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The new bye-laws have been issued for 2016 season. There will be a further update soon - keep checking!
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The umpires have called Time on 2015 and rung the bell(s) for 2016. So what can we expect ?
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For a variety of reasons, Saturday 12th September turned out to be one of the most enjoyable days I had during the long 2015 season.
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The last match I umpired was in early September at Woodvale, standing with Phil Thompson.
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This was told by a cricket loving very average 3rd xi player
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MCC has published important amendments to two Laws.
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You will all be aware that each time you turn up for a match as an umpire you are being assessed
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It is important that we all apply a consistent interpretation of Wides, which is what we see on TV in all limited overs cricket.
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It can be a miserable cold , damp day. You are fed up listening to the constant chat from the players.
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Young Oliver Thorpe took his first step on the ladder of his Umpiring career on Saturday , the opening day of the season. Oliver is just 16 and by a long way, the youngest member of NIACUS.

READ story here - First Steps

"Achieve your Potential"

READ Item here - Full Report

On 31st May I flew from Belfast International to Glasgow international. Where I was met by the infamous Mac Wylie.

READ story here - Umpiring in Scotland

Teams from Irish Universities such as Sligo, Galway, Cork ,Dubiln and University of Ulster met in an indoor six-a-side tournament held at the sports facility in Jordanstown over the last weekend of January.

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That old scenario:- What do we do when things cloud over, a few spits of rain are felt and one side classifies the weather as almost unplayable (the other team don't even notice the change of conditions). May I suggest a few tips and procedures that might help the afternoon run more smoothly.

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NIACUS is saddened to learn of the passing of our Colleague and former Honorary Secretary Umpire Ernie McCormick.

His two sporting passions were association football and cricket. His soccer involvement was largely on the administration side of things, involving secretarial and promotional duties variously with the IFA, Carrick Rangers and Ballyclare Comrades.

READ story here - Full Report

It was with tremendous sadness that we in NIACUS learned of the passing of Judith on 5 October 2014. Of course we were only too aware of her long illness, but the news still came as a great shock to everybody.

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Recommendation by the Executive committee to the meeting, that "Honorary Life Membership of the Association is accorded to Bob Kane."

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White Stick Trophy - Sat 14th September Leinster Umpires kept up their winning run by defeating their Northern counterparts in the annual White Stick Trophy match on Saturday. Downpatrick CC ...

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Unwritten Regs.:----- Attempting to avoid bad behaviour.
Are we partially responsible for bad behaviour that may happen later in the game?

The Irish Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers met on Saturday 15th February for their annual general meeting and seminar.
The inclement weather was not enough to prevent 50 umpires and scorers from NIACUS, the LCU&SA and the MCUSA joining their North West colleagues in the Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly.

READ the full report - AGM Report

It's difficult to believe that in approximately two months from now the gear will be getting washed, the boots cleaned, fixtures studied, bye laws and competition rules talked about, as both players and umpires alike eagerly anticipate a new season. ...

READ our update from Louis Arneill - From the Chair

From the Pen of PLOH Dec. 2013. `Tis the Season to be Jolly. All our umpires have, by now, bought their loved ones Christmas present ...

READ Paddy O'Hara's latest offering - 'Tis the Season to be Jolly

Well, NIACUS has limped through another season with ongoing diminishing numbers, but greatly helped by a much improved ‘proper&rs ...

READ story here - View of 2013 Season from Paddy O'Hara

Hi everyone On Thursday 24th January I am away again on my umpiring travels. I am travelling to Mumbai in India to officiate in the ICC Women's World Cup.

READ story here - Umpire on his Travels

Umpiring in Oz ICC U19 World Cup Report by Mark Hawthorne On July 19th I left Belfast to travel to Brisbane, Australia for the ICC U19 World Cup.

READ story here - Umpiring In Australia - Mark Hawthorne