A BRIEF HISTORY OF ORGANISED
UMPIRING IN TASMANIA
In the early days of senior cricket in Tasmania teams either provided their own umpire who travelled with them, or the players umpired themselves. Until the early 1990s the players officiated in most matches, particularly on weekends when their team had a bye.
As the game developed though, a preference for independent umpires grew and volunteers started to emerge, but the development of umpire associations and the payment for services is relatively new in the scheme of things.
From around the time of the First World War a sub-committee of the Tasmanian Cricket Association (TCA) was responsible for the selection and appointment of umpires.
To encourage more people to become involved, honorariums were paid to offset expenses incurred by umpires, however, in 1927 umpires actually went on strike over certain conditions and terms determined by the TCA. Records available suggest the struggle for recognition and payment for services was a long one but gradually a structure for recruitment and training emerged.
In 1938 the first attempt was made to establish an umpires association, it being called the South Tasmanian Cricket Umpires Association (STCUA). However, there were plenty of challenges along the way and support lapsed in the early 1950s control of umpiring issues reverted back to a TCA sub-committee.
In 1960 the TCA and its clubs agreed to share umpiring expenses and all umpires were then paid, and in 1964 the STCUA was reformed with twenty-four registered umpires. The TCA extended an invitation to the STCUA to be represented on the TCA Umpires' Committee.
In September 1977 the Tasmanian Cricket Umpires Council (TCUC) was established with the aim of advancing umpiring standards statewide, but it disbanded in May 1993 following a directive from the then Australian Cricket Board that the State Director of Umpiring, the first of whom was appointed in 1990), would be responsible for umpiring programs and policy.
Tasmania's entry into the Sheffield Shield competition provided higher aspirations for umpires to perform at state level, and in the time since a number of Tasmanian umpires and scorers have been appointed to National Umpire Panels.