Middlesex Association of Cricket Officials (Middlesex ACO)
Our Aim is to develop confident, competent umpires and scorers by providing training, guidance and support in accordance with the ECB ACO's "pathway of training." It doesn't matter whether you choose to aspire to schools, juniors, club, county, national or even international level, we aim to facilitate you on that journey at your own pace
The Middlesex ACO is part of the structure that represents Umpires and Scorers across the country. The parent body, ECB ACO, is responsible for the recruitment, training and development of all officials for and on behalf of the national governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). For further information about the national structure click here.
For more information about the services that the Middlesex ACO offers, follow this link.
Click here for the upcoming Scorers course dates.
Read about the different stages of Umpiring courses and upcoming training dates below, or on the Middlesex ACO website.
ACO Introduction to Umpiring
Whatever your aspirations, this free 2½ hour introduction to umpiring will give any cricket enthusiast curious about becoming an umpire a taste of what the role entails. The course is not overly technical and is an ideal starter covering the more common Laws so that with greater confidence you can umpire a local cricket match or a match in which you are a player.
This course is not part of the umpire pathway (see below). For those wishing to progress further we will provide an insight into the ECB umpire pathways for men’s and women’s cricket briefly explained below. You will also be given the opportunity to ask any questions and understand how you can reach your own goals.
This course is free.
Sunday 26 November 2023, 10-12.30. Wilf Slack Cricket Centre, William Perkin School (UB6 8PR). FEMALE ONLY.
Booking link: https://booking.ecb.co.uk/4LA4Xd
Saturday 2 December 2023, 10-12.30. Lord's Cricket Ground (NW8 8QN).
Booking link: https://booking.ecb.co.uk/0OWVDZ
Sunday 3 December 2023, 1-3.30. Wilf Slack Cricket Centre, William Perkin School (UB6 8PR).
Booking link: https://booking.ecb.co.uk/R2A5qQ
Thursday 7 December 2023, 7-9.30. Winchmore Hill CC (N21 3DN).
Booking link: https://booking.ecb.co.uk/1d1lba
Wednesday 13 December 2023, 7-9.30. North London CC (N8 8RL).
Booking link: https://booking.ecb.co.uk/owzKmz
Wednesday 13 December 2023, 7-9.30. Richmond CC (TW9 2AZ).
Booking link: https://booking.ecb.co.uk/GKq4EV
ECB Umpire Course
To join the umpire pathway you must attend this course. No prior experience of umpiring in cricket is required. Whether you plan to support junior softball cricket through to adult cricket, this course is designed to give new umpires the key skills, knowledge and confidence to stand as an umpire in cricket.
This course covers the following topics:
This is a full day course preceded by 90 minutes of online modules.
This course cost £70.
Venues and dates are announced on the Middlesex ACO website.
Umpire Extension courses
This course is ideal for those wishing to become the best umpire they can and an essential part of your development as a competent club umpire or becoming a member of a league panel.
This 3 day courses will significantly expand your understanding of the Laws of cricket and your ability to analyse and apply league match regulations.
It is likely that in league and various cup competitions in Middlesex it will be a requirement that the umpire has completed this course.
Through their umpiring networks, the Middlesex ACO tutor team will also be able to help you find umpiring appointments. This course costs £15.
Sundays 25 February, 10 March and 24 March 2024, 9.15 am – 4.30 pm. Bushy Park CC (TW11 0AN). Booking link to come soon:https://booking.ecb.co.uk/Bbbz15
Sundays 3 March, 17 March and 7 April 2024, 9.15 am – 4.30 pm. Cricket Pavilion, William Perkin School, Legion Road (UB6 8XG). Booking link: https://booking.ecb.co.uk/bmme8r
Still unsure? Either contact [email protected] or book for the free ACO Umpire Introduction Course where all will be explained.