Information for the 2015 OCA Handbook
All club contacts have received an e-mail asking for amendments to the 2014 details, so it would be appreciated if these could be sent to the General Secretary at the earliest opportunity.
Collating information for the handbook takes a great deal of time, so your help with this will be very much appreciated.
ECB Club Support - Creating a sustainable future for your club
This is a very recent initiative from the ECB to offer help to clubs, so if you have a particular need, please go to ecb.co.uk/clubsupport and see if they can be of help or e-mail them: email@example.com
Does your club you qualify?
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you but I’ve found your details in relation to a competition that we are running to help cricket teams and wanted to contact you to help spread the word about the competition to make sure as many teams as possible are in with the chance of winning.
Briggs & Stratton run a competition called “Pitch to Win”, in partnership with the Institute of Groundsmanship (the IOG), to award a £3,000 pitch makeover to an amateur club with an under 18s team. Apologies if this does not apply to you. If it doesn’t, but you know of a team that may be interested, then please do let them know. It is also open to football and rugby league teams with a £3,000 prize fund for each sport.
The website for more information, to enter and submit photos is www.pitchtowin.org.uk. The competition is open until the end of March.
Lawrence Gardiner - For those who knew him?
Laurence Gardiner, who represented both AEA Harwell and Letcombe in the OCA sadly passed away today from a brain tumour at the age of 55. Although not having played competitive cricket for a couple of years, there may be some out there who know him.
Does your club want to host a OCA Final in 2015?
If the answer is YES, please contact Ivan Mulford on 01235.820316 or 07748.631.116 or e-mail him on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be on a 'first come, first served' basis, so please get your offers in TO-DAY.....you know you want to?
OCA Golf Day for 2015!!
Watch this space for more information......??
Two new members of the OCA Executive for 2015
We are pleased to announce that MARCUS CHARMAN(Wootton & Boars Hill) and IAN ROYLE(Steventon) will be joining the Executive committee as from the 9th February 2015. We are sure that they will be a great asset to the OCA in helping the association move forward in 2015.
More sad news - Eric Dutton of Britwell Salome C.C.
We have just been informed that Eric Dutton passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer.
Eric was a long standing member of Britwell Salome and had played, served on the committee and, latterly, umpired for the club. He is a great loss to the club and will be sorely missed by family and friends alike.
Eric's funeral will take place at the Oxford Crematorium at 1:30pm on Friday 23rd January.
Donation to Prostate Cancer UK
Those clubs who attended the Annual Presentation Dinner will recall that we held a raffle and auction of a cricket bat in aid of the above charity, raising a total of £500.00 which was posted to Protate Cancer UK shortly afterwards.
We have now received a letter of thanks and this can be viewed under 'Administration' on the home page of the OCA website.
Umpires and Scorers Survey - Details from Ian Royle
Please see the following information and take part in this survey if you can?
As you know the ECB has recently completed a National Player Survey to get the views of recreational players.
You may have seen the results and these are now shaping the way forward for recreational cricket particularly in relation to “getting the game on”.
Similarly, the ECB understands the importance of seeking the views of Umpires and Scorers to gain a better understanding of officiating within the recreational game and how ECB ACO can address the needs of its members in the future.
They are therefore conducting an online survey of all ACO members in England & Wales. The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and is scheduled to close on December 11th.
All members should get an email directing them to the appropriate site but we are at pains to point out that this survey is open to all umpires and scorers whether or not they are members of ECBACO
By completing the survey anyone can be entered into a prize draw for one of 10 x £75 vouchers to spend at either the ECB ACO shop (ACO members only) or ECB shop.
If you have a email circulation list for your umpires and scorers I would be grateful if you could forward this to them to follow the link:
End of Season Pitch repairs - A few basic ideas:
The Grounds Committee suggest that clubs look at this website article and use this for your "end of season pitch close downs?" Click on the site listed at the foot of the message.
Cricket Renovations - The Basics a few ideas
The message is clear skimp at your own peril, because neglect in the autumn renovation programme will mean inferior pitches the following season. Andy Mackay, Head Groundsman at Sussex CCC provides an in-depth guide to end of season renovations
Umpiring Course - February 7, 14 and 21st 2015 at Tiddington C.C. - 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
Full details of this course can be seen by clicking on the heading under 'Administration'.
If you intend to register for this course, please do so as soon as possible.
The OCA Committee are aware some clubs have problems with the quality of their grounds so would like to be able to help with a grant that can be put towards the total cost of improvements. It has been agreed that some money taken in fines will be given back to clubs via a small grant. Application can be made by downloading the Grant Form under the link to the right.