Welcome to the Scottish Cricket Officials Association Website
SCOA - the Scottish Cricket Officials Association - was founded in 2009 to look after the interests of Umpires and Scorers in Scotland. This website has been set up with a view to providing a central point of information on all matters to do with umpiring and scoring in Scottish cricket.
The Chairman of the Association, Mac Wylie, has penned a few introductory remarks in which he describes how the association came to life and he also emphasises that we seek input from all the association's members.
Please take some time to explore the various areas of the site that can be reached via the menu buttons at the top of this page. Any suggestions regarding improvements or indeed contributions to the site will be gratefully accepted.
Following on from the success of last October's function, Mike Blackshaw is organising another function on 5th April.
West District News
The next meeting of the West District will be on Tuesday 28th January at Clydesdale Cricket Club when Billy McPate will cover changes to the laws, the new WDCU Playing Conditions and provide an explanation of the 2014 WDCU Umpire appointments system.
The Annual Dinner will be held at Ralston Golf Club on Friday 7th March when the speakers will be Roddy Smith, the Cricket Scotland CEO, and Jim Robertson, lawyer and well-known after-dinner speaker.
West District Training
Billy McPate and Vic Hadcroft will be running the usual training course at Clydesdale Cricket Club from 23rd January 2014. Full details can be found here.
David W Potter provides an entertaining review of the "gathering" of umpires in Edinburgh at the end of October.
Mac Wylie's annual review of who did what outside our borders.
There will be universal sadness at the news of the passing of Charlie McLaughlin, a well-kent and respected umpire in the West. An appreciation of Charlie's cricketing life can be read here.
West Region Winter Programme
Details of the West Region's winter programme can be found here. A warm welcome is extended to all umpires and scorers to attend, no matter where they are based.
2013 Irish Umpire Exchange - Part 2
Neil Davidson relates his experiences in Belfast when he took part in the reciprocal umpire exchange visit to Ireland.
2013 Irish Umpire Exchange
Mac Wylie provides his unique slant on the recent visit by Irish umpires to officiate in Scotland.