United States of America Cricket Umpires' Association. Estd. 1992
How much do you know? (assume you are one of the umpires in this situation)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the confidence and the knowledge behind yourself to manage a full match of cricket?
Have you experienced leaving behind 22 passionate men, at the end of a cricket match, with the feeling that you have enhanced their own experience of the match with your umpiring?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand as an umpire in an international match?
Are you not able to play cricket as much as you want to but would still like to be associated with the sport?
Do you get the feeling that you really don't understand fully well when a batsmen is out LBW and when he is not?
Do you never miss an opportunity to watch a cricket match live or on TV and yet when it comes to the nuances of the sport, often feel left out when your friends or family discuss it in detail?
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above or have already made up your mind to be a cricket umpire or just like the sport too much or have become curious based on what you are reading here or even if none of any of this applies to you or makes sense for that matter, why not come check us out!!!
We are the United States of America Cricket Umpires' Association ... or quite simply ... the USACUA and we welcome you with a 'wide'. If you didn't understand that joke, there is yet another reason for your to join us!!
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for older news and announcements.
WICUA 2013 General Council Nominations
The 2013 WICUA General Council Nominations have been announced by Mr. Vivian Johnson, Honorary Secretary of the West Indies Cricket Umpires' Association.
USACUA President Mr. Fitzroy Hayles, who is also the incumbent Area I Vice-President of WICUA has been nominated to the same post for the 2013 session of the WICUA.
Please click here for all nominations.
USACUA 2013 Preliminary and Final Exams scheduled for May 12, 2013
The 2013 USACUA Preliminary and Final Exams will be held on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 9:00am. The venues will be announced later.
The official start time will be 9:00am sharp.
Please contact your local representative for additional information, updates and the venues.
USACUA AGM and Elections held March 10, 2013
The Annual General Meeting of the United States of America Cricket Umpires Association, Inc. was held on Sunday, March 10, 2013.
The following officers were elected to serve a period of two (2) years:
|President||Mr. Fitzroy Hayles|
|Vice-President||Mr. Deepak Katte|
|Secretary||Mr. Babu Venkatachalapathy|
|Asst. Secretary||Mr. Ravishankar Byrappagowda|
|Treasurer||Mr. Qayaam Farrouq|
|Training Officer||Mr. Mohammad N. Baksh|
|Public Relations Officer||Mr. Danny Khan|
|Trustees||Mr. Ram Ragoo, Ms. Grace Carrington, Mr. Lincoln Champagnie|
|Sargent-At-Arms||Mr. Sylvester Mulcair|
|Chaplain||Mr. Harris James|
Here is the press release.
USACUA AGM and Elections set for February 10, 2013 2:00pm
The Annual General Meeting of the United States of America Cricket Umpires Association, Inc. will be held in Sunday, February 10, 2013.
|Date:||Sunday, Feb 10, 2013|
|Place:||655 Parkside Avenue|
Brooklyn NY 11226
(MS2 Middle School)
Please see the 2013 Election Process for additional details.
The agenda for the meeting shall be as follows:
- Review the minutes of the previous AGM
- Correction and confirmation of the minutes of the previous AGM
- Review correspondences
- Review the Secretary's report
- Review reports from committees
- Review the President's annual report
- Review the Treasurer's report
- Conduct any other business that may properly come before the meeting
- Elect Officers
There will be a separate communication on the Election process, which will be sent later. In the meanwhile if any financial member would like to nominate any candidate for any position, they can forward the same to the secretary of the association.
Please be advised the training sessions officially begin on Sunday January 20, 2013 and will last for 14 weeks.
The tentative location for the training session
Place: 89 Ralph Avenue, corner of Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn NY
The Passing of A Legend -Lennox "Douggie" Douglas, a.k.a. "Springer"
The Executive and members of the United States of America Cricket Umpires Assn., (USACUA) wish to announce the passing of one of its legendary member Lennox "Douggie" Douglas. Umpire Douglas passed away on Sunday September 30, 2012.
Known by many as just "Douggie", he was a very active member of the USACUA family.Umpire Douglas was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines where he developed his love for cricket umpiring. On his migration to the USA, he became a member of the new formed USACUA, and continued to dedicate himself in serving the local leagues in the New York Cricket Region.He was an integral part of the umpiring fraternity for the New City Department of Education Public School Athletic League (PSAL) high school cricket competition, as well as the New York City Police Department (NYPD Cricket) Under 19 Competition, where he served with equal diligence and dedication.When last we spoke, Umpire Douglas reminded me that he has served cricket in the role of an umpire for more than 45 years.
Funeral Service for Umpire Douglas will be held at:
Date: Friday October 5, 2012
Place: St. Anthony Church,
425 Utica Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11213
Time: 4:30- 9:00pm.
USACUA Umpires top WICUA 2011 Oral and Practical Examination
Here are the results of the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association (WICUA) 2011 Oral and Practical Examination Results as released to the media by USACUA.
Twenty-two (22) candidates took the 2011 Final Oral and Practical examinations; 21 persons (95.5%) were successful and one (1) person (4.5%) failed. The candidate who attained the highest percentage is Mohammed Baksh of the United States of America (USA) with 98%, followed by Nazar Ali (USA); Barry Singh and Kellman Kowlessar, both Trinidadians, each attaining scores of 97%. Umpire Deepak Katte of New Jersey (Atlantic Region) and Ravishankar Byrappagowda of California (North West Region) attained individual scores of 96%.
|Name of the Candidate||City/State||Region|
|Sylvan Taylor||Florida||South East|
|Mohammed Ally||Florida||South East|
|Royland Williams||Florida||South East|
|Astor Carroll||Florida||South East|
|Premdath Mangalie||Florida||South East|
|MacMillian Diah||Florida||South East|
|Augustine Francis||Atlanta, Georgia||South East|
|Rutherford Taylor||Atlanta, Georgia||South East|
|Carl Miles||Atlanta, Georgia||South East|
|Ephraim Robertson||Atlanta, Georgia||South East|
|Wesley McIntosh||Boston, Massachusetts||North East|
|Ali Nazar||Connecticut||North East|
|John Williams||Connecticut||North East|
|Deepak Katte||New Jersey||Atlantic|
|Mihir Patel||New Jersey||Atlantic|
|Chandrasekhran Raman||New Jersey||Atlantic|
|Shrinivas Reddy-Chirra||New Jersey||Atlantic|
|Ram Ragoo||Washington D.C.||Atlantic|
|Mohammed S. Baksh||New York||New York|
|Babu Venkatachalapathy||Texas||Central West|
|Ravishankar Byrappagowda||California||North West|
Congratulations & Best Wishes to one and all!
USACUA announces the 2011 WICUA Practical and Oral Examination Results
USACUA President and WICUA Area I Vice-President, Mr. Fitzroy Hayles has released the official WICUA 2011 Practical and Oral Examination Results. Here is his statement:
On behalf of the Executives and members of the USACUA Inc, it gives me immense pleasure as President to extend our hearty congratulations to all USACUA Umpires who successfully completed the recently concluded WICUA Oral and Practical Examination, 2011.
I would like to specially congratulate Mr. Mohamed S. Baksh of New York, for TOPPING the WICUA Examinations 2011. Special congratulations also to Mr. Ali Nazar of Connecticut for securing the second position and to Mr. Ravishankar of California and Mr. Deepak Katte from New Jersey, for attaining joint third position in the WICUA Examinations 2011.
I'm also proud to say that USACUA by securing a berth in every one of the top 3 positions, was able to gain 4 out of the 6 positions in the top three rankings.
This is history of sorts for the association and a great achievement.
In effect, the results are testament of what we can do as an Association, when we join together and become dedicated to a "process".
Your performances exemplify the continued efforts of the USACUA Training and Examination Department and the personal commitment demonstrated by the candidates and our instructors.
I'm proudly quoting excerpts from the Chairman of WICUA's Training & Examination:
"Congratulations to all candidates who participated in the WICUA 2011 Oral & Practical Examinations. Eighty three (83) candidates took the 2011 Final Oral and Practical examinations. The table below [removed] illustrates that 67 persons (81%) were successful and 16 persons (19%) failed. The candidate who attained the highest percentage is Mohammed Baksh of the United States of America (USA) with 98%, followed by Nazar Ali (USA); Barry Singh and Kellman Kowlessar both Trinidadians each attaining 97%.
On this day and forward WICUA expects all of you to continue to be of service to your respective countries and more so you’re the umpiring body. Let your success be a motivating factor with an aim of aspiring to the highest level in umpiring"
For those of you who couldn't unfortunately cross the line this time around, please do not loose heart. Success is not very far away. Just need a little more push. We are there to help.
For those to come, make the commitment and endeavor to put out the efforts to reach or exceed the levels attained by your fellow members.
To you all, this is just the beginning and the sky should always be your limit.
Congratulations & Best Wishes are in store for all.
USACUA Annual General Meeting on Sunday March 4th, 2012 - 2:00pm
USACUA President Mr. Fitzroy Hayles has announced that the Annual General Meeting of the Association wil be held on:
Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 2:00pm sharp
1012 Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11233
(Beween Tilden and Snyder)
The agenda of the meeting shall be as follows:
- Review the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
- Correction and confirmation of the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
- Review correspondences
- Review the Secretary's report
- Review reports from committees
- Review the President's annual report
- Review the Treasurer's report
- Conduct any other business that may properly come before the meeting
All Association Members are requested to attend the meeting.
USACUA sets up Online Umpiring Training Course with NJSCUA
USACUA member and NJSCUA President Mr. Deepak Katte has led a successful initiative for an online umpiring training course for the 2012 season. Members can attend the four hour weekly training course on Sundays 8:00am to 12:00pm from the convenience of their own home.
The participants require an internet connection to connect and participate in the training course.
Mr. Deepak Katte and Mr. Fitzroy Hayles planned the event to ensure that the USACUA membership can have access to the online material to prepare them for the USACUA and WICUA examsInterested members should contact Mr. Deepak Katte for details.
USACUA Founding Member Mr. Owen Roberts passes away
USACUA President Mr. Fitzroy Hayles regretfully announced the passing away of Mr. Owen Roberts, a founding member of the USA Cricket Umpires Association.
Mr. Roberts was one of the founding member of our association and have served with distinction in several capacities within the association.
Mr. Roberts passed away early this morning, January 2nd, 2012 after a long illness. We wish to extend our sympathy to his family in their time of grief.Funeral arrangements are not available at this time, but will be posted as they become available.
2012 USACUA Seminar Series Dates Announced
USACUA President Mr. Fitzroy Hayles announces the training sessions forUmpires and Scorers will commence on:
|Date:||Sunday January 15, 2012|
|Place:||Lucas Sport Club (TENTATIVE -Subjected to change)|
1012 Ralph Avenue (Between Tilden & Snyder Avenue)
Brooklyn, New York 11203
|Time:||Starts at 12:00PM sharp|
The sessions will run for a period of fourteen weeks and will culminate with the administration of the USACUA Preliminary and Final Exams. Prospective umpires are reminded that they will need to maintain an eighty (80) percent attendance rate in order to qualify to sit any examination administered by the Association.
Members who have taken and passed the USACUA or the WICUA qualifying examinations are also required to attend these seminars.
Information about the training sessions has already being communicated to the USACA’s Regional Directors, league Presidents and other league executives. Coordinators and league representatives are asked to convey this information to prospective umpires or individuals within the leagues who aspire to be trained as umpires. They may also submit contact information of clubs members to the USACUA secretariat so that the information can be directly forwarded to them.
WICUA Oral Exams Information
WICUA will be conducting the 2011 Oral Examinations at two centers, Brooklyn NY and Fort Lauderdale FL. Both centers will conduct the WICUA Oral Examinations on December 11, 2011 at 9:00AM sharp.
A $10 fee will be charged by WICUA and payable to WICUA to be eligible to take on the Oral Examinations.
Lucas Sports Club
1012, Ralph Avenue,
Contacts: Mr. Hammy Reid (917-741-7991) and/or Mr. Fitzroy Hayles
Examiners: To be determined.
Address to be announced
Fort Lauderdale FL
Contacts: Mr. Astor Carroll (305-654-879)
Examiners: Basdoe Dookie (Canada)
Local Examiners: Hubert Smythe and Mohamed Baksh
Augustine Francis - Georgia
Ephraim Robertson - Georgia
Carl Miles - Georgia
Wesley McIntosh - Massachusetts
Macmillan Diah - Florida
Babu Venkatachalapathy - Texas
Ravishankar Byrappagowda - California
Mihir Patel - New Jersey
Premdath Mangale - Florida
Deepak Katte - New Jersey
Nazar Ali - Connecticut
Lynden McLaren - Massachusetts
Royland Williams - Florida
Ram Ragoo - Maryland
Mohamed Baksh - New York
Sugan Kumar - Connecticut
Astor Carroll - Florida
Chandrasekharan Raman - New Jersey
Shinivas Reddy Chirra - New Jersey
Edward Clarke - Massachusetts
John Williams - Connecticut
Homage to USACUA Umpire and Chaplain Mr. Jerry Kishun
Tributes and deepest heartfelt condolences come pouring in from various parts of the world for Mr. Jerry Kishun, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident in New York.
WICUA Area I Vice-President and current USACUA President Mr. Fitzroy Hayles led the umpires in paying their last respects to Mr. Jerry Kishun.
USACUA Umpire and Chaplain Mr. Jerry Kishun killed in a hit and run accident in New York City
United States of America Cricket Umpires Association is deeply saddened by the untimely death of our dear Chaplain Mr. Jerry Kishun. He was killed in a hit-and-run car accident on Grand Central Parkway at around 5:00am, Sept. 15, 2011. He was hit by a car and when he got out to investigate, another passing vehicle struck him down. He died at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York.
Sixty-five year old Mr. Kishun is survived by his wife and four grown-up children.
USACUA President Mr. Fitzroy Hayles and the USACUA membership convey our deepest heartfelt condolences to Mr. Kishun's family and friends and hope that Almighty gives them the strength and courage to cope with this tremendous and tragic loss.
WICUA Umpire Johnny Gayle O.D to be inducted into the USA Cricket Hall of Fame
United States of America Cricket Umpires Association is proud to announce that celebrated Test Umpire and Past Secretary of WICUA, Mr. Johnny Gayle O.D will be inducted in the USA Cricket Hall of Fame in Hartford Connecticut on Saturday October 1, 2011.
USACUA President Mr. Fitzroy Hayles personally conveyed the exciting news to the WICUA membership and Mr. Johnny Gayle.
Congratulations to Mr. Johnny Gayle, who has been recognized for his distinguished service to Umpiring and the WICUA.
USA well represented at the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association Convention, 2011
United States of America Cricket Umpires Association proudly represented USA at the 2011 West Indies Cricket Umpires Association Biennial Convention held in St. Lucia.
USACUA President Mr. Fitzroy Hayles and the USACUA Chairman of Training and Examinations, Mr. Mohammed N. Baksh served as delegates. The week long convention was full of cricketing and cultural exchanges among delegates and observers from the member countries.
Among other items of business that were conducted at the Convention, Cayman Islands was voted in as the newest full member of the Association. USA recognized Mr. Billy Doctrove from Dominica and Mr. Vivian Johnson of Jamaica for their dedicated and tireless services to WICUA and presented them with plaques of appreciation.
Mr. Fitzroy Hayles was successfully elected to serve as the Vice President of Area I, comprising of Jamaica, USA, Canada, Cayman Islands and Bermuda. He will hold this position for 2 years.Area I Vice President Mr. Cecil Fletcher was elected to serve as the President of the WICUA.
USACUA extends its warm wishes and congratulations to the newly elected Leadership of WICUA.
The next WICUA 26th Biennial convention will be held in Trinidad.
Umpire Ivor Stephens to be inducted in USA Cricket Hall of Fame
Umpire Stephens was born in Jamaica, and started, developed and perfected his skills doing matches at the highest levels in his country. He migrated to the United States of America and was a founding member of USACUA who has helped to form the now national association in this country.
He has given much to the game of cricket and has contributed yeomanly to the training and certification of umpires in the USA. Known among his peers as the most “well dressed umpire” to grace the field, Umpire Stephens is a sharp witted, but a no nonsense arbitrator on the field of play. He is not afraid to net out discipline to players, and always command respect for the game.
Currently "semi retired: from active umpiring, he still share his knowledge with those who aspire to learn the craft of umpire.
USACUA's Candidates for the 2010 WICUA Written Examination Announced
|2010 WICUA Written Examinations Candidates from USACUA|
|Last Name||First Name||State|
ICC and MCC Release Updated "4th Edition" of the "Laws of Cricket - 2000 Code"
MCC (via the ICC) has asked various Umpires' organizations, including the USACUA, to distribute the final versions to our membership.
The following are related documents:
a) A final version of the Laws in PDF.
b) A final version of the Laws with colour in PDF.
Yellow indicates incidental changes within the Laws generally.
Blue indicates an alteration in policy/Law.
c) An updated explanation of all Law changes.
Note: MCC anticipates having the new Law books printed and available by mid July.
NYCR Releases Playing Conditions for 2010
Here is a copy of these playing conditions.
In addition to the playing conditions, versions of the Umpires' Match Report and Captains' Match Report have also been released.
WICUA Practical Assessment Form Released for 2010
The Form can be downloaded here.
The above file has 6 copies of the same Assessment Form, one for each of the 6 Assessments, and hence, each Assessor.
Each Practical Exam candidate is expected to print out one such form and take it to the Assessor during each of the matches stipulated to be their Practical Assessments.
USACUA Leads Formation of National Umpires' Body; Announces Steering Committee
These nominees represent umpires and/ or umpires’ associations from the length and breadth of USA.
The following are the
individuals have been nominated to serve on said Committee:
- Ragoo, R., Atlantic Region
- Baksh, M, USACUA, Inc.
- Scott, L. USACUA, Inc.
- Smythe, H., Umpire, South East
- Katte, D., Umpire, Atlantic Region
- Chakravarthy, G., USACUA, Inc.
- James, A., USACUA, Inc.
- Modeste, C., USACUA, Inc.
- Reid, H., USACUA, Inc.
- Renganathan, S., Central East
- Naidu, R., South East
- Bachan, P., USACUA Representative, North East Region
- Carrington, G., Umpire Representative, Atlanta Region
- McIntosh, W., Umpire Representative, Boston Area
- Venkatachalapathy, B., Central West
- Sankar, R., Northern California Cricket Association
- Khan, Z., Northern California Cricket Association
- Taylor, S., South East Region (Florida)
- Merchant, J., South East (Florida)
- Miles, C., South East (Atlanta)
USACUA Announces Dates For AGM, Training Sessions And Graduation Ceremony
Annual General Meeting /
Training Sessions / Graduation
Our Annual General Meeting, Yearly Training Sessions of USACUA, Inc. are schedule for the following dates and tentative date for our Annual Graduation Dinner/Dance.
Annual Training Sessions – January 10, 2010 at 1:00pm
Note: Training Sessions every Sunday Jan 10 – April 25, 2009 (Exam)
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Please note that USACUA supervise training sessions will be held outside Brooklyn, New York on dates and times to be confirm.
Tentative date: Saturday May 01, 2010
February 21, 2010
Place: 1012 Ralph Avenue
(Between Tilden and Snyder Avenues)
Brooklyn New York 11203
- Welcome & Greetings
- Review Minutes of Previous AGM Meeting
- Correction and Confirmation of Minutes Previous (AGM)
- Review Correspondences
- Review the Secretary’s Report
- Review Report from Committees
- Review the President’s Annual Report
- Review the Treasurer’s Report
- Any Other Business
Secretary USACUA, Inc.
USACUA to Start Umpires' Training Course in New Jersey
As part of an ambitious plan to stretch its already wide wingspan of influence all across the USA, the USACUA has announced that it will partner with the New Jersey State Cricket AND Umpires' Association and begin weekly umpires' training sessions in New Jersey.
These will mirror the currently conducted sessions (sometimes referred to as seminars) in Brooklyn, NY. These training sessions are intended to impart knowledge about the 'Laws of Cricket' to developing umpires and, at the same time, keep the experienced and qualified umpires abreast with the changes in the MCC codes (if any) as well as to regurgitate and refresh their memories before every new season.
The training will be conducted in New Jersey by USACUA's own Assistant Secretary, Gokul R. Chakravarthy who is also a member of its training committee.
Click here for more up-to-date information and details on enrolling in this course.
USA Cricket Association and New Zealand Cricket to work on strategic partnership
DreamCricket.com today announced today The USA Cricket Association (“USACA”) and New Zealand Cricket (“NZC”) today announced the commencement of formal discussions with the intention of establishing a strategic partnership agreement between the two national cricket boards in the near future.
“We are very positive and excited about the benefits our relationship with NZC can bring to USA Cricket,” stated USACA CEO Don Lockerbie. “USA Cricket can learn greatly from the experience and knowledge of NZC, and we believe there are real and significant cricketing benefits and commercial opportunities possible through this partnership.”For more details on this historic agreement and to pass on your comments, go directly to the article here.
USACUA Releases Standardized Umpires' Match Report Forms
Click here for the Official USACUA Match Report Form
Administrators of all leagues and tournaments in the USA are encouraged to include Umpires' Match Reports are part of their normal process, regardless of whether or not there were untoward incidents occuring in any of the matches.
Umpires all across the USA are also encouraged to take it upon themselves to submit a Match Report (at least in a simple form such as the one available in this article), regardless of whether or not the leagues they officiate in stipulate this and also regardless of whether or not there were untoward incidents occuring in any of the matches.
will ensure proper
record-keeping and facilitate the creation of a repository of teams'
and individual players' conduct over time.
USACUA Umpires Appointed for ICC Americas U-15 Tournament
USACUA Asked to Nominate Umpires for ICC Americas U-15 Tournament
The following is an email from USACUA President, Mr. Fitzroy Hayles, with regards to the upcoming ICC Under 15 games to be held in NY City on August 16 through 23 rd. 2009
Click here for the Official Flier of the tournament
The following issues were topics of discussion in a meeting with USACA Cricket Operations chair:
- USACUA is asked to submit a panel of nine (9) umpires to ICC/USACA
- Fee for the tournament is $75.00 per game. USACA is trying to secure a higher match fee of $100.00 for umpires. More info shall be provided as it becomes available.
- Match is scheduled for Gateway Park.
- Three countries participation: Canada, USA and Bermuda.
- One match per day, three umpires needed (two on-field umpires plus one umpire to serve as cricket manager/third Umpire)
- Duckworth/Lewis method will be used to establish target score. Third umpire responsible for Duckworth/Lewis processing
- Room and board will **NOT** be provided by ICC/ USACA
- Interested umpires are asked to advise USACUA of their availability for the tournament as soon as possible.
- Only USACUA 'Tier One' umpires will be appointed for the tournament.
- Members should be aware that only nine umpires will be empanelled for the tournament.
- Umpires are not guaranteed assignments on special requested dates.
- Rules and playing conditions are attached for your information. Click here for the document containing these special regulations.
- ICC/USACA has requested a meeting with all participating umpires before the tournament.
- Aa is customary, USACUA's Training Committee will conduct their own training for the tournament at a later date.
- It shall be confirmed from the ICC/USACA whether umpires' uniforms will be provided for the tournament.
- If not, all participating umpires MUST be attired in USACUA uniforms. Such uniform is to CLEARLY DISPLAY USACUA logo on the headwear and shirt. NO EXCEPTIONS shall be made to this rule. USACUA hats and polo shirts are available for purchase.
updates shall be
provided as they become available.
President, USACUA Inc.
Extremely Busy NY Cricket Region Schedule Released
While many are youth ("age-group") tournaments, the Mayor's Cup T20 tournament which is in its third year also promises some good cricket in the region. Here's the Mayor's Cup '09 Schedule.
Note: Also refer to our article dated April 14, 09 (immediately below this one) to check out the detailed U-19 National Tournament Schedule to be hosted by NYCR.
NYCR To Host 2009 USA National U-19 Cricket Tournament
Peep into it for the tournament schedule and participants and contact information.
You can read the playing conditions (otherwise known as the special regulations) set forth for this tournament by the USACA with the guidance of USA Cricket Umpires' Association by clicking here.
There is also a magazine that is being planned to commemorate this tournament.
In order to support this magazine, open this Microsoft Word document which includes all the details you need.
WICB Cricket Coaching Clinic Comes To New Jersey
The United States of America Cricket Association's (USACA) Atlantic Region is conducting its first WICB Level 1 cricket coaching course. This is one in a series of developmental projects promoted by USACA and cosponsored by the Atlantic Region and ICC Americas.
WICB training officers Wendell Coppin and Stephanie Power will be travelling from the West Indies to teach this course.
Lunch and beverages will be provided.
Information on the training sessions is as follows:
- Registration: Registration is limited and is strictly on a first-come (payment received) first- served basis.
- There is a non-refundable fee of $150 per person payable to the Atlantic Region Cricket Board (ARCB)
- Please remit payment by April 15th.
- Schedule: The course runs from May 1st through May 3rd (3 days) from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Venue: St. Agnes & St. Paul Episcopal Church, 206 Renshaw Ave. East Orange, NJ 07017.
Make checks/ money orders payable to: ARCB;
Mail checks/ money orders to:
702 W. Broad Street
Westfield NJ 07090
For further information please contact Shelton Glasgow (908) 803-2858, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download a Microsoft Word document of the official flier for the course.
Carlton Butler Passes Away
Mr. Randy Butler is one of the former Area Vice Presidents of the West Indies Cricket Umpires' Association (WICUA).
Mr. Carlton Butler passed away last week and his funeral will be held on Mar 04, 2009.
Son of USACUA Member Passes Away
The following is a message from Mr. Fitzroy I. Hayles, President of the USACUA:
Sadly reporting the death of Roy Taylor Jr., son of Roy Taylor of the Bronx Posse on Saturday Feb. 21st. 2009.
Roy Jr. passed away Saturday night May 20th Funeral arrangement will be provided at a later date.
You can send well wishes to Mr. Taylor and family at Home (718 994 5055) Cell: (646 284 4417)
USACUA Elects New Executive
WICUA 2008 Oral & Practical Examination Results Announced
|Results of the 2008 WICUA Oral & Practical Examinations|
|Leeward Islands||SHOUTEN||Dirk A. J. D.||Pass|
|PHILLIPS||Felix D. W.||Fail|
|Trinidad & Tobago||TOBY||Joel||Pass|
|Windward Islands (St. Lucia)||MATHURIN||John||Pass|
Key Facts & Figures:Congratulations are in order for Mr. Jermaine Minot of JAMAICA, Mr. Athol Hamilton of JAMAICA, and Mr. Carlton Sotilleo of the USA for attaining the highest marks of 94%, 93%, and 93% respectively.
A total of 44 candidates appeared for the Oral & Practical examinations. 31 of these were successful amounting to a success-rate of 70%
As far as the USACUA was concerned, our success rate was 100% as ALL 4 who participated in these examinations passed.
Former Test Umpire Compton Vyfhuis of Guyana Passes Away
The following is a message from Mr. Vivian Johnson, Secretary of the WICUA:
Please be informed that former Test Umpire Compton Vyfhuis of Guyana died last week. Funeral service will be on Friday January 30 in Guyana. Persons wishing to attend should contact Mr. Grantley Culbard as indicated in the email below.
We again wish to offer our deepest condolences to his family and the cricket umpiring fraternity of Guyana.
USACA gives USACUA mandate to propose plans to standardize and unify umpiring efforts across the USA
The Executive Board of USACA, at its recently held AGM on Jan 25, 2009, discussed at length the long-standing request by the USACUA to be recognized as the primary body to train, certify, and represent umpires across the USA.
The USACUA was represented at the AGM by its Vice President, Mr. Fitzroy I. Hayles and Assistant Secretary Mr. Gokul R. Chakravarthy. Several questions were raised ranging from, but not limited to, the legitimacy of the USACUA's claim to be qualified to be the aforementioned body to how umpires outside of the New York area will have access to training and guidance resources.
The President of the USACA, Mr. Gladstone Dainty, at one point mentioned that USACUA already has a comprehensive training and certification process in place and hence should be given an opportunity to try and assimilate all the umpires from across USA into one body as opposed to re-inventing the wheel. Mr. Dainty shared the concerns of the USACUA that in spite of the existence of vastly talented umpires in the USA, none of them was appointed in the recently held ICC Americas tournaments of varying grades.
Based on this as well as an earlier report and the subsequent "Q&A" session from ICC America's director Mr. Martin Viera, it was also apparent that this was due to the lack of a unified body representing umpires from across USA which the USACA recognizes that the ICC can then directly appoint umpires from or with the recommendation thereof.
To this end, the USACUA has been given 2 months to come back with a proposal.
"Preparing for the 2009 Cricket Season: USACA schedules AGM & USACUA holds seminars"
The following is an article on www.newyorkcricket.com written by Sam Sooppersaud:Preparing For The 2009 Cricket Season
USACA Schedules AGM - USACUA Holds Seminars
By Sam Sooppersaud
Wait a minute; the 2008 cricket season is over. We are now in January of 2009, and the winter is in full blast. Why so much talk about cricket and the hustling and bustling around? Shouldn’t we be more concerned about the cost of heating fuel or those drafty windows that eat up our hard earned dollars? But no, the adrenalin has already begun to flow with just the thought of cricket impinging on the cricket lovers' minds. The reason for this, I would surmise, is that live cricket in the New York area is figuratively just around the corner, three short months away. As early as April many clubs will be playing friendly games. The more dedicated players will have commenced their dieting and exercising regiment. Maybe a few players have a cricket ball in a sock and hanging in their basements and they are batting away.
The various leagues in the New York Metropolitan areas that were contacted have had their Annual General Meetings (AGMs) or very soon will do so, They have elected, or will elect new officers and I am quite sure, revisit and discuss last season to see where improvements may be made. In fact all the clubs may be doing just that at this time and maybe adding or deleting players from their rosters. I know my good friend, Peter Jolly, has already done so with the boys from his club, West Indian Alliance. They met at Peter and Maggie's home on January 11 to celebrate his birthday and Peter seized that opportunity to get in some "club talk". Also, the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) plans to call its AGM on Saturday, January 24, at the JFK Ramada Plaza starting at 10:00 A.M. Preparations are being made all around.
Not to be left out, the United States of America Cricket Umpires Association (USACUA) has been making its own preparation for the 2009 season. The organization started a fourteen week umpiring seminar on January 11th. It is being conducted at 1012 Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn. Over 25 umpires and aspiring umpires showed up each of the two weeks that the program has been held so far, to listen to umpire/ trainer, Mr. Mohamed Baksh, an elite umpire in his own right. He has officiated in cricket matches for over three decades. According to him he has officiated in all classes of matches, from Test match to the regular weekend friendly games. The attendees are very enthusiastic participants, ready to ask questions and seek clarifications on the things they are not too clear about.
This writer being himself an umpire while still playing league games, attended the last Sunday’s session, and must confess that I was very much impressed with the quality of Mr. Baksh's presentation and his broad knowledge of the laws of the game. As a player, one may feel that he knows the cricket laws sufficiently enough to allow himself to enjoy playing his cricket. However, attending the seminar would immediately make him realize that his knowledge is basically from the point of view of a player. There is so much more that a player needs to learn about the laws of cricket. It is recommended that players attend these seminars as it could only add tremendously to their play and enjoyment of the game.
Many who have been following cricket over the past four decades in the area have expressed great satisfaction with the tremendous increase in the standard of umpiring. The USACUA has certainly done its part in this accomplishment and must take some credit for this improvement. It continues to serve cricket, cricketers, umpires, and of course, in doing so is doing justice to the cricket watching public. Nowadays spectators at cricket games are assured that the result of the match will not be hinged on a wrong decision by an umpire but by the skills of the players.
Over the years one misunderstanding that has repeatedly surfaced at the cricket game is over the use of a substitute. When should he be allowed on, and who is to decide on whether a substitute is allowed or not. Captains have questioned umpires as to why the fielding side was allowed a substitute. There have been questions as to whether a substitute should be allowed to take the field at the start of a game for a player who has been declared in the eleven, but has not yet arrived at the cricket field. What does the law that governs this situation say?
According to Tom Smith’s New Cricket Umpiring and Scoring, if the umpires are satisfied that a player has been injured or becomes ill after the nomination of the players, they shall allow a substitute ...irrespective of whether play is in progress or not. Further, the umpires shall have discretion, for other wholly acceptably reasons, to allow a substitute for a fielder or a runner for a batsman, at the start of the match or any subsequent time. The opposing captain shall have no right of objection to the use of a substitute.
A simplification: Player A while in the field informs the umpire that he has just suffered an injury or that he has serious cramps in his stomach and is unable to continue in the field. The umpire, being an umpire and not a doctor, is not trained to medically determine the physical condition of the player; hence he should and will allow a substitute. The same goes for batsman B who complains of inability to run because of cramps. He must be given a runner. Player C suffers an injury or becomes ill after he was named in the eleven and the card has already been given to the umpire. The toss has not yet been spun. All the captain needs to do is take the card from the umpire, scratch out C and insert D. Player P is named in the eleven but has not yet arrived at the cricket ground. His side is ready to take the field. His captain informs the umpires that, unknowing to him, player P's wife became gravely ill and that P would be late for the game. The umpires, should this reason be acceptable to them, have the discretion to allow a substitute to take the field, even if this is at the start of the game. The opposing captain has no right of objection to the umpires allowing a substitute in the foregoing situations.
Not many palyers, or maybe a few umpires, I presume, are familiar with the term replacement player. But yes, there is such a law on the books that provide for using a replacement player. Situation: Player A is named in the eleven. The card has been given to the umpire. The toss has been spun. Player A is unable to take part in the match due to injury sustained prior to the start of the match, or he is called away on an emergency - he may be a doctor or a fireman -, or he may be required to attend a serious family matter. Should any of this situation occurs, player A's captain may request that player B replace player A on the team. If the opposing captain grants the request, then the replacement player is in the game and is allowed to take full part in the game. This replacement may be allowed. He is allowed to bowl, bat, keep wicket, act as captain, if so required. This is so even if the game is already in progress. The umpires have no say in this situation. To summarize: a Replacement player takes full part in the game; a Substitute is only allowed on the field to act as a fielder during the absence of a named player.
Over the succeeding weeks I will endeavor to explain to you, the reader, some of the other intricacies of the cricket laws that govern our summer pastime, after consultation with Umpire/Trainer Mohamed Baksh and the USACUA. Comments and constructive criticisms may be conveyed to this writer, and all efforts will be made to address these in subsequent articles. Phone: Home (718) 945-0616, Cell (718) 844-7236 E-mail address Ssamrajs@aol.com
Hope to hear from as many readers as possible.
USACUA calls first AGM of 2009
The following is a memo from Mr. Fitzroy Hayles, Vice President of USACUA:Fellow Member:
This is to inform you that the Annual General meeting (AGM) of the United States of America Cricket Umpires’ Inc. will be held:
Date: Sunday February 15, 2009
Place: Lucas Sport Club
1012 Ralph Avenue
(Between Tilden & Snyder Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11203
3. Minutes of Past AGM & Corrections of the Minutes
4. Matters Arising from the Minutes
5. Reports from Committees
a. Public Relations Committee
b. Training & Examination
6. Secretary’s Report
7. Treasurer’s Report
8. Report from the President
9. Adjournment for Elections of Officers
10. Induction of new executive
11. President ‘s Response
Please be advised that members MUST be in good financial standing to part-take in the election process. All inquiries and information can be forwarded to the Secretary at email: RMcFarlane@kingsbrook.org, Vice President Fitz Hayles at telephone (347)415-2061 or at email: FHayles2@aol.com, PRO Carl Patrick at email: Maroonmanx@aol.com, or Treasurer Ray Simmonds at email: email@example.com.
In conformity with the Constitution, members who cannot attend but who wishes to participate in the electoral process can do so by Proxy (absentee balloting). All absentee ballots (proxy) must be received by the Secretary no later than Friday February 6, 2009. Any proxy received after Friday February 6, 2009 will not be eligible for electoral process.
Members, who wish to table item for discussion, must submit same electronically to the Secretary in a timely manner.
Fitzroy I. Hayles for Secretary
USACUA Umpires Training Seminar Series Begins for 2009
The following is a memo from Mr. Fitzroy Hayles, Vice President of USACUA:
All League Presidents, Team
Executives, Regional Representatives and other Interested Individuals.
This seeks to inform you that training sessions for Umpires and Scorers will commence on:
January 11, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM sharp
Place: Lucas Cricket Club
1012 Ralph Avenue
(Between Tilden & Snyder Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11203
The sessions will run for a period of fourteen (14) weeks, and will culminate with the administration of the USACUA Preliminary and Final Exams.
Prospective umpires are reminded that they will need to maintain an eighty (80) percent attendance rate in order to qualify to sit any examination administered by the Association.
Members who have sat and passed the USACUA or the WICUA qualifying examinations are also required to attend these seminars being offered by the Association.
Information about the training sessions have already being communicated to the Regional Directors, League presidents and other league executives. Coordinators and league representatives are asked to convey this information to prospective umpires or individuals within their league who aspire to be trained as umpires. They may submit names or the lists of club contacts to the secretariat in order that the information can be forwarded to the relevant clubs or individuals as quickly as possible.
Members who are required to complete the WICUA Final Written or Oral and Practical examinations are asked to communicate their intentions to the Chairman of the Training and Examination Committee.
If you need more information, please feel to contact us as soon as possible. Information can be obtained [by emailing]:
the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Sylvester Mulcare at email@example.com, ,
Carl Patrick at Maroonmanx@aol.com,
Hammy Reid at HCReid@aol.com,
Steve Kalloo at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Mohammed Baksh at email@example.com,
or call me at telephone number 347-415-2061.
Fitzroy I. Hayles
Vice President for Secretary.
CCUA congratulates Mohamed N. Baksh for Hall of Fame Induction
The following is a memo from Mr. Azad Khan, Secretary of Canada Cricket Umpires' Association:
Mohammed N. Baksh,
On behalf of everyone of Canada Cricket Umpires Association; I would like to sincerely congratulate you on your recent Induction into Cricket Hall Of Fame.
I must say that I was not surprised to read ofyour success in the email sent by Mr. Fitzroy Hayles.
have proven the skeptics
accomplished what most
said were impossible.
There is no doubt that your recent achievements will be spoken of for some time to come and that the admiration for your accomplishments is felt by all of us within the Association as well as the general public.
Please accept our heartiest congratulations for your success.
Canada Cricket Umpires Association
WICUA 2008 Final Written Examination Results Announced
|Results of the 2008 WICUA Final Written Examinations|
|St. Croix||HENRY||Ishmael B||Fail|
Key Facts & Figures:Congratulations are in order for Mr. Zakir Moakhan of GUYANA for attaining the highest marks of 83%.
A total of 50 candidates wrote this examination and 36 were successful amounting to a success-rate of 72%
As far as the USACUA was concerned, our success rate was 75%
Umpire Ian E. Merchant of SKCUA Passes Away
The following is a memo from Mr. Troy K 'BifF' Mills, Rep of LICUA:
It is with deep regret that I inform you that the St.Kitts Cricket Umpires Association (SKCUA) has lost another one of our brothers.
Umpire Ian E Merchant passed away on Saturday last as he landed in Trinidad to receive medical attention there.
The date for the funeral has not been set as yet and I will advise when it is.
Can you please inform the members of your Association accordingly.
On behalf of the SKCUA and my personal behalf, I would like to express our most profound condolences to his family.
May he rest in peace.
K 'Bif' Mills
Representative for the LICUA on the West Indies Cricket Umpires [Association's] Publicity Committee.
St. Kitts West Indies
Mob : (869)-668-2055/(869)-662-2622
Fax : (869)-466-4862
Important USACUA Meetings Called
The following is a memo from Mr. Carl Patrick, PRO of USACUA:
There will be an
Date: Friday, October 3, 2008
Time: 7:00 PM sharp
Lucas Cricket Club
1012 Ralph Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Date: Friday, October 10, 2008
Time: 7:00 PM sharp
Lucas Cricket Club
1012 Ralph Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
PRO Announces Dates For USACUA's 2007 Graduation Ceremony (Awards Night)
The 2008 Graduation Ceremony (or Awards Night as it was referred to in a previous News item below) of the USACUA will be held:Date: Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wembley Athletic Club
550 East 39 Street
Time: 9 PM to 2 AM
Tickets are $70 per person.
any one of:
Raymond Simmonds at 718-994-5982,
Lincoln Champagnie at 718-798-9015, or
Carl Patrick at 718-676-5401 for information and tickets
Ed Ahmad '08 Finals Postponed, Date and Venue Announced
The following is a memo from Mr. Krish Persaud, as forwarded by John Aaron:
The 2008 Finals of the Ed Ahmad Cup Competition that was rained out on Sept 6th will be replayed on Sunday Sept 28th at Floyd Bennett Field starting at 12 Noon. Jamaica and Guyana will be the two teams contesting the Finals. Please inform the rest of the Cricketing Community.
USACUA Umpire Mohammed N. Baksh To Be Inducted Into Cricket Hall Of Fame
Internationally known West Indies and United States of America Cricket Umpires Association (USACUA) umpire Mohammed Nabbie Baksh will be inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame in Hartford, Connecticut, this Saturday, September 20, 2006. A native of Guyana, Mr. Baksh has been in charge of training and examination for USACUA umpires since the inception of the organization in 1992.
Umpire Mohammed Nabbie Baksh:
Umpire Baksh was born on February 5, 1945 and received his tertiary education in Guyana and served as a teacher and education administrator with the Guyana Ministry of Education. Quite an avid cricketer, Umpire Baksh started his career as a league umpire doing duties in first-division Case Cup matches in his native Guyana. He was selected to serve as an elite umpire in the Red Stripe Cup competition and other high leveled tournaments in the West Indies.
He continues to be more that an on-field jurist, sharing his knowledge with host of young people who are desirous of becoming umpires. Umpire Baksh migrated to the United States and immediately became involve in the training and development of local umpires. Mr. Baksh has shared his knowledge with thousand of umpires in many states within the USA. A very vocal and strong-willed individual, Umpire Baksh has never refused to challenge the prudence of the Laws of Cricket and have advocated for many fundamental changes to the laws.
In a conversation with Umpire Baksh you will always observe that his greatest joy was being a High School Principal in his native country of Guyana. He brings the passion to the job, and it is inevitable that many of us that have benefited directly from his style of teaching as the Chief Training Officer for the USACUA. His students have continuously outperformed the other territories at the WICUA examinations. A professional umpire, Mohammed N. Baksh is also a senior administrator with the Catholic Charities of New York, a job he has held for quite a number of years.
Umpire Baksh follows closely in the footsteps of his colleague umpire Hammy Reid, who was inducted last year into the Cricket hall of Fame.