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.