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Umpire Training Procedure

The recently revised training programme consists of three stages:

Stage One - The Theory Paper
The Theory paper consists of a series of questions which you will have as much time as you want to complete.  The expectation is that you will use the law books to reach an informed answer. This will provide the base knowledge required for StageTwo.
The pass rate of 90% is required for this stage.
Your question/answer sheet will form the first part of your "portfolio" which will remain with you throughout your Umpiring career.

Stage Two - Two Day Practical Seminar
Having successfully completed the theory paper from Stage One, you will be invited to attend a two day Practical Seminar held in a convenient location. These will be two separate days, probably one or two weeks apart.

These days will be mostly green based.  We will demonstrate and you will practice measuring techniques and skills. Experienced Umpires will also be on hand to offer their experiences and knowledge as this forms part of their continuing development. The tutorial is designed to be relaxed yet informative and will drive home one of our major principles - Umpiring is enjoyable, challenging and rewarding!

Stage Three – Practical Examination
The second day is the Final Assessment. You will be expected to carry out a series of measuring tests designed to stress the importance of confidence and selection of the right tools for the task.  You will also take a short written test, consisting of the kind of scenarios you would expect when actually umpiring.

If all three stages of the Course are completed successfully you will be informed of your result about a week after the Practical Seminar. We will send you a certificate of competence by the WBUA Umpires Panel and you will be invited to become a member of the WBUA.

Application form
If you wish to be considered for training, please download and complete the application form. Successful applicants will be asked to send a cheque for £50.00*. We will then send you the current law books and the question paper, with further information. A copy of the World Bowls DVD "Umpiring and Marking Skills" is also supplied, on loan.

*Please note that Bowls Clubs can include the costs of the Umpires Course in their applications for Community Chest Grants.

Revised 2017