Training for Scorers 2020

Written by: Heather Vernon
Date: 18/12/2019

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All courses are at the County Ground, Edgbaston unless notified otherwise. To book on a course go to www.ecb.co.uk and select the tab marked ‘Be Involved’. You will find an option of ‘Scorers Count’ and can search for the courses listed below or others around the country.   

Saturday January 11th - Scorer’s Level 2 – a day course. 
You don’t have to be a member to attend but you will need to join the ACO if you want to be accredited at SL2. This course covers various aspects of scoring at a higher level, including more on the Laws of Cricket. This one-day course is for anyone thinking about scoring matches for multiple clubs or in the new and longer formats of the game. It doesn’t contain any more details on how to score but focuses on the planning and preparation required when scoring away from your own club and some of the additional duties that a scorer could perform. 

Topics covered in this course include:- 
• Planning and preparation when scoring for a new club or in unfamiliar surroundings 
• Other people that a scorer might interact with 
• Understanding match regulations applied in one-day cricket 
• Laws of cricket governing one day cricket (e.g. Follow-on, Declaration, Last Hour) 
• Consideration of alternative methods of scoring 
• Producing statistics 
• Interpreting events that may occur on the field of play 
• Working conditions (scorebox design and etiquette) 
• What makes a good scorer?   

Saturday January 25th – two half-day modules on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) and Linear Scoring. 
Attend one or both and receive a certificate of attendance. The DLS module is designed to explain the Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) method of setting a revised target when there has been a suspension in play in a one-day match. It looks at the brief history of DLS and considers the difference between DLS formats. It includes practical sessions for both DLS Professional (computer program) and DLS Standard (manual calculations). Scorers attending this module will need to bring their own laptop but the DLS professional software will be provided on the day. 

The Linear Module covers how to score this paper-based method of scoring and how to use it as a back-up alongside electronic scoring methods. It teaches existing scorers how to complete a linear scoresheet, which is an alternative layout of paper scoresheet to the conventional box style scoring record. The course contains a large practical element of scoring a recorded match, after spending time getting familiar with the new layout of scoresheet. Linear scoresheets make a good back-up system when scoring electronically. 

Saturday February 8th & 22nd – Club Scorer Course. 
Club Scorer is the course for anyone wanting to score on a regular basis and is the only one to comprehensively teach you how to score. This course is suitable for complete beginners and existing scorers who want to improve their skills. On completion of the course you’ll receive an ECB ACO club scorer attendance certificate. If you join the ACO you can then go on to become accredited at Scorer’s level 1 by having a Professional Discussion.   

Saturday February 1st – Professional Discussions. 
Times are available throughout the day for scorers wanting to become accredited at either SL1, SL2, or SL3. Scorer’s Level 1 is open to any member of ECB ACO. This award is attained by scoring a minimum of 10 matches and getting some colleague feedback to go in your scoring portfolio. When you’re ready, bring your portfolio for professional discussion with an ECB ACO scorer assessor. Successful candidates will be issued with an ECB ACO Level 1 scorer’s certificate. To be accredited at SL2 you will need more supporting evidence. You do not have to have done SL1 as SL2 can be based on experience. For SL3, you must have attended the Level 3 course and the DLS and Linear Scoring modules. Times can be booked by emailing Heather Vernon on scorer.aco@ecb.co.uk

Saturday March 14th – Electronic Scoring Module. 
This module teaches existing scorers how to use the ECB Play-Cricket Scorer PRO scoring software package. To attend this module, you will need to bring your own laptop with Scorer PRO pre-installed. The course is a hands-on practical workshop covering setting up and scoring a match, editing entries, printing, importing/exporting and uploading results to the Play-Cricket website.