WACA puts out call for cricket umpires

WACA umpires Nathan Johnstone and Ashlee Kovalevs
WACA umpires Nathan Johnstone and Ashlee Kovalevs

THE search is on for the next generation of male and female cricket umpires for the 2016-17 WACA season.

Umpires receive ongoing training and development, and there are opportunities to go up from community umpiring to domestic competitions, including the Big Bash League.

Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer said playing cricket without umpires would be extremely challenging.

“Players rely on the guidance of umpires, especially in junior cricket and when they come through the grades,” he said.

WACA umpire manager Matthew Hall knows better than anyone that as an umpire you are never out of the game.

“Having played cricket, I wanted to give back to the game that had given me so much,” Hall said.

“Umpiring certainly provides the best experience for watching the game from close quarters and being involved in Australia’s favourite sport.”

Hall also encouraged female umpires.

“We would love to see more women involved in umpiring,” he said.

“There’s nothing stopping females from getting involved and we have a specialised female practical course available.”

Cricket Australian Community Officiating Courses are run online and practical courses are being held in August for new umpires.

For more information, or to register your interest, contact Matthew Hall at matthew.hall@waca.com.au.