Berkshire Cricket Officials Association (BCOA)
Committed to the Development and Support of Umpires & Scorers in Berkshire
Umpires and Scorers in Berkshire who officiate for their local clubs or those wishing to develop and progress on and through league panels can look to the Berkshire Cricket Officials Association (BCOA) for help and support.
The Association of Cricket Officials (ACO) supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is the organisation that represents cricket officials in the recreational game. BCOA is the umbrella organisation representing ACO and its members in the County of Berkshire providing all the ECB ACO training and support. Membership of BCOA, itself supplements the training and support offered by ECB ACO with more extensive personal development opportunities, regular meetings etc.
This help and support can allow them access to the Berkshire Cricket League, the Thames Valley League and the Home Counties Premier League or other Premier Leagues, perhaps even to the National Panel and beyond.It has even seen one of our female umpires act as the fourth official in a test match.
The County Appointments Officer for Berkshire Cricket appoints approximately 600 umpires to ECB and County Competitions as well as the Thames Valley League every year. Click here for details on how those appointments are made.
BCOA holds regular meetings usually on the second or third Monday of each month normally at Wokingham Cricket Club, The Pavilion, Sadler's End, Sindlesham, Wokingham. These follow a fairly informal format of information, debate, workshops and a variety of guest speakers. There is opportunity to discuss all aspects of the game with your peers. Click here for more details.
Training courses for both Umpires and Scorers are available at Introductory, ECB Stage 1, 2 and 3 plus the associated accreditation.
BCOA members are encouraged to join an independent panel or to simply hone their skills in matches for their local clubs. Please look at the details of our comprehensive list of courses.
We fully support and implement the ECB ACO training programme leading to the Officials Pathway. The involvement of BCOA members in our original mentoring scheme as part of developing a best practice code has been such that much of their pioneering work has been adopted by the ECB ACO.
The Peter Harris Memorial Trust offers an annual Scholarship for the training of one Umpire and one Scorer.
This comes under the auspices of the Berkshire Criciket Foundation, which has asked BCOA to administer the scholarship and select suitable candidates. Ideally, but not exclusively, the recipients would be under 18. However, anyone applying should be willing to dedicate time during his/her first and second year of mentoring/assessment to youth cricket within the County of Berkshire. Contact the Chairman for more details.
BCOA as an association is an affiliated member of Berkshire Cricket Ltd whose website can be used to follow the progress of our County Teams.
All monthly meeting of the Berkshire Cricket Officials Association are normally held on the
Second Monday of each month.
Please contact our Secretary for more details
The next meeting will be held at Wokingham CC
at 7:45 pm on Monday 13th September 2021.
The meeting will be a look back on the season just ended – good, bad or otherwise – followed by open discussion. Invitations to this meeting cannot be sent via WTU so BCOA Members are asked to ‘spread the word’ amongst the Membership.’
In line with the current Government lock down measures the ECB have suspended all face to face courses and workshops until further notice.
But we are running a series of ON-LINE Training Modules in their place.
Please visit our on-line training page.
Also, there are various on-line offerings available, including some NEW self help initiatives. Please visit our training page.
Also their on-line learning can be found here. Have a go.