- ECB Update
There have been no further ECB announcements this week regarding recreational cricket but you may have seen the ECB video “The Wait”. If you haven’t seen it here is the link https://www.ecb.co.uk/video/1670476/the-wait
Last week the ECB issued guidance on outdoor facilities and since the guidance was issued last week the ECB have received some questions, click here for a link to our responses to the most commonly-asked questions.
I am aware that leagues are starting to talk about fixtures commencing in July but to be clear these suggestions are not based on Government or ECB advice. Ultimately it will be the Government who decides what is possible in general terms and for the ECB to interpret, in consultation with the Government and stakeholders, to decide for cricket.
Two further points I would like to make about a possible return:-
- Firstly, we will produce protocols for umpires and scorers once it is clear what we can and cannot do
- Secondly, we will be reviewing the 2020 umpire grading guidelines for Development Officers and these will be announced at the appropriate time.
- County ACO activities
I am so pleased to see and hear what you are all doing to keep in touch with your members. Thank you for sending me your ideas and here are a few of them:-
- Durham ACO have created the “Around the Grounds” Challenge. Durham Cricket’s website lists the 101 clubs within the county and they’ve plotted a route to virtually visit each one, plus Emirates Riverside. With the help of Google Maps, they’ve calculated the total distance as 390.6 miles. Members register and update how many miles they have walked ran or cycled or just pottered around the house so that cumulatively they can reach the target.
- John Golding and Ian Royle in South Central continue to develop their bite size CPD modules. They are available if other ACO’s are interested.
- Notts ACO are using WTU to advertise their online umpire seminars and their next session tomorrow (May 23) will have Mick Newell (Notts Director of Cricket) and Steven Mullaney (Notts Captain) joining in on a discussion about what do coaches, captains and players deem to be the characteristics of a successful official!
- Staffs umpires have a Whatsapp group – lots of chat about cricket and lots of quizzes!
- On line courses
The response to our 3 online courses has been fantastic. The number of registrants by course as at 18/05 was as follows:-
Basics of Scoring – 721
Basics of Umpiring – 1541
Online stage 1 umpire – 2636