- Aug 21, 2008
Umpiring in NZ used to be the absolute pits, and all were volunteer umpires. No money or $10 NZD ($5USD) at the time. I'm pretty sure that's changed somewhat now, I know there are a lot more umpires NOW than then, and even when I was there (1990-2000) . NZ softball has some corporate sponsors so I think they may have invested some in the umpiring.