Far North Coast cricket season needs more umpires
NOW is the time for anyone on the Far North Coast interested in becoming a cricket umpire.
Numbers are down this season with Casino the only district with enough umpires to cover all of its matches.
"We've approached all local Associations and challenged them to get all clubs to nominate just one person to take up the umpiring challenge," FNC umpire and LJ Hooker League treasurer Mark Templeman said.
"But it appears to have fallen on deaf ears, with Ballina, Lismore and Tweed districts noticing a distinct lack of umpires.
"Casino is the only local Association with enough umpires to cover all matches, however there is always the need to work on the next generation coming through."
Anyone with an interest in cricket, male or female, is encouraged to put their hand up.
Umpires are required to be available most Saturday afternoons, sometimes Sundays, and for occasional midweek matches for schools or junior carnivals.
Players who are injured can still contribute by umpiring or anyone thinking of retiring can jump on board.
"With the general average age of local umpires increasing, the current group of umpires aren't going to be around forever so now is the perfect time for the next generation," Templeman said.
"I wish I had taken up umpiring at a much earlier age.
"Your involvement in the game is constant, and you are such an integral part of it where players depend on your skills, from decision making, communication and match management.
"Players enjoy the game more when it is well officiated by a competent, confident and friendly umpire.
"I have certainly officiated at a higher level than I ever played the game, opportunities exist for us all if you continue to learn and assess your own performances."