which there has been plenty lately, and watching how the umpires applied the laws and handled the situations.
Regional development manager Kathy Barber said it is a great education and development asset to learn the laws from a player’s perspective, and teach players the appropriate ways to communicate with the umpire.
The prospective umpires’ course was also looking at the application and interpretation of the 42 laws of cricket, although in more detail.
The class was put through a series of “what if” situations, along with footage of incidents and dismissals.
“We look at the technical implementation of the laws and the role of the umpire,” Qureshi said.
The attendees also looked at how umpires should communicate with each other on the field, as well as with players during the game.
Anyone interested in umpiring should contact Tamworth District Cricket Umpires Association president Mark Mitchell (0401 594366).