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There are a number of skills required to become a scorer in cricket and we are here to help you get to grips with all of them from the very basics, to advanced techniques. Below is an overview of the courses currently available and how they all fit together.

Basic Scoring (Online Course)

This free entry level course is designed to provide you with all the skills needed to start scoring You don’t need any prior knowledge of scoring to participate.

The course covers the basics of scoring a game of cricket such as scoring symbols, umpire signals, dismissals and gives a helpful overview of the Laws of the game

Introductory Course

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.

Club Scorer

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 fine tune their skills.

Level 1 – Scoring the Game

Level 1 is open to any ECB ACO member who has 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 are ready for a professional discussion with a Scorer Development Observer.

Develop your skills further

If you’d like to progress past ‘Club Scorer’ on the pathway, you will need to become an official member of ECB ACO.

Level 2 – Planning and Preparation

This one-day course is for level 1 ECB ACO scorers who are thinking about scoring games away from their regular club, in different match formats. It doesn’t contain any more details on how to score but does include some of the Laws of Cricket not covered in the Club Scorer course. The emphasis of this course is on the planning and preparation required when scoring away from your own club and some of the additional duties that a scorer could perform.

After attending, you will need to score another 10 matches (some of which must be other than regular league games), gain feedback from colleagues and show evidence of planning for both home and away matches and self-reflection after scoring.

When you are ready, bring your portfolio for professional discussion with a Scorer Development Observer. Successful candidates will be issued with a Level 2 Scorer’s certificate.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Modules

To advance along the scorer’s pathway the following three continuous professional development modules 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.

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.

Electronic Scoring CPD module

This module teaches existing scorers how to use Play-Cricket Scorer Pro software package.

To attend this module, you will need to download Play-Cricket Scorer Pro and bring your own laptop along.

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.com.

Level 3 – Advanced Scorer

This one-day course is for level 2 ECB ACO scorers who aspire to score at higher levels. It prepares scorers for the requirements of the professional game for example multi-day cricket, specialist match formats and scoring in the NV play database.

To attend this course, you must be trained or competent in the use of DLS, Play-Cricket Scorer Professional and Linear scoring, as these are requirements of scorers in the professional game and be recommended by your County and Regional Scoring Officers.

After attending, you will need to score a minimum of 7 additional matches at representative level, gain feedback from colleagues and show evidence of planning and self-reflection in the representative games. You must also be observed in at least one match by an accredited ECBACO observer and include the observation report in your portfolio.

When you are ready, bring your portfolio for professional discussion with a Scorer Development Observer. Successful candidates will be issued with a Level 3 Scorer’s certificate.