Umpires and scorers frequently become involved in their cricket roles as parents of young players, who progress as their children get older, or after their own playing days have ended.
Whatever their background, they all share a love of the game and a passion to be as good as they can be at their chosen role - whether that be club cricket on a Saturday afternoon, proceeding to a national panel and domestic cricket, or, in the case of umpires, reaching the pinnacle of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Elite or International Panels. Regardless of your ambition, getting started in umpiring or scoring is easy!
The first step in becoming involved is to contact your local umpire or scorer training officer - click on the 'List of Training Officers' icon under 'In This Section' for your local training officer's contact details.
For umpires, a Regional Training Officer (RTO) is based in each of the six Major Associations (Auckland, Northern Districts, Central Districts, Wellington, Canterbury, and Otago) and is responsible for training programmes throughout their region. The four Major Associations made up of various District Associations (ND, CD, Canterbury, and Otago) have their own Area Training Officers (ATO) who deliver training sessions at the local level. For scorers, each Major Association has a Scorer Training Officer (STO) that undertakes the corresponding regional training role as part of their overall responsibilities as Regional Scoring Managers (RSMs).
A new umpire or scorer will be given beginner's information by their training officer and opportunities to involve them in school, club, or other matches will be decided. This initial involvement will depend on the background, knowledge, and experience of the new recruit. During these initial games the new umpire or scorer will be informally assessed by the Training Officer, in conjunction with feedback from fellow umpires or scorers, and a more formal training programme will be planned.
For more information on how this training programme will proceed please go to the Training and Exams section