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Posted 20151202: At ACCSO AGM on 28th November member-clubs elected Glyn Taylor of Eymet CC as the new leader of the umpire community. He can be contacted via 

Posted 20151024: The Umpire Report produced in conjunction with ACCSO AGM 2015 is now available on the AGM page, together with all the other documents for review on 28th November.

Posted 20150906: Latest umpire schedule now available, from here, with the League final-phase slots all filled in.....

Posted 20150720: Peter Townsend is now in charge of umpiring questions - more than likely through to the end of season 2015.

First action: a revised schedule  of matches through to season-end.

Next action: allocate umpires to those matches.

And also coming up: a couple of Advisory notices on over-rates and on discipline.

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Posted 20150703: Umpires are reminded that, although the Laws were changed in 2013 (notably to provide for what happens when a local Finn-like bowler hits the stumps in his run-up), these changes are NOT YET in force in the ACCSO competitions. The 2016 regulations will be suitably modified.

But if you are interested and want to plan ahead, the 2013 changes are explained by the MCC, from here.

Posted 20150501: The Regulations page now has details of how to go about the assessments for the Fair Play Award, via an extension to the existing Match Report form.

The Regulations page contains the regulations for the Blevins Franks Regional League, the Blevins Franks Cup and the ACCSO T20 Competition, with the role of umpires being reinforced in all matters concerning playing conditions.
You'll also find there the latest version of the Match Report Form, together with the match-day actions document which summarises all the procedures pre-/during/post-match.

The regulations explain the single question to be put to captains pre-match about youngsters. And if there any such youngsters selected, then the ECB guidelines are also available, on the Regulations page.

Still valid for season 2015 are the following items:

Here's a copy of the circular sent to all umpires (and club captains), about excessive appealing, distracting of batsmen, and leg-side Wides.

Umpires have been advised on how to deal with LBW appeals and Wide balls which crop up when a batsman is attempting Reverse Sweeps/Switch Hits. That advice isl be based upon a guidance paper from the MCC (from here).

- Most of our cricket is played on a mat of some sort, generally less wide than the 10ft required by the laws.  Thus, strictly speaking, there is nothing illegal about a bowler pitching the ball off the mat but within the 10ft pitch area.  However, the off-mat area will be of a different texture from the mat surface and so is liable to generate inconsistent bounce.  Even more unpredictable is the case where the ball pitches on the edge of the mat. 
Consequently, and for consistency of application, the following rule shall apply in ACCSO League and Cup matches:
Any ball that pitches off the mat or on the edge of the mat shall be called 'dead ball' by the umpire at the bowler's end.  The umpire at square leg shall call a dead ball if he thinks that the wicket keeper has been put at a disadvantage by a ball striking the rear edge of the mat.  This rule shall be pointed out to captains before the start of the match and consideration shall be given to any 'local rules' that may have been in force.

On the Good to Know! page, there's guidance from the French sporting authorities about the management of games during very hot weather. Umpires should be aware and act accordingly.

Posted 201201017: A very interesting BBC Sports site for umpires, scorers (and players?) about the Laws, signals and such: from here.

Posted 20101017: The 4th Edition of the 2000 Code is now in force. The changes are summarised here.

The 4th has been translated into French and can be found on the FC site (from here) and on the Lord's site (from here).

Version date: 2nd December 2015