QUESTION: Sir, I would like to become a cricket umpire. I am 29 years old but has no cricketing playing experience (except gully cricket :) ). I want this desperately. I am an engineer by profession working for a US MNC right now but my heart says to be involved with cricket. Please give me ur contact number/email to discuss with you in detail. I need this badly sir. Please help me. Thanks.
ANSWER: Dear Anoop Singh,
Thanks for your question. I appreciate your love for the game and have high regards for the game of cricket. You are just 29 and at the appropriate time the thought has come to your mind to accept a challenging job. Thinking of you that you are entering in primary school of umpiring school. As you are a cricket follower, but you have not mentioned whether you have played any level of cricket. Playing cricket is very much required to take up umpiring. One must have played some level of cricket, at club level or school, college level. It does not want one to play Test matches or ODIs. Having played cricket it will help you to follow and understand the Laws of game a bit easily. I would like you to read the following steps to become a cricket umpire.
Career in Umpiring is as tough as becoming cricketer. But playing cricket and together enjoying umpiring is a very useful path towards taking up umpiring. I would not make you disappoint any time but before that I would like to make it clear that you must give priority to your personal career before taking up such career. Always career comes first before taking up any hobby and converting the hobby into career. Umpiring is not to be made bread and butter rather than converting later into professional career along with your personal career.
You are just 26, and this is the right age you have made up your mind. If you want to be a cricketer, you must start taking lessons right from the age of 8 years. If you take up cricket in that way as if you represent your association in different BCCI categorized junior tournament, i.e. u’14, u’17, u’19, u’22 and so on. This is a ladder as well as platform to become a first class cricketer. By chance if you see no future in between and see no further scope of becoming Ranji Trophy player, you must take up either umpiring or scoring along with playing in local matches to enable you to keep involved in the game of your interest.
Now you have crossed all these and have a very good chance to take up umpiring seriously. And if you make up your mind henceforth, you will see your dream come true. In fact, it is never required to have played any cricket for becoming an umpire. But anybody who has played a bit of competitive cricket at least up to club, school or college level, it helps him to know the game well. It is “Play the game, Know the game, Learn the game and Master the game” to be an umpire..
I am not sure what prompted you to take up umpiring but your love for the game would have prompted you to take up umpiring. Compared to earlier days of BCCI exam system, the BCCI has now come out with a revised recruitment system for umpires. I would advise you to follow the following guidelines and I hope you would definitely achieve your goal of becoming first class umpire in next 10 years.
Now come to the point of making a professional career. But presume you must have crossed teenage and must have played some competitive local cricket matches. I would advise you to stand in junior matches and local friendly matches where you would get to learn so many things and also keep on noting down certain doubtful questions over certain points to learn the same from your Sr. Umpires. Also get acquainted with certain Sr. Umpires of your local Cricket Association who would help you to enroll your name in the list of Umpires of your Cricket Association. Your constant touch with the laws of the game of cricket would help you to gain more and more knowledge. You must learn the basic laws of the game by reading and understanding the "catch word" of the laws. As you are young enough you may get lot of opportunities. Also make any Sr. Umpires from your association, your 'Guru' so that it can help you to achieve your dream. Be polite and uncontroversial throughout until you make your position in this field. Politics is a tough thing to be overcome. I would also advise you that if you really want to take up umpiring seek any opportunity from other places like Gujarat, Saurashtra or any other association from the North, where you can settle down and achieve your dream.
Regarding examinations, now the BCCI has adopted a far better policy for youngsters to achieve this quiet easily. After enrolling your name with your local Crickt Association, you may get a first break to appear in the level-1 exam which will be held every alternate year. After getting through in level-1 exam, you will be appointed as an umpire for the local tournaments (state level) which will be monitored by the BCCI officials. There would be a gap of 5 years before you will get a chance to appear for the level-2 exam to enable you to stand in the BCCI Jr. Tournaments. And after that you would get a chance in the final level-3 exam. You must pass both level-1 & 2 before you cross 40 to have a bright future in Umpiring career. Also remember that 80% to 90% passing marks are required in any exam.
You Start Doing Umpiring In Any Matches and Create Your Self-Interest Towards The Game. After Getting In Touch With Local Association, Initially You May Be Allotted A Few Matches. Thus You Will Get Enrolled With The Local Assoc. All Important Is You Need To Accept Any Sr Umpire As Your Guru And Who Will Guide You Enough To Show The Correct Path Of Taking You To reach your goal. Purchase Tom Smith Cricket Scoring And Umpiring Book From Any Sports Boutique Or You Can Download From The Net. If You Are Found Good By The Assoc. You Will Start With Level-1 Exam To Make you Eligible For The Level-2 Exam, After That You Will Get Bcci Jr Tournaments. You Need To Learn All 42 Laws And Additionally You Need To Have Better IQ And That Is As Good As Law No.43, I.E Common Sense. Level-1 Umpires Will Be Monitored By The Bcci Officials During Your Local Assignments. Level-1 Exam Is As Good As A Mock Test, For Which You Need Basic Rules Of The Game. You Need To Clear All These Exams Before I Guide You Further In This Regard. Bcci May Go For Professional Umpires In Near Future Looking At The Packages And Increasing Number Of Matches. All These You Need To Achieve Before You Reach The Age Of 30 To Prosper In This Field Like Simon Taufel Of Australia.
SOME IMPORTANT TIPS TO REMEMBER AND FOLLOW:
Have patience and great devotion to take up umpiring
Learn the cricket laws and start doing low level local matches
Enroll your name with your local association and if possible join the membership
As long as you are available and whatever opportunity comes in your way, you utilize the best of time for umpiring in local matches.
Be polite and keep yourself as low profile
Try to get in touch with best of Sr. Umpires around your association
Make any Sr. Umpire your Mentor (guru) to learn the primary lessons
Keep only one mentor and have good understanding with him
Read TOM SMITH’s Bible “Cricket Umpiring & Scoring “ latest edition which you can purchase from any sports boutiques or from Marine Sports, Mumbai
Read, understand and interpret all the laws. Keep noting down points for conclusive decision
Get the ‘catch’ word to understand the laws
Be ready to stand for 6 to 8 hours in scorching sun or in cold
Keep yourself fit for the job, physical fitness is as important as to a player
Umpire needs lots of concentration and good thinking
Must be thoroughly conversant with the rules and be sufficiently authoritative and diplomatic to carry out the role.
There are 42 laws you have to master but the most important is the Law No.43, and I.e., Common Sense
One must have good command over English language to take up umpiring exam and to have better communication with the players
Career always comes first and all such hobbies afterwards. See that you settle in your life and don’t treat umpiring as your bread and butter. But once you become a first class umpire then you can become professional umpire
I would advise you to stand in junior matches and local friendly matches where you would get to learn so many things and also keep on noting down certain doubtful questions over certain points to learn the same from your Sr. Umpires.
Be polite and uncontroversial throughout until you make your position in this field. Politics is a tough thing to be overcome.
Also get acquainted with certain local Sr. Umpires who would help you to enroll your name in the list of Umpires of your Cricket Association.
I would also advise you that if you really want to take up umpiring seek any opportunity from other places like Gujarat, Saurashtra or any other association from the North, where you can settle down and achieve your dream, a bit easily.
Most important part is procedure of BCCI exam:
There will be 2 different level exams.
The eligible age criteria are 40 for both these exams.
The BCCI representative will conduct exam through your association for level-1 exam. After passing level-1 exam, you will stand in local matches of your association and your umpiring will be monitored randomly by the BCCI representative.
It is compulsory after passing level-1 exam, to do local matches.
There will be a gap of 2 to 3 years for the level-2 exam. Before that you will be trained by the local association before you take up level-2 exam. If you pass level-2 exam, you will be appointed for BCCI Junior tournaments. Depending on your performances in junior tournaments.
So, all you need is that you must learn to practice on the ground. Your practical experience will help you take to achieve your goal.
STEP:11 UMPIRE CODE OF CONDUCTS
Never get involved in an argument with players during a game/tournament under your control.
Once a decision is taken, walk away without discussion.
Never criticize publicly any decision made by another umpire.
Be circumspect in advising players of rule infringements. Do not unnecessarily interrupt the game.
Act with authority. The umpire is the only judge on the terrain
Be conscious of the importance of your duties. The authority, surety and correctness of your decision will give confidence to the players and will avoid problems.
Yu must show no bias preference nor favour to any team or player, nor show any discrimination or malice to any team or player for any reason.
In the case of disagreement over the state of play n a game in which you are participating as a player, you must not dictate the state of play by using such phrases as : “I know the rules I am an umpire!” nor use your status of qualified umpire to coerce an opponent into complying with a decision.
Be fair and reasonable but firm at all times and always remember you are there for fair play. You are charged with the responsibility and authority to make decisions and recommendations for further actions.
Moreover, the umpires also have to maintain physical and mental fitness to stand in any situation that warrants. Wish you all the best and hope you get the information you required.
Hope you get the best of information and my detailed answer would help you to achieve your goal. In the end be positive, be brave and be ambitious to achieve your goal. May God helps you to achieve your goal.
SUHAS SARPE (BARODA 09/01/2013)
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QUESTION: Sir thanks for ur answer. May I have ur contact details email or mobile in this regard please ? I would like to speak to u on this please.
ANSWER: Dear Anoopsingh,
Thanks for your comments.
You can ask me any umpiring questions through this yahoo experts only. And for personal matter you can contact me at email@example.com.
Thanks again ad best wishes,
Suhas Sapre (Baroda 13012013)
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QUESTION: Hello Sir,
I asked you about how to become a cricket umpire and thankyou for providing me an elaborate answer via allexperts. (http://www.allexperts.com/user.cgi?m=6&catID=1632&expID=114844&qID=5052473
I am in Bangalore right now. Can you please tell me which association to approach (name and address) to begin in this ? I have played school cricket and nothing more than that but I strongly feel I can be a good umpire. I tried contacting you on but in vain.
Very good morning. I have following information for you to contact. If, otherwise, you must have district cricket associations, which are affiliated to the state associations which are functioning under BCCI.
Karnataka State Cricket Association
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mahatma Gandhi Road
Bangalore, Karnataka 560001
080 2286 3297
With best wishes,
Suhas Sapre (Baroda 28/06/2013)