Tuesday 17 October 2017

Characteristics needed for successful Recreational Umpires

A recreational umpire is a player in a match who acts as an umpire for a period in the match he/she is taking part in. Almost always you will be a member of the batting side.

  • Concentration skills - ability to switch on and off between deliveries.
  • Good man-management skills - calm demeanour in times of conflict.
  • Sense of humour - show that you are enjoying the match and prepared to share a joke with the players. Smile!
  • Communication skills - deal with any discussion of your decisions in a calm and clear manner.
  • Strong resilient character - confident in your ability to deal with criticism.
  • Resistant to pressure - not influenced by the loudness of appeals.
  • Respectful and Respected - both teams are happy to have you as an umpire.
  • Impartial - show the opposition that you will not favour your own side.
  • Positive attitude / approach - show the players that you are happy to be performing this important role.
  • Punctual - be on the field after an interval at the correct time and before the players.
  • Team player - consult with and support your fellow umpire(s).
  • Smart (in appearance) - dressed appropriately. Avoid bare feet and shorts.
  • Able to apply common sense - If in doubt, consult the law book and/or the local competition playing conditions.
  • Consistency (of decisions) - don't follow a bad decision with another bad decision to 'even the score'.
  • Passionate about cricket - if you are not, what are you doing there?
  • Passionate about the Spirit of Cricket - be prepared to step in if players are not following the code of conduct.
  • Courageous - make the right decision, no matter the state of the match.
  • Un-obstructive - let the players get on with the match.
  • Knowledgeable of Laws of cricket - take the time before the start of each season to re-familiarize yourself with the current laws and playing conditions.
  • Understanding of players needs - all the players you are umpiring must be respected, no matter previous interactions you may have had with them.
  • Learns from experience - don't repeat past mistakes.
  • Uses appropriate language - speak to the players in the same respectful manner that you would expect to be spoken to.

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