Each INF region has a Regional Officiating Coordinator (ROC), who supports the INF’s International Umpiring Manager (IUM) to lead International Officiating. The INF ROCs work closely with the INF Members and Regions to facilitate the pathway to International Umpiring.
Responsibilities of the INF ROC:
Contribute best practice for International Officiating by participating in an Officiating Advisory Group (OAG) when requested
Disseminate good practice in INF processes and encourage INF Member Associations to implement that practice
Co-ordinate verification of officials recommended by Member Associations in line with INF guidelines
Oversee the progression and development of International Umpires and Umpire Testers in line with INF guidelines
Recommend International Umpire Testers to be allocated for International matches in line with INF guidelines
Endorse recommendations from Umpire Testers for International Umpires to be allocated for International matches in line with INF guidelines
Develop relationships with INF Member Association Lead Officers in order to assist the progression process and avoid conflict between international and domestic competition
Contribute to INF netWorld (INF on-line database) with pertinent data
The INF ROCs are:
Africa: Neo Gwafila-Bulayani
Americas: Vaneisha Cadogan
Asia: Lainie Houston
Europe: Alan Anderson
Oceania: Garratt Williamson
INF National Associations and Regional Federations play a large part in supporting the development of umpires throughout their career.
At international level the Umpire Appointment Panel (UAP) are allocated to international matches to provide coaching support and feedback to the umpires helping to identify areas for improvement.
There is no substitute for experience, particularly in match situations. INF seeks to expose up-and-coming umpires, known as International Talent Identified (ITID) Umpires, to matches at an international level.
The INF have an IUA Testing Panel (ITP) which is in place, for the testing of umpires for the International Umpires’ Award (IUA) and the coaching of elite umpires. ITP Cadets, with the support of the ITPs, will also be involved in identifying and training elite umpires and this role provides a succession process and pool of candidates for future ITP members.
The INF ITP/ITP Cadets are:
Deborah Lynch Theobalds
Marielouw Van der Merwe
Anne Marie Dickson Lewis