Welcome to our Officials' Page
The Shropshire Association of Cricket Officials (SACO) is one of 38 County Associations of the ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ECBACO). ECBACO provides national training programmes delivered locally by County Associations, insurance, officially branded clothing and merchandise, a quarterly newsletter and an annual conference at Lords. It is recommended that every official joins ECBACO, which gives automatic membership of SACO. An application form and direct debit mandate can be accessed from the Download panel to the right.
SACO is committed to improving the standards of umpiring and scoring in Shropshire. ECBACO has established a pathway from Recreational Cricket Umpiring to the Professional Game, a route already travelled by one of our members. Details of our Education Courses can be found on the Education Page, with application forms.
SACO operates an umpires' panel for the Shropshire Premier Cricket League (SPCL), a feeder league to the ECB Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League (BDPCL) and also provides umpires for the BDPCL, the Shropshire Cricket League, (the feeder league for the SPCL), ECB Competitions, Shropshire Cricket Board Youth Matches and Disability Cricket.
To support club umpires with maintaining the welfare of all who play there are a range of documents attached which provide guidance and directives for practice and match play.
Should you require any further information, please contact Mike Sheehy (pictured above).
Contact Mike Sheehy for further information: 01952 265676 | Email Mike
|President||J Bryan Foulkes|
|Chairman:||Contact: Jim Strachan||Vice Chairman:||Contact: Peter Mitchell|
|Secretary/Treasurer:||Contact: Mike Sheehy||Education Officer:||Contact: Tom Kane|
|Performance Officer:||Contact: Colin Petitt||Appointments Officer:||Contact: Mike Sheehy|
Elected Officers can be contacted by using the email link attached to their name - (TOP)
SACO delivers Level 1 and Level 1A umpires courses at Wrekin College Sports Centre, Telford, in the close season each year and an Introductory Umpires Course for the Shropshire Cricket League and local clubs.
Introductory Course - 4 hours duration (2 nights) to help players, parents, etc to obtain a basic understanding of the Laws. No prior knowledge of the Laws of Cricket is required. A certificate of attendance is awarded on completion.
ECB ACO Level 1 (January – March) - 18-20 hours duration is for those who intend to umpire regularly for club or league. It covers the Laws of Cricket and techniques of man and atch management. No prior knowledge is required. A Level 1 Umpire Certificate is awarded on successful completion of the course and a multiple choice exam.
ECB ACO Level 1A (October – November) - 14-16 hours duration available by invitation to all umpires who have successfully completed Level 1. It is mandatory for those umpires who wish to participate in Level 2 courses. A Level 1A certificate is awarded on successful completion and review of the course workbook.
ECB ACO Level 2 - Delivered regionally over 2 days and is for those league umpires who aspire to officiating in ECB Premier Leagues. It is followed by compiling a portfolio of match planning, self evaluation and independent boundary assessments during the next season. The portfolio is submitted for a closing professional discussion to attain the Level 2 qualification.
ECB ACO Level 3 - Designed to cover the requirements of multi day cricket by invitation at national level
ECB ACO Level 4 - Intended for umpires on the ECB First Class County List. - (TOP)
Shropshire ACO Member Appointed to First Class List
Shropshire ACO Member, Steve Gale, has been appointed to the 2011 First Class Umpires List following three years on the First Class Reserve List and is the first Shropshire ACO member to be appointed to the First Class Umpires List.
Steve, who played over 100 times for Shropshire CCC, successfully completed his local umpires courses in 2006 and was appointed to the Minor Counties List in the same year. He has already stood in several first class matches including Australia v Middlesex at Lords in 2010 and maintains his local connections by standing in the Shropshire Premier Cricket League when his commitments allow. - (TOP)
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