More cricket umpires wanted
New umpires’ co-ordinator for the W&DCA, Tony Humphreys, a school teacher at Yarrawonga College P-12, has 16 umpires on the books but wants 26.
Umpires are required for A Grade, A Reserve and C Grade and earn $130 a day officiating from 1.00pm to 6.00pm for A Grade down to $110 for C Grade. For distances over 50kms, there are $25 travel expenses on top of the daily umpire rate.
“Ideally we want eight A Grade umpires – two for each of our four games,” Mr Humphreys told the Yarrawonga Chronicle, “and at least one for A Reserve and C Grade matches”.
“There has been a general decline in numbers nationwide. In our case, numbers decline due to Covid and disruption to last season.”
The new umpires’ boss and former keen cricketer moved to town in December 2020 and will continue umpiring.
Mr Humphreys wants to introduce a more professional approach between umpires and clubs, with more feedback about the umpiring and games.
“We have been professional, but I’d like to see more communication,” he said. “We’ll try and have travel minimised and don’t want to see umpires consistently umpiring at the same club.
“We want the umpires to umpire at all grounds in order to achieve that better communication.”
More open age cricket umpires are wanted for the Wangaratta District Cricket Association which looks like getting underway on November 13, subject to Victoria reaching 80% vaccination rate.