GSABA Umpiring Philosophy


The GSABA has an Umpiring Panel. The philosophy of the GSABA is we want umpires who want to umpire, not have members be made to umpire.  Individual Clubs do not have to supply a certain amount of umpires but we welcome and encourage all clubs to supply umpires. We aim to provide the strongest possible pairings for each game but need to provide a balance in developing junior and less experienced umpires by giving them games so they can grow, develop and improve. At times umpires need to be given a chance to see if they are ready for the next stage of higher level games.

We have Umpire in Charges each night monitor and work with the umpiries. The Umpires in Charge provides feedback to the Umpires and as required to the Umpires Co-ordinator and Umpires Supervisor/Rostering.

The earlier game time slots are often filled by junior referees. REASONING:

i) It is often difficult for adults to make these time slots due to work commitments.

ii) The junior referees need to start somewhere and junior grades are an appropriate starting point.

Any GSABA members wishing to umpire please contact the Umpiring Supervisor/Rostering or the Umpires Co-Ordinator or an Umpire in Charge.


1. Where possible umpires aligned to teams will not be allocated games involving those teams. 

2. Point 1 is very difficult to achieve during the minor round season due to umpiring numbers, umpiring availability and team aligned ratios. Some games will require the strongest possible pairings and the Umpire in Charge may choose to overlook Point 1 when they consider appropriate to do so. i.e Players safety being a major consideration.

3. Umpires are contacted to find availability for the new season. Some umpires are only available on certain nights, certain timeframes. Some umpires are more flexible and can umpire on more nights and over greater time-frames.

4. Point 3 means some umpires get more games in the course of a week.

5. The highest graded and more experienced referees will be allocated to the Senior Division 1 games. They will be allocated regularly to Senior Divisions.

6. Umpire in Charges will allocated the pairings on the night when two courts are operating. They will use their judgement to ensure the most suitable pairings occur.


1. Where possible Umpires aligned to teams will not be allocated a final involving those teams.

2. Situation 1 is not always possible due to some clubs providing more umpires than others and some clubs provide more finalists than others. (Varies each season). So when this situation occurs one aligned umpire per team will be selected if possible. 

3. Selection of Finals Umpires & Philosphy

i) All Umpires should be given consideration when determining the finals roster.

ii) After consideration had been given, if it is determined that the umpire isn't ready for a final, the Umpires Supervisor will discuss the situation and provide feedback to the umpire.

iii) The semi finals provide a good opportunity for junior and less experienced umpires to gain experience of umpiring a final.  Those umpires will be paired with an experienced umpire. A three umpire system may be used in these situations.

iii) The preliminary final and grand finals will be umpired by the best performed umpires. There is opportunities for the better performed junior and less experienced umpires to umpire in these finals. Those umpires will be paired with an experienced umpire. A three umpire system may be used in these situations.

iv) Junior and less experienced umpires will umpire finals in a division which is appropraite to their umpiring standard. This means generally in lower age-group junior divisions.  

v) The Umpires Supervisor/Rosterer will consult the Umpires Co-Ordinator and the Umpires in Charge and gain feedback about how each umpire has performed over the season and gain opinion on what grade umpires are suited to for the finals.

vi) After gathering the information, the Umpire Supervisor/Rosterer will draft the finals roster and consult the Umpires Co-ordinator.  A finals roster will then be completed.

***FOOTNOTE***:Over a course of a season the Umpires Supervisor, Umpires Co-ordinator and the Umpire in Charges have developed an understanding of each competition and feedback is given over what finals may need strongest umpires, this will include the tightness of the competition and the spirit in which the games have been played over the season. While umpires must treat each game as it comes, the GSABA  must have umpires that have the ability to control a game that is a "tough game to umpire" and this is taken into account with umpiring pairings in finals.

*** If umpiring numbers are insufficient using the current umpiring philosophy, GSABA Manaagement may have to revert to the Clubs supplying umpires on a percentage basis of the teams each Club has nominated.


REVIEWED: DECEMBER 2011,2012,2013 & AUGUST 2014,2015, 2016

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The GSABA Referee Department will be doing the Summer Season 2018-19 Grand Final Roster. Mike Richardson is the Referee Development Co-ordinator, and Tim Round is the Referee Manager. There will be a Referee Sub Committee, which will be headed by Mike Richardson and includes Tim Round (Referee Manager) and Brett Stringer (Referee). A Player Coach is still to be appointed.

* The Minor Round Summer Season 2018 -2019 Umpires Roster will be completed by Dennis Earl.  The GSABA Carnival Umpires Roster will be completed by the GSABA Referee Department.


Any person interested in joining the GSABA Umpiring Panel please contact GSABA Business Administrator - Dennis Earl- We welcome all referees but always looking for umpires who can umpire Senior Grades.