Jun 21, 2023 Sports
Kaieteur Sports – The Georgetown Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association bowled off their Level 1 & 2 training course on Monday at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), Bourda, with the aim of fully-equipping the next batch of the country’s match officials.
The course is conducted by a number of top local umpires including Ryan Banwarie among others who have officiated the sport at the highest level.
Former Guyana/West Indies pacer Reon King facilitated yesterday’s session, which was attend by a larger number of current and potential umpires.
Yesterday’s opening session revolved around the basics of umpiring and scoring. King who played 19 Tests and 50 ODIs for the West Indies back in the 90s, is a West Indies match referee, spoke on a number of topics to the attendees.
Some of the areas included proficiency in both areas, precise decision making, learning about the logistics pertaining to side-screens, pitch dimension, outfield protocols, boundary rope lengths, ground-staff positions and roles among a vast web of must-knows for upcoming officials.
These topics are expected to help officials master the fundamentals which entail becoming a diligent adjudicator of the game, while upholding rules and becoming familiar with the nitty-gritty of the happenings occurring during a match.
The overall aim of the course is to ensure the next batch of official will enter the professional world of cricket with the required understanding of the rules and regulations which will aid in managing match situations and making accurate decisions.
Meanwhile, the course continues weekly at GCC from 17:00hrs to 19:00hrs and will conclude on July 23.
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