GUIDELINES

ICC International Umpire Accreditation Program

 

4.8 3rd Umpire Decision Module

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Competence Required
The umpire demonstrates:
Observation or video evidence, with date Further professional development required Assessor Competent
A thorough understanding of the environment of the 3rd umpire. This includes the technical environment, and the supportive role that the 3rd umpire plays in the PCT No
A thorough understanding and application of ICC DRS Playing Conditions No
A thorough understanding and application of ICC Code of Conduct No
Expertise in the timely calculation of over-rates and stoppages No
Expertise in the use of current decision-making technology tools No
Clear, precise, and unambiguous communications in English as a 3rd umpire No

ICC International Umpire Accreditation Program

 

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4.1 Judgement
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4.5 Judgement of caught behind
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4.6 Judgement of bat/pad
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4.8 3rd Umpire Decision Module
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4.8 3rd Umpire Decision Module

4.8.1: The role of the 3rd umpire

You must successfully demonstrate:
A thorough understanding of the environment of the 3rd umpire. This includes the technical environment, and the supportive role that the 3rd umpire plays in the PCT

When you are in the role of 3rd umpire the ICC expects you to have a thorough understanding of the technical environment and your role within the Playing Control Team. You must also be able to demonstrate your ability to work efficiently and professionally with the TV director.

Study the video ‘The Control Room’ (See right: 4.8. Video 467). You may need to watch the video several times (the video is 14 minutes long) to get a feeling for the atmosphere of the Outside Broadcast Unit (sometimes referred to as ‘OB’ or ‘OBU’). Consider the following:

  • Why does the director emphasise ‘Preparation is key, communication is vital – keep it concise and clear’? What does the TV director expect from you as 3rd umpire?
  • Why is it important for you to introduce yourself to the TV director the day before a game and build a working relationship?
  • Why is it important to have a list of contacts – especially the engineering contact number? How do you contact them – and do you have a ‘Plan B’?
  • Why is the fruit machine a useful tool?
  • Why is it important to have a camera map, and an audio map?

 

 

4.8.2: DRS Playing Conditions

You must successfully demonstrate:
A thorough understanding and application of ICC DRS Playing Conditions

ICC expects that the 3rd Umpire has a thorough knowledge of not only the TV / DRS Playing Conditions but also the underlying interpretations and intentions behind them. These sections of the playing conditions are complex and require the ability to apply them correctly under pressure.

Reference the TV and DRS Playing Conditions in the ICC PC Almanacs (all 3 versions) along with the Conclusive Evidence file. (Almanac sections to cut and paste)

DRS and technology playing condition interpretations and protocols can change from time to time as the tools and types of technology employed are updated. ICC expects every international umpire to keep up to date with this information and application through email and access to the ICC Umpire Coaching staff.

 

 

4.8.3: Code of Conduct

You must successfully demonstrate:
A thorough understanding and application of the ICC Code of Conduct

ICC expects its umpires to have a thorough knowledge of the ICC Clothing and Logo policy and, when you are in the role of 3rd Umpire, any infringement needs to be reported to the Match Referee as seen on the TV.

ICC expects its umpires to have a thorough knowledge of the ICC Code of Behaviour and as 3rd Umpire to make the on field umpires aware of any issues to review and report as necessary according to the Code – as seen on TV.

The resources in this section (right) provide video examples of breaches of the Code of Conduct, and copies of the actual documentation that was submitted for the breaches. When you read through the documentation please note how the umpires have used the language of the code when writing their reports (see Code of Conduct Report Form, Peterson, and Code of Conduct Report Form, Akmal).

It is essential that umpires write a factual account of the event/breach that is concise and clear. All reports must be in standard English.

 

 

4.8.4: Over rate calculations

You must successfully demonstrate:
Expertise in the timely calculation of over-rates and stoppages

The 3rd Umpire is responsible for the accurate recording of all delays and stoppages beyond the control of the bowling side. Clear and consistent communication of over-rate progress to the on field umpires helps to maintain and encourage the correct pace of play. (See resources to read, right: Pace of Play Code, and over-rate forms)

Part of the over rate management is the process of the 3rd Umpire supporting the on field umpires with ball counting and overs per bowler. Reference documents (right) are included in this section to help you make good decisions and help you play your part in creating an environment of control.

 

4.8.5: Knowledge of technology tools

You must successfully demonstrate:
Expertise in the use of current decision-making technology tools

ICC expects every international umpire to be familiar with the current decision-making and other technology tools used. Hawkeye, Hot Spot, RTS and the Crescent Communication tools are some examples.

You need to know what to see and how to use the tools to get the right decision in a timely and efficient manner.

ICC Umpire Coaches run dedicated 3rd Umpire training sessions using a simulated DRS session with the aid of an Outside Broadcast Unit from our media partners. You will be required to role-play a 3rd umpire in this simulated setting – using current technology tools and equipment.

4.8.6: Effective communication – key communication phrases

You must successfully demonstrate:
Clear, precise, and unambiguous communications in English as a 3rd umpire

ICC expects its umpires to use ‘cricket’ language at all times in the game environment. Communication should always be conducted in English and should be clear, concise and accurate. With communication, we need to have a common language so that the message is clearly understood – leaving no room for a misunderstanding, wasting time, or getting a decision incorrect.

Good communication is vital. Every time someone speaks to an umpire, there should be an acknowledgement that the message was heard and understood.

You will be required to role-play a 3rd umpire in a simulated setting (see 4.8.5 Knowledge of technology tools) – using current technology tools and equipment.