one of my mates in NZ has a son who plays softball, he has to wear a fluro vest and walk the sidelines asking the parents to calm down. Not sure its just cricket.Obviously...the NRL won't spend the money.
Reffing is actually quite satisfying. I used to ref junior grades. I learned to ignore the idiots on the sidelines, and because it was junior footy there was no grief from the administration.
Just gotta say, if you want to get abused, try umpiring cricket!!!!
I have a mate, an Indian guy, he said that with the influx of Indian kids into the local game the pressure on umpires has really increased.