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Umpires’ association recruitment drive continues

by: Dominica Vibes News - June 12, 2018
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Heston Charles (file photo)

The Dominica Cricket Umpires Association is continuing its recruitment and training drive on the island.

President of the association, Heston Charles told Dominica Vibes on Tuesday 12 June 2018 that the association embarked on a “very dynamic” recruitment program one month ago.

He explained that the umpiring association has taken umpiring to the out districts in hopes of recruiting potential male and female umpires.

Umpiring, he said, is not only for men as thought in the past.

“Umpiring is for women as well and we want to promote that, we want to push that very hard to get young ladies out there. You know you just come from school and you’re looking for something that you can get into, you can get into umpiring,” Charles said.

He also encouraged men to get more involved in umpiring as it has a lot to offer.

“When you’re elevated from Domestic Cricket you get into First Class Cricket, and then you can get into International Cricket and we have success stories…we have men who had success in umpiring and you can make a lot of money, you can make a career out of it.”

Charles added that one major advantage of umpiring is learning administrative skills.

“Most of our umpires are men who have been able to acquire administrative skills while at it because of what you’re supposed to do because you have to exercise good judgement.”

The Dominica Umpires Association will host a special meeting for current and potential umpires as well as members of the association on Wednesday 13 June 2018 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in the stands.