Umpiring Signals
Activity Umpiring Signals
Curriculum Area CPSHE & P.E
NC Objectives CPSHE: 3a) & P.E: 2b)

Main learning objective

To understand the umpiring signals in the game of cricket and to understand communication methods other than speech.


Lesson plan and supporting resources

Introduction 15 minutes
  • Discuss with the class who organises their games at break time and lunch time. Does it work effectively without nominated people to take care of rules and officiating?
  • Encourage the pupils to suggest ways of overcoming the problems (use referees and umpires)
  • Discuss the role of umpires in a game of cricket and explain that for certain actions on the cricket field, the umpires make specific signals to the scorers and spectators. Do the pupils know any umpire signals?
  • Explain the main task to be carried out during the lesson.


Main Activity 30 Minutes
  •  Provide the class with the Umpiring Signals worksheet in the Supporting Material section and they work in pairs to learn the umpiring signals and understand what they mean.
  • Learning can be re-inforced by working through Umpire Signals – Activity. They can work in pairs to answer the MCQ's. This Activity is also available in Word document format.


Plenary 15 Minutes
  • Once the pupils are confident that they know the signals, play a game of ‘Umpire says' (in the same way as Simon says) where the teacher calls out an action, eg, 6 runs, wide ball, out, etc, and the pupils must make the corresponding signal. The last pupil to perform the signal is out and the game continues to find a winning umpire!
Interactive Resources

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