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Umpiring in New Zealand commenced in 1936 but did not officially become a recognised national programme until October 1938 when the New Zealand Softball Umpires' Association (NZSUA) was formed. It must be noted at that particular time Wellington, Auckland and Wanganui had established Umpire Associations in their local areas. The NZSUA operated as the national body but at "grass roots" level, umpiring flourished in the local associations. In March 1944 the national body went into recess until is was revived towards the end of 1946 as the New Zealand Umpires' Federation. The Federation continued up to 1955 where it was wound up.
Today's New Age Umpire requires a unique set of skills and resources to officiate at all levels of the game. As an umpire you must be able to demonstrate great rules knowledge, quick decision-making, an ability to explain and defend decisions and a willingness to keep the game moving at a steady pace. You are in a position that requires you to be impartial at all times but be seen to have a positive impact and be a good role model to children, young adults, players, coaches, spectators and administrators.
SNZ's Umpiring Programme offers the opportunity for both males and females to realise their potential as a New Age Umpire and meet great people along the way. Whether you want to umpire junior grade or senior grade, there is a career path for you. All you need to become an umpire is an interest in the sport and a willingness to be involved. It can be a rewarding career with great personal achievements and lifelong friendships.
Why don't you browse around the site and tap into the many resources we have to help assist you in becoming a New Age Umpire.