Umpires play a crucial role in our game

As an aspiring cricketing umpire, we’re sure you don’t mind making tough decisions. But we’re sure you’d rather keep them to the field. That’s why we’ve put together a flexible learning pathway you can work through at your own pace, as and when it suits you.

Upcoming courses

Please see our online calendar for details of the next umpires courses in Somerset. More course dates will be added as soon as they become available.

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Umpire courses available

The Basics of Umpiring and Umpire Education Stage One courses are delivered online, while more advanced courses are delivered face to face. Funding may be available for prospective candidates for all of our umpiring courses from:

For further information about any of our courses, please contact ACO representative Ben Peverall.

Introductory Course (2-4 hours)

This short stand-alone course will give any cricket enthusiast curious about becoming an umpire a taste for what the role entails, and outline what lies ahead if you’d like to pursue your interest.

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It’s Your Call – Umpire Education Stage One

This is designed to give you an overview of the basic Laws of Cricket and how to apply them and introduce the principles of field craft and match management. It will give you the tools to enable you to umpire matches at the basic recreational level where there are no independent umpires appointed.

The course runs for 6-8 hours and candidates will receive a resource pack on course. Candidates will receive a certificate of attendance on completing the course and a discount code to book onto Stage Two.

The course cost is £30.00 per candidate.

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It’s Your Call – Umpire Education Stage Two

This course is designed to give you further knowledge and skills to enable you to become a member of a league panel and is available if you are a member and have attended the stage one course. It will complement that course by looking beyond the basic laws, build on field craft and match management techniques and introduce the concept of working as a team, with a colleague.

The course runs for 6-8 hours and candidates will receive a resource pack on course. Candidates will receive a certificate of attendance on completing the course.

The course cost is £30.00 per candidate or £10.00 if booked in conjunction with the stage one course.

It’s Your Call – Umpire Education Stage Three

This course is designed for experienced umpires who aspire to stand at the highest level of league cricket and is available to all members who have attended the stage one and stage two courses. As well as the interpretation and application of the Laws of Cricket, it also covers the management of the match, the field and the players on it. Man management and other practical aspects are also covered.

This course is also suitable for you if you are not aspiring to Premier League cricket, but still want to develop your skills and be the best umpire you can be.

Upcoming face-to-face umpire courses

Stage One Umpires Course – Taunton

January 15, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Stage Two Umpires Course – Taunton

February 12, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm