OCA Statement to Clubs 5th July 2020
Following yesterday's committee meeting a statement has been released to all clubs today and can be read via the link in the Admin section below
ECB Announcement 2
If you want to read the full ECB statement see:
You have probably seen the complete turn around from Government in 12 hours today from we can't play at all to starting next weekend.
The OCA Committee will be meeting (virtually) tomorrow to discuss options in addition to that already announced
South Central ACO Umpires CPD Modules
These modules on umpiring are free to all and have recently been revised:
As a reminder this is the link to the page we use as a portal http://www.berkscoa.co.uk/courses.html.
To you on recent additions and changes.
There is now a second series of 6 LBW’s to test yourselves on.
Simply go to the link above LBW’s from the box, read the READ ME file, & go.
The Movement and Positioning Bite Size Module has been enhanced to include a conversation between two of our First Class Umpires (Paul Baldwin & Richard Kettleborough).
We have started producing a series of modules under the heading Match Day Experience which can be accessed from the Berkshire ACO pages using the button Match Day or direct from the link below.
These modules are based on discussions between First Class Match Officials that were held on a Webinar run by the Close Call Facebook Group. The discussions are “overlaid” by PowerPoint text and graphics to bring out the various points being made and how similar they are to those we face in the matches we officiate in as Recreational Umpires.
The initial Module is titled A Bad Day at the Office. No prizes guessing what this is about.
Involved in the discussion are Michael Gough, Paul Baldwin & Richard Kettleborough.
The Masked Cricketer
Some of you may have seen this already - a bit of fun on a weekday evening trying to guess the identity of a guest from the world of cricket followed by a bit of a Q&A.
If you want to join in take a look at:
or to catch up on previous episodes see:
Thanks to Kieran Bushnell for the invite to anyone in OCA
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Gordon Clack.
He was Life Vice President of the OCA and a generous supporter of the OCA, through sponsorship of cricket balls for the Cup Games and trophies for the annual presentation.
Many of you will have used his services for equipment over many years.
Details of and funeral/memorial arrangements will be posted as we get them
OCA League Season Abandoned
Please see letter to all clubs in Admin below
This just out from ECB - not promising!
Latest ECB/OCB Statement 24th June 2020
Please see under admin to download
HOWZAT!?! Out or Not Out? You’re the Umpire, you decide - A Challenge to all Oxfordshire Clubs
Please follow the link to the OCB website and a challenge to all clubs to get more officials on board to help out with their club activities, and a chance to win goodies from Chadlington Brewery and Serious Cricket
Latest ECB Statement on return to play
Below in Admin section is the latest statement from ECB on a possible return to cricket
I'm afraid it says nothing new and, if anything, only confuses things and gives mixed messages.
The only meaningful bit appears to be:
" It is ECB's ambition to deliver guidelines for a return to play as soon as possible after the Government gives permission to proceed, but please note that given the importance of ensuring cricket clubs and individuals are as safe as can be, this may take a few days from any Government announcement."
In the absence of any firm guidance it is a bit difficult to see how we can " begin considering how they will respond when the ECB advises that we are able to move into Step 4 and whether local competitions are feasible." when we do not even know exactly what Step 4 in the ECB road map entails in terms of sizes of teams and "adapted play"
Statement from OCA Committee regarding resumption of play
Please see attachment in Administration section below
ECB Road Map for the return of recreational cricket
Newly released at:
Umpire Education Material
South Central Region ECB ACO have d their "Bite Size" modules with an LBW section to test you and a new module of Substitutes and Penalty Time.
Other modules on Planning and Preparation and Movement and Positioning had been added to with contributions from Chris Kelly, the ECB Umpires manager on nutrition and Richard Kettleborough and Paul Baldwin from the ECB First Class Umpires' list, with their views on looking for Run Outs.
All of the modules can be accessed through:
Updated guidance for return to activity in a club setting
ECB have just released new guidance which can be viewed in full at:
Please read all of the information and the restrictions/controls that need to be in place before you can consider reopening your facilities
Update from ECB
The ECB say they are determined that some recreational cricket will be played in 2020 but say we are still some way from this happening.
Before we move to the stage of playing full games they envisage an intermediate stage of "adapted play" playing is adjusted formats, for example shorter games, smaller teams with fielding restrictions etc.
"Small group guidance" to support this type of format is anticipated to be published in the next 48 hours
There are, as yet, no specific dates for either adapted play or full play
ECB/OCB Update meeting
Andy Lees, ECB Regional Head of Participation & Growth, is hosting a Berks/Bucks/Oxon Leagues and County Boards meeting on Thursday 4th June at 6.30pm and has invited officers from the relevant leagues from across Oxfordshire. The outcomes and possible agenda of the meeting are below.
Confirmation of status of leagues – finance etc and use of the loan scheme
Discussion and agreement on comms with the game
Drive greater partnership between CCBs and adult leagues
Update on latest position
How are the leagues doing? Finance, morale, etc.
Loan scheme details
Coordinating responses by premier and feeder leagues
Future comms and ways of working
If there is any further information coming out of this meeting to what we already know we will pass this on.
If you have any questions you would like to put to the meeting please let the General Secretary know
ECB Update on domestic cricket
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the ECB have announced there will be no domestic cricket until 1st August at the earliest.
for more information
There have been no further ECB announcements this week regarding recreational cricket but you may have seen the ECB video “The Wait”. If you haven’t seen it here is the link https://www.ecb.co.uk/video/1670476/the-wait
Last week the ECB issued guidance on outdoor facilities and since the guidance was issued last week the ECB have received some questions, https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1671670 takes you to the ECB responses to the most commonly-asked questions.
We are aware that leagues are starting to talk about fixtures commencing in July but, to be clear, these suggestions are not based on Government or ECB advice. Ultimately it will be the Government who decides what is possible in general terms and for the ECB to interpret, in consultation with the Government and stakeholders, to decide for cricket.
Online umpires activities
ECB ACO South Central Region have extended their range of presentations that are free for anyone to access and can provide a little light relief for umpires and players alike.
Test your ability to judge Run outs or LBWs and refresh your memory on various aspects of Law and umpiring techniques.
Links to these can be found on the OCB web site at:
ECB guidelines for the use of outdoor cricket facilities in lockdown
Please make sure you read the full document and links as it is not as straightforward as you may think at first
Attention Umpires and Scorers
ECB ACO have released details of a number of on line courses that are free to access
See details below in Admin section
Grounds Preparation Update
Please see in Admin below, new information from the Institute of Groundsmanship on square preparation during the current situation
Useful links from OCB around Covid 19
In the Admin section below you can see a list of useful links to information and web sites relating the the Covid 19 situation
FAQs Covid 19
In the Admin section below you can see an FAQ document circulated to club secretaries.
If you have any further queries please contact the General Secretary
In light of the latest advice (see below) given by the ECB, the OCA Executive has taken the decision to suspend the start of the 2020 season indefinitely. We also echo the ECB guidance that clubs suspend all '....training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.'
We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and pay close attention to s/bulletins issued by central government and cricket's own governing bodies. When there is something meaningful to announce, we will do so.
In the meantime, please continue to follow the advice in respect of public health guidelines https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Could you please pass this message on to all your club members and associated parties.
We understand there will be questions that clubs will want answers to and as many of these are likely to be similar could you please send any queries to the General Secretary over the next few days and we will endeavour to provide as many answers as we can in an FAQ document to all rather than respond to each question individually.
David Quinn Ian Royle
OCA Chairman OCA General Secretary
ECB Update for Clubs and Leagues: COVID-19
Benefits of Affiliation to Oxfordshire Cricket
Please see below in the admin section for information from Oxfordshire Cricket
OCA v Cherwell League
Witney Mills CC
Sunday 23rd August 1pm start
ECB ACO Club Scorer Courses
See flyer in the Administration section for more details and how to book on.
OCA Umpires Course
This introduction/refresher evening is aimed at those umpires taking part in a club rota in the OCA and also any other umpire or player who wants to brush up on Law and OCA Regulations.
See notice in Administration below for more details
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book
If any club wish to submit photographs from their games which may be published in the local newspapers, please send them directly to Kieren Bushnell, the media secretary via email. These can be either team pictures, action pictures, or a picture of a player who has made a notable contribution in the game. These pictures must include a full caption with names of players. I cannot guarantee they will be used, but the best photos will be considered for publication.
Interested in becomind a scorer? Then this could be for YOU?
We are looking to hold a scorers level 1 course over two weekends during Feb March 2019.
Should you feel this would benefit your club in any way for (both present scorers or potential scorers) please reply to this e-mail address. (email@example.com)
Idealy we would also like to use local cricket clubs to host these events as we are trying to keep the costs down and this would help a great deal.
Please let me know if your club would be able to help and if you have anyone interested.
Information on obtaining new or re-newing DBS certificates
A number of OCA umpires need to apply for DBS certificates and some will be about to expire, so the following notes may be of assistance?
The important thing is that ALL UMPIRES must hold a current DBS....
1. Ian Royle can initiate the process for anyone who needs a DBS, either new or renewing, and would need name as on passport/driving licence, date of birth and email address.
2. Any club welfare officer should also be able to do this or the welfare team at OCB
3. Anybody who obtained their DBS through the ECB will get a reminder.
4. The 3 year time scale is decided by the ECB as the governing body but the DBS certificate itself only has an issue date not a "sell by" date. This is the same for any organisation to decide how long they want to leave it before a new certificate is required as technically the certificate is only valid on the day of issue when the checks have been completed as you could get a conviction the day after your certificate is issued!
5. OCB Welfare team can check if somebody has a certificate as they get a full list of those issued through ECB for the county.
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