An ISAF International Umpire Instructors Seminar was held from 24-25 June at the ISAF Secretariat as part of an ongoing programme to maintain, update, improve and share instructing practices to improve umpiring standards and consistency around the world.
John DOERR (GBR), Chairman of the International Umpires Sub-Committee, was the instructor with five International Umpires in attendance, who had been invited on an individual basis. The two day schedule was tight but conducted in a format which allowed easy interchange of ideas and discussion. Three other International Umpires (IUs) had been invited but were unable to attend due to previous commitments and although they will not benefit from the important interactive elements of a seminar they will be attending individual sessions at a later date.
Two of the participants were existing IU seminar instructors and it is hoped that after the seminar the other participants will confirm that they are willing to be put forward for approval by Council for appointment as IU Seminar Instructors, with a full understanding of the role and responsibilities involved.
Another objective of the seminar was to increase the number of Performance Assessors globally since currently, only IU Seminar Instructors are authorised to conduct Performance Assessments. As a result a selected list of IUs will be authorised to conduct Performance Assessments outside the context of a seminar but still within the requirements of Regulation 34. This will help significantly by providing more umpire contacts for those candidates who, having attended an IU seminar and passed the written test, still need to undertake the performance assessment in order to meet the standards required as part of the criteria for application for IU status.
The ISAF website will be updated in due course with the names of IU Seminar Instructors and approved Performance Assessors.