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ICC International Umpire Accreditation Program

 

5.2 Communication

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Competent: No
Competence Required
The umpire demonstrates:
Observation or video evidence, with date Further professional development required Assessor Competent
His ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders, including: on-field umpires, director, scorers, match referee and other ground support staff. No
His ability to develop and maintain a strong, professional relationship with captains No
A strong professional working relationship with players No
His ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English. No

ICC International Umpire Accreditation Program

 

Umpire progress

 
Section Progress
5.1 Managing and resolving conflict
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5.2 Communication
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5.3 Ground, weather and light
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5.4 Pre series meetings
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5.5 Over rates
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5.6 Substitutes
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5.2 Communication

Assessment

All ICC Foundation Modules are competency based. They describe the behaviours that you need to demonstrate in order to be accredited. The evidence of successfully demonstrating theses behaviour may be:

  • Observational: as observed, and noted, by a National Umpire Manager appointed coach
  • Video-based: video evidence of your behaviours demonstrated in a match
  • A combination of observation and video-based evidence

5.2.1 Communication: 3rd umpire, and 4th umpire

 

You must successfully demonstrate:
Your ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders, including: on-field umpires, director, scorers, match referee and other ground support staff.Common communication situations are:

    • On-field umpires – over rate progress, fielding infringements, decision consultations
    • Directors – decision processing, drinks breaks, session timings and technical matters
    • Scorers – modes of dismissal, over and ball count checks
    • Match Referee – appeals, playing condition clarifications, over rates, code of conduct matters
    • Ground support staff – artificial lighting, D/L sheets, match logistics

To be an effective match manager, the 3rd umpire has to communicate effectively through common language (English and cricket language) and also know how to use the communication tools available.

 

5.2.2 Communication with captains

You must successfully demonstrate:

Your ability to develop and maintain a strong, professional relationship with captains

Strong and effective match management can only happen with the cooperation and support of the captains. The captains play a role in managing the match with the Umpires and this is only possible with effective communication.
ICC expects its umpires to develop a strong professional relationship with captains and use language that is inclusive – like “we”, “us” not “you” and “I”. The best tact that we would like to see in communication with captains is to focus on the issue and not the person – to eliminate any personal feelings on the matter. For example, “the behaviour of the bowler is not acceptable, can you help us by taking control of his language”.

 

 

5.2.3 Communication with players

You must successfully demonstrate:
A strong professional working relationship with players
ICC expects its umpires to have a good professional working relationship with the players. The first step to effective communication here is to listen to what a player is telling the umpire. Umpires are to show empathy towards a player and maintain a calm demeanour at all times. Umpires should be available and approachable to communicate with players – the use of a smile is always a good technique.

 

5.2.4 Written Communication

You must successfully demonstrate:
Your ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English.
ICC Umpires are expected to be able to effectively communicate in written English. There are a number of important reports that an umpire has to / may have to submit. These include, but are not limited to:

    •              Self-assessment report
    •              Code of Conduct report
    •              Suspect bowling action report
    •              Pavement Stones sheet
    •              Email reports and replies to ICC management

It is important that all written communications are legible, understandable, factual and meaningful. Written communication should also be written in a respectful tone with correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.

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