Why become an umpire? The most common reason is to remain active in the sport and to continue enjoying the game. Other reasons given by those who have taken up umpiring or scoring involve being injured, having to stop playing but still wishing to be involved with the players. These reasons, as well as others, are very valid but the key is, like playing, enjoyment.
There is the opportunity to travel to new venues, both locally and nationally, and to make new friends in the game. No matter where you are, you will be one of the closest onlookers to the action - the best seat in the house.
There is plenty of help available from local officials associations. If you have played the game, you already have a rudimentary knowledge of what is required, together with a degree of empathy with the players.
As you become more experienced, the science and art of umpiring becomes easier. Nevertheless, every match presents you with a challenge as no two matches are the same.
There is no absolute need to take any exams but if you want to officiate at local league cricket and above, you will have to be a member of ECB ACO for insurance purposes if nothing else and be on a recognised training pathway that will involve examinations.
So how do I get started? If you just want to get out on the field, simply contact your local club and offer your services as you will be welcomed with open arms. You will find an extensive list of local ACO contacts in the contacts section. Your County Education Officer would be delighted to can discuss your circumstances and suggest a course of action.
To officiate in any organised league it is also a requirement to have a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check which can be organised through ECB ACO for free.