To all registrants and members of NYSBUA, Inc.
The low number of registrants to date for the 2019 NY Umpire Clinic has required us to cancel this year’s clinic. We plan to use the time to rebrand and improve the event in order to deliver more value to umpires in January 2020. All registrations fees will be returned by the end of the year. We appreciate the support of all umpires who have attended and look forward to seeing you in 2020.
Eric Olsen – Clinic Operations
Join other umpires from New York State and beyond seeking to improve their skills and knowledge at the seventh 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 12, 2019
New Venue – The Greater Binghamton Sports Complex, Binghamton, NY
Register Today! We will accept registrations up until the day of the clinic with payment at the door. Early registration appreciated.
Registration Fee: $135.00 includes Friday night meet & greet, autographed photos, clinic, lunch.
Friday, January 11 – 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 12 – Clinic
Location: The Greater Binghamton Sports Complex, 1500 Airport Road, Binghamton, NY 13905
- 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 2019 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.
Want to have a digital memory?:
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 in the Dome. 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 14, 2018. Cancellations December 15-31 will receive 50% refund. Cancellations after December 31, 2018 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 (NYSBUA Umpire Clinic – Folio Number 222745)
$83.00 per room per night plus tax.
Rob Drake – 30
Major League Service Time: 10 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.
Sam Holbrook – 34 (tentative)
Major League Service Time: 17.5 Years
CAREER: Became a member of the Major League staff in 1998…was appointed a crew chief for the 2017 season…has worked the 2004 All-Star Game; the 2012 N.L. Wild Card Game; Division Series (2005, 07, 10, 13, 16); the 2008 and 2012 American League Championship Series; the 2009 and 2011 National League Championship Series; and the 2010 and 2016 World Series…previously worked in the Appalachian League (1990), Midwest League (1991), Carolina League (1992-93), Texas League (1993), Eastern League (1994-95) and International League (1995-97)…proudest moments were walking on the field for the first time under contract, and in 2016, working the plate for Game Seven of the World Series in Cleveland.
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.
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.
Tom Augostini – Director of Staff Recruitment
Collen Curtin – Director of Recruitment and Registration
Eric Olsen – Director of Operations
Last year’s Clinic
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 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
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