Scoring Training and Development

Cricket Scotland, in conjunction with the ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ACO), offers a range of scoring courses and training opportunities to help develop those interested in pursuing cricket scoring.

There are no face-to-face courses scheduled at present. To express interest in future courses, please contact George Burns (Cricket Scotland Lead Scorer) via email.

For a complete guide on the range of training and development opportunities for scorers within Scotland, please see the below document.

Scoring – Part of the Game

There are a number of skills required to become a scorer in cricket and we’re here to help you get to grips with all of them from the very basics to advanced techniques.

All our courses are delivered through the ECB ACO and an overview of them is below.

For any queries regarding scoring, or if you would like to organise scoring courses at your club, please contact George Burns on the details below:

George Burns

ICC Europe Regional Scorers Officer / Cricket Scotland Scorers Training and Development

Mobile – 07468 427780


Introductory Course

The aim of this half-day course is to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to record a cricket match. It won’t teach you everything you need to know, but it will give you the tools and confidence to get started!

Topics covered include:

  • Completing a scoring record
  • Recognising umpire’s signals
  • Standard scoring symbols

Email George Burns for course availability.


Basic Scoring (online course)

This free entry level online course is designed to provide you with all the skills needed to start scoring. You don’t need any prior knowledge of scoring to participate.

The course covers the basics of scoring a game of cricket such as scoring symbols, umpire signals, dismissals and gives a helpful overview of the Laws of the game.

To register for this free course, please click here.


Club Scorer – How to Record a Cricket Match

Club Scorer, ran over 12 hours, is the course for anyone wanting scoring on a regular basis and is the only one to comprehensively teach you how to score. This course is suitable for complete beginners and existing scorers who want to improve their skills. On completion of the course, you’ll receive an ECB ACO Club Scorer Certificate.

If you’d like to progress past Club Scorer on the pathway, you will need to become an official member of ECB ACO.


ECB ACO Level 1 – Scoring the Game

Level 1 is open to any member of ECB ACO who’s completed the Club Scorer course. Not a taught course, this award is attained by scoring a minimum of 10 matches and getting some colleague feedback to go into your scoring portfolio. When you’re ready, bring your portfolio for professional discussion with an ECB ACO Development Observer, of which there are three in Scotland. Successful candidates will be issued with an ECB ACO Level 1 Scorer’s Certificate.


ECB ACO Level 2 – Planning and Preparation

Designed for the experienced club scorer to hone their skills and progress to different formats of the game, this course covers some advanced areas of scoring and focusses on planning and preparation. After attending you will need to score another 10 matches and attend a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern continuous professional development (CPD) module. When you’re ready, bring your portfolio for professional discussion with a Development Observer. Successful candidates will be issued with a Level 2 Scorer’s certificate.


Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Modules

To advance along the scorer’s pathway there are three face-to-face half-day continuous professional development modules for linear scoring, electronic scoring and Duckworth-Lewis-Stern calculations. These are available to anyone from Level 1 onwards and all carry ECB ACO certificates of attendance.


Duckworth-Lewis-Stern CPD Module

This module is designed to explain the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method of setting a revised target when there has been a suspension in play in a one-day match. It looks at the brief history of DLS and considers the difference between DLS formats. It includes practical sessions for both DLS Professional (computer program) and DLS Standard (manual calculations). Scorers attending this module will need to bring their own laptop but the DLS professional software will be provided on the day.

When completed, you’ll receive an ECB ACO Duckworth-Lewis-Stern certificate of attendance.


Linear CPD Module

This module teaches existing scorers how to complete a linear scoresheet, which is an alternative layout of paper scoresheet to the conventional box style scoring record.

The course contains a large practical element of scoring a recorded match, after spending time getting familiar with the new layout of scoresheet. Linear scoresheets make a good back-up system when scoring electronically.

When completed you’ll receive an ECB ACO linear scoring certificate.


Electronic Scoring CPD Module

This module teaches existing scorers how to use a specific scoring software package.

To attend this module, you will need to bring your own laptop and install the relevant scoring software.

The course is a hands-on practical workshop covering setting up and scoring a match, editing entries, printing, importing/exporting and uploading results.

When completed, you’ll receive a certificate of attendance.


ECB ACO Level 3 – Advanced Scorer (Invite-Only)

For this course, candidates must be recommended for attendance by their Regional Scorers Officer.

Designed for scorers who have reached Level 2, attended the CPD module in linear scoring and who aspire to score in the higher levels of the game including multi-day cricket.

After attending, you will need to gain multi-day match experience. You will also be required to obtain regular feedback and at least two match observations of your scoring at a higher level to be placed in your portfolio.

When you’re ready, you will undertake a professional discussion with a Scorer Development Observer and bring your portfolio for review. Successful candidates will be accredited at Level 3 and issued with a certificate.