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Safeguarding Young Umpires

We would like to encourage all young umpires to gain as much experience as possible by attending matches as umpires to practise and improve their skills.

To ensure their safety, we strongly recommend young umpires do not attend fixtures alone, especially in evenings or at venues where no other matches are taking place.

We suggest when officiating at matches, especially where the majority of the players are adults, young adults should have their mentor with them. Their mentor will be able to help control the match and players if necessary.

Where the mentor is not available, or where a mentor has not yet been allocated, young umpires should be accompanied by another umpire or suitably trained and DBS-checked member of their club.

Club Safeguarding Officers will be able to advise young umpires on best practice and who the adult volunteers are at their club who may be able to go to matches with them.

It is always a good idea for young umpires to travel to and from fixtures with a parent, and parents are of course welcome to stay to watch their young umpire in action.

See also: CSOs Training and New DBS Registration Information

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