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.
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.
Martin Flynn (1931-2013)
His many friends will be saddened to learn of the passing of Martin Flynn at the age of 82. Martin had been an active umpire for many years, even prior to the founding of the East Umpires Association in 1971. He was ever willing to help out and will be sadly missed at Carlton, where he was a great stalwart, and by all who knew him. Another sad loss for Scottish cricket. Duncan Walker has penned this appreciation of Martin.
The umpiring and scoring fraternity have suffered another sad loss with the recent untimely passing of the West Lothian scorer, Jim Symon
James Baillie Connell (1937-2013)
The funeral of Jim Connell, who passed away on 3 January after a short illness, took place at Woodside Crematorium, 46 Broomlands Street, Paisley on Tuesday 15th January at 12 noon. Jim was a towering figure amongst Scottish umpires, both on the field and as a trainer and mentor of a generation of umpires that followed him. It is hoped that there will be a large turnout at his funeral to pay respects to a popular and well-loved figure who will be sadly missed. Jim McClymont has provided this appreciation of Jim's life and times in cricket.