The event invited over 100 stakeholders from the South Australian Umpiring community to reflect on the season that was and to introduce new initiatives for 2017-18.

Guests at the Adelaide Convention Centre also enjoyed a panel discussion with Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel and ICC International Umpire Panel Member Simon Fry, former state and international cricketer Peter McIntyre and ABC Breakfast Radio Host Ali Clarke.

The launch celebrated a number of achievements from last season, including reaching SACA’s goal of accrediting 10 new female umpires.

SACA State Umpiring Leader Sarah Fry said: “Achieving a target of 10 new female umpires may not seem like a lot, but this was a really important achievement in moving towards higher female representation in the game.

“It’s the most women we have ever had as active umpires in SA; we are hoping to double that number in 2017-18.”

Last season, 124 new umpires completed the Community Officiating course, more than 30 training nights were conducted by SACA and over 6000 umpiring appointments were completed, almost 1300 more than the 2015-16 season.

Six cricket associations newly opted to have their umpires managed by SACA, meaning that SACA took on the responsibility of arranging umpiring appointments, while also offering umpires the opportunity to upskill through trainings.

2017-18 will see a new and expanded Online Umpire Coach System, which will be available to all associations, an increased coaching panel (taking the number of Umpire Coaches to 14) and more training and education sessions than ever before.

For more information about becoming an umpire, visit the Cricket Umpires Australia website or contact SACA State Umpiring Leader Sarah Fry at sfry@saca.com.au or on 8300 3212.