Manitoba Cricket Association

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Umpires and scorers: Development Proposals
for 2009… and beyond

The Committee has been reviewing the current structure for both umpires and scorers’ development, and we would like to propose that an entirely new structure be created. Here is the synopsis of the changes we feel are necessary.

Umpires/scorers committee structure

At present there are two committees – one for scorers and one for umpires. We propose to:

  • Amalgamate the two committees
  • Ensure that there are at least 2 scorers on the committee to represent
  • Eastern and Western Canada

Umpires examinations

Due to ever changing Cricket Laws and ICC Playing Conditions, we propose amendments to C.C Certification procedure for the future.

All exams may be held twice a year but candidates can only sit once in a calendar year. Also, all exams may have a validity period in view of any changes to the Cricket laws, as deemed necessary by C.C. from time to time.

Provisional umpiring certificate (old Level 1)

  • Basic knowledge of MCC laws (1 hour examination)
  • Basic knowledge of local playing conditions.

Intermediate umpiring certificate (old Level 2)

  • Intermediate knowledge of MCC laws (approx. 2 hour examination)
  • Manual Duckworth/Lewis, or successor, calculations (0.5 hour examination)
  • Basic knowledge of scoring (0.5 hour examination)

Qualified umpire certificate (old Level 3)

  • Advanced knowledge of MCC laws
  • ICC ODI Playing conditions (0.5-hour examination)
  • After passing the C.C written exam, candidate will be assessed for on field performance.

Fitness

  • Develop appropriate tests for sight, hearing and fitness of umpires who wish to be on C.C panel.

Scorers’ courses and examinations

Presently there are no Cricket Canada courses or examinations for scorers. We propose to develop two courses that lead to certifications.


Provisional scoring certificate

This is a simple qualification designed, in part, to encourage scorers.

  • Basic knowledge of
    • MCC laws concerned with scoring
    • Signals including those used in limited overs cricket
    • Symbols used
    • 1-hour examination

Qualified scoring certificate

A Cricket Canada qualified scorer should be able to score any cricket match at any level anywhere in the world. (Internationally qualified scorers will be “grandfathered” to this qualification, provided that they pass the portions of the examination on manual Duckworth/Lewis calculations, as well as computer Duckworth/Lewis calculations and computer scoring.

  • Scoring in sufficient matches since attaining the provisional certificate to satisfy C. C. requirements
  • Advanced knowledge of MCC laws and ODI rules concerned with scoring, and analyses
  • Familiar with Manual and Computer Duckworth/Lewis calculations
  • Scorer will be assessed for on field performance, same as require for umpires.

For Cricket Canada purpose and appointments, only C.C Certifications will be recognized, no other qualifications will have any bearing either from outside or inside Canada.

Cricket Canada will follow the attached Umpiring Guidelines, as approved by the Board of Directors of Cricket Canada.

The Guidelines for CC Umpires, Instructors and Match Managers:

The following are the recommended minimum qualifications for umpires who can be selected for the appointment to the Canadian National Panel.

  Guidelines for Appointment to the National Umpires Panel.

 Must have successfully passed the C. C. Level Three Examination. Additional overseas qualifications will serve as additional proof of umpiring experience. However, no other certificate from any other authority within Canada will be accepted.

  1. Based on the number of weeks that the local league(s) have scheduled games, must have umpired a reasonable number of schedule matches e.g. League, Playoff, Provincial, CC or any other approved matches.
  2. Have satisfied the local governing body and CC assessment committee that the umpire has demonstrated a high standard of umpiring.
  3. Has stood in local league competition for a minimum of three (3) years.
  4. Must have a full working knowledge, and be capable of applying, the current Duckworth/Lewis Method for determining results for matches interrupted by weather or other conditions.
  5. The recommendations of local governing bodies will be considered when new nominations are requested.
  6. Must be capable, on request, to show that he/she is in acceptable physical condition, and provide medical proof of good eyesight and hearing.

A)   Guidelines for Appointment to the National Umpires Instructors Panel


The following are the recommended minimum qualifications for umpires who can be appointed to the National Umpire Instructors Panel.

  1. Must have successfully passed the C. C. Level Three Examination. Additional overseas qualifications will serve as additional proof of umpiring experience. However, no other certificate issued within Canada by any other authority will be accepted.
  2. Must have a full working knowledge, and be capable of applying, the current Duckworth/Lewis Method for determining results for matches interrupted by weather or other conditions.
  3. Must have a strong knowledge of the Cricket Laws, and the ability to apply and explain them when in a classroom environment.
  4. Must be able to demonstrate a strong ability to deliver concise and clear instructions on the Cricket Laws in a classroom and satisfy assessor(s).
  5. Must have previously shown the ability to instruct at a provincial or local level.
  6. Must be nominated by the local governing body to the position of National Instructor.

C. Guidelines for Appointment to the National Panel of Match Managers.

The following are the recommended minimum qualifications for individuals who can be selected for appointment to the National Panel of Match Managers.

  1. Must have successfully passed the C. C. Level Three Examination. Additional overseas qualifications will serve as additional proof of umpiring experience.
  2. Must possess a thorough knowledge of the latest I. C. C. Playing conditions and Cricket Laws.
  3. Must have previously had a minimum of five (5) years experience as an umpire at the National level. Under special circumstances, the candidate may only have had this experience at the Provincial level, and still be considered.
  4. Must have a full working knowledge of, and be capable of applying, the current Duckworth/Lewis Method for determining results in rain-affected matches.
  5. Must have a solid working knowledge of the I. C. C. Code of Conduct.
  6. Must have a recognized ability to establish good working relationships with the coaches, managers and captains of the two competing teams at any fixture.
  7. Must have a comprehensive knowledge of the Match Play Rules that are in force for each match to which he/she is assigned.

Umpires’ Coordinator and Certification Chairman
Cricket Canada
March 28, 2009

SECTION 1 - Umpires' duties
The umpire must have :
Counters with spare; watch; Pencil and paper; M.C.C. Law book; League Rules; Bails with spares; bowlers start markers, balls (with spare); drying material

  • Duties before the match
  • Bowler's end umpire; striker's end umpire
  • Both umpires' interval duties
  • Signals and signaling
  • Positioning of the umpire
SECTION 2 - MAIN COMPONENTS IN CRICKET
LAW # 1 - The Players                            LAW # 3 - The Umpires
LAW # 4 - The Scorers                           LAW # 7 - The Pitch
LAW # 8 - The Wickets                           LAW # 9 - The Bowling, Popping, and Return creases
LAW # 12 - Innings
SECTION 3 - IMPORTANT FACTORS AFFECTING PLAY
LAW # 2 -
    vi) Substitutes and runners         ii) Batsman or Fieldsman leaving the field
    iii) Batsman retiring                      iv) Batsman commencing innings
LAW #15 - Start of Play                           LAW # 16 - Intervals
LAW # 17 - Cessation of Play               LAW # 22 - The over
SECTION 4 - AFFECTING THE SCORE
LAW # 18 - Scoring                                  LAW # 19 - Boundaries
LAW # 20 - Lost Ball                                LAW # 23 - Dead Ball
LAW # 27 - Appeals
SECTION 5 - PENALTIES AND EXTRAS
LAW # 24 - No Ball                                   LAW # 25 - Wide Ball
LAW # 26 - Bye and Leg Bye
SECTION 6 - WAYS OF GETTING OUT
LAW # 30 - Bowled                                   LAW # 32 - Caught
LAW # 33 - Handled the ball                   LAW # 34 - Hit the ball twice
LAW # 35 - Hit wicket                                LAW # 36 - Leg Before Wicket
LAW # 40 - The Wicket keeper                LAW # 41 - The fieldsman
SECTION 7 - WAYS OF GETTING OUT - CONTINUED
LAW # 28 - The wicket is down               LAW # 29 - Batsman out of his ground
LAW # 31 - Timed out                               LAW # 37 - Obstructing the field
LAW # 38 - Run Out                                  LAW # 39 - Stumped
LAW # 42 - Unfair Play
SECTION 8 - NOT COVERED IN LEVEL 1
LAW # 5 - The Ball
LAW # 6 - The Bat
LAW # 10 - Rolling, Sweeping, Mowing, Watering the Pitch and remarking the creases
LAW # 11 - Covering the Pitch
LAW # 21 - The Result
SECTION 9 - SCORING

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