There are a number of skills required to become a scorer in cricket and we’re here to help you get to grips with all of them from the very basics, to advanced techniques. Here’s an overview of the courses available and how they all fit together.
The aim of this course is to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to record a cricket match. It won’t teach you everything you need to know, but it will give you the tools and confidence to get started.
Topics covered include:
- Completing a scoring record
- Recognising umpire’s signals
- Standard scoring symbols
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Club Scorer – how to record a cricket match
Club Scorer is the course for anyone wanting scoring on a regular basis and is the only one to comprehensively teach you how to score. This course is suitable for complete beginners and existing scorers who want to improve their skills. On completion of the course you’ll receive an ECB ACO club scorer certificate.
If you’d like to progress past club scorer on the pathway, you will need to become an official member of ECB ACO.
ECB ACO Level 1 – scoring the game
Level 1 is open to any member of ECB ACO who’s completed the club scorer course. Not a taught course, this award is attained by scoring a minimum of 10 matches and getting some colleague feedback to go in your scoring portfolio. When you’re ready, bring your portfolio for professional discussion with an ECB ACO scorer assessor. Successful candidates will be issued with an ECB ACO level 1 scorer’s certificate.
ECB ACO Level 2 – planning and preparation
Designed for the experienced club scorer to hone their skills and progress to different formats of the game. This course covers some advanced areas of scoring and focusses on planning and preparation. After attending you will need to score another 10 matches and attend a Duckworth Lewis Stern continuous professional development (CPD) module. When you’re ready, bring your portfolio for professional discussion with a scorer assessor. Successful candidates will be issued with a level 2 scorer’s certificate.
Continuous professional development (CPD) modules
To advance along the scorer’s pathway there are three continuous professional development modules for linear scoring, electronic scoring and Duckworth Lewis Stern calculations. These are available to anyone from Level 1 onwards and all carry ECB ACO certificates of attendance.
Duckworth Lewis Stern CPD module
This module is designed to explain the Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) method of setting a revised target when there has been a suspension in play in a one-day match. It looks at the brief history of DLS and considers the difference between DLS formats. It includes practical sessions for both DLS Professional (computer program) and DLS Standard (manual calculations). Scorers attending this module will need to bring their own laptop but the DLS professional software will be provided on the day.
When completed you’ll receive an ECB ACO Duckworth Lewis Stern certificate.
Linear CPD module
This module teaches existing scorers how to complete a linear scoresheet, which is an alternative layout of paper scoresheet to the conventional box style scoring record.
The course contains a large practical element of scoring a recorded match, after spending time getting familiar with the new layout of scoresheet. Linear scoresheets make a good back-up system when scoring electronically.
When completed you’ll receive an ECB ACO linear scoring certificate.
Electronic scoring CPD module
This module teaches existing scorers how to use a specific scoring software package called total cricket scorer.
To attend this module, you will need to purchase a full total cricket scorer licence and bring your own laptop with total cricket scorer pre-installed.
The course is a hands-on practical workshop covering setting up and scoring a match, editing entries, printing, importing/exporting and uploading results to the Play-Cricket website.
When completed you’ll receive an ECB ACO total cricket scorer certificate.
ECB ACO Level 3 – advanced scorer
Designed for those scorers who have reached level 2, attended the CPD module in linear scoring and who aspire to score in the higher levels of the game including multi-day cricket.
After attending, you will need to gain multi-day match experience. You will also be required to obtain regular feedback and at least two match observations of your scoring at a higher level to be placed in your portfolio.
When you’re ready, you will undertake a professional discussion with a scorer assessor and bring your portfolio for review. Successful candidates will be accredited at level 3 and issued with a certificate.