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.
This help and support can allow them access to the Berkshire Cricket League, the
Thames Valley League and the Home Counties Premier League perhaps even to the Minor
Counties game and beyond.
The County Appointments Officer for Berkshire Cricket appoints approximately 600 umpires to ECB and County Competitions as well as the Berkshire Cricket League every year. It is anticipated that the number of appointments for 2014 will be even greater.
Click here for details on how those appointments are made.
BCOA holds regular meetings on the third Monday of each month normally at Wokingham
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
Level 1 and ECB Level 2.
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 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.
Several of our officers are now heavily involved in various ECB ACO initiatives.
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 Youth 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
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.
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.