The NSW Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association is facilitating a training course on the Laws of Cricket for prospective umpires starting Tuesday 23 July.

The course will take place over five sessions, at Bankstown Sports Club, finishing with an assessment task to be held on Tuesday 13 August.

Umpiring is a great way to stay involved in the game and as many will say “it is the best seat in the house!”

It is a fantastic way to meet fellow cricket lovers and make new friends. It is open to men and women of all ages.

Umpires range from young people wanting to be involved in cricket to retirees wanting to stay active and participate in a worthwhile community activity on a weekend.

All umpires are remunerated for their service.

Passing the course will enable members to umpire in the Sydney Cricket Association and other NSWCUSA affiliated competitions across the state.

Officiating in the Sydney Cricket Association can be a launching pad for umpires into senior representative cricket and a full-time professional career.

Former Blues allrounder Rodney Tucker and former Australian fast bowler Paul Wilson are two examples of NSWCUSA members who have progressed through the NSW system and are now full-time contracted professional umpires.

Tucker is an International Cricket Council Elite Panel Umpire and Wilson joins three of his NSW colleagues on the Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel.

Those umpires are Gerard Abood, Greg Davidson and Tony Wilds. Tucker and Wilson are currently in England where they will officiate during the ICC Men’s World Cup.

If you want to be an umpire, and contribute to cricket, there is a place for you umpiring Australia’s favourite sport in one of the many competitions across NSW.

NSWCUSA Umpire Training Course

Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown:

6:30-9:30pm, Tuesday 23 July

6:30-9:30pm, Thursday 25 July

6:30-9:30pm, Tuesday 30 July

6:30-9:30pm, Thursday 1 August

6:30-9:30pm, Tuesday 6 August

Assessment: Tuesday 13 August.

If you would like to register for this umpire training course, then please contact the NSWCUSA Administration Officer, Bede Sajowitz, at bede.sajowitz@cricketnsw.com.au or on (02) 8302 6407 for a registration form.

The cost of the course is $50 which includes the Laws of Cricket handbook, a set of course resource materials and the assessment task.

“Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.” – Frank Tyger.