Umpiring is a great way to get involved in the game. 

Umpires should: 

  • Understand the rules of the game and applying them fairly and consistently – be impartial at all times 
  • Encourage fair play  
  • Always be firm but friendly  
  • Help players to understand the rules  
  • Enforce disciplinary action appropriate to the level of misconduct 

Core duties: 

  • Monitor fair play and make decisions on game play.  
  • Manage start and end times, and breaks. 
  • Monitor the number of balls bowled and tell teams when to change ends. 
  • Rule whether a batsman is out or not. 
  • Decide whether a bowler has bowled a legal delivery or not. 
  • Identify how many runs a batsman scores each ball. 
  • Ensure the correct ball is used and that both teams use the same type of ball. 

 Attributes of a good umpire 

 An effective cricket umpire has an in-depth understanding of the game and its rules.  

 They have good communication and management skills, must stay calm under pressure and have the ability to make quick and accurate decisions. 

 Online training 

 An online training module for umpires is available from NZ Cricket:

 It is recommended that anyone new to umpiring participates in introductory umpiring courses offered by local organisations – contact the club for more information.