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    Indoor cricket umpiring

    Well I start it tomorrow as my new job. I have had no experience umpiring cricket in outdoors or in indoors but tommorrow will my chance to learn.

    Anyone done it and give some advice what are the rules?

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    I used to do it down here , but I quit because they only payed me $6 a game:!(

    Surely if you have got a job doing it you would know most of the rules ............wouldnt you ?

    They just told me to go to this site to check em out first , has all the rules & everything Indoor Cricket Site

    Its all really just a bit of fun , alot harder to judge things though from you're position behind the batsman.

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    No, it was advertised in today's paper and I rang up about it.

    The bloke I spoke to said for me to come along and watch and then I will get my turn.

    They are playing me $17 a game.

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    Originally posted by Craig
    They are playing me $17 a game.
    :O Why you lucky little .........................

    I stack shelves at Woolies for an hour & they dont even pay me half that


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    I learnt quite a bit last year while I was playing for Auckland.

    My mate who was also in the Auckland team does indoor umpiring, it can be pretty intense in the top mens grades.

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    Originally posted by iamdavid
    :O Why you lucky little .........................

    I stack shelves at Woolies for an hour & they dont even pay me half that
    Well I am 18

    I wouldnt describe myself as little as I am slightly shorter then you

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    Well done Craig, im sure you'll do very well.
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    Quickest way to learn is to get in and do it...well that's what a dear friend and Elite Panel Ump told me once!!

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    Originally posted by Eyes_Only
    When in doubt...he/she ani't out!!
    Ain't, surely?
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    I did it for a couple of years, and I think I got paid $15 a game. Mind you, I was 18-19 at the time myself.

    There is an LBW rule, but only if you don't offer a shot and the ball would have hit the stumps. There is also this thing called the "third ball rule", where if the two previous balls were dots, you must score, or you will get "dismissed" (-5)... but that rule tends to be at the discretion of the centre... it's more a rep rule, and not really used in social comps, particularly in the lower grades. And if the ball hits the back corner of the 'net, and the fielding team claims a catch, that is always quite a hazy area, as you can not be caught straight off the back net on the full, but you can if it hit the side net first. And always watch the number of players in each half of the court... if there are any more than 4 in any half before the batsmans has played at the ball, it is a no ball. There are of course other rules, but they're the ones I could come up with off the top of my head.

    It can be quite stressful if you get two teams that take it very seriously, and especially when the games are close, and one run or dismissal can mean a win or loss. And also because they always believe that they are right and I know nothing, and with me wearing glasses, well, the obvious jokes were flying around.

    But if you just get two teams that are there for a good time, it can be quite an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
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    Originally posted by Neil Pickup
    Ain't, surely?
    That too Neil! :P

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    Our umpires do it for the love of the game...although I can't say I think they are the best around :saint:
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    20...that's a rather big number :(:(:(

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    It is a great way to get your eye in if you ever umpire outdoor cricket too!

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    I have benn considering taking up outdoor cricket umpiring so this will get me used to it. My testing starts on Thursday.

    So wish me luck!

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    I've played a lot of indoor cricket over the years and have been playing for the last 2 1/2 in "social" grades (ranging from A Grade to D Grade). It can get pretty intense and people will bitch and moan a lot.

    I have one comment to make about indoor cricket though- how do people go about fielding in the front half of the court??

    I volunteered myself for wicketkeeper a while back and have been doing it ever since, I always felt that fielding in the front half of the court you served no good purpose other than to be a sitting duck who was likely to be struck a deadly blow to the head, heart or genitals at any moment, and had absolutely no protection. I usually was a specialist at "deep cover" (just behind the half way line on the off side) and would always try to look the other way when a bowling change could potentially force me into the front. A vast majority of indoor cricketers seems to take great glee in hitting the ball into the side nets with all their might, which is thoroughly pointless unless you are trying to kill someone. I was always a waste in the front half because I would completely lose track of the game, and my sole focus was always "don't get killed, don't get killed" as yet another burly batsman wound up.

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