ICC International Umpire Accreditation Program


3.1 Positive Attitude

Competent: No
Competence Required
The umpire demonstrates:
Observation or video evidence, with date Further professional development required Assessor Competent
a ‘can do’ attitude as a member of the PCT No
leadership qualities No
an open-minded attitude No
that he is willing to take responsibility for his own actions No
coachability No

ICC International Umpire Accreditation Program


Umpire progress

Section Progress
3.1 Positive Attitude
3.2 Living the ICC PCT code
3.3 Partnering skills
3.4 Mental toughness

3.1 Positive Attitude


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 coach (At present this is an ICC Umpire Coach until further notice)
  • Video-based: video evidence of your behaviours demonstrated in a match
  • A combination of observation and video-based evidence

3.1 Positive attitude

You must successfully demonstrate:
a ‘can do’ attitude as a member of the PCT (this includes pre-match, and post-match behaviours)

  • Do you focus positively on your preparation?
  • Do you inject energy and drive into ensuring the PCT is prepared for the Series/Match?
  • Do you play a team role in ensuring others are prepared for the Series/Match?
  • Do you volunteer to obtain resources/information that the PCT need e.g. as TV Umpire have you obtained a camera map of the ground and informed the PCT of the technology available?
  • Do you share the responsibility of challenges and solutions around the match?
  • Do you add value and consider the needs of the whole PCT when preparing for a match and during the match?
  • Do you take responsibility for your own performance and not blame others for your errors or seek excuses.
leadership qualities
Do you take a lead when it is needed? Taking the lead involves being able to influence others, in a positive manner, in order to achieve a common objective. Leadership is a social skill which some umpires are able to demonstrate.

‘When the opportunity arises is too late to prepare’ – this quote is about attitude and teamwork. The ICC seeks umpires who are already demonstrating leadership qualities i.e. umpires who are leading by example through performance.

Leadership qualities include professionalism, work ethic, effective listening, self-discipline and humility. The team objective is always more significant than the individual one.

an open-minded attitude
Are you open to new ideas on how to be the best umpire you can be? Are you closed to suggestions on how you can improve and develop as a person, as well as an umpire?
a willingness to take responsibility for your own actions
Are you defensive when discussing errors of judgement or do you accept and acknowledge errors and move forward with strategies on how to improve?
Do you have the ability, and willingness, to accept – and act on – advice from coaching staff? An umpire is coachable if he accepts advice and incorporates it into his planning, preparation, umpiring, and self-assessments. You need to develop a trusting relationship with your coach.

You need to be the one who takes responsibility for your own development i.e. you should be seeking out the Coach and the Coach should not have to be driving the agenda with you.