Simon Taufel launches an online course and wants to increase the capacities of referees

ByMike V. Cooper

May 20, 2022

Former ICC elite panel umpire Simon Taufel has developed an online accreditation course in hopes of closing the gaps in umpire training and development. The course will offer three levels of accreditation – introductory, level 1 and level 2. Taufel created the program in conjunction with the Dubai-based ICC Cricket Academy. What is remarkable is that Taufel supervised the course material himself and he now hopes that the level of refereeing will increase.

In a chat with NDTV, Taufel explained how he plans to start this course and shed light on the details of the new credential-based program.

“I would like new and existing umpires to have better resources than when I started. I would like to help bridge the gap between the umpires’ need for resources and the growing challenges of cricket officiating. If we can increase the ability and fun of our referees, then the game will be better,” Taufel told NDTV.

“We put a lot of resources into the program so that people can go through the videos and explanatory notes before trying the skill-based exercises. The candidate can go through the course at their own pace and even try the modules over and over. again. until they understand what is required. I’m very confident that even the most experienced referee will learn a new skill or technique,” he added.

Asked about the different levels of this course, Taufel said: “Introduction (designed for new referees – mums, dads, teachers etc) – this course should take around 4 hours (excluding eLearning laws of the MCC component that depends on the person’s existing knowledge).You can do one module at a time and in any order, but you cannot do the assessment task until all the modules have been completed. not been viewed.”

“Level 1 (designed for experienced premier cricket umpires who may be around a year of officiating club matches and/or those who have completed the introductory course) – this course should take around 8 hours (at exclusion of the e-learning component of MCC Laws which is dependent on the person’s existing knowledge) Once the MCC Law course (intermediate level) is completed, there is no Law component at the 2. Level 2 – this course is still under construction and unlike the first two courses, the majority will be face-to-face learning and assessment,” he added.

Taufel, who had been a top umpire in his day, also said that just studying the laws of cricket is not enough to be a good umpire, as practical knowledge is of utmost importance. The 51-year-old also spoke about how the course material for this course was made.

“It’s not all my work here. I have researched and consulted many trusted colleagues and referee trainers. There are a few things that make this course different from others. First, resources and skills are highly focused on the arts of officiating (the soft skills – preparation, technique, people and match management, and personal development), with less reliance on knowledge of the law alone to help you. huge difference in video content with advice based on years of experience to pass on to referees doing the course,” Taufel said.


“It’s a very narrow way of looking at referee abilities or abilities. Yes, a referee has to know the laws and how to apply them. Yes, he has to make good decisions, but when you look at the best referees in the world and the makeup of the ICC elite panel, you see more than that. You see people who can handle conflict, handle pressure, build trusting relationships with players, earn respect through performance, have a strong on-court technique, possess the mental toughness to recover quickly from mistakes and be prepared for most of the variables the game can throw at you,” he added.

Finally, when asked if DRS has helped reduce the number of howlers in the game, Taufel said: “What I would like to point out is that the technology shows how often referees succeed (more than 93% of the time) and even with DRS, that number doesn’t exceed 98%, so the technology and the people are never 100% accurate.”

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