The WCUA was originally the WCBUA, and was an offshoot from the Torrington Umpires Association. In the 1950’s, the Torrington board serviced the Housatonic Valley Schoolman’s League which had North and South divisions. The league split, with the north division becoming the Berkshire League, and the south division becoming the Western Connecticut Conference League.
The umpires from Torrington couldn’t cover the schools down south, so in 1971-72, with the permission of the Torrington board, the WCBUA was formed to cover all the southern schools in the WCC. These schools included Ridgefield, Wilton, Masuk, Joel Barlow, Bethel, Newtown, Abbott Tech, Southbury and Immaculate. The first assigner for the board was Fred Murkland, and the Sec/Treasurer was Jack Rosenthal. Among the original members were Tony Gorman, Pete Kohut and Roy Hunt (honoree member). In the late 1980’s, the board name was changed to WCUA as it is still recognized today.
The board has evolved to covering teams from the SWC & FCIAC scholastic conferences, and in excess of 20 summer leagues, ranging from Little League to Legion and men’s leagues. The board membership has steadily increased to over 100 working members, and offers scholarships to deserving student athletes. In addition, it has recently initiated a scholarship in honor of the memory of Bill Benzing, a long time member of the board who only recently passed away.