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Marking of Umpires : Some Guidance to Captains

Umpires' marking are used within the league for allocating umpires to Premier and Division 1 matches, and to highlight areas for improvement.Markings are submitted to ECB and play a key part in the assessment of umpires who seek to progress to a higher level.

 Captains are encouraged not to award their marks immediately and have 7 days to complete their reports allowing  plenty of time for objective  reflection. Comments are extremely important and valuable because they shed light on both  a good and a poor performance.

There are 3 key elements in Umpire Assessment 1) Communication. 2) Control of the Match 3) Decision Making.

Key Questions on Umpire Communication

Clear and confident communication helps the game to run smoothly and says a lot about the umpire's general demeanour and approachability on the field

Were the umpire's calls made in a loud and clear manner?  Were any explanations or answers to questions given in a clear and understandable way( not whether you agreed with the answer or explanation!)?  Did the umpire give any additional unprompted comments or explanations that helped the game?  Was the umpire approachable, and equally so to both teams?  Did the umpire talk too much on the field?

Key Questions on Control of the Match

On some occasions it is necessary for the umpire to intervene straightaway. In other instances the umpire can use his discretion and have a quiet word after an incident. There is a saying that the best umpires are not noticed

Did the umpire achieve the right balance in intervening in incidents on the field of play?  Was the umpire heavy-handed or ineffectual in dealing with any incidents?  Allowing for interruptions in play, did the umpire ensure that the game ran smoothly?  Did the umpire show good man-management skills and earn the respect of the players?  Did the umpire show an understanding of,or empathy with, the game and players?

Key Questions on Decision Making

It is highly unlikely that an umpire has "had nothing to do" during a game. It would be truly exceptional for an umpire to have to make no decisions at all. Decisions will be big, minor, arguable and poor

Did the umpire make the "big decisions"(dismissals) correctly?  Did the umpire make the "minor decisions"( no-balls, wides, byes, leg byes, number of balls) correctly?  Did the umpire correctly call an "arguable decision( stumping, run out, LBW etc)?  Did the umpire make any "poor decisions"(incorrect to most participants in the game)?

If you would like more information please contact:

Umpire Coordinator and ECB ACO Training Officer:

David Oliver, 3 Old Favourites Walk, Darlington DL2 2FJ

Tel: 07503-115829

davids.oliver@btinternet.com

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