Cricket umpires in high demand ahead of new season
WITH the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association season upon us with the competition kicking off on October 7, a call has gone out for more cricket umpires.
A call has been made from WDCA umpire boss Jim Davidson to rally all potential umpires to come forward and express their interests.
Cricket Victoria has recently updated their pathways for umpires, especially in country leagues, Davidson said.
“More pathways exist and cricket umpiring has become more accessible to everyone,” Davidson said.
“The pathway from coun- try to metro and further if the umpire is willing to take the appropriate steps has been a focus for Cricket Victoria for a while now.
“Last year’s WDCA umpire of the year Richard Heywood has already begun the process of updating his knowledge from skills he learned in the WDCA.
“Umpiring isn’t just for men either with female participation on an upward trend.”
Davidson said cricket umpiring could also have financial benefits for interested people.
“When umpires are fully trained they earn over $100 a game,” he said.
“Umpiring both days come finals is definitely something that could appeal to students, or the like.”
Richard Heywood said Cricket Victoria is trying to create a sustainable resource for the code.
“Cricket Victoria is very keen to create a network with ongoing training, video assessment and a pathway to develop umpires’ skills,” Heywood said.
“They want to get every- one into one database with all their skills and experiences and use that to update, upgrade and continue to train the umpires.
“I think that will help cricket as well as the dwindling numbers.”
Heywood said the steps taken by Cricket Victoria is excellent for the game.
“They (Cricket Victoria) want to get as many young people involved as possible; umpiring isn’t just for the bloke that has played for 35 years and is looking for something to do,” he said.
“The network will give support to the umpires so they’re not isolated; 10 years ago when I first started getting involved in umpiring there was little to no formal training. “This is a great step.” Heywood continues his involvement because of his love for the game.
“The people and the game; the people around the grounds and the league is just awesome - they’re the ones that keep me coming back,” he said.
“This season will be different for the umpires; with the new rules and regulations those relationships with teams and captains will be crucial; umpires will need to work closer with the teams.
“I don’t want that to be a big factor in match day proceedings.”
For more information about how you can become involved with WDCA umpiring contact Jim Davidson on 0459 484 727.