It is often said that cricket umpires are fortunate to have the best seat in the house and you too can join them.
NSW Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association is conducting a full course on the Laws of Cricket (2017 Code) on the weekend of 26/27 August 2017.
Prospective umpires are being sought across not just the Southern Highlands but in neighbouring affiliated Southern Zone Associations of Goulburn, South Coast, Shoalhaven and even down to Far South Coast and Monaro.
The course will be held at Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, most appropriate given Bradman’s birthday celebrations that weekend.
The course will be conducted by NSW Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association CEO Darren Goodger, who is not just an outstanding umpire, having been adjudged the best in Sydney grade cricket for several seasons, but also an excellent educator.
And this course is very timely with major alterations to the Laws of Cricket scheduled for season 2017/18.
On the Saturday registration will commence at 8.45am with the course itself running from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Sunday’s hours will be from 9.00am until 3.00pm with the final session allocated to an examination on the Laws enabling participants to qualify for membership of NSWCUSA.
The course will cost $40.00 for non-members of NSWCUSA but will be free to current members, many of whom are likely to attend to make themselves aware of the Law changes.
It is possible that a 50% subsidy will be provided by Southern Zone Cricket Umpires to those attending as non-members in an attempt to encourage participation.
The local cricket association and local umpires association are both very keen to promote new faces into umpiring as many of the current members are approaching the end of their careers.
This is endorsed by Bowral CC Patron Simon Taufel, a former ICC Umpire of the Year and ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager.
Simon has referred to the pathway that can open up for those taking up umpiring.
“The extra knowledge gained and learning from other umpires and bodies like the NSWCU&SA / Cricket Australia really added to my skill set. If you want to be part of a great game, develop your skills, earn some extra money and enjoy working outdoors, then come and learn the Laws of Cricket, challenge yourself and make the game better on the Southern Highlands. Who knows, maybe you could become a 1st Class or Test Umpire one day!”
Interested persons are invited in the first instance to contact Southern Zone Umpires secretary Norm Stanton – 0413297072 or firstname.lastname@example.org – and your registration will be recorded or further details can be provided.