Cricket um­pires in high de­mand ahead of new sea­son

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - CRICKET By CAM POT­TER

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.

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