January 13, 2018 saw the Sixth Annual NY umpire clinic return to Vestal, NY. Over 45 attendees from across New York State and Connecticut attended in spite of an overnight snow storm. Attendees were given a full day of instruction on plate and base mechanics, handling situations and game personnel. New to the staff this year was Tyler Witte, member of Rockland Co. Chapter – NYSBUA, Inc. Tyler attended the 2016 clinic, went to professional umpire school in 2017 and secured a job in professional baseball in the Gulf Coast League in 2017.
Over two thirds of this year’s attendees were “first timers”. Attendee feedback included appreciation for new material presented each year and many looking forward to return in 2019.
Caption – 2018 NY Umpire Clinic Staff from left to right – Tyler Witte/A-Gulf Coast League; Chris Segal/AAA-International League/MLB #96; Rob Drake/MLB #30; Andy Draper/ Former MiLB Umpire/Watertown Chapter; Dan Merzel/AAA-International League; Ryan Bealo/Former MiLB Umpire/Binghamton Chapter
Join other umpires from New York State and beyond seeking to improve their skills and knowledge at the sixth annual NY Baseball Umpire Clinic. A staff of professional umpires, including Major League Baseball umpires, will offer training and insight on how to improve your ability, regardless at what level you currently work.
January 13, 2018
The Edge Sports Complex, Vestal, NY
Register Today! We will accept registrations up until the day of the clinic with payment at the door.
Registration Fee: $125.00 includes Friday night meet & greet, autographed photos, clinic, lunch.
Friday, January 12 – Social Event
Location: Hospitality Room at Best Western Plus of Johnson City
569 Harry L Dr.
Johnson City, NY 13790
What: Meet the staff, get autographed photos, enjoy complimentary light refreshments, get acquainted and ask questions in a social atmosphere. This is included as part of your registration fee. Dress is casual.
Saturday, January 13 – Clinic
Location: The Edge Sports Complex, 2220 Vestal Road Vestal, NY 13850
- Registration: 7:45AM-8:25AM
- Clinic Begins/Welcome: 8:30AM
- Morning Session: 8:45AM – 12:00PM
- Lunch (provided): 12:15PM-1:00PM
- Afternoon Session: 1:15PM – 4:00PM
- Auction: 4:15-4:45PM
- Close of Clinic: 4:45PM
The auction is an exciting ending to a full day of training. Through the generosity of our instructors, we will have a variety of professional umpire related items to auction off. Not only is this an opportunity to take home something special from the 2018 clinic, but the proceeds go to support clinic activities. 100% of the proceeds go to support this program. Please bring check or cash for auction items. It is a great way to get an item of Major League proportion and help to sustain this umpire improvement initiative.
Plate work to be videotaped:
Again this year, your time working plate mechanics in the cages, will be videotaped with recorded comments of the cagework instructor. A DVD with your performance and comments will be mailed to you following the clinic. DVDs will be grouped so multiple umpires will appear on each DVD. Makes for a great training aid, not only for the individual umpire but also for chapters to show among their membership on suggestions for improving their group as a whole. As of right now, due to lower than projected enrollment, we are no longer able to offer this feature. Bring your own device and we will happily record your plate work and feedback.
If you are a NYSBUA member, please wear your NYSBUA uniform. If you are not affiliated with NYSBUA, a base umpire uniform or comfortable clothing is acceptable. It is typically cold at the Edge. Wear layers and your jacket. In the off chance of unseasonably warm weather, please pack a base shirt. Changing rooms are available on site. If you do not have or choose not to wear a uniform, you are welcome to dress in athletic attire. Hat is required.
What to Bring:
- Mask and plate hat for plate work. If you wish to bring your complete plate gear, you are welcome to do so but it is not required.
- Cash or check for the auction items.
Cancellation Policy: Registration fee is fully refundable if cancelled by December 13, 2017. Cancellations December 14-31 will receive 50% refund. Cancellations after December 31, 2017 are not guaranteed any refund. Refunds will be issued at the discretion of event committee.
Make check/money order payable to Endicott Umpires Chapter
Mail payment to:
Best Western Hotel
569 Harry L. Drive, Johnson City, NY 13790
For reservations call (607) 729-9194 – please reference the NYSBUA (Group Master: NYSBUA, Folio #203440)
$83.00 per room per night plus tax.
20 Rooms will be held until 12/29/2017, after that then they will hold the rate of $83.00+ but release the rooms in the block. Rooms subject to availability after 12/29/2017.
Rob Drake – 30
Major League Service Time: 9 Years
CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 2010…worked the 2012 and 2013 N.L. Wild Card Games; the 2013 and 2014 NLDS; the 2012 and 2013 American League Championship Series; the 2015 National League Championship Series; and the 2013 All-Star Game…was the right field umpire for Roy Halladay’s no-hitter in Game One of the 2010 NLDS…was behind the plate for Felix Hernandez’s perfect game on August 15, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay, which set a single-season Baseball record for the most perfect games in one season (three)…has worked MLB Spring Training or regular season games since 1999…has worked in the Northwest League, Midwest League, Eastern League, California League and Pacific Coast League…has worked winter ball in the Dominican Republic…umpired during the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.
Chris Segal – 96
CAREER: Segal graduated with honors from the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in 2006 and began his career with Minor League Baseball in the Appalachian League (worked the Championship Series), with service in the South Atlantic, Florida Instructional and Southern Leagues along the way, having been selected to officiate the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. In 2017, Segal umpired 124 MLB games. Over the course of his work in Major League Baseball, Segal has umpired 372 MLB games.
Segal resides in Burke, VA and wears the sleeve uniform number 96 at the Major League level. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Segal, who made his MLB debut in 2014, is an alum of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (’05), where he was a four-year starter and captain in the baseball program. Segal officiated the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game in 2012.
CAREER: Dan Merzel has umpired in Minor League baseball since 2011, working in the New York-Penn, South Atlantic, Carolina, Eastern, and International Leagues. He was selected to work the All-Star Games in the New York-Penn and South Atlantic Leagues. He also worked the 2015 Eastern League Championship Series and the 2017 International League Championship Series. Merzel will return for his second year as a Crew Chief in the International League in 2018. In 2015, Merzel was selected to work first base in the MLB Futures Game in Cincinnati and was behind the plate for the MLB Home Run Derby in the same season. He worked his first MLB spring training in the Cactus League in 2017.
Merzel is originally from Hopkinton, MA and currently resides in Durham, NC. He attended Johns Hopkins University (’09), where he studied Applied Math and Statistics and played outfield and second base on the baseball team. Merzel teaches math to gifted and talented high school students in an online program during the off-season.
Minor League Service Time: 3 Years
CAREER: Attended the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in January 2010. In 2010: worked the NY-Penn League, the All-Star Game and playoffs. In 2011: worked the South Atlantic League, playoffs. In 2012: worked the South Atlantic League, California League. Andy was an instructor at JEAPU for 2 years as well. Andy currently officiates NCAA Division I Baseball.
Minor League Service Time: 4 Years
CAREER: Attended the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in January 2009. Gulf Coast League (2009), NY-Penn League (2010), NY-PENN League/ South Atlantic League (2011), South Atlantic League (2012). Prior to working in Minor League Baseball worked Summer collegiate league (Northwoods League, Coastal Plains League) and Independent professional baseball (Can-Am League, American Association).
In the winter Ryan also referees ice hockey.