New registration rate goes to $125.00
Beginning December 1st, the rate will go to $125.00 per attendee. New instructors, new auction items and same great value!

New staff added
Two new instructors have been added to the 2015 clinic staff, Dave Soucy and Dan Merzel.

Chapters Registered as of 11/28 – see how your chapter measures up. If your chapter is not shown, be a leader and be the first to register.

Binghamton – 1
Capital District – 5
Columbia Greene – 1
Endicott – 2
Hudson Valley – 2
Mohawk Valley – 2
Niagara Falls – 4
Orange – 7
Rochester – 1
Rockland county – 9
Schenectady – 2
Schohanna – 1
Syracuse – 6
Bull Run Virginia – 1

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January 10, 2015 – The Edge Sports Complex, Vestal, NY – 9:00am-5:00pm

Join over 100 umpires seeking to improve their skill and knowledge at the third annual NY Baseball Umpire Clinic. A staff of professional umpires including 3 Major League umpires will offer training and insight on how to improve your ability, regardless at what level you currently work, recreational, high school or college.

Registration is limited to the first 120 umpires. The cost for this clinic is $100.00 per person if paid by November 30. Price increases to $125.00 after November 30. All payments are preferred via PayPal on this website. If you wish to pay by check, please contact

Please register each individual attending separately.

The 2014 clinic assembled over 75 umpires from across New York State and beyond for a day long, working session of plate and base mechanics, along with interactive discussion on how to handle game situations. The 2015 clinic promises even more with the additional of professional staff members to maintain a low student to instructor ratio.

Clinic Agenda for 1/10/15 

Registration                               8:00-9:00 am
Introductions                           9:00 am
Clinic Drills                                9:15-12:15 pm
Lunch                                        12:15-1:00 pm
Clinic resumes                          1:00-4:00 pm
Remarks, survey, auction   4:15-5:00 pm
Clinic ends                                  5:00 pm

Friday Night Ice Breaker-1/9/15

Join us Friday night for an informal Ice-Breaker to meet our staff, share some stories and ask questions. Friday night is an opportunity to meet other attendees and talk umpiring. The Ice-Breaker will be held on the first floor meeting room at the Best Western in Johnson City. It will run from 7:00-10:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. This item is included in your registration fee and dress is casual.

3rd Annual Memorabilia Auction
For the third year, we are fortunate that our MLB staff has agreed to donate items to be auctioned off. All proceeds go to support this clinic and the initiative to develop better umpires. Last year, uniform shirts, jacket and hats along with other memorabilia were auctioned. This year promises a unique field of items for your consideration. Payment will be cash, check and PayPal for credit card purchases. It is a great way to get an item of Major League proportion and help to sustain this umpire improvement initiative.

Attire for Saturday Clinic
We are suggesting the following dress for Saturday’s clinic:

If you are a NYSBUA umpire, dress in uniform for the bases with cap and shoes. Bring your plate hat and mask for cage work. If you desire bringing your plate equipment you can do so. If you umpire with another association, you are welcome to bring your base uniform. Turf shoes recommended for our workouts. If you do not have or choose not to wear a uniform, you are welcome to dress in athletic attire; warm up or jogging suit. Hat is required.

Plate work to be videotaped
We have added videotaping of umpire plate work in 2014 with great success. 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.

Hotel information now available!

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# 144818)

$82 per room per night plus tax.

25 Rooms will be held until 12/30/2013, after that then they will hold the rate of $82 but release the rooms in the block. Rooms subject to availability after 12/30/13.
Friday Night Icebreaker will be at the Best Western Hotel Hospitality Room (large room)

The Staff

This year’s staff includes the addition of Joe West, major League Baseball Umpire (tentative). Returning for the third year are Rob Drake, Lance Barrett, Ryan Beylo Don Gollar,and Andy Draper. For more information about the instructors, see below.



Registration is limited to the first 120 umpires. The cost for this clinic is 100.00 per person if paid by November 30. Price increases to $125.00 after November 30. All payments are preferred via PayPal on this website. If you wish to pay by check, please contact

Please register each individual attending separately.

The Venue

The Edge is a 50,000 square feet indoor sports facility located on Old Vestal Road in Vestal NY. There are two indoor turf fields and six batting/pitching cages for baseball/softball. With a heavy emphasis on youth sports, The Edge is a multi- sport indoor facility. We have reserved the entire facility to ensure proper training space for this year’s class size.


$100.00 by November 30

$125.00 after November 30


Pay By Mail
If you wish to register by US Mail, you can register on the website and mail your payment
Payable to: Endicott Umpires chapter
Mail to : 132 West end Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13905



Joe West – 22*

Major League Service Time: 36 Years

CAREER: Joe’s 36-year career makes him the senior umpire among all active umpires and his 4,559 regular season games rank fifth all-time, behind three Hall of Famers and Bruce Froemming, who, Joe says, “should be a Hall of Famer”…Joe was first in his class at the Umpire Development School in 1974 and started his career in the Western Carolinas League (now the South Atlantic, or “Sally,” League)…he was inducted into the Sally League Hall of Fame in 2002…in 1975, he started the season in the Carolina League and in June was promoted to the Southern League, where he stayed until August of 1976, when he was promoted to the American Association at the end of the season…on September 13 of that year, he worked his first game as a National League Umpire, making him one of only four people ever to umpire in the Major Leagues at age 23…he worked eight Major League games that September and another 48 in 1977 before being promoted to the N.L. staff in 1978…in 1981 he became the youngest umpire in N.L. history to work a League Championship Series…he has since worked seven more, as well as five World Series, seven Division Series and two All-Star Games…worked the 2013 N.L. Wild Card Game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh…his 108 Postseason games rank fourth in Baseball history…he has worked with more than 130 Major League Umpires in exhibition, regular season and Postseason games…including the 2014 class, he has umpired games for 35 Hall of Fame players, six Hall of Fame managers and seven Hall of Fame players who became managers…has umpired with two Hall of Fame Umpires and, as Joe says, “many more that should be”…he has been a Major League Umpire for five of the nine Commissioners of Major League Baseball…ran unopposed for his second and third terms as President of the World Umpires Association.

*At the end of the 2014 baseball season the World Umpires Association and Major League Baseball will be working to complete a new contract. While Mr. West is committed to coming, his responsibilities as WUA president may require him to continue contract negotiations.


Rob Drake – 30

Major League Service Time: 6 Years

CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 2010…worked the 2012 and 2013 N.L. Wild Card Games, the 2013 NLDS (CIN-PHI), the 2012-13 American 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 21 years of professional umpiring experience, and 2011 will be his 13th year of working MLB Spring Training or regular season games, having begun in 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.


Lance Barrett – 94

Major League Service Time: 1.5 Years

CAREER:Joined the Major League staff in 2014…worked his first Major League game on October 1, 2010 between the Cubs and the Astros in Houston…worked in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League before being appointed to the Major League staff…began as a Minor League umpire in 2003…previously umpired in Florida Extended Spring Training (2003), Appalachian League (2003), Florida Instructional League (2003), South Atlantic League (2004), California League (2005), Eastern League (2006-2008), Venezuela Winter League (2006-2007), International League (2008-2011), Arizona Fall League (2008-2009), Dominican Winter League (2010-2011) and Pacific Coast League (2012-2013)…entering the 2014 season, he had worked 237 big-league games.


Andy Draper

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.


David Soucy

Career: Attended Jims Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in 2006. Previously worked the Appalachian League(2006), Florida Instructional League(2006), South Atlantic League(2007), Carolina League(2008), Arizona Instructional League(2008), Eastern league(2009-2011), International League (2011-2014), Dominican Winter League(2013), AAA National Championship Game(2013), Arizona Fall League (2014) and MLB Spring Training 2013-14). Born and raised in Glastonbury, CT. A graduate of Fairfield University.

Dan Merzel

CAREER: Active Minor League umpire since 2011. In 2011: worked the NY-Penn League, the All-Star Game and playoffs. In 2012: worked the South Atlantic League, the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, the Carolina League, and the Carolina League playoffs. In 2013: worked the Carolina League, the Eastern League, and the Arizona Instructional League.
In 2014: worked the Eastern League and playoffs.

Other Instructors

Ryan Beylo & Don Gollar