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The ECB ACO now requires each county to allocate grades to all umpires. For the majority of umpires the grade ranges from C1 to C6, and in order to be graded at a particular level, the umpire should have been appointed to at least 6 matches at that level in the most recent season. The criteria must be applied rigorously, and are as follows:

C1 Umpires in Home Counties Divisions 1 and 2
C2 Umpires in Division 1 of the Thames Valley or Cherwell Leagues
C3 Umpires in Divisions 2 of the Thames Valley or Cherwell Leagues
C4 Umpires in Divisions 3 of the Thames Valley or Cherwell Leagues
C5 Umpires in Divisions 4 of the Thames Valley or Cherwell Leagues
C6 Those who umpire only in friendlies or school matches, newly appointed umpires or not actively umpiring at present.

The grading sub-committee is chaired by the County Performance Officer, David Browne. The gradings are reviewed annually, after the end of the season. If you have any questions about grade please contact David Browne or Derek Milsom.