|AFRICA UMPIRES SEMINAR||2012-01-28|
In light of the remarkable success of the 2010 ICC-Africa Regional Umpires Forum, the ICC-Africa regional office hosted its second Annual Umpires Forum from the 24th – 27th of November 2011 which was undoubtedly a huge success.
24 Umpires from 15 of Africa’s membership countries attended this years’ Umpires Forum which was headed by Karl Hurter of Cricket South Africa.
The RDM was surprised to have registered 80% of the participants that were attending the seminar for the first time which augurs well for Africa
The Regional office has anticipated the numbers increasing in the A; B and Emerging Panel of Umpires in Africa and at the same time will ensure that scorer’s courses are accommodated to compliment the inflow of additional umpires to keep the balance in check.
The aim of this Forum was to broaden the spears of the umpire panels for Africa as well as to introduce woman umpires into the set-up and at the same time increase the Umpiring knowledge of those currently on our Panel of emerging umpires.
The Umpires were put through their paces by top level presenters on umpiring techniques and the nuances of tournament umpiring.
Rudi Koetzen; Former South African and ICC Elite Panel test umpire Cyril Mitchley and Karl Hurter presented aspects of umpiring as well as playing conditions and other course material.
Amongst the various topics discussed, presenters took candidates through pretournament preparation, the psychology of umpiring, physical preparation for the umpire, umpire methodology; umpiring technique as well as the laws of umpiring and D/L. Updated material of umpiring were distributed as well courtesy of Brent Silva of the ICC HQ Umpiring Department.
On the final day of the forum the candidates were put to test whereby they were required to umpire actual league matches on the 27th of November 2011.
The Eastern Cricket Union made it possible for them to stand at all their Club Matches with-in the Ekhurleni Metro Region.
Umpires were expected to implement the recently acquired knowledge, and manage these matches according to their perspective. An on the spot evaluation by the Presenters were at all the matches to monitor the Umpires.
This forum was in actual fact the basis of how the Africa Regional Office will be able to determine the umpire allocations for the upcoming events in 2012 as well as creating a data base of quality and quantity umpires who will be available for the ICC- WCQ if and when required.
The Consolidating of the Scoring arm with the Umpire Association is the next big step for the regional office to be instituted with-in the member countries.
The presentations made by all three presenters Messrs: Rodi Koetzen ,Karl Hurter and Cyril Mitchley were professionally executed the inter-action with the candidates were great the efficiency displayed in the high standard of debate was by far very productive and the management of written Test was well received by all.
The RDM motto is succession planning going forward.