THE Northern Tasmanian Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association is looking for recruits to boost its numbers ahead of a busy summer of cricket.
NTCUSA president Peter Griffin said with more local cricket being played, the demand on the numbers of umpires was greater than ever before.
``We've got a panel of about 25 umpires, but we would like to attract a few more,'' Griffin said.
``The NTCA roster will have first, second and third grades playing one-day, two-day and T20 matches, plus representative cricket in the Greater Northern Cup.
``And on top of that there is the introduction of a fourth grade roster, women's cricket and the Aussie 15s matches to be played at Aurora Stadium, which means that the association needs more umpires to fulfil its commitments.''
Griffin said former cricketers with experience of the game made for good recruits, but the NTUSA was open to approaches from anyone interested in undertaking training for the job.
``There's no age limit, we can train men or women and the umpires are paid for their work,'' he said.
``The varied nature of rosters means there is far greater flexibility these days with cricket played during the week and not just a Saturday game.
``People don't need to be available every Saturday or Sunday - we have some umpires who only do eight to 10 games a year, so there is flexibility there.''
Griffin said umpires receive initial and on-going training from Cricket Australia accredited instructors and an exciting career path was available to aspiring umpires who wished to undertake professional development.
Umpire training takes place on Tuesday nights at the NTCA Ground from 6pm.
Anyone interested can contact Griffin on 0407 097 255 or visit ntcusa.tas.cricket.com.au.