The Townsville Cricket Umpires Association are looking for new cricket umpires for the new cricket season which starts in early September. All umpires are paid to officiate in matches, and no prior experience is necessary to get started in umpiring.
TCUA President Glen Dixon said people interested in umpiring only have two criteria to meet to start the process of becoming an umpire.
“All you need is to obtain a ‘Working with Children Blue Card’, which we can help you get, and to pass the Cricket Australia Officiating Test, which takes about 20 minutes.
This test has been introduced by Cricket Australia, and costs $40 fee to apply, but this will be reimbursed once you officiate a game. It can be found at http://community.cricket.com.au/umpire.”
The Cricket Australia Officiating Test is not the only help a new umpire receives. The TCUA meet monthly (the second Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30pm in the umpires room at Endeavour Park) to help with umpire training and development. All new umpires are also given a copy of the Laws of Cricket, a counter, and bowling markers.
New umpires will also be paired with an experienced umpire each match until they are confident and competent. Matches in Townsville are played on Saturday afternoons, Sunday mornings and afternoons. TCUA umpires also have a clear pathway towards officiating in representative cricket matches, and making umpiring a career.
If you are interested in umpiring, or want any further information, please call Glen Dixon, President (TCUA) on 0431 456 200.