Cricket out to get more ju­nior umps

Albany Extra - - SPORT - TAJ STUBBER

Al­bany and Dis­tricts Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion is on the hunt for their next wave of cricket um­pires ahead of the up­com­ing sea­son.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is look­ing at get­ting more ju­niors in­volved to um­pire the un­der-14 and un­der-17 grades on week­ends.

To be el­i­gi­ble to um­pire an un­der-14s match you have to be in Year 10 and to um­pire an un­der-17s game you must have com­pleted Year 12.

Adults are el­i­gi­ble to um­pire both games but there are cer­tain rules in place for coaches and par­ents of play­ers.

Um­pires will be paid for their time and will have to com­plete an on­line course, face-to-face cour­ses and any sched­uled train­ings.

Square-leg um­pires will still be sup­plied by the field­ing team but the search is de­signed to get more cen­tral um­pires qual­i­fied and of­fi­ci­at­ing.

ADCA com­mit­tee mem­ber Jim Wal­ters con­firmed there had al­ready been some in­ter­est.

“We will try and get more kids in­volved in the game be­sides play­ing,” he said. “The kids are a bit more switched on, their eyes and ears are bet­ter than some adults. They don’t miss any­thing, they will hear the nicks and see the de­vi­a­tions that a 40-year-old might not.

“We are aim­ing to have around 10-12 peo­ple reg­is­ter, hope­fully some peo­ple that are just too old to play can still come down and help the ju­niors out. We are just try­ing to en­cour­age peo­ple to come along and help out.

“With this idea, it will mean the bat­ting side coach can stay on the side­lines and ac­tu­ally coach rather than um­pire. The ef­forts of Tim Ed­munds have been great through­out ev­ery­thing.”

To reg­is­ter your­self as an um­pire, email aca.ju­nior­sub com­mit­ and in­di­cate what grade you would be in­ter­ested in.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

War­riors' Rory Lus­combe bowls, as Dar­ryl Robin­son um­pires in a ju­nior game last sea­son.

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