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.
Scorers courses available
Face to face courses are returning in Spring 2022 but the Basics of Scoring will remain available online. For further details and how to book, please see our calendar at the bottom of this page.
IntroductION to scoring
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 – how to record a cricket match
Club Scorer is the course for anyone wanting to score 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 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’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 focuses 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.
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 will receive an ECB ACO linear scoring certificate.
Scoring electronically has become ever more popular as a method of scoring and this workshop covers the use of Play Cricket Scorer Pro (PSC Pro®), which is a free scoring program for Microsoft Windows ® based computers, developed by the ECB in conjunction with ECB ACO Scorers and with direct links to the Play-Cricket League Management system.
Most scoring software is intuitive to use, but many of the packages (PCS Pro included) contain advanced features and customisation which may not be so obvious. Whilst they are all easy to use, the most important thing to know, is how to correct things when the inevitable mistakes occur.
This one-day workshop will take you through scoring using PCS Pro, from setting up a match to printing out a scorecard or a player’s wagon wheel and will give you some handy hints on how to make amendments as quickly as possible, whilst play continues.
What is Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) and why is it used?
DLS is a method of setting a revised target score in cricket for the team batting second, when overs have been lost due to a suspension in play. This half-day course aims to unlock the mystery of DLS and to explain about the two different forms (Professional and Standard) which are used. During the course, you will try your hand at calculating DLS using both methods.
DLS Professional is calculated using software, for which you will require a laptop running the Windows ® operating system (v7 or later). You will need to bring your own laptop but the DLS software will be provided on the day. DLS Professional requires the latest version of Java (Java Runtime Environment), which you can download at no cost from the Java website. Please ensure Java is downloaded and installed before attending the course. If you cannot bring a Windows ® based laptop, you can be paired with someone else to during the Professional exercises.
DLS Standard is calculated manually. You will find the use of a calculator helpful and be prepared for lots of maths.